Ariel Bart, harmonica player and composer born in Israel.
Her debut album, “In Between”, was released in the spring of 2021 on “Ropeadope Records”. In the album, Ariel presents a unique approach to the harmonica and her composed melodies which are inspired by the European jazz tradition and the middle-eastern world. Ariel began playing the chromatic harmonica at the age of 7 and since then it’s been her primary instrument.
Over the years she recorded and performed with top musicians around New York and Israel including William Parker, Andrew Cyrille, Steve Swell, Achinoam Noa Nini, Miki Gavrielov, Davis D’aor, and as a solo performer with The Jerusalem Orchestra East and West. Ariel graduated from the New School University for Jazz and Contemporary Music in NYC in May 2020. Over the years she studied in Israel and New York with the likes of Aaron Parks, Reggie Workman, Shai Maestro, Jane Ira Bloom, Anat Cohen, Anat Fort, Tony Malaby, etc.
Ariel is working to extend the harmonica’s boundaries and make it more present by creating original music and collaborations with different bands worldwide.
In “Documentaries”, her second album, she is taking the quintet to another level, hosting the Israeli- NY-based trumpeter Itamar Borochov.“I constantly live between light and dark moments in my personal life, and I believe that’s true for most people. Trying to navigate between these two, I wrote these new compositions which reflect the conflict between what we represent outside and how other people see us, and the way we really feel inside but can't find a way to speak that. You never know what really happens in the hearts of the people you are surrounded by”.