The Side Project is a saxophone quartet from Brooklyn, New York, that plays jazzed-up original arrangements of popular songs. The band is a classic saxophone quartet, with baritone, tenor, alto and soprano saxophones, and often features a drummer. It has experimented with different arrangements for songs by Beyoncé, the Spice Girls, Lauryn Hill, and Michael Jackson; has attracted attention in social media; and has performed as part of the Music Under New York community and at prestigious venues such as the Brooklyn Bowl, the Art Institute of NYC, and others. In 2015, the Side Project released its first album, #ThisPartySax (Rabbit Rabbit Rabbit), a live studio recording documenting its time together.
The quartet consists of Éyal Hai on alto sax, Haily Niswanger on soprano sax, Arnan Raz on tenor sax, and Eden Bareket on baritone sax. Hai was mentored by the Grammy Award-winner Danilo Pérez, who later invited him to play with his group. Hai's self-titled debut album has attracted more than 1 million hits on social streaming services.
Niswanger '11 attended Berklee of a full scholarship and has shared the stage with Esperanza Spalding, Dee Dee Bridgewater, and Wynton Marsalis, among others. From 2009 through 2012, she was the alto saxophonist in the internationally renowned Either/Orchestra. Most recently, she was a part of Spalding’s Radio Music Society, traveling around the United States, Europe, and Asia.
Raz has played in prestigious festivals such as the Red Sea Jazz Festival (2008), Globus Jazz Festival in Jerusalem (2009), and numerous others. Currently he is living in New York City, performing with his group and taking part in the Jazz at Lincoln Center program for early music education called WeBop.
Bareket has been playing saxophone since he was nine years old. He moved to New York City in 2013 and is currently playing in various bands, composing, and arranging his own music.