Avi Rafaelov

Avi Rafaelov is a New-England based jazz saxophonist and composer. Rafaelov currently lives in Manchester NH, performing, arranging and composing.

Avi was born and raised in Tel-Aviv, Israel. Growing up in a musical family, he was exposed to music at a very early age and started playing at the age of 6. He picked up the clarinet at the age of 8 years old, and later on switched to saxophone. Since then, he spent 10 years at the Tel-Aviv Yafo Music Center, 6 years at the Kiryat Sharet High School of Arts in Holon, majoring in jazz, and 2 years at the Jazz Institute program of Rimon School of Jazz and Contemporary Music. During his studies at Rimon, Rafaelov got to study and play with some of the best musicians in the country, all of which are considered to be milestones of the Israeli jazz scene. Among them were Mordy Ferber, Matan Chapnizky, Ronen Shmueli, Yonatan Voltzok, Amikam Kimelman, Guri Agmon, Hagai Amir and more…

After he completed his studies at Rimon, Avi had received a prestigious scholarship at Berklee College of Music and moved to Boston. He graduated Summa Cum Laude and received his B.M. degree from Berklee in 2018. During his time in Boston, Rafaelov had the chance to study and also shared a stage with numerous local legends like George Garzone, Tia Fuller, Dino Govoni, Ayn Inserto, Terence Blanchard and Phil Wilson, to name a few.

Rafaelov has been performing with both his own original music ensembles and also with renowned Israeli musicians since around 2009, touring all around the country and abroad, and performing in the most prestigious music venues including the Grey, Levontin 7, Ozen-Bar, Tmuna Theater, The Zone, Beit Hayotzer, Shablul, Doris – Afikim, Havana Club Tel-Aviv, Beraleh, Zappa Herzelia & Tel-Aviv, Reading 3, Bar Giora, Heichal HaTarbut Tel-Aviv\Ashkelon\Petach Tikva, etc… Other than performing with his own projects including the Avi Rafaelov Fusion Program, Avi Rafaelov Quartet and more, Rafaelov had performed and tour with Heathens, Just the Way You Are led by David Krivoshey, Moments Band Int– both in Israel and Europe, and performed with esteemed artists like Enrico Macias, Mordy Ferber, Alon Oleartchik, Billy Cobham, Tom Oren, Billy Buss, Yogev Gabay and more…

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