About Gal Shaya

Bass player and Musician Gal Shaya is willfully residing on the sidelines of jazz. Gal grew up playing a wide variety of genres on electric bass in his hometown Haifa, Israel. Since then he added the upright bass to his arsenal and became a part of the Israeli music scene, playing in a diversity of situations from jazz bands to theater orchestras. While still in Israel, Gal played with some of Israel’s most important jazz musicians like Yuval Cohen, Erez Bar-Noy and Gilad Ronen, toured Russia and USA and lead his band “AKT5”.

Since moving to NY to study at The New School For Jazz And Contemporary Music, Gal is composing new works and experimenting with the modern jazz medium while playing bass as a sideman in the NYC area in many venues, including Webster Hall and Lincoln Center. Gal got to study with Andrew Cyrille, Bill Mchnery, Thomas Morgan, Chris Lightcap and Tyshawn Sorey and Is on a constant mission to find a way to bridge between contemporary classical music and jazz medium.

Gal is the full scholarship winner of the 2013 “New School Competition” and an AICF scholarship recipient. These days Gal is playing with “Micha Gilad Trio” while leading “Gal Shaya Quartet” a drum-less ensemble that plays ambient modern compositions and working on a new original project that will be featured in his first album.

Gal Shaya

Bass Guitar, Viola da Gamba

Brooklyn, New York, United States
Grant Recipient