Amir Ziv

Solo Artist

Amir Ziv


Paiste Artist Since
April 2004

United States

Main Affiliations
Solo Artist
New Vocabulary
Pop It!

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Amir Ziv

Cymbals listed from left to right

4" 2002 Accent Cymbal (14 pcs. on a string)
14" RUDE Shred Bell (with 4 Rivets)
19" 2002 Wild China (Bottom X-Hat)
14" Signature Traditionals Medium Light Hi-Hat Top (Top X-Hat)
19" RUDE Thin Crash (Cymbal Tree - Bottom to Top)
18" Signature Traditionals Extra Thin (Cymbal Tree)
16" Signature Traditionals Extra Thin ( Cymbal Tree)
16" Signature Traditionals Thin (Cymbal Tree)
10" RUDE Splash (Cymbal Tree)
20" Signature Traditionals Extra Thin (with 6 jingles on each side)
21" Signature Dark Energy Light Dark Ride Mark I (discontinued)
17" Signature Dark Energy Crash Mark I
15" Twenty Custom Collection Metal Hats
9" Percussive Sounds Rotosound No.1
6" 2002 Accent Cymbal (2 pcs. as loose, no clutch, X-Hats)
12" RUDE Shred Bell (with 4 Rivets)
7 pc Set Cup Chimes (top 2 not showing)

Videos & Pics



Drummer/composer/bandleader/educator/producer – Amir Ziv, arrived in the USA from Israel in 1991 at the age of 19 and has helped shape the downtown NYC music scene for the past 25 years. Amir holds the position of Principal Drum/Percussion Faculty Member at the School of Jazz at The New School in New York City, and has presented master classes throughout the United States and in Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, England, France, Germany, Netherlands, Israel, Morocco, Portugal, and Switzerland. As a sideman, Ziv has performed and/or recorded with some of the world’s most noted musical artists including: Lauryn Hill, Trey Anastasio, Greg Ward, John Zorn, Pizzicato Five, Erik Friedlander, Cyro Baptista, Medeski Martin & Wood, David Watson, Sean Lennon, Mark Feldman, Wayne Krantz, Cibo Matto, Carl Craig, DJ Logic, DJ Spooky, Evan Lurie, David Broza, and Bennie Rietveld. Amir has been featured on WGBH (La Plaza), WNYC (Sound Check), NPR (Fresh Air), and written about in Modern Drummer, Downbeat, Relix, Time Out NY, The Wire, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Fort Worth Star Telegram, London Financial Times, The Denver Post, and Haaretz, and has performed at notable venues such as Lincoln Center, Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, Blue Note, Modern Drummer festival, Central Park Summer Stage, Kennedy Center, Bonaroom festival, Joe’s Pub, Dizzy’s, the Woodstock reunion, The Public Theater, The Ritz, Carre Theater – Amsterdam, and Festival d’Agadir – Morocco. Amir is the Founder & Executive Director of Living Arts Apprenticeship Program (LAAP), which is dedicated to deepening artists’ expression, practice, and way of life through live-in master/student apprenticeships in the fields of drum-set study, aikido, music composition, and visual arts. Amir has been a Visiting Artist Faculty at Drummers Collective since 2017, and has spent 8 years as a Resident Artist Faculty at DreamYard Project where he created and taught year-long residency programs to enhance social studies curriculum through music in Harlem and the Bronx. In 2010 Amir co-founded System Dialing Records (SDR) – An artist-run record label. SDR’s artists shift the experimental frontiers toward the center of mainstream discovery. His former students have been hired by such artists as: Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis, Ravi Coltrane, Kenny Garrett, Oliver Lake, Joe Lovano, Gregory Porter, Brand X, Lonnie Plexico, Terence Blanchard, Roy Hargrove, Joshua Redman, Kurt Rosenwinkle, George Benson, Q-Tip, Kendrick Lamar, Dave Douglas, Aaron Parks, Bobby McFarrin, Jojo Mayer, (bassist) Avishai Cohen, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Bobby Hutcherson, Dee Dee Bridgwater, Joe Chambers, Jason Moran, John Mayar, Vernon Reid, Roy Haynes, Bilal Oliver, David Gilmore, Anthony Braxton, Greg Osby, Robert Glasper, Ari Hoenig, The Mingus Orchestra, William Parker, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Cassandra Wilson, Hamilton (on Broadway), and Christian McBride. Collaborations (Co-founder, co-producer, co-composer, and drummer) • New Vocabulary w/Ornette Coleman, Jordan McLean, Adam Holzman “New Vocabulary is a valuable addition to Ornette Coleman’s extraordinary discography.” – Martin Johnson, The Wall Street Journal • Directors w/Sahr N’gaujah, Jordan McLean, Nikhil P.Yerewadekar, Ricky Quinones “A distinct global statement.” – Mike Greenhaus, editor-in-chief, RELIX • Droid w/Adam Holzman, Tim LeFebvre, Yossi Fine, Jordan McLean “The astounding drum work of Amir Ziv may convince even the most roughneck kids that they’re in the hands of masters.” – Chris Muniz, URB Bandleader (Founder, composer, producer, and drummer) • Rhythmos w/Billy Martin, Cyro Baptista “An album to die for.” – Raul da Gama, JazzdaGama • Pop It! w/LAAP faculty and students “This is the most imaginative and compelling percussion-based music I’ve heard in many years; innovative and adventurous.” – Joe Chambers (Wayne Shorter, M’Boom, Charles Mingus, Miles Davis) • Kotkot w/Marc Ribot, Cyro Baptista, Shahzad Ismaily “There is nothing superfluous about this [Alive At Tonic] cd.” – Downtown Music Gallery Solo work (Composer, producer, and drummer) • Tympanum “The execution and time feel are of the highest level.” – Joe Porcaro (Frank Sinatra, Joe Cocker, Toto, Star Wars, Star Trek) Amir endorses Remo drum heads, Vater drum sticks, and Paiste cymbals. “Combining jazz, electronic, free, and Brazilian styles, the intriguing New York avant-everything drummer proves there are always new worlds to conquer—in his playing, and in his clinics, classes, and drum-centric getaways. Only the fearless need apply.” – MODERN DRUMMER

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  • Details

    Sizes: 16", 17", 18", 19"
    Volume: Medium
    Weight: Light

    Sound character: Dark body, full frequency spectrum, brilliant highs. Very wide range, complex, pleasing musical mix. Immediate, sensitive response, strong attack, controllable spread, even, layered fade. This crash combines silky, soft qualities with energy and projection for an incredibly versatile application range. Also extremely well suited as suspended cymbals and for mallet rolls.

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