Udi Shlomo is a drummer, composer and arranger, born in Kibbutz Nahshon (Israel), with roots from Iraq, Poland, Old Czechoslovakia, who since 2010 has been living in Trondheim(Norway).
Shlomo first picked up the drumsticks at the age of 5, at the kibbutz's music room. At age 8 he began his formal music training at the Yadharif Conservatory - Regional Center for Arts, and continued to study music until he graduated from high school.
Later on he continued with his music studying at the "Rimon School of Jazz and Contemporary Music".
After 10 years of successful career in Israel where he played with some of the country's lead musicians and international artists, Shlomo moved to Norway in 2010, where he started his own project.
The diverse background is being expressed in Shlomo's music, that combines Shlomo's original compositions, that are inspired by memories, pictures, stories and nature from his early life in the kibbutz, together with new arrangements of traditional Hebrew folk music, and colored by the experience of life in Norway – away from the root, in the diaspora. This blend of cultures creates what today is called "World Jazz".
Over the years Shlomo has played at venues such as:
Pizzaexpress Jazz Club, Ankara Jazz Festival, Sibiu Jazz Festival, Oslo Jazz Festival, Trondheim Jazz Festival, Jerusalem Jazz Festival, Tel Aviv Jazz Festival, Usadba Jazz Festival, Blue Note Poznan, Delhi Jazz Festival, Jazz Dock, Jazzinec International Music Festival, Tangente Jazz+, Jazzfest Brno, Jazz Club Unterfahrt.
"The energetic interplay of the entire quintet, driven by the lead drummer, enriched us with another very special, beneficial jazz experience"
"This quintet gives solid musical pleasure. A bunch of great musicians make a bunch of well composed music with indestructible arrangements and compositions. Music that you would like to immerse yourself in, that you would like to be surrounded by. What more do you need?"
Martin Hufner - nmz - neue musikzeitung
"Hallelujah, mobilize the songs on this CD. Very soon you'll raise your bosom and start dancing along when Shlomo is on the move with his quintet (...) The bottom line is that fantastic world jazz is on offer on the sound carrier. Udi plays the melodies of his homeland in a fiery jazz version. Abramov and Schilderink shine with great solos and create a fat, voluminous brass sound. Shlomo himself is an extremely versatile drummer who has the rhythms firmly in his hands. "Ki Eshmera" is a traditional Hebrew song, all other songs are influenced in the same way by folk songs; aesthetically elegant melodies are convincing. Except for "Into The Blue" with its hymn-like character, the accelerator pedal is pressed down, pumping positive happy vibes. Recommended!"
"…Shlomo's percussion is in fact one of the most compelling aspects (...) he is all over his kit, splashing and clicking and ticking and thumping and rattling, sometimes with clear timing and patterns, sometimes just adding percussive color, and other times just flailing about even though he always remains purposeful and very, very clean. There are moments where his ability to produce what we hear with only his two hands and feet is shrouded in mystery...”
Brian S. Lunde - jazzreview
"Some music I enjoy in an intellectual way, and some music in a physical way, but in this concert I had it both...this music must be out there!"
Johan Hauknes - salt-peanuts
"With his band, he brings such an unconventional view of coexistence, humility and opened the door to his world of jazz" music!
Patrick Španko – skjazz
"Sitting still is difficult when listening"
Ferdinand Dupuis-Panther - Jazz'halo
"Constant confirmations that we were dealing with future voices that are guaranteed to make a strong impact in the years to come (…) what they had to report was the real kind - this was music they believed in and that really mattered. Highlights? Many!"
Tor Hammerø - Tor De Jazz