Israel’s GTO Trio performs first live jazz performance in Japan in almost three years

 
 GTO Trio (photo credit: Carolina Mama )
GTO Trio
(photo credit: Carolina Mama )

In June, the GTO Trio – Gadi Lehavi, Tal Mashach and Ofri Nehemya – performed at Japan’s first live jazz show in almost three years. The GTO Trio has accompanied some of the world’s greatest jazz artists, such as Chick Corea, Ravi Coltrane, and Mulatu Astatke, as well as stars of the Israeli jazz scene. They have performed in festivals and venues worldwide, including the renowned Birdland and Village Vanguard jazz clubs in New York – the best spots for jazz musicians to evolve and develop. 

The event in Japan was particularly significant as it marked the launch of events celebrating 70 years of diplomacy between Israel and Japan.  The jazz show was made possible thanks to the efforts of the Israeli Ambassador to Japan Gilad Cohen, who opened his official residence for the event and was a resounding success. 

Ambassador Gilad Cohen with the cultural attaché Efrat Machikawa, the GTO Trio and guests (Credit: Masataka Ishida)Ambassador Gilad Cohen with the cultural attaché Efrat Machikawa, the GTO Trio and guests (Credit: Masataka Ishida)

The Ambassadors of the United States, Bahrain, Morocco and Italy were in attendance, as well as senior officials from the local government, and personnel from important agencies, such as the Japanese space agency, as well as key figures in the fields of culture, including producers, critics, hall managers, actors, dancers and singers.

GTO trio perform in Japan (Credit: Masataka Ishida)GTO trio perform in Japan (Credit: Masataka Ishida)
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