Orvim Ensemble is the collaboration of six close friends who create daring, original, acoustic compositions and arrangements that reflect musical traditions of the Middle-East in a contemporary way. We met on the path of in depth research into ancient musical traditions. What united us was the need to find a local yet universal language in which to communicate the possibilities of these traditions in today’s accelerating world.
Our music reflects the complexities of life in the Middle East - the beauty and joy alongside the violence, anger and acceptance, in cycles of growth and decay. The musical tales are told through a feminine perspective giving expression to silenced voices. Instrumental and vocal compositions alongside an innovative interpretation to the Eastern modal music form in Hebrew, Azeri and Juhury (the language of the Mountain Jews of the Caucasus). Unique arrangements that voyage between unconventional rhythms and a pulseless floatation, courageous lyrics and vocals alongside traditional forms - all these establish a unique, absorbing and contemporary narrative. An enticingly powerful listening experience.
We have been playing together as Orvim since 2011. We started as a four-piece band with Ori Eshed playing Azeri Tar. We played and composed together intensively for about 4 years until Ori left the band. After a few months playing with Gal Maestro (Double Bass) and Tai Nikritin (Bouzouk) the current, 6 member line up formed and remains active. We have performed in local and international cultural centres, festivals (Tel Aviv Oud Festival, Jerusalem Festival for Sacred Music, Houdetsi Music Festival in Crete, Tres-Culturas Festival, Murcia) as well as in intimate house concerts and under open skies. The band members have studied, performed and recorded with master musicians Efren Lopez, Erkan Ogur, Ross Daly, Esti Kenan, Ido Segal, Yair Dalal, Iamayar and Rufat Hasanov, Pedram Khavar Zamini, Zohar Fresco and Piris Eliyahu. We produces new, original material on a regular basis and and are preparing to record our first album.
Lilu - Voice and Kamanche
Yaniv Masel - Oud and Rabab
Gilad Weiss - Kopuz, Saz, fretless Guitar
Mayu Shviro - Cello
Meira Segal - Ney, Kaval
Yoni Ben-Dor - Tombak