Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz studied at the Manhattan School of Music and holds a B.A. in Performance from Berklee School of Music in Boston, MA. Additionally, he attended Rimon School of Music in Israel where he founded the Lemon Juice Quartet in 1993, an avant-garde jazz quartet that has extensively toured the U.S. and performs regularly around New York City.
Blumenkranz is a founding member of Satlah, a Jewish-inspired trio mixing rhythms from the Middle East with avant-garde sensibilities. Satlah has recorded numerous albums for Tzadik Records, including Rashanim, Shasha Argov, and Masada, a compilation of music composed by John Zorn for the ten-year anniversary of his band. Blumenkranz has performed and recorded on acoustic and electric bass, and oud with the Jazz Mandolin Project, Pharaoh’s Daughter, George Garzone, Satoshi Takeshi, Hank Roberts, Daniel Carter, Roy Campbell, Sabir Mateen, Charles Burnham, Brandon Ross, Will Connell, Ravish Momin, Jim Puglesie, Jamie Saft, Mark Dresser, Frank Lacy Anthony Coleman, Ned Rothenburg, Marty Erlich, Trevor Dunn, Susie Ibarra, Roberto Rodriguez, Ikue Mori, and John Zorn.