Born: October 2, 1981 Primary Instrument: Piano
Kobi Arad Kobi Arad is one of the most Prominent, Prolific and Versatile pianist-composers-producers emerging from Israel. Having made collaborations with Stevie Wonder (who shows interest in using one of Kobi's songs for his daughter Aisha's upcoming album) and other Greats - Kobi's Soulful style spans and brings together Classical Modern, Jazz and Neo-Soul. Kobi Lives, Composes and Performs in NYC.
He is the first musician to receive a Doctorate in the field of Contemporary Improvisation / Third Stream. Arad plays jazz, pop, world, and classical music, has performed at the Tel Aviv Museum and for the Knesset and appeared on the Televised series The Music of Ravel.
Some of his recent albums include, 'Innovations,' 'Neun Kleine Stucke Fur Elektronische Orchester' and 'Ancient Novice' - they all exemplify diversity of style, deep musical integrity as well as notable musicianship. His Kobi Arad Band's NYC appearances include the Blue Note, NYC, Cutting Room NYC, Tonic Jazz Club, Sugar Bar, 169 Bar and Guenevere Rodriguez gallery. Its been active in the NY scene since 2007.
Awards:Stickney Award for Third Stream Excellence, 2005 NEC Doctorate Scholarship, 2007
Kobi Arad is one of the most Prominent, Prolific and Versatile pianist-composers-producers emerging from Israel. Having made collaborations with Stevie Wonder (who shows interest in using one of Kobi's songs for his daughter Aisha's upcoming album) and other greats - Kobi's Soulful style spans and brings together Classical Modern, Jazz and Neo-Soul. Kobi lives, composes and performs in New York City
Jazz Times, Efrat Livni, 2010:
The title of this CD fits its contents: its innovative! The acid-jazzy groves which intertwine with old school Hancock-like riffs and piano phrases creates a true auditory experience, from a true master-musician, Kobi Arad. Joining Arad in this album are Tucker Yaro, Bass, and Ray Mcnaught, Drums.
Music Emissions magazine, Noriko Omiya: Jan, 2010:
'Innovations' by the Kobi Arad Band is a masterpiece. Featuring Kobi Arad on piano, Tucker Yaro, bass and Ray Mcnaught on drums. Given its a trio setting, these band members managed to stretch the boundaries which usualy associate with a trio, and achieve a large and rich soundscape. The harmonic language of this CD is very rich, and the rhythmical diversity and happening grooves provide with an appropriate counterbalance. This group, active in NYC for quite a few years (I've been following them since '07) has changed forms (Kobi Arad the band leader took Cindy Blackman for some of the shows); I personally witnessed their Blue Note Show this Nov. in which Kobi took the liberty to go beyond the album's scope and go to even freer spatial landscapes (you could see their live Vids in http://bit.ly/6g4nhm. )
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