Hometown: Jerusalem, Israel
Web site: http://www.myspace.com/coolooloosh
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In 2003, five extremely talented musicians from Jerusalem, Israel, and Baltimore , Maryland , found each other and came together to form one of the most unique and dynamic forces in the music world as we know it today. Suitably named “Coolooloosh”, a Jerusalemite word for celebration and joy; this is precisely what the band Exudes with each and every exciting performance. Wooing fans around the world with their intelligent blend of genres, Coolooloosh combining Hip Hop, Rap, Jazz, and Funk, is one of Israel’s most popular groups, and is one of the very few well known emerging acts that can pull it off. Consistently, pushing the envelope, the band is destined to break internationally.
A diverse group of individuals, from varied musical backgrounds the band consists of Rebel Sun (MC) ,Yuval Gerstein (Guitar and Vocal), , Ori Winokur (Bass and vocal), Yogev Shitrit (Drums) and Arik Levy (Saxophones) .
Originally from Baltimore, Maryland in the fall of 1999, Joel ( Rebel Sun ) moved to Israel. This leads to the question the artist is commonly asked "Why Israel ?...What made you come to Israel?"He answers "Well I real just wanted to see the country for myself....Being the fact that I am a jew it sould be natural in some way." He remarks "...after just stay for a short while i felt home...." Later he adds "....as i start to only check the music seriously two years later i started working with dj's and mc's from Jerusalem and Tel Aviv and i was impressed by the art." By 2002 Rebel Sun was a cornerstone in the underground scenes. To this he states " ....I was doing what an mc does....make music spit'n freestyles....then i met Ori and it all changed, he told me about his band and that i should check them out." He laughs " It took three months but it happened and the rest is history"
The band started its international career with an extremely zealous show at the renown Sodra Theatre in Stockholm Sweden in May 2007, Coolooloosh then forged on to continue an extremely successful and productive tour of Europe performing in the UK, Germany, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France, and Hungary, including the well known “Spancirfest” festival in Croatia, gaining major attention and vast amounts of new fans at every show.
Recently at the invitation of Grammy® nominated engineer/producer David Ivory (The Roots, Patti Labelle, Erykah Badu) the band traveled to the US in January of 2008 to record their new full length album "Elements Of Sound" with Ivory at the helm. “These guys are really something special and unique. When my associate brought them to my attention, it was a no-brainer that I had to work with them” stated Ivory. Featured on this album are the Soul Legend – Bunny Sigler (Instant Funk , The O’Jays , Patti Labelle )and the world famous percussionist Pablo Batista (Alicia Keys , Jill Scott , Diana Reeves) which lead to future collaborations on stages in Israel and the states.
"Elements Of Sound" is distributed in Israel by a major record label and is available Internationally online @ Itunes , Amazon , Rhapsody , Napster and many more.
In conjunction with the recording Coolooloosh toured across the US, including a shows at the prestigious Kennedy Center in Washington DC , Avalon in Los- Angeles , House of Blues in San Diego and finished the USA tour with a sold out show at the well known Joe’s Pub in Manhattan. Recently Coolooloosh were invited to play at the world renown Montreal Jazz Festival which opened up an extended Canada - USA summer tour. Come October 2009 the band will return to America for the CMJ music marathon in NYC as well as a USA tour.
Look for this emerging artist to take the world by storm and break wide open onto the scene and quickly become a powerhouse in the international music community.
"It is arguably one of the best live hip-hop bands in the world...The band will continue to tour and bless audiences across the globe with their dynamic show. It’s only a matter of time before they become one of the largest international acts in the music industry" BET
“Jerusalem’s Genre-blending Coolooloosh are hard to ignore” - SPIN Magazine
“This melting pot of sound recently kept a packed house at Joe’s Pub in New York moving and grooving until well into the night, a memorable close to a U.S tour…” Global Rhythm June 2008
“Coolooloosh is a band worth looking out for - a bastion of originality in a culture of copycats” Jerusalem Post Debut album review
“In short, the Israeli public can expect to hear a lot more from this band with the addictive sound and a magical ability to draw crowds” Jerusalem Post Show Review
“The Music is infectious and the crowd gets on their feet” Swindle Magazine L.A