A Tel Avivian by birth and spirit, Ira Raviv has been playing the drums since the age of 10. Before studying music in the Jazz department of the Ironi Alef School of Arts, he was already performing with various groups all over Israel.
During high school, as he developed his own dynamic style, Raviv performed with Cheap Karaoke Club, recording an album as well. He also played on alternative singer-songwriter Ori Mark's debut album, which was produced by Uri Brauner Kinrot (Boom Pam, Balkan Beat Box, Firewater) and generated several successful singles.
After high school, Raviv teamed up with his older brother, Assa, and CKC's front man, Itamar Fintzi, to form Monti Fiori, a unique band that performed original rhythmic, theatrical, and humorous songs - in Italian. The group toured Israel and gained local popularity, followed by a European touring schedule. Their debut album, Allegro (2012) included collaborations with successful local singers Efrat Gosh and Riff Cohen. The group also released one single in Hebrew, 'Nulla è Finito', which was the #2 most-played song on Israel's largest radio station for 2015.
During these years, Raviv began taking lessons with local drum master Doron Giat, with an emphasis on latin, jazz, funk and reggae. He later started teaching with Giat at the Doron Giat Music School, which led to beginning his own career as a drum teacher. The lessons are conducted with an open approach to the students' personal musical taste, while developing their technical skills and knowledge of the instrument.
In 2012, Kinrot asked Raviv to take part in his latest band, Ouzo Bazooka, a psych rock, Middle Eastern-oriented quartet, together with Adam Scheflan and Dani Ever-HaDani. The band dedicated the next year to performing material from their eponymous debut album, followed by working on new songs in 2015 that became the band's second LP, Simoom (2016). The album blends the sounds of traditional Arabic music, heavy guitar riffs and sweet melodies. Ouzo Bazooka has toured all over the world, with no end in sight.
Raviv also joined Kinrot's previous band, Boom Pam, in 2014, recording a collaboration album with Japanese Shibuya-kei musician, Mayumi Kojima. The album was released in Japan and followed by a successful tour in the country. Raviv also takes part in the band's exciting collaboration with legendary Turkish singer Selda Bağcan, which has brought them to festivals such as Le Guess Who?, Bad Bonn Kilbi, and Primavera Sound, with many more on the horizon.
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