Date(s) - 10/24/2019
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Location: Joe Henderson Lab
First coming to prominence as a prodigious young pianist with bassist Avishai Cohen, Shai Maestro performs material from his 2018 ECM debut The Dream Thief with his sinuous trio. Beginning his classical training at five, the Israeli-born Maestro found a passion in jazz and received numerous scholarships from the America-Israel Cultural Fund before embarking on a pivotal five-week Summer Performance Program at Boston’s Berklee College of Music.
Within weeks of being offered a full ride scholarship to Berklee, he was contacted by bassist and Chick Corea collaborator Avishai Cohen with an invitation to join his masterful trio featuring drummer Mark Guiliana. Their initial collaboration, 2008’s Gently Disturbed, was a staggering statement of intent that catapulted the then 21-year-old to international prominence and introduced the jazz world to Maestro’s free-flowing virtuosity and soulful melodicism. The pianist recorded three subsequent albums with Cohen while stepping out to form his own trio with Peruvian bassist Jorge Roeder and drummer Ziv Ravitz, releasing a self-titled debut in 2012. The trio has remained Maestro’s primary vehicle for expression, recording three assured discs for various labels, culminating in 2016’s The Stone Skipper. The Dream Thief marks Maestro’s first release for ECM and the trio debut of the stunning young Israeli drummer Ofri Nehemya, who anchors the band for this date.
Hearing Shai Maestro is like awakening to a new world.
– ALL ABOUT JAZZ
An Israeli pianist with an attraction to sleek rhythmic forms and bittersweet harmony.
– THE NEW YORK TIMES