Born in Israel in 1974, all Ohad Ben-Ari has lived about half of his life in his homeland. The other half was spent between two countries with whom Israel has been sharing a complex, drawn-out relationships: Germany and the US. The choice of these destinations was associated with a key passion in Ben-Ari’s life: music. Aged 16, he arrived at Frankfurt on his own to study music. Embarking on his third decade, Ben-Ari followed this passion to New York and Los Angeles, only to return back to Germany. After taking some pauses from wandering in Israel, he finally settled down in Berlin.
In Berlin, Ben-Ari decided to venture beyond his prolific career as a pianist, composer and producer, and last year saw him launching the ID Festival. This name binds together the initials of Israel and Germany (Israel-Deutschland), in a basic declaration of intent of sorts, while also pointing to a meta-theme that attends it: questions of identity.
This year it has been decided that alongside these two basic elements, a key theme shall feature at the heart of the festival: migration. It requires, so it seems, a liberal dose of openness and creativity if these three themes are to be explored frankly, and in the same spirit, we decided to replace the official salutations usually found in the introductions of such programs with a more personal kind of interview.