"a gifted artist... one of the finest pianists
on the international jazz scene today."
Edward Blanco, ALL ABOUT JAZZ
"His touch and intimate feel for the
melody is absolutely gorgeous.."
Adam Baruch, jazzis.com
"Once in a while, an artist shines with the
unalloyed beauty, accessibility and blitheness.."
Adrian Pallant, AP-Reviews.com
Jazz pianist and composer Ari Erev performs regularly in Israel and in Europe in Piano Solo or Trio settings.
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.
In "Close to Home" (2021), pianist and composer Ari Erev melds highly-melodic Jazz,
wrapped in rich harmony textures and Latin-inspired
rhythms with soulful sound and sensitive playing. At its core, the ensemble is a piano trio, but Erev takes
full advantage of the additional colours at his disposal, with the addition of New York-based flutist Hadar Noiberg, acclaimed
percussionist Gilad Dobrecky & hotly tipped saxophonist Yuval Cohen.
The music is strongly rooted in jazz but showcases Erev's long-time passion for world music and, in particular, Latin influences.
"Wonderful and beautiful album, exquisite deft touch..." Dave Sockett, Bebop Spoken Here
"Remarkable tonality and improvisational skills... Superbly presented... Greatly enhances the profile of Israeli jazz on the world scene." Jim Burlong, Jazz Views
The recording of "Flow" (2016), established 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 led 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 powerful... excellent new material,... a remarkable performance from a gifted artist whose expressive playing style and clever compositions, elevate him as one of the finest pianists on the international jazz scene today." Edward Blanco, All About 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 in Israel and Europe, including the presitgious "International Jazz Piano Festival" in Czech Republic, and 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 Freddie Hendrix (USA), 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.