Israeli musician fuses jazz, Middle Eastern traditions

Feb 10, 2014

Omer Avital will be at the Wharton Center for Performing Arts in East Lansing on February 12.
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Jazz bassist and composer Omer Avital will be at Wharton Center’s Pasant Theater with his band on Feb. 12. Avital’s music includes literally a world of influences, from Israel to Spain to Africa to America.

Growing up in Israel, Avital says he listened to a wide variety of music, from traditional Middle Eastern music to American music and classical. Current State's Melissa Benmark speaks with Avital about his career and upcoming performance.