A little bit about yourself: I’m 26 years old. My life is divided into two major activities: being a student majoring in information system engineering and being a musician: a music teacher in my own studio, guitar player and a composer.
Hometown: I grew up in Netanya, a city in the center of Israel, close to the well-known Tel Aviv. The city is placed by the Mediterranean Sea and has wonderful shores. As a result, Netanya became a major tourism city. Combination of: warm weather, beautiful shores, nature reserves including the wonderful dunes, Irises Reserve with lots of pretty flowers and the Winter Puddle with its wonderful animals and flora. The population in Netanya is very varied and includes many cultures which are parts of the Israeli culture.
Moving south: After High school was over, I (as most Israelis) joined the army (it’s obligated by law for Israeli citizens). It took another year or so until I came to the next place I was able to call home – Mitzpe Ramon. Mitzpe Ramon is a small quiet town in the south of Israel with desert views all around it, right in the middle between Be’er Sheva and Eilat. My apartment faced the town’s promenade. I lived there for three and a half years, which was also the time I served at a base nearby.
The different atmosphere of the desert brought new inspirations for me. The desert is much quieter than the city, made me much calmer than how I learned to be in the city and I started connecting with nature in a whole new level. Getting up, watching a beautiful sunrise, seeing the desert wakes up with its animals, looking at that endless view and then back to the base for a new busy day. It wasn’t always like that, but when it was – it was so enjoyable. Sometimes, when I had a night off, I sat and improvised with my guitar. The only thing that was weird for me at the beginning was that there were no wave sounds underneath the cliffs.
How travel affected my music: In those years, I used to travel the country and take music lessons on my short army vacations. These experiences influenced me and made me start writing music for the first time. Up to that point, I spent hours creating music and never wrote it down. After the military, I went to the United States for few months and learned that music doesn’t have to be complex to be enjoyable. Or maybe it was just me who needed a vacation.
When I moved back to Netanya, I began writing music in ways I never did before. I guess I had a lot to express after the adventures of the past few years and, especially the time in the States. I found myself working on my music all day long for a few weeks. Then it was the time for me to find a new job and take more music lessons in order to find the next path to go through. At my new job, which in Tel Aviv, I used to go up to the roof on the 12th floor in launch time or after the work was done for the day, and play music while looking at the city view and sometimes the sunset. At the same time, I used to play lead guitar in a weekly improvisation show at the local pub in Netanya.
My Tel-Aviv experience: Tel Aviv, the city that never sleeps! If you like being busy – that’s definitely the place for you to be. High tech, music and restaurants, in Tel Aviv you can find it all. The city is well known as the culture and night life center of Israel, but at the same time offers beautiful parks, shopping and sports centers and activities for spending quality time with the family. If that’s not enough, the sea is always there.
Moving north: I decided to move up north in order to fulfill some dreams and combine music, Kibbutz life, volunteering, nature and academic studying. The destination was one of my favorite places in Israel – the Kinneret, also known as the Sea of Galilee. I settled down in Kibbutz Ashdot Ya’akov Meuhad and played music whenever I could.
The Kinneret is the biggest lake of sweet water in Israel, and it is being used as the main water source in the country. The Kinneret’s circumference is around 65 kilometers. Its beautiful shores together with all the nature around it set it as one of the most popular vacation destinations in the country and the home for several festivals and yearly sports events. For several years, the Kinneret was my yearly vacation destination – having a fun weekend with friends until I finally decided to move there – at least for my college years.
My location on the map today: Today I’m in the middle of my third year of college, living in Kibbutz Degania B, in the middle of the Jordan Valley and much closer to the Kinneret. I opened Eyal’s Studio, where I teach, play and compose music. I do volunteer work and enjoying the quiet and beauty of nature while handling the craziness of work, music and college life. Seeing the valley colored in green or yellow and living so close both to the Kinneret and the Jordan river makes for special life experiences, great bicycle rides and has a huge influence over me and my music.
All photos are courtesy of Eyal.
If you’re coming to Israel and you’re into music, be sure to get in touch with Eyal. His music studio’s site is in Hebrew, yet you can watch him play the international language of music on his YouTube Channel and My Space page. In addition, you can connect with him on his Facebook or drop him an e-mail at eyalweiszmusic (a) gmail.com.