Ramon Tasat

Music / Sound, Performance

About the Artist

Ramón Tasat     Ramon.tasat@gmail.com  www.ramontasat.com             Vocalist, musician, and gifted entertainer Ramón Tasat thrills audiences with his magnificent tenor voice and unforgettable guitar arrangements. Ramón sings in Hebrew, Ladino, Spanish, Italian, and English, and specializes in Sephardic music.        Ramón has the unique ability to transform his listeners into active participants as he skillfully weaves his profound understanding of music and culture with his love of rhythm and melody. From a single note to an evening of musical splendor, Ramón’s sensitivity and passionate musical renditions will captivate audiences of all interests, ages, and backgrounds.      Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Ramón 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, Ramón has studied at the Latin American Rabbinical Seminary, the Manuel de Falla Conservatory of Music, and the University of Texas at Austin, where he received a Doctorate degree in Voice Performance.  His Doctoral dissertation is entitled: