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Asaf Avidan
אסף אבידן
Asaf-Avidan.jpgAsaf Avidan
Background information
Born(1980-03-23) March 23, 1980 (age 37)
Jerusalem, Israel
GenresFolk, folk rock, rock, blues rock, indie rock
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, harmonica, piano
Years active2000's–present
LabelsTelmavar Records, Fiction Records, U.M.G
Associated actsAsaf Avidan & The Mojos

Asaf Avidan (Hebrew: אסף אבידן‎‎; born March 23, 1980) is a singer-songwriter and musician from Israel. He is also the creative force and front-man of Asaf Avidan & the Mojos, a 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 Israel, to be made available internationally in 2013.

Asaf Avidan also had an international hit with "One Day / Reckoning Song (Wankelmut Rmx)".


  • 1 Biography
  • 2 Asaf Avidan & the Mojos
    • 2.1 Band members
    • 2.2 The Reckoning (2008)
    • 2.3 Poor Boy / Lucky Man (2009)
    • 2.4 Through the Gale (2010)
  • 3 Solo career
    • 3.1 Different Pulses (2012)
    • 3.2 Gold Shadow (2015)
  • 4 Controversy
  • 5 Discography
    • 5.1 Asaf Avidan & the Mojos
      • 5.1.1 Albums
      • 5.1.2 Singles
    • 5.2 Asaf Avidan (solo)
      • 5.2.1 Albums
      • 5.2.2 EPs
      • 5.2.3 Singles
  • 6 Notes
  • 7 References
  • 8 External links


Asaf Avidan was born in Jerusalem. His parents were diplomats for the Israeli Foreign Office, and he spent four years of his childhood in Jamaica and also grew up in New York. Avidan's grandparents emigrated from Romania to Israel.[1]

He completed mandatory army service in the Israel Defense Forces, and 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.[citation needed]

Avidan moved to Tel Aviv and worked as an animator. In 2006, 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 the breakup and subsequent heartache would constitute his debut EP, Now That You're Leaving, which was released independently in 2006 to critical acclaim.[citation needed]

Asaf Avidan & the Mojos

Asaf Avidan & the Mojos
  • Folk
  • folk rock
  • rock
  • blues rock
  • indie rock
Years active2006–2011
Associated actsAsaf Avidan
Past membersAsaf Avidan
Ran Nir
Yoni Sheleg
Roi Peled
Hadas Kleinman

Band members

In late 2006, while playing solo acoustic tour across Israel, Avidan put together a support cast of musicians, who would become the Mojos: Ran Nir – bass guitar, Yoni Sheleg (Johnny Snow) – drums, Roi Peled – guitar, backing vocals, Hadas Kleinman – cello and himself Asaf Avidan – lead vocals, guitar, harmonica

The group played extensively and became very famous in Israel, and even got out to a tour in New York City in 2007. There, they also took part in M.E.A.N.Y. Fest (Musicians & Emerging artists New York) advancing to the finals.[citation needed]

The band released three albums each year 2008, 2009 and 2010 and disbanded in July 2011.[2]

The Reckoning (2008)

In 2007, Asaf Avidan & the Mojos went into the recording studio together for the first time, and recorded The Reckoning. The album’s 15 tracks blended rock, folk and blues with Avidan’s lyrics about relationships and betrayal.

The band had accumulated a huge live following in Israel and most record labels expressed interest. But Avidan decided to continue on the independent path, and with his brother and manager, Roie Avidan he founded Telmavar Records, on which The Reckoning was released in March 2008. It reached gold status in a year, platinum later, and would become the biggest selling independent record of all time in Israel. It was chosen as Album of the Year (2008) by various media, including Time Out Tel Aviv.[citation needed]

"Weak", the second single of the album, became a huge radio hit and its video was Video of the Year on Israel’s music channel. "Weak" would also be the title song of the film "L'Arbre" (English title The Tree) by Julie Bertuccelli, which starred Charlotte Gainsbourg and was the closing film at Cannes Film Festival 2010.[citation needed]

While several European labels put offers on the table, the band opted to embark on a self-funded summer tour in 2009, playing dozens of festivals and venues across Europe.[citation needed] By the end of that summer, Telmavar Records signed a licensing deal with Sony-Columbia in Europe, for "The Reckoning" and for the band's future second LP. The Reckoning was released in parts of Europe in 2009, to generally good reviews.[citation needed]

In 2012 the "Reckoning Song" of the album became popular in Germany by a remix of DJ Wankelmut. It was available on Soundcloud for months before it was released as a proper digital release named "One Day / Reckoning Song (Wankelmut Rmx)".[3] The track charted on sales charts in June 2012 and reached number 1 in August. The "Reckoning Song" is played during the German movie "Hannas Reise" (2013).

