Gilad Atzmon founded the Orient House Ensemble band in London in 2000 together with Asaf Sirkis, Frank Harrison and Oli Hayhurst.
The Band now consists of Gilad Atzmon Saxes, Frank Harrison piano Yaron Stavi double bass and Chris Higginbottom drums.
Gilad Atzmon is a British Jazz artist and author. He was born in Israel in 1963 and trained at the Rubin Academy of Music, Jerusalem (Composition and Jazz). A multi-instrumentalist he plays saxophones, clarinet and ethnic woodwind instruments . His album Exile was the BBC jazz album of the year in 2003. He was described by John Lewis at the Guardian as the “hardest-gigging man in British jazz.” Atzmon tours extensively around the world. His albums, of which he has recorded fifteenth albums to date, often explore political themes and the music of the Middle East.
As a member of the Blockheads, Gilad has also recorded and performed with Ian Dury, Robbie Williams, Sinead O'Connor and Paul McCartney. Gilad has also recorded with Robert Wyatt, the Water Boys. In 2014 he recorded with Pink Floyd and is featured on their last album The Endless River (Anisina).
In 2000 Gilad founded the Orient House Ensemble in London and started re-defining his own roots in the light of his emerging ethical awareness.
“A formidable improvisational array...a jazz giant steadily drawing himself up to his full height...” The Guardian.