Di Tsaytmashin

 

Oren Fried, percussion. Born and raised in Jerusalem, Oren Fried studied percussion with Jerry Garval and began performing with numerous jazz ensembles, including 'Tzlil Shachen' (Neighboring Sounds)  In 1981 he began his studies at the Jerusalem Rubin Academy of Music and Dance,and from 1989-1991 he resided in New York, performing with the John Sherman Zydeco band, the Sam Bennet's 'Chunk', and the Greek Psychadelic Funk band 'Annabola'.  While in New York Mr. Fried also studied Afro-Cuban music with Frank Malva.  Upon his return to Israel in 1991 he reunited with Esti Keinan-Ofri (Tzlil Shachen) and created the 'Voice and Drum' duo, with repertoire based on the songs of Sephardic Jewry.  Oren Fried has collaborated with Meira Asher, Peretz Eliyahu, and was a member of the international ensemble 'Jungle Bean'.  He has performed in Israel's top halls and festivals, and has released cd's with, among others, Peretz Eliyahu, Ilana Elia, Ofer Callaf, the 'Kol Oud Tof' trio, and the 'Abidin Ensemble', with whom he has recorded works by the Turkish poet Nazim Hikmet.

Daniel Hoffman, violinist and composer, specializes in klezmer and other Eastern European music, as well as new music based on folk and jazz. After graduating from the Manhattan School of Music, he co-founded the San Francisco-based chamber fusion ensemble Davka, which has toured extensively and recorded numerous CDs of original music, four on John Zorn’s Tzadik label. In 1997 He created the klezmer big band, the Klez-X, which has also performed widely and recorded new compositions and modernist settings of Yiddish poetry.  Daniel has written silent film scores for live performance, and has extensive experience writing music for theater. He composed the musical, David in Shadow and Light with librettist Yehuda Hyman, which was produced in 2008 by Theater J in Washington DC.  In 2005, he relocated to Israel, where he has performed in several Habima productions and with many ensembles in a dizzying variety of styles, including klezmer, Greek, Turkish, Balkan, rock, jazz, and others, He is currently performing internationally with Ute Lemper and is producing Violin Around the World, a 30-part documentary film series which explores the role of the violin in traditional and classical styles worldwide.

Bari Moscovitz, lute and theorbo. Born in Haifa, Israel Bari is a graduate of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, where he received a BMus degree in theory and composition. He furthered his studies at the Instituto Vittadini in Pavia, Italy completing a graduate specialization diploma for lute performance with an emphasis on renaissance and baroque music. Mr. Moscovitz is in demand as a performer in Israel and Europe, with an extensive array of recordings broadcast on Israeli, Swiss and Italian radio, focusing on the genres of early and Jewish music. Bari has collaborated with Yasmin Levy, Roberto Balconi, Daniel Akiva, the Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra, the Israel Camerata Orchestra, Phoenix Ensemble, and others. He is on faculty at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance and the Israel Conservatory of Music in Tel Aviv, where he teaches lute and early music. Apart from his activities as a performer and teacher in the field of early music, Bari is a devoted educator, coaching ensembles and teaching arrangement and history of music in innovative music programs in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and Israel’s south. A recipient of numerous grants from the America-Israel cultural foundation, Mr. Moscovitz was twice awarded the fellowship for advanced specialization from the Italian Cultural Foundation. He is also active in musical outreach in disadvantaged communities in southern Israel. Along with Avishai Fisz and Ayëla Seidelman Bari is a founding member of the Di Tsaytmashin, which was awarded a grant from the Israeli Ministry of Culture in 2012.

Ayela Seidelman, Cello. Defined as an artist and educator by her promotion of unconventional repertoire , Ayela Seidelman earned degrees in cello performance from the Jerusalem Academy of Music (BMus) and Rice University (MMus), as well as a specialization in Baroque cello from the Instituto Vittadini in Pavia, Italy.  She has studied with some of the world’s most prominent cellists, including Shmuel Magen, Paul Katz, Zdenek Konicek, Michel Strauss, Ofra Harnoy, Norman Fischer, and Janos Starker.  Throughout her career Ayela has been the recipient of prestigious awards, including  grants and fellowships  from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, the Yad Vashem Competition for performance of music from Terezin, the Italian Cultural Foundation Fellowship, the Beersheva Artists-Old City council, and the Israeli Ministry of Culture. As a performer, Ayela emphasizes Jewish music from a diverse array of origins, such as Sefardic and Ashkenazi music (both early and contemporary), music written during the Holocaust, and works by contemporary Israeli composers.  She appears at festivals and venues in Europe, North America, and Israel. Ayela was a member of the Israel Camerata Orchestra under Avner Biron and has also performed with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra(IBA).  Her recordings are frequently broadcast on Israeli radio.  She was a founding member of the Avventura Sefardita Ensemble in Italy and the RitmoAnima Ensemble (Israel-Italy), and recently formed Di Tsaytmashin along with Avishai Fisz and Bari Moscovitz, which was awarded a grant from the Israeli Ministry of Culture.  From 1999-2011  Ayela was on faculty at the Jerusalem Conservatory of (Hassadna), where she taught cello and chamber music.  Since 2008 Ayela has resided in Beersheva, Israel, where she is active in musical outreach in disadvantaged communities, and where she recently joined the faculty of the Beer Sheva Conservatory of Music.

Adi Silberberg, recorders. Born in Rehovot, Israel, in 1975, Adi Silberberg studied recorder performance with Gershon Prensky, and was a winner of scholarships from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation.  A frequent participant in the Jerusalem early music workshop and other notable early music seminars, Mr. Silberberg studied musicology at Bar llan University, after which he continued his recorder studies at the Utrecht Academy of Music(Holland).  A member of the RitmoAnima early music ensemble, Adi is in demand as a performer and appears regularly- both as soloist and as an ensemble member- with the Barrocade Orchestra, the Phoenix Ensemble, the Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra, and many others, in Israel's most prominent venues and festivals.  In addition, Mr. Silberberg is very active in the areas of pop and original avant-garde music, and appears in the Tel Aviv Opera's acclaimed productions for children, featuring Nitza Shaul.

Avishai Fisz, voice and musical direction. Born and raised in Jerusalem, Avishai Fisz graduated from the Beit Tzvi Theater School in 1988, and continued his studies at Oxford University, where he received certification as an instructor of the Yiddish language.  Mr. Fisz furthered his professional education at Musikseminar Hamburg (Germany), where he studies with Holger Lampson and Michael Hartenberg in a distinctive program combining music therapy with utilization of one's natural voice.

Avishai performs frequently in Europe with a repertoire which includes folk songs, Baroque music, 20th century chansons, and contemporary music.  Mr. Fisz is considered a leading authority in the field of Yiddish folk song research, and is regularly invited to give lectures, concerts, and masterclasses in academic centers across the globe, including Hamburg, Trier, Vilna, Tel Aviv, Oxford, and others.  In addition, Mr. Fisz is active as a composer of music for theater, and performs as both a soloist and member of ensembles in Israel and internationally.

A member of the "Habima" theater troupe from 1988-1996, Avishai has also released several CD's of both classical and modern repertoire including original works written for him.  A resident of Beersheva, Israel, since 2006, Avishai is also a co-founder of the Neta Erez Korczak Waldorf School in Beersheva, where he also teaches music.