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Atzmon, Gilad (9th June 1963-Present)

He is a musician, author and activist born in Israel who studied composition and jazz at the Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem.  Although being able to play many instruments his favourite is the alto saxophone.

He moved to London to study philosophy and formed the Orient House Ensemble and his first solo release with them was the album musiK.

While still following his own musical career he also became a member of Ian Dury and The Blockheads in 1996 and with that group has performed with Sinead O’Connor, Paul McCartney and Robbie Williams, amongst others.

His compositions include, aside from his own recordings, music scores for radio and film and he has appeared as a musician in the movies Croupier and Gangster No. 1.  Up until 2013 he had released 14 solo albums.

As a novelist he has published Guide to the Perplexed and My One and Only Love which both touch on the psychology of the Jewish and Zionist beliefs. Along the same lines he has been a controversial figure with his political statements on anti-Semitism.

Here he is performing his own version of “Nature Boy”…