Shalosh - Onwards And Upwards


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Released 24th May 2019
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SHALOSH. It means ‘three’ in Hebrew. It is the name of a piano trio but also denotes a lot more than that. For the three Israeli musicians, pianist Gadi Stern, bassist David Michaeli and drummer Matan Assayag, SHALOSH is more than just a band, it is a lifetime's project. Or as Stern puts it, "SHALOSH is not just a band, it's an idea."

SHALOSH doesn't have a leader, and all its music is conceived of collectively. For all three members, this is their most personal and important project. And they know each other well, not just as musicians, but also in life: Stern and Assayag are friends from childhood with a shared history that began in Jerusalem, where they first started to be talked about as members of the band ‘Enoma Elish’. They founded SHALOSH in 2014, looked for a bass player, and Michaeli joined them  – he was still a teenager at the time.  Since then, the three have been inseparable: they have all shifted their base to Tel Aviv where they live in the same neighbourhood and meet up almost daily. SHALOSH almost gets to feel like family.

That intense connection is what has led SHALOSH to its own distinct musical vision, and to the kind of music that is only possible when three young guys have been writing songs together since the age of 16. 

SHALOSH are fans of Nirvana, Brahms and The Bad Plus: they transcend all style barriers. As children of the 90’s, they have assimilated the pop and rock music of that decade. The loudness of rock and the danceability of electronica are paired with the sensitivity and structural awareness of trained jazz musicians. SHALOSH make music with the fiery impetuousness of men in their mid-twenties. Their songs build in intensity and tension, with the undertow of a sea that surges and roars, but which can also fall still and luxuriate in its own contemplative beauty.

SHALOSH's music reflects the band's home city of Tel Aviv: it is colourful and tolerant, but it is impetuous as well. There are boundaries to be tested, there is exuberance to be celebrated, but in the meantime the calming sea is ever-present. "Onwards and Upwards" conveys this sense of vitality through the real lives of three young men in Israel. It is an album which expresses joy in a postmodern way. It constitutes a statement that life goes on and that the world we live in does too. And that the same – naturally - is true of music. Or as Gadi Stern says: "We don't rest on our laurels, but want to experience new musical adventures with SHALOSH again and again".


  1. After The War (Shalosh)
  2. Children Of The 90's (Shalosh)
  3. Meditation (Shalosh)
  4. You'll Never Walk Alone (Richard Rodgers)
  5. Sinan, And His Never Ending War Against The Bureaucracy Robots (Shalosh)
  6. Take On Me (Morten Harket, Pål Waaktaar-Savoy, Magne Furuholmen)
  7. Tune For Mr. Ahmad Jamal (Shalosh)
  8. Onwards And Upwards (Shalosh)

Artist Shalosh
Title Onwards And Upwards
Label ACT Music
Format LP
Release Date 24th May 2019
Cat Number ACTLP98851