with Rotem Sivan
Described by DownBeat Magazine as “a remarkable talent and a welcome new voice on the scene,” he has taken the NYC music scene by storm, and has been recognized internationally for his music. He has performed in countries such as France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Poland, UK, Slovenia, Mexico, Chile, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Israel, USA, and Canada, among others, and has given workshops around the world in top universities and schools.
Sivan can be seen regularly at the city’s top venues such as Smalls, Birdland, The Jazz Gallery, The Bar Next Door and The Blue Note. He has performed at many international festivals such as Polanco Jazz Festival, Chutzpah Jazz Festival, Marseille Jazz Festival, Venice Jazz Festival, Fara Jazz Festival, Exposure Festival, Montreux Jazz Festival, Utopia Music Festival, Bern Jazz Festival and Sonora Jazz Festival to name a few.
One of the most exciting young jazz performers, Rotem Sivan is developing at a fascinating rate. In 2013 he released his debut album “Enchanted Sun” on SteepleChase Records, followed by his second album “For Emotional Use Only” on Fresh Sound New Talent Records. Jazz critics and magazines around the world praised both albums receiving 4.5 stars on Downbeat Magazine. Sivan released his third album "A New Dance" in 2015 with bassist Haggai Cohen Milo and drummer Colin Stranahan, which was again met with critical acclaim. The upcoming album "Antidote" is in it's final production stages and will be released in early 2017.
Sivan is a guitarist for the 21st century, with an international background and border-defying interests. He has developed a glowing tone and quicksilver phrasing, as well as a sophisticated sense of rhythm and an openhearted approach to melody. Sivan’s approach to recording is unique and allows for the preservation of the soul and vibe of the jazz creation.
“The gifted guitarist combines energy, ideas and undeniable chops..A remarkable talent and a welcome new voice on the scene.”
"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 is an Israeli guitarist and instructor who has been living in NYC for the past 9 years. He studied classical composition at Tel Aviv University and jazz performance at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in NYC, graduating with honors from both. Since his relocation, Sivan has performed with many prominent musicians, including Peter Bernstein, Ari Hoenig, Ben Street and Ferenc Nemeth.