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Photo by Rafi Sofer

"Combines the old and new with great skill and sensitivity...this talented instrumentalist is one to watch".  Americana UK

"Creates an update of the American folk lexicon, a remarkable achievement for any artist".  Annie Raines

I am a guitarist, composer, producer, and educator from Jerusalem, and based in Cambridge, MA. Through my art, I share my love of folk traditions and passion for artistic risk-taking. My main areas of focus are Middle-Eastern music, American folk and blues, and collaborations with visual artists and choreographers. I hold a bachelor's degree from Berklee College of Music, and a master's degree from Longy Conservatory, Bard College, as well as K-12 teacher certification in Massachusetts. 




I perform and record extensively in New England and beyond. My work has received prestigious awards and grants from foundations such as J Arts Boston, Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP), Mass Cultural Council, and the St. Botolph Club Foundation, and has appeared on NPR, WBGH, CBC, Jewish Renaissance, Haaretz, and Americana UK. I have shared the stage with world-renowned artists including McArthur Fellow Claire Chase, sound artist/saxophonist Neil Leonard, and guitarist Kevin Barry (Jackson Browne). Recently, I served as a design and music consultant to Intentional Beauty, the new Judaica gallery at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. I have taught at numerous schools, including Berklee College of Music, and have been invited to present visiting talks at Harvard, Yale, Bard College, and the Somerville Public Library.


To listen to my music and learn more, please check out the explore page or the projects tab. Here are some things I've done:


Berklee College of Music

Cambridge Music Consortium

Eliot Innovation School

Boston Latin School

Somerville Public Library

New England Harmonica and Guitar Intensive

Club Passim School Of Music

Concord Conservatory of Music


2024 Arts and Culture Community Impact Grant, Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP)

2024 Cultural Council Grant, Somerville Cultural Council

2022 - 2024 Traditional Arts Apprentice in Blues Music (under Paul Rishell), Mass Cultural Council

2023 Cultural Sector Recovery Grant, Mass Cultural Council

2023 Cultural Council Grant, Cambridge Cultural Council

2023 Cultural Council Grant, Somerville Cultural Council

2022 - 2023 Community Creative Fellow, J Arts Boston

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


2022 - 2024 Master of Music (Music Education), Longy Conservatory, Bard College

2017 - 2020 Bachelor of Music, Berklee College of Music, with highest honors


2022 - 2024 Presidential Scholarship for Graduate Studies, Longy Conservatory, 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 and Lectures (selected):

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


Harvard University

Yale University

Boston University

Berklee College of Music

New England Conservatory of Music

Longy Conservatory of Bard College

Concord Conservatory of Music

Greyfox Bluegrass Festival

Boston Arts and Music Soul Festival (BAMS Fest)

ArtBeat Festival

Folk Alliance International

Somerville Public Library

Boston Festival of New Jewish Music

Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP)

The Vilna Shul - Boston's Center for Jewish Culture

Hebrew College, Newton, MA

Temple Isaiah, Lexington MA

Congregation Kehillath Israel, Brookline, MA

Mount Auburn Cemetery

The Longfellow House Museum

Mosesian Center for the Arts

Boston Playwrights' Theatre

First Unitarian Church of Worcester

Union Baptist Church, Cambridge, MA

Bigelow Chapel, Cambridge, MA

Rockwood Music Hall, NY

Gallery P339, Brooklyn, NY

Atwood's Tavern

Club Passim

The Burren

The Lilypad

Warehouse XI


The Dance Hall, Kittery, ME

Kable House Presents, York, PA

Sofar Sounds NY

Sofar Sounds Boston

The 'Quin House

St. Botolph Club

Earfull Concert Series

Scorpio Concert Series

Acousticool Concert Series

Red Sea Jazz Festival, Eilat, Israel

Animix International Animation Festival, Tel Aviv, Israel

Indie City Festival, Jerusalem, Israel

The Distillery Art Center, Jerusalem, Israel

HaMiffal Art Center, Jerusalem, Israel

Levontin 7, Tel Aviv, Israel

Shablul Jazz Club, Tel Aviv, Israel

Ozenbar, Tel Aviv, Israel

Mattat Art Gallery, Mattat, Israel

Ira Klein and Liz Walker. Photo by Jennifer Johnston
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