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Tal Mashiach

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Tal Mashiach is a multi-instrumental performer and composer, and a prominent young voice in the Israeli music scene. In 2015, at the age of 21, Mashiach moved to New York after receiving a full scholarship from The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. Since then, he has performed and toured with artists including Avishai Cohen, Anat Cohen, Mulatu Astake, Jason Lindner, Ravi Coltrane, Marcus Gilmor, Roman Diaz, Shai Maestro, Gilad Hexelman, Nasheet Waits, among many others, at venues and festivals around the world including the Newport Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, New York’s SummerStage and Winter Jazzfest, Lincoln Center, Jazz Standard, and Miller Theatre at Columbia University. In addition to his work as a sideman, Mashiach leads his own group TM Street Band.

Born in 1993 in Harashim, Israel, he began playing classical guitar at the age of 11 and won many prizes including first prize in the national competition for classical guitar at the Jerusalem Academy for Music and Dance and the Excellence Scholarship of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation (AICF). In September 2011, Mashiach joined the Israeli Army program for excellent musicians. During that time, he started playing the double bass and studying classical music and jazz. From 2012 to 2014, he studied at The Center for Jazz Studies at the Israel Conservatory of Music in Tel Aviv where he played in the Representations Big Band conducted by Yuval Cohen. During his studies, he performed at the Rostov Jazz Festival in Russia with the Chosen Ensemble conducted by Gilad Ronen.

Mashiach was awarded AICF grants for jazz and classical music between 2006–2016, with an excellence grant in 2008/09 (classical guitar) and in 2014/15 (double bass).