Arik Livnat

Arik Livnat, a musician (wind, saxophones, and flutes) and actor. He served in the army as a soloist in the IDF Orchestra. Arik learned to play the classical flute with the the Philharmonic Orchestra flautist, the late Serjio Feidman, and jazz flute with the musician, the late Roman Kunzman. He studied saxophone playing with the musician Peter Wertheimer, and theory of music and composition under the musicians Menachem Wiezimberg and Ilan Mohiah. He is a graduate of the Yoram Levinstein School of Acting, and acted in the Haifa Theater, in the Haifa Festival of Children's Plays, in the Fringe Theater, and also hosted shows on Educational TV programs. Arik recorded and performed together with some of the best artists in Israel, and also made an appearance with the American singer Stevie Wonder.
He appears on the stage and records with his brother, Aviv Livnat (guitar, song, and composition). They perform their special melting pot of original music-cum-jazz and contemporary Jewish music with great success on the stage in Israel and abroad, and even appeared lately before the US President, Bill Clinton and in a UN-organized concert.
He received "America Israel" Foundation grants for light music and jazz, and ACUM's Golden Feather award for the year 2000, together with his brother, for the disc "A Child's Dream" (music that they wrote for theater, movies, and dance). He won the British Millenium Award for original music which he wrote together with his brother for a London West End Theater production. Arik produced and recorded the following discs as a member of the Livnat Brothers: The first disc, "The One You Can't See" (1990) includes original music that was dedicated to his late father, the pilot Arnon Livnat, who was killed in the Six Day War. The second disc, "Meditation of the Sad Soul" (1997) is a fascinating adaptation of poems by various poets. The third disc, "Jewish Jazz live in Poland," (2000) was recorded live in the prestigious jazz club, Blue Note, in Poland and became part of the tour of 15 concerts throughout the country. The fourth disc, "A Child's Dream," (2002) won ACUM's "Golden Feather" award. The fifth disc "Arik Livnat" (2002), consists of original music and songs. The sixth disc, "Safed," music based on the town of Safed, is due to be released soon.
Apart from his prolific and wide-ranging musical activities, together with his brother Aviv Livnat he inaugurated a special musical arts foundation, the Raz-Ram Foundation, that caters for orphaned and needy children through the arts. The organization functions within the framework of individual and group tutoring in various fields of art such as music, painting, theater, etc.

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