Dalia Faitelson is a true citizen of the world. The daughter of an Israeli father and a Bulgarian mother and brought up in the Negev desert, she was steeped in the folk music of the Middle East as a child. She spent much of the 1980s living in the US – where she graduated with top honours from the Berklee College of Music in Boston – and in 1991 settled in Copenhagen.
The composer, singer and guitarist has recorded more than ten albums under her own name in the last 20 years. Initially, this versatile artist was more jazz-orientated and worked with Randy Brecker, Adam Nussbaum and others, but since her PILPEL project in 2007 she has turned much more to the world music scene and has begun to sing in Hebrew.
"It's a great feeling to be writing in my mother tongue and to be working with musicians who immediately understand what I am trying to say in my songs." This is how Dalia Faitelson describes working with her well-matched trio, musicians who have already helped to write jazz history. Joe Zawinul has described the several-times accordion world champion Lelo Nika as the best accordionist he has ever heard. Nika provides the Balkan sound on PILPEL. The Swedish bassist Thommy Anderson has played with the New Jungle Orchestra, Paul Bley and John Tchicai, among others. At home with both jazz and classical music, he provides the natural Nordic sounds in the band. And the American percussionist Jarrod Cagwin has formed musical partnerships with Gary Burton, Charlie Mariano, Glen Velez and Rabih Abou Khalil. His sensitive playing of the frame drum brings an Oriental tone to the band. Dalia Faitelson allows her musicians plenty of freedom in her compositions, and the trust she places in them is well rewarded by the superb communication of her musical ideas.
The Hebrew word PILPEL means "pepper" and is a synonym for Dalia Faitelson's music. The extremes of sweet and sour lie at each end of her musical rainbow, which is vibrant with the full range of senses in between.The songs on the present album, Burning Sensation, tell bittersweet stories of pain and passion.