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Just Confirmed! Gilad Heksleman Trio: an intimate guitar concert

An intimate concert in AINSI with the next-gen, Israeli guitar hero Gilad Hekselman’s award-winning trio.

Guitarist Gilad Hekselman (Israel) has made his home base in New York since 2004. His crystal-clear, passionate improvisations caught the attention of some of the top players in the U.S. many of whom invited him to share the stage. Gilad is regularly invited to play with number jazz greats including Chris Potter, Esperanza Spalding, John Scofield, Tigran Hamasyan and Avishai Cohen. Gilad has even recorded three tracks for Walt Disney Records, one of which was included in the record Everybody Wants To Be a Cat (2011) alongside a top-shelf lineup of musicians including Dave Brubeck, Joshua Redman, Esperanza Spalding, Diane Reeves, Roy Hargrove, Kurt Rosenwinkel, The Bad Plus and many other jazz legends!

Gilad has won numerous awards including the Gibson Montreux International Guitar Competition. He’s recorded numerous records many of which have received rave review. His latest album Homes (2016) combines singing melodies with, subtle African influences, atmospheric soundscapes and even a little wink to Pat Metheny.


Gilad Hekselman – Guitar
Rick Rosato – Double Bass
Ben Jonathan Pinson – drums

Quotes From the Press

…Mr. Hekselman, playing complex chords with extended harmony moved his solo toward a peak. About two minutes in, the audience began yelling.

— Ben Ratliff, The New York Times

Hekselman has a pristine, crystalline sound and a bright playing style that seems as natural and sustaining as air and water… Imagine a brightly lit day, sunlight on water – you are there. If Monet’s waterlily studies were music this could be it… with a quiet assertiveness and expertise that is winning throughout…

— Laurel Gross, All About Jazz

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