Hi! Glad you could make it to my blog. Here I will share stories in about the musics that I study and investigate, and which later, sometimes unconciously come out in my compositions. 

Enjoy, and if you like it, I invite you to share or comment.

Yours, Ofer

December 26, 2017

Arabic music and flamenco merges almost as if it's the same thing. The muslim kingdom of Al-Andalus existed for seven hundred years in Spain, and the scales and sonorities used in the music of that time influenced all Spanish music. In later centuries the mutual influe...

July 13, 2017

When Shlomo Idov was 14 he left Argentina, and also his first love. On the boat he wrote and composed a beautiful love song dedicated to her, "Como la Luna", like the moon. In it, he says to her, "I'm like the moon, and I only live by your light". 
I didn't know all th...

March 15, 2017

Yemenite singing has a very special "color" to it. The Jews in Yemen developed their music quite separately from the Arabs, so their melodies were more unique to their culture, as opposed to Jewish melodies in other countries, where they were usually "borrowed" from lo...

February 6, 2017

This is a short version of longer text I wrote for the Jewish Music Research Centre, with Prof. Edwin Seroussi, a few years back: 

An Egyptian song by the Egyptian Jewish composer Daoud Husni, composed in 1932  for Layla Mourad, a young Egyptian Jewish singer.

At the pas...

January 19, 2017

 This beautiful Malagueña was released by Pedro Sierra, in his album Nikelao, in 2009. It was 33 years after the singer, the great Pepe Marchena, died. Pedro Sierra (which I was lucky enough to learn from, in Seville), took out the guitar of the original recording of M...

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