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Meir Shitrit - Way

Jazz, World

San Diego
Band Description
One of the most virtuosotic musicians to come out of Israel is a performer named Meir Shitrit, whose debut album, Way,is a laid-back release,including a large selection of colors and textures in twelve songs influenced by Jazz,World & Middle eastern.  

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Artist Biography
Israel’s Meir Shitrit is a very talented, multi-instrumentalist, composer, and musician with a knack for developing diverse musical compositions influenced by world jazz, world music, new age, Middle Eastern, and experimental genres.
Born to a musical family in Kiryat Malachi-Israel, has been playing from childhood thanks to his father  who gave him the passion and drive for music.
He graduate of the Jerusalem Music Academy majoring jazz performance, also received the desirable scholarship from Berkeley College in Boston, his teachers are leading musicians in the Israeli Jazz music scene like Yossi Levy, Omer Avital and Albert Beger.
After graduating music academy Meir became well known in the Israeli music industry and played with almost every famous singer in the country, also worked as a session player and recorded guitars on many albums.
In 2012 he released his instrumental record "WAY”.
Meir Shitrit’s latest release, Way, is marked with several likable characteristics.  For instance, the diversity of sounds and influences provides a satisfying listening experience for fans of world jazz and world music.  The music does not sound manufactured or fake.  All of the influences seem to find perfect harmony.  The vocals are sporadic and mostly used for musical accompaniment.  Every track is unique and worth repeated listens.  Nothing is amiss here.  
In 2012 Meir moved to San Diego California, and he has been playing with local successful bands as Todo Mundo, The Teagan Taylor Trio, and with more local Jazz&blues musicians, Also performing  with his own music project as well.

Press Release
Meir Shitrit: Way (2013)


Published: October 3, 2013
Meir Shitrit: Way
Isreali-born and now San Diego-based guitarist Meir Shitrit's Way sounds like a recording that guitarist Bill Frisell might have made, had he been born and raised in Israel. Frisell's often mulit-layered sets are, more often than not, a celebration of Americana—though certainly there are tangents and hybridizations in the discography. Meir's debut is a well-crafted, multi-ethnic hybrid centered mostly on his Middle Eastern roots, featuring his virtuosic work on guitars, bouzouki, saz, bass, and lap steel guitar. Throw into the mix his superior acumen in programming, production, and songwriting.

Way is a set of Shitrit's originals, opening with "Shepherd's Melody," featuring Indian percussion, and initially, an Eastern drone before the tune evolves into a lighter, bouncier mode. The low-in-the-mix vocals give sound an exotic vibe, simultaneously both ancient and modern. "Blue" is a somewhat sparer tune, forthrightly pretty, pastoral and American-sounding with the addition of harmonica.

A virtuosic instrumentalist, Shitrit is even more impressive—on his debut, at that—with the production. His songs are multi-layered, with multiple harmonies floating behind simple melodies, with instruments that include the Jew's harp, violins, flutes, saxophones, and smooth, usually wordless vocals, and astute and subtle programming textures bolsterig his own arsenal of string instruments.

"Playin' Around" pulls the music into a groove, fun and playful; and "Noise" ups that groove ante, with an infectious modern dance beat. Then "Down Town" pushes that theme even deeper, with a rock steady beat and wah-wah guitar.

Like guitarists Daniel Lanois and Bill Frisell, Meir Shitrit is a studio wizard, weaving acoustic sounds together and juicing them with programming with a fine touch on his auspicious debut, Way
Track Listing: Shepherd's Melody; Blue; Waves; Way; Spirit of India; Jaffa Nights; Song of Search; Playin' Around; Noise; Down town; Tranquility; Taqsim Square

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