Ofer Callaf

Ofer Callaf

Ofer Callaf

Ofer Callaf, Cross-Disciplinary singer and composer.

Lecturer in the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance and teacher at Nissan Nativ's acting studio.

He conceptualized and established the Cross-disciplinary Vocal Department in the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, and served as its Head. Ofer teaches cross-disciplinary singing, voice science and music interpretation workshops for singers. Ofer also teaches methodology and pedagogy to  instrumental and vocal teachers. Guides actors on using voice as a tool for emotional expression, and tools for interpreting text in speech and song.

Ofer has a master's degree in multidisciplinary performance, and a bachelor's degree in Western classical singing. Student of Ms. Rachel Scholov, Ms. Gila Yaron and Mr. Zvi Zemel.

His activities encompass many musical and artistic styles: As part of his work as a composer and performer, he created the show "Songs of the Heart" - which was commissioned for the Jerusalem International Oud Festival and the "Muganiat" show, with the support of the Confederation House and the Ministry of Culture.

Participates in concerts and poetry events. He recorded and produced songs for composer Nahum Heiman and Uzi Hitman, recorded and performed with singer Lea Shabbat, jazz pianist Uri Kane and others. Performed with various ensembles and established an ensemble specializing in Israeli ethnic music with which he created the performance "Flute in the Valley".

Callaf translated to Hebrew Dichterliebe (The Poet’s Love) by Robert Schuman and sang with the Ramat Gan Chamber Orchestra and at the Jerusalem Piano Festival.

Callaf performed The Oratorio “Tikun Hazot” (Midnight Vigil) by Mordechai Seter: For tenor, three choirs and orchestra – with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the Students Choir, the Chamber Choir of the Jerusalem Academy of Music, conducted by Uri Segal.

Performed contemporary concert pieces - including the Oratorio "Love Samson" by composer Michael Wolpe and symphonic work "The Gates of Jerusalem" by composer Boaz Ben Moshe; Songs by composer Uri Lashman, Uzi Hittman, Thelma Aligon, and more and compositions for chamber ensembles and orchestras - with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Nova Music Ensemble, Meitar Ensemble, Raanana Symphonette, Netanya Orchestra, Sinfonietta Beer Sheva. 

Participated in orchestral concerts with songs by composers Moshe Wilensky, Sasha Argov, Nahum Heiman, Dubi Zeltzer, David Zahavi, Mordechai Zeira, Avihu Medina and more.

Performed at the Israel Festival, the Salzburg Festival, the Turin Festival, the Palermo Mediterranean Music Festival, the Upper Galilee Music Festival, the International Oud Festival in Jerusalem, the Tel Aviv Oud Festival, the Metulla Poetry Festival, the Israeli Music Festival, the Sounds of the Desert Festival, the Holon Singer Festival and more.

Regularly performs in concert recitals and performances for voice and piano, with Michael Wolpe, Atar Trio and others. Performed at the Jerusalem Music Center - Mishkenot Sha'ananim, the National Library, the Mormon University, the Felicia Blumental Center, the Ein Kerem Music Center and more. Participated in recordings of Ladino songs and the Golden Age Sounds, with singer Esti Keenan Ofri and the musical direction of Michael Meltzer.

Worked with choreographer Sarah Levy Tani in the Inbal Dance Company and choreographer Anna Sokolov producing a piece for the Israel Festival. Served as a drummer in a traditional Yemeni dance troupe and collaborated with choreographer Amir Kolban on the "Kriyat Shma" show. 

Since 1994 he has been teaching the art of multidisciplinary singing and the many vocal styles and esthetics that characterize it, as well as the impact of the use of amplification and recording equipment. Callaf developed a method for voice coaching for individuals and groups,  focusing on interpreting singing as a tool for developing and expanding the expression of emotion for both singers and actors.