BJ Music Director
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–a multinational neo-Balkan group.
A busy musician on the New York scene, Nadel has also worked with many world-renowned artists, including jazz artists Chico Freeman and Dave Liebman, Israeli-French pop star Yael Naim, jazz vocalist Gabrielle Stravelli, and opera singer Audrey Majzlin.
In addition to his concert schedule, Nadel is the creative and musical director for IAC’s Shishi Israeli, hosted monthly at B’nai Jeshurun, featuring piyutim and modern-day Israeli music. He also partners with Rabbi Roly Matalon of BJ to lead Bo-i Kallah, a monthly Sefarad-Yerushalayim- inspired Kabbalat Shabbat. Nadel is curator and musical director for Songs of Sacred Time, an ongoing series of Jewish liturgical music concerts at the Manhattan JCC.
Nadel is a graduate of the BFA jazz program at The New School. Prior to moving to New York in 1997, Nadel completed a three-year army duty in Israel, where he served as the guitarist for the IDF’s Air Force Band.
Brian Shankar Adler
Brian Shankar Adler is a multidisciplinary drummer, percussionist, and composer whose music spans the globe from the sacred to the absurd. Most at home playing a set of drums augmented with found objects and percussive instruments from India and South America, critics have noted the ways in which his percolating rhythms carry the music forward with grace. “Adler’s music flows organically in pursuit of mystery, movingly existing in an ultimate state of fluidity,” says Jordan Richardson of Canadian Audiophile.
Born with the name Shankar, Adler was raised in an ashram. It was there, at the age of five that he began his musical training, reciting classical Indian drum syllables and providing the heartbeat for chants on a mridang. Adler remembers extended silent retreats where the quieter human sounds and sounds of the environment felt like a melody to him. An inner musical compass soon took control and led him from bhajans and Hindustani music to psychedelic rock, avant-garde jazz, tango, Jewish music, opera and new music.
Upon graduating from New England Conservatory in 2005, Adler has resided in New York City. He has presented music in halls, clubs, museums, and sacred spaces including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Rubin Museum, Smalls, Roulette, and Joe’s Public Theater. He has been recorded on over thirty albums and has worked with: Bash the Trash, La Bomba de Tiempo, Bombay Rickey, Chelsea Clinton, Guillermo Klein, Sheila Jordan, Frank London, LA Opera, Kate McGarry, Kamala Sankaram and Elizabeth Swados. He has been featured on WNYC’s “New Sounds,” Jason Bivin’s book “Spirits Rejoice” and has written, helped to develop or perform on various film, commercial and theatrical scores including “Of Many,” “Nomad” and “Thumbprint.”
Invested in the continued output of creative music, Adler operates Circavision Productions, a production company and boutique record label that has released ten records and hundreds of shows. Adler also leads the Human Time Machine, a group of improvising drummers that use hand signals to shape rhythms in real time and (Shankar), an ensemble dedicated to performing his original compositions.
Adler teaches in Brooklyn and via Skype; his approach is one that embraces paradoxical inquiry, the development of the ear and one’s personal voice. In 2013, he published A World of Percussion a book that creates and explores windows into rhythmic concepts from around the globe.
A graduate of The Juilliard School, Saskia Lane (double bass, voice, and composition) performs throughout the tri-state area with a variety of jazz, world, pop, and classical artists. Currently, Saskia tours internationally with Dan Zanes & Friends and nationally with her critically-acclaimed cocktail pop quartet The Lascivious Biddies. She can also be seen sharing the stage with the likes of Jay-Z, Beyonce and Natalie Merchant. In addition, Saskia is active in education and outreach performing in the Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert Series.
Saskia’s television credits include a national commercial for Chili’s Restaurants and appearances on The Discovery Channel, The Food Network, Fuse TV, and CBS Evening News, and she can be seen in the movie Mona Lisa Smiles, featuring Julia Roberts.
Her discography includes recordings with Nicole Paiement, featuring the works of Lou Harrison (New Albion Records), The Gotham Ensemble (Albany Records), along with three albums and a concert DVD (Eastway Records) with The Biddies.
