Born in Jerusalem to parents of Moroccan, Iraqi, Argentinian, and Eastern European descent, raised between Buenos-Aires and Tel-Aviv, and based out of Brooklyn since 2011, Or Bareket is one of the most prominent bassists of his generation, as well as a composer and bandleader with an eclectic yet meticulously cohesive approach.
Winner of the 2011 International Society of Bassists’ jazz competition, Bareket’s distinct lyricism, rhythmic dexterity, and groove-centric approach are clearly present in his playing and writing alike. Growing up tri-lingual, Bareket is fascinated by how different languages and cultures intersect and diverge. His creative process is an investigation of spaces between and within languages, synthesizing the different worlds he inhabits into one personal aesthetic that honors all of them: his ancestral North African and Latin-American folklores, his life-long study of Black American music, and his experiences making music with some of today’s foremost artists across a wide range of musical generations and stylistic orientations; he’s worked with bands led by Leon Parker, Joel Ross, Ari Hoenig, Etienne Charles, Sam Yahel, Camila Meza, Marquis Hill, Aaron Goldberg, and Jean-Michel Pilc, to name a few, and has performed with the likes of Joshua Redman, Chris Potter, Hamilton de Holanda, Jeff Ballard, Billy Hart, Peter Bernstein, Shai Maestro and Sullivan Fortner in different settings.
Bareket’s acclaimed third album, “SAHAR” was released in 2022 on Enja Records and saw the band perform over 50 concerts across the EU, US, and Japan. His fourth album, featuring Godwin Louis, Jeremy Corren, and Savannah Harris, and produced by Joel Ross is set for release in Fall 2024.