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Rotem Sivan is taking the NYC jazz scene by storm. Described by DownBeat Magazine as “a remarkable talent and a welcome new voice on the scene,” he completed his studies in both classical composition and jazz with honors in Tel Aviv & NYC. Sivan tours with his trio most of the year playing in world-renowned festivals and clubs. 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.
Rotem has developed a strong online presence with over 24k followers on Instagram alone. Upon graduation Sivan moved to NYC to pursue his passion for jazz. While making his first steps in the local scene he was also studying at The New School for Jazz & Contemporary Music. Since his relocation, Sivan has performed with many prominent musicians, including Peter Bernstein, Ari Hoenig, Ben Street and Ferenc Nemeth.
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.