Itamar Erez is an internationally renowned composer and guitarist who has collaborated with such musicians as Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Tomatito, Avishai Cohen, Jean-Louis Matinier, Zohar Fresco, and others. Itamar plays a unique guitar with added partial frets for quarter tones to imitate the sound of the Oud. His music blends the delicateness of Middle Eastern music, the freedom found in Jazz and the passion of Flamenco, creating a sound all of his own. He has released two CDs with his quartet The Adama Ensemble - "Desert Song" (2006) and "Hommage" (2010) – and "New Dawn" (2013) with percussionist Yshai Afterman. Itamar has received awards and grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, Israeli Culture Ministry, America-Israel Foundation, Amsterdam International Jewish Music Festival and others, and is the recipient of the 2014 ACUM Prize for Special Achievement in Jazz and the prestigious 2014 Landau Prize. Itamar is on the guitar faculty at the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra School of Music. He performs and gives workshops and master classes internationally, teaching his unique approach to music and guitar playing. During 2014-15, Itamar performed in Canada, USA, Germany, Netherlands, Austria, Cyprus, Israel, India, Tunisia, and Colombia. His new book “Exercises & Etudes, an Advanced Method for the Fingerstyle Guitarist” was released March 2016. Itamar is currently working on new material for his next CD.