About Yshai Afterman


A compelling new voice on the international world music scene, Israeli percussionist Yshai Afterman draws on Indian, Turkish, Persian and Arab traditions, blending them with modern  innovations into a highly technical, melodic and rhythmic style.

Drawn to rhythm since childhood, he began the serious study of percussion at age 23 while a student of dramatic performance at the prestigious Nissan Nativ Acting Studio in Tel Aviv, in which he had the privillage to study the art of performance under Masters  Nissan Nativ, Michael Gurevich, Mischa Luria, Boris Svidanski and others.

After graduation with honors in 2008, Yshai devoted himself to mastering Middle Eastern hand drums under the guidance of renowned percussionist Zohar Fresco, which whom he studied intensively for four years. He also studied classical Eastern music at Hed College of Contemporary Music under Persian tar player Piris Eliyahu, a noted musicologist and composer.

Constantly on tour around the world, Yshai is involved in various projects in Israel and abroad. He has shared the stage with artists including Avi Avital, Noa (Achinoam Nini), Idan Raichel, Itamar Erez, Beri Saharoff, Zohar Fresco, Shem Tov Levi, Ravid Kahalani and Yair Dalal (Israel); Ross Daly and Kelly Thoma (Greece); Lulo Reinhardt (Germany); Aleix Tobias And the ” Coetus” ensemble (Spain) and many many more.

A respected and popular teacher in his own right, Yshai taught with Zohar Fresco at the 2009 Labyrinth Musical Workshop in Greece; headlined a solo percussion weekend workshop in London (October 2011); taught 2 years in the Frame Drums Italia festival in Montelparo, Italy; Has joined the faculty of the North American Frame Drum Association (NAFDA) Festival in Vermont, USA, for the first time on July 2012. He joined also the line of teachers in the Tamburi Mundi international festival in Freiburg, Germany in August 2012 and again in August 2013.

Besides teaching in International percussion festivals, he gave master classes in private settings and music academy’s around the world including the Laval University in Quebec city, the Codarts Academy in Rotterdam and the the El TEcler music school in Tarragona – Spain.

On March 20th 2013 he played an intimate show with Idan Raichel for U.S president Barack Obama, the United States Secretary of State John Kerry and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu at the Prime Minister’s house in Jerusalem. On June 17th 2013 They played another show for Israeli president Shimon Peres The “Peres peace center” in Jaffa.

He is endorsed by Cooperman Frame Drums (USA), Hands On Drums Percussion (Germany) and Kandu Cajons (Israel).