B i o g r a p h y
Eldad Tarmu was born in Los Angeles, California, where he started his musical career by studying drums and percussion. He learned to play jazz vibraphone mentored by Dave Pike. Upon graduating from Tel Aviv University in Israel, he returned to the US and soon began touring with various ensembles, mainly in Europe and Asia. In 1997 he released his first record, Aluminum Forest, followed by Get Up Close in 2001, to notable critical acclaim. In 2005 he got his Master's degree in Afro-Latin Music from California State University Los Angeles. The same year he was appointed Head of the Jazz Department at the "Richard Oschanitzky" Jazz School of Tibiscus University in Timisoara, Romania, following a collaboration with Romanian bassist and violinist Johnny Bota, one of the school founders. In 2009 he continued his education at Stony Brook University, where he got a second Master's degree, in Classical Composition. He is currently a Doctor of Musical Arts in Jazz Performance from the same school, degree pursued under the guidance of Ray Anderson. A professor of Music Studies at Hudson County Community College and Raritan Valley Community College in New Jersey, he has developed a Latin-American Music course for HCCC.
He has been holding jazz clinics and workshops at festivals and in music camps in Belgium, Indonesia, Cuba, Hungary, and Romania.
In recent years, he has been increasingly focused on original contemporary classical music for chamber ensembles and vibraphone, composing for string quartets and woodwind quintets, as well as works for piano. His Grammy-nominated CD Stained Glass Stories is available for purchase here.