Ohal is a pianist, a collaborator, an activist, a writer and engineer. Her music is a collage of synthesized sounds, field recordings and voice. Fusing the logic of contemporary composition with the sensibilities of pop songs, Ohal builds narrative and pathos out of soundscape and abstraction.
Born and raised in Ashkelon, Israel, a seaside town tucked amongst sand dunes, Ohal left Israel for the dune-less landscapes of Omaha, Nebraska and New York City in the summer of 2001. An accidental train ride to Williamsburg spurned a decade of collaborations and friendships. She worked on music and film with Tunde Adebimpe of TV On The Radio, collaborated with Tyondai Braxton and toured in Kyp Malone’s Rain Machine. As her collaborations in the indie world flourished, she became more interested in electronic music and noise, eventually leaving King’s County for Tel Aviv to recharge and refocus.
On returning to her native Israel, Ohal joined a direct action group called Anarchists Against the Wall to protest the systematic oppression of Palestinians and reactionary Israeli culture that grows with it. She later moved to London to pursue an MA in Anthropology, where she contributed to and edited a book about Anarchism in Israel for AK Press. She remains involved with the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel, recently collaborating with Brian Eno on an article urging musicians to boycott Israel.
Her music has been a constant throughout these various moves. During her time in Brooklyn, Tel Aviv and London, Ohal built a plethora of her own theremins and synthesizers. She accumulated an unique sound library from these instruments, a library tapped extensively for her solo recordings. Her first solo pieces were born out of a collaboration with Berlin-based filmmaker Lior Shamriz on his feature, Cancelled Faces.
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Ohal - All Mine [Official Video]
Ohal - Cancelled Faces [Official Video]