Uri Sharlin is a composer, accordionist pianist, arranger and educator. Originally from Israel he moved to New York,where he earned a BFA degree with honors in Music Performance from the City College of New York. Upon graduation Uri formed collaborations with prominent musicians in the pop world, such as Antony and the Johnsons, Natalie Merchant, Flight of the Conchords, as well as with masters of Jewish music such as Frank London, Avi Avital and Basya Schechter. He is a musician in Residency at B’nei Jesurun in New York for the past eight years, and for the past four, he has been collaborating with Symphony Space Outreach Program, teaching young students from all parts of New York City about world music. Throughout his career and over years of traveling and studying with World Music masters, Uri has been strongly influenced by different musical genres. In his albums, Uri’s jazz and classical background fuses with Balkan Rhythms, Jewish modes and Brazilian harmonies, and he combines carefully-structured compositions with loose and experimental improvisations. His compositions – praised as a “tour de force” (All About Jazz), “classy and compelling” (Hot House) – were recorded by Grammy Award Winner Matt Darriau and Nominee Avi Avital, and were performed at renowned venues in Europe, Asia and the United States. Uri was also featured recently in the New York Times as a composer and band leader, and he is currently leading several groups including the Cardamon Quartet, and the DogCat Ensemble. Uri is also the cofounder of Play Me a Story, a musical storytelling performance program for children.