Esta is a unique band from Israel with innovative music and an original sound. Esta's music combines the aromas of World Music, the power of Rock, and the spirit of Jazz into a powerful, energetic new sound that crosses genres, styles and borders. Esta which was an instrumental band for more then 18 years, was joined by the singer Yarona Harel, and today Esta's music is a mix of songs and instrumental tunes. Coming from Israel, a crossroads of different cultures, it is only natural that Esta embodies the variety of ethnic musical influences of their parents' generation. With this background, the band has created a rich, hot musical "stew" simmering with Mediterranean, Balkan, African, Asian, Celtic and Western flavors.
Proclaimed by music critics as "Israel's most original instrumental band", Esta has performed in various prestigious festivals and highly respected venues throughout Europe, Israel and the US. Esta performed for U.S. President Clinton at a White House reception in honor of Israel's 50th Anniversary. After listening to Esta's incredible performance and giving a nod of approval, President Clinton remarked, "I'd also like to ask that we give a special word of appreciation to the people who provided all that wonderful music which got us in the right frame of mind. ESTA, this band, thank you very much. If you could hang around here for a month or two, I think we might get some things done. You'd keep us all in a very positive frame of mind." Immediately after the speech, Esta was invited to a private room for a special 'thank-you' from the President and theVice-President.
Besides performing at the White House and touring extensively in the U.S., Esta has played at such notable venues as Peter's Gabriel's WOMAD (World Music Festival) in Italy, Dranouter Folkfestival in Belgium, Radio France in Paris, the Red Sea Jazz Festival in Israel, New Music Seminar in New York City, and Festival L'Art De La Paix (The Art of Peace) in Belgium. The band has shared the stage with artists such as Suzanne Vega, Noa, The Chieftains, Sinead O'Connor, Stanley Jordan, L. Shankar, and Cheb Mami. Esta's debut album, released by MCI Records, was greeted with critical acclaim. In 1996, Esta gave two sold out performances at the world-famous Blue Note club in support of their U.S. debut album Mediterranean Crossroads (Newance Records/Musicrama), which was produced by Esta and Producer/Engineer Steve Boyer (Grammy Award winner for Eric Clapton's MTV Unplugged Album).