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 with international artists such as Sheila Jordan, Lew Soloff, Judy Silvano and Chuck Israel, while they toured in Israel, Shlomo moved to Norway in 2010.
In Norway he started his own project Udi Shlomo - The Diaspora House Project, a project where he combines both his own compositions and new arrangements of traditional Hebrew folk music, which creates what is called today "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 (future), Jerusalem Jazz Festival, Tel Aviv Jazz Festival, Usadba Jazz Festival, Delhi Jazz Festival.
"…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.com
"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 - from the blog- "salt-peanuts"