Profile: Tunni Fogelgarn

Tunni has been playing music for years and has been involved at ARK Centre, on and off, for some time. Recently he has started to take a much more active role as Chazzan and in sharing his incredible musical talents with our community. As we look forward to seeing Tunni around even more in the future, we wanted to take the opportunity to let you know more about him.

Tell us a little bit about yourself

Netanel Fogelgarn | Raised in St Kilda East | Family of 10 boys, I’m the 5th

What drew you to ARK Centre?

ARK Centre is such an inclusive and caring environment I just want to keep coming back. I love working alongside Rabbi Gabi, Lisa and Gila and am so grateful for them. ARK Centre makes you feel like you’re a part of something bigger and for the greater good which is really special. Over the years I’ve been involved my role has expanded and I have been lucky enough to be offered more opportunities. Everyone is incredibly generous and shares a common goal to try to reach our potential as a team and community.

What’s the best part about your job?

Working at the ARK allows me to connect with people through prayer and music which ignites love and inspiration. Call me old fashioned but to me, that’s timeless.

If you weren’t a musician and chazzan, what would you be?

I think teaching is something I would end up doing, naturally. I love working with people who come from all walks of life, to bring people together and enjoy a mutual love of music. Being part of someone’s journey, helping them to discover what they’re capable of, to see the change in them – that’s pretty remarkable.

Who are you inspired by?

Inspiration can be quite complex and is multi-layered. I’m not sure there is ever one person or thing that I can definitively say was the core of my inspiration for a particular piece or gig. Inspiration is always happening and everyone and everything is contributing.

What’s something the ARK Centre community would be surprised to know about you?

Separate from the work I do with the ARK, I am also a music teacher and I play, sing and write for 5 different bands. I also play bass for an artist who featured on Triple J Unearthed.

What do you get up to in your spare time?

I play and make music, hang out with my friends and my partner, rehearse with bands… The usual things but with lots of music!

What something interesting you discovered during ‘iso’?

Humans have the ability to behave humbly, and for the greater good of others, when truly needed.

What’s your biggest pet peeve?

I’m a big kid at heart. I follow the rules but I don’t always like it…

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