In 2012, Oded Tzur scheduled a rehearsal in Brooklyn with Shai Maestro, Petros Klampanis and Ziv Ravitz. The immediate connection between the four musicians led to the creation of the Oded Tzur Quartet, whose two albums on Enja Records (2015 & 2017) earned it the title “A new type of swing”. The quartet’s music explores relationships between the jazz setting and Indian music’s universe of microtonality and melodic architecture, and has won extraordinary critical acclaim in Japan, South Africa, Europe, Russia and the US. Its unique language of improvisation takes the listener on a journey many describe as “musical storytelling”, and evokes deep contrasts between silent passages and dramatic crescendos.
Shai Maestro, a native of Israel, has already left his mark on the jazz world. After playing, touring and recording for 5 years with bassist Avishai Cohen, Maestro relocated to New York and quickly became one of the most in demand pianists in the city. He keeps a busy schedule, playing as a band leader as well as a sideman. Maestro has shared the stage with many world renowned musicians such as Jorge Rossy, John Patitucci, Keith Carlock, Nate Smith, Kendrick Scott, Gilad Hekselman, Scott Colley, Jimmy Green, Myron Walden, Donny McCaslin, Matt Penman, Clarence Penn, Ari Hoenig and many, many others.
Described by JazzTimes as a “formidable bassist and composer,” Petros Klampanis grew up on the Greek island of Zakynthos, surrounded by the confluence of Mediterranean and Balkan folk music. Since his relocation to New York City in 2008, Klampanis has performed alongside some of the city’s renowned jazz musicians, including saxophonist Greg Osby, pianist Jean-Michel Pilc, and drummer Ari Hoenig. In addition to his extensive list of appearances in USA, including the storied venues of Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York and Kennedy Center in Washington DC, he has performed at the internationally acclaimed North Sea Jazz Festival and the Palatia Jazz Festival in Germany.
Ziv Ravitz was born in Israel to a family of musicians. He was drawn to music at an early age and played a variety of instruments before focusing on the drum set. He began his professional career at the age of 13 and quickly acquired a reputation in a variety of musical styles. Since his move to the US in 2000, Ravitz has become one of the most sought after drummers in the NYC scene, playing with artists such as Hal Crook, Joel Frahm, Joe Lovano, Ralph Alessi, George Garzone, Ben Monder, Avishai Cohen, Omer Avital, Aaron Goldberg, Aaron Parks, Esperanza Spaulding and many others. Ravitz has also been a member of the Lee Konitz Quartet, with which he recorded two albums.