The ARI BEN MOSES BAND has emerged as a new force in World Rock & Reggae, captivating audiences across the United States. Reggae bass lines, African and Latin beats; Middle Eastern and traditional Jewish scales, punctuated with gritty Funk Rock grooves are masterfully blended by this international ensemble. The band performs a show at Nevin’s Live on Sunday October 24, presented by KFAR Jewish Arts Center, one of the 3 year-old Evanston music venueÂs last shows before it ceases to present music on October 28.
AriÂs music often compared to Carlos Santana and Peter Gabriel, AriÂs compelling lyrics, powerful voice and brilliant piano playing have captivated audiences across the United States. With the release of his CD, ÂBurning BushÂ, his innovative sound has been featured on WLIB-AM, WBAI-FM and WSIA-FM Radio stations in New York City, WNUR-FM in Chicago, as well as on Radio Eshel 106-FM in Israel. Through the Internet, he has successfully reached listeners in Holland, Israel, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Italy, Japan; the Pacific Rim and UK.
A native New Yorker, Ari grew up in Westport, Connecticut. After a brief stint in acting (he was the first ÂJason VoorheesÂ in the horror classic ÂFriday the 13thÂ), he turned to his passion and trained in classical music and jazz. Recognized at an early age for his musical abilities by famed jazz musician and educator Dr. Billy Taylor, he won a scholarship to Berklee School of Music. In the 1980s, after he returned to New York City, where he studied big band orchestration and jazz piano with Joanne Brackeen, Jim McNeely, Gay Mehegan and Vladimir Shafranov, and began to explore beyond Western tradition. Finding inspiration in the West African and Reggae music scenes, Ari toured nationally and in Abidjan, Cote DÂIvoire, as keyboardist and vocalist for many top artists, including Ishmael Isaacs, Ijahman Levi, Sister Carol; and Majek Fashek, with whom he made two albums, ÂSpirit of LoveÂ (Interscope) and ÂRainmakerÂ (Tuff Gong).