Itai Kriss, a 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 first album, The Shark. The album features Kriss’ “soaring technique and phrasing that is both aggressive and pastoral,” which displays the versatility of his command of the flute, shifting through genres from funk and reggae to salsa and Arabic stylings with fluid ease. His second album coming out in 2018 features TELAVANA, a band which bridges the musical spheres of the Middle East and the Caribbean from the desert shores of Israel to the tropical beaches of Cuba by combining Timba, Soul, North African music and Jazz to create a unique and lively mix of rhythms and textures.
Kriss is based in New York, where he is vital member of the downtown and Brooklyn Jazz scenes and the Latin Jazz and Salsa music scenes. He can be heard performing, touring and recording with his own ensembles and some of the most exciting jazz and Latin musicians in town, including Los Hacheros, Edmar Castañeda, Pedrito Martinez, Omer Avital, Yosvany Terry, Avishai Cohen & Eric McPherson to name a few. When not touring, Kriss performs regularly at premiere New York music venues including The Blue Note, Birdland, S.O.B.’s, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and The Copa Cabana.