Eden Har-Gil shines with dynamic single ‘Nethermead’

"I just hope my music has the power to move people - to make them feel something profound, whether it's joy, grief, contemplation, or a renewed sense of wonder"
13 April 2024
Photo by Dana Golan

Celebrating Brooklyn’s Prospect Park Spirit

Join drummer and composer Eden Har-Gil in the spotlight as he reveals his dynamic single Nethermead, paying tribute to the vibrant spirit of Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. Collaborating with emerging saxophonists Caroline Davis & Lo Wood and acclaimed bassist Dezron Douglas, this energetic track effortlessly fuses jazz with modern elements.

Har-Gil explains: “The music captures the park’s essence: the bright greens of grass, the dappled shade of trees, the joyful blur of running dogs and children playing.

Photo by Dana Golan

Hailing from Kibbutz Yakum, Israel, Eden Har-Gil has made his mark as a prominent figure in New York’s music scene. Drawing inspiration from jazz icons like Lenny White, Billy Drummond, and Bill Charlap, Har-Gil’s debut single sets the stage for his brand new album Hearts of Palm, now available via XJAZZ! Music, an independent record label based in Berlin. The album showcases his distinctive style and top-tier collaborations.

I just want to create music that comes from somewhere deep within and can paint abstract images of life

Hey there, Har-Gil! How’s your day going?

What’s up, Fame? It’s an honor to be chatting with you all. I’m feeling incredibly grateful and humbled to be talking about my debut album, Hearts of Palm. It’s been quite the journey getting here.

What’s going through your mind right now?

I’m trying to stay grounded and focused on what’s ahead – upcoming gigs, the next project, and continuing to grow as an independent artist. It’s an exhilarating time, for sure, but I’m just taking it all in stride, one day at a time.

Where do you think your music fits in today’s world?

There’s a fluidity and openness to the compositions that I hope will resonate with both seasoned jazz fans and listeners who are new to the genre. At the end of the day, I just want to create music that comes from somewhere deep within and can paint abstract images of life.

Photo by Dana Golan

If you were stranded on a desert island, which three albums would you choose to wash up on the shore?

Ooh, that’s a tough one! Let me see… albums that come to mind right now are:

Money Jungle – Duke Ellington  

Out of the Afternoon – Roy Haynes

The Real McCoy – McCoy Tyner

What are your plans for the rest of this year?

Well, the main focus is going to be hitting the road and bringing this album to as many listeners as possible. I am also excited right now to be playing more in a piano trio setting.

If you could tour with any musicians, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

To me, that means playing with composers I admire. Some names come to mind, such as Thelonious Monk, Andrew Hill, Herbie Hancock, Renee Rosnes, Carla Bley, Gerry Allen, Mark Turner, Julian Lage. There are many more that will probably come to me right as we conclude this interview.

Artwork by Shlomo Lee Abrahamov

If you had to describe your sound in three words, what would they be?

I hope it’s unique, melodic and honest.

What do you want people to take away from listening to your music?

I just hope my music has the power to move people – to make them feel something profound, whether it’s joy, grief, contemplation, or a renewed sense of wonder. Music has always been my way of making sense of the world and expressing the full depth of the human experience.

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