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Ami Gilad

Ami Gilad  Biography

Ami Gilad was born in Tel Aviv, Israel on the 27th of February 1939.

At the age of 11 his parents surprised him by placing a small accordion at his bedside.

Ami woke up one morning, discovered the accordion, started playing and have not stopped ever since. Ami began taking accordion lessons and at the age of 13 he was already engaged with Israeli folk dance sessions.

Choreographer and Israeli folk dance creator Yoav Ashriel assigned Ami to his folk dance sessions as well as the “Hapoel Tel Aviv” performing dance group.

At the age of 18 Ami joined the Israeli Army for active duty. He joined the prestigious “Nachal Group” performing with Uri Zohar, Aric Einstein, Yehoram Gaon, Gavri Banai, Yossi Frost, Itamar Cohen, Yitzhak Shauli, Aliza Rosen, Zohar Urian, Ruth Attias, Amiram Spector and others.

Upon completion of the military duty, Ami joined the Israeli delegation for an International folk dance festival which was held in Vienna Austria.

On his return to Israel, Ami registered at the music teacher seminary in Tel Aviv. His plan to study was interrupted by a representative of the “Karmon dancers and singers” who rushed Ami to the Dan hotel in Tel Aviv to play for the dance group as they were auditioning for the “Ed Sullivan T.V. show”.

Ami joined the “Karmon dancers and singers” for the trip to the U.S. and than continued to central and south America. The tour ended in Bogota Columbia. Ami went on with the “Sabra Dancers and Singers” to perform in south Florida, New York city and the catskil mountains in upstate New York.

At the end of this tour, Ami stayed in Miami Beach, than moved to New York, got married and his two children Ron and Rinat were born.

Ami studied conducting at the “Mannes college of music” in NYC , he was a music teacher in several Hebrew schools in NYC and Long Island. Ami was also the music accompanist for the late Israeli singing star Shoshana Damari. Ami toured with Damari the U.S. and Canada for 8 years.

Ami was the accompanist and musical director for the Yiddish theatre on Broadway.

In the summer time Ami was a music instructor at “Camp Betar” in upstate NY, “Camp Columbia” in upstate NY, “Camp Cejwin” in upstate NY and “Camp Blue Star” in north Carolina.

Ami accompanied many Israeli performers in the U.S., among them Yaffa Yarkoni, Ahuva Zadok, Geula Gill, Aric Lavie, Joe Amar, the “Theatre quartet club” and others.

Ami recorded in NYC 10 Israeli folk dance albums under the “Tikva” lable.

In 1969 Ami returned to Israel, he was accompanist and musical director for several variety shows and participated in the filming of a special T.V. show “Thirty years of Israeli songs” hosted by actor Haim Topol.

Film producer Menachem Golan and composer Dov Seltzer assigned Ami as music instructor for the Israeli movie “Kazablan” starring Yehoram Gaon. In addition Ami accompanied the late Dudu Dotan, Gadi Yagil, Ilana Rovina, Shlomo Nitzan and Nira Rabinovitch, Yossi Banai and Rivka Micaeli and others.

Ami composed music for several army groups, Boaz Sharabi, Yehoram Gaon, and singing group “regavim”.

In 1980 Ami returned to south Florida, he joined the Central Agency for Jewish Education as a music teacher in several large Hebrew schools.

Ami is hosting a Hebrew radio show on Galey Israel radio in Miami. The show is aired live each Sunday on www.galeyisrael.com from 12-2 pm Florida time and repeat shows 7 days a week 24 hours per day. The show is also aired on www.amigilad.com

Ami participated in many Israeli cultural activities produced for the Israeli and Jewish communities in south Florida.

Source: http://amigilad.com

3 thoughts on “Four Divine States of Mind”

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    BH, we have a wide range of performers, singers, storytellers such as Yakov Shwekey, Mordechai Shapiro, Ari Goldwag, Baruch Levine, YBC, Uri Davidi, Rabbi Ashear, Rabbi Lish, Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation, Rabbi Erps, Rebbee Hill, Rabbi Pesach Krohn, and many more who have joined our project by allowing us to use their material. In addition, subscriptions such as Mishpacha, Binah, The Circle, Spotlight, JWOW have all joined our project as well BH. All the material will be uploaded to locked iPads and is streamed thru the Saiph Stars App designated to be used by these children.
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    It should be a tremendous zechus for you! Looking forward to hearing from you soon!
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  2. Felice Glazer says:

    I was just sitting at my piano looking over a very old book of songs called the songs we sing by Harry Cooper Smith. I got this book when I went to Anshe emet Sunday school in Chicago. That was in the late forties and fifties. This book is falling apart but I love it and will never part with it until I pass away. Something today just made me decide to look up the name of Harry Coopersmith and that’s how I found this site.

  3. Philip Joseph Brody says:

    Joseph Brody was my great grandfather. Murray Brody was my grandfather and Joseph Brody was my father. I am Philip Joseph Brody born in Queens N.Y. My halfbrother Brian is a saxophone player. Unfortunately I think musical talent skipped me. My great grandfather died before my father was born. Unfortunately my father died around 59 years old. I’m about to be 52 so hopefully I won’t pass before my time.

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