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Aryeh Kobrinsky

Since moving to New York City in 2005 via Montreal and Fargo, North Dakota, Aryeh Kobrinsky has quickly established himself as a creative and versatile bassist on the New York jazz scene. Aryeh stands at the vanguard of a generation of instrumental performers for whom the notion of genre is becoming increasingly ambiguous. He holds a BMus from McGill University and a MMus from New England Conservatory where he studied with Danilo Perez, George Garzone, Jerry Bergonzi and double bass luminary, Don Palma.

Having toured Europe, North Africa, Canada and the United States Aryeh has performed with a wide variety of artists including Tyshawn Sorey, Hal Crook, Andrew D’Angelo, Matt Wilson, Bob Moses and Dominique Eade. Currently he can often be heard with with John McNeil’s Hush Point, The New Old Timers, Bob Moses, Perfect Friend and last but not least, his own quintet Brinsk.

In 2015, Aryeh switched to tuning his bass in fifths, an octave below cello: C - G - D - A. The conversion to the new tuning was a major undertaking as he essentially had to unlearn and relearn the entire instrument. His solo project “Solo Shmolo” has been a gradual documentation of the process. Aryeh is currently finishing up his solo bass record which will be released in September 2018.


Album Review

Sam Decker: Shrove

Read "Shrove" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Il titolo di questo disco è preso dal primo movimento del balletto Petrushka di Igor Stravinsky ed è indicativo della formazione del sassofonista Sam Decker. Laureato al New England Conservatory è stato molto attratto dal grande innovatore russo e da altri compositori del Novecento come Dmitrij Shostakovich e Bela Bartok. La musica di questo disco ne risente ma il suo taglio espressivo è un jazz contemporaneo dove libera improvvisazione e astratto camerismo convivono con le radiose melodie folk che impregnano ...

Album Review

Brinsk: A Hamster Speaks

Read "A Hamster Speaks" reviewed by Budd Kopman

If only from the title, A Hamster Speaks and the anime/manga cover art, where a very battered and partially mechanically enhanced hamster is saving his world from an evil viper, you know that you are in for a trip--and quite a wonderful trip it is. Upright bassist and composer Aryeh Kobrinsky formed Brinsk to incarnate his vision (or, if you will, hallucination) of hamsters singing classical operatic arias over metal-rock based rhythms. However, the band is acoustic ...

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“Acoustic metal might sound like an oxymoron to some, but to Aryeh Kobrinsky it’s a viable compositional style, and a no-holds-barred approach to performance.” Montreal Gazette
Primary Instrument

Bass, acoustic


New York City



Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Mystic Life

Steeplechase Lookout



Sunnyside Records


A Hamster Speaks

Nowt Records


Brinsk: A Hamster...

Nowt Records


Jungle Flowers

From: Mystic Life
By Aryeh Kobrinsky


From: Mystic Life
By Aryeh Kobrinsky

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