Sir Frank London
Sir Frank London is a Grammy-award winning trumpeter and composer, and a co-founder of the Klezmatics. He created the Yiddish-opera-in-a-Cuban-nightclub Hatuey Memory of Fire (with Elise Thoron); the multi-art spectacle Salomé: Woman of Valor, (with poet Adeena Karasick); the folk-opera A Night In The Old Marketplace (with Glen Berger); Green Violin, Pilobolus Dance Theater’s Davenen, 1001 Voices: Symphony for a New America (with Judith SLoan & Warren Lehrer), Tony Kushner’s A Dybbuk, and John Sayles’ The Brother From Another Planet. He has worked with John Zorn, Karen O, Itzhak Perlman, Pink Floyd, LL Cool J, Mel Tormé, Lester Bowie, LaMonte Young, They Might Be Giants, David Byrne and Robert Wilson, Jane Siberry, Ben Folds 5; is featured on over 400 CDs; and was on HBO’s Sex And The City. He helped create Yiddish New York and the Adrienne Cooper Dreaming in Yiddish award, teaches Jewish music internationally, and was Artistic Director of KlezKanada and Yiddish festivals in London and Sao Paulo.
“Putting lightning in a bottle is what Oded Lev-Ari specializes in,” said DownBeat magazine in a feature article on Lev-Ari as a producer. Born in Tel Aviv but a longtime resident of New York City, he was recently commissioned by Carnegie Hall to compose a concert work showcasing the artistry of Anat Cohen, one of the most acclaimed clarinetists of her generation.
Oded released his debut album as a leader, Threading, in April 2015 via Anzic Records, the label he has co-owned and directed for the past decade. Showcasing his talents as a composer-arranger, Threading hints at diverse sonic worlds, from jazz sound painters Gil Evans and Maria Schneider to tango nuevo king Astor Piazzolla, contemporary classical composers Petris Vasks, Morton Feldman, and 15th century composer Johannes Ockeghem.
Ultimately, though, Lev-Ari has his own, individual soundprint, one of cinematic richness and open-hearted lyricism. He serves as musical director for the Anat Cohen Tentet who’s 2017 debut recording Happy Song has received unanimous critical acclaim. His numerous record producing credits include Anat Cohen’s Luminosa, multiple releases by vocal trio Duchess, and woodwind sage Marty Ehrlich’s A Trumpet in the Morning. He also served as musical director for a Billie Holiday tribute concert starring Madeleine Peyroux, Bucky Pizzarelli, Ron Carter, and others at Brazil’s Tudo e Jazz festival. At the piano and as a conductor, Lev-Ari has performed at such New York jazz clubs as The Jazz Standard, The Blue Note and The Village Vanguard, as well as at Boston’s Jordan Hall, San Francisco’s Miner Hall, Tel Aviv’s Mann Auditorium, and venues in Canada, Mexico, Russia, France, and the Netherlands.
The extraordinary clarinetist Ismail Lumanovski is a musical force of passion and dynamic virtuosity. Already of international distinction, Lumanovki has launched a major career as a soloist, chamber musician in both classical and cross-over repertoire. His synergistic blend of natural talent and training combines the spirit of folk music with the discipline of classical music.
Lumanovski’s performances throughout the United States, Europe, Australia, the Middle East, Brazil, Korea and China have received critical acclaim. Lumanovski has mesmerized audiences across the globe. He is proud to have been the soloist of his New York début of the Carter Clarinet Concerto with musicians from New Juilliard Ensemble and the Lucerne Festival Academy with Maestro Boulez.
His performances have been widely reviewed. The New York Times wrote of his work under Pierre Boulez, “the soloist—the brilliant, fearless young clarinetist Ismail Lumanovski—aligned himself with various instrumental contingents of the large ensemble”.
Professionally, Lumanovski has had the privilege to perform with innumerable extraordinary musicians and orchestras including: Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, The Berklee Middle Eastern Fusion Ensemble, New Juilliard Ensemble, World Youth Symphony Orchestra, Qatar Philharmonie, Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra, Marcel Khalife, Al Di Meola, Husnu Senlendirici, Zulfu Livaneli etc.
