BIOGRAPHY

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 received the DownBeat student award "Vocal Jazz Soloist" of 2021. She performs in the Netherlands and abroad with her Band. In 2021 releases two new albums.

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 during her studies 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 that 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.  in 2021 will release her album "song for a butterfly". 

reviews

  

"Not long ago a friend of mine who has been working as a music professional for decades, suggested that it may be a good idea to get rid of all musical genre names and just call music MUSIC. Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Miles Davis made comments in the past that point in that direction as well. I thought of this during the first listening session I devoted to Hila’s debut album. I heard so much originality combined with a thorough knowledge of various musical traditions that labelling seems a waste of time. Her highly personal approach in compositions and lyrics allow you to enter her musical world as a welcomed guest, or rather, friend. She does not make any useless attempts to hide certain influences: including these in her own artistic concept feels more as a respectful tribute. What I also like is that within her obvious control of how her music should sound, she allows her fellow musicians, all great players, lots of space to express their class and understanding of Hila’s concept. The production is personal, crisp, intimate but also strong. A bit like the combination she describes in Song For a Butterfly. Strangers In My Dreams is full of beautiful paradoxes: for instance, it has a timeless quality to it but also very much refers to the times we currently live in. This makes Hila a powerful figure in the music world and I am sure her voice and vibe will touch the hearts of many open minded listeners. Speaking of open minds: I wish the late George Duke could have heard the title song because I am convinced he would have included it in his own repertoire right away.

Hila’s debut: delightful in many ways!"

Co de Kloet

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