Spice'n'Space band is an Israel - based Jazz - Funk group led by flutist Mattan Klein and drummer Uria Mader.
The band was founded after an accidental meeting of the two at a Tel Aviv club where they decided to create a new group which will combine their mutual interests in Jazz, Fusion and Funk.
The band’s musical style can be described as an amalgamation of old-school funk of The J.B’s and late 60’s recordings by Lou Donaldson and Grant Green, with the sophisticated harmonies of Herbie Hancock all fused with the modern groovy sounds of Vulfpeck.
This blend of multiple influences creates a delicate balance between the old and the new, the simple and the sophisticated, which is a major part of the band’s musical vision.
Spice’n’Space are headlining the Tel Aviv International Flute Festival, and the Klaipeda International Jazz Festival in Lithuania during June, 2023.
Spice’n’Space band members performed on stages such as : London Jazz Festival, Red Sea Jazz Festival, Albania International Jazz Festival, Red Sea Guitar Festival and many more…
The band had recorded its debut album in January 2023, due to be released on August 4th on the London based “Ubuntu Music” label.
Mattan Klein is a Jazz/World Music flutist and composer who has worked with some of Israel’s greatest Artists such as Tom Oren (winner of the Thelonious Monk Institute Piano Competition), Gadi Stern (Shalosh) , and Avri Borochov. Mattan performed on the most prestigious stages such as Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center.
Uria Mader is an up and coming Israeli drummer, extremely versatile and comfortable in both Jazz and Rock genres, and had performed on Israel’s greatest stages and festivals such as: InDnegev Festival (Israel’s biggest music festival) and Red Sea Guitar Festival.
THE JERUSALEM POST
“Israeli deputy ambassador Erez Golan expressed his excitement about the performance, stating, ‘We had an amazing experience with the Spice'n'Space Jazz band, who presented the beautiful Israeli jazz and funk music to the people of Lithuania.’ The band's talent and passion resonated with the audience, creating an electric atmosphere throughout the festival.”
BLUES & SOUL MAGAZINE
The album blends old-school moves with subtle hints of pop and reggae elements, all the while paying homage to vintage keyboard and drum sounds. The result is nothing new but it’s a captivating and refreshing mix that really cuts the mustard
Exploring the crossroads between soul-jazz and old-school funk, Spice’n’Space is the result of a chance meeting between two impassioned cats one night in Tel Aviv. Having put their shared skills to the test, the Israeli group’s debut album has a lot to show for itself in terms of both sophistication and groove. Elegant, catchy and with an overall sense of fun, The Funk Thingwell and truly has arrived, and it looks like it’s here to stay .
YOSI HERSONSKI - SENIOR ISRAELI JAZZ CRITIC
This album caused me to fall in love once again with Funky Jazz!