Boston, MA, United States
Since picking up the double bass in 2010, Shimon Gambourg has been actively engaged in the Israeli contemporary scene.
Graduating with honors from the Thelma Yellin High School of the Arts in 2013, Shimon was drafted into the Israeli Defense Forces orchestra as a bass player and arranger. At the IDF orchestra, he performed and recorded with a myriad of famed Israeli artists, including David Broza, Rami Kleinstein and Sarit Hadad. Most recently, his arrangement of a Moshe Vilensky classic, “Tzarich Letzalzel Pa’amayim”, was included in a tribute to the legendary Shoshana Damari, curated by Reshet Gimel.
Concurrently with his army service, Shimon has obtained a diploma in Jazz performance from the Rimon School of Music. At the Rimon Jazz Institute, his private instructors included Rafi Kadishzon, Shai Chen and Gilad Dobrecky. At Rimon’s yearly Jazz clinics, Shimon had the opportunity to study and perform with luminaries Billy Cobham and Mark Whitfield.
Hoping to pursue composition as his full-time occupation, Shimon has had numerous opportunities to rehearse and perform his own music. Debuting at Israel’s Red Sea Jazz Festival in 2014 with his band, the Unity Sextet, he went on to found Trio-Some, a three-piece jazz collective dedicated to exploring the guitar-bass-drums format. In addition to his usual acoustic and electric bass, Shimon regularly contributes synths and other instruments to the band’s recordings, eventually producing and mixing most on his own.
Other noteworthy performances include the Jazz Education Network conference with the Thelma Yellin Jazz Ensemble directed by Tom Oren (Atlanta, GA 2013), and the Red Sea Jazz Festival with the Bar Moach Super Combo directed by Tom Bar (Eilat, Israel 2015).
Shimon is an AICF “Excellence” scholarship recipient since 2014, and currently attends Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, working towards a degree in film scoring.