Album of the Year 2023

Hemdat-Avot (Father’s Grace)

Iggy Dayan

(7 customer reviews)
Original Recording Format: DSD 256
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2023 NativeDSD Album of the Year – World Music

Nothing about Iggy Dayan – singer, drummer, guitarist, novelist, and a member of Mashina, Israel’s legendary rock group – would hint at the turn he took in his latest solo projects. His new album, Hemdat Avot, is a masterpiece comprised of details, minute and grand. It is an almost monastic creation, that presents much-loved Israeli classics, arranged for solely voice and guitar.

In Hebrew, “Hemdat Avot” stands for appreciation of an individual’s ancestors and of one’s former generations. In addition, “Eretz Hemdat Avot” is a synonym for the Land (Eretz) of Israel. In this album, Dayan evaluates and tightens his relationship with Israeli music. Like an adopted child, who, when grown up, embarks on a journey to find his parents, he ventures deep into the Classic-Israeli song portfolio, looking for the gems that may have given birth to his own music. While his early creations were characterized by a distinct distancing from Israeli culture and from the Hebrew language – attempting to resemble the western music that he loved – his current work must match his lifestyle and his habitation, and, thus, be free, while tightly coupled to true roots.

While folk and rock music always “sounded right” when performed in English, Dayan’s romance with the Hebrew language strengthened over the years. In addition to the songs he had written and recorded since adolescence, his first acclaimed novel, “Chava”, was recently published. Amongst its many facets, the novel deals with various Israeli archetypes, as well as with personal identity. Like in the case of that imaginary, adopted child, typical questions started to surface: Who am I? What created me? What are the similarities between my forebearers and myself?

Dayan and his collaborator, the producer and sonic guru Tal Trivish, jointly decided to experiment with treating mythological, classical Israeli songs in the same manner they treat the original music they produce, a methodology based on voice and guitar that are performed and recorded simultaneously, as a monolithic whole. They strived to strip these timeless creations of the arrangements that engulfed them – that are true to the time they were conceived – so as to expose and accentuate their lyrics and their melody. For this reason, they decided that this album will not contain any additional instruments.

Hemdat-Avot was recorded in Stereo DSD 256 using the Anubis Premium Analog to Digital Converter and Preamp from Merging Technologies with Nordic Audio Lab NU100K microphones,  AccuSound MX4 and IX3 cables, Amphion One 18 & OS Acoustics DBS8 monitor loudspeakers, Grace Design M905 monitor controller, Sendy Audio Aiva headphones and Triad Orbit microphone stands.

Iggy Dayan – Acoustic Guitar & Vocals


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Pgisha Le'ein ketz
Hi Yoshva Lachalon
Brit Olam
Ruach Stav
Perach Halilach
Beit Ha'arava
Erev Ba

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AccuSound MX4 (Microphones) and AccuSound IX3 (Monitors)

Digital to Analog Converter

Anubis Premium, Merging Technologies


Sendy Audio Aiva


Amphion One 18 & OS Acoustics DBS8

Mastering Engineer

Tal Trivish


Nordic Audio Lab NU100K

Monitor Controller

Grace Design M905



Original Recording Format


Anubis Premium, Merging Technologies


Tal Trivish

Recording Engineer

Tal Trivish

Technical Consulting

Danny Koryto

Release DateJanuary 6, 2023

Press reviews

Positive Feedback

A thoroughly captivating solo guitar and voice album of folk tunes by Israeli musician Iggy Dayan. Nicely performed and recorded. Can’t understand a word of it—but that’s not a problem… I recommend you find your quiet place, turn the lights out, and let this album wash over you. Recommended.

Shlomo Israeli

When preparing to listen to voice and guitar, one expects personal, intimate music. But when listening to the music in Iggy Dayan’s project, magic happens. The guitar transforms into shiny ripples of sounds that invite you to enter, and entice you to dip inside. As if born from the strings, the singing voice silently screams, and recites the words – gently and with sensitivity – while transforming the listener into a part of the occurrence.

Such a thing can happen only when all is true and clean of shticks. The selected songs are a purified truth of the Song of Israel. Iggy Dayan’s ability to provide them with a new, personal layer – while staying true to their essence – is magnificent.

One needs quiet to listen to this music. With environmental rustles, or bird chirps and drops of rain. Something new will surface is every listening, that, allegedly, was not there before. The songs form and touch anew, every time. 

(Shlomo Israeli is a musicologist, a lecturer at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and at the Israel Museum and the head of the Music Department at Kol Israel, an artistic advisor to the Israel Festival, an editor and producer of concert series and international festivals.)

7 reviews for Hemdat-Avot (Father’s Grace)

    Sit back, relax and get transformed. Simply fantastic!

    An absolute pleasure! A combination of lyrics written by the most illustrious Israeli poets, a sensitive, loving vocal performance by Iggy Dayan, and a crystal-clear guitar sound!

    This is an absolute masterpiece! The album took me back to warm sweet childhood memories of Israel.

    In terms of sound quality, Tal’s production is a major embellishment to Iggy’s music as he manages to penetrate Iggy’s personality and adds great depth and richness to the sound. I definitely recommend this.

    Music has the magic power to create strong and unexpected connections between different cultures and countries. This is exactly what I experienced after listening to Iggy Dayan’s album.

    It is not at all essential to understand the words in Hebrew to be immediately transported by the invitation to travel. To the heart of the kibbutz where Iggy lives and from where he recorded this magnificent album. The authenticity and purity of the sounds will penetrate you to the bottom of your heart.

    Congratulations also to the technical team. Don’t miss it!

    A brilliant album from Tal Trivish’s production house. Exciting and warm arrangements and of course Iggy’s perfect performance that elevates the songs to a different level. Awesome!

    An amazing and rare piece of art. The sound is not from this world. I close my eyes and ‘see the voices’.

    I don’t recall having this experience with music turning to matter as I had from this album.

    We want more!

    “Hemdat Avot” is a phenomenal album that left me in awe. Dayan’s talent and understanding of Israeli music shines through in every song, and the stripped-down approach to the production only adds to the emotional impact of the album. It also sounds fantastic.

    The lyrics are powerful and the singing is emotive. Highly recommend this album to anyone who appreciates great music and storytelling.

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