Albert Beger

Albert Beger

BandJazz

Albert’s music is energetic and soulful, his Sound is free of border or limitations: a spark reaching beyond to grasp the fire of the Divine …a fearless, joyful noise that embraces experimentalism and tradition, lyricism and frenzy, with equal passion, love and respect.

Biography

Born in Turkey in 1959 and raised in Israel, Albert Beger’s musical sensibilities were informed from a young age by the vast cultural melting pot that surrounded him. The deeply diverse and eclectic range of sounds he heard offered a rich musical landscape upon which to draw continuing inspiration - a colorful palette of melody, harmony and rhythm that would impact his future direction as a composer and improviser.

Albert’s eclectic tastes are evident in his own compositions. Listening to his energetic, soulful pieces one hears a confluence of styles. A “World Music” that the term “world music” simply doesn’t do justice to – bebop, hard bop and free jazz, contemporary classical and ethnic music, progressive rock and electronica – delivered in an indefinable style that is pure Albert Beger. And of course there’s that sound: free of border or limitations…a spark reaching beyond to grasp the fire of the Divine …a fearless, joyful noise that embraces experimentalism and tradition, and lyricism and frenzy, with equal passion, love and respect.

Albert has spent years wood-shedding his instrument, a reflection of his penchant for self-discipline and auto-didactic study and an uncanny love for the saxophone and its seemingly endless aural possibilities. His formal education consists of a BA earned in Composition and Performance from the Berklee College of Music in Boston and a Masters in Music from the Rubin Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem. He currently holds teaching positions at the Rubin Academy and Haifa University and heads the Instrument and Performance Department at Muzik School of Creation and Production in Tel Aviv.

Albert Beger has recorded eight albums of original compositions since launching his professional career in 1991. He has also collaborated on numerous projects with both local and internationally acclaimed jazz musicians, playing in a wide range of challenging improvisational settings. The long list of musicians with whom he has traded riffs both on stage and in the studio include master instrumentalists such as William Parker and Hammid Drake; Harold Rubin, Asaf Sirkis and Gabriel Meyer; John Bostock, Hagi Fershtman, and Joelle Leandre; James Newton and Roman Kontzman; and composer Eric Shapira.

Albert is the recipient of the Landau Award for Performing Arts (2005) and Israel’s highest honor for musicians, the prestigious Prime Minister’s Award for Composers (2009).

Discography

Big Mother - The new Albert Beger Quartet
Albert Beger (Saxophones)
Aviran Ben Naim (Piano)
Gabriel Mayer (Bass)
Yoav Zohar (Drums)
Earsay's Jazz production 2008

Evolving Silence Vol.2
Albert Beger (tenor saxophones,alto Flute)
Hamid Drake (drums and percussion)
William Parker (bass and african hunter's harp)
Earsay's Jazz production 2006

Evolving Silence Vol.1
Albert Beger (Tenor saxophones, Alto Flute)
Hamid Drake (Drums and Percussion)
William Parker (Bass and African hunter's harp)
Earsay's Jazz production 2005

Listening
Albert Beger (Tenor & Soprano Saxophones)
Yoni Silver (Alto saxophone, Bass clarinet, Organ)
Yftach Kadan (Guitar)
Gabriel Meyer (Bass)
Hagai Fershtman (Drums)
Earsay's Jazz production 2004

Hevel Havalim
Albert Beger (Tenor Saxophones, Alto Flute on "free")
Gabriel Meyer (Bass)
Hagai Fershtman (Drums and Percussion)
Earsay's Jazz production 2003

Art of the moment
Albert Beger (Tenor & Soprano Saxophones, Flute)
Menachem Zibziner (Guitar)
Amir David (drums)
Gabriel Meyer (Bass)
NMC production 2000

This Life
Albert Beger (Saxophones)
John Bostok (Keyboard)
Asaf Sirkis (Drums)
Gabriel Meyer (Bass)
NMC / Sony production 1997

The Primitive
Albert Beger (Flute & Saxophones)
John Bostok (Piano)
Asaf Sirkis (Drums)
Gabriel Meyer (Bass, Guitar)
NMC production 1995