Bio

 

 

Jerusalem born harmonica player Roni Eytan is pioneering a new way of playing his instrument bringing a unique sound with original techniques. He also plays the microtonal harmonica, an instrument designed especially for him to play Middle Eastern Maqamat (middle eastern modes). this instrument is the first of its kind to have ever been made.

 

Roni and his band regularly attend international jazz festivals such as the Panama Jazz festival and the Toronto jazz festival.

 

In 2010, Roni started studying at the Berklee College of Music on a full scholarship and graduated as part of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute. He studied with George Garzone, Joe Lovano, Julian Lage and Simon Shaheen. In 2013, he was chosen to participate in the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Workshop led by Jason Moran at the Kennedy Center.

 

In March 2014, at the age of 23, Roni Eytan joined the Grammy winning pianist, Danilo Perez, and toured with his quartet for two years all over the world playing in major venues and international festivals, such as the Newport Jazz Festival, the Rio Loco festival in Toulouse, and the Panama Jazz Festival.

 

After playing mostly as a sideman, Roni formed his own band, focusing on his original music. His musical language draws influences from Jazz, music of the Middle East and North Africa (Andalusian Music), all of which are part of Roni's musical roots and cultural identity.

Roni has shared the stage with internationally acclaimed musicians and bands such as: John Patitucci, Brian Blade, Eddie Gomez, Kevin Hays, Antonio Serrano, Roman Diaz, Miguel Zenon, Adam Cruz and Ben Street.

Roni Eytan is endorsed by Brendan Powers power harps, who built Roni's custom made "Microtonal Harmonica" and Audix Microphones.

 
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