Fishman Artists

Mordy Ferber

Fishman Artist // Mordy Ferber

Born in a small town in northern Israel, Mordy Ferber began his musical journey as a singer at the age of 10 performing at school events and small concerts in his hometown. At 12 years of age, after picking up a guitar at the home of a family friend, he decided to take formal guitar lessons. For the following year, he studied with the only teacher available in his town who taught classical music, not his first choice of at that time.

By the time Mordy was a teenager, he was heavily influenced by Rock and was performing covers of Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Cream, the Beatles, and Santana all over Israel. After hearing Django Reinhardt on the radio one day, Mordy was instantly enthralled and his new found love for Django would lead him to discover the likes of Charlie Christian, Joe Pass, Wes Montgomery and Jim Hall.

At the age of 18, Mordy joined the Israeli army, a three-year obligation of every Israeli citizen. The first two months were spent in combat training. He soon realized that if he wanted to play the guitar again, he would have to join the army band. Regardless of the music, he preferred a guitar to a gun. For the remainder of his time in the army, he toured the country as part of the military’s entertainment unit giving concerts to other soldiers in remote areas both inside and out of the country. During this time, Mordy began earning a strong reputation as a guitarist and upon his completion of service, Mordy quickly became one of Israel’s top musicians, performing on numerous records for CBS (Sony) with singers like Arik Ainstain, Shlomo Artzi, Shem Tov Levi, Shlomo Gronich, Miki Gavrielov and Norit Galron, appearing regularly on radio and television shows.

"It was great training for me, getting so much experience playing in many different styles. I even had the privilege of performing with the legendary Jerry Lewis.
At the same time, I continued to work on jazz and developed as an improviser by myself during this period."

At 23, Mordy received a full scholarship to Berklee College of Music in Boston and immigrated to the United States. He graduated in 1987 with full honours and received the prestigious Jim Hall award for outstanding musicianship.

Mordy Ferber has performed and recorded with artists including Michael Brecker, Jack DeJohnette, Eddie Gomez, Peter Erskine, Bob Mintzer, Dave Liebman, Miroslav Vitous, Jeff Berlin, Danny Gottlieb, Chester Thompson, Bob Moses, Richie Beirach, Richard Bona, George Garzone, Jack Bruce, Will Lee, Larry Coryell, Adam Nussbaum and Billy Hart, Larry Graham, Bootsy Collins, and TM Stevens. He has recorded 4 albums as a leader on the Enja, Half Note and CBS Europe Record labels.

Mordy has twenty-eight years of teaching experience at such prestigious institutions as New York University, Berklee College of Music in Boston, the New School University, American Institute for Guitar and the Sam Ash Institute in New York City. He is highly sought after for his private instruction and has taught master classes in improvisation technique, harmony and composition all over the world. Mordy is regularly commissioned to write music for television and film and his work has been used widely in shows such as the Sopranos, Six Feet Under, Jack Ass, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Guilty on HBO, Fresh Prince, Bay Watch, Felicity, Chris Rock Special on HBO, Everybody Loves Raymond, Veronica’s Closet, the VH1 Fashion Award Show, and the Grammy Awards promo.