Daniel Zamir
Photo by Ido Izsak

Daniel Zamir

Soprano saxophone

Daniel Zamir is probably one of the most influential and busy musicians in Israel. Zamir is a virtuoso saxophone player / composer of what can be defined as “Jewish Jazz,” fusing together Jewish sounds, high quality jazz, and ethnic / world music elements. Zamir’s albums are the most successful jazz albums ever to be recorded in Israel, with high acclaim from the media and critics and tremendous sales (Amen, released in 2006 sold over 12000 copies in Israel alone – the highest selling jazz album in Israel ever!). Zamir has performed and recorded with the biggest names in Israel’s pop and rock scene, such as Eviatar Banai, Beri Sacharoff, Ehud Banai, Yoni Rechter and more. Zamir has been performing as a special guest with Reggae megga-star Matisyahu on his European tours and in the US. Both of them performed together with Sting on his last visit to Israel in 2006.

Zamir has recorded 4 albums on John Zorn’s Tzadik label, the last one included Joey Baron, Uri Caine and Greg Cohen. Zamir performed with John Zorn’s Masada and Electric Masada numerous times in Israel and the US, and is considered by Zorn to be one of the most interesting and important saxophone players of our generation. Zamir (31) won the 2010 Prime Minister Award for outstanding jazz composers, the youngest musician ever to win this prestigious award.