For Guy Mintus, it’s not the what but the why that goes behind a musical gesture. This outlook, along with his multicultural and highly spontaneous approach, allows him to tap into a dimension of raw emotion in his music. Guy’s piano sound can often resemble a Turkish Kanun, a Flamenco guitar, a Jazz Big Band or a Jewish cantor. “Guy is mad scientist” proclaimed Grammy winning artist Arturo O’Farrill, “none does it like him”. Usually enhanced by his own singing voice, his performances have been described as “keeping the entire hall with held breath” (Barka Fabianova, Full Moon Zine Magazine).
Whether he’s sharing the stage with jazz legends, composing for classical orchestras, collaborating with masters of traditional music, or working with kids, Guy feels at home. The Israeli pianist, coming from a mixed heritage of Iraqi, Moroccan & Polish Jews, is a true citizen of the world. He has been NY based for the past five years while constantly on the go, having recently presented his music in Brazil, India, Turkey, throughout Europe, the US, and Canada.
Guy’s awards include the Prix du Public at the Montreux Jazz Festival’s solo piano competition, and two of ASCAP’s “Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Awards”, as well as full scholarships to Berklee College of Music and to the Manhattan School of Music, from where he graduated. His debut Trio record, “A Home in Between” was chosen as DownBeat Magazine’s editor’s pick and led to an invitation of the group to perform at Jazz at Lincoln Center, NY.