Tal Wilkenfeld is a musical marvel; the kind of dynamic young talent whose fresh vision and uncanny intuition puts a whole new perspective on an age-old art form. Bursting upon the New York City scene as a teen, Tal moved effortlessly from funk and fusion to jazz, rock and blues, gigging with the likes of Hiram Bullock, Kenwood Dennard, Jeff “Tain” Watts and Wayne Krantz, and sitting in with the Allman Brothers and Susan Tedeschi. Her acclaimed 2007 instrumental solo debut,Transformation, confirmed her burgeoning voice on the bass and as a composer, earning her the title “Rising Star of the Bass Guitar.” Word spread quickly, leading to a tour with Chick Corea in her native Australia, and a world spin with guitar icon Jeff Beck that culminated in Tal’s global breakout moment: Her performance at Eric Clapton’s 2007 Crossroads Festival in Chicago, which has generated close to three million YouTube hits. An appearance with Wayne Shorter on A&E’s Live from Abbey Road capped an amazing year.Moving to Los Angeles, Wilkenfeld continued her musical momentum, recording with Prince and racking up album credits with Lee Ritenour [6 String Theory and Rhythm Sessions], Macy Gray [The Sellout], Steve Lukather [Transition], Trevor Rabin [Jacaranda] and Wayne Krantz [Howie 61]. She also appeared on Jeff Beck’s Emotion and Commotion and Live at Ronnie Scott’s (with guests Eric Clapton, Joss Stone and Imogen Heap), and backed Sting, Steven Tyler, David Gilmour, Jimmy Page, Buddy Guy and Billy Gibbons during concerts with Beck. Tal headlined Bass Player LIVE! 2008, joined by Wayne Krantz, Keith Carlock and John Beasley, and sat in with the Roots on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. In another ground-breaking role, she played on Herbie Hancock’s Grammy-winning CD, The Imagine Project, resulting in a 2010 world tour with the jazz piano giant that also marked her world vocal debut, and resulted in the recently-released DVD, Experience Montreux: Quincy Jones & Herbie Hancock. Back home from the road, Wilkenfeld connected with rock poet laureate Jackson Browne, recording a track on Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan and playing live with Browne (including shows with Ben Harper and Wayne Shorter). The collaboration served as a key transition to Tal’s next path as a singer-songwriter. With bass, guitar and pen in hand, she composed dozens of songs and began recording them for her upcoming album, due in early-2015. The music is an intoxicating, intimate reimagining of the singer-songwriter idiom, comprised of pure jazz bloodlines, rock energy and intensity, and lyrics rich in both realism and folk symbolism—all delivered via vibrant, revealing vocals and world-class musicianship. While Wilkenfeld focused on her own music, she remained very much in-demand, joining Jeff Beck to back Mick Jagger on the 2012 season finale of Saturday Night Live; as well as for the guitarist’s Madison Square Garden set at Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013 (available on DVD); and this past May, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, for a very special onetime performance at the Best of Blues Festival, where she sang “You Shook Me.” The studio also beckoned, as Tal contributed to soon-to-be-released albums by Joe Walsh (with Ringo Starr), Brian Wilson (with Jeff Beck), Ryan Adams, and Toto. And 2013 was not without official recognation, as Tal received Bass Player’s Young Gun Award at Bass Player LIVE! (presented to her by Don Was and bassmaker Roger Sadowsky), where she also performed a stirring, well-balanced set backed by Benmont Tench, Steve Ferrone, Paul Stacey and Gabe Witcher. Tal’s inclusion of an original from her upcoming CD was a much-welcome treat for fans and industry-folk alike, who eagerly await the Australian native’s next album. In the meantime, watch for Tal on all fronts, as her mastery of multiple genres as a bassist and artist makes these exciting times indeed.