Daphna Sadeh and The Voyagers

Daphna Sadeh and The Voyagers


Mesmerising sound of overlapping styles –- Eastern European Jewish music, Middle Eastern traditions -- all seamlessly blended together to create a fresh musical fusion.


Daphna Sadeh is a composer and a double bass player. Her compositions reflect and integrate the diversity of musical cultures she has experienced as a musician. Her music is inspired by rooted Jewish music Mediterranean and Middle Eastern music.

Daphna brings together performers from contrasting backgrounds and traditions, creating a seamless musical tapestry of cross-cultural dialogue.

”One of the main aims in my musical creativity” she says ”is to create a way of dialogue between cultures in conflict”.

Her initial training as a student of classical music was at the Manhattan School of Music in New York. After graduating she joined The East West Ensemble, Israel, leading to seven years of international performing and recording.

Sadeh’s playing and composing developed further through her involvement with Middle Eastern and Arabic music, while performing in festivals as well as session work, TV recordings and theatre performances.

She then co-formed the group Eve’s Women. The music of the group is an amalgam of Jazz Klezmer and Rock. Since then she performed in various festivals and venues in the far East, USA, South Africa and Europe.

2002 saw release of her CD Out of Border. The same year she formed her group The Voyagers, based in London. The music of the Voyagers brings together a contemporary fusion of world music, Middle Eastern and Jewish Music.

Now in 2007, comes the release of Walking The Thin Line, Daphna’s most accomplished recording yet.
Walking The Thin Line is the exciting new CD by DAPHNA SADEH & THE VOYAGERS, an inspired collection of both her original compositions and arrangements for traditional tunes. The group’s sound is a heady synthesis of overlapping styles –- Eastern European Jewish music, Middle Eastern traditions, Jazz and other Ethnic elements -- all seamlessly blended together to create a fresh musical fusion.

The idea behind the title of the CD is an expression of the feeling of our lives at this time in the early 21st Century, where, as Daphna observes ”everything can feel more than ever so fragile but at the same time there are so many moments of beauty. The thin line goes in between these extremes.”

Recorded ”live” at Eastcoat Studios in London, the CD features the Voyagers plus the outstanding, and acclaimed, Kurdish vocalist Nawroz Oramari. (The latter has an interesting history. Born in South Kurdistan on the border of North Iraq, Nawroz spent 10 years in the Kurdish Revolution and was jailed and tortured in four countries before granted asylum in the UK.)

Nawroz’s singing on Walking The Thin Line adds a vocal passion that matches the instrumental sparks generated throughout by Daphna’s double bass and the band, which comprises Koby Isrealite (accordian), Nim Schwartz (oud), Stewart Curtis (reeds) and Ronen Kozokaro (percussion).

”I am lucky to work with such dedicated and wonderful musicians.” says Daphna ”I write to give them a framework to work inside so they have a lot of freedom within.”

”Music” she continues ”has this ability to overcome our differences, so it has a healing power…it’s all connected to the same thing. When you perform or play for people who are from different backgrounds, they can find something in common through music. There are only a few things in life that can bring people together like that, - music has the power to get straight to the soul of a person without other interferences…


Daphna Sadeh - Out of Border (self release) 2002
Daphna Sadeh and The Voyagers - Walking The Thin Line. Record Label - 33 Records 2007
Currently working towards a new CD for Tzadik label ,New Your.
Radio: BBC London,BBC Oxfordshire BBC World Service, BBC Cambridgeshire, Radio 209 UK, Radio Davis Calfornia USA, Radio Italy - was chosen as the week CD December 2007. Galei Tzahal,Israel.

Set List

A typical set list would be of 10-14 pieces, depends on the performance timing. Can be between 45 min to 120 min. We don't usually play covers. It is original compositions and some arrangements for traditional music from EasternEurope /Klezmer and middle eastern styles. This repertoire is also has a touch of Jazz elements to it. The repertoire will include rhythmic pieces and soulful style as well.