Born in Jerusalem and raised in Buenos-Aires and Tel-Aviv, Or Bareket is quickly establishing himself as one of the most versatile bassists on the NYC jazz scene.
Winner of the 1st prize at the International Society of Bassists’ jazz competition in 2011, Or’s diverse heritage informs his distinct style. His approach to improvisation is informed by Mediterranean, South American, and North African folklores, all interpreted through his deep knowledge and appreciation of the American Jazz tradition.
Or started playing the electric bass at age 16 after hearing Jaco Pastorius for the first time. At 18 he took up the upright bass and started his classical training with Teddy Kling (principal bass at the Israeli philharmonic) and later with Professor Michael Klinghoffer (former assistant to maestro Gary Karr), all the while working extensively in the Israel jazz scene and studying jazz with bassist Avishai Cohen among others.
Since moving to New York, Or has performed, recorded, and toured with a wide array of artists all over the world. Notable names include Ari Hoenig, Jean-Michel Pilc, The 3 Cohens, Don Friedman, Eliot Zigmund, Billy Hart, and Victor Lewis, as well as younger artists such as Gilad Hekselman, Cyrille Aimee, and Yotam Silberstein.
Or is a multiple-time recipient of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation scholarship for outstanding performers and the Eubie Blake Fellowship. He has participated in Betty Carter’s “Jazz Ahead” at the Kennedy center, The Steans Institute Ravinia Workshop, and the Banff Workshop for Jazz and Creative Music.