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Ari Hoenig is a jazz drummer, composer and educator known for his unusual and intense approach to drumming emphasizing complex rhythms in direct harmony with other group members. He currently leads a group that makes regular appearances in New York jazz clubs including the 55 Bar and the Blue Note, in addition to performing worldwide. Joining him in the group is the noted French pianist Jean-Michel Pilc.
Ari is widely noted particularly for his drumming not being relegated to keeping tempo, or being a side issue to the music he plays in, but rather for elevating drumming as an indispensable part of the performance, as many drummers such as Elvin Jones, Tony Williams and Jack DeJohnette have done before him. Hoenig has recorded with include Mike Stern, Kenny Werner, Richard Bona, Dave Liebman, Chris Potter, Joshua Redman and the Jazz Mandolin Project to name a few. He has been a member of the Steinhardt Jazz faculty since 2009.
“He’s got Rhythm of every variety” ” trickles of rhythm seeping into all the cracks and at regular intervals he changes the rhythm, pouring it out or stoppering it, turning its emphasis around, subdividing or refocusing it and making it follow the melody.” –Ben Ratliff New York Times
“Ari Hoenig is one of the most maniacally obsessive, spasmodic and musical drummers in jazz.” – JAZZ TIMES
“Rhythm is a contact sport for Ari Hoenig” “expansive technique, propulsive time and deep musicality” “his style is characterized by a crisp attack and quick attentive reflexes.” – Nate Chinen, NEW YORK TIMES