Shai Maestro – piano
Jorge Roeder – bass
Ziv Ravitz – drums
Shai Maestro Trio was formed in July 2010 in Brooklyn after playing at maestro’s practice studio. The trio members are Peruvian bassist Jorge Roeder and Israeli drummer Ziv Ravitz. All reside in Brooklyn.
“I met Ziv in Boston at the 5 week program. At the time he was a full time student at Berklee and he is the one who later on organized this session with Jorge at my studio. I remember him saying ‘Man, you have to hear this bass player, you are going to love his playing!’. And indeed, that session had this magic, this ’click’ that you rarely feel – the very basic feeling of understanding of each other.
Since that session it became official. Shai Maestro Trio was formed.
The trio went into the studio to record only a few months after it’s beggining. their first album simply called “Shai Maestro Trio” for the French label “Laborie Jazz.”
The album was received amazingly well. Intense tours started immediately after and the trio began playing around the world in festivals, concert halls and jazz club, receiving incredible responses from audiences, peers and the media everywhere they go. In 2012 they shared the stage with Chick Corea’s group, Tigran Hamasyan’s quintet, Esperanza Spalding group and Diana Krall’s band.
“…as if to prove that the piano trio remains one of the most versatile and exciting formats for jazz today Israeli pianist Shai Maestro (pictured above) lit up the Halle 2 stage for a late-night set on Saturday that showed just how much he’s grown as a solo artist since his formative days alongside Avishai Cohen. While the rhythmic complexity of his former boss’s music remains, Maestro’s shimmering chords and dynamic build ups – always capped by whizzing piano and drum cross-currents from Ziv Ravitz – highlighted the pianist’s impassioned, emotionally rich compositions…” – Mike Flynn, Jazzwise Magazine, April 2014
“…Shai Maestro, obsessed with pacing, offers us dynamic music. The notes scroll in a continuous burst, his dialogue with his drummer is explosive, going from a ballad to offensive punk. Carefully avoiding engaging a riot of immature virtuosity, aptly named, Maestro imposes his style on the this thin line, sometimes romantic, but never in excess.” –Louis Michaud, Les Inrockuptibles, June 2012