Meet Tamar Aphek, The Israeli Guitarist Who Plays 'Jazz & Roll' : World Cafe : World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN The Tel Aviv musician talks about how her distinct sound revealed itself during improvisation.
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Tamar Aphek on World Cafe

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Meet Tamar Aphek, The Israeli Guitarist Who Plays 'Jazz & Roll'

Meet Tamar Aphek, The Israeli Guitarist Who Plays 'Jazz & Roll'

Tamar Aphek on World Cafe

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Set List

  • "Too Much Information"
  • "Crossbow"
  • "As Time Goes By"

Tamar Aphek grew up in Tel Aviv, Iseral, as a classical musician before falling in love with rock bands like Fugazi and the Jesus Lizard. She played in rock bands in the underground Israeli rock scene before going solo in 2014 with her debut EP, Collision. All bets are off on her latest album. Tamar Aphek combines her love of rock and improvisation to create a sound she calls Jazz & Roll.

In this episode, we talk to Aphek about how this improvisation revealed itself during recording, aiming for the right sound of distortion during her impressive guitar playing and what attracted her to the song "As Time Goes By" — you know, the one Humphrey Bogart asked Sam to play in Casablanca. But first we get started with a performance of "Too Much Information," recorded live for World Cafe.

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