Asaf Even Zur

    Grant Recipient

    New York, NY, United States


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    Born in 1996, Saxophonist and Composer Asaf Even Zur began his musical journey in Tel Aviv, Israel. He started to study music when he was 6 years old and later in his life attended the Thelma Yellin High School of Arts. Studying with important figures such as Yuval Cohen, Amit Golan, Yonatan Voltzuk, Ilan Salem, Gilad Ronen and many more, Asaf was managed to develop a mature and complete sound at a young age. Later on, Even Zur moved to New York to complete his bachelor’s degree in jazz at the prestige university The New School. He was very fortunate to play while he studied with well-known musicians such as Frank Lacy, Abraham Burton, Mark Cary, Shai Maestro and Gilad Hekselman. On September 2017, Asaf was asked by the Legendary bassist Reggie Workman to join his sextet and sharing the music and legacy of Art Blakey, John Coltrane, Lee Morgan and Workman’s music itself. On August of the same year, Asaf recorded a studio album with Reggie Workman in New York.

    Coming from Israel, Asaf offers a rare point of view on jazz combining the vocabulary of the traditional jazz legacy and middle eastern sounds, power, and groove. In his Quintet, Asaf presents his own interpretation of jazz, playing his original compositions, expressing his emotions and opinions about life. The band explores improvisation as one unite; there is no me or you, there is only us.


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