ORIENTAL ROCK PIONEER
Familiar internationally to music fans by his unique trademark sound signature, Yossi Sassi merges roots with contemporary music, and redefines oriental rock. Voted "Top Newcomer of 2012" by 'Rock Hard' magazine readers for his eclectic concept album, Melting Clocks, Sassi blends East and West, Acoustic with Electric, and traditional instruments with virtuoso electric guitar. With over 24 years experience as a Producer and Composer/Arranger, as well as co-founder of "Orphaned Land" (Century Media USA/EMI), Yossi Sassi (Warner Music / Verycords) continues to soar to new horizons.
Sassi is known for being the constant explorer of sound and musical boundaries, driving inspiration from different cultures around the world. Sassi plays 17(!) different types of guitars and traditional instruments, and was invited to play live and share the stage with artists such as Metallica, Marty Friedman, Steven Wilson, Steve Vai, Dave Lombardo, Ron 'bumblefoot' Thal (GnR) and many others.
As a veteran performing artist, with hundreds of global shows and major festivals in his record, Yossi Sassi performs ~80 shows in 30 countries on an average year.
Yossi Sassi invented the unique Bouzoukitara instrument (Electric guitar combined with acoustic Bouzouki), gave a TED talk and a TEDx talk, and was awarded 4 peace and friendship awards from cities and governments. He endorses some of the best musical equipment manufacturers in the world.