She was born into a multicultural society in Israel, where she was exposed to cultures from the Diaspora. Daphna Sadeh received her music education at the Manhattan School of Music in New York in classical and jazz music. After she graduated, she toured internationally with various World music groups as well as performing with classical orchestras. Daphna formed her group The Voyagers, based in London after she moved to the UK. Her aim was to bring together a contemporary fusion of Klezmer and Middle Eastern music. Daphna Sadeh was commissioned to compose music and record a CD with the Voyagers for Tzadik, the record label from New York, of the renowned jazz musician John Zorn. In addition to that she has received a grant from the Art Council to support the project. Recently Daphna composed a ground breaking composition for baroque and Klezmer and Middle Eastern music.
Bright and accessible, colourful and unfailingly melodic, this is music that should appeal to a wide range of listeners - All About Jazz
Cambridge -based composer, Daphna Sadeh, and her musician colleagues are about to make musical history by combining traditional 17th century Baroque music with Klesmer and other Middle Eastern and Jewish musical traditions. In some sense, it will symbolise the historical links between some aspects of Baroque and Middle Eastern/Jewish music that had been separated for literally hundreds of years. For, instead of using that quintessentially Baroque instrument, the lute, Sadeh’s new compositions will feature the ancient Middle Eastern, Arab and Sephardic instrument, the oud, from which the lute is descended. The Baroque/Klezmer/Middle Eastern musical fusion which Sadeh and her colleagues are about to unleash feature a truly unique combination of instruments – the Middle Eastern and Sephardic oud, Turkish and Egyptian darbouka drums, Egyptian tambourines, a saxophone (played in Klezmer style), jazz and Baroque flutes, a trombone, a double-bass, viola, cello, violins, bassoon and oboe. This first ever Baroque/Jewish/Arab fusion music will be released in September as a CD – suitably entitled ‘Born in Parallel’. The four tracks symbolise the four traditional elements. Earth, symbolising the concept of land is portrayed as musically delicate yet soulful, featuring a Middle Eastern oud and a Baroque violin. Fire, symbolising the pain of conflict, is fast, jarring and gives prominence to flutes and a trombone – with an asymmetric eastern Mediterranean style beat. Water, symbolising tragedy, merges strong Klezmer and Baroque components and features trombone and cello solos – and soprano saxophone, played klezmer-style Air, symbolising hope, features a Middle Eastern oud, Baroque flute and oboes and klezmer-style jazz. Sadeh says she was partly inspired to compose the new fusion music by listening to Vivaldi’s Four Seasons in a church in Venice and by her own Jewish Diaspora origins. The composition and the recording have been commissioned by the Arts Council. The orchestration of the piece was a collaboration with the David Murphy who also conducted the piece.
- Born in Parallel (world premiere)
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