ARI EREV trio, Israel – Bulgaria
Ari Erev – piano
Danielle Febbo – contrabass
Atanas Popov – drums
Jazz pianist and composer Ari Erev has always a musical story to tell and the audience is always keen to listen to it. His music has a deep classical touch due to Erev’s intimate, delicate and emotional style – shaped by pianists such as Bill Evans and Fred Hersch – with an energetic, Latin-oriented, rhythmic, Michell Petrucciani-like drive. Blending all these influences, Ari Erev found his own path in jazz.
In 2008 he made his recording debut – a trio set entitled About time – an emotional mix of original compositions, jazz standards and jazz arrangements of Israeli songs. In 2012, A Handful of Changes was released – an album which contains Latin-flavored jazz compositions and features the brilliant New York based tenor saxophonist Joel Frahm.
It was his album Flow, released in 2016, that established Ari Erev as one of Israel’s most melodic and sensitive modern jazz pianists. Featured mostly on his own originals, Ari performs along with guest soprano saxophonist Yuval Cohen and top-notch rhythm section.
In his most recent album Close to Home (2021) he melds highly melodic jazz, wrapped in rich harmony textures and (again) Latin-inspired rhythms with soulful sound and charismatic sensitive playing.
“Wonderful and beautiful album, exquisite deft touch…” – writes Dave Socket about Close to Home at Bebop Spoken Here.
Ari Erev plays regularly in Israel’s top jazz clubs, including Levontin 7 and Shabul Jazz, as well as in important jazz clubs all over Europe. He has performed at festivals and jazz series in Israel and Europe such as International Jazz Piano Festival in Czech Republic and Tel – Aviv Jazz Festival, and on Israeli Radio and TV. He has composed music for documentaries and theatrical plays and has served as the musical director for several vocalists’ jazz productions.
Throughout his career so far, Ari Erev has cooperated with many international musicians such as Rosta Fras (CZ)m Jamie O’Donnel (UK), Felice Reggio (IT), Hedrik Jorgenson (DK), Gasper Bertoncelj (Slovenie), Agnes Lakatos (Hungary) and many others. Ari Erev teaches jazz improvisation.
“Remarkable tonality and improvisational skills… Greatly enhances the profile of Israeli jazz on the world scene” – Jim Burlong, Jazz Views.