BEAM - Israel/Luxembourg Collaboration
BEAM is a collective of minded musicians with an international lineup of musicians, where each member brings a unique set of skills and influences into the mix. The band consists of Eran Har Even (guitarist), Niels Engel (drummer), Boris Schmidt (double-bass) and Maayan Smith (saxophone).
BEAM is a brainchild of saxophonist Maayan Smith and guitarist Eran Har Even. Crossing paths early in their musical careers back in Israel, the two musicians in Europe after having established themselves as leaders in their respective scenes, Har Even in Amsterdam and Smith in Brussels. The band is completed by two of Luxembourg's finest, Boris Schmidt (bass) and Niels Engel (drums). BEAM offers an energetic yet strongly lyrical brand of Jazz, featuring original compositions from Smith and Har Even. BEAM is not just a band of highly skilled musicians, it is a group of friends Who enjoy immensely Each others and That brotherhood shines through Strongly When They make music together.
Eran Har Even ( www.eranhareven.com )
Eran Har Even is an Edison nominated Israeli guitarist, composer and music educator residing in Amsterdam. In 2012 Eran completed both his Bachelors and Masters degrees at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. He is one of the most active figures of the Dutch jazz scene, recording and performing with some of the finest jazz musicians on the local and international circuits. These include prominent musicians such as Benny Golson, Terell Staford, David Friedman, Harmen Fraanje, Jamal Thomas, Joris Roelofs and Gilad Hekselman, to name a few.
For a decade Eran has been a faculty member of the Conservatory of Amsterdam - teaching ear training, theory, guitar and coaching ensembles - training the next generation of aspiring Jazz and Pop musicians.
Niels Engel ( www.musiclx.lu/artists/96_niels-engel)
Niels Engel is a Luxembourgish drummer/percussionist and composer. Having toured and recorded with many artists in/and outside of Luxembourg, he has proven his ability to adapt his hybrid musical approach to basically any occasion or circumstance, and in the same time maintain his own unique and characteristic voice in this vast world of modern drummers.
Niels has recorded over a dozen albums with artists such as Pol Belardi, Jérôme Klein, Ernie Hammes, David Laborier, Orchestre National de Jazz de Luxembourg, Luxembourg Jazz Orchestra, Marc Mangen, Matiss Cudars, Beam, etc..
Besides being on stage, Niels is a passionate educator at both the conservatories of Esch-sur-Alzette and Luxembourg.
Boris Schmidt ( www.borisschmidtmusic.com )
A lifelong musician, Luxembourgish born Boris Schmidt only found his way to the double bass at the age of 19 under the tutelage of Marc Demuth. One year later he went on to study under Hein van de Geyn and Fans van der Hoeven at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague where he obtained a bachelor diploma. Since then he has established himself as a mainstay of the Belgian jazzscene while simultaneously touring the world with baroque ensemble L’Arpeggiata. After recording more than 25 CDs as sideman, the album « Now » marks his debut as a bandleader and composer.
Maayan Smith is an award winning saxophonist from Israel, based in Brussels, Belgium who has distinguished himself with his soulful sound and exciting, lyrical improvisational style. He started his career as a classical musician, playing at the highest levels in Israel. After finishing his classical studies in 2007, he followed through on his lifelong love of jazz and improvised music and In 2013 Maayan graduated from the Royal Conservatory of Brussel with a Masters degree in Jazz performance, winning the the prestigious Toots Thielemans Jazz Award for that year. He is a member of several bands, including Sinister Sister, Man On Fire & The Soul Soldiers and the Israel-Luxembourg collaboration BEAM. He has shared the stage with the best of the Belgian Scene, including Jean Paul Estievenart, Michel Hatzigeorgiou (AKA Moon) Chander Sardjoe(Octurn), Lander Gyselinck, Bram Delooze and many others.