With a dynamic, electrified sound and bent toward sophisticated modern creative jazz, post-bop, and even hip-hop, Israel-born, New York-based guitarist Rotem Sivan established himself in the early 2010s with solo albums like 2013's Enchanted Sun and 2015's A New Dance, the latter of which was credited to his trio.
His experimental 2018 album, My Favorite Monster, covered a range of different styles and crossed over into the pop and hip-hop world.
Born in Jerusalem, Sivan initially studied classical music while attending the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music at Tel Aviv University. He moved to New York City in 2008 to study jazz at the New School. Since graduating, he has appeared with a bevy of name artists including Peter Bernstein, Ari Hoenig, Ben Street, Gracie Terzian, Ferenc Nemeth, and others. As a solo artist, he debuted in 2013 with Enchanted Sun, followed a year later by For Emotional Use Only. In 2015 he delivered his third studio album, A New Dance, featuring his trio with bassist Haggai Cohen Milo and drummer Colin Stranahan. Both Milo and Stranahan were again on board for 2017's Antidote. For Sivan's next project, he worked with producer Stelios Phili (A$AP Ferg, SZA, M.I.A.), creating an experimental pastiche of jazz, rock, hip-hop, psych, and R&B. Easily his most challenging album, My Favorite Monster was credited simply as Rotem and released in August 2018. ~ Matt Collar, Rovi