Folkadu is an ensemble which takes the audience on a musical journey between culture and languages. The band’s sound sits in between Jewish Folk, Middle-East and European music. The songs are being sang by Yael Gat in Hebrew, Yiddish and Ladino and accompanied by the accordion and the the oud. Additional to her singing, Yael switches between trumpet and shofar. The band creates with this unique instrument combination a bridge between the known western sound to the unexpected sounds of the Middle East. The concert is moderated in German or English.
From traditional tunes, through hora dances and love songs – let yourself taste from the melting pot symphony of the Jewish people.
In 2017 Folkadu was accepted into the YEHUDI MENUHIN Live Music Now Munich funding program. In this context, they are primarily involved in the social sector, e.g. in old people’s houses, children psychiatric centers, prisons, homeless shelters, addictive facilities, in hospice etc.
Since 2018, the ensemble has been regularly engaged for events by the Central Council of Jews in Germany (Zentralrat der Juden).
In 2020-2021 the band got a funding from “Musikfonds.de” in order to record their first album, which will be released in 2022.
Folkadu performs for Jewish, Christian and Muslim communities and wants to make a contribution to interreligious dialogue.
Yael Gat – Vocal, Trumpet & Shofar
Pier Paolo Bertoli – Accordion, backing vocs
Doron Furman – Oud, backing vocs
Yael Gat was born in Haifa, Israel. She started playing the trumpet when she was 11 years old. She began her higher musical education in Tel Aviv and graduated receiving her Bachelor (B.Mus) in trumpet performance from “The Buchmann-Mehta School of Music” at Tel Aviv University in Israel in the class of Eran Reemy.
During the years 2013-2016 she studied in Munich, Germany at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich, where she graduated with honors her Master degree (M.Mus) in the class of Prof. Hannes Läubin and Prof. Thomas Kiechle, both are leading trumpet players at The Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in Munich.
During this time she founded Duo Folkadu (now Trio), where she plays trumpet and singing being accompanied by the accordion.
Today Yael Gat lives in Berlin. As a freelance musician, she works with numerous artists across Germany, playing an extensive repertoire from classical music to modern electronic music.