Born: September 9, 1979 Primary Instrument: Bass
Originally from Kfar Saba, Israel, bassist and composer Daniel Ori's first exposures to music were piano recitals at his grandmother's apartment in Tel-Aviv. Her attempts to teach Daniel traditional piano lessons were disrupted by his interest with contemporary music. At age 14, Daniel took his older brother's electric bass, which was lying around the house into his own hands. The connection with the instrument came immediately and Daniel's musical voyage had begun. His growing interest in Jazz music brought him to Rimon School of Music, where he studied Jazz performance for three years. Daniel has since collaborated with some of Israel's top Jazz prospects and has played at the Red Sea Jazz Festival and Tel Aviv Jazz Festival to name a few. In 2006, Daniel decided to take on studies again, as a scholarship student at the Berklee School of Music. There he studied with World class Musicians Matthew Garrison, Dave Samuels, Alain Mallet, John Lockwood and many more as he earned his degree in composition. Since his move to New York in Winter 2008, Daniel has been a prominent young voice in the contemporary jazz scene both as a sideman and band leader. He has performed Internationally in Europe and Asia and can be heard regularly at New York clubs like Smalls, Blue Note, Fat Cat and Cornelia Street Cafe. A 2009 ASCAP Jazz Composers Award winner, Daniel has released his solo debut album, So It Goes, on the Art of Life Records label. With Uri Gurvich on sax, Gabriel Guerrero on piano, Eric Doob on drums, Marcelo Woloski on percussion and Jeff Miles on guitar, So It Goes features eight of Daniel's original compositions. The music is fresh and communicative, lyrical and rhythmic, mixing modern jazz with Middle Eastern, African and Latin influences. Daniel has recently finished recording his second album, Emuna, featuring Mark Turner (sax), Oz Noy (guitar), Sam Barsh (piano) and Ziv Ravitz (drums), soon to be released.
Awards:2009 Ascap Young Jazz Composers award
Have one hand on your equalizer and the other on your heart. Daniel’s music will move you, you will feel this music. In your soul and in your gut... Jazzreview.com
Ori's music slips naturally through Middle Eastern world sounds and urban rhythms with a pronounced tendency for the melody. All About Jazz Italy
New York, NY
Willing to teach:
Intermediate to advanced students