When asked what is jazz for her, Hila responded and asked, "do you have few moments for it or do you want my short answer?"...we were on stage and the audience was waiting for the concert to start.. then she said: "here is my short answer, jazz for me is what love and presence are for me.” That also applies to her voice. Hila's dialogue with the other instruments on stage is magical. In her own composition/improvisation it is not only about the lyrics, when Hila scats you understand her." Runen Verheul, Leiden Award 2020
Hila Hutmacher is a singer, composer, bandleader, arranger, and educator, based in Amsterdam. Lately graduated (MA) from the conservatory of Amsterdam after participating as a finalist in Leiden Jazz Award and in EuroFest Bucharest jazz festival in 2020. She performs in the Netherlands and abroad with her Band alongside her Duo, Trio, and Quartet jazz ensembles.
She started her way at the Jerusalem Academy of Music (Israel) where she graduated with excellence from the jazz department. After receiving the “Dean’s prize” and being accepted to the prestigious master’s program at the conservatory of Amsterdam she moved to Amsterdam, where she is based today. after playing 2 years together, Hila and the band are working on their first album which will see light this winter. Already performed a few stages in the Netherlands, among them the MeerJazz festival. Among the great musicians that Hila shared the stage with in different opportunities are Emmet Cohen Trio and the New York-based international Guitarist Gilad Hekselman.
Hila Hutmacher, was born in Israel to an Argentinian father and Romanian mother, grew up in a house full of music. In her singing, Hila gives a unique interpretation to the songs combining her multi-cultural influences starting from South American music, Classical music, Jazz music, Middle Eastern music, and Israeli Folk music.
As a jazz performer and a singer, Hila shares her own world of ideas and colors with the audience. she invites the listeners to join her journey where she stretches the limits of voice and sound. In her music, you can find a constant balance between pushing the existed limits and staying within them while preserving the aesthetic texture of her voice. The relationship between brightness and darkness, as well as minimalism and avant-garde, are reflected in her interpretation and in her original compositions and arrangements. For her, music-making is all about “the now” as it is a reflection of life and presence.
Hila is also the band leader of an international band called “J-Ruz”, a band which originally formed in Jerusalem and followed the musicians to their new locations around the globe: Copenhagen, New York, Amsterdam. This band is playing original tunes written by the members of the band and also got to record together and perform in many stages in Israel.
During her stay in Amsterdam Hila performed with the Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw.
In her singing, Hila invites the listener to enter a world of colors and sounds and to travel with her to new places of time and imagination. In her singing, there are influences of many cultures as reflected in her identity.