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About

Thank you for stopping by! I am grateful to be sharing my art with you. Here is some background about me and my work:

 

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

I aspire to create deeply rooted, fresh, and idiosyncratic contemporary music. Inspired by my fascination with several folk music traditions, as well as my background in jazz and rock music, I take a melting-pot musical approach to create my sound. I believe that when ancient songs meet a modern interpretive approach the creative possibilities are boundless.

 

My debut EP Invisible Treasure (Nine Athens Records), which was released in 2022 blended re-imagined versions of American folk songs with original compositions. Invisible Treasure led to my current collaborative trio with vocalist/bassist Hazel Royer and our mentor Kevin Barry. Together, we explore new avenues of in folk music interpretation.

In 2021 I circled back to my own roots and formed Convivencia, a contemporary Ladino (Jewish Sephardic) ensemble of Boston-based musicians from Israel, Iran, Greece, Cyprus, and the U.S. This project is a dream come true for me, as it allows me to investigate into the richness of my own culture, while collaborating with a group of remarkable artists from neighboring Middle Eastern cultures. I am proud of both its music and peaceful message.

When I am not busy leading my own projects, I am an active sideman musician, composer, producer, and educator. I perform, record, and teach regularly in New England and beyond.  

I hold a Bachelor of Music (Summa Cum Laude) from Berklee College of Music. I am currently a Graduate student in Music Education at Longy Conservatory of Bard College.

I have been very fortunate to study and collaborate with some of my musical heroes: guitarist Kevin Barry (Jackson Browne, Rosanne Cash), 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. 

Awards:

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

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

Teaching (Selected):

Berklee College of Music

Cambridge Music Consortium

Club Passim School Of Music

Concord Conservatory of Music

 

Performances (Selected):

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

MIT 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

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

Photo by Emi McSwain