About Us

 

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

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
— Anthony Dean-Harris, 'Nextbop', USA
With courageous, witty playing and a rough sound… KADAWA’s music transforms a proverb into a real aural experience
— Von Rainer Schmidt, 'Neue Westfälisch', Germany
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
— Ane Hebeisen, 'Der Bund', Switzerland

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 background, they quickly discovered a mutual artistic approach, forming the band in 2013 and performing at known Israeli venues such as 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. They currently live in a shared apartment in Brooklyn while regularly perfroming at many of the city's main venues, including Rockwood Music Hall, Nublu, Downtown Music Gallery and Bowery Electric.

In December 2016 the band released its self-titled debut album - a 12 track record featuring all original compositions and 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 has toured worldwide across Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Italy and Israel, performing at major international festivals and stylistically diverse music venues the likes of the Detroit Jazz Festival, Jazzwerkstatt Bern, Teatro cajaGRANADA, Bunker Ulmenwall, Jazzlab, Salon De Jazz, Cascadas, 23 Robadors, Gewerbehalle and Palazzo De Simoni.

The band has also taught masterclasses at some of the best arts high schools, music departments and conservatories in Israel, including The Center For Jazz Studies, Tel Aviv and Thelma Yellin. 

Live at Teatro CajaGRANADA, Granada, Spain