Ella Mar

Ella Mar is 26-year-old Israeli multi-genre singer, songwriter and guitarist Hila Tako. During her mandatory military service, she studied at a branch of The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music (Manhattan) in Tel Aviv Conservatory, always feeling like a bit of an alien. In a decisive break from tradition, instead of completing her bachelor studies by singing jazz classics in elegant dresses and heels, she made the decision to grab her guitar(s) and unleash the dark and gifted singer- songwriter she was all along.

In 2016, Mar teamed up with Shahar Elisof, an Israeli producer whose signature ambient sounds, delicate string arrangements and beats brought new life to Ella Mar’s music. Together, they shaped her debut album, “Embodimental”, due for release on November 11th, 2019.

Ella Mar's debut album “Embodimental”, entirely written and composed by her, is a haunting blend of folk, beat-and-synth-integrated alt rock, and jazz that intertwines intensity and softness to create Mar’s own intricate emotional world. Her edgy, aching lyrics are delivered with a tender and soothing voice that spins darkness into gold. With the aesthetics and formal training of a jazz singer and the cynicism and demeanor of a Generation-Y-indie-musician, she deals fiercely with subjects including depression, PTSD, destructive relationships, and love.


“It’s extremely beautiful, featuring a melancholic piano tune and string section that reacts in a wonderful way with her thick vocals. It’s really haunting” ('York Calling' music blog about Ella Mar's song “Forest”)

“This Israeli artist will be releasing her full length album this year. She has studied jazz and it brings a lyric driven shadow to her music.” ('Femmusic' music blog, “15 Artists to See at Canadian Music Week”)

Miles Davis
Billie Holiday
voice / vocals
Anita O'Day
voice / vocals
Jaco Pastorius
bass, electric



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