Matti Caspi

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Matti Caspi is an Israeli composer, musician, singer and lyricist. Born in 1949, he is regarded as one of Israel’s top musicians.

His music style is difficult to classify. He is influenced by classical music, Brazilian and Latin music, Jazz, Rock and other genres. It is possible to hear all these influences in his music. Sasha Argov was one of the musicians who had a large influence on him; Caspi even recorded 2 albums of his songs with Argov’s co-operation.

Caspi was born in 1949 in Kibbutz Hanita in the Upper Galilee, and is of Romanian ancestry on his grandfather side. He studied piano at the conservatory in Nahariya. After his service he married Galia Superstain and less than a year he got 1972 he met the actriss(Patty) Doreen Lubetzky and after 3 years in 1975 they married. Have two children Brit 1981 and Bar 1985. Matti and Doreen Caspi lived together 18 years.

For his service in the army, he served as a performer in the Southern Command Group. He formed a trio with two of his friends, Gadi Oron and Ya’akov Noy, called The Three Fat Men. With this trio Caspi came out with his first big hit, Ani Met (I am dying).

After his service this trio became the They Don’t Care trio. In the Yom Kippur War he toured army bases along with Leonard Cohen, who arranged his song Lover, Lover, Lover with Caspi. During the 70s he worked closely with Ehud Manor, another Israeli songwriter, and released some of his most popular songs: Lo Yadati SheTelchi Mimeni (I Didn’t Know You Would Leave Me),  Brit Olam (Covenant of  Love), and Shir HaYonah (The Song of the Dove).

Over the next few decades, Caspi had a prolific musical career, released dozens of records and collaborating with some of the biggest and most well known Israeli artists of the time; Shlomo Gronich, Ehud Manor, Yehudit Ravitz, and Shalom Hanoch.

He has released several more albums, of which the latest to date is Nefesh Te´oma (Soul Mate) released in 2010.
Caspi has released close to a thousand songs, both remakes of older songs and his original creations. His musical style is well known, especially for his harmony and popular writing style. Musicologist Tzipi Fleischer said: “He is the genius among his fellow artists, he sets an important milestone in the history of the music of the world. Only Caspi has invented his own new musical language. As I sit and analyze his harmonies I find myself amazed all over again each time. The fact that he functions as the performer, arranger and conductor has formed a certain reservedness and introversion, but the truth is that he is a musical wild man. He is the one who promoted sophistication and western standards to the region.”

With some Israeli artists (chiefly Riki Gal), he not only took on the role of composer, but also of the producer. For Riki’s 1996 album Ohevet otcha yoter (I Love You More), he took responsibility for complete production and also songwriting. (via Wikipedia)

Official website

Album:  ”Matti Caspi

Price: $ 9.90
Genres:  Music, World
Released: 1973 ℗ 1991 NMC Music Ltd

To buy CD/listen to samples click here (iTunes)

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