ISR, USA, CAN
Gilad Hekselman is an Israeli prodigy: his sublime control manifests itself in a predilection for dramatic expression and lyrical compositions that are full of atmospheric soundscapes and subtle African influences.
Guitarist Gilad Hekselman moved to New York in 2004, where his crystal clear and passionate improvizations have attracted the attention of a number of top players in the US. He is regularly invited to perform with artists such as Chris Potter, Esperanza Spalding, John Scofield, Tigran Hamasyan and Avishai Cohen. His fluid skills have earned him a lot of prizes including the Gibson Montreux International Guitar Competition.
He has recorded a stack of albums that received rave reviews from the press. He has even recorded a song for Walt Disney Records that was added to the album Everybody Wants to Be a Cat (2011), amongst contributions by top artists such as Dave Brubeck, Joshua Redman, Diane Reeves, Roy Hargrove, Kurt Rosenwinkel and The Bad Plus. Gilad effortlessly switches with balanced virtuosity from an interpretation of a Beatles melody to groovy jazz with his own lyrical and unique compositions, all this accompanied by razor-sharp, melodic solos.
Recently he has formed a new trio that looks at least as promising as his previous one. Both double bassist Rick Rosato and drummer Jonathan Pinson are among the most demanded musicians of their generation. Rosato played among others with pianist Shai Maestro, drummer Billy Hart and saxophonist Mark Turner. Drummer Jonathan Pinson's dynamic and explosive percussive sound is compared to the young Elvin Jones. It is therefore not surprising that he already toured at the age of 23 with Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter.
Rick Rosato - double Bass
Jonathan Pinson - drums