“Trombonist Rafi Malkiel soloed with loud confidence.”
(Ben Ratliff, New York Times, May 17, 2007)
“Malkiel’s trombone and euphonium lines have a buttery, fluid quality that melds perfectly with his composed ensemble passages and supple orchestrations.”
(Matthew Mille, All About Jazz, September 27, 2010)
A composer, trombonist and euphonium player of creativity and versatility, Rafi Malkiel draws upon a vast range of global music styles and influences in both live performance and the studio, including composed and improvised works from the American jazz tradition, and Afro-Caribbean rhythms, melodies and compositions, along with techniques from the Western classical music canon. Born in Israel and now based in New York, Malkiel is the recipient of a 2008 grant from Chamber Music America’s New Works: Creation and Presentation Program, and multiple awards from the America-Israel Culture Foundation.
Malkiel has performed and recorded with Willie Colon, Arturo O’Farrill, Reggie Workman and Ray Anderson among many others. He has performed in numerous festivals around the world as both a bandleader and sideman, including the JVC Jazz Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Summer Stage, WOMAD Festivals in Greece, New Zealand, and Australia, the Sydney Festival in Australia, and the Red Sea International Jazz Festival in Israel. He has played in New York City in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, Town Hall, Symphony Space, the Carlyle Hotel with Bobby Short, the Jazz Standard, The Stone, Joe’s Pub, Sweet Basil, SOB’s, and Smalls.
His critically acclaimed debut album My Island was named Latin Jazz Album of 2007 by All About Jazz-NY, cited by The Village Voice as a notable release of 2007 and nominated for Best Latin Jazz CD of 2007 by the Jazz Journalists Association. Shortly after being featured on a segment of NPR’s All Things Considered, Malkiel’s second album Water was propelled to first place on Jazz Week’s World Music Album chart.