Eran Har Even (born on April 22nd, 1983) is an Israeli guitarist, composer and music teacher currently residing in Amsterdam. Since his arrival in the Netherlands in 2006, Eran has established himself as a leading figure in the Dutch Jazz scene – recording and performing with some of the finest Jazz musicians on the local and international circuits. These include the likes of Benny Golson, Terell Staford, Jasper Blom, Harmen Fraanje, Susanne Alt, Joris Roelofs, Martijn Van Iterson, The Le Bouef Brothers, and Jamal Thomas, to name just a few.
One of Eran’s most exciting and important current ventures sees him taking centre stage as bandleader, composer, and arranger for the ‘Eran Har Even Trio’, featuring pianist Harmen Fraanje, drummer Jamie Peet, bassist Tobias Nijboer, and Itai Weissman on tenor sax/EWI. After the successful release of their first EP, ‘Laws of Gravity’, the Trio will be releasing their first full album in 2015.
Having first picked up a guitar at ten years old, Eran went on to study at the legendary Thelma Yellin High School of the Arts in his native country. Upon graduation, Eran was awarded the America-Israel Foundation prize, affording him the fantastic opportunity to hone his abilities in New York City for the following nine months. From the age of eighteen to twenty-one years old, Eran served in the Israeli Military as a ‘Top Musician’; playing and arranging for the Jazz ensemble of the ‘Culture and Education Corps’.
Following his receipt of a Bachelor degree from the prestigious Conservatory of Amsterdam, Eran completed a Master degree in Jazz guitar in 2012, and is now teaching solfege at the same establishment – thereby training the next generation of aspiring Jazz musicians. Alongside his teaching and performance, Eran is also dedicating his time to research: he is currently authoring a book about the application of polyphony on guitar which is due to come out in the new year – it will be the first extensive book written on this method.
Eran is directing his talents into numerous projects and collaborations, currently touring with ‘Little Known Facts’, ahead of the Fall 2014 release of their debut album, which showcases their unique blend of Indie, Jazz, and Rock. As one half of the sophisticated Jazz duo ‘EvenSanne’, Eran is also taking advantage of his singer- songwriter abilities – touring in the wake of their June 2014 debut release of ‘Something So Sweet’. Eran is involved as a ‘sideman’ in various other projects, for example the ‘Phillipe Lemm Group’, the ‘Susanne Alt Quintet’, the ‘Amstel Big Band’
led by Sven Schuster and the ‘Ambeco Jazz Orchestra’ led by Michael Becker.
Eran has performed at various esteemed Jazz venues across the world, showcasing his unique talents at the Kimmel Centre in Philadelphia, USA, Bimhuis in Amsterdam, and Paradox in Tilburg, The Netherlands. Eran’s various projects have also become a significant presence on the European festival circuit, performing most notably at the North Sea Jazz Festival in The Netherlands, Swing In The Wind, Switzerland, and Jazz By The Pool, Italy.
Eran says of his music that, “my compositional style combines the traditional language of jazz with a contemporary twist and places it alongside my own voice.” Indeed, his music is a true example of modern Jazz; without overlooking the all- important sounds of classical Jazz, Eran understands of the importance of responding to new trends in creating modern and unique music, with originality at its core.