Idit Shner & Mhondoro

Heat Wave

Price: € 19.95
Format: CD
Label: OA2 Records
UPC: 0805552219821
Catnr: OA2 22198
Release date: 08 July 2022
1 CD
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€ 19.95
OA2 Records
Catalogue number
OA2 22198
Release date
08 July 2022

About the album

Its name meaning “the lion spirit” in Shona, a language of Zimbabwe, MHONDORO has produced a powerful first album, full of joy and brimming with the force of life. Melding traditional Zimbabwean music, American jazz, and an unmistakable dose of the Pacific Northwest, Heat Wave celebrates the culmination of its diverse roots. Born during the pandemic as Israeli saxophonist Idit Shner, Zimbabwean vocalist & percussionist John Mambira, and the Oregon-bred rhythm section of pianist Torrey Newhart, bassist Garrett Baxter, and drummer Ken Mastrogiovanni formed a "parent pod" to allow their children to attend virtual school together while the parents jammed in the living room. Realizing that put together, the music created was both global and hyper-local—truly American, in the best sense of the word—it provided a thrilling artistic escape from the times and exciting possibilities for the future.
MHONDORO, dessen Name in der simbabwischen Sprache Shona "Löwengeist" bedeutet, hat ein kraftvolles Debütalbum vorgelegt, das vor Lebensfreude und Lebenskraft nur so strotzt. Mit einer Mischung aus traditioneller simbabwischer Musik, amerikanischem Jazz und einer unverkennbaren Dosis des pazifischen Nordwestens zelebriert Heat Wave den Höhepunkt seiner vielfältigen Wurzeln. Die Band entstand während der Pandemie, als der israelische Saxophonist Idit Shner, der simbabwische Sänger und Perkussionist John Mambira und die aus Oregon stammende Rhythmusgruppe, bestehend aus dem Pianisten Torrey Newhart, dem Bassisten Garrett Baxter und dem Schlagzeuger Ken Mastrogiovanni, einen "Eltern-Pod" bildeten, damit ihre Kinder gemeinsam die virtuelle Schule besuchen konnten, während die Eltern im Wohnzimmer jammten. Sie erkannten, dass die Musik, die sie schufen, sowohl global als auch hyperlokal war - wahrhaft amerikanisch, im besten Sinne des Wortes - und dass sie eine aufregende künstlerische Flucht aus der Zeit und aufregende Möglichkeiten für die Zukunft bot.


An active performer of both jazz and classical music, Idit has played in various distinguished venues in the United States and abroad, such as The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and Lincoln Center in New York.

Currently Shner plays with her jazz quartet in Eugene and Portland, Oregon. Her latest release of jazz originals, 9 Short Stories, garnered a 4 star review in Downbeat Magazine. Her jazz debut, Tuesday’s Blues, features nursery rhymes and ancient melodies from the Jewish liturgy performed in a jazz setting. Tuesday’s Blues got great reviews from JazzTimes, All Music Guide, and Jazz Review. Jazz festival performances include the Diet Coke Woman in Jazz Festival (NY), Bellayre Festival (NY), and New-Trier Jazz Festival (IL).

Idit appears on Music from SEAMUS Vol. 16, a compilation CD of music for instruments and electronic sounds by members of the Society for Electroacoustic Music in the United States.

As a classical saxophonist Idit has commissioned and recorded new music and performed solo recitals in the US and Israel. MINERVA is her latest classical release. Her third CD, Le Merle Noir, featuring music by Messiaen, Bozza, Partos, and Glass, was released on Origin Classics in August 2013. Her previous classical recording, FISSURES: 20th Century Music for saxophone and Harp with renowned harpist Yumiko Schlaffer, received great acclaim and was played on NPR’s All Things Considered. Idit has collaborated with Fireworks, Beta Collide and Third Angle (new music ensembles), and performed with the Oregon Symphony and the Eugene Symphony. Other appearances include the Northwest Percussion Festival, Electronic Music Midwest, the Oregon Bach Festival, and many North American Saxophone Alliance Conventions. During March 2006 she played in Israel as a featured soloist with a symphonic orchestra, and performed contemporary music at the national convention of the Society for Electro Acoustic Music in the US. Her last solo recital in Israel was broadcasted live on Voice of Music, a national public radio station.

Idit holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Oklahoma City University, a Masters degree in Music Education from University of Central Oklahoma, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from University of North Texas. Idit now teaches at the University of Oregon, as professor of saxophone and jazz studies. She was recently awarded two prestigious teaching awards: The 2015 Thomas F. Herman Award for Excellent in Pedagogy in areas of saxophone technique and chamber music coaching; and the 2016 University of Oregon Faculty Excellence Award.


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