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Daphna Sadeh

Daphna Sadeh is an Israeli born double bassist and composer now based in the UK. Sadeh studied classical music at the Manhattan School of Music in New York before joining the Israeli based East West Ensemble with whom she toured extensively while immersing herself in Middle Eastern and Arabic music. She was later the co-leader of the all female group Eve’s Women playing a blend of jazz, klezmer and rock while again touring extensively and internationally.

Following a move to London 2002 saw the release of Sadeh’s first solo album “Out Of Border”. Its success led to the formation of the Voyagers group in 2003. Both “Walking the Line” (2007) and “Reconciliation” were credited to Daphna Sadeh & The Voyagers, the latter being released on John Zorn’s Tzadik record label.

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.

Daphna Sadeh’s recent albums – “Born in Parallel” have been thoroughly convincing fusions of jazz with various musical strands of the Jewish diaspora. “Born in Parallel” is her most ambitious project to date, a four part suite that combines her usual jazz and world music influences with classical and baroque music. The compositions are played by a fourteen piece ensemble conducted by David Murphy that features both jazz/world and baroque musicians. Murphy played a key role in the project and is credited with Sadeh as co-orchestrator.


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Reconciliation – released by Tzadik label in New York:

Bright and accessible, colourful and unfailingly melodic, this is music that should appeal to a wide range of listeners. Ian Patterson, All About Jazz

Everyone of Sadeh’s compositions sings. In this passionate, highly accessible record, it’s clear that Sadeh has found her voice as a stylish composer and bandleader, with a talent for making the complicated sound extraordinarily simple. Songlines by Lemez Lovas (Reviewed 4 stars)

The common factor that links Sadeh’s various influences is her unfailing way with a good tune. All eight pieces on “Reconciliation” are highly melodic, from the gentle balladry of “Klil” and “Kadish” to the more upbeat numbers such as the opening “Queen Of Sheba”

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Primary Instrument

Bass, acoustic

Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced


Daphna Sadeh teaches Double bass rom beginners to advanced students. She has received her music degree from Manhattan School of Music in New York. Daphna teaches both Classical music and Jazz techniques. She has extensive experience in teaching and currently teaching online. For more information about her teaching https://daphnasadeh.com/teaching/

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