Koby Hayon

Koby Hayon was born and raised in Jerusalem, Israel. While studying at the Rimon School of Jazz and Contemporary Music in Tel Aviv, Hayon gathered experience as a guitarist with the DGK Trio and other notable groups. In 2001, Hayon moved to the United States, where he would earn his BM in jazz studies at SUNY Purchase. There, as a recipient of the Ullendorff Memorial Foundation scholarship, Westchester Art Council, New York State Art Council, he studied with jazz greats John Abercrombie, Hal Galper, Todd Coolman, and Jon Faddis. Hayon has since played in a number of venues throughout the tri-state area as the leader of a jazz trio, duo, and quartet. His renditions of jazz standards as well as his own compositions have earned him acclaim along with several weekly gigs in the New York area. As a sideman, he performed and toured throughout Western New York and Canada, and can be heard regularly at the 55bar, Cornelia St. Cafe, Watercolor Cafe, DeTour, and other reputable New York clubs. Most recently, Hayon has formed the Jazz Trio. Here, he fuses his heritage with his vast musical training by performing classic Israeli songs in a jazz setting. This combines two of the many facets of Hayon's musicality: a cultural legacy along with his malleable and innovative jazz technique. Hayon is about to record a new album in the Spring of 2009, with his original compositions, along with his acclaimed trio (with David Ruffels on Bass, and Jerome Morris on Drums)

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Koby's compositions reflect his wide range of musical experience. I can hear his Middle-Eastern roots on several of the compositions (check out his improvisations on ”Norwegian Wood”), yet on many tunes, “Crumbs” for example, I hear the wide open spaces of the Midwest of America. A final note, this recording is not for those just looking for a happy diversion. It accurately reflects life today. The challenges ahead, the turmoil around the world is evident in these compositions. Koby has performed the duty of the artist.” (From album liner notes, written by Kermit Driscoll)

Jerusalem-born guitarist Koby Hayon is a remarkable artist whose music is an aural manifestation of what he feels

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Primary Instrument

Guitar

Location

New York City

Willing to teach

Advanced only

Discography

Gemini

Gemini

Self Produced
2011

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