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- WOMEX 2017
Ofer was born in Tel-Aviv, Israel, and at a young age moved to the northern village Abirim, in the western Galilee. His studies include a BA in musicology from the Hebrew university in Jerusaelm, a graduation diploma from the Fundación de Crisitina Heeren del Arte Flamenco, in Seville, Spain, and a master in flamenco guitar, from the Escola Superior de Musica de Catalunya, in Barcelona. Apart from these formal studies Ofer studied extensively with guitar and oud teachers from Israel and Spain. His work includes composing, arranging and performing with a fusion of musics between, middle eastern Jewish and Arab musics, flamenco, and sephardic music. Apart of being an interpreting musician with his guitar and oud, he leads his personal project PorMedio, a joint project with Roy Zakai – Ancient Groove, and the cooperative band Hamsa Hamsa.
He has released the album Ancient Groove, and in Octobr 2017 releases his personal original album, "PorMedio".
Ofer performed in festivals and venues in Israel and Europe, including: Festival Internacional de Musica Sefardí in Cordoba, Spain; International Jewish Music in Amsterdam; University of Cypress Cultural Festival in Nicosia, Cypress; Fundación Tres Culturas in Seville; In Israel: Earthdance Festival, Sufi Festival, Moustache Festival, Confederation House, Días Del Flamenco Festival, Yellow Submarine, and more.
Ofer’s group Ancient Groove received the KunstenIsrael prize for “best Israeli ensemble”, in the 2017 International Jewish Music Festival. Ancient Groove also received a grant from Mifal Hapayis for their 2016 tour between cities with Jewish heritage in Spain (juderías).