about us

certainly jazz and of this era, they’re full of energy and have a multitude of things to say.... they’re seriously craftsmen of songs, pulling from so many parts in their own instruments
“What a blessing it is when a band is contemplating their expression. This was proven by American trio Kadawa with their sometimes agile, sometimes gently delighting electro-guitar-jazz”.

Photo by Gal Shaya



Tal Yahalom - Guitar    Almog Sharvit - Upright Bass    Ben Silashi - Drums


In a world where daily life revolve around a screen and a finger, Kadawa gives their audience an ‘offline’ experience worth lifting their heads for. From ruthless improvisations to intimate, harmonically-rich lullabies, Kadawa is on an everlasting quest to push themselves and their craft to new peaks, further explore the possibilities within their musical world and bring an end to global warming.

A New York City based collective-trio, Kadawa performs all-original music by its three members: guitarist Tal Yahalom, bassist Almog Sharvit and drummer Ben Silashi. The band focuses on presenting compositions and improvisations that reflect personal life experiences, often influenced by contemporary art forms. From the frustration and joy involved in an excruciating moving day to the frantic sonic representation of a blizzard that failed to appear, each piece carries its own distinct storyline.Constant rhythmic counterpoint, lyrical yet unorthodox melodies and elaborate arrangements, embedded in a raw aesthetic make up some of the group’s signature trademarks (alongside awkward jokes, immense beards and receding hairlines).

The three Israeli natives initially crossed paths at the “Center for Jazz Studies”, Tel Aviv as part of a collaborative BFA program with the “New School for Jazz & Contemporary Music”, New York. While each individual possessed a singular musical taste alongside a completely different life story, they quickly discovered a mutual artistic approach, forming the band in 2013 and performing at known Israeli venues including Levontin 7 and Beit Haamudim. Dedicatedly working together ever since, the three relocated to NYC, graduating from the “New School” with academic honors as well as receiving prestigious “AICF” scholarships.  

Performing regularly across the city at stylistically diverse venues, the likes of Rockwood Music Hall, Nublu, Bowery Electric and IBeam, alongside international festivals such as the 2015 Detroit Jazz Festival, Kadawa steadily created a strong local fan base.
The band is currently working towards the expected release of their debut album in the coming fall - featuring guest appearances by Adam O’Farrill, Micha Gilad and Matt Bumgardner, with engineering by Ariel Shafir and mixing and mastering by Eivind Opsvik and Nate Wood respectively.

Kadawa will be performing throughout the year in NYC and Israel in addition to a European CD release tour in spring 2017 (dates to be announced soon).

Live at the Teatro CajaGRANADA, Granada, Spain