Poor Boy / Lucky Man (2009)

Poor Boy / Lucky Man, the band's second album, was released in Israel on 9/9/09. The album's title song and main theme would revolve around a boy born with a hole instead of a heart. The album was originally released in two different names and covers, leaving it up to the audience to decide whether this figure was poor or lucky. It would reach gold status in Israel in 5 months, and garner ecstatic reviews. It was released in parts of Europe in April 2011. Among others, it was album of the month on France's national FIP radio, in the newspaper Libération, and in Germany's Eclipsed magazine.[citation needed]

The band continued to tour non-stop from 2009 all through 2011 (mostly in Israel and Europe but also in the US, Canada, China and India), building up a devoted following and a reputation for a legendary live show. Amongst the hundreds of shows, they played at Brandenburg Gate at The World Championship of Athletics in Berlin; at the closing event at Cannes Film Festival 2010; at China's biggest May 1 festivals; and at a tribute concert for The Who in Carnegie Hall, New York. They played at dozens of festivals across Europe including Solidays in France, Latitude Festival in the UK, Paleo Switzerland, Frequency Austria, and Haldern Pop in Germany, as well as a number of radio and TV shows including Taratata and One Shot Not in France, and two Rockpalast performances in Germany.[citation needed]

Through the Gale (2010)

On November 30, 2010 the band released their 3rd album in Israel, Through the Gale, a concept album telling the tale of the voyage of a blind and stubborn captain and his loyal crew in search of immortality, to the realms of the gods themselves, only to understand at the end that a voyage with no home, that a life without death, is meaningless.[citation needed]

Solo career

During their 2011 summer tour Asaf Avidan & the Mojos had shared the stage with Robert Plant, Ben Harper and Lou Reed among others. In July 2011, they announced that they would take an indefinite creative break.[citation needed] Avidan said it was "because we all wanted to experiment with new sounds and different genres that we couldn’t really do in our band because we were about rock, blues, and folk".[4]

Avidan had continuously played solo and duo acoustic shows throughout the band's career, including "regular" venue shows as well as a TED Global Conference performance, supporting Bob Dylan, playing a tribute concert for The Who at Carnegie Hall and many radio and TV performances.[citation needed]

In 2012, Avidan announced that he was leaving Sony to join Polydor Records (Universal Music), and that he was abandoning the Mojos for a solo career.[citation needed] Avidan toured Israel with a guitar, harmonica and added vocals. The response of the crowds to his intimate, acoustic shows were tremendous. Encouraged by this, Avidan agreed to perform in a series of low key events spread on 48 hours renditions of some of his earlier stuff in a small rented space in south Tel Aviv. The sessions were done without rehearsals, with simple guitar accompaniment in the presence of a select few friends. His acoustic performances were recorded without much studio production resulted in the limited release Avidan in a Box.[citation needed]

In 2013, he released the track "Different Pulses" in preparation for a solo international album[5] to be made available in Israel in September 2012.

On February 13, 2013 Avidan performed a piano vocal version of his hit "Reckoning Song" at the Sanremo Music Festival in Italy.[citation needed]

At the beginning of 2014, he went on solo tour in the U.S.,"venues are smaller, I’m driving my own van girlfriend is with me, and it’s going to be this romantic traveling again".[4]

Different Pulses (2012)

Different Pulses was Avidan´s first studio album after the break-up of his band. Different Pulses is also the name of the first single which Avidan released from the album with a music video made by director Vania Heymann. It has been compared to be "as carnal as the best work of Johnny Adams, Marvin Gaye and Al Green".[6]The Boston Globe described it as "steeped in minimal R&B not unlike Frank Ocean".[4] The New York Times mentioned his use of a kazoo to push his vocals even further which were "in the androgynous zone of altos and countertenors".[7]

Gold Shadow (2015)

Gold Shadow was released on January 22, 2015 on iTunes and Amazon.[8] Avidan went on an international tour in the spring of 2015. During his performance at Paradise Rock Club in Boston, the majority of his setlist was drawn from "Gold Shadow," and he also performed older tracks released under Asaf Avidan & the Mojos.[9]


In a March 2015 interview of the French newspaper Le Monde Avidan stated: "I don't really feel Israeli. As Israelis, what unites us is the fear. We are always the persecuted, and that is why I am no longer interested in living in Israel, to not feel that fear".[10][11] Those words sparked a lot of controversy and media attention in Israel.[11][12][13][14][15] Avidan responded by saying: "In every interview I gave from the first second I always said I am not an Israeli artist, but an artist from Israel. I am not coming to represent Israel. I am not a politician. I am not a diplomat. And as a son to diplomats I never wanted to be one".[16][17]


Studio albums
Live album


  • "Taratata" French TV performance
  • TEDxTLV performance
  • "Ce Soir Ou Jamais" TV performance
  • Israel "Haproyect" video blog
  • NYC show review[dead link]
  • The Reckoning album review, UK, Lisa Torem, 8/5/2010


