Assif Tsahar was born in Israel on June 11, 1969 and grew up in Tel-Aviv. He started playing guitar at age 14 and at 17 switched to saxophone. 12 years later he picked up the bass clarinet and added it to his musical studies. In 1990 at age 21, in pursuit of music, he came to New York and made it his home. Here in New York Assif has had the chance to play and record with a lot of the musicians who were the reason for making New York his home.