Jonathan Reisin is a saxophonist, composer and improviser born in Israel, dedicated to creating original music that's influenced by Free Jazz and the Avant-Garde. Throughout his career, Jonathan had the opportunity to collaborate with great artists such as: Francisco Mela, Kris Davis, Anat Fort, Val Jeanty, Ronen Shmueli and many more, with appearances at Vermont Jazz Festival, Yearot Menache Festival (ISR) , Gangneung International Art Festival (South Korea) and venues around Boston and Tel Aviv.
Growing up in a small town in Israel, Jonathan Reisin started his musical journey at the age of 6, learning to play the violin. After 10 years of studying classical music as violin player, Reisin decided to put aside the violin in order to play the saxophone. Two years after he started learning to play the saxophone, Reisin was already playing in big jazz festivals in France and South Korea, and recorded an album with Jason Marsallies and Kari Lee in a special project he participated In. During that period of time in his life, his relationship with music became deeper as he discovered his passion to Jazz and improvisation.
In 2017, after three years of serving in the Israel Defense Forces, Reisin was accepted to prestigious musical program of Rimon School of Music: “The Jazz Institute” led by Ronen Shmueli. During those years he got the opportunity to study with top Israeli musicians like: Yoni Rechter, Mordy Ferber, Avishai Cohen and more. He also got to perform with two of his teachers: Ronen Shmueli and Mordy Ferber at the “Yearot Menashe Festival”. After two years of studying in the Institute and deepening his musical knowledge, Reisin auditioned and received a high scholarship for Berklee College of Music and started his undergraduate studies there, in 2019.
The years at Berklee College of Music had a magnificent impact and influence on Reisin. Studying with top world artist such as: George Garzone, Kris Davis, Tony Malaby, Francisco Mela and Terri Lyne Carrington helped him explore other musical directions and concepts which enriched his unique artistic voice.
In 2022, Reisin will release his first album as a band leader – “Option B” featuring pianist Moshe Elmakias and drummers Brian Richburg Jr and Nitzan Birnbaum. This album will follow two projects he released in 2021: “Solo Session” (EP)– five improvised pieces for tenor saxophone, “Scopes”- collaboration with pianist Shinya Lin, mix of originals and improvised pieces.