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Sagee, Alona (Raphaela)

Sagee, Alona (Raphaela), pianist, composer, arranger, and educator b. Tel-Aviv, Israel, 20 September 1962. Her father is Zvi Keren (b. 18 August, 1917 in New York City) and her mother is Rina Keren (b. 3 December 1927 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany).

Alona holds a B.A. (1986), M.A. (1993) and Ph.D. (2001) degrees in Musicology from Bar-Ilan University, Israel. Her Ph.D. dissertation, "The Influence of Modal Jazz on the Music of John Coltrane and Miles Davis: 1958-1967," is the first one in Israel to be written in the field of Jazz. Moreover, her M.A. thesis is entitled: "Changing Conceptions of the Role of the Double Bass in Jazz, from its Beginnings to the Present." She studied piano, theory and composition with her father, Prof. Zvi Keren - a major figure in the development of Israel's light, jazz and contemporary music. She appeared in the "Tel-Aviv Jazz, Blues and Videotape" Festivals, on radio and television and in concerts of the Music Department at Bar-Ilan University, Israel, performing her compositions and arrangements.

She has taught Music History and guided improvisation ensembles in high schools in Tel-Aviv area, and for over a decade has been teaching piano at the Tel-Aviv-Jaffa Youth Music Center, as well as historical, theoretical and performance courses in jazz at the Music department of Bar-Ilan University, Israel.

Contact information:
Alona Sagee
16 Brurya St.
Tel-Aviv, 67454, Israel

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