Yaala Ballin was born in Israel and moved to New York in 2004. In addition to frequent performances in the city’s prestigious jazz venues including Smalls, Smoke, and Birdland, she has also toured in Europe and the former Soviet Union, and has been a featured artist in international jazz festivals in Israel. Her album, Travlin’ Alone, was released in 2009 on Smalls Records. As a clinician, she has conducted masterclasses and workshops in New York, Europe and Israel, and is an instructor in the continuing Bi-Communal “Jazz Futures” Program in Cyprus, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.
“I started singing jazz when I was only fifteen years old. The AICF scholarship allowed me to take private lessons, which expanded my knowledge and made me realize how much I love this music. This early education helped me to pave my path to a career in jazz. Israeli culture is gaining more and more respect around the world, and Israeli artists are making their marks in all different fields. I’m very happy to be part of this huge force!”