Born and raised in Israel, each of the musicians eventually found themselves in the heart of New York, where they spent years developing their individual style and technique.

In 2009, Assaf Gleizner (Piano, Melodica), Koby Hayon ( Bass, Acoustic Guitar , Oud), and Nadav Snir-Zelniker (Drums, Percussion) came together for their first gig, in which they performed original compositions and arrangements of traditional Israeli repertoire. It only took one show for them to understand the serendipitous connection that was underway. In result, the three musicians moved forward as Trio Shalva, choosing the name for its representation of the Hebrew word for “serenity”.

The trio is set to explore both new and arranged compositions, combining elements of Jazz with Middle-Eastern, Israeli & Jewish influences.

Trio Shalva is happy to announce the release of their new album:"Riding Alone".

Trio Shalva has shared their music at renowned venues such as The Belleayre Music Festival in Highmount, NY and Caffe Vivaldi in New York City, synagogues, community centers and non-profits.

Enjoy the ride.

The Trio members are:

  • Assaf Gleizner (Piano and Melodica)                  

    Assaf Glizner was born in Israel in 1984 and received his early music education in a high school for the performing arts. In the army, Assaf served as a commander and musical director of one of the army bands.

    Before moving to the United States, Assaf had a successful musical career in Israel as a musical director for famous Israeli artists such as Idan Yaniv, Har'el Moyal, Shiri Mimon, Darma (music ensemble directed by Eyal Sela) who toured the country and abroad, playing in musical theater shows (Company, Aida, Coppa Cabana) and performing his own Jazz compositions with his trio.

    Assaf has graduated The Purchase College Music Conservatory, receiving a BA in Jazz Performance. In the United States, he has been the musical producer of three albums of different genres such as Jazz and Funk let by the award winning vocalist (Cyrille Aimee Daudel, and a Jazz/Musical Theater album led by 3 singers: Cyrille Aimee Daudel, Laura Bruner and Kim Hawkey), have been the musical director of a theatre group at Fordham University for 2 years, composed and arranged pieces for the Purchase Latin Jazz Orchestra directed by Arturo O'Farril, performed in different venues in New York City and Westchester and teaches music at Orange Town Jewish Center

  • Koby Hayon (Bass Guitar, Acoustic Guitar and Oud)

    A protege of jazz virtuoso John Abercrombie guitarist Koby Hayon's technique is excellent throughout, regardless if he plays a straight-forward Jazz or crosses over to Fusion pyrotechnics.

    In 2009 Koby has recorded "Gemini", with his Jazz Trio which includes legendary Kermit Driscoll on bass, and Jerome Morris on drums. In this release, Koby fuses his heritage with his vast musical training by performing classic Israeli songs in a jazz setting, as well as his own compositions. These combine two of the many facets of Hayon's musicality: a cultural legacy along with his malleable and innovative jazz technique. "Gemini" is already gaining recognition and critical acclaim.

    As a sideman, he performed and toured throughout Western New York and Canada, playing and recording with countless bands, from Dixie/Swing Band, led by legendary Sol Yaged, to legendary bassist Bill Crow to various bands playing traditional Israeli music. He can be heard regularly at the 55bar, Cornelia St. Cafe, Watercolor Cafe, Detour, and other reputable New York clubs.

  • Nadav Snir-Zelniker (Drums and Percussion)               Nadav Snir Zelniker – Bio Born in Israel in 1974, Nadav started playing drums at the age of 16. Soon involved with the local music scene, he played and recorded with Rock and Jazz artists. In 1999, Nadav moved to the US as a recipient of the Israel-America Cultural Foundation and The Ullendorpf Fellowship. He graduated cum laude from the Conservatory of Music’s Jazz program at Purchase College, SUNY with a BFA in performance, studying with jazz greats, such as Adam Nussbaum and John Riley. Since then, Nadav has been performing and recording with major artists such as Jon Faddis, Stella Mars, Arthur Lipner, Doug Munro, Adam Rogers, Gene Perla, Ted Rosenthal, Todd Coolman, James Camack, Francois Moutin, Abraham Burton, Cameron Brown, Neil Alexander, Jerry Z, Tony Purrone, KJ Denhert, Shunzo Ohno, Penamach, Machan Taylor, George Lesiw Project, Benson-Scott Big-Band, Dekel Bor Trio, Howard Willson’s Jazz Orchestra, Allan Eicher, MacTalla Mo’r, Rob Dugway, Kenny Lee, The Burr Johnson Band, Herb Deutsch, Oscar Perez, Brian Dolzani, and many others. In July 2010 Nadav has released his debut album “Thinking Out Loud” under Origin records, featuring jazz veterans Todd Coolman and Ted Rosenthal. With a special love for dance, Nadav has also collaborated with major dance companies including José Limón Dance Company, David Parsons Dance, Heather Cornell & Manhattan Tap and Nelly van Bommel’s NØA DANCE.