“Neiman creates intricate and tightly knit melodies…an instrumental virtuoso in his own right.” – Jakob Baekgaard All About Jazz
Guitarist Oren Neiman’s music is both innovative and in the forefront of today’s jazz styles, as well as being celebrated for his technical precision. His compositions explore a combination of Jazz sensibility with Middle Eastern rhythms and melody.
Born in Israel, Oren grew up listening to many different kinds of music; He started playing mainly in rock bands, but soon became interested in jazz.
In August 2001, Oren moved to NY, where he received his BFA from SUNY Purchase, where he studied with John Abercrombie. After graduating, Oren continued his studies with master teachers Bobby Hansman and Paul Caputo who helped him to further his search for his own voice as a composer/guitarist.
Oren’s current projects include: Oren is the current guitar/mandolin chair in the national Folksbiene production of Yiddish Fiddler on the Roof, directed by Joel Grey, currently running at Stage 42 in NYC.
The band Sha’ar : A group of NY based musicians with roots around the globe, the band is currently working on a project of new arrangements of music by Israeli composer Yedidia Admon. This project has received funding from Asylum arts.
The energetic acoustic duo “IsraAlien” co–led by fellow Israeli guitar player Gilad Ben Zvi, this duo writes original compositions inspired by the various roots of Israeli music. Isra-Alien just released their third album “Found in Translation” in June 2018.
The play “Suddenly a Knock at the Door” written by Robin Goldfin based on eight short stories by Israeli writer Etgar Keret. Oren composed the score.
Oren’s various projects perform and tour regularly both nationally and internationally. Oren was also an Artist in Residence at the 92nd St. Y (2006-2007), a participant in the Banff Centre’s international Jazz workshop (2008), a fellow at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (2012), a participant in Asylum International Jewish Artists Retreat(2015) and has received Arts Alive project grants from Westchester Arts Council (2009, 2011).