“I don’t think of my music in terms of images, but I do have feelings of depth and space.”
With his atypical background as a trained sportsmen and an extremely quick ascension on to the musical landscape at the age of 20, Yaron Herman charms with the intensity of his sound and strong will to open his repertoire to many new references. A hard worker by nature, he puts all of his energy into perfecting his technique and signed his first album at the age of 21 with drummer Sylvain Ghio.
Winner of the national jazz competition of La Défense in 2005, Yaron Herman recorded a solo album entitled ‘Variations’. Two years later he tackled a trio formation in his album ‘A Time for Everything’, featuring Matt Brewer (doublebass) and Gerald Cleaver (drums). The recording propelled him to the forefront of the French jazz scene, particularly through his cover of Britney Spears’ ‘Toxic’.
In 2008 he was awarded the Instrumental Revelation at Victoires du jazz, which gave way to an international career and his third album ‘Muse’ (2009) recorded with the trio and the help of Quatuor Ebène. Following in the steps of contemporary jazz pianists such as Keith Jarrett, Brad Mehlday, The Bad Plus, and even Jason Moran, Yaron Herman proudly claims an attraction to pop music that goes hand in hand with an outgoing character and influences (Björk, Radiohead, Police) that contribute to his popularity and the recognition of his musical talent.
After releasing two critically acclaimed albums with Act Records, Yaron Herman signed a contract for three new recordings with label Blue Note in October 2014. The first one ‘Everyday’, featuring drummer Ziv Ravitz, was produced in September 2015. The second album ‘Y’, featuring Ziv Ravitz and Bastien Burger, bass player for The Dø, as well as Hugh Coltman, Dream Koala and Matthieu Chédid, was released in March 2017. The album recalls the fundamental vision that the jazzman has of music: “Basically I’m an improviser, if you know what’s coming it isn’t jazz anymore.” The third album is planned for spring 2019.