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David Buchbinder's Odessa/Havana 'Conversation of the Birds' CD Release

January 2, 2018

Toronto is recognized internationally for its incredible multiculturalism and for the rich cross-cultural pollinations that take place across the city’s many artistic communities. With its deep exploration of the connections between Jewish and Cuban music, the JUNO Award-winning David Buchbinder’s Odessa/Havana is the quintessential Toronto project.


On Wednesday, January 17, LMAC and NAC presents Across Canada will join forces for the release of Conversation of the Birds, the third recording by Odessa/Havana.  The evening at Lula Lounge kicks off with a set of world jazz by the stunning Turkish multi-instrumentalist Selcuk Suna who has invited powerhouse vocalist DIA and special guest Louwop of Los Poetas to join his sextet for the evening.


Door time: 6:00pm doors / Show time: 7:00pm. Purchase advance tickets.




David Buchbinder’s Odessa/Havana

David Buchbinder’s Odessa/Havana presents “dazzlingly tuneful music, with powerful, swinging and lyrical playing”, that is “passionate, dancing and completely irresistible.” The JUNO Award-winning ensemble have brought their cross-cultural music magic to audiences form New York to L.A., Vancouver to Sao Paulo, and everywhere in-between. Their sound is created by the writing of powerhouse trumpeter David Buchbinder and Grammy-nominated, JUNO-winning Cuban piano master Hilario Durán, and one killing ensemble of master musicians. This octet can alternately sound like an orchestra (covering brass, reeds, strings, keys, drums, percussion and voice), a tight, hot jazz ensemble, and a gritty, authentic street band, as they expertly negotiate a reimagined confluence of the historically-connected Jewish and Afro-Cuban music traditions.


Having released two recordings on the Tzadik label to rave reviews around the world (along with the JUNO, a Canadian Folk Music Award and many nominations) Odessa/Havana is now releasing their third album, Conversation of the Birds (produced by Buchbinder and mixed by JUNO winner John Bailey). The CD release concert features Buchbinder, Durán, Aleksandar Gajic, Justin Gray, John Johnson, Mark Kelso and Maryem Hassan Tollar. Find out more about