"His touch and intimate feel for the
melody is absolutely gorgeous.."
Adam Baruch, jazzis.com
The music of pianist and composer Ari Erev blends a deep classical touch, producing an intimate, delicate and emotional style inspired by pianists such as Bill Evans, Kenny Barron and Fred Hersch, with an energetic, latin-oriented and rhythmic drive, such as those found with pianists Michel Camilo and Michell Petrucciani, to produce a mature voice of his own.
The recording of "Flow", his latest album, establishes pianist Ari Erev as one of Israel's most melodic and sensitive modern jazz pianists and composers. Featured mostly on his own originals in this project, Ari leads a program that includes a top-notch rhythm section and guest soprano saxophonist Yuval Cohen, and creates a personal and artistically-performed album, continuing his exploration of combining percussive Latin rhythms with the rich harmonies of post-bop Jazz.
"A Handful of Changes" (2012), introduced Latin-flavored
jazz compositions and inspired playing and featured the brilliant, New York tenor-saxophonist,
Joel Frahm. The album, which is based mainly
on his own originals, plus two songs by Israeli composer Alexander Argov and a pair of jazz standards,
was very warmly received by critics all over the world.
"...an impressive project indeed... a presentation of individual, inner beauty..."
(Alexander Ariff, Hard Bop Jazz Journal).
In 2008 he made his debut recording, a trio set entitled "About Time",
playing a lyrical and emotional mix of original compositions, Jazz standards, and Jazz arrangement of Israeli songs.
"Piano playing with a lot of elegance and sensitivity... it is evident it is performed with great love and with a thorough acquaintance and respect for the history of Jazz..." (Barak Weiss, artistic director, Tel-Aviv Jazz Festival).
As a performing musician, Ari plays and performs regularly in Israel's top jazz clubs, including "Levontin 7", "Shablul Jazz" and "Beit Haamudim" in Tel-Aviv, as well as in Jazz tours in important jazz clubs in Europe. He has also performed in festivals and jazz series, including a comissioned production for the 20th anniversary of the Tel-Aviv Jazz Festival, and on Israeli radio and TV. He composed music for the documentary "Bokito", has played in theater plays, and has served as the musical director for a number of vocalists' jazz productions. He also teaches piano jazz improvisation.
Throughout his performance career, Ari cooperated with musicians such as saxophonists Joel Frahm (USA), Rosta Fras (CZ), and Jamie O'Donnel (UK), trumpeters Felice Reggio (Italy) and Hendrik Jorgenson (DK), bassists Eli Magen, Tibor Csuhaj-Barna (Hungary), Tibor Elekes (Switzerland) and Petr Dvorsky (Cz), drummers Gasper Bertoncelj (Slovania/ISR) and Jiri Slavicek (CZ), and guitarist Marcelo Nami (BR/ISR) and vocalist Agnes Lakatos (Hungary).
Among the Israeli artists with whom he has worked have been pop/rock singer Gali Atari, saxophonists Robert Anchipolovsky, Erez Barnoy, Kobi Salomon and Ofer Shapiro, bassists Yorai Oron, Arie Volinez, Udi Kazmirski and Tal Ronen, drummers Gideon Pasahov, Shai Zelman and Shahar Haziza, world-renowned percussionist Gilad Dobrecky, guitarists Dan Adler and Inbar Fridman, and vocalists Tami Gerassi (Kelly), Julia Feldman and Ayelet-Rose Gottlieb.
Born and raised in Israel, pianist Ari Erev started his musical eduaction studying classical piano. At 17, he turned to jazz as his main route in music. "My early influence was my father, an amateur pianist, who played jazz at home. I was always fascinated by the harmonies in jazz and that is what drew me to that music."
Ari studied jazz and improvisation with the highly respected jazz educator Dr. Zvi Keren, pianists Nahum Perperkovich and Arik Strauss, and arranger-composer Ilan Mociach at the Rubin Academy of Music in Tel-Aviv.
With the release of "Flow", Ari is now looking for new opportunities to share his music, by performing and cooperating with other musicians, in and outside of Israel.