I live with my family in the Byron Bay area, the lush rainbow region of Northern NSW, Australia.
I love exploring bridging worlds and connecting to what we call Heart.
We call it Love, Freedom, God, or Truth.
Since I can remember myself, I was interested in the way the Mysterious is unfolding as Life. My parents called me a philosopher before I knew what the word meant.
Attracted by Spirit and Matter's connection, Consciousness and Music, the healing powers of Sound and Intention's inspiration, I began to explore Natural healing, Inner learnings, and creative expressions, all included in the Art of Living.
What influences me affects us all, the essence of Life itself—Nature, Silence, Songs, People.
I am drawn to Freedom and Love and to what is on the edge of evolution, and I find a feeling of Home more than anywhere else when I am present, wherever I am, in this present moment.
Connection, the sense of Oneness in action, whenever there is a recognition of the co-creative and collaborative nature of life, move me.
Authenticity, vulnerability and kindness inspire me. The pulses of creation and breathing remind me that we are made of love.
My work is how I am fulfilling the purpose of being and practically engaging with life. I intend to love what I do, therefore, to do what I love.
I grew up in Israel through different and varied musical phases. However, I was always attracted to music.
By the age of 6, I performed in the Israeli Children’s Song Festival (The Magician Song); by the age of 8, I began writing poetry, and by the age of 14, I began composing original songs.
Through most of my teenage years, I performed with The Tel Aviv Scouts Singing Group, touring Israel and Europe. I later continued to perform with the Nachal Singing group.
I heard various music styles such as Middle Eastern and Arab music, South American music, folk & popular radio music, and music sang in the synagogues and mosques from an early age.
This ethnically diverse musical concoction initiated and educated me to be open to the multi-cultural fabric of influences and enabled my musical styles, compositions and world view to expand.
Following a year of studying philosophy, cultural theory and metaphysics combined with texts of Kabbalah & Jewish mysticism at the Tel Aviv University, I embarked on many journeys around the world.
I travelled extensively & studied different philosophy, meditation, natural healing & music throughout Asia, the Americas, Europe & Israel. The music then took the role of a transformative tool and an enhancer of Healing, Peace, Presence & conscious-awareness inquiry.
Meetings with incredible people & inspiring musicians worldwide amidst the many voyages allowed what I perceive as the integration of music, devotion & meditation.
They informed my musical vision & fusion further. Upon returning from India to Israel, I co-founded with a circle of friends the band ‘Sheva’.
Situated in the Galilee mountains of Northern Israel and seemingly on the fringe of the Israeli music scene, we influenced mainstream artists, became a phenomenon and a voice for a whole generation.
With Sheva, I performed in Israel, Europe, the U.S, Canada & Australia. Sheva released three studio albums & 1 live album: “Live in Australia”, which won the Independent Music Awards (USA) for Best Live Album in 2007.
Over the last two decades, I co-created meetings between artists & healers worldwide, reconciliation gatherings in Israel, U.S.A & Australia.
I followed the footsteps of my beloved partner Nirupa and studied Somatic Experiencing, and together we lead workshops for Nervous System healing and regulation through music movement and touch.
I love facilitating events and workshops, weaving sound, sacred song & healing. I feel blessed and grateful that some of my songs travel the world and touch and connect people’s hearts through the medicine of singing.
In whatever way I can, I continue to share what I wish for: The Love we’re made of, through SatSong circles, Somatic Listening workshops, Song-Initiation sessions, Temple Of Song circles and Hamsa (The Live band co-founded with my Sheva brother Avishai Barnatan).
Musical Producer of MERKAVAH
(with Gabriel Meyer Halevy – a Kabbalistic musical ceremony that combines holy and ancient text with traditional and modern musical instruments), of which ‘Run & Returned’ was nominated as a finalist for best World Music track in MusicOZ AWARDS 2006.
Musical producer of HATEVA-Nature-Skin Of God, The Torah of Deep Ecology, co-created with Gabriel Meyer Halevy, featuring compositions and performances by various artists like Jai Uttal, Gil Ron Shama & Avishai Barnatan from Sheva, Shimshai & many more- in English, Spanish, Hebrew, and a twist of Arabic & Aramaic.
Recorded in N.Y.C, California, Crete, Israel, Sinai, Costa Rica & Australia.
Co-producer of Mr SLEEP & THE FLYING GREEN TOAD with Avishai Barnatan & Maneesh De Moor (World music Children’s album), a finalist in the Dolphin Awards for the best kid’s album of 2006.
Co-producer of LAWS OF THE JUNGLE (with Avishai Barnatan), a trance-form-ambient soundtrack based on that titled book by Yossi Ghinsberg, a finalist in the Dolphin awards for best album 2008, and winner of the best production.
Musical Producer of AHAVA ((love) of Shavit Ravnitzky – Original Devotional Jewish music
Musical Producer of BIRTHING (Musical journey of Poetry and Affirmations for pregnancy), collaborating with my wife, Nirupa Hoffman-Paiss.
A member of ‘Metatron Theatre-Ritual Ensemble’ and co-creator of ‘Who Guards the Trees’- 1999 & ‘Messiah Tree’-1966, both productions performed in the Acco Theatre Festival.
As a special projects development manager for TP Events, I produced and facilitated reconciliation circles, sacred music workshops and International touring artists concerts such as David Broza, The Idan Raichel Project, MC Yogi & Jai Uttal.
Co-founded Nomadic Voices with Avishai Barnatan. An acoustic fusion of contemporary & traditional themes, with which we performed in Perth, Sydney, Melbourne and the Splendour in the Grass festival, and the Byron Spirit Festival.
Co envisioned & facilitated the conception of the label and production company Globalev, with my friends Ariel Rom, Roni Hus and Gil Ron Shama, and participated in creating many sacred music circles, healing & interfaith gatherings and world music festivals.
Alongside my work with Sheva, I collaborated with Gabriel Meyer Halevy (Co-founder of ‘Sulha’).
We formed ‘Amen’ and performed dozens of shows, and facilitated numerous reconciliation & sacred music workshops in the U.S.
By the end of 2010, I co-founded Ali Baba with Si Mullumby & Matt Goodwin (of Wild Marmalade), Greg Sheehan, Laura Targett, Avishai Barnatan & Si Darrington, a mix of Trance, Celtic & Middle Eastern music.
With Ali Baba, I co-composed and recorded our debut and only album. We performed in the Island Vibe, Woodford & Mullumbimby Music Festivals, where we won many accolades.
In 2011 I co-produced my debut solo album in Hebrew- ‘Zeh’ (‘This’), with Amirel Lachish & Assaf Ayalon. The album includes collaborations with Mosh Ben Ari & Alma Zohar and artists from around the world, including Jai Uttal, Avishai Barnatan, Gilad Dobrecky, and the Jazzy Japanese-Australian ‘Akimitsu Iwase’ trio.
The album features 12 original songs.
In 2015 I recorded SatSong – songs of love, truth and freedom, released in 2016. A collection of original songs in English, depicting insights and experiences throughout my journey as a student of Spirit and lover of different Wisdom modalities and traditions. It was recorded in my home studio at Casa Buena.
I had the privilege to co-produce it with Avishai Barnatan and have Deva Premal sing and Manose play on a couple of songs and a guest appearance by Jai Uttal.
This album was mixed by the legendary wizard Michael Stavrou and mastered by my friend Grammy nominee Kamal Engles.
It was released in 2016, together with my poetry book 50 Gates Of Binah.