Jazz pianist and composer Noam Lemish grew up with dual citizenship, alternating addresses between Israel and Marin County in the U.S.
So, he’s used to drawing on multiple cultural influences for his music, but this time he has outdone himself.
After living, studying and performing from 2002 to 2009 in Sonoma County, where he became a popular presence at the Healdsburg Jazz Festival, Lemish went to teach music for a year in the Himalayan nation of Bhutan.
While there, he composed a piece titled “The People’s King,” in honor of the 30th birthday of Bhutan’s king, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck.
“The piece was originally composed for traditional Bhutanese instruments, piano and chanting monks,” Lemish explained.
Once back in the West, Lemish reworked the 30-minute composition for his jazz quartet which premiered the new version for an enthusiastic sold-out crowd last June at the Healdsburg Jazz Festival.
Lemish and his quartet will perform “The People’s King” again at 7:30 Friday, Aug. 19, at Warren Audtiorium in Ives Hall, Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.
(The chanting monks will part of the performance, via a recording Lemish made in Bhutan.)
Tickets: $10, sold at the door only. Information: www. noamlemish.com.
“This will be our last performance here before I head back to the University of Toronto to complete my master’s degree in composition,” said Lemish, 29.
The program also will include a question-and-answer period with Lemish, and videos of his year in Bhutan.