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.
Luxembourg native Paul Wiltgen is internationally recognized as an accomplished drummer, an imaginative composer and a visionary bandleader. An artist in the truest sense of the word, Paul compellingly balances his musical aesthetic and his personal passion, creating a sound from the drums that simultaneously supports and inspires.
After an extensive classical tutelage and a considerable amount of orchestral experience, Paul decided to pursue what would become his life’s passion: a career as a drummer.
Not long after realizing his true vocation, Paul became one of the most in-demand drummers in and around Luxembourg. August 2001 saw the mark of a major milestone in Paul’s life: he moved to New York City to study at the Manhattan School of Music.
Since graduating, Paul is in the vanguard of today’s jazz scene, having worked with many of its leading voices, including Joshua Redman, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Mike Moreno, David Binney, Lage Lund, Patrick Cornelius, Michael Janisch, Ambrose Akinmusire, Will Vinson, Walter Smith III, Bireli Lagrene, Tim Collins, Pablo Held and Franz von Chossy.
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.