1982 (age 41)
Respublika Dagestan, Russian Federation
Mark Eliyahu is the son of oriental musicologist Piris Eliyahu, which is a musicial as well.
Mark playes a caucasian instrument called Kamancha which is a sort of a Violin, with a deep penetration sound. He was born in the region of Dagastan, and grew up in a musical jewish home. In his childhood he studied western classical music yet he also started to learn his music roots, which might be similar to jewish music and turkish music.
At the age of 16 encouraged by his parent he went to Greece study with the Master Ross Daly, there he heard the sound of the Kamanche by which he was chanted, and caused him to travel to Azerbaijan and study the Kamanche by the master Adalat Vazirov.
at the age of 18-19 (I think) after studying in an art highschool, he managed to move back to azarbeijan in order to study Kamancha music. He stayed there for two years, and as soon as he returned home to israel he composed a play for the Jerusalem theatre and later recieved a position, as a composer, for two international dance groups: Galili Dance in Holland and Gulbenkian Dance in Portugal.
Two yeas later after touring the world and recieving awards abord, he returned home once more and found that his family moved to Arad (from Ariel in the center of israel), a southern city in the Judea desert in order to concetrate on music and creation.
Mark himself says he loves the desert, and found himself secluding in the desert, playing out of his heard and talking to nature through his Kamancha.
He also participated in musical meetings in the caves of Luzit, in the deset, with several other musicians.
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