Last Of Songs - Irit Dekel & Eldad Zitrin

Irit Dekel

 

Irit Dekel grew up in Haifa, and today lives in Tel-Aviv. Since she can remember herself, she was attracted to music and the performing arts area: As a child, she was singing in the school choir, and played on different instruments, such as flute and keyboards. She studied art and acting in high-school, and in 2004 studied at the “Jerusalem visual theater”, in the school of the performing arts. In 2007 she was accepted to the prestigious School of the performing arts, “Beit Zvi”.

Even after graduating the formal frameworks of the performing arts, Irit continued to study it intensively by a private teachers. She was taking singing lessons and voice training, and professionalized at the same time in various musical styles: Classical, jazz, musicals, Ladino and Ladino romances.
Since 2011 Irit is a part of a musical group, “Boana A`banot”, which is performed with new versions of Chava Alberstein`s songs.

At the same time, Irit deals with acting: since 2011 she is an actress in “Gesher” theater, and was acting in plays such as “Primadonna”, “Haloch Vashov” and “Mrat A`misken Sheli”. In 2012 Irit hosted the Friday evening TV show at Channel 1, “Nifgashim B`eshishi”. In summer 2014 she was participated in two TV Shows: “Eifo Ata Hai” and “The eighty`s”.

As a true fan of Jazz style, for several years Irit was deal with jazz intensively- with the different colors that the genre contains, not only in the music area: She likes the expression and improvisation that jazz allows.

In searching for musical cooperation partners, in order to develop the jazz music from a different angle, met Irit in 2011 with the musician Eldad Zitrin. Together, they created the valued musical project, “Last of songs”- Which is also the name of the project’s first album.

In the project`s first album there are 12 songs – All original musical arrangements of familiar songs in the jazz genre, originally performed by artists as Billie Holiday, Carmen McRae and Barbra Streisand. The famous songs get a new interpretation on the album, with an interesting combination of various musical genres such as pop, ethnic, classic and electronic. The meaning of the album`s name is “time delusions”, which means that the present is the only time that exists, and that`s why it is necessary to renew the past. The album is affected by several music styles and colors, and successfully combines between them. Therefore “Last of songs” believe, that their music is a bridge between different cultures, regardless of religion, race, color and gender.

The first “Last of songs” ‘s single was published in November 2013. Three singles came after it, which were played on the radio and got enthusiastic responses. In addition, the project release 10 video clips which were taken in five days. The video clips present visuals of Israel in the seventies, combined realistic Italian cinema.

In May 2013, as part of the Tel Aviv Jazz Festival, the project performed at the Tel Aviv cinematheque,
a collaboration with the Andalusian Orchestra Ashkelon.
The promotional event of the first project`s single, which existed at Tel Aviv`s cinematheque in December 2013, was accompanied by the project`s photos and video clips exhibition. As part of the event, the project preformed one more time with the Andalusian Orchestra Ashkelon.

During 2014 the project performed at the Red Sea jazz Festival in Eilat, and  went for a tour in Sicily for one week, performing on several Festivals in the island. In November this year the project preformed in Tel-Aviv`s Piano Festival. Now a days, “Last of songs” perform in various clubs in Tel Aviv City and around Israel.