Born: January 11, 1978 Primary Instrument: Guitar
The fallacy of being lost in ornamental doodling is the risk of every jazz guitarist, but it's completely absent in Neiman's almost ascetic play. This doesn't mean that his playing is simple; far from it... --Jakob Baekgaard, All About Jazz
Guitarist Oren Neiman's music is both innovative and in the forefront of today's jazz styles, as well as being celebrated for his technical precision. His compositions explore a combination of Jazz sensibility with Middle Eastern rhythms and melody.
Born in Ramat-Gan, Israel, and raised in Toronto, Canada, and Israel, he grew up listening to many different kinds of music, He started playing mainly in rock bands, but soon became interested in jazz. He started studying the music, and playing in various venues around Israel. Oren considers both of his cultural backgrounds to be integral to his music and has a strong connection with both countries. In August 2001, Oren moved to NY, where he received his BFA from SUNY Purchase, studying and playing with John Abercrombie, Pete Malinverni, and Charles Blenzig. During his school years, Oren was a recipient of the Ullendorff memorial foundation Scholarship. After graduating, Oren continued his studies with master teacher Bobby Hansman who helped him to further his search for his own voice on the instrument....
Awards:2009 Arts Alive Project Grant (NYSCA, Westchester Arts Council)
...I can hear some Abercrombie and Goodrick in there, but Oren is clearly finding his own unique voice as a jazz guitarist... Maurice Hogue, Host CKUW's One Man's Jazz
“Neiman’s new recording (Frolic and Detour), with a new quartet, is quite a unique statement. It is predominantly Jazzy, but it also touches upon ethnic themes and rhythmic patterns, often using odd meters and unusual harmony. Also the unusual sound blend of the guitar / trumpet combination gives the listener the impression of hearing something innovative and rarely attempted before.” - Adam Baruch www.jazzis.com
First of All...
Year Released - 2007
Tracks: Track; Track.
Personnel: Oren Neiman: Guitar
Mike Stewart: Saxophone
Nick Szatmari: Bass
Kenny Shaw Drums
Frolic and Detour
Year Released - 2009
Oren Neiman: Guitar
Kenny Warren: Trumpet
Doug Drewes: Bass
Kenny Shaw: Drums
As A Side Musician
Personnel: Gilad Ben-Zvi : Steel String Guitar Oren Neiman : Nylon string Guitar
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Mount Vernon, NY
Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.