Scardust announces new bassist Orr Didi and keyboardist aron Friedland

Scardust band pic
Israel’s progressive/symphonic metal wizards Scardust persevered through the challenges presented by the events of 2020 and ended the year by releasing their critically acclaimed sophomore concept album “Strangers”. The group is poised to continue moving forward as 2021 progresses, though the makeup of the band has been slightly altered.

Bassist Yanai Avnet and keyboardist Itai Portugali have said an amicable goodbye to Scardust, and the group has officially welcomed into the fold longtime songwriting collaborator Orr Didi (bass) and longtime friend of the band Aaron Friedland (keyboards).

“They are, and will always, stay good friends and part of the Scardust family”, the band says of Avnet and Portugali. “We called (Orr) the "ghost member" of Scardust. Up until this point, he was writing and composing in the shadows. We are Super-excited to have Orr with us on-stage and in the studio from now on. Aaron is an old friend, and actually was the first keyboardist to get an offer to play with us back when we started the band. As you know, it didn’t work out at first, but it was definitely worth the wait. Aaron is a magician on those keys, as you will all soon learn. We can’t wait to rock stages together!”...

Comments Orr:
“"The birds outside the window never wait for gravity". This sentence has been guiding me since Shards, a piece that Noa and I wrote about our shattered dream of performing our own metal opera. Since I was a child, my dream was to be a performing musician. I never really wanted to be a composer but had to take that route due to my severe visual impairment, which makes performing on stage extremely difficult on the technical and logistical side. I don’t know if much has changed, but if I’ve learned anything from the making of Strangers is that what matters most is doing what you love. If you love doing something, it doesn't matter if you’re the right person to do it - it will be done well because of the effort and dedication that you will put into it. I love playing Bass, I love Scardust, and I can’t wait to start this journey, as scary as it may be”.

Aaron notes:
“Hi everyone! I can’t find the words to describe my excitement in joining Scardust as a keyboardist! I’ve always enjoyed trying to play the more difficult and complex music that I’ve discovered, from bands such as Dream Theater, Symphony X, Haken, and many more. Scardust music isn’t an exception in that regard. Music has always been an important part of my life, and coming back to it after years of doing other stuff feels like coming full circle. The other band members are awesome people and amazing musicians, and it will be a privilege to be able to perform with them. I am absolutely certain I will enjoy this new chapter of my life, and I hope you, the fans and listeners, will enjoy my presence and my playing in the band just as much as I will enjoy being and playing in it. See you soon!”...

Yanai says:
“Hey fans & friends, I hope you are all safe & happy and make the most of these tough times. This is my (hopefully not heartbreaking) goodbye post, as I have decided to leave Scardust in order to focus on personal growth. It has been a pleasure going on this adventure with you and seeing you rock with us on the shows, and the feedback we got from you on our music is truly inspiring and heartwarming, it is extremely appreciated. And I couldn’t ask for a better gang to be on board with for this, Noa, Yadin, Yoav, Orr and Itai (and Alex and Lior), I love you all so much and I’m so proud to have been a part of this. I know I’m leaving the band in very good hands and can’t wait to see you conquer the world! (And see you all in Kermeet after covid). Best wishes”...

Itai states:
“Dear friends and fans, After 3 amazing years, I’ve decided to leave the band, to develop myself as a musician in different music styles. Scardust was a dream come true to me. Playing in a progressive metal band, traveling the world with our music and recording. Scardust will always be in my heart and I wish them the best success. I heard I’m leaving you in good hands. Thank you for being so amazing and supporting!”...

Scardust’s latest album “Strangers” – can be streamed on all major digital platforms or purchased on CD and limited-edition gray smoke vinyl, here.

Noa Gruman – Vocals
Yadin Moyal – Guitar
Aaron Friedland – Keyboards
Orr Didi – Bass
Yoav Weinberg – Drums