Amir Ziv (US)
#New Vocabulary, Droid, Beat Masters, Solo Artist
Paiste Artist Since Apr 2004
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22" Masters Dark Ride
10" RUDE Splash
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19" RUDE Thin Crash
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19" 2002 Wild Crash
Drummer / Composer / Bandleader / Educator / Record Label Owner
Amir holds the position of Principle Drum/Percussion Faculty Member and Head of Drum Core Curriculum & Advising at the New School's Jazz & Contemporary Music Program in New York City, widely regarded as one of the top jazz and contemporary music schools in the world. His courses include: Contemporary Percussion Ensemble, The "Live" Electronica Orchestra, Theory and Performance Drum Lab, Drum Sight Reading and Private Instruction. Additional responsibilities include overseeing private lesson Advising for all New School bass and drum students, Placement Evaluations, and Jury Exams. Amir has taught at New School Jazz and Contemporary Music Program since 1998.
Amir has presented master classes around the world and devoted 6 years to teaching in NYC public schools as an artist-in-residence through the Dream Yard Project. His students have gone on to work with some of music's most established luminaries, including Wynton Marsalis, Vernon Reid, Roy Haynes, Bilal Oliver, Jeff "Tain" Watts, Cassandra Wilson, and Christian McBride.
In 2005 Amir founded Living Arts Apprenticeship Program (LAAP); a cross-disciplinary "live-on-the-land" arts intensive that discovers and inspiresnew talent and curates future recording projects. Based in New York's Catskill Mountains, LAAP facilitates true live-in cross-disciplinary arts Apprenticeships in the fields of Music Composition, Aikido Drum-Set study, Dance, and Visual Arts, accommodating both large and small group formats as well as individual on-on-one "tailor fit" sessions. With LAAP, Ziv envisioned starting an Apprenticeship Program that would offer a means to either balance out or function as an alternative to the more "academic" type of studies already available at university programs. Rather than coming and going from class to class, at LAAP you are "in-class" 24/7 and in an environment that keeps you fully connected with nature. Students and instructors live, cook and eat together, providing an unparalleled immersion experience. Living Arts Apprenticeship Program is one of the only educational programs in the world that (in partnership with System Dialing Records) records, releases and promotes their students' work.
In 2013 Amir co-founded System Dialing Records (SDR), an artist-run record label. Not married to any one genre, System Dialing Records' mission is to provide the world with uncompromising quality music and to insire their artists to shift the edges of the experimental frontier to the center of the mainstream discovery. SDR is distributed by The Orchard.
Founder of the group BEAT MASTERS (w/Billy Martin and Cyro Baptista)
Co-Founder of the group NEW VOCABULARY (w/Ornette Coleman, Adam Holzman, Jordan McLean)
Founder of the percussion group POP IT!
Co-founder of the duo DIRECTORS (w/Jordan McLean)
Founder of the group KOTKOT (w/Marc Ribot,, Cyro Baptista, Shahzad Ismaily)
Co-founder of the band DROID (w/Adam Holzman, Jordan McLean, Tim LeFebvre, Yossi Fine)
As a sideman, Ziv has performed and/or recorded with John Zorn, Trey Anastasio, Medeski Martin and Wood, Sean Lennon, Lauryn Hill, David Broza, Cyro Baptista, Sahr Ngaujah, Carl Craig, Marc Ribot, DJ Spooky,, Wayne Krantz, Ddavid Watson, Tim LeFebvre, DJ Logic, Beat The Donkey, Cibo Mato, Yossi Fine, Pizzicato Five, among many more.
Amir has had the honor of performing on some of the world's most prestigious stages at venues such as Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center,, Bonnaroo Festival, Modern Drummer Festival, Blue Note NYC, Carre Theater - Amsterdam, and Festival d'Agadir - Morocco.
BFA from The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music; graduated with honors from Percussion Institute of Technology
Amir endorses Paiste cymbals, Vater drum sticks, and Remo drum heads.