Ari Hoenig is internationally renowned as an artist who has taken the drum kit to new level of expression. If you are a drummer specialising in any idiom of music you will most likely be familiar with Hoenig's awe inspiring performances. For everyone else - you're in for a real treat!
Ari Hoenig (born on November 13, 1973 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), is a jazz drummer, composer and educator known for his unusual and intense approach to drumming emphasising complex rhythms in direct harmony with other group members.
Ari is widely noted particularly for his drumming not being relegated to just keeping tempo, or being a side issue to the music he plays in, but rather for elevating drumming as an indispensable part of the performance.
Hoenig is also known for his unique ability to modify the pitch of a drum by using drum sticks, mallets, and even parts of his body (such as his hands and elbows).Using this technique, he can play any note in the chromatic scale, virtually any melody, and even improvise on a chord structure in the same way as any other instrumentalist would.
Hoenig was born into a family of classically trained musicians. His father being a choral conductor and mother a violinist, he was exposed to classical and folk music at an early age. He played both piano and violin as a child, then rock and metal drums as a teen before settling into jazz and improvised music.
Ari has recorded written and produced 14 cd’s as a leader. He has written and published 3 educational books, 4 educational DVD’s and a songbook. Currently,his group tours worldwide and performs regularly at the legendary New York jazz club Smalls.
Other artists Hoenig has performed or recorded with include Shirley Scott, Jean Michel Pilc, Mike Stern, Kenny Werner, Joshua Redman, Wayne Krantz, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Robert Glasper, Richard Bona, Chris Potter, Toots Thielemans, Pat Martino, Billy Childs.
Tom Ollendorff is a jazz guitarist based in London. In 2015 Tom was awarded the Yamaha Scholarship for Outstanding Jazz Musicianship. Tom has performed with a wide range of highly respected artists and ensembles, including Geoff Simkins, Dave Cliff, Ben Wendel, Bill McHenry, Jeff Williams and Ari Hoenig, French group EYM and Welsh Singer Megan Thomas. He has appeared at venues and festivals in the UK, France, China, Slovakia, Switzerland and Holland.
He is a visiting tutor at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff.
"Tom Ollendorff is one of the world's finest guitarists. His music is complex yet rooted in melody and feeling" (Gilad Hekselman)
Pianist, Organist, and composer Nitai Hershkovits has been described as a “Genuine prodigy” by BBC music. He is a charismatic performer with an incredibly strong voice and musical vision. His dynamic playing crosses boundaries and genres thanks to a light, elegant touch that conveys a full spectrum of deep emotions and contrasts.
Nitai is an exception as a musician having done the opposite of what most do: he studied jazz as a foundation and came into classical later. This unique combination emboldens his eclectic playing style. “Reminiscent of a silky-toned old piano swinger such as the late Hank Jones” (The Guardian), intertwining bliss and melancholy with skillful freedom.