The Eldad Tarmu Chamber Ensemble

The Eldad Tarmu Chamber Ensemble

 Jersey City, New Jersey, USA
BandClassicalJazz

A blend of classical motives and jazz harmonies meet Middle-Eastern/East European modes and rhythms to make a distinctive cutting edge world jazz chamber sound in this original music project. Wholly unique, yet always melodic, this exciting mix of timbres creates an eclectic musical palette.

Biography

The Eldad Tarmu Chamber Ensemble began as a septet formed in 2006 in Timisoara, Romania, where the band leader, American vibraphonist and composer Eldad Tarmu, taught Jazz Studies for four years. The initial members of the septet were Romanian bass player Johnny Bota, Israeli drummer Yoni Halevy and Tabac String Quartet. In September 2006, after their first tour, they recorded Tarmu's compositions under the album name Songs for the Queen of Bohemia, which was released in March 2007 in Romania and in June 2009 in the US.
This rare formation, comprised of vibraphone, bass and drums in the rhythm section, augmented by a string quartet (two violins, viola and cello), create the ideal palette for the musical styles blended in Tarmu's compositions. Middle-Eastern melodies and grooves mix with jazz and classical harmonies to make a distinctive cutting edge world jazz chamber sound.

American vibraphonist and composer Eldad Tarmu is teaching and playing regularly in the New York metropolitan area. He holds a Masters degree in Afro-Latin Music from California State University Los Angeles and a MA degree in Music Composition from Stony Brook University. He has recorded and performed with some of the most significant figures in their musical genres, including Poncho Sanchez, Ernie Watts, Taj Mahal, Cybill Shepherd, Freddie Hubbard, Billy Higgins and Frank Morgan. He has performed in over twenty-five countries around the world in various festivals and concert tours and has released six CDs and participated in countless collaborations. His second album, Get Up Close, reached number 20 on the US jazz radio charts for four straight weeks. In 2009 he composed, orchestrated and performed in a symphonic jazz project in Europe.
Eldad Tarmu is currently preparing the release of a new chamber music album with an American woodwind quintet.

Discography

Songs for the Queen of Bohemia - 2007

Set List

The Invasion Song
Seducing the Queen of Bohemia
Headed East
The Polish Gentleman
Dyonisus
Dancing for the Queen of Bohemia
Drinking with the Queen of Bohemia
Battle for the Queen of Bohemia
Escape with the Queen of Bohemia
Song for the Queen of Bohemia