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Teliof are an Israeli band formed by Yuval Aviguy (guitars) and the lineup is made up of Lior Arinos (drums & percussions), Avshalom (Avsha) Elan (guitar & bass), Canadian vocalist Kristine Sykes (vocals & flute), Rooly Eliezerov on saxophone and Roei Remez on Keyboards. During their shows and for the recording of their first album several guest musicians have joined the band. The band says this about themselves:
"Teliof is a band with a desire to create music which is diverse, original, innovative, intriguing, instrumental, rich in melody and harmony, hard driving yet gentle and soothing with any degrees in between thrown in for good measure. They wish to distance themselves from the world of loops and samples, false pretenses and even from being categorized within a specific genre. Despite all this, they try very hard not to take their music too seriously and to remain as honest individuals who simply like what they are doing."
As Aviguy says, Teliof wants "to take the magic of simple songs and add to them the complexity of progressive music". He mentions Mike Oldfield, Genesis and Yes as personal favourites of his.

The band was formed in a rather random manner with some use of the internet. Yuval Aviguy has heard through a work colleague of Lior Arinos which in turn has met Kristine Sykes during a trip to South America. The rest of the musicians came in and out (some after getting to know them in internet forums) and the band finally settled on its sextet form.

As can be seen in the credits, they all contribute to writing the music and lyrics.
They sing in English due to their aspirations of reaching an international audience and also due to the fact that Kristine does not speak Hebrew.

Why the name Teliof? Well there is no particular meaning. Yuval says that he was basically looking for a free web domain. They started with the words Tale Of and ended up with Teliof.
Befitting Art-Rock, their music is eclectic with many references from various genres and sounds.

Their first album Is It? is currently available at

==Assaf Vestin (avestin)==

Background material taken from and from the interview with the band in

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4.46 | 32 ratings
Is It?

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 Live@Barby, TLV by TELIOF album cover Live, 2017
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Teliof Eclectic Prog

Review by DamoXt7942
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4 stars Actually I've been very curious how TELIOF would have reproduced their briliiant sound appearance launched upon their one-off studio-based album "Is It?". Suggest their play upon stage should be incredibly cheerful and delightful, and this live album could never betray me. Regardless of a live recording, their recording management, mixing, and production ... all are fantastic.

The first shot "Intro", getting started with a phrase via the last part of "It Is", sounds quite full of vivacity. Such an uptempo, dramatic, heavy but dreamy stuff lets me know another charm of TERIOF. Pretty complex, diverse but favourable and acceptable soundscape should be their musical basis really. Oh anyway, wondering why this album amazingly be veiled in more bluesy atmosphere than the previous album. "I Dream", featuring hard-egded female voices and flute drawing of comfort, is another rockin' heaviness indeed, but mysteriously catchy and much of fun.

"Twisting" cannot be heard ten years ago at all, filled with slowtempo, bluesy, but theatrical, heartwarming melody lines. I'm surprised they could (can) shoot such a serious melodic counterpart. Through "Never Really Here" lots of powerful phrases and sticky melodic attack knock me down completely. My pleasure, flooded with deep bombastic sound texture (but not simply heavy rock obviously), love this track much. The last one "It Is" is kinda real revival of their lovely suite, completely brought back to me into existence ... as if I would enjoy as an audience in front of their stage.

In conclusion, this album cannot win their previous "precious" album "Is It?" but should be worth listening to and attending. Hey Yuval, why not you come to Japan? ;)

 Is It? by TELIOF album cover Studio Album, 2008
4.46 | 32 ratings

Is It?
Teliof Eclectic Prog

Review by DamoXt7942
Forum & Site Admin Group Avant/Cross/Neo/Post Teams

5 stars What a terrific soundscape.

An Israeli combo TELIOF's debut album "Is It?" has been released in 2008 as one of amazing stuffs all over the progressive rock world. It's apparent they've got extremely influenced by 70s British progressive rock especially Genesis or Earth & Fire (as for the latter, through the second track "Die For Us" we can hear their chorus texture obviously like "Song Of The Marching Children"), but crazy amazingly they should not play tiny imitation nor simple mixture of the pioneers.

Their complicated melodic structure blended with pop and catchy nuance sounds quite serious but charming. Such a fascinating phenomenon can be directly heard in the first track "They Believe We Exist" ... where we can accept easily and enjoyably what they've launched cynically, violently and weirdly. The female voices based upon fine male chorus are clearly delightful. we should get immersed into their sound kaleidoscope created, crystallized with all instruments (especially the electric piano) as a sound chaser, and get drenched in their energetic sound magma.

The third (and the longest) track "It Is" suite is kinda theatrical architecture. Easily able to imagine they have played fully with hope and relax in a studio. It's surprising every single member and instrument explodes forward his/her/its attitude and intention. No part cannot be beaten by other ones, and all are harmonized and synchronized perfectly. And another interest is that there is little minor key nor negative atmosphere all over the suite. Of our comfort are tremendously fine, fantastic melodic / sound footsteps from the beginning until the end. Yes 24 minutes will go away from our ear soon. Even the last two short tracks are sorta killers seasoned with incredible instrumental spices like violin madness or saxophone drone.

We can send them ungrudging admiration, the loudest applause via such a stimulating sound elegance definitely.

 Is It? by TELIOF album cover Studio Album, 2008
4.46 | 32 ratings

Is It?
Teliof Eclectic Prog

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

5 stars This debut album by Israeli outfit Teliof was a real nice surprise.

If not truly unique then at least wonderfully adventurous music is what's presented here; where even brief compositions lasting less than 2 minutes can incorporate segments with a great variety of different styles.

Actually, few of the compositions presented stay within one type of music; they are all swirling, wandering creations floating from on style to another or; in most cases; blending elements from a variety of different styles into a whole. The styles most often visited in these compositions are folk music, classical symphonic music, jazz, fusion, symphonic progressive rock and a few different types of art rock. More genres can probably be added by the truckload though, depending on what types of music you're familiar with and how narrow you define your music.

Anyhow, we're served highly melodic songs, with harmonizing as well as dissonant elements; quite a few times served at the same time. The compositions are constantly changing and evolving, yet always manage to create a strong feeling of being one creation rather than a patchwork of different segments thrown together; this a direct result of highly skilled and well planned use of instruments and melodic fragments taking the song forward yet maintaining elements from one or more previous parts.

Highly recommended to followers of progressive rock as well as those who enjoy truly adventurous music.

Thanks to avestin for the artist addition.

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