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DK 1Doron Kima "utilizes some extremely arresting musical gestures and makes good use of jazzy rhythms, with effective use of contrasts between sections. The composer is clearly in control of the material and instruments" (The American Prize Composition Competition). Doron's catalogue includes works for orchestra, chamber ensembles, solo, voice, electro-acoustic, and film scores.

Doron's personal background and professional experiences have taken place on three continents. He seeks to promote cultural understanding and cross-cultural communication and interaction. His concerto-type composition Seeds of Hope for nay (Arabic flute), oud (Arabic lute), and orchestra is based on the Arabic Maqam, while his delicate and intricate chamber work Song of Songs In the Garden of Delights for female voice, flute, harp, and two percussion players represents his twenty-first century point of view of an extremely old love story taken from the biblical Song of Songs.

His works are published by Capstone Records, Schott Music Corporation, Mercury Records (collaboration with Cross-Fade productions, Netherlands) and Bald Wins Records. Navona Records will release his composition 'As From a Dream' for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, and piano with worldwide commercial distribution by Naxos in the spring. His compositions are included in the Society of Composers, Inc. CD Series, Society of Composers Journal of Music Scores, and National Association of Composers USA Southeast Chapter CD. His composition Kislev has been selected for the International Award Wining Living Composers Concert of the National Association of Composers USA Southeast Chapter. He is a recipient of the Promising Artists of the 21st Century Award of Centro Cultural Costa Rica and with the help of his original music score, the film Abe was nominated for the Student Emmy Award, the 28th Annual College Television Awards in Hollywood California.

Doron holds a doctorate in music composition from Florida State University, masters in jazz piano from Florida State and bachelors in jazz piano from Amsterdam School of the Arts in the Netherlands. His principle composition teachers include Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Ellen Zwilich, Ladislav Kubik, Mark Wingate, and Ruud van Dijk. Doron taught at Florida State University, the Open University of Israel, conducted master classes at the National Editus Academy and the University of Costa Rica San Jose, and is currently a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley.

His jazz compositions range from lead sheets to big band charts and he appears on numerous jazz and commercial music recordings. He recorded/performed with Deborah Brown, Carl Allen, Mike Stern, Marcus Printup and Vincent Gardner among others. As a jazz pianist he has appeared at major festivals in the US, Holland, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Portugal and Israel. These include the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, the North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland, and the Red Sea Jazz Festival in Israel.

For more information, see www.doronkima.com

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