biography

Born in 1990 to a Hebrew family of WWII refugees, combat veterans and academics, Itamar found himself gripped by the complexity of the human condition at a very early age. Quickly discovering music as the prime source of both communication and expression and deeply encouraged by the local music scene in his hometown of Ithaca, NY, by age 16 it was apparent that using the arts to improve the world would become his life’s mission. After a brief stint studying political science under renowned professors Marty Brownstein and Naeem Inayatullah in upstate New York, Itamar then studied at Berklee College of Music, the world-leading institution for contemporary music studies. The international-college-environment diversity of Boston provided an expanding collection of new friends, global perspectives, and foundational experiences. After founding his own dub outfit OSIRISFIRE (featuring members of John Brown’s Body, The Veronicas, and more), Itamar then went on to gain national attention as he completed three coast-to-coast tours with the younger brother of Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness, Kevin Holness (aka Mighty Mystic), which included performances at Reggae on the River, Mammoth Reggae Festival, and alongside artists such as Tarrus Riley, Sly and Robbie, Yellowman, Third World, Maxi Priest, J Boog, & Slightly Stoopid. Itamar currently resides in Los Angeles and plays guitar and sings with the soul-dancehall-r&B squad Double Tiger. [Photo by Lauren Desberg]