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Wed, May 10


Merrimans' Playhouse

Sivan Arbel Quartet

An effervescent talent on the international jazz scene, Sivan's original music and arrangements open a window into her rich inner world. She playfully layers her artistic expressions with her love for jazz and other diverse musical influences originating in her Israeli roots and global travels.

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Sivan Arbel Quartet
Sivan Arbel Quartet

Time & Location

May 10, 2023, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Merrimans' Playhouse, 401 E Colfax Ave, Suite 135, South Bend, IN 46617, USA


About the Event

TICKETS are $10 General/$5 Student. End time is estimate.

Concerts and events made possible, in part, with support from the Wells Philanthropic Services provided by grants from the John, Anna, and Martha Jane Fields Memorial Trust Foundation and the Florence V. Carroll Charitable Trust, The Esther and George Jaruga Charitable Foundation, the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County's ArtsEverywhere initiative, and the Arts Project Support Grant and Arts Recovery Grant through the Indiana Arts Commission.

Sivan Arbel - vocals

Nick Hetko - piano

Sam Weber - bass

Evan Hyde - drums

Critically acclaimed Israeli Vocalist Sivan Arbel is a composer and arranger, a worldwide performer, and an effervescent talent on the international jazz scene. Her original music, arrangements and lyrics open a window into her rich inner world. She playfully layers her artistic expressions with her love for jazz and other diverse musical influences originating in her Israeli roots and global travels. As a performer, Sivan lights the room and rivets audiences as she fuses her distinct rhythm and groove with scat improvisation, movement, and dance. Some of her recent performances have taken place at the Minsk Jazz Festival, Bratislava Jazz Days Festival, Lincoln Center in NYC, Boston Jazz Festival, 4020 Festival in Austria, to name a few.    Since moving to NYC in 2014, Sivan has put out two albums: “Broken Lines” (2016) and “Change of Light” (2019), which was selected by Jazz2K as Best Vocal Disc of 2019. Sivan has collaborated with a wide array of musicians such as Japanese band Ichimujin, Pandero player Tuliio Araujo, Groove it Forward Project pianist Guy Mintus, as well as several dance projects. Sivan holds a B.A. with high honors in Jazz Performance from the Newpark Music Centre (Dublin, Ireland) and is a graduate of the Jazz Performance program at the acclaimed Rimon School of Music (Israel).

Two self-released albums headline her resume. Sivan’s debut album “Broken Lines” (2016) received immediate international recognition and media coverage. In his extensive review, Travis Rogers, Jr. – The Jazz Owl wrote: “Broken Lines” is a wonder. Sivan Arbel has captured love and longing, respect and reflection, and then set loose an emotional and lyrical watercolor that remains fresh and lively long after the album has ended. To transmit such joy—and for it to remain so long after—must be the greatest gift one can give. So it is with Sivan, she imparts joy and it remains.”

Her second album, “Change of Light” (2019), was selected by Jazz2K as Best Vocal Disc of 2019. The album was also listed by The 41st Annual Jazz Station Awards as “Top Vocal Jazz Album” and was included in Giancarlo Mei's “Musical Choice for 2019”.

Nicolas Hetko is an award winning pianist and composer. He has shared the stage with the likes of James Moody, Matt Wilson, Chris Potter, Buddy Guy, and Dave Holland at countless clubs and concert halls around the world including the Blue Note Tokyo, Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, Lincoln Center’s Bruno Walter Auditorium, and Smalls Jazz Club. He was the 2016 Grand Prize Winner of the Six String Theory Competition. He subsequently went on tour with Lee Ritenour and recorded a track for Lee’s upcoming album. He holds two ASCAP Jazz Composer awards and three awards from Downbeat Magazine for his compositions and performances. Before the age of 18, Hetko was selected for the Gibson/Baldwin Grammy Jazz Ensemble, Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Residency, and Brubeck Jazz Colony. He was a Grand Finalist in the Nottingham International Jazz Piano Competition and the Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition and was a recipient of the prestigious Stamps Scholarship at the University of Miami. He has been an in demand pianist and producer in New York City since moving there in 2014 and his debut trio album “When You Were There” is due to be released in spring of 2019.

Sam Weber is a multi-disciplined bassist, composer, arranger, and educator based in Brooklyn, New York. A native of Kalamazoo, Michigan, Sam is an alumnus of Western Michigan University, earning both a BA in Jazz Studies (2010) and an MA in Music (2011). Since relocating to New York City in 2012, Sam has been performing non-stop with an eclectic community of musicians at some of the world’s top venues. Sam is also active as an educator and has traveled around the US and internationally presenting clinics, lectures, and masterclasses.

Evan Hyde is a drummer and composer residing in New York City. Since beginning his career in 2004 in his hometown of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Hyde has become a high in-demand jazz drummer throughout the United States and abroad. He is a pupil of jazz drumming legend Billy Hart, and has also studied with jazz luminaries Mulgrew Miller and Terence Blanchard. Recent performing collaborations have included George Coleman, Russell Malone, Helen Sung, Stanley Jordan, Shelly Berg, Kenny Barron, John Daversa, Brian Lynch, Ira Sullivan, and Freddy Cole. He was a selected member of Betty Carter’s prestigious ‘Jazz Ahead’ residency in 2015 and received multiple awards in performance and composition from DownBeat Magazine’s annual student music awards in 2016. Most recently, Hyde won honorable mention in the ASCAP Foundation’s 2018 Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Awards. As an educator, Hyde has established himself as a knowledgeable and passionate mentor. He has presented clinics and masterclasses at numerous schools and jazz camps around North America including the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA), the Keith Hall Summer Drum Intensive (Kalamazoo, MI), the Jalisco Jazz Festival Tónica Jazz Workshop (Guadalajara, Mexico), and while also teaching in his own private home studio. Hyde received his bachelor’s degree in music from Western Michigan University, and his Master of Music degree in Jazz Performance from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami.


  • General

    $10 Advanced or Door

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  • Student

    $5 Student/Discount

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