“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: Recording and performing with The Oren Neiman Quartet: with their second album “Frolic and Detour” released in April 2009, the band is currently performing in support of the album.
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 and is currently touring in support of their second album “Somewhere is Here!” (November 2012).
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 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).