Avi Mashiah is a musician and a established doctor and surgeon.
It’s his amazing journey in these two fields that took him on a rare musical worldwide path, one you don’t hear about every day.
Avi was born into the world of music; his father was a renowned cantor. As a kid, the Beatles and classic rock songs were always playing. In 2012 Avi witnessed Chris Cornell on stage for the first time. Since then, Cornell’s music has been the inspiration and a significant part of Avi’s life. In 2016 Cornell played an acoustic show in Tel Aviv with musician Bryan Gibson. With the help of Cornell’s staff, Avi and Cornell started communicating, and two months after his last stop in Israel, Avi traveled with his 11-year-old son to meet Cornell on his birthday. It was backstage in the city of Spokane, Washington, where they met and celebrated life and music. It was Cornell’s last birthday celebration.
On March 2017, Avi traveled to New York for a medical training in one of the city’s biggest hospitals. He contacted Gibson, who was beside Cornell in his last years, and asked him if he’d be willing to produce one of his songs while in the US. Little the two knew, Avi would land in New York two days after Cornell’s suicide. He called Bryan and the two were shaking and shocked. Avi asked if they should cancel their plans, but Bryan said: “Let’s meet and do something nice for him.”
It was then and there that “The Orphans Project” were born. It’s a project celebrating life with Avi’s songs, and with Gibson as producer and cello player. More and more songs are set to release in 2018 and 2019. It was Cornell’s music that brought this project to life and unexpectedly connected people as it does for millions around the world. “Music is the strongest painkiller I know,” says Avi, “and remember I’m a surgeon, yeah?”