Eldad Tarmu

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Eldad Tarmu is a vibraphonist and composer born in 1960 in Los Angeles, California. Between 2005 and 2009 he was a professor of Jazz Studies at the “Richard Oschanitzky” Jazz School, Tibiscus University, in Timişoara, Romania. He currently teaches World Music Studies at Hudson County Community College in Jersey City, New Jersey.[1]


Eldad studied at Tel Aviv University in Israel, holds a master's degree in Afro-Latin music from California State University Los Angeles and a master of arts degree in Classical Composition from Stony Brook University, New York.

He established a partnership in 2006 with the American Cultural Centre in Bucharest for the purpose of improving cultural ties between Romania and the United States and promoting American music.


Eldad has recorded and performed with some of the most significant figures in their musical genres including: Poncho Sanchez, Ernie Watts, Taj Mahal, Cybill Shepherd, Freddie Hubbard, Billy Higgins, Frank Morgan and Ron Affif.

He has performed in over twenty-five countries around the world in various festivals and concert tours. He has recorded seven albums:

  • Aluminum Forest[2]
  • Get Up Close[3][4]
  • Transatlantic Cool Down
  • Visits
  • Exotic Tales
  • Farewell St. George
  • Songs for the Queen of Bohemia.

Get Up Close was number 20 on the US Jazz radio charts for four straight weeks.[5] His latest CD, Songs for the Queen of Bohemia, features a string quartet from the Timisoara Philharmonic and Israeli drummer Yoni Halevy.[6] This eclectic project crosses jazz and Middle Eastern with chamber ensemble arrangements.


  1. ^ Eldad Tarmu homepage
  2. ^ Yanow, Scott. "Aluminum Forest: Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 26 August 2012. 
  3. ^ Nathan, Dave. "Get Up Close: Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 26 August 2012. 
  4. ^ Stewart, Zan (2 June 2000). "Melody Maker: Vibraphonist Eldad Tarmu plays ear-friendly standards and originals". Los Angeles Times. p. 9. Retrieved 29 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "Odjazd klubowy. Kilka deko dance'u..." (fee required). Gazeta Wyborcza. 27 September 2002. Retrieved 2008-10-03. 
  6. ^ D'Gama Rose, Raul (8 January 2010). "Eldad Tarmu: Songs for the Queen of Bohemia (2010)". All About Jazz. Retrieved 26 August 2012. 

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