Producer, arranger and composer

Israel has produced over 50 albums and participated in more than 100 recordings. His compositions for documentary, theater, radio, multimedia, transmedia, television, videogames and film have been nominated for various awards.

In the 90's Tanenbaum created soundtracks for radio comedies and worked on the music for "Love, Women and Flowers", a Colombian documentary directed by Marta Rodríguez and Jorge Silva, and for the TV series "Another in me". Israel created the first transmedia performances in Colombia, alongside illustrator and storyteller Alekos, for the inaugural Iberoamerican Theater Festival in Bogota in 1988.

Tanenbaum has written music for Martin Guigui's movies: Swing, My X-Girlfriend's Wedding and Cattle Call. The music for "Swing" was awarded Best Soundtrack in a feature film at the 2003 Latin USA Film Festival and Best Impact of Music in an Independent Feature Film at the 2004 Park City Film Music Festival. In 2009 Tanenbaum composed the music for "El Atolondrado", an adaptation for clown of Molière's classic by Argentinian director, Ricardo Behrens produced by the Colombian National Theater. In addition, he has produced jingles for many clients such as Renault, Hyundai and Eveready.

Pianist and musical director

Tanenbaum started his career as an organist at a very early age. Since, he has dominated all kinds of keyboards performing in a variety of genres. He is most known for his Latin performances with classic Salsa artists such as Pete "El Conde" Rodríguez, Daniel Santos, Brenda K. Starr, Santitos Colón, Richie Flores, Cheo Feliciano, Tony Escapa, Giovanni Hidalgo, Dave Valentin, Raúl Marrero, Marvin Santiago and popular bands like Guayacan, where he helped defined the style that made it a success; he has also been involved with rock, pop, and Jazz, and has incorporated in his art traditional music from around the world.

Israel has been the musical director for bands like Roberto Roena's Apollo Sound and for artists such as Ivan y Lucía, Isadora, Galy Galiano and Alfredo de la Fe. His own experimental project Latinbaum mixes elements of Colombian folklore with rock, pop and Jazz. Tanenbaum has been an advocate of female led bands such as Obbini Tumbao, Caña Brava, Aché Orquesta and Santísima Charanga, and has contributed as director, arranger and producer.

While touring around the world, Tanenbaum has performed at venues such as Blue Morning in Paris, France, The Village Gate in New York, NY and a variety of festivals in the Americas, Asia Pacific and Europe.


Tanenbaum has developed curriculum for teaching in informal and formal settings in his different areas of expertise. In the United States, he has run workshops to teach Jazz, Afro-Caribbean rhythms and audio production. In 2004, he developed the Audio Recording Technician ART Program for the Roxbury Community College in Boston, MA. While in Boston, he also worked with WGBH Educational Foundation, in collaboration with the Boston Public Schools, on the production of the "Music and Words" program which integrates music and literature into curriculum based activities.

In Colombia, Israel created and taught the first university courses on Jazz history and harmony, Salsa "tumbaos" and Latin ensembles for the music program at Javeriana University in the late 80s. On his return to Colombia in 2008, he introduced music business classes to the Javeriana School of Arts where he taught and directed Latin and Jazz ensembles until 2014.

Through the years, Tanenbaum has taken upon himself to document and disseminate traditional music, working directly with master performers who know the roots and add their own contributions. Some examples are the recordings of currulaos from Buenaventura, and bombas and plenas from Puerto Rico as well as his participation in the Marimba Festival in Cali, Colombia.