Israeli Jazz Series: Araleh Kaminsky, Drummer By Yossi Zwecker

Israeli Jazz Series: Araleh Kaminsky, Drummer By Yossi Zwecker

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This photograph is part of Zwecker’s Israeli Jazz Musicians project, in which he sets out to document the great masters of Israeli jazz. While over the past several decades Israel has become one of the most innovative exporters of jazz music in the world, there has been almost no documentation of its founding musicians and younger protégés. Zwecker sees this project as his contribution to the construction of a narrative for Israeli Jazz, and to the effort to bring the vibrant national scene to the fore of public awareness.

Araleh Kaminsky is a drummer and percussion player. Born in Tel Aviv in 1941, he is widely considered a founding father of Israeli jazz, as well as a pioneer of the Israeli rock scene. Kaminsky never received a formal musical education, and learned to drum on trash cans as an accompaniment to sing-alongs during his teenage years in Kibbutz Hanita. He has had a vibrant career collaborating with musicians in Israel such as Arik Einstein, Shalom Hanoch, Yossi Banai and Yehoram Gaon, as well as with internationally renowned jazz players like Stan Getz and Red Rodney. Kaminsky also teaches in various music schools, mentoring the young generation of Israeli percussionists. In 1997, he received the Life Achievement of Israeli Artist prize from “Eshkolot-Eilam.”

Throughout his career, Kaminsky has most often been photographed hidden behind his drum set, as are most of his fellow percussionists. In this photo, however, Zwecker chose to portray Kaminsy sitting by himself in front of a lone drum, at the center of the stage, bursting with life and energy. The photo captures Kaminsky in a spontaneous moment of glorious exuberance, throwing a multitude of drumsticks into the air and looking straight into the camera with an evident glimmer of mischief in his eye. The drumsticks,  caught in mid-air and reminiscent of a game of jackstraws or percussion notes on a musical score, perfectly express Kaminsky’s infectious freedom, his playfulness and creativity, and reproduce the exhilarating effects of his music in visual language.

Israeli Jazz Series

The Araleh Kaminsky, Drummer work is part of Zwecker’s Israeli Jazz Musicians project, in which he set out to document the great masters of Israeli jazz, an older generation that is beginning to disappear. While over the past several decades Israel has become one of the most innovative exporters of jazz music in the world, there has been almost no documentation of its founding musicians. Zwecker sees this project as his contribution to the construction of a narrative for Israeli jazz, and to the effort to bring the vibrant national scene to the fore of public awareness.

The Jazz Series allows Zwecker to fuse together his twin passions for photography and music. He chooses to photograph his subjects in black and white as an homage to the great jazz photographers of the 1940s, creating a dramatic effect while simultaneously plunging the observer into the unique vibe of a packed jazz club. While many other musical genres are often presented in large arenas or concert halls, integral to jazz are the intimate spaces in which it is usually performed and the direct, unmediated relationship between the musician and the audience; a relationship that is a crucial component in the photographer’s subject material.

Yossi Zwecker

Born in Israel in 1965, Yossi Zwecker began his career as a news photographer before specializing in photography of the performing arts. He collaborates extensively with leading Israeli theater companies, dance troupes, and music venues, and currently serves as the house photographer for the Israel Opera House, Tel Aviv Center for Performing Arts, and the Israeli Ballet.
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