The cosmopolitan Ohad Talmor was born in Lyon-France, originally from Israel, grew up partly in Geneva-Switzerland and now American and long time Brooklyn-NY resident.
Don’t let it confuse you.
Ohad Talmor was mentored early on by his friend and master, the legendary Lee Konitz. Under his tutelage and through their privileged relationship, they worked on and co-lead three distinct projects for which Talmor both composed/arranged and played: the Lee Konitz New Nonet, the Konitz-Talmor String Project and the Konitz-Talmor Big Band.
On his own, Talmor leads a number of flexible groups mirroring his multi-faceted musical identity.
A Sextet named “NewsReel” features some of New York’s most creative musicians: Dan Weiss, Jacob Sacks, Miles Okazaki, Shane Endsley and Matt Pavolka.
A Nonet named “Mass Transformation” features one of Austria leading String 4tet; the Spring String 4tet, as well as singer Judith Berkson, Pete McCann, Shane Endsley, Mark Ferber and focuses on the Music of Anton Bruckner and beyond.
A Trio featuring Steve Swallow and Adam Nussbaum.
You can also hear Talmor collaborating with the likes of; Jason Moran, Josh Redman, Steve Coleman, Fred Hersh, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Chris Cheek, Dave Douglas, Carla Bley, Joe Lovano, Chris Potter, Billy Hart and many others, most of whom do not have major recording contracts, which is just as well.
Talmor started composing & arranging in parallel to his career as a saxophonist.
By the age of 23 he had already composed number of pieces for various ensembles, including a 75 minutes Suite for 12 musicians dedicated and featuring his mentor Lee Konitz & Chamber Orchestra.
His interest for bringing together improvisation within the scope of highly sophisticated thru-composed music have him equally involved in writing for Jazz and Classical idioms.
His music has been performed by various ensembles all over the world, including: Portugal’s OJM Big Band, Switzerland’s Big Band de Lausanne, Brazil’s SoundScape Orquestra, the Brecker Brothers, Steve Swallow 6tet “L’histoire du Clochard” or Belgium’s Bruxelles Jazz Orchestra.
Ohad Talmor contributions in the Classical idiom include music for pianist Martha Argerich, Sao Paulo’s Symphonic Band, the Spring String Quartet from Austria or Portugal National Orchestra. Ohad’s latest Composition is a Concerto for Piano/Drums and Double Orchestras premiered in February 2010 by the Porto National Orchestra, the OJM Big Band and Jason Moran and Dan Weiss as featured soloists.
His film music credit includes the Sundance Festival Award Winner movie “Low Down“, featuring actors Glenn Close, John Hawkes, Flea and Elle Fanning.
Ohad Talmor holds a Composition Degree from the Manhattan School of Music (now deeply buried in a trunk in his basement).
He is the recipient of several Awards, including the “SUISA 2012 Swiss Musician of the Year” and the “2015 European Broadcasting Union Composer of the Year”.
Ohad Talmor teaches Composition at the Geneva Conservatory. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the New School and the City University of New York.
And everyday, Ohad spends a appreciative amount of time playing the Bansuri (Indian bamboo flute) and studying the bottomless heritage of Hindustani music under the tutelage of Bansuri Master Pt Steve Gorn.