Singer-Composer Esti Kenan Ofri was born in Italy and raised in Israel. She studied dance and music in Israel, choreography in New York and Arabic music with composer Salim In-Nur and completed her degree in Arabic music in the Rubin academy in Jerusalem. She feels most intimate with the singing traditions of the Sephardi Jews.
For many years she was mainly choreographing and performing as a dancer. Her voice and the traditions she represents have inspired composers such as Luciano Berio, Andre Hajdu, Betty Olivero, Noam Sherif, Oded Zehavi, Piris Eliyahu, Neta Aloni, Mark Kopitman Tzipi Fliesher and Israel Borochov into writing and arranging music to suit her particular vocal interpretation.
She has been performing for many years with the Kol-Tof Duo, with Kol Oud Tof Trio, Slava Ganelin, with Eastwest ensemble, and with the Arabo-Andalucian orchestra of Tangier. In recent years she has been composing a lot, Her works were performed by the "Ras Deshen" ensemble, The" Beta Dance group", ensemble "Sirenot", Her work: "Women in longing" for 4 traditional singers, oud, cello and percussion, was commissioned for the opening of the International Congress for Jewish studies 2007..
Armand Sabach was born in Morocco 1952, at 1965 he moved with his family to Israel where he studied middle east and sociology at the Hebrew University.
He got his masters degree in the instrumentalists department, majoring in guitar playing at the Jerusalem Rubin Academy of Music and Dance. He directed an ensemble of Moroccan Jewish Music. He has composed for singer Ilana Eliya & was the musical director and oud player in her ensemble.
As a “specialist” of “Shirat ha-Bakkashot” of the Moroccan Jews Armond performs with the paytanim: Haim Luk, Lior Almalich, David Wizman, Mimon Cohen, Ephraim Agodayev and many others.
Oren Fried is a drummer and percussionist who has worked with a wide range of ensembles and traditions - from Latin and jazz to traditional ethnic, his particular emphasis has been on the Jewish musical heritage.
He has been collaborating with Esti Kenan Ofri and Armond Sabach as the "Kol Tof" Duo and as the “Kol Oud Tof” trio. He also performs and records with artists Ilana Eliya, Mendy Kahan, Ofer Calaf. The “Abidin” ensemble, singer Morin Nehdar , Baruch brenner and with Emmanuel Hannoun.