Maya Belsitzman & Matan Ephrat
Maya Belsitzman & Matan Ephrat are a couple both in life and music creating
their own unique sound, based on their instruments - Cello, Voice and Drums.
In 2012 Maya & Matan teamed up to perform together, hypnotizing their audiences
through the unique and exhilarating combination of Maya’s ethereal Cello and vocal
talent, and the orchestra of sounds that made up Matan’s drums.
Matan’s musical journey started in the North
of Israel in a small village at the age of 11, As
a child, he always worked hard to be a session
player and a band drummer in the big city.
Ephrat’s talents are in a league of their own,
bringing him onto the stage as one of the most
sought after drummers on the local scene.
Matan and Maya met each other playing for
the same production. Since then the two
decided to join together in their musical and
romantic journeys creating their own unique
music and sound.
They share an astounding passion for music
and a deep interest in experimenting with new
genres. They merge modern beats creating a
sensational, virtuosic musical production.
Maya started as a classical educated cellist at
the age of 7 playing solo, chamber music and in
orchestras. She always loved to play with people and to interact with other musicians.
She studied in music schools and in the Jerusalem academy of music and won several music scholarships along the years.
After playing years in the classical music
scene and studying with the best teachers
(Hillel Zori, Zvi Plesser, Itzhak Perlman and more),
Maya wanted to expand her musical horizons
and started playing, producing and recording and writing arrangements for popular artists.
After a few years of playing with others, she found her voice and started to sing and create her own music.
As a duo, Maya & Matan are performing around the world. Maya is singing and playing the cello, using all sorts of effects, creating her own unique sound. Matan plays on an acoustic drum set combining an electronic set up of his own. Together they create a new sound.
In their show you can hear them playing original songs influenced by their roots and their travels around the world. They are also playing their interruptions for song they love and playing instrumental original pieces.
They released 5 albums:
2011 - Maya Belsitzman
2013 - Live Studio Session
2015 - Maya Belsitzman & Matan Ephrat
2018 - Two Elements
2018 - LIVE
They have been performing in festivals around the world such as Paris Jazz Festival, Buenos Aires Jazz festival, Cervantino festival, Red Sea Jazz Festival, Nairobi Jazz festival, Pohoda festival and many more. They both played with artists such as Yasmin Levi, Noa (Achinoam Nini), Barbara Streisand, Avishai Cohen, Idan Reichel project, Keren Ann and many more.
In their new project “Crazy He Calls Me” they are representing the greatests
classical LOVE SONGS of the early 20th century in their own unique way,
with special new interpretations. Alongside with three virtuosic string
players they are telling this beautiful story about a Nature Boy who fell in love.