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About

I am an award-winning multi-instrumentalist, composer, and producer from Jerusalem, Israel, currently based in Boston, MA. Back in my home country, I was a professional musician and educator. In 2017, I was a producer and guitarist on Amy McKnight's album The Captain, which was hailed by Ha'aretz as "One of the best indie albums of the year". After moving to Boston in 2017 to study at Berklee Colelge of Music, I fell in love with American roots music, and have been on an unexpected and life-changing journey ever since.

I am passionate about creating fresh, contemporary music that is deeply rooted. I use traditional materials as points of creative departure and inspiration, and take a melting-pot musical approach to create my own personal sound and aesthetic. My debut EP Invisible Treasure (Nine Athens Records) features re-imagined versions of folk songs, as well as original compositions.

Recently I have circled back to my own roots, and developed an interest in Ladino (Jewish Sephardic) music. In late 2021 I formed Convivencia, a contemporary Ladino music collective of Boston-based musicians from Israel, Iran, Greece, Cyprus, and the U.S. This project is a dream come true for me.

When I am not busy developing my solo projects, I am an active sideman musician and music producer. As the guitarist in Rachel Sumner's Traveling Light band, and as an accompanist with numerous musicians, I perform and record regularly in New England and beyond.  

I have performed in venues such as The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MIT Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University, Rockwood Music Hall (NY), and festivals such as FreshGrass Mass MOCA, Folk Alliance International, Lawnya Vawnya (Canada), GreyFox Bluegrass Festival, Ossippee Valley Music Festival, and Red Sea Jazz Festival (Israel), just to name a few. 

In addition to my musical work, I enjoy creating abstract audio-visual pieces that use sound and image to explore themes such as the psychology of violence, memory, and the construction of national ideology.

At Berklee, I was a recipient of the Fletcher Bright Endowed Scholarship in American Roots Music (2018-2019), and the Professional Music Department Achievement Award (2019-2020). I am a recipient of a 2021 recording grant funded by the Israeli Ministry of Culture and Sport, a 2021 Club Passim Iguana Grant, and a 2022 St. Botolph Club Emerging Artist Award. Currently, I am a 2022 Artist-in-Residence at Mt. Auburn Cemetery, where I am composing solo guitar music inspired by oak trees. In the summer of 2022 I will begin my Masters studies in Music Education at Longy Conservatory of Bard College, which I will be attending with a Presidential Scholarship. 

I have been very fortunate to study with some of my musical heroes. Among my important mentors are guitarist Kevin Barry (Rosanne Cash, Paula Cole), Grammy-nominated fiddler Bruce Molsky, legendary musician and social activist Alice Gerrard, Guggenheim fellow saxophonist/sound artist Neil Leonard, and W.C Handy Blues Foundation Award winners Paul Rishell & Annie Raines. 

Photo by Emi McSwain