Max Gabriel is a songwriter and film composer; née Gabriel Judet-Weinshel, he is also a filmmaker under that longer moniker.
A Paste Recommends artist and Starbucks-featured songwriter, his first record on indie imprint sonaBLAST! Records (New York/Louisville), “The Exile of Saint Christopher,” was produced by Conan O’Brien’s Scott Healy and featured Bakithi Kumalo of Paul Simon’s “Graceland” and folk-rock sensation Brett Dennen. Gabriel’s songs have played nationally on Fuse’s “Live From Bonnaroo,” on the TV series “In Between Men,” and in the independent film “Where Hope Grows.” Ian Mathers of the Village Voice writes, “He’s got one of those malleable voices that can sound a bit like everyone from David Byrne to Ed Harcourt, but always mostly like himself.” Another record of lyric-based songs is due out in 2016.
As a composer who culls from jazz, classical, and electronica traditions, Gabriel’s music can be heard in the upcoming feature narrative film Omphalos, in the Netflix documentary From Baghdad to Brooklyn, and in television and web commercials. He can be seen playing live in various formations and collaborations, most recently with his jazz trio Max Gabriel and the Broken Ribs, where the group was the house band at New York’s Soho House for many years.