Beats and Bars: Eden Har-Gil’s Multifaceted Artistry Shapes Today’s Jazz

Eden Har-Gil playing drums

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Jazz has always drawn life from the cultural petri dish that is New York City, and Eden Har-Gil is the latest phenom to emerge from its fertile ground. The Brooklyn-based drummer and composer commands audiences not just with his polyrhythmic mastery but with a compositional voice wise beyond his years.

Mr. Har-Gil’s artistry is a sleight of hand, embodying the swing and soul of jazz’s heritage while lacing it with harmonies and improvisational detours that are unmistakably modern. From the bandstand, he conducts his chordless saxophone quartet with the commanding presence of a veteran music director, coaxing dynamic performances that build and deconstruct like the skyline visible through the club’s windows.

His compositions for two saxophones, upright bass and drums unfold with a narrative flair reminiscent of ballet, spinning pithy melodies into labyrinthine orchestrations teeming with tension and release. With Eden Har-Gil leading the charge, jazz’s boundaries continue to be redrawn and redefined.

Check out our interview with Eden Har-Gil below.

MIM: Tell us about the creation process of this project. (Especially anything particularly interesting or out of the ordinary)

Eden Har-Gil: It was written during a transition both seasonal and personal, the creation of the album was accompanied by a process of gradual, at times difficult, growth. The album was written in the midst of a break up with my ex-partner, Adi and is dedicated to her.

MIM: What does this project mean to you?

Eden Har-Gil: Hearts of Palm is a culmination of my path and development as a jazz performer and composer. Over a decade has passed since I made the decision to devote myself to the craft of music. The decision has led me across oceans, countries, and institutions. It has exposed me to new cultures, people, and ideas. Remnants of these experiences are weaved throughout this album

MIM: Who are your biggest musical influences?

Eden Har-Gil: Roy Haynes has been my biggest inspiration for sure. His long career, his versatility, his approach to the music and the drums and his creativity is an endless resource for inspiration.

MIM: What is one piece of advice you would tell your younger self, or anyone who is pursuing a career in music?

Eden Har-Gil: Just keep going, we have no control and we cannot predict the future.

MIM: What are you most proud of about this project?

Eden Har-Gil: I got to play with two musicians I really look up to, Dezron Douglas and Caroline Davis. I learned so much from them during this project and it is an absolute privilege to have them play my music.

MIM: What can listeners look forward to from you?

Eden Har-Gil: I am now planning shows around the U.S and Europe and I have an EP coming out in the fall.

Check out his album “Hearts of Palm” out now.

Written by Bo Weber

Supporting artists since 2014


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