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Yshai Afterman (Israel)


A compelling voice in the world music scene, Israeli percussionist Yshai Afterman draws on the Indian, Turkish, Persian and Arabic traditions, blending  them with modern innovations into a highly technical, melodic and rhythmic style.

Constantly on tour internationally, Yshai performs with various projects and gives masterclasses in academies, festivals and private settings around the world. 

In March 2013 he played an intimate concert with the famed singer-songwriter Idan Raichel at the Israeli Prime Minister's house in Jerusalem for U.S President Barack Obama, U.S Secretary Of State John Kerry and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

In June 2013 they performed for Isreali President Shimon Peres at the Peres Peace Center in Jaffa.

Drawn to rhythm since childhood, Yshai began the serious study of percussion at age 23 while a student of Dramatic Performace at the prestigious Nissan Nativ Acting Studio in Tel-Aviv, where he studied under masters such as Nissan Nativ, Michael Gurevtich and Mischa Luria.

After Graduation with honors in 2008, he devoted himself to master Middle Eastern hand drums under the guidance of renowned percussionist Zohar Fresco, with whom he studied intensivly for 3.5 years.

He also studied classical eastern music at Hed College Of Contemporary Music under Persian Tar player Piris Eliyahu, a noted musicologist and composer.

In the fall of 2017 he has released his debut album "A line From Here To Nowhere" and will soon release his 2nd album "Neomi".

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