Heralded as Israels "New Comer of the Year" by many radio stations and magazines, the young and very talented Shira Gavrielov is ready to take over the rest of the world.

Shira was born in the spring of 1989 and has established herself as one of the music elites in Israel. Shiras father introduced her to music, being part of the Israeli musical existence himself, but it didn't take long for her to start her own musical journey.

Wanting to learn as much as she could, Shira got accepted into Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp all the while studying classical ballet and jazz in The Alma Frankfurt Dance School. But what really set her apart was her voice.

At 15 she used that voice for the first time on a song entitled "Boy and Girl" (Naar ve Naara) that charted well enough to garner interest from major Israeli record label, NMC Israel. But wanting to keep on her own musical journey she decided to record her debut record on her own terms. But not before expanding her musical knowledge even more.

At 17, she started attending the Rimon School of Jazz and Contemporary Music, a branch school of the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, where she was one of the youngest students ever to be accepted. Shortly after, Shira released "Haboker Ya'ir," from her debut self-titled album. Shira had another taste of the spotlight, and decided she didn't want her journey to end there.

On top of the musical success, Shira was offered to be the first artist signed and sponsored by the mobile company, Cellcom. Shira was also chosen by fashion company, Pascha Studios, to be their spokesperson.

Shiras signature sound of blending beautiful harmonies with her sultry voice has audiences captivated as they listen to her. Add in her classical musical training and the want to always do something new and you get something very honest and refreshing.

Nowadays Shira is promoting her sophomore effort, Clear Vision. Her cover of Gnarls Barkleys "Crazy", produced by top British producers Tom Nichols and Tim Baxter has become a huge hit in Israel and abroad. The follow up, "Don't Just Walk on By," which she wrote, gives her fans an even more intimate look into this prolific artists journey.

Mika Hary

Singer-songwriter Mika Hary has started playing the piano at age 6, and since then has always impressed her teachers and peers with flowing musicality. Already in high school, Mika lead groups to perform in Israel’s major jazz venues, including broadcasted events in the main channels. For her army service, Mika was chosen as a lead singer in the IDF orchestra and received a special “outstanding musician” status from the Israeli ministry of education. As a lead singer in the orchestra, Mika has performed extensively throughout Israel, appearing in nation-wide broadcasted events as well as in front of some dignitaries from around the world. At times, she had been personally requested by the Israeli Army’s Chief of Staff to sing the national anthem in an important event. Upon release from the army Mika has participated in the Israeli version of American Idol and has received much love and respect from the audience. But it was time for her to go even further, and so, in fall 2007, Mika has moved to NYC to pursue her degree in music/philosophy at the renowned New School University, where she received a scholarship. She graduated with honors from both degrees on May 2012. While being a full-time double degree student, Mika has managed to form the ‘Mika Hary Group’ with which she performed her original compositions in some of the city’s best known venues and playing with some of the rising stars in the music scene, creating quite a reputation for herself, and sweeping hearts of fans wherever she went. Mika has already performed at Rose Theater (Jazz at Lincoln Center), City Winery, Cornelia Street Café, Rockwood Music Hall and the Bern Jazz festival (Switzerland). The Mika Hary Group, featuring the hottest young names in jazz today (Nir Felder, Shai Maestro, Ziv Ravitz. Sam Minaie, Gilad Hekselman, Ari Karason and more), is now working on their debut album, to be released later this year.

In addition to leading her own group, Mika has shared the stage with many great artists as a side-woman. Among her projects are recording “Lullaby for Emma” a song which was included on Ziv Ravtiz’s “Images From Home” (2009) album for the international label Enja, along world renowned musicians Omer Klein (piano) and Avishai Cohen (trumpet). In 2012 Mika has collaborated and toured the US with Yoni Rechter, an all-time favorite Israeli composer, who has helped shaping the face of Israeli music in the last few decades.

Magda Fishman

Magda started her musical training at the age of 10 studying piano and as the soloist of a Tel-Aviv youth singing group. At the age of 14 she started playing trumpet and was soon recognized by the national youth magazine as an extraordinary talent. She then became a member of the Tel-Aviv Youth Orchestra, big band and Dixieland groups.

