Augmented Reality

Augmented Reality is an intimate troupe of three gifted musicians whose roots trace back to opposite corners of the globe, only to converge in New York for an instrumental collaboration that fuses East, West, North, and South.
Frequent collaborators Roy Assaf (piano) and drummer Ronen Itzik have a musical synergy which sparked the creation of a new direction in jazz. With the addition of Peruvian bassist Jorge Roeder the trio forms Augmented Reality, a group whose jazzy improvisations and syncopations layer in melodies of world appeal. Their varied cultural and social backgrounds bring Middle Eastern, Latin, and European influences to the music, blending them harmoniously in subtly
provocative but accessible instrumentation that introduces a fresh dimension to jazz.
Through these multicultural interpretations, Assaf, Itzik, and Roeder elevate simple themes with melodies that instantly have listeners singing along. They embolden these themes with the spontaneity and dynamism of improvisation and with a contrast between percussion and melody that creates a remarkable time elasticity in a tune?s
progression. The result is an unforgettable journey for pedestrian listeners and jazz aficionados alike.
Roy Assaf
A pianist with dazzling technique and a composer who expertly weaves jazz harmonies, Roy Assaf was named the ASCAP Foundation?s Young Jazz Composer in 2008. He made his New York Blue Note debut with the Dizzy Gillespie All Star Big Band in 2007, followed by a European tour consisting of 13 cities. Over the past five years, Roy has been touring intensively in Latin America, Japan, Canada, and Europe and has performed with Roy Hargrove, Lewis Nash, Ron Carter, Randy Brecker, Buster Williams, Wallace Roney, Antonio Hart,
Eric Alexander, Dr. Billy Taylor, T.S. Monk, Steve Davis, Claudio Roditi, Trilok Gortu, John Lee, in addition to such Jazz
legends as Jimmy Heath, James Moody and Slide Hampton. In the summer of 2009, Roy performed his first solo piano tour which included the prestigious Augsburg Jazz Festival in Germany and was an artist in residence at the Imatra Jazz Festival in Finland.
Roy has received the Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute Award, the 30th & 31st Downbeat Student Music Award,
the America-Israel Cultural Foundation Prize, First Prize in the International Red Sea Jazz Festival?s Jazz Groups
Competition, and Second Prize in the Charlie Palmieri Memorial piano Competition. Roy appears on more than 20 CDs as a sideman and co-leader.
Ronen Itzik
Ronen Itzik is a multi-talented performer and composer. Audiences worldwide are captivated by his virtuosity, profound
musicality and the passion he brings to performances. He has performed and recorded with such jazz greats as Kenny
Werner, Roy Hargrove, Hiromi Uehara, Marcus Roberts, and Arnie Lawrence among many others. Since his arrival in
the United States in December 2000 he has performed throughout the country, as well as in Europe and Israel, with
a wide array of musicians. A native of Jerusalem, Israel, Ronen has collaborated with well-known Israeli musicians and has had the
opportunity to play with guest artists from around the world, giving him a true international sensibility. In 1998 he received a scholarship to Rimon School of Jazz and Contemporary Music in Ramat Hashsaron, Israel and in 2003, Ronen received his Bachelor of Music degree from the renowned Berklee College of Music, which he attended on scholarship as well. Ronen’s teachers include Ian Froman, Jamey Hadad, Joe Hunt, John Hazilla, and Hal Crook.
Jorge Roeder
Jorge Roeder was born in Lima, Peru. At the age of 16, he was invited to study cello at the Rimsky Korsakov Conservatory in St. Petersburg, Russia. After taking up the double bass, Jorge became assistant principal bassist of the Lima Philharmonic and Opera orchestras for the 2001 and 2002 seasons. In 1999, Jorge became part of the New Music Youth Orchestra, which is dedicated to the development of jazz in Peru. In 2001, Jorge toured with the orchestra throughout the eastern U.S. and played at the International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE) annual conference in New York.
Jorge studied at the New England Conservatory of Music with Cecil McBee, John Lockwood, Danilo Perez, Oscar Stagnaro, Jerry Bergonzi, Bob Moses and Dominique Eade. Jorge is currently member of the Julian Lage Group, which received a 2009 Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Jazz Album; he is also artistic director of argentine singer Sofia Rei Koutsovitis group, which performs South American influenced compositions; also he is a member of Avantrio, dedicated to performing Peruvian music with a different setting.
Jorge has performed with jazz greats such as Alex Acuna, Bob Brookmeyer, Roy Haynes, Steve Lacy, HarveyMason, Bob Moses, George Russell, Maria Schneider, Gunther Schuller, Steve Turre, Bill Watrous, Kenny Werner, Matt
Wilson and Kenny Wheeler.