Born in Jerusalem to parents of Moroccan, Iraqi, Argentinian, and Eastern European descent and raised between Buenos-Aires and Tel-Aviv, Or Bareket is currently emerging as one of the most in-demand and versatile bassists on the New York and global jazz scene, as well as a composer/bandleader with a unique sound and aesthetic.
Winner of the 1st prize at the International Society of Bassists' jazz competition in 2011, Or’s diverse heritage is clearly present in his playing and writing. His distinct lyricism, rhythmic dexterity, and groove-centric approach are informed by Mediterranean, Latin- American, and North African folklores, interpreted through his life-long study and appreciation of the American Jazz tradition, and distilled through his own life experience as a musical nomad.
Based out of New York since the early 2010's, Bareket has performed, recorded, and toured with a wide array of artists all over the world. Current frequent collaborators include Ari Hoenig, Leon Parker, Nitai Hershkovits, Camila Meza, Etienne Charles,Joel Ross, Yaron Herman, Jacques Schwarz-Bart, and Fred Nardin. He has also worked with Aaron Goldberg, Sam Yahel, Chris Potter, Jeff Ballard, Jorge Glem, Anat Cohen, Gilad Hekselman, Vincent Segal, Peter Bernstein, Hamilton De Holanda, Shai Maestro, Cyrille Aimee, Godwin Louis, Obed Calvaire, Charles Altura, Sasha Berliner and Omer Klein among many others.
Or’s sophomore album, “33” was released in spring 2019 on Enja Records. His first album, “OB1” was released 2017 on Fresh Sound.
Or is an alum of the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, a multiple-time recipient of the AICF scholarship for outstanding performers as well as the Eubie Blake Fellowship. He has participated in Betty Carter’s “Jazz Ahead” at the Kennedy center, The Steans Institute Ravinia Workshop, and the Banff Workshop for Jazz and Creative Music.