SHALOSH is an instrumental piano trio, that belongs to the current generation of cross genre jazz groups able to reach a wide spectrum of audiences, in the Jazz world as well as in other genres. Their music is raw, acoustic and progressive, crossing stylistic boundaries and defying definition.
The story behind the band begins in Jerusalem, where childhood friends Matan Assayag (drums) and Gadi Stern (piano) formed the mythological Jerusalem band ‘Enoma Elish’. After the band broke up, Assayag and Stern continued their musical partnership, between Israel and New York, where Gadi lived at the time, breathing in and drawing inspiration from the local jazz scene.
In early 2014 they decided to form SHALOSH and soon enlisted bass player David Michaeli, one of today’s most promising musicians in Israel. Since their debut album, ‘The Bell Garden’, came out, in March 2014, SHALOSH has made a deep mark on the international scene.
SHALOSH has set itself the goal of creating music that is both accessible and sophisticated, performing with great alacrity the balancing act of challenging themselves as musicians and artists, while leaving the door open for as wide an audience as possible, Striving to break the distance screen that intellectual music may create.
The band strikes an unusual note in the contemporary jazz scene by being led by the ensemble’s three members rather than by a single leader, allowing their music to enjoy the benefits of a shared artistic development devoid of ego. Their music comes from an emotional and raw place, the band’s reaction to today’s cold urban jungle.