Born in London, England, Fima Ephron moved to New York at age three. After starting playing bass at age thirteen, Fima attended New York cityʼs famed music and art high school and was playing professionally by age fourteen. He has gone on to perform and record with a cross section of some of the greatest talent in the music industry: Walter Becker, David Torn, Gil Scott Heron, Natalie Merchant, Meshell N'Degeocello, Screaming Headless Torsos, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Ben Monder, Chris Potter, Wayne Krantz, Don Byron, David Sancious, Adina Menzel, Alana Davis, Morley, Steve Bernstein And Millennial Territory Orchestra, Groove Collective, Alex Sipiagin, Hasidic New Wave, David Fiuczynski/John Medeski's 'Lunar Crush', Yeoffi, Jeb Loi Nichols, Franklyn Kiermyer, Jaki Byard and the Apollo Stompers, Rise Robots Rise, John Zorn, Brad Shepik and the commuters, Frank London, Nate Smith & Kinfolk, and Adam Rogers Dice.

Fima has two acclaimed releases of his own: Soulmachine on the Tzadik label and his self released Quiet City. He also co-led the acclaimed group Lost Tribe and currently leads his own quartet which will release itʼs debut recording in 2018. He continues to reside in New York city.

On February 5th 2016 a cold winters day in NYC I had the good fortune of assembling a supremely talented group of musicians in the studio (Chris Potter on Sax, Adam Rogers on Guitar, Nate Smith on Drums, Kevin Hays on Keys, and David Torn (Loops). By the time we had finished 10 hours later there were 10 pieces of music recorded. 10 hours to record a whole record is a small amount of time, so it necessitated moving quickly and committing to takes - most of the music was recorded in one take. I couldn’t be happier with the results. The bulk of this music was composed during a break on a Chris Potter tour in 2013. One leg of the tour had ended in Nice, France and the next leg was to pick up in Tromso, Norway 9 days later. Rather then come home to NYC, I decided to lock myself up in a small hotel room and concentrate on writing. The bulk of the tunes on this recording are the result of that fruitful time. In the interim I have overdubbed, edited, and mixed. This music is the result. My hope is that it will in some small way bring some positivity into the world, and that whoever is listening will find some enjoyment from having heard it.
— Fima Ephron

Songs From The Tree

Release Date: October 26, 2018



Fima Ephron / Bass, Compositions, Percussion, Karimba, Voices, Guitars, Editing, Mixing

Chris Potter / Tenor Sax, Bass Clarinet

Adam Rogers / Electric Guitars, Steel String Acoustic Guitar

Nate Smith / Drums

Kevin Hays / Piano, Rhodes, Melotron and Synths.

David Torn / Loops on “Signs”

Adrian Harpham / Mix on “Fortune”