Asaf Avidan is an Israeli singer-songwriter and musician. Born in Jerusalem, his parents were diplomats for the Israeli Foreign Office, and he spent four years of his childhood in Jamaica. Avidan’s grandparents emigrated from Romania to Israel.
After mandatory army service in the IDF, Avidan studied animation at Jerusalem’s Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design. His final project short film, “Find Love Now”, won its category at the Haifa Film Festival that year.
After his studies, Avidan moved to Tel Aviv and worked as an animator. After breaking up with his long-time girlfriend he moved back to Jerusalem, quit his job and turned full-time to music. Six songs about that breakup and subsequent heartache would constitute his debut EP, Now That You’re Leaving, which was released independently in 2006 to critical acclaim.
He was also the front-man of Asaf Avidan & the Mojos, an Israeli folk rock band that he established in 2006 in Jerusalem.
The band released three albums, The Reckoning in 2008, Poor Boy / Lucky Man in 2009 and Through the Gale in 2010.
Starting in 2012, the Mojos band project was shelved so that Avidan would concentrate on a solo career. In 2012, he released Avidan in a Box, an acoustic live album which covers older songs by him, digital copies only. He also launched his solo studio album Different Pulses in 2013.
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