About

Yosi Levy was born in Jaffa Israel. He started playing the guitar when he was 12

 

 

years old. He studied classical guitar with –Menashe Bakish-and jazz with-Egon

 

 

Kerten.Yosi received scholarships from the “Israel-America cultural foundation”.

 

 

 

 

After military service in an army band Yosi started playing with leading jazz

 

 

musicians in Israel such as: Roman Kuntzman, Peter Wertiemer, and Danny Gottfried to

 

 

name a few.

 

 

 

 

Yosi continued studying in New-York City in Mannes College of Music there he

 

 

studied classical guitar with- Fred Hand. He also studied jazz with Jack Wilkins, Adolphe

 

 

Sandole, and Charlie Banacos.

 

 

 

 

 In New York he recorded with the great Dave Liebman the album “The House on

 

 

Lefferts Blvd” .The album was released in Israel on the – M.C.I. label and

 

 

received great reviews.

 

 

 

 

Back in Israel Yosi formed groups of his own and was a member in other various

 

 

bands. With them he performed in many festivals and clubs in Israel and around the

 

 

world from “The Red Sea Jazz Festival”in Israel to “Jazz Yatra”in India. Yosi

 

 

played with: Frank Gambale, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Kenny Werner, Jeff Berlin, Mordy

 

 

Ferber, and Bob Gilloty and with Israeli artists-Gilad Atzmon in the group “Shpil”

 

 

as well as with Alon Nadel in the group “Jazzeppelin”. He played with The Israeli

 

 

Philharmonic Orchestra under the conducting of maestro Zubin Meta, maestro

 

 

Daniel Birenbaum ,and maestro Mstislav Rostropovich.

 

 

 

 

He also played and collaborated with leading Israeli singers and songwriters such 

 

as, Yoni Rechter, Shem Tov Levy, Yosi Banai, Ester Ofarim and Gidi Gov.

 

 

 

 

Yosi formed a unique acoustic group called   “The Yosi Levy AcousticProject”  The

 

 

group fuses modern jazz and ethnic Israeli music and includes Ilan Salem and

 

recently Itai Kriss on flute and the great Indian tabla player Bikram Gosh who

 

 

plays regularly with sitar maestro Ravi Shankar. The group performed over the

 

 

years in India, Israel, and recently in Shangahi China with flautist Itai kriss and tabla

 

 

player-kaushik konwar.

 

 

The “Project” released an album in a trio format (with-Ilan Salem and Bickram

 

 

Ghosh) which is published independently and a new album in a duo format (with-Itai

 

 

Kriss) and will be released in winter 2013.      

 

 

 

 

In the last few years Yosi has also performed in a solo format with an acoustic and

 

 

classical guitars playing modern jazz mixed with classical influences.

 

 

Yosi is the head of the guitar department at the Berkley affiliated “Rimon School of Jazz and 

 

ContemporaryMusic”, and teaches at the “Jerusalem Academy of Music”.