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After playing with Israeli Jazz legends Avi Lebovich (Chick Corea, Bootsy Collins) and Grammy nominated percussionist Gilad Dobrecky (Al De Meola), as well as triple platinum selling artists Shalom Hanoch and Yehudit Ravitz, Ofer founded his own solo project "Ararat", where he melds together Arabic, Turkish, Gypsy Balkan, African and Indian music, side by side with a Jazzy unrestricted approach, and shows his extraordinary skills on a variety of woodwind instruments.

Ofer started playing the saxophone at the age of 13 and in high school started his professional musical career performing regularly with a jazz ensemble and a saxophone quartet.

In 1998 Mr. Peled began studying in the Jazz department of Rimon School of Jazz and Contemporary Music - an affiliate of Berkley School of Music in Boston.

In 2002 Ofer traveled to India to study Bansuri flute and Indian music with master Pandit Sohan Lal. Upon his return to Israel, Ofer founded the group "Makondo" and released their self-titled debut album in 2005 on Magda Records.

At that time he already based himself as a sought-after reeds player for Jazz, Latin, pop and world music, performing in various concert halls, TV and theater shows, as well as local and international Jazz festivals across Europe and central Asia.

In 2006 Ofer moved to New York to further his international career, where he founded a parallel solo project and performed in venues such as Blue Note and Merkin Concert Hall and collaborated with great musicians such as African Blue Notes and Grammy-award winning trumpet player Frank London ("The Klezmatics" founder and band leader).

Since came back to his homeland in 2008 Ofer continue to compose new music and refine his unique style as it may be heard in his latest release, "Ararat", released in 2011 on Magda Records.

Ofer is proficient on the following instruments:

- Saxophones (Alto, Tenor, Soprano, Baritone)
- Flute
- Kaval (Bulgarian flute)
- Bansuri (Indian bamboo flute)
- Clarinet