“Neiman creates intricate and tightly knit melodies…an instrumental virtuoso in his own right.” – Jakob Baekgaard All About Jazz
Composer/Guitarist Oren Neiman’s music is both innovative and in the forefront of today’s jazz styles, as well as being celebrated for his technical precision. His compositions explore a combination of Jazz sensibility with Middle Eastern rhythms and melody.
Born in Ramat-Gan, Israel, and raised in Israel as well as Toronto Canada, Oren grew up listening to many different kinds of music; He started playing mainly in rock bands, but soon became interested in jazz. In August 2001, Oren moved to NY, where he received his BFA from SUNY Purchase, and where he’s been based since.
Oren’s current projects include: Recording and performing with The Oren Neiman Quartet : this quartet has released two albums featuring Oren’s original compositions.
The band “ Sha’ar ” an international NY based group of Jewish musicians, this band’s current project is a new exploration of the work of Israeli composer Yedidia Admon.
The high-energy acoustic guitar duo “ IsraAlien” co – led by fellow Israeli guitar player Gilad Ben Zvi , this duo writes original compositions inspired by the various roots of Israeli music. Isra-Alien’s most recent album “ Found in Translation” was released in June of 2018.
The play “ Suddenly a Knock on the Door” written by Robin Goldfin based on short stories by Etgar Keret, with live music composed by Neiman, this play had its first run at Theater for the New City in June 2016.
Oren is also the current Guitar/Mandolin chair in “ Fiddler Afn Dakh ” the Yiddish production of Fiddler on the Roof directed by Oscar and Tony winner Joel Grey. The show is currently starting an open ended run at Stage 42.
Oren’s various projects perform and tour regularly both nationally and internationally. He was an Artist in Residence at the 92n d St. Y ( 2006-2007 ) , a participant in the Banff Centre’s international Jazz workshop (2008), a fellow at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (2012) and a participant in Asylum international Jewish artist network (2015).
Oren’s projects have received grants from The Schusterman Foundation ( 2015 ) , an Asylum Arts Small Grant( 2015 ) , and Arts Alive project grants from Westchester Arts Council (2009, 2011).
David K. Freeman is a musician and teaching artist based in New York. He has traveled extensively to study music, including in the Dominican Republic and India and his work is infused with a passion for Jazz, Latin, and Folk music traditions. David is a co-founding member of the Outer Bridge Ensemble, Sha’ar, co-creator of The Biryani Boys and as a bandleader, is currently celebrating his latest album Overview Effect.
Freeman holds an MA in Education and Human Development from The George Washington University with focus on experiential education, museum education and Jewish cultural arts, a BS in Anthropology from Rutgers University with a Minor in Music and has been a participant at the Lincoln Center Education Summer Forum Leadership Lab, Central NY Arts’ STAR Teaching Artist Training, Banff Arts Center’s Jazz and Creative Music Program, Omi International Arts Center’s Musicians Residency, LABA at the 14th Street Y, Makor and the Asylum International Artists Retreat. He is a recipient of the Tides Foundation Special Project Grant (2018), Jim Joseph Fellowship (2016), Schusterman/ROI Micro Grant (2016), Asylum Arts Grant (2014, 2020) Jubilation Foundation Fellowship (2013), Geraldine R. Dodge Fellowship and the NJSCA Folk Arts Apprenticeship Award.
As a musician/composer David has worked with notable artists such as Mike Myers (SNL), Anthony Bourdain (The Mind of a Chef), Alan Cummings, Douglas Keeve, Jimmy Buffett, Billy Martin (MMW), Annie Lanzillotto, James Zollar, Daniel Carter, Fast Forward, Brent Green, Paul Rucker, Stephen Chopek, Nadine LaFond, Alicia Jo Rabins among many others.
As a Teaching Artist, David maintains a commitment to availing cultural arts education for all and has worked with notable cultural arts organizations such as Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, Washington Jewish Music Festival, Contemporary Jewish Museum, BRIC Arts Media, Central NY Arts, Jubilation Foundation, Brooklyn Raga Massive, The Middlesex County Division of Youth Services’ Juvenile Detention Center, Arts to Grow and the SaskTel Saskatchewan TD Jazz Intensive.
David currently serves as an adjunct faculty member at Pace University’s Media, Communications and Visual Arts Dept., Director of Education for Brooklyn Raga Massive and is an active board member of the Association of Teaching Artists.
For more information, please visit www.davidkfreeman.com
Doug Drewes is a freelance bassist, composer and educator in Philadelphia. He has over 20 album credits and his playing can be heard on tv shows for NBC, MTV, IFC and USA. Doug has performed throughout the US and Canada including performances at Carnegie Hall, CMJ Music Festival, and the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. He has performed/recorded with Robert Randolph, Alexis Cole, Greg Hopkins, the David White Jazz Orchestra, and the All Star Jazz Trio. Doug is currently a faculty member at the New York Jazz Academy in New York City and Trenton Music Makers in Trenton NJ while also maintaining a busy private teaching studio. Mr. Drewes received his bachelors of music at the State University of New York at Purchase College and has studied bass with Dennis Irwin and Madison Rast.
Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Iván Barenboim studied in Buenos Aires with Marcelo Moguilevsky, Marcelo Katz and Adriana de los Santos. Before moving to New York in 2006, he performed at Teatro Colon, Centro de Experimentacion del Teatro Colon, Teatro General San Martin, Teatro Coliseo, Palais de Glace in Buenos Aires, Siemens Art Festival (Stuttgart, Germany), Fronteras Latin American Festival (London, England) and Belfast International Festival (Ulster, Ireland.) His music was played at Teatro Nacional Cervantes (Buenos Aires, Arg.), Sala Beckett (Barcelona, Spain) and GREC Festival de Barcelona. In New York, Iván has performed and recorded with Roberto Rodriguez Cuban-Jewish All Stars and Masada Octet, Adam Rudolph Go: Organic Orchestra, JD Parran, Fernando Otero, Emilio Teubal, Jen Shyu, Pablo Ziegler and Joan Baez in different venues and festivals, to mention just a few. Since 2007, Iván has been an artist-in-residence at Central Synagogue and since 2008 part-time faculty at the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music.