WASHINGTON JEWISH MUSIC FESTIVAL
Yemen Blues | Nani
Thursday, May 168:00 PM Union Stage
“Sound[s] like an Arabic pop orchestra accompanying serpentine melodies, or a North African trance group driving a modal riff, only to switch toward jazzy horn and flute solos or hints of chamber music.” —The New York Times
From the start, Ravid Kahalani’s eclectic lineup of musicians—hailing from NYC, Uruguay, and Tel Aviv—who collectively form Yemen Blues have created a wildly original and powerful sound with global reach and influences. The result of this amazing group is a coursing energy that mixes Yemenite, West African, and Jazz influences. The mambo and North African rhythms create a joyful and deep foundation, while the vocals remind the listener of ancient Arabic chants mixed with funk and blues.
“Breathtaking artist, her ballads go under your skin” —Frankfurter Allgemeine, DE
Nani’s hypnotizing vocals breathe new life into jazz, flamenco, North African, and Sephardic and Ladino traditional song. Her voiceis mesmerizing: pure and simple, powerful and precise, and imbued with the traditions and the emotional journey of the migrant people who first took their culture across the globe, following the Jewish expulsion from Spain in the 15th century.
Co-presented by Sephardic Heritage International DC (SHIN DC)
Noam “Nani” Vazana is an acclaimed international Singer, Composer, Pianist and Trombonist. Official selection WOMEX panel 2018, won the Sephardic Music Award 2017, ranked iTunes Top-20 bestseller 2015, won ACUM album prize . Played Jazzahead DE, North Sea Jazz NL, Roccella Jazz IT, Injazz NL, Blue Note PL, Tanjazz MA Tel Aviv Jazz ISR, Artist in residence Amsterdam Roots Festival, sharing the stage with John Clayton, Terell Stafford, Katie Melua, Bobby Mcferrin & more. Vazana composed music for BBC and NPO documentaries & released 3 albums. The Dutch NPO network released a mini documentary about her work in 2018 and is now making a documentary about her life & music to be released in 2020.