Dan Nadel, Music Director, Center for Prayer & Spirituality
Dan Nadel is an Israeli born, New York-based guitarist and composer, whose personal style combines flamenco, jazz, and Middle Eastern influences. He is a bandleader, a solo performing artist, and a collaborator with Tavche Gravche, his multinational neo-Balkan group.
A busy musician on New York’s scene, Nadel has also worked with many world-renowned artists, including jazz musicians Chico Freeman, Dave Liebman and Anat Fort, Israeli-French pop star Yael Naim, jazz vocalist Gabrielle Stravelli, opera soloists Chen Reiss and Audrey Majzlin, and genre-crossing musicians from around the world such as Frank London, Ismail Lumanovski, Souren Baronian and Satoshi Takeishi.
Nadel attended the jazz program at the prestigious Thelma Yellin High School of the Arts, before completing his three-year army duty, during which he was the guitarist for the IDF’s Air Force Band. He is a graduate of the BFA jazz program at The New School in NYC.
Dan is the founder and director of Songs of Sacred Time, an ongoing series of Jewish liturgical music concerts at JCC Manhattan. He is the creative and musical director for IAC’s Shishi Israeli, hosted monthly at B’nai Jeshurun, featuring piyutim and modern-day Israeli music. For the past three years, Dan has been partnering with Rabbi Roly Matalon to lead Bo-i Kallah, a monthly Sefarad-Yerushalayim-inspired Kabbalat Shabbat. Since January 2016, Dan has been the musical director for Shabbat and holiday mornings at BJ.