ROTEM SIVAN DUO ( WITH PETER BERNSTEIN)
Rotem Sivan, an Israeli born jazz guitarist is quickly establishing himself as a new voice in the New York Jazz Scene.
His musical palette draws from classical and jazz influences combined with ethnic elements. In his recently recorded album Sivan skillfully fuses these into a new approach to the Jazz Guitar Trio instrumentation. The album was released in June 2013 on Steeple-Chase Records.
The talented guitarist is a prize winner of the International Competition of Montreux Jazz Festival, 2009. In the summer of 2010 the Rotem Sivan Group was invited to perform at the renowned Bern Jazz Festival, playing side by side with the McCoy Tyner Quartet.
In 2012, Mr. Sivan graduated with honors from the New School University in NYC, where he he was awarded a full scholarship. In addition, Sivan was awarded three scholarships for Excellency by Tel Aviv University where he completed his B.A. studies in Composition and Classical Music, 2008.
Over the years, he had the privilege to perform and collaborate with acclaimed artists: Peter Bernstein, Ari Hoenig, Roy Hargrove, Omer Avital, Francesco Mela, Colin Stranahan, Anat Cohen and Paul Bollenback. Mr. Sivan performed on top stages around the world such as Les Poisson Rouge, Montreux Jazz Festival, Bern Jazz Festival, Smalls, JCC Hall, Bar Next Door, Fat Cat, The Great Plaza, International Eilat Jazz Festival and many more.
“I am confident in Sivan's unique abilities to transform the jazz guitar world” -– Ari Hoenig
"The best Israel has to offer when it comes to hip, young, cutting edge musician..." - Le Poisson rouge
"Always a great show! This band is sick... don’t miss out!" - Gotham Jazz
"A new voice in New York..." – Hello New York
Born in New York City on September 3, 1967, Peter began playing piano when he was 8 but switched to guitar when he was 13, learning the instrument primarily by ear. He studied Jazz at Rutgers University with Ted Dunbar, and Kenny Barron. He completed his degree at The New School in New York City, where he met and studied with one of his mentors and influences Jim Hall. In 1990, Hall asked Bernstein to play in an invitational jazz guitar festival in which John Scofield and Pat Metheny were performing. Bernstein and Hall performed as a duo, and have played together in this context throughout Peter's career. That same year soul jazz great Lou Donaldson discovered Bernstein and Hall played on several of Lou's records. Throughout the 1990s, Bernstein was at the forefront of contemporary jazz; he played with Joshua Redman, Melvin Rhyne, Diana Krall, Larry Goldings, Bill Stewart, Jimmy Cobb, Lee Konitz, Roy Hargrove, Tom Harrell, Joe Lovano, Jack McDuff, Lonnie Smith, Eric Alexander, Brad Mehldau, Christian McBride, Mike LeDonne and many more. Bernstein is known for his clean, warm guitar tone and his lyrical melodic lines.
In 2008, Bernstein became part of The Blue Note 7, a septet formed that year in honor of the 70th anniversary of Blue Note Records. The group recorded an album in 2008, entitled Mosaic, which was released in 2009 on Blue Note Records/EMI, and toured the United States in promotion of the album from January until April 2009. The group plays the music of Blue Note Records from various artists, with arrangements by members of the band and Renee Rosnes. Recently, Bernstein has joined Sonny Rollins' new quintet