Israeli saxophonist Eitan Gofman will lead a quartet performing original music written by the members of the band. This group will play music that will make the distance between Israel, Japan, Korea, and the U.S. seems much shorter than it actually is. The band is Eitan Gofman on saxophone, Takafumi Suenaga on piano, Sang-Ouk Jung on bass, and Oscar Suchanek on drums.
Gofman is an Israeli saxophonist, composer, and arranger. He began his music education through a youth band in the Tel Aviv conservatory. Later, at the age of 18, he served the Israeli official army orchestra as a leading saxophonist, arranger, and musical director. After completing three years of service, he spent a year at the Rimon School of Jazz and Contemporary Music while studying with the best teachers in Israel, such as Eli Benacot, Guri Agmon, Avi Adrian, and Mamelo Gaitenopoulos. That same year he was awarded a tuition scholarship from Berklee.
Gofman relocated to Boston in September 2011 and began full-time studies toward a bachelor's degree in jazz composition. He soon received the prestigious Andy McGhee award for outstanding saxophonist. He played with top-level bands at the school and studied with excellent teachers, such as Hal Crook, Ed Tomassi, Greg Hopkins, Phil Wilson, George Garzon, Shannon Le Claire, Frank Tiberi, and Ralph Peterson.
Eitan has performed as a leader or a sideman at festivals and venues around the US, Europe and Israel and performed and played with renowned artists such as Randy Brecker, Terry Lyne Carrington, Eddie Gomez, Gerald Clayton, Brian Bromberg, Julian Lage, Dave Liebman, Antonio Sanchez. A condensed list of the venues will be the “Red Sea Jazz Festival”, “Tri-C Jazz Festival”, “Tel-Aviv Jazz Festival”, “Wally’s Jazz Club”, “Scullers Jazz Club”, “Isabella Gardner Museum” and many more. In addition, he is the winner of the “American-Israeli Cultural Foundation Jazz Scholarships” for the years 2008-2009 and 2010-2011.
Eitan is expected to graduate from Berklee in August and move down to New York City and start working on his debut album.