Born in the Galil region, Northern Israel, Ziv Taubenfeld started playing the clarinet as part of his primary school orchestra and continued with classical studies guided by Ilya Schwartz at the local conservatory of Karmiel. During that period, following the attraction to low sounds, the bass clarinet was added as a second instrument that soon became Ziv's main focus. His interest in improvised music (fooling around with the orchestras charts or diggin into jazz records) grew bigger after meeting the influential saxophone player Albert Beger who opened up a road that eventually led to further studies of the bass clarinet with Michael Moore in the Netherlands.
Moving to Amsterdam has encouraged Ziv to inspiring collaborations with a wide variety of artists from the city's improvised music scene and it's satelite musicians. Taubenfeld's main musical vehicle for few years was Bones, a trio he co-lead with fellow musicians from his home town, Karmiel. In 2016 Ziv was offered a Carte Blanche at the Bimhuis, Amsterdam, and shortly after got the invitation to present the music of Bones at the North Sea Jazz Festival, July 2017. The third album of Bones- Reptiles- was released in fall 2019 on NoBusiness Records.
Taubenfeld's most recent project - FULL SUN - searches for a space that is timeless, a place where sounds talk of primitive existence. The musicians that form this ensemble (Michael Moore, Joost Buis, Luis Vicente, Nico Chientaroli, Shay Hazan and Onno Govaert) are all strong individuals with a sounds world all their own, sitting together at the round coffee table talking and laughing about the wonderous ways of life. Following their debut performance at the Bimhuis, Amsterdam, they are currently bringing their music to major venues and festivals across Europe.
Other bands Taubenfeld takes part in include Kuhn Fu, Plots, CosJazzul and Xavier Pamplona Ensemble. Recent collaborations include Han Bennink, Ab Baars, Guus Janssen and Olie Brice among others.
"His compositions contain hints of chamber, haunted atmospheres, and contemplative moods" Eyal
Hareuveni , the free jazz collective
"Taubenfelds raw bass clarinet stands out" Martin Schray , Free Jazz Blog