Omer Klein was born in Israel in 1982, where he gained early musical experience. He sat at the piano for the first time at the age of five, at 16 he was already giving celebrated concerts, and the local press sensed a talent that only appears every decade. The next step seemed almost logical: Klein moved to the USA, where he studied jazz piano with Danilo Perez and Ran Blake and classical piano with Alexander Korsantia in Boston. He continued his studies with Fred Hersch in New York from 2005 onwards, and there he made his mark on the scene - which is saying something, of course, given the density of talented jazz musicians who are still drawn to the metropolis. He was on stage with greats like Mark Feldman, Meshell Ndegeocello, Jason Lindner, Avishai Cohen or Donny McCaslin. And during this time he developed his own musical language, which also incorporates oriental, jazz traditions. He has been releasing under his own name since 2006, and in 2010 "Rockets on the Balcony" was released on John Zorn's Tzadik label. This autumn sees the release of his third album for Warner Music - "Personal Belongings". Even though he has performed in a wide variety of constellations and composed for other musicians, the trio he founded in 2013 with bassist Haggai Cohen Milo and drummer Amir Bresler is at the centre of his work. In the meantime, Klein has been living in Germany for many years and is an almost indispensable part of the local jazz scene. Wolfgang Sandner once wrote about one of the trio performances that "the instrumentalists hid their rhythmic intricacies and harmonic complexities behind a sensual façade". In addition, Omer Klein's playing style "knits entire improvisational patterns out of small, clearly recognisable motifs with ever new, but always audible reinterpretations". Pretty good arguments to look forward to this evening.
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