Itamar in April, 2019. Photo by Jay “Double Tiger” Spaker
Itamar is a Los Angeles-based electric guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, and graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston. Although known primarily for trailblazing modern guitar technique in reggae music via fierce and energetic live performances, Itamar is also an experienced audio engineer, producer, teacher, and songwriter. His first standout piece was his group OSIRISFIRE’s 2014 anthem “Locked Down”, which featured Brooklyn-based soul singer Joanna Teters and renowned guitarist Jeff Lockhart, with whom Itamar has also studied. Itamar then followed up with a full-length release which featured musicians also seen and heard with John Brown’s Body (JBB) and the Veronicas, and established himself as a unique force in a genre that is ever-expanding and growing in appeal.
Itamar’s freelance guitar work has taken him onstage at headlining shows in over 30 cities, on three national tours, on live TV appearances on several major networks, onstage at prestigious festivals including Reggae on the River and Art Basel Miami, & on bills with legends like Sly and Robbie, Yellowman, Tarrus Riley and Third World. Currently he is the guitarist and co-vocalist of LA-based Double Tiger, led by singer Jay Spaker of JBB. Itamar’s sound on guitar provides an original and fresh blend of East Coast firmness with the ethereal psychedelia of the traditional Cali vibes.
In his spare time Itamar enjoys playing basketball, cooking, socializing, and keeping up with global events. He is bilingual and had lived on three continents by young adulthood.