Dan Pugach is a Brooklyn-based drummer and composer. He is known for his nine-piece ensemble, Dan Pugach Nonet which tours regularly and has played at national venues such as Rockwood Music Hall, Blu Jazz, the Bop Stop, Williamsburg Music Center, among other international venues, such as Shablul Jazz. The Nonet has won two ASCAP Jazz Composer Awards and will release its debut album in 2017. Originally from Israel, Dan served his mandatory three-year military duty as the drummer of the Air-Force Orchestra. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Berklee College of Music and his Master’s from the City College of New York, where he studied under Hal Crook, Joe Lovano, John Patitucci, Terri-Lyne Carrington and Ari Hoenig.
Described as “Rock-solid on drums” by Frank Alkyer in Downbeat magazine, Pugach works full-time as a drummer with Nicole Zuraitis Group, EVA featuring Tom Chapin and Livingston Taylor, Sam Blakeslee Quintet among artists that vary in genres. He has shared the stage and /or recorded with Ingrid Jensen, Rosa Passos, Airto Moreira, Gregoire Maret, Billy Drews, Jeremy Pelt and Dave Stryker, to name a few. His work has got him a reputation of one of the most versatile and sought-after drummers in New York City.
Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Oud
Amit Peled has been recording, performing, producing and touring worldwide for well over a decade now. With a degree Jazz performance, he can stage dive with more grace than a dolphin.
He’s been fortunate enough to play in almost every musical scenario imaginable. From Jazz gigs to Oriental music along with the Oud. From sludge-stoner rock to Hardcore Klezmer as well as a lot of hip-hop, electronic, Avant-garde, and Jewish music.
Loves making music; Either on the road, being stuck in a van for weeks or locked in the studio doing sessions until the sun shines.
Sees his biggest strength as a musician is that he always tries to make the present project sound the best.
Dynamic musician also performing on bass and keyboards as well as a lot of production, arranging, transcribing, and song-writing.
Saxophonist, Flutist, Composer
Saxophonist and composer Uri Gurvich was a member of the Tel Aviv Jazz Orchestra and won at 20 the Jazz Player of the Year competition in his native Israel before coming to Berklee College of Music, where he studied under Joe Lovano.
Based in New York for the past decade, Gurvich won great acclaim as a bandleader with his debut album The Storyteller (Tzadik), featuring some of the most prominent voices on the contemporary jazz scene: Argentinian pianist Leo Genovese, Bulgarian bassist Peter Slavov, Cuban drummer Francisco Mela, and special guest Chris Cheek on tenor sax. All Music Guide called Gurvich, “a major new voice in jazz”.
Gurvich’s second album, BabEl (Tzadik), features his long-time quartet and Moroccan multi- instrumentalist Brahim Fribgane on oud and percussion.
The Los Angeles Times wrote that the music “transcends borders,” placing Israeli, Yemenite, East European, and North African music into a progressive jazz context. Their third album will be released in September 2017.
Gurvich and his quartet appeared at the legendary Village Vanguard, NYC Town Hall, Tel Aviv Jazz Festival, DC Jazz Festival, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Atlanta Jazz Festival, Burlington Jazz Festival, Red Sea Jazz Festival, The Stone and more.
Performing concerts in the U.S., Europe, South America and Asia, Gurvich has shared the stage and recorded with such artists as: Grammy winner – Esperanza Spalding, John Zorn, Chris Potter, Dave Liebman, Ben Monder, George Garzone, Alon Yavnai, Avishai Cohen, Jorge Rossy, Paquito D’Rivera, Uri Caine, Anat Cohen and Django Bates among others.
Bass Guitar, Contrabass
Tamir Shmerling is a double and electric bass player from Ashkelon, Israel. He served as the bassist in the Israeli Defense Forces Orchestra from 2005 to 2008. After his service, he performed with the Tel Aviv and Holon big bands and studied at Rimon School of Music.
In 2008 Shmerling was awarded a scholarship to attend Berklee. He has studied there with Hal Crook, Ralph Peterson, Jr., Terri Lyne Carrington, Greg Osby, Jamey Haddad, Alain Mallet, John Lockwood and Ed Tomassi.
Since his arrival to the US, he has also had the honor to perform with artists such as Terri Lyne Carrington, Kevin Eubanks, Jason Palmer, Adam Rogers, Nona Hendrix, Gretchen Parlato, Helen Sung, Ofer Ganor, Avishai Cohen, Ignacio Berroa, Jerome Sabbagh and many more. Tamir has been fortunate to perform at: Newport Jazz Festival; Martha’s Vineyard Jazz Festival; Toronto Jazz Festival; Montreal Jazz Festival; Small’s, Jazz Standard and the Fat Cat (NYC); Palau de les Art Reina Sofia (Valencia); Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.); Nuyorican (San Juan, Puerto Rico); the Beehive and Wally’s Jazz Cafe (Boston).
Saxophonist, Flutist, Keyboards
Eitan Gofman is an Israeli saxophonist, composer, multi-instrumentalist and arranger who found his purpose in life at an early age with absolute certainty: changing and shaping people’s lives through music.
Eitan grew up in a supportive family and was exposed to music as a child. Later, as he reached a deeper understanding of various musical sounds, he found his voice in the tenor saxophone. Since then, remarkable sequences of events and people he has met along his musical journey have led him to the place he is today.
Eitan began his music education through the youth band in the Tel-Aviv Conservatory. At the age of 18, he served in the Israeli Official Army Orchestra as a leading saxophonist, arranger, and musical director. After completing three years of service, he spent a year at the Rimon School of Jazz and Contemporary Music and studied with the best jazz teachers in Israel, including Eli Benacot, Guri Agmon, Avi Adrian, and Mamelo Gaitenopoulos. That same year, he was awarded a full tuition scholarship from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.
Eitan relocated to the College in September 2011 and began fulltime studies toward a bachelor’s degree in jazz composition. He has received the College’s prestigious Andy McGhee Award for Outstanding Saxophonist, played with the College’s top-tier bands, and studied with teachers such as Hal Crook, Ed Tomassi, Greg Hopkins, Phil Wilson, George Garzone, Shannon LeClaire, Frank Tiberi, and Ralph Peterson.
Eitan has performed as a leader and sideman with renowned artists such as Randy Brecker, Terry Lyne Carrington, Eddie Gomez, Gerald Clayton, Brian Bromberg, Julian Lage, Dave Liebman, and Antonio Sanchez. Some of the venues at which Eitan has performed include the Red Sea Jazz Festival, the Tri-C Jazz Festival, and the Tel-Aviv Jazz Festival; Wally’s Jazz Club, Scullers Jazz Club, the Isabella Gardner Museum in Boston; and many more throughout the US and Europe. He was also the winner of the American-Israeli Cultural Foundation Jazz Scholarship for 2008-2009 and 2010-2011.
Eitan graduated from Berklee on August 2013 and then made his home in New York City.