“Pianist Roy Mor captivated me. Just amazing... beautiful tone and sensibility on the piano. Young pianist possessing plenty of soul!” - Chris Philips, Jazz FM
"Great young pianist. Pure class!” - Ruth Fisher, SolarRadio (UK)
“Roy Mor has a natural melodic gift and bold rhythmic confidence on the piano. His writing has a genuine quality that flows seamlessly from his inner voice as a player - strong, evocative, harmonically complex, and rhythmically alive.” - Jane Ira Bloom
“Mor is a textured performer and composer who understands how to make something swing.” - Richard Harper
Roy Mor is a New York based pianist and composer, originally from Israel. After a stint studying acting, serving as a military paratrooper and earning a university degree in Philosophy with honors, he left a career as a software engineer with Microsoft to move to New York and pursue his true passion - music.
Since his arrival in NYC he has performed at venues including Rockwood Music Hall, Smalls Jazz Club, Fat Cat and many other of the city’s jazz clubs with regular gigs as a leader and sideman. He collaborated with some of New York’s most acclaimed up and coming jazz artists (Francisco Mela, Tyshawn Sorey, Henry Cole, Amos Hoffman, Stacy Dillard, Anat Cohen, Yotam Silberstein, Jazzmeia Horn, Jeremy Dutton, Curtis Nowosad and others).
Originally a self-taught pianist and keyboardist, Roy discovered an innate gift and deep love for creating music at an early age. In his teens he played classical music and jazz professionally and performed with funk, progressive rock and reggae groups in venues in his hometown Jerusalem.
Later on he studied at the Israel Conservatory of Music, graduating with distinction from a special program for outstanding jazz musicians at the Center for Jazz Studies in Tel Aviv. During his time in Israel he had the opportunity to perform with some of Israel’s most prominent jazz artists, as well as lead his own trios and quartet. He has written music for theatrical productions, worked as a pianist with The Israeli Big Band, played in major jazz festivals and performed with world music ensembles. He performed internationally in the US, Canada, Europe and in Cuba. He was privileged to study with saxophonist and educator Arnie Lawrence at the International Center for Creative Music in Jerusalem.
Roy moved to New York City in 2012 to pursue his music career and complete his musical studies at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, under a generous merit scholarship. He had the chance to study under the mentorship of jazz masters such as Reggie Workman, Billy Harper, Joanne Brackeen, Jane Ira Bloom, George Cables, Hal Galper, Sam Yahel and Alon Yavnai. Before graduating from The New School he had already performed in many of the city’s best jazz spots, shared the stage with New York’s leading jazz artists and musically produced special music concerts at International House NYC. His recordings were played on Jazz FM Radio and SolarRadio in the UK.
Roy currently leads his own trio, quartet and sextet playing his original compositions which were recently described as “modern and daring but remain firmly rooted in the jazz tradition, cutting seamlessly across many moods.” His music draws from many influences, including his Middle-Eastern roots. In addition to original material, Roy’s groups explore new arrangements of tunes from the American Songbook and he is working on a project of new jazz renditions of Israeli classics.
In 2018 he is co-leading the group “Addis Ken” along with Ethiopian-Israeli saxophonist and vocalist Abate Berihun, and collaborating on a new project with guitar and oud player Amos Hoffman.
Roy is a recipient of the Eubie Blake Foundation award for 2013 and 2014, and of the Dodge Foundation Grant for 2012, 2013 and 2014. He is a recipient of the Rabinovich Foundation for The Arts Grant (composition) 2015.
Photos: Nicole Birch, Hilla Oren