Effective period / Period of releases: 2016
Members: Guy Bernfeld, Yogev Gabay, Erez Aviram, Ray Livnat, Ayala FossfeldOut of Tel Aviv, Israel comes the stylistically diverse prog group, Anakdota. Primarily driven by the piano heavy compositions and arrangements of keyboardist Erez Aviram, the band was formed in 2013 as a quartet. Prior to the 2016 release of their first full length album, Overloading, the band was joined by a second vocalist. As of 2016 the lineup consisted of:
Ray Livnat - Vocals,
Ayala Fossfeld - Vocals,
Erez Aviram - Piano, Keyboards,
Guy Bernfeld - Bass,
Yogev Gabay - Drums.
Each member of the ensemble has deep roots in musical education, involved in both Rimon School of Jazz and Contemporary Music in Tel Aviv as well as Berklee College of Music.
Livnat made a name for himself in Prog Rock circles as part of the Project RnL, an ensemble that is best known for their multi-frame iPad YouTube videos; a style that would be incorporated in Anakdota's The Girl Next Door video. His range and clarity combined with an innate quirkiness give his vocals a unique character.
Together, Anakdota is a very expressive project that uses that incorporates a broad spectrum of styles much in the vein of Gentle Giant with quirky social commentary lyrical story lines. Avarim's compositions that are rich with piano that incorporate jazz chord modulations in the spirit of Chick Corea or Vince Guaraldi along with the rhythmic structures and percussiveness of Keith Emerson.