Oded Ben-Horin

Oded Ben-Horin

Oded is the Project Coordinator of the EU Comenius Multilateral project CREAT-IT. CREAT-IT explores and realizes creative, cross-disciplinary science teaching inspired by the arts in the following countries: Norway, UK, Greece, Serbia, Italy and Belgium. He is, along with Professor Magne Espeland, the idea developer of the Write a Science Opera (WASO) educational methodology which is active in 5 European countries (www.hsh.no/waso). Oded will, in 2015, lead the “SkyLight: a Global Science Opera” project with the Galileo Teacher Training Network, which has been officially endorsed by the International Astronomical Union (IAU). He has coordinated and instructed several European projects in the field of creative education in Norway, Belgium and Ireland within the EU’s Grundtvig and Lifelong Learning programs.

After receiving a Bachelors of Arts degree in Musicology and Business Adminstration from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Oded moved to Holland, where he studied at the Royal Conservatory in the Hague, then Switzerland where he completed his Masters Degree in Vocal Jazz Performance with Professor Lauren Newton while performing up to 100 concerts a year as an acapella bass singer. It was at Lucerne University where he first became acquainted with Mark Murphy, a lasting relationship which inspired Ben-Horin’s specialization in the Vocalese and Spoken Word genres. Oded is currently a PhD candidate within the “Improvisation in Teacher Education (IMTE)” project at Stord Haugesund University College.

Oded’s improvisation ensemble, The Science Fair, turns to science and technology as the inspiration for its lyrics. Debut CD “Welcome To The Science Fair” was recorded by the Swiss Radio DRS and released on jazz label Altrisuoni (2007). The Science Fair’s second release, “Underwater”, is a collaboration with The Census Of Marine Life’s Mar-Eco project, a winner of the EU’s Descartes prize. Biology findings are displayed in the traveling exhibition “Deeper Than Light”, which includes The Science Fair’s music, and which has appeared on Norway’s NRK television, UNESCO science exhibition in Paris, “The Happening” art exhibition in London, Norway’s Avgarde festival and featured in The Census Of Marine Life’s Highlights Program. Concerts have been performed at Smalls Jazz Club (New York City, USA), International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, University of Illinois (Urbana, USA), NevroNor Neuroscience convention i(Bergen, Norway), the Norwegian Sea Travel Museum (Oslo, Norway), The GMO Guidelines Conference (Zurich, Switzerland), the New York Art & Science Salon/Opera America (New York City, USA) among other venues.

Oded teaches voice, ear-training, improvisation, music theory and more at the University of Bergen and Stord/Haugesund University College. Additional workshops have been given by Oded at the Bar-Ilan University’s PhD programme for Composition (Bar-Ilan, Israel), the AP College (Antwerp, Belgium), the University of Georgia (USA), the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (USA), Dundalk Institute of Technology (Ireland), the University of Stavanger (Norway), and various schools in England, USA, Belgium and Israel. He has participated in recordings with Lauren Newton, Ernst Reijseger, Adrian Pflugshaupt, Franz Hellmüller, Stein Inge Brækhus, Yoni Rechter and Susanne Abbuehl, among others. He has performed with Mark Murphy, Anat Fort, Andy Hamill, Ori Leshman, Fredy Studer, and a-live.