Within his first year in the US, the Jerusalem-born musician won the 2007 DownBeat Award for Outstanding Collage Performance. Tal Gamlieli has played for audiences in the Americas, Russia, Israel and Europe. In Boston area at Jordan Hall, Regattabar, Ryles Jazz Club, Berklee College of Music, The Lily Pad, Wally’s Jazz Club and at the Bee Hive. In Israel he performed at the Jerusalem Theater and the Jerusalem Music Center. In Russia at Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Hall. In Italy at The Place Club in Rome and at Teatro della Gioventù in Genoa.
He performed and recorded with jazz musicians such as Jerry Bergonzi, Joanne Brakeen, Yoron Israel, Bert Seager, Marco Pignataro, Richie Barshay, Arnie Lawrence, Joe Hunt, Adam Cruz, Joe Howell, Harvey Diamond, Alex Brown. In April 2009 Tal was hired by Jazz icon, pianist Danilo Perez to perform with his trio at the opening show for Jazz Appreciation Month at the Smithsonian museum in Washington DC. In October 09 Mr. Perez asked him to join his trio to perform with Jazz singer Lizz Wright at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia.
Gamlieli’s approach to composition is influenced by classical harmony and counterpoint, and rhythms from the American swing, Middle Eastern, North African and South American traditions. Tal is interested in creating a constant interaction of developing motifs, writing chamber music in jazz idiom, and in balancing composed and improvised elements of a piece. In performances of his works, individual solos develop organically from the spontaneous dialogue created by the group in the moment. At the New England Conservatory in Boston, Tal has studied with Danilo Perez, Dave Holland, Charlie Banacos, Cecil McBee, Allan Chase, Jerry Bergonzi, Ken Schaphorst and Donald Palma. In Israel he studied with Dr. Michael Klinghoffer, Dr. Bat-Sheva Rubinstein, Opher Brayer, Avishai Cohen and Omer Avital.
Tal is also committed to education and since September 09 he is serving as a faculty member at the Concord Conservatory of music. In May 2010 he was hired by Jazz Festival and Seminars in Puebla Mexico alongside Joanne Brakeen, Yoron Israel and Marco pignataro to give Bass masterclasses and to coach ensembles.