Soulful & funky, crisp & clear, masterful harmonic and rhythmic complexity and sweet sounding simplicity. I have been working at the forefront of NYC's Jazz and Latin music scenes, performing & recording with some of the top musicians in the world including Orquesta Akokán (nominated for a grammy in 2019) & reggae legend Burning Spear.
Itai Kriss, a Grammy nominated recording artist praised by Jazzwax as “one of the most exciting new flutist-composers” on the scene, commands a variety of musical genres with an eclectic style infused with Jazz, Latin and Middle Eastern sounds. According to Downbeat Magazine, there is a “tangy, exotic flavor” to the New York musician’s style, which can be heard on his debut album, The Shark (2010) as well as on his latest release, TELAVANA (2018).
After spending the past 15 years working at the forefront of New York City’s Jazz scene while performing, recording and touring with some of the world’s top Afro-Cuban, Latin and Salsa artists, flute virtuoso Itai Kriss fuses the sounds of his native Israel with those of his adopted homelands in the Americas to create his own band TELAVANA, which bridges the musical spheres of the Middle East and the Caribbean by combining Timba, Soul, North African music and Jazz. When not touring and recording with likes of Orquesta Akokán, Pedrito Martinez, Edmar Castañeda, Yemen Blues, Burning Spear & Los Hacheros, Itai regularly performs at premiere New York music venues including The Blue Note, Birdland, Smalls, S.O.B's and Lincoln Center.
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- Etienne Charles Kaiso
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- Dida A Missing Shade of Blue
- Edmar Castaneda Live at the Jazz Standard
- Yunior Teyy Mi Bajo Danzon
- Bianca Wu Jazz Them Up
- Mike Eckroth Piano and Rhythm
5 Reviews - 1 Repeat ClientEndorse Itai Kriss Music
Brilliant! Wonderful flute playing.
ITAI IS A SUPREME TALENT. If you are looking for legit Jazz Flute, he is your guy. Super easy to work with. He took direction really well and was able to execute exactly what I wanted. He came up with an amazing solo exactly in the style that I wanted. He delivered high quality audio. I couldn't be happier.
Great experience recording jazz flute with Itai. He's a really talented player and gave me some great sounding and well recorded tracks. Highly recommend working with him - thanks Itai!
Itai is quick and professional a pleasure to work with.
Itai is an absolutely incredible talent. A true gem. Pleasure to work with. Highly recommend to anyone looking to add some magic to your work. He is quick and professional.
Loved it !