Tal Yahalom is an Israeli born guitarist and composer currently based in Brooklyn, New York.
While attending the BFA program of the “Center for Jazz Studies” , Tel Aviv, Tal led his own bands and had the chance to study and perform with many of Israel’s best jazz musicians. In 2014 he relocated to NYC and is currently working on several main projects: Solo Guitar – exploring the combination of free improvisations with original and classical music, jazz repertoire and songs; Kadawa – a collective experimental-rock-jazz trio performing original compositions influenced by life experiences, cinema and literature, and the Sagi Kaufman Trio – an alto, guitar, drums trio playing rubato style, jazz-influenced music. In addition he is involved with various sideman projects, ranging stylistically from rock and pop to straight-ahead jazz and world music.
Tal has performed as a leader at the 2015 Detroit Jazz Festival, the 2016 Bern Jazz Festival (Switzerland), the 2013 Red Sea Jazz Festival and at well-known venues across NYC (Rockwood Music Hall, Nublu, Bar Next Door, Ibeam, Bowery Electric, The Bitter End) and Israel (Levontin 7, Beit Haamudim). During his studies he was chosen to perform in prestigious concerts featuring international artists-in-residence Sam Yahel and the late Mulgrew Miller, as well as at the Rostov Jazz Festival, Russia.
Tal is the recipient of the 2014-2015 AICF scholarship award, the winner of the 2015 Detroit Jazz Festival Guitar Competition and the 3rd place winner of the 2016 Montreux Jazz Festival Guitar Competition. His bands won the young jazz ensembles competition of the 2013 Red Sea Jazz Festival alongside the 2014 jazz ensembles competition of the Jerusalem Academy of Music.