“Nani Noam Vazana’s music has distant leanings to Flamenco, North African music and Sephardic traditional song, with timeless melodies and fluid improvisation, but more importantly, she is the only known artist to revitalise the ancient Ladino language of her grandmother’s Morocco, bringing it into the spotlight and up-to-date with material resonant with our own times.
Her voice alone is mesmerising – pure and simple, powerful and precise, and imbued with the traditions and the emotional journey of the migrant people who first took their culture across the globe, following the Jewish expulsion from Spain in the 15th century. With her trio, the sound world of fiery Spanish guitar and vibrant percussion is infused with the rhythm of the market place, the melodies of joy and heartbreak, and the stories of a people who left behind their homeland.” – Manchester Jazz Festival
Nani Noam Vazana was honoured with the PAIS music award (2020), SENA album award (2019), the Arts Council England Award (2019), the Sephardic Music Award (2017). She has played showcases at InJazz NL 2018 and a Jazzahead DE 2015 and hosted 2 panels at Womex in (2019 and 2018).
Noam represented the Netherlands at the EU Music Festival in Vietnam 2019, played at the Kennedy Center USA, Jodhpur RIFF IN, North Sea Jazz NL, Roccella Jazz IT, Tanjazz MA, Jerusalem Jazz ISR and was artist in residence at Amsterdam Roots Festival and shared the stage with John Clayton, Terell Stafford, Katie Melua & Bobby McFerrin.
Vazana released 3 solo albums, 1 EP and 1 soundtrack for an NPO documentary. Her album “Andalusian Brew” won her the Sephardic Music Award ES (2017), her album “Love Migration” ranked as an iTunes Top-20 bestseller (2015), and was awarded the ACUM album prize (2014). She composed music for BBC and NPO documentaries. The Dutch NPO network released a mini documentary about her work in 2018.