Avishai Darash is an Amsterdam-based pianist and composer whose style is derived from North African traditional music, Western classical music, American jazz and Israeli folk, amongst others.
Avishai’s enthusiasm for music developed at an early age and his family encouraged him to pursue his interest.
In 2010, Avishai completed a Bachelor degree at the Jerusalem Academy for Music and Dance. In the course of his studies, Avishai gained international experience when he travelled to New York City, where Brad Mehldau took him under his tutelage for a while. In late 2010, Avishai moved to The Netherlands to complete a joint-honours degree program at the esteemed Conservatory of Amsterdam, studying both jazz music and classical composition. From 2012 till 2017, Avishai worked closely with the Dutch / Moroccan oud virtuoso and later his fellow ‘Marmoucha Collective’ colleague, Mohamed Ahaddaf, as his pianist and arranger. They toured Northern Africa, Europe and South-East Asia and they released two albums together, “Spoken Soul” and “Seasons”.
Avishai’s debut album “Impermanence” features the rising talents of the international jazz scene – Ofri Nehemya on drums and Avri Borochov on bass, alongside a string quartet of the award-winning Dutch orchestra “Metropole Orkest”. Avishai has released in 2018 the project – “Nomadic Treasures”, a European-based collective of musicians under the Italian label A.MA Edizioni. So far, the album has received praising reviews. His second album with the label “SAMSKARA” has been released in may 2019.