Yotam Silberstein

Though he was nurtured in the jazz tradition, which he assimilated through playing with some of the elder jazz greats such as the saxophonists Jimmy Heath, Charles McPherson or George Coleman (with whom he still performs regularly in New York), if has made his own the language developed by Wes Montgomery, Kenny Burrell and Grant Green, and if he has made a name for himself in the field of contemporary jazz guitar along with the likes of Lage Lund, Mike Moreno, Romain Pilon and Gilad Hekselman, there is one element that makes Yotam Silberstein stand out: his openness to the world and to the South American continent in particular, which has inspired his musical universe for a long time.  It is no doubt thanks to his career path that this musician, born in the cosmopolitan culture of Israel and living in New York since 2005, has become a true world citizen who over the course of his voyages and various tours has developed real affinities with other cultures and other traditions, to the point where they have been fully integrated into his own musical world. A friend of the Argentinean pianist Carlos “Negro” Aguirre, a former sideman for the Jamaican pianist Monty Alexander and for the Cuban saxophonist Paquito D’Rivera, a friend of the Brazilian guitarist Toninho Horta who played on one his albums, Yotam has through multiple encounters continued to expand his horizons and to enrich his playing and his inspiration through various influences, from Uruguay to Peru, Venezuela, Argentina and Brazil, countries that he has mostly visited with his guitar as his passport.