Lumanovski is also a master improviser and performer of Macedonian, Turkish and Gypsy music and is presently touring with the renowned New York Gypsy All-Stars, playing throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. This jazz-influenced fusion and folk music group exemplifies Lumannovski’s fantastic originality. His sound blends Balkan folk music and western classical music with breathtaking dexterity, musicality and tenacity, lending his style a gratifying complexity. Of his performance with the All-Stars, Lumanovski plays a “blistering series of haunting dance numbers” (Lucid Culture Blog).
Lumanovski’s playing may be heard on his recordings with the New York Gypsy All-Stars, Secret Trio, Fall of the Moon, Liquid Clarinets and Love is the Way.
Jessie Reagen Mann
Jessie Reagen Mann is a freelance cellist based in New York City and involved with a variety of musical projects. A lover of chamber music, Jessie is a member of various ensembles and a dedicated educator. Jessie is currently the cellist in the Om Shalom Trio and was accepted into Hadar’s first Rising Song Fellowship with a cohort of exceptionally talented musical and spiritual leaders under the direction of Joey Weisenberg. As a result, Jessie has been creating niggunim inspired by her youngest son’s baby babble.
Jessie has performed with artists such as Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Kanye West, Ra Ra Riot, Enya, Gòn, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, tap dancer Savion Glover, Natalie Merchant, and Anat Cohen; appearing at iconic venues and events across the city, from Joe’s Pub to the Met Ball. Jessie played in Adele’s November 2015 concert at Radio City Music Hall (NBC) and the Adele Live 2016 tour, and can often be heard in various Broadway musicals. Also classically trained, she has also performed under the batons of Michael-Tilson Thomas, Charles Dutoit, David Hayes, Joseph Colaneri, and Kurt Masur, among others.
Jessie was thrilled to co-compose the score for “Waves” for Carolyn Dorfman Dance. “Waves” premiered at NJPAC in March, 2015 and has since been performed all over the globe to critical acclaim. Jessie also composed the score for Carolyn Dorfman’s solo work, “Hourglass,” which premiered in 2012.
Jessie recently authored the cello edition of 60 Seconds to Excellence. This left-hand technique book is a series of short exercises to develop, maintain, and remediate the accuracy of the left hand. The 60 Seconds to Excellence method has been presented at the Illinois Music Education Association (IMEA) convention in January, 2017 and will be presented at the American String Teachers Association (ASTA) Convention in March, 2019.
Shoko Nagai is a versatile musical artist who improvises and performs with world-renowned musicians on piano and accordion and composes original scores for films and live performances. Since moving to the U.S. from Japan and studying classical and jazz music at Berklee, she has adapted her mastery of the keyboard to prepared piano, accordion, Moog synthesizer, and other instruments. Whether she is performing Klezmer, Balkan or experimental music, Nagai is a charismatic presence onstage, who hypnotizes audiences with her intense focus and virtuoso sound. A veteran of the New York downtown music scene, she performs with John Zorn, Erik
“Several worlds meet (in Noiberg’s music)… the warm, romantic sound and the precise counterpoint of European classical music; the thump and the controlled improvisational passion of American jazz and the colorful depth of Middle Eastern music. Compositionally Noiberg has an outstanding talent for catchy melodies.” – Süddeutsche Zeitung
ASCAP award winning flutist and composer, Hadar Noiberg, is pushing the boundaries of what is means to be a gay female musician and bandleader in today’s ever-changing world.
From Classical music to jazz to Brazilian choro and Middle Eastern Music, Hadar’s eclectic musical background and experience has led her to create her own style where she fuses all those influences seamlessly.
With her exceptional trio she has been touring internationally since 2010 in the US, Canada, Brazil, Europe, Taiwan and Israel. Now she is about to release her 3rd album as a bandleader. “Open Fields” derives from Hadar’s Israeli roots mixed to her worldwide influences to create her own innovative style and extremely melodic instrumental pieces Hadar calls “songs”. The album features Eduardo Belo on Double bass, Amir Bar-Akiva on the drums and special guest world renowned pianist, Chano Dominguez.
