Born in Tel Aviv, Oren Lavie began to write songs before even learning to play the piano. Lavie's creativity and curiosity nourishes his ability to touch everything with equal talent, cultivating ways of reinventing himself. He lives today mainly in Tel Aviv but has spent many years traveling. At the age of 22 he left for London to study theater, wrote and directed several plays for which he also composed the music. Since then he has traveled through and lived in New York, Berlin and L.A. His first album, “The Opposite Side of the Sea”, appeared at the end of the 2000s, winning him the prestigious ASCAP award for a young lyricist. Lavie's orchestral trademarks were already present on the album: elegant piano, celestial strings, organic arrangements.

From the first bars of Bedroom Crimes one is caught up by the bittersweet melody of “Did You Really So No?” and the interweaving voices of Oren Lavie and Vanessa Paradis. The latter fell artistically in love with the former, which is not surprising when we know Lavie’s colorful background: author, songwriter, theater and video director.

About Vanessa Paradis he says, “I was always very moved by her and I was a fan of French culture in general… I loved the French New Wave cinema… Truffaut, Melville, and I grew up listening to Brel and Brassens. ‘Did You Really Say No’ was originally written as a duet for a man and a woman, telling one story from two different points of view. I asked my publisher if we could send it to Vanessa, who, luckily responded with enthusiasm. I met her in Paris and I played the piano and she sang and in two hours it was done!”

The collaboration continued a few months later when Lavie asked Paradis to act in the music video he was directing for the duet.

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