Basketball is unquestionably a sport, but when it is played at the highest levels, it becomes something more: a beautiful symphony. Teams strive against each other, but like sections in an orchestra, their interaction creates beautiful music.
The performance of all the players can mesh together harmoniously — and there is no finer example of this than the NBA, where the sky truly is the limit. The league constantly renews itself, as old legends make way for new stars; each season, the beat goes on.
This book marries my twin passions: basketball and music. I love the NBA as much and as dearly as I love music, and this book is the result. It is precious to me, an expression of my ardor in artistic form. The logo of each team turns into a celebration of instruments and notes, portrayed in evocative paintings, in tones and colors which reflect a unique viewpoint of the symphony of basketball.
This book is dedicated to all fans of the NBA, wherever they may be. Shlomo Az-Ari was born in Tiberias, Israel. He is a multidisciplinary artist who works in music, film, painting and design.
He has published fourteen books and six musical albums. His paintings have been shown in dozens of exhibitions throughout Israel, and his work in film has been greeted with critical acclaim.