Dominguez and Noiberg also have a new duo project where they share their musical languages and craft a new way for the various musical traditions of the mediterranean to interact.
After working with such acclaimed artists such as Yemen Blues, Dave Valentin, Anat Cohen, Omer Avital and performing in venues and festivals as Blue Note, WOMEX, Discover Jazz Festival, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Babel Med Music, Roskilde Festival, “A” Trane, Central Park SummerStage, to name a few, Noiberg sets out to create a new musical experience that is unique to her.
Hadar has come a long way since moving to NY at 21 and now she has made a name for herself in the Jazz and world music scenes in NY and internationally. Her artistry and spirit take the audience on a journey to their inner self and brings healing and joy.
“The ‘magical flutist’ Hadar Noiberg and her trio captivated the audience… She formed her own original style through distinctive rhythms and melodies.”—Das Nuue Musikzietung
Inbar Paz is an award-winning, New York-based jazz bassist and composer whose round, versatile sound has been acknowledged by many of the jazz greats. Born in Tel Aviv, Israel in 1992, Inbar is a graduate of the prestigious Thelma Yellin High School of Arts and the Stricker Conservatory and the recipient of the AICF Sharett Grant. Before relocating to New York, Inbar was the principal bassist of the Israeli National HaBima theater, performing more than 250 shows annually in productions such as My Fair Lady and Cabaret. In 2012, Inbar performed at the international Red Sea Jazz Festival and caught the ear of the jazz bass virtuoso Christian McBride, who praised her performance and urged the audience to “give it up to the bass player”. In 2016, Inbar was granted the prestigious Alien of Extraordinary Ability in the Arts immigration status and moved to New York. Since her arrival, she has won the International Women in Jazz 2017 competition with Trio SIJ featuring saxophonist Julietta Eugenio and pianist Sarah Slonim and performed with some of the leading figures in today’s jazz music. Paz can be heard playing at the city’s leading jazz venues such as Smalls, Mezzrow, Cleopatra’s Needle, The Smoke and many more.
Arun Ramamurthy is a versatile violinist, composer and educator based in NYC. A disciple of the celebrated Carnatic violinist brothers, Dr. Mysore Manjunath & Sri Mysore Nagaraj, Arun has become one of the country’s leading Indian Classical and crossover musicians. He has carved a niche for himself as a multifaceted artist, performing internationally in both traditional Carnatic and Hindustani settings as well as cross genre creative projects. Arun has been fortunate to perform with esteemed artists such as Dr. Balamurali Krishna, Sudha Ragunathan, Anindo Chatterjee, T.N. Seshagopoloan, Marc Cary, Amir ElSaffar among others. He leads the Arun Ramamurthy Trio, an ensemble that brings a fresh approach to age-old South Indian classical repertoire and raga inspired originals. Praised by All About Jazz as “a beautiful, exotic, ear-opening listening experience” his trio’s debut album “Jazz Carnatica” was picked by NPR’s New Sounds as a Top New Release. Arun is a co-founder and Artistic Director of Brooklyn Raga Massive, an artist collective dedicated to bridging cultures through the lens of Indian Classical music. He created the concert series Carnatic Sundays at Cornelia Street Café, an iconic jazz venue in New York’s West Village. As an educator, Arun teaches students ranging from beginners to professional musicians in Indian music performance, technique and theory. He has taught workshops on Indian classical music at music schools, universities, conservatories and summer music programs.
Just like most kids, Tali began playing the recorder in 2nd grade. Unlike most, she never stopped. A student of Bracha Kol, Tali has been professionally trained in classical baroque and renaissance music from a young age. She studied in prestigious music institutions in Israel (Thelma Yellin High School of the Arts, Rimon School, The Buchmann-Mehta School of Music) and received scholarships and prizes (AICF Scholarships 1994-2006, 2nd prize at the International Recorder Festival Contest in Utrecht, Gilad Shein Memorial Scholarship). Tali later received a full tuition scholarship to attend Berklee College (Boston), and became the first recorder player ever to study there. She was chosen to represent Berklee at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington D.C., and upon graduation, received the W.S. Kenney award for outstanding achievement.
