Roni Eytan has developed a unique and highly personal way of playing the harmonica, by drawing on influences from a wide range of music, transcending the traditional sonorities associated with 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, pianists Kevin Hays and John Beasley. 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 of jazz program (previously known as the Thelonious Monk Institute). He was
selected by a panel of iconic artists, including Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Ambrose Akinmusire. While On the program, he studied under the artistic direction of Hancock
and Shorter, and various other jazz masters.
Even though Roni plays an “uncommon” instrument, he has been in demand as a sideman ever
since he made his return to Israel, in 2020. He is a regular member in the Omri Mor (Avishai
Cohen, Karim Ziad) quintet, as well as collaborating with others such as Shai Maestro, Ruslan
Sirota and Gilad Hekselman.
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.
He has been presenting his music at festivals and venues around the world, with his own band, and is currently working on his debut album which will be released later this year.
»This young man has exceptional talent that stands out quite distinctively as if a
bright star in a wonderful galaxy. Tomorrow belongs to him.«