Gilad Atzmon (Hebrew: ×××¢× ×¢×¦×××â; born June 9, 1963) is an Israeli-born British jazz saxophonist, novelist, political activist and writer. Atzmon''s album Exile was BBC jazz album of the year in 2003. Playing over 100 dates a year, he has been called "surely the hardest-gigging man in British jazz." His albums, of which he has recorded thirteen to date, often explore the music of the Middle East and political themes. He has described himself as a "devoted political artist." A profile in The Guardian in 2009 which described Atzmon as "one of London''s finest saxophonists" stated: "It is Atzmon''s blunt anti-Zionism rather than his music that has given him an international profile, particularly in the Arab world, where his essays are widely read." His criticisms of Zionism, Jewish identity, and Judaism, as well as his controversial views on The Holocaust and Jewish history have led to allegations of antisemitism from both Zionists and anti-Zionists.
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