She performed all over Israel, Europe, the U.S. and Canada impressing audiences everywhere with her unique singing ability and soulful trumpet playing. At 16, she was chosen to be a soloist in several Israeli and international musical productions and festivals. She starred in the “Three Penny Opera” with the London National Youth theater at the BAC Theater, where she played the lead role of Jenny. She performed at the International Red Sea Jazz Festival as a soloist singer and trumpet player and at the “Jazz Cinematic Festival”.

Magda was the lead singer of the Israeli dance/pop group “Power Source” which released a hit song on Israeli TV. She was chosen from among many singers in the Israel Defense Forces to be the soloist with the internationally respected Israeli Army Orchestra where she also played trumpet. With the orchestra she performed all over Israel often for visiting world leaders. The orchestra’s main audiences, however soldiers and the civilian population. Magda performed in a wide variety of styles and musical genres. After completing army service she was invited to sing as a soloist with the “national Chamber Music Society” in the special world and contemporary music series in the Tel-Aviv Museum of Art.

Magda collaborate with the Livnat Brothers groups, with whom she performed at The Susan Dalal Center for Performing Arts. She recorded a commercial CD with them on the Golden Peacock label in Israel, on which she is the lead vocalist and trumpet player. She performed at the Israel International Festival in Jerusalem which is annually broadcast on Israeli national TV. She performed with the Livnat Brothers in the National Theater, Habima Club, and at many other places.

In the Prague State Opera, she starred in “The Picture of Dorian Gray”, an impressive musical theatre/rock production. She played the role of Sybil and got the attention of European producers and international audiences. She was accompanied by the Prague National State Opera with a full symphonic orchestra as well as a rhythm section.

Magda came to the U.S. as part of the Tel Aviv-Broadway Musical Theatre Project and was chosen to perform as a soloist at a concert in New York honoring Barbara Cook and Harold Prince. It was here that Magda was discovered by several leading figures of the American theater, including Mary Rodgers – composer and writer, daughter of composer Richard Rodgers, who supported and encouraged her studies in the United States. Musical directors Jack Lee and Wally Harper and award-winning actress Jane Summerhays were also drawn to Magda’s performance at this extraordinary event.

She continued her studies at the Manhattan School of Music and studied both contemporary and classical music. She studied acting at the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU and the William Esper Studio for professional acting. In October 2002 Magda performed at the 13th annual cabaret convention as a soloist star along with artists such as Celeste Holm, Margaret Whiting, Paula West, Sheldon Harnick and others. In 2003, Magda started performing for Golden Fleece LTD, the composer’s chamber theater and The Aviva Players, presenting original cabaret and musical theater pieces.

Recently Magda was the lead vocalist in three original pieces of award-winning American composer Noa Ain and Gerard Edery. Magda performed in two prestige’s evenings hosted by the NBA entertainment honoring Michael Eisner (Disney’s president and CEO). The second evening that Magda performed was in honoring of Brian L. Roberts and Ralph J. Roberts (President and CEO of COMCAST Communications).

Magda received numerous awards and honors for her outstanding talents. One of them being the prestigious America-Israel Cultural Foundation scholarship. She also received the honor placement on the Dean’s list at the Manhattan School of Music, and an award as “extraordinary artists” from the Buchman-Heyman Foundation.

Magda has appeared with her musical groups as soloist in concerts all over the U.S. and Canada. She has performed at The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, DC, The National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, the First Night Festival in Boston, the 92nd Street Y, the Philadelphia Museum of Arts, The Baked Potato jazz club in Los Angeles, The Triad and Makor nightclubs in New York, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, NJ, the Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center in New York, The Town Hall in New York. She was featured in The Songwriter’s Circle at the venerable New York City jazz club The Bitter End.

Recently, she performed at the Israel Embassy in Washington and in various concerts celebrating Israel’s 60th anniversary. She has collaborated with Alicia Svigals, Avram Pengas, Ron Eliran, Dudu Fisher and many others. Magda is currently enrolled as a Cantorial student at the Jewish Theological Seminary. At the recent Cantors’ Assembly, she was honored with First Prize in the highly competitive “Cantors’ Idol” competition. She is working on her original compositions, and getting ready to record her first album. She performs on a regular basis for the Israeli Consulate’s Department of Cultural Affairs, and leads a special monthly service at Sutton Place Synagogue in New York.

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AICF Presents: Shira Gavrielov, Mika Hary, and Magda Fishman

Tuesday, October 15 · Doors 7:00 PM / Show 7:30 PM at SubCulture