  1. ^ Rosu, Iulia. "Un israelian la Mogoşoaia. Asaf Avidan, artistul cu bunici din România". Adevărul (in Romanian). Retrieved 1 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "אסף אבידן חושף פרויקט חדש של ביצועים אקוסטיים - חדשות מוזיקה - מדור מוזיקה". Retrieved 8 January 2017. 
  3. ^ Asaf Avidan / Wankelmut: Reckoning Song / One day on, 27th July 2012
  4. ^ a b c Reed, James (February 20, 2014). "Israeli singer Asaf Avidan raises his profile". The Boston Globe. 
  5. ^ Charts in France: L'explosif Asaf Avidan signe chez Polydor
  6. ^ Motz, Jason (October 13, 2015). "Asaf Avidan 'Different Pulses'". Vivascene. 
  7. ^ JON PARELES (23 February 2014). "Stories and Explanations Rooted in the Personal". New York Times. 
  8. ^ "Asaf Avidan - Gold Shadow out now on iTunes in Europe... - Facebook". Retrieved 8 January 2017. 
  9. ^ Kastritis, Thanasi. "Back With A Bang: Asaf Avidan". Sound of Boston. Retrieved 13 February 2015. 
  10. ^ Binet, Stéphanie (14 March 2015). "Asaf Avidan, rockeur traqué, de la crête aux pieds". Retrieved 8 January 2017 – via Le Monde. 
  11. ^ a b "אסף אבידן: "לא מרגיש ישראלי"". 14 March 2015. Retrieved 8 January 2017 – via Ynet. 
  12. ^ "Asaf Avidan in France: I do not feel Israeli". 14 March 2015. Retrieved 7 January 2017. 
  13. ^[dead link]
  14. ^ "News60". Retrieved 8 January 2017. 
  15. ^[dead link]
  16. ^ (Auteur-compositeur-interprète), Asaf Avidan (17 March 2015). "Asaf Avidan : « Je ne suis pas israélien, je suis d'Israël »". Retrieved 8 January 2017 – via Le Monde. 
  17. ^ "אבידן מגיב: 'לא אמן ישראלי, אני אמן מישראל'". 14 March 2015. Retrieved 8 January 2017 – via Ynet. 
  18. ^ Steffen Hung. "Asaf Avidan & the Mojos page". Retrieved 2012-10-03. 
  19. ^ " Asaf Avidan & the Mojos - The Reckoning page". Retrieved 2012-10-03. 
  20. ^ Steffen Hung. "Asaf Avidan & the Mojos page". Retrieved 2012-10-03. 
  21. ^ a b "Germany Charts: Top 100 Albums & Top 100 Singles". Media Control Charts. Retrieved October 31, 2012. 
  22. ^ Steffen Hung. "Asaf Avidan & the Mojos - The Reckoning page". Retrieved 2012-10-03. 
  23. ^ a b "אלבום זהב לאסף אבידן והמוג'וז - וואלה! תרבות". Retrieved 2012-10-03. 
  24. ^ " Asaf Avidan - Different Pulses page". Archived from the original on 2013-05-31. Retrieved 2013-02-13. 
  25. ^ " Asaf Avidan - Different Pulses page". Archived from the original on 2013-10-26. Retrieved 2015-01-23. 
  26. ^ Steffen Hung. "Asaf Avidan & the Mojos page". Retrieved 2013-02-13. 
  27. ^ Steffen Hung. "Asaf Avidan - Different Pulses album page". Retrieved 2013-04-07. 
  28. ^ Steffen Hung. "Asaf Avidan - Different Pulses page". Retrieved 2013-02-13. 
  29. ^ "Asaf Avidan – Austrian Charts". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2012-07-27. 
  30. ^ "Asaf Avidan – Belgian Vlanders Charts". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2012-08-13. 
  31. ^ "Danish Charts Asaf Avidan & the Mojos discography". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2012-09-16. 
  32. ^ "French Charts Asaf Avidan & the Mojos discography". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2012-07-27. 
  33. ^ "Italy Charts: Classifica Album & Top Digital Download". Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved October 31, 2012. 
  34. ^ "Dutch Charts Asaf Avidan & the Mojos discography". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2012-07-27. 
  35. ^ "Norwegian Charts Asaf Avidan & the Mojos discography". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2012-11-09. 
  36. ^ "Swedish Charts Asaf Avidan & the Mojos discography". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2012-07-27. 
  37. ^ "Swiss Charts Asaf Avidan & the Mojos discography". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2012-07-27. 
  38. ^ "United Kingdom Charts: UK Singles & Albums Top 100". The Official Charts. Retrieved October 31, 2012. 
  39. ^ "Belgium Certified Awards". Belgian Entertainment Association. Retrieved 2012-10-31. 
  40. ^ "Italy Certified Awards" (PDF). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved 2012-10-31. 

External links

  • Official website
  • Official Soundcloud profile
  • Asaf Avidan on Facebook
  • Asaf Avidan's channel on Vimeo
  • Asaf Avidan's channel on YouTube

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