New York’s Alon Yavnai Trio
Alon Yavnai – pianist, composer ~ New York resident since 2001, Pianist Alon Yavnai was born & raised in Israel, where he acquired his formal music education. In 1996, Three years after arriving in the United-States Alon won the first price at the Great American Jazz Piano Competition. After several years living in Boston, where Alon recorded two albums as a leader he moved to New York and toured worldwide with Paquito D’rivera and his Quintet & Jazz Chamber Trio for the next few years.
Other performance & recording credits include Freddie Hubbard, Nancy Wilson, Yo-Yo Ma, The New York Voices, Joe Lovano, Tom Harrell, Dave Liebman, Jamey Haddad, Louis Hayes, Bob Moses, Rufus Reid, and Regina carter, among others.
Alon has released several albums as a leader; Among them his big band album featuring the renowned NDR Bigband, for whom he has composed, arranged and recorded over the last decade.
Alon divides his time between performing, composing & arranging; In addition he has been invited to give masterclasses & workshops at Oberlin College, University of North Florida, Cleveland Institute of Music, and the University of Western Michigan.
His body of work is versatile, and spans from performances in Jazz festivals & clubs with small ensembles, to playing on film soundtracks, in addition to performances in concert halls such as Carnegie Hall, Tonhalle in Switzerland and Bunka Kaikan in Japan, and composing & arranging for big bands around the world.
Currently Alon has his piano trio project, and co-leads the duo ALON & JOCA, his collaboration with Singer-songwriter/percussionist Joca Perpignan. The duo tours worldwide, and has just released their new album on Chant Records titled Dança das Aguas, featuring the NDR Bigband.
Peter Slavov – Bass is a New York City-based Grammy-nominated Bulgarian double bassist, composer, session musician, arranger and educator. Since he began playing professionally in the mid-1990’s, Peter has performed at some of the most prestigious venues and festivals in more than 40 countries on 5 continents. His recording credits include more than 35 albums, and he has performed at some of the most prestigious festivals around the world, including The Monterey Jazz Festival, The Detroit Jazz Festival, Festival de Jazz de
Montreal, The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, The North Sea Jazz Festival (Holland), Umbria Jazz Festival (Italy), Jazz a Juan(France), among others.
While studying classical music at the Pipkov Music School in Sofia, Peter discovered American jazz and soon became the busiest bassist on the scene in Bulgaria, playing with some of the country’s finest musicians and touring Europe extensively. In 1997, Peter was awarded the Best Composition Award at the Plovdiv Jazz Festival.
In 1998 Peter received a scholarship from Boston’s famed Berklee College of Music, and in 1999 moved to Boston to attend Berklee. In 2001, he was awarded the Berklee Bass Department’s John Neves Memorial Scholarship Award for Outstanding Musicianship, as well as a full scholarship.
After graduating from Berklee in 2002 Peter Slavov has performed and/or recorded with world-renowned artists, such as Joe Lovano, George Garzone, Chucho Valdes, Danilo Perez, Sophie Milman, Kevin Mahogany, and Simon Shaheen, among many others.
One of Peter’s highlights performance credit is his performance with twenty seven-time Grammy award-winning producer/composer/arranger Quincy Jones’ Global Gumbo Project.
Peter is currently touring the world with Grammy award-winning saxophonist Joe Lovano’s Classic Quartet as well as with Lovano’s Us Five band. In 2012, Us Five received the Award for Best Small Group by the Jazz Journalists Association of America.
Peter Slavov has taught master classes worldwide at Universidad Veracruzana in Xalapa, Mexico; Mahidol University in Thailand, New Bulgarian University, Sofia, Bulgaria, and at the Berklee College Of Music, Boston, MA, just to name a few.