Eldad Tarmu

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Eldad Tarmu (born 1960) is a vibraphonist and composer born in Los Angeles, California. Between 2005 and 2009 he was a professor of Jazz Studies at the Richard Oschanitzky Jazz School at Tibiscus University in Timişoara, Romania. In 2006, he established a partnership with the American Cultural Center in Bucharest to improve cultural ties between Romania and the U.S. and to promote American music.


Tarmu studied at Tel Aviv University in Israel. He received a graduate degree in Afro-Latin music from California State University Los Angeles, and graduate degrees in Classical Composition and Jazz from Stony Brook University in New York.


Tarmu has worked with Ron Affif, Ray Anderson, Mike Clark, Billy Higgins, Freddie Hubbard, Taj Mahal, Frank Morgan, Poncho Sanchez, Cybill Shepherd, and Ernie Watts. He has performed in over twenty-five countries in various festivals and concert tours.

His album Get Up Close was number 20 on the U.S. Jazz radio charts for four weeks.[1] His first chamber music album, Songs for the Queen of Bohemia, while jazz-oriented, features a string quartet from the Timisoara Philharmonic and drummer Yoni Halevy.[2] This eclectic project crosses jazz and Middle Eastern with chamber ensemble arrangements.


  • Aluminum Forest (USA, 1998)[3]
  • Get Up Close (Rhombus, 2001)[4][5]
  • Visits (Fever Pitch, 2003)
  • Exotic Tales (Verytall, 2005)
  • Songs for the Queen of Bohemia (Queen of Bohemia, 2009)
  • Stained Glass Stories (Queen of Bohemia, 2017)[6]


  1. ^ "Odjazd klubowy. Kilka deko dance'u..." (fee required). Gazeta Wyborcza. 27 September 2002. Retrieved 2008-10-03.
  2. ^ D'Gama Rose, Raul (8 January 2010). "Eldad Tarmu: Songs for the Queen of Bohemia (2010)". All About Jazz. Retrieved 26 August 2012.
  3. ^ Yanow, Scott. "Aluminum Forest: Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 26 August 2012.
  4. ^ Nathan, Dave. "Get Up Close: Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 26 August 2012.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ "Eldad Tarmu | Album Discography | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 20 December 2017.

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