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Bassist, composer, producer and music educator, Shimon Ben-Shir grew up in Israel, surrounded by the sounds of Middle Eastern music. In 1990 was one of the founding members of the Bustan Abraham Band, a Middle Eastern musical group led by the renowned Avshalom Farjun, who had toured the world and performed at many notable jazz and world music festivals. Since that Shimon has immersed himself in the New England music scene, playing in a wide range of bands covering diverse musical genres, including big band, jazz, blues, rock and pop in clubs as well as on television. He graduated from Berklee in 1994. Shimon joined the What's New Jazz Ensemble, a composer collective based in Boston, MA just prior to graduating from Berklee.
Shimon devotes time to teaching students of all ages, giving private bass and guitar lessons and, serves as an educational at the John Payne Music Center in Brookline, MA. Although a teacher Shimon remains committed as a student of the bass and continuing his studies with Oscar Stagnaros, Bruce Gertz and Charlie Banacus.
In 2002 Shimon released his first album "Shades," with the Shimon Ben Shir Group on the Nada Label and in 2007 "Ways". Both albums received numerous favorable reviews as well as a feature article in the Boston Globe. The group perform regularly many notable venues throughout the Boston area. Most recently Shimon produced and recorded the Shimon Ben Shir Groups latest CD, "Encounters." He also composed the majority of the tracks and his bass playing is featured throughout the album. The newest offering shows a true evolution in the group as a unit while incorporating the vast musical styles that they absorbed on their life-long musical journey. The music of Shimon Ben Shir is a continually evolving project, growing in many different ways and always with a unique, distinctive sound that is only Shimon Ben-Shir's.
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