Over the years Roni Eytan has developed a unique 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.
Still only in his twenties, Roni has already performed with a galaxy of world
renowned musicians, such as bassists John Patitucci and Eddie Gomez, drummer Brian Blade,
pianist-vocalist Kevin Hays and pianist 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 program (previously known as the Thelonious Monk Institute). He was selected by a
panel of iconic artists, including Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Ambrose Akinmusire and
James Newton. While on the program, he studied under the artistic direction of Hancock and
Shorter, and various other jazz masters.
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.
BERKLEE COLLEGE OF MUSIC - B.A.
Herbie Hancock institute of Jazz (at UCLA) - M.A.