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“Ramón Tasat is a gem. He sings with passion and true bel canto technique. I was also impressed by the seamless weaving of the operatic and Jewish liturgical traditions.”

Rabbi Samuel Weintraub

Cantor Ramon Tasat

Born in Buenos Aires, Hazzan Dr. Ramón Tasat learned Ladino, the language of the Sephardic people, at his grandmother’s knee; his style reflects the rich history and drama of this extraordinary culture. Trained in five different countries, he received a doctorate in voice performance from the University of Texas at Austin. Cantor Tasat has toured Europe with world-renowned Dr. Robert Shaw and has participated in international festivals on both sides of the Atlantic. He has also appeared in numerous opera productions, including “Le Nozze di Figaro,” “Il Impresario,” and “La Traviata,” and has drawn worldwide critical as well as audience acclaim.

Ramón Tasat is the Director of the Cantorial School at the Academy for Jewish Religion, musical advisor of the Berkeley Richmond Jewish Music Festival, board member of the American Friends of Neot Kedumim,and the president of Shalshelet: The Foundation for New Jewish Liturgical Music. Ramón’s numerous recordings include Fiesta Sefarad, Trees cry for rain, Teshuva, Kantikas di amor i vida, a series of Sephardic duets together with the celebrated singer Flory Jagoda, and his most recent, Yom SheKulo Shabbat. He has published several music books on Jewish subjects.

Cantor Tasat brings his extraordinarily rich musical tradition to Shirat HaNefesh, encouraging full congregational participation. He also leads educational activities together with Rabbi Serotta and participates in B’nei Mitzvah training. Cantor Tasat also leads the Kolot HaLev Community Choir, which enhances worship at Shirat HaNefesh on the second Shabbat eve of each month.

E-mail the Hazzan at: rtasat@shirathanefesh.org

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