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Biography

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Mesmerising Israeli-Australian folk-pop artist STAV. explores her identity across generations and womanhood. Folk Alliance Australia 'Young Artist of the Year' 2018

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Mesmerising Israeli-Australian folk-pop artist STAV. blurs the lines between singing and spoken word in a mostly Australian accent and unschooled Hebrew. Introspective and playful, her persuasive melodies explore her identity across generations and womanhood. Folk Alliance Australia 'Young Artist of the Year' 2018

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Mesmerising Israeli-Australian folk-pop artist STAV. blurs the lines between singing and spoken word in a mostly Australian accent and unschooled Hebrew. Introspective and playful, her persuasive melodies explore her identity across generations and womanhood. A small-town kid lured to the city by a music scholarship, she immersed herself in the vibrant Melbourne music community. She was rejected from a jazz degree and this was the moment she took her guitar on stage and continued exploring music in her own way. She was the 2018 Folk Alliance Australia 'Young Artist of the Year', swaying crowds at hundreds of shows locally and internationally, from hush-hush warehouse gigs to festivals, including a showcase at FAI Montreal. 

She supported Harry James Angus (The Cat Empire) on his national Australia tour in 2022.

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Mesmerising Israeli-Australian folk-pop artist STAV. blurs the lines between singing and spoken word in a mostly Australian accent and unschooled Hebrew. Introspective and playful, her persuasive melodies and thought-provoking lyrics explore her identity across generations and womanhood. A small-town kid lured to the city by a music scholarship, she immersed herself in the vibrant Melbourne music community. She was rejected from a jazz degree and this was the moment she took her guitar on stage and continued exploring music in her own way. She was the 2018 Folk Alliance Australia 'Young Artist of the Year', swaying crowds at hundreds of shows locally and internationally, from hush-hush warehouse gigs to festivals and more, including an Official Artist showcase at FAI Montreal. 

 

A guitarist and singer, she performs solo and with her band, whose current members are Isaac Gunnoo (The Maes, Didirri) on double bass and harmonies and Maddison Carter on drums. She also co-leads Melbourne Songwriters Collective, a mutually-supportive community of artists. 

 

Live performance brings this songwriter's introspection, playfulness and raw passion to life. 

Confronted with the task of coming to terms with her Iraqi and Polish grandparents' stories of Jewish persecution and survival, she questions the past, present and future.

Since releasing her debut album 'The Horizon Line' (2016), she has 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. She was a 2020 Global Music Match Feature Artist and presented the Melbourne Songwriters Collective showcase at FAI in 2021.

During lockdown, she started experimenting with audiovisual technology and released a bedroom recording of 'Walk A Little Further,' which was played on Triple J 'Roots N All'. She creatively brought it to life with a community dance video, home-made in isolation with some of the people she has met on tour around the world. 

She performed solo as the opening act for Harry James Angus (The Cat Empire) on his national Australia tour in 2022.

2018 FAA 'Young Artist of the Year'

2019 FAI Montreal official showcase artist & one month small venues tour in Canada

2020 Folk ExChange showcase artist

2020 Global Music Match feature artist

2021 VMDO artist delegate at SXSW

2022 Supported Harry James Angus (The Cat Empire) on his national tour

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