Shauli Einav is a young emerging Jazz saxophonist. He has already performed with various ensembles on prestigious stages such as the Red Sea Jazz Festival, The Israel Festival in Jerusalem, The Rochester International Jazz Festival, Tel-Aviv Intl Jazz Festival, “The Knitting Factory” NYC. Shauli has been invited to perform with some of today’s finest Jazz musicians, including bassist Omer Avital, pianist Aaron Goldberg, guitarists Bob Sneider and Frank Gambale, and the late saxophonist Arnie Lawrence among others.
Shauli released his debut CD “Home Seek” in February 2008 and was featured in WXXI NPR station in Rochester, also in Israel’s national broadcast station “Kol Hamusika”, Barcelona Jazz Radio & 90.1 Jazz Station of Rochester.
Shortly after earning a B.M degree from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, Shauli relocated to the United States, where he just graduated with Master’s degree at the prestigious Eastman School of Music, in Rochester NY.
While in Israel, he won 2nd place in the Jerusalem Academy duo competition. In 2005, that same year, Shauli received grants from the America-Israel Culture Fund, and a scholarship from Berklee College of Music, in Boston MA to study in the U.S.
At Eastman, Shauli held an assistant teaching position directing the ESM Non-Jazz Majors Jazz Ensemble. He was nominated for the T.A Prize 2008. He has gained valuable teaching experience also while working for the Eastman Summer Jazz Program in 2007 & 2008 and giving master-classes and performing with the Apollo Middle School Big Band, in Greece NY in 2006. Prior to his arrival to the states, Shauli had also taught master-classes in various conservatories throughout Israel.
Shauli is also a talented composer and arranger. In the summer of 2007 he completed a transcription project of the nonet recordings made by the late jazz pianist Andrew Hill. The transcriptions were played in the annual Jazz Chamber concert in Kilbourn Hall, Rochester, NY and Shauli was awarded the Billy Joel scholarship for his work.
His composition “Shavu’ot” received an Honorable Mention from ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Competition 2008 and also an ASCAPLUS Award.
Though deeply rooted in be-bop and post-bop, he aims to take Jazz in new directions by combining the musical jargon of his Mediterranean Israeli heritage with the traditional western jazz standard form.
Saxaphonist Walt Weiskopf has said of him:
“Shauli is extremely talented and has tremendous instinctive love for every aspect of jazz. His tenor playing is authentic and rooted. He is extremely imaginative and has the ability to truly improvise at the highest level and most sophisticated level in the jazz idiom. At the same time, [he] has the utmost respect for the tradition in jazz and it is this sincerity that makes his playing so compelling” -
Today, in addition to playing, Shauli resides in NYC and continues to write his own music and arrange for large jazz ensembles.