SHALOSH is a jazz ensemble that comes across as a rock band or perhaps a rock band who know their jazz, depending on one’s point of view. After releasing their debut album, four years ago, the three young friends who founded SHALOSH got into a van and went on an extensive performance tour. More than 250 performances in Europe, Japan and Korea over three years has sufficiently substantiate that the rock-and-roll ethos of band-on-the-road is alive and kicking in jazz. Although seemingly a standard piano, bass and drums trio and deeply rooted in jazz and improvisation traditions, their music cannot be characterized by any known convention or definition of genre. Jazz blends here naturally with rock, classical, electronic, African and Middle Eastern music.
In 2014, the release of their debut album was received with great enthusiasm. Their second album, released in 2017 and distributed by French and German record labels, was titled album of the year in several jazz magazines in Europe. Early in 2018, they released their live performance album and are currently working on a new album. Their aim is to create music that reaches out to as many people as possible and breaks the distance barrier of over-intellectual music. The three friends lead the band together, minimizing ego and enabling an equal and liberated shared artistic development.
Collaboration and generosity are also reflected in the warm welcome they give to their colleagues which has led to the creation of the SHALOSH Plus One project (i.e.: three plus one), and perhaps a counter to the familiar jazz practice tool, “music minus 1”. Over the last year, they invite guest artists to join them and consequently release a new single on the internet every month. Tal Ben Ari a.k.a. “Tula”, who joins them in Eilat as a guest artist also participated in their project. Tula is a singer and songwriter who left Israel in 2005 with a one-way ticket and a single suitcase to follow a dream that materialized as she establish a successful international music career. She has performed worldwide and collaborated with various ensembles, participating in the viral music project “playing for change”, sharing a stage with Robert Plant, John Densmore of The Doors, the Doobie Brothers, and even appearing on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Tula’s versatile and exotic singing together with the powerful dynamics of SHALOSH inspire a fascinating quartet and a divine and limitless realm of sound. Reflecting the strong bond between three childhood friends, SHALOSH is a live, rustic, acoustic and progressive ensemble that allows plenty of room for freedom of individual expression. In the cold urban jungle, SHALOSH reaches deeply to touch the strings of emotion, rekindling a primeval and profound sense of being.
Gadi Stern Piano, Keyboards
David Michaeli Bass
Matan Assayag Drums
Featuring: Tula Ben Ari Vocals
Duration of the show: 60 min.
Photo: Gilad Bar Shalev + Javier Bashata