Wed, September 12th

Israel Varela Trio Album Release Concert


Doors 6:30pm
Show 7:15pm
Advance Price $10 (SAVE 30% on dinner when you include a Full Dinner for only $20 - details below)
Door Price $15
Table Reservation (212) 777-1157

Advanced online ticket sales stop at 5pm on day of show
If available, more tickets are available at door

“ZAMAR” Album release concert!!


“Inside the music of mexican drummer-composer-singer Israel Varela is a rare mix among Jazz, mexican, andalusian, and classical colors. Ultimately, though, the surprising artist from Tijuana has figured a way to integrate all four seamlessly in his music. "(Music around net Magazine"). Since arriving in Rome, Israel Varela has been one of the most in demand drummers in Europe, capturing the attention of the international music scene. But it is in the context as a leader in his own right that the gifted artist from Tijuana has revealed all his creativity and distinctive style. Besides leading his own trio he has performed with multitudes of renowned Jazz, Flamenco, Classical and Pop artists including rewarding gigs with: Diego Amador, Pat Metheny, Charlie Haden, Bireli Lagrene, Bob Mintzer, Mike Stern, Yo Yo Ma, Jorge Pardo, Bob Sheppard, Giovanni Hidalgo, Hiram Bullock, Abe Laboriel, Andrea Bocelli, Alex Acuna, Gary Willis, Pino Daniele, Kamal Musallam, Kai Eckhardt ,Montse Cortes, Raimundo Amador, Otmaro Ruiz, Carles Benavent, John Pena, and Rasha Rizk.
Born in 1979 in Tijuana, Mexico, Israel grew up in a family filled with singers, pianists, guitarrists and orchestral conductors. He began to perform in public at the age of five, singing and playing piano. Years later at the age of twelve he began doing gigs as a drummer with the best Tijuana local Jazz bands, and studied under Gonzalo Farrugia, and Andrei Tchernishev. A major turning point in his life happened in 1995 when his talent was discovered by the great Alex Acuna. At the age of fifteen he was studying in Los Angeles privately under Alex Acuna(1995-1998), and later under Dave Weckl(1998/2000) also privately. On 2000 he moved to Milan where he studied at the G.Verdi Conservatory. On 2003 he moved to Seville to explore all the demanding techniques, rhythms & harmonies of Flamenco Music under the great Diego Amador, Luis Amador, and Miguel Vargas.This became an important period for Varela as during this period he developed his own voice as a drummer and as a composer knowing the flamenco tradition and using his own original style to add to it.
Currently he lives in Rome and is a member of the Diego Amador Trio(spain), the Kamal Musallam Trio(UAE), and the Alessandro Gwis Trio(Italy)His first two albums "Tijuana Portrait" (2008) and “Border People”(2009) were internationally acclaimed winning the Euro Latin Award(2008-2009). Now Varela is taking a new direction on his third album “ZAMAR” (co-produced w/ Officina del Jazz & Jazz Place Radio) using a new set of collaborators, feat. Alfredo Paixao, Mike Stern, Angelo Trabucco, Diego Amador, Kamal Musallam, and Paola Repele. 
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**Dinner Special Details**
Click on the ticket link above and select the General Admission ticket PLUS $20 Dinner special to save 30% on your dinner (does not include TIP). Select your dinner option on the page during checking-out when you review your online order and BEFORE finishing the check process.** 
Dinner options include:
  OPTION 1: Mediterranean Plate with Green Salad and a Soda
  OPTION 2: Cheeseburger with Green Salad, Humus and a Soda
  OPTION 3: Fish & chips with Green Salad, Humus and a Soda