"One of the most original singer-songwriters I have heard recently... I'll be doing what we should all do when we hear or see great art... I'll be shouting her praise from the rooftops"
- The Night Sky Is A Jewellery Store Window
FAA 'Young Artist of the Year' 2018
Not as quiet as you would think, mesmerising bilingual folk-pop artist STAV. blurs the lines between singing and spoken word in a mostly Australian accent and unschooled Hebrew. Introspective and playful, her thought-provoking lyrics explore themes of migration, identity across generations and womanhood.
A guitarist and singer, she performs solo and with her band, whose current members are Isaac Gunnoo on double bass and harmonies and Maddison Carter on drums.
Confronted with the task of coming to terms with her Iraqi and Polish grandparents' stories of persecution and survival, she questions the past, present and future.
What could happen to a small-town kid with a big heart in the city for the first time? Lured to Melbourne by a short music course that was the gateway to an incredible network of musicians, she was rejected from a jazz degree and this was the moment she started performing and learning in her own way.
Since releasing her debut album 'The Horizon Line', she won the 2018 FAA 'Young Artist of the Year' award and has since performed at the major folk festivals across Australia including Woodford, Port Fairy, Cygnet, Blue Mountains, The National, The Tablelands as well as in Spain, Portugal, France and Canada with official showcase performances at FAI Montreal.
Her latest song, 'Walk A Little Further' was featured on Triple J 'Roots N All' and was released with a fun community dance video, home-made in isolation with some of the people she has met on tour around the world. Live performance brings this songwriter's introspection, playfulness and raw passion to life.
Tom Riley photography
"STAV. definitely stands out from the crowd"
- Multicultural Arts Victoria (MAV), 2018
'The Horizon Line' album now available on Bandcamp, Apple Music, iTunes, Spotify and all major music platforms
Featured on the album:
Isaac Gunnoo - double bass
Maddison Carter - drum kit
Stav Shaul - guitar and voice
"Emotionally resonant and captivating" HappyMag
5 Questions with STAV. (Propel Youth Arts WA)
Q&A with HifiWay (Adelaide)
The Pin - Race. Identity. Culture
All enquiries: soundofstav at gmail dot com