True to his name, Israeli-born pianist Shai Maestro is a magician at the piano. With unparalleled lyricism, maturity and playfulness he envelops the listener in his music. Whether playing with bassist Jorge Roeder and drummer Ziv Ravitz in a collaborative trio or backing up the likes of bassist Avishai Cohen, drummer Mark Guiliana, guitarist Gilad Hekselman, Shai Maestro always imbues his music with a delicate touch and effortless lyricism. Like Bleckmann, Maestro juggles many projectsand worlds simultaneously – his upcoming record includes featured solo singers of the Bulgarian Radio choir as well as the crème de la crème of the international jazz scene.
Since his move to New York in 2009, Maestro has kept a busy schedule, he can be found performing and recording with international artists such as John Patitucci, Theo Bleckmann, Jorge Rossy, Mark Guiliana, Donny McCaslin, Ben Wendel, Anat Cohen, Marcus Gilmore, Antonio Sanchez, Avishai Cohen, (trumpet), Avishai Cohen (Bass), Scott Colley, Ari Hoenig, Gerald Clayton, Justin Brown, Keith Carlock, Gilad Hekselman, Johnathan Blake, Camila Meza, Clarence Penn, Antonio Hart, Matt Penman, Harish Raghavan, Julian Lage, Jorge Roeder, Matisyahu, Kenrick Scott, Nate Smith, Nir Felder, Nate Wood, Jo Lawry, Will Vinson, Linda Oh, Joe Sanders among many others.