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Rotem Sivan is a well-praised and fascinating new voice in the New York jazz scene. Born in Haifa, Israel, Sivan’s early attraction to guitar and jazz started at a very early age. He was exposed and influenced by a variety of music genres including Baroque compositors, classic rock, Middle-Eastern and Indian music. His early influences were Led Zeppelin, J.S. Bach, Jimi Hendrix, Pat Metheny, Leonard Cohen, John Schofield, Erik Satie, W.A. Mozart, Bill Evans, Ahmad Jamal and Brad Mehldau.

Sivan is a graduate of the prestigious WIZO arts high school’s music department. He continued to study in the Tel- Aviv University Music Academy, where he completed his B.A. with honors in Classical Composition. In 2008, Sivan moved to New York City and continued his music education at The New School earning his B.F.A in Jazz and Contemporary Music, with honors.

In New York, Sivan instantly became an active player in the village jazz scene and started collaborating with acclaimed musicians such as Ari Hoenig, Peter Bernstein, Yasushi Nakamura, Colin Stranahan, Haggai Cohen-Milo, Paul Bollenback, Ziv Ravitz, Dave Schnitter and Omer Avital. He performs regularly at well-known jazz venues such as Birdland, The Bar Next Door, Smalls, Fat Cat, Le Poisson Rouge, and many others. Sivan is a prize-winner of the Montreux Jazz Festival 2009 and, in the summer of 2010, the Rotem Sivan Group was invited to perform at the renowned Bern Jazz Festival, playing side by side with the McCoy Tyner Quartet. Sivan played at Sonora Jazz Festival, and he regularly stars in jazz magazines reviews and articles such as All About Jazz, Hot House Jazz, New York Jazz Record, Jocks and Nerds and Jazz Times.

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“The gifted guitarist combines energy, ideas and undeniable chops..A remarkable talent and a welcome new voice on the scene.” DownBeat

“He lets you hear the innate sound of his instrument, using classic jazz-guitar tone with dynamics and a searching quality to his improvising.. He attains a kind of private language.. It’s the kind of thing that makes you listen harder.” New York Times, Ben Ratliff

Rotem Sivan is, with no doubt, the next guitarist of our times. He is a leader and a listener.” Peter Bernstein

“I am confident in Sivan’s unique abilities to transform the jazz guitar world.” Ari Hoenig “His style and sound bring a fresh flair and a remarkable sophistication to jazz, which transcends audiences” Jazz Times Magazine “Israeli guitarist Rotem Sivan has been taking the NYC club scene by storm” Jazz Inside Magazine “Not only is Rotem Sivan a master of jazz guitar, he is a true artist” Just Jazz Guitar

“Rotem Sivan has carved a place for himself in the New York jazz scene through his daring improvisation, astute band leading and technical ability but above all his lyricism and musicality

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Album Same Way Home by Rotem Sivan

Same Way Home

Rotem Sivan
2019

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Album My Favorite Monster by Rotem Sivan

My Favorite Monster

Aima Records
2018

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Album Antidote by Rotem Sivan

Antidote

Alma Records
2017

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Album A New Dance by Rotem Sivan

A New Dance

Fresh Sound Records
2015

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Album For Emotional Use Only by Rotem Sivan

For Emotional Use Only

Fresh Sound Records
2014

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Album Enchanted Sun by Rotem Sivan

Enchanted Sun

Steeplechase Lookout
2013

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