Hoodna Orchestra

The Hoodna Orchestra is a 12 member orchestra who studies and investigates the African origins of western popular music. The Orchestra was formed in 2012, in the south side of Tel Aviv, by a group of musicians, and it functions as a collective and a record label.

Hoodna’s musical director is The Guitarist and composer Ilan Smilan. The cultural and musical environment that surrounds the group has a great effect on its creative process. Exposure to Ethiopian’, Eritrean and Arabic musical traditions, coupled with an ongoing study and exploration of different jazz styles, creates a unique blend which has made The Hoodna Orchestra one of the most appreciated and sought-after live shows in Israel. Between 2012 and 2015, The orchestra played every major festival in Israel, as well as all the main venues around the country.

In June 2015 the Orchestra launched its debut album titled “Let Go”. While working on the album and the show, the orchestra got to collaborate with many great artists (Kutiman, Karolina, Estrer Rada, Gili Yalo). The album was very well received. At the end of 2015 the Orchestra debuted a new show titled “The Ethiobeat Orchestra”. It featured the members of ensemble “Adyabo”, and the singer Tesfaye Negatu as well as the dancer\choreographer Aviv Yosef. This project signals the next phase in the Orchestra’s evolution, delving deeper into east African music, particularly the different styles of Ethiopian music, which inspired many new compositions and a lot of exiting new collaborations.

In 2016 the orchestra began working on a new album. While taking their time and experimenting with vintage recording equipment and different acoustics, the orchestra is determined in their search for a unique and original sound. This DIY process and approach places a lot of freedom and control in the hands of the musicians involved, and is aimed to allow for more genuine artistic expression.

Eylon Tushiner – Tenor Saxophone | Uri Selinger- Trombone I tamar Ben-Yakir – Trumpet | Elad Gelert – Baritone Saxophone Rom Shani – Alto Saxophone |Tomer Zuk – Keyboards| Amir Sadot – Bass Guitar | Ilan Smilan – Electric Guitar | Matan Asayag – Drums Rani Birenbaum – Percussion | Shahar Ber – Prcussion | Raz Eytan – Percussion

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