In the recent years, Tali has been collaborating with multiple Grammy Award winning producer Javier Limón (Spain) on several projects, including: “Tal y Tali” (together with pianist Tal Even-Tzur), “Promesas De Tierra” (with musicians from Palestine, Spain, and Israel), and on the 2015 Latin Grammy Award winning album “Entre 20 Aguas” (alongside Chick Corea, Dhafer Youssef, Michel Camilo, Chucho Valdéz and Alejandro Sanz). In fall 2017 Tali joined the “Flamenco Legends” tour curated by Limón, with Paco de Lucia’s original band. Currently, Tali is a member of OQ (Original Quartet), together with Layth Sidiq (Iraq), Shilpa Ananth (India), and Limón, signed by the prestigious IMG Artists.
Tali has collaborated with world-renowned musicians: Latin superstar Alejandro Sanz (in the 14th annual Latin Grammys), Anat Cohen, Tomatito, Alain Mallet (former member of Paul Simon’s band) Emil Zrihan, Jamey Haddad, Shedrick Mitchell (formerly Whitney Houston’s pianist), El Piraña, Diego del Morao, Josemi Carmona, Alain Pérez, and others. Israeli leading artists she has played with include Yoni Rechter, Idan Raichel, David Broza, Dan Toren, Dana Berger, Miri Mesika, Ariel Horowitz, Shimon Buskila, Ilanit, Mark Eliyahu, Ilay Botner, Lea Shabbat, Kobi Aflalo, Dudu Fisher, and Knessiat Hasechel.
Tali has toured in the US, Canada, Israel, The Netherlands, Spain, Germany, France, Denmark, Taiwan, The Philippines, Chile, Uruguay and Poland. Major festivals she performed in include: Israel Festival (Jerusalem), Tri-C Jazz Festival (Cleveland), First Night Festival (Boston), International Recorder Festival (Utrecht), Asian Recorder Festival (Hsinchu), Méditerranée Festival (Ashdod), Copenhagen World Music Festival, Festival Músicas del Mundo (Santiago), Festival Jazz a la Calle (Mercedes), Taichung Jazz Festival, and Sopot Jazz Festival. She has performed as soloist with The Israeli Andalusian Orchestra, the Manila Symphony Orchestra (Philippines), and the Orchestra of Saint Luke’s (“Link Up” concert series at the Carnegie Hall). Currently, Tali is working on her third album, as singer-songwriter, which will be produced by Limón and released in Spring 2018.
Satoshi Takeishi, drummer, percussionist, and arranger is a native of Mito, Japan. While at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, he developed an interest in the music of South America and went to live in Colombia following the invitation of a friend. He spent four years there and forged many musical and personal relationships. One of the projects he worked on while in Colombia was “Macumbia” with composer/arranger Francisco Zumaque in which traditional, jazz and classical music were combined. With this group he performed with the Bogota symphony orchestra to do a series of concerts honoring the music of the most popular composer in Colombia, Lucho Bermudes. In 1986 he returned to the U.S. in Miami where he began work as an arranger. In 1987 he produced “Morning Ride” for jazz flutist Nestor Torres on Polygram Records. His interest expanded to the rhythms and melodies of the middle east where he studied and performed with Armenian-American oud master Joe Zeytoonian. Since moving to New York in 1991 he has performed and recorded with many musicians such as Ray Barretto, Carlos “Patato” Valdes, Eliane Elias, Marc Johnson, Eddie Gomez, Randy Brecker, Dave Liebman, Anthony Braxton, Mark Murphy, Herbie Mann, Paul Winter Consort, Rabih Abu Khalil, Toshiko Akiyoshi Big Band, Erik Friedlander and Pablo Ziegler to name a few. He continues to explore multi-cultural, electronics and improvisational music with local musicians and composers in New York.