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About

I am an award-winning guitarist, composer, producer, and educator from Jerusalem, Israel, currently based in Cambridge, MA.

I have performed and recorded extensively in New England and beyond. My work has been supported by organizations such as J Arts Boston, St. Botolph Club Foundation, The Friends of Mount Auburn Cemetery, and Club Passim. As an educator, I have taught at numerous schools, including Berklee College of Music. I am currently a Staff Guitar Accompanist for Berklee's Vocal Department.

Growing up in Jerusalem, I was immersed in the sounds of jazz, contemporary music, and a wide variety of world music including Middle-Eastern, North-African, and Ethiopian music. In 2016 I produced, arranged, and played on The Captain by Amy McKnight, which has been hailed by Haaretz as "one of the best Indie albums of the year".

 

After moving to the U.S. in 2017 to attend Berklee College of Music, I fell in love with American roots music. My life has taken an unexpected turn, and I dedicated years to an intensive study with some of the greatest living folk musicians, including the Grammy nominated Alice Gerrard and Bruce Molsky, W.C. Handy Blues Foundation Award winner Paul Rishell, and Boston guitar legend Kevin Barry (Jackson Browne, Rosanne Cash). My debut EP, Invisible Treasure (2021, Nine Athens Records) blended re-imagined interpretations of American folk music with my original compositions. I continue to explore American folk music interpretation in a trio with vocalist/bassist Hazel Royer and guitarist Kevin Barry. We are currently working on an album, to be released in 2023.

 

In 2021 I circled back to my own roots and formed Convivencia (Co-existence), a contemporary Ladino (Jewish-Sephardic) music ensemble which brings together musicians from Israel, Iran, Greece, Cyprus, and the U.S. I am very proud of both the music and the peaceful mission of this ensemble.

I aspire to create deeply rooted, fresh, and idiosyncratic contemporary music. I believe that when ancient songs meet a modern interpretive approach, the creative possibilities are boundless.

Teaching (Selected):

Berklee College of Music

Cambridge Music Consortium

Club Passim School Of Music

Concord Conservatory of Music

Awards:

2022 - 2023 Community Creative Fellow, J Arts Boston

2022 - 2024 Traditional Arts Apprentice in Blues Music, Mass Cultural Council

2022 Emerging Artist Award, St. Botolph Club Foundation

2022 Artist-in-Residence, Mt. Auburn Cemetery

2021 Recording Grant, Ministry of Culture and Sport, Israel

2021 Iguana Grant, Club Passim

2010 Best Young Jazz Band, Red Sea Jazz Festival, Eilat, Israel

Education:

2022 - 2024 Master of Music in Music Education, Bard College (current student)

2017 - 2020 Bachelor of Music, Berklee College of Music, Summa Cum Laude

Scholarships:

2022 - 2024 Presidential Scholarship, MA in Music Education, Longy Conservatory of Bard College

2019 - 2020 Professional Music Department Achievement Award, Berklee College of Music

2018 - 2019 Fletcher Bright Endowed Scholarship in American Roots Music, Berklee College of Music

2017 - 2020 World Tour Scholarship, Berklee College of Music

 

Performances (Selected):

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Harvard Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts

Harvard University Smith Center

Harvard University Holden Chapel

Boston University Hillel

Longfellow House Museum, MA

Mount Auburn Cemetery, MA

Boston Art and Music Soul Festival (BAMS Fest)

ArtBeat Festival, Somerville Arts Council, MA

The 'Quin House, MA

St. Botolph Club, MA

FreshGrass Festival, Mass MOCA

GreyFox Bluegrass Festival, NY

Gallery P339, Brooklyn, NY

Folk Alliance International

Lawnya Vawnya Festival, Canada

Ossippee Valley Music Festival, ME

Acousticool, CT

Atwoods Tavern, MA

Boston City Winery, MA

The Burren, MA

Club Passim, MA

Sofar Sounds, MA

Sofar Sounds, NYC

Rockwood Music Hall, NYC

Red Sea Jazz Festival, Eilat, Israel

Animix International Animation Festival, Tel Aviv, Israel

Indie City Festival, Jerusalem, Israel

Tower of David Museum, Jerusalem, Israel