Nadav Snir-Zelniker

    Grant Recipient

    Mamaroneck, NY, United States


    Artist Website

    Nadav started playing drums at the age of 16. Soon he became involved with the local Israeli music scene, playing and recording with different Rock & Jazz artists. Throughout these years Nadav has absorbed elements and flavors of the local Mediterranean-music traditions.

    In 1999, after receiving several honorary scholarships, such as the Israel-America Cultural Foundation and the Ulledorff Foundation, Nadav was able to move to the US and got his BFA degree in music-performance from the Conservatory of Music at SUNY-Purchase College, studying under drumming legends Adam Nussbaum and John Riley. Soon after his arrival in New York, Nadav became highly involved with the local music scene. His versatility enabled him to perform & record with artists from different genres.

    Amongst the many artists Nadav has worked with are: Jon Faddis, Stella Mars, Arthur Lipner, Adam Rogers, Gene Perla, Ted Rosenthal, KJ Denhert, James Cammack, Alan Eicher, Pete Malinvenri, Doug Munro, Tony Purrone, Francois Moutin, Cameron Brown, Shunzo Ono, Pete Malinverni, Heather Cornell & Manhattan Tap, Scott & Benson Big-Band, Machan Taylor, Dekel Bor Trio, MacTalla Mo’r, The Burr Johnson Band, Neil Alexander & NAIL, Herb Deutsch, and many more. Amongst the many Israeli/Jewish artists that Nadav collaborated with are: Alon Olearchik, Debbie Friedman, Shirona, Cantors Annie Bornstein, Paul Zim, Angela Buchdel, Jill Abramson, Magda Fishman, “Shir Chadash” and the Israeli-sing-along group “Shira NYC”. Nadav has also collaborated with several modern dance companies, such as David Parsons Dance, Doug Varone and Dancers, José Limón and Nelly van Bommel’s NØa Dance.

    He has performed on major venues such as: Carnegie Hall – Zenkel Hall, Symphony Space, Blue Note, Birdland, Iridium and many more.

    In addition to his playing, Nadav has been a writer for the magazine www.jazzmusic.co.il.

    His debut CD “Thinking Out Loud”, featuring jazz veterans, pianist Ted Rosenthal and bassist Todd Coolman, was released in July 2010.

    For the past 2 years Nadav has been co-leading the Israeli ensemble Trio Shalva, devoted to exploring Jazz and traditional music of the Mediterranean. In 2011 the group released its first album “Riding Alone”.