Sunday, June 18, 5 p.m.
Rivermont Collegiate, 1821 Sunset Drive, Bettendorf IA
For its Rivermont Collegiate concert event on June 18, Polyrhythms' Third Sunday Jazz Series will deliver a rich Andalusian-jazz feel in the "Way of Tradition" concert with the acclaimed Yogev Shetrit Trio, and ensemble boasting the collective talents of Moshe Elmakias on pano, Noam Tanzer and bass, and the bandleader/composer himself on drums.
An international composer and drummer born in 1978, Shetrit arned his BA in Musicology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and was the founder and member of the globally famous worldwide Coolooloosh band. Shetrit has performed with notable artists including Chuchito Valdez, Tia Fuller, Arnie Lawrence, Paulo Morello, and Kevin Mahogany, and created his trio in 2016 in order to play his original compositions. He recorded as a bandleader and composer his first studio album New Path, and since then, the Yogev Shetrit Trio has performed, in more than 30 countries, at some of the largest festivals and venues worldwide, including the International Panama Jazz Festival, and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
In addition, Shetrit has released two studio albums and one live album, his music containing original compositions that elegantly fuse traditional North African music, Gnawa, Andalusian music from his Moroccan heritage, along with contemporary Jazz and Mediterranean music. Shetrit has performed and done workshops worldwide in Jazz Festivals and venues, including: Casa del Jazz in Italy; the Iowa City Jazz Festival; the Lubliner Jewish Fest; the 10th Bogotá International Festival of Sacred Music; and the 15th Book and Culture Festival in Medellín, Colombia. The artist studied at the Drummer’s Collective in New York City and received a full scholarship for studies at the Rimon school of Jazz and contemporary music from 2006 to 2007. He has been a music educator for more than 25 years, and plays at large various worldwide projects on a regular basis. Shetrit is currently working on his third studio album set for release later this year.
The Yogev Shetrit Trio will perform in Rivermont College's Becherer Hall on June 18, with the musicians' 5 p.m. Bettendorf engagement preceded by an all-ages 2 p.m. demystifying jazz workshop ($5 for adults, free for kids) presented as part of the Polyrhythms Third Sunday Jazz Matinée & Workshop Series. Admission to the concert is $15-20, and more information and reservations are available by calling (309)373-0790 and visiting Polyrhythms.org.