In March 2019, Shauli Einav quintet's had gone through a transformation from the traditional piano-drums-bass rhythm section and presented a unique lineup of established French, Israeli, American and Algerian artists. The band recorded the highly acclaimed album "ANIMI" and is currently being booked in Europe's most important stages.
Tim Collins has been called a “world-class vibes player” (CJSR Canada), “a distinctive vibraphone voice” (Radio One Australia), a “musician of fire” (Washington Post) and “nothing less than exemplary” (Downbeat). His music has been described as “thoughtful, probing composition” (Downbeat), “universal and vibrant” (Blogcritics.org) and “stunning sophisticated jazz” (PBS Australia).
He has toured, performed and recorded with John Ellis, John Hollenbeck, Ralph Alessi, Marty Ehrlich, Jody Redhage, Nasheet Waits, Hector Martignon, George Porter Jr., Ben Monder, Donny McCaslin, Peter O’Mara, Joel Frahm, Ingrid Jensen, Aaron Parks, Antonio Sanchez, Aaron Goldberg, Will Vinson, Danny Grissett, Mike Moreno, Charlie Hunter, Seamus Blake, and Adam Nussbaum.
Born in Northern Michigan and musically raised on the diverse scenes of Cleveland, Shanghai and New York City, Andy Hunter now resides primarily in Cologne, Germany where he performs regularly with the WDR Big Band, with programs featuring many of the top artists in jazz today.
Hunter has performed and toured around the world as a regular member of the Mingus Big Band (Mingus Dynasty and Mingus Orchestra), the Richard Bona Group, the Toshiko Akiyoshi/Lew Tabackin Jazz Orchestra, SPOKE, T.S. Monk’s 10-tet “Monk on Monk” and Cuban groups such as Ochún and La Típica Novel.
Recording credits include albums with Snarky Puppy, Bob Mintzer, Orrin Evans’ Captain Black Big Band, The Birdland Big Band,The FatCat Big Band, La Cumbiamba, Hector Martignon’s Banda Grande and the WDR Big Band.
Jonathan Zelnik - Double Bass
Born in Israel and moved to France in 1995, Yoni Zelnik is one of the most in-demand contrabassist in the French and international jazz scenes.
He has been recorded on over seventy albums (Youn Sun Nah, Geraldine Laurent, Yonathan
Avisha.) and has played on prestigious stages such as
North Sea Jazz Festival, Lincoln Center, Tokyo Jazz Festival).
Nowadays Yoni frequently plays in Avishai Cohen's (trumpet) quartet around the globe.
Zelnik has played with notables such as Dave Douglas, Billy Hart, Aaron Goldberg, Walter Smith,
Nasheet Waits, Ben Wendel, Johnathan Blake, Anat Cohen, Jeff Ballard, Leon Parker, Mark
Guiliana, David Binney, Kendrick Scott, Jason Lindner, Justin Brown, Gregory Hutchinson,
Yotam Silberstein among many others.
Parisian drummer Guilhem Flouzat cultivates a versatile approach to drumming.
Flouzat is gaining attention and praise throughout the jazz community: drummer Dan Weiss calls him ‟one of the most talented young drummers I have met”, composer and pianist Dan Tepfer say he is ‟an accomplished composer with an original and fresh conception of development within a piece”.
His collaborations have led him to play at jazz landmarks such as Smalls, Jazz Gallery, Zinc Bar and 55 Bar in New York, Sunside in Paris, Sounds and Music Village in Brussels and Jz club in Shanghaï. He can also be heard in Lower East Side pop venues like Rockwood Music Hall and Nublu, where he has a monthly residency with the afrobeat band Afrogroove Collective. As a sideman, he collaborated with the likes of guitarist Lionel Loueke, multi-reed player Steve Wilson, bassist Linda Oh and saxophonist Ben Wendel.
Special guest artist in Shauli Einav's Five is oudist Faycal Salhi.
Salhi is one of the most in demand Algerian oud players in France who has been collaborating with Jazz artists in Paris for over 10 years.