Rotem Sivan Trio

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Last Show: Sunday 4 th December 2016

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

The remarkable Israeli-born guitarist Rotem Sivan, now resident in New York, makes his Pizza Express and UK debut with his stellar trio of Peter Schwebs on bass and Noam Israeli on drums. Rotem Sivan regularly plays the top New York clubs such as Smalls, Birdland and Blue Note and his albums have received 4.5 stars in Downbeat. His glowing tone and quicksilver phrasing, as well as his sophisticated sense of rhythm and open-hearted approach to melody, make for a very exciting show that is not to be missed!  

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“The gifted guitarist combines energy, ideas and undeniable chops... A remarkable talent and a welcome new voice on the scene.”

DownBeat Magazine

Described by DownBeat Magazine as “a remarkable talent and a welcome new voice on the scene,” Rotem Sivan is taking the NYC jazz scene by storm. Sivan was born in Jerusalem, a city of mixed traditions, faiths and influences. At the age of four, his grandparents gave him his first musical instrument, a guitar. After graduating from arts high school, Sivan entered the The Buchmann-Mehta School of Music at The Tel Aviv University where he completed his studies in classical composition with honors. Upon graduation Sivan moved to NYC to pursue his passion for jazz. While making his first steps in the local scene he also studied at The New School for Jazz & Contemporary Music.

Since his relocation to NYC, Sivan has performed with world-renowned  musicians, including  Peter Bernstein, Ari Hoenig, Ben Street and Ferenc Nemeth. Sivan regularly performs at the city’s top venues such as Smalls, Birdland, The Jazz Gallery, Blue Note and international festivals from Montreux Jazz Festival and Bern Jazz Festival in Switzerland to the Sonora Jazz Festival in Mexico and Exposure Jazz Festival in Israel to name but a few.

One of the most exciting young jazz performers, Rotem Sivan is developing at a fascinating rate. In 2013 he released his debut album “Enchanted Sun” on SteepleChase Records, followed by his second album “For Emotional Use Only” on Fresh Sound New Talent Records. Jazz critics and magazines around the world praised both albums, receiving 4.5 stars on Downbeat Magazine.

Sivan released his third album “A New Dance” in the summer of 2015 with bassist Haggai Cohen Milo and drummer Colin Stranahan to similar acclaim. That project was recorded at Atlantic Studio without headphones, with no separation between the players and with a gathering of friends and followers as an audience. The result, with no edits and an emphasis on rich interplay and sheer allure of sound, is one of the more organic, engaging and involving guitar trio albums you’re likely to hear. Sivan has developed a glowing tone and quicksilver phrasing, as well as a sophisticated sense of rhythm and an openhearted approach to melody.

Band Lineup

Rotem Sivan (guitar)

Peter Schwebs (bass)

Noam Israeli (drums)