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"Ari Hoenig is one of the most maniacally obsessive, spasmodic and musical drummers in jazz." - Jazz Times

Ari Hoenig Trio

Featuring: Ari Hoenig - drums
Nitai Hershkovitz - Piano
Or Bareket - Bass

Born on November 13, 1973 in Philadelphia, Ari Hoenig was exposed at an early age to a variety of musical experiences. At 4 years of age, Ari began studying the violin and piano. He began playing drums at age twelve, and by age fourteen he was honing his skills with other young jazz musicians at Philly clubs such as Ortlieb's JazzHaus.

After a stint at the University of North Texas, Ari moved to Brooklyn in the 1990s and found himself started playing extensively with a variety of groups, including Jean Michel Pilc Trio, Kenny Werner Trio, Chris Potter Underground, Kurt Rosenwinkel Group, Joshua Redman Elastic band, Jazz Mandolin Project and bands led by Wayne Krantz, Mike Stern, Richard Bona, Pat Martino, and Bojan Z. He has also shared the stage with such artists as Herbie Hancock, Ivan Lins, Wynton Marsalis, Toots Thielemans, Dave Holland, Joe Lovano, and Gerry Mulligan, although he got kicked off the stage by security shortly thereafter.

With many releases already to his credit, Ari released "The Pauper and the Magician" on AH-HA Records in 2016. It features the quintet of Shai Maestro on piano, Gilad Hekselman on guitar, Tivon Pennicott on Sax and Orlando Le Fleming on bass. On this record, Ari explores the link between storytelling and jazz by creating a soundtrack to the improvised and sometimes twisted stories he tells his two small children.

The Ari Hoenig Nonet performs Ari's original compositions, arranged by Noam Wiesenberg, and features various high caliber players in the New York area. His trio has toured extensively in Europe, Japan and South America. Ari also co-leads a variety of projects including Pilc, Moutin, Hoenig ("the three headed monster"), jazz electronica project "Nasty Factorz" with Gael Horellou, and various duos with Chris Potter, Edmar Casteneda and Dan Weiss.

As an educator, Ari teaches privately and is on faculty at New York University and the New School for Social Research in New York. He gives clinics and lectures at music schools and universities worldwide, and writes a regular educational column for Modern Drummer magazine.

Ari currently lives in Brooklyn with his wife and 2 kids.

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