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»Roni Eytan is one of the most original and creative players of his generation.«

Harmonica World

Over the years Roni Eytan has developed a unique way of playing the harmonica, by drawing on influences from a wide range of music, transcending the traditional sonorities associated the instrument, and achieving a singular musical voice.

Roni has performed with a galaxy of world renowned musicians, such as bassists John Patitucci and Eddie Gomez, drummer Brian Blade, and Adam Cruz, pianists Kevin Hays, John Beasley, Shai Maestro and Kris Davis among others. In 2014 he joined the band of Grammy Award-winning pianist Danilo Perez, performing with him for two years at major venues and festivals around the world. 

In 2018, Roni was the first harmonica player to be chosen for the prestigious Herbie Hancock Institute program (previously known as the Thelonious Monk Institute). He was selected by a panel of iconic artists, including Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Ambrose Akinmusire and James Newton. While on the program, he studied under the artistic direction of Hancock and Shorter, and various other jazz masters.  

Roni’s musical language is based in the jazz tradition of improvisation, and also feeds off music from the Middle East and North Africa (particularly Andalusian music), which he absorbed and studied in his hometown of Jerusalem.

Even though Roni plays an “uncommon” instrument, he has been in demand as a sideman. Recently He has been featured in the bands of Omri Mor (Avishai Cohen, Karim Ziad) and Kris Davis as well as regularly collaborating with other artists such as Shai Maestro, Gilad Hekselman and Ruslan Sirota.

Last January, Roni recorded his Debut album in France, with his band, The album was was produced by Shai Maestro and is planned  to be released in the fall of 24’.



Photos: Roy Maayan, Yoel Levy




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