MembersLadino Jazz

Combining traditional Ladino songs and modern jazz arrangements seems a far-fetched idea, and yet it works.

By Nathalie Freson |
Photo: Peter Vit

Constantly seeking to push music forward, jazz pianist Gilad Chatsav turned to Japan-born Ladino singer Yayoi Okaniwa.


The two met a couple of years ago when Yayoi approached Gilad to seek advice on a project. It didn’t take long before they both realized the potential of merging their distinct musical tendencies into one current project: Ladino jazz.


Blending the strict structure of traditional Ladino songs with the freedom of jazz proves to be a challenging task, but also an engaging one. The pairing of voice and piano appeals to a wide spectrum of musical preferences, and the audience is not left unmoved...

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