Petah Tikva (Peh-tah Teek-Qwah), Israel
|Labels||Tzadik, Hatav Hashmini|
Zamir was born to a secular family and started playing the saxophone at the age of eleven. He is a graduate of Thelma Yellin high school of arts in Israel. After he finished his studies he left for New York City, where he began showing interest in Jewish, Hasidic and East European music as well as West Indian rhythmic approaches. He completed his studies at The New School in 2002.
With John ZornEdit
Under the "Tzadik" label, Zamir recorded three albums with his band, Satlah, with Zorn as a sideman. They recorded two studio albums called Children of Israel and Satlah, as well as a live performance called "Exodus". Satlah and Exodus contain original materials written by Zamir himself, while Children of Israel contains original jazz variations of known traditional Israeli and Jewish compositions. In all three albums, Zamir performs as soloist together with a rhythm section, which includes bass and drums, accompanied by an ensemble of brass instruments.
In 2007 Zamir recorded I Believe for Zorn's label with the killing rhythm section of Zorn, including Joey Baron on drums, Uri Caine on piano and Greg Cohen on double bass.
In 2015 Zamir released Redemption Songs on Tzadik, featuring another killing band including Mark Guiliana on drums, Shai Maestro on piano and more great Israeli musicians.
While staying in New York, Zamir got closer to the Jewish religion and finally decided to go back to live in Israel. In 2006 he recorded his fifth album, Amen, under the Israeli label "Hatav Hashmini", with Omer Avital on bass, Daniel Friedman on drums and Omri Mor on piano. Avishai Cohen plays trumpet on one of the tracks.
In 2009, Zamir released a second album on the "Hatav Hashmini" label titled Echad (One). Zamir featured percussionist virtuoso Zohar Fresco and Israeli Rockn'Roll legend Berry Sakharof on vocals and electric guitar.
Zamir appeared in many festivals, including "Krakow Jewish Culture Festival" in Poland, "Red Sea Jazz Festival" in Eilat, Israel; Jarasum Festival in Korea, Ottawa International Jazz Festival in Canada; Melbourne International Jazz Festival in Australia; Saulkrasty Festival in Latvia; Warsaw "Singer" Festival in Poland, Nurnberg NueJazz Festival in Germany, Vienna's Klez Festival in Austria, more festivals in Japan, USA, and performances in almost every country on the globe.
Zamir is a steady resident at Israel's jazz festivals. In April 2013, Zamir was one of the musicians who represented Israeli Jazz at Jazzahead, the annual European Jazz Fair at Bremen. Zamir's show was captured on tape and is a viral video amongst jazz fans.
Zamir received the esteemed prime minister award for composers in 2010 for outstanding jazz compositions.