Head of School
Amikam Kimelman wears two hats at Rimon. As an administrator, he concentrates on the concerns and direction of the students at Rimon. As a teacher, he brings years of playing experience along with substantial academic credentials. He is a saxophonist, arranger and producer. Amikam is a graduate of The Rubin Academy of Music at Tel Aviv University and Berklee College of Music in Boston. Currently, he is the Music Director of The Tel Aviv Jazz Orchestra and leads, "The Human Factory" Quintet as well as the "Hard Jazz Knights" group which has performed in festivals such as Grahamstown (SA), Almati (Kazahstan), Baku (Azarbaijan), EU Jazz Express (Hungary) and Essen (W. Germany) as well as in Israel. Amikam performed with Lew soloff, Joanne Brackeen, Jeff Berlin, Lew Marini, Sheila Jordan, Jean Loup Longnon, Inaki Sandoval, Mike del Ferro, Franck Amsallem and the New York Voices. He has arranged and composed for The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, for top Israeli jazz, pop and rock stars including Rami Kleinstein, Shalom Hanoch, Nurit Galron, Alon Olearchik, Yehoram Gaon, Marina Maximilian Blumin and Gidi Gov. He is also an arranger for TV and major musical events in Israel and musical director of the Israeli jazz label JAZZ972. He teaches arranging, harmony, improvisation, and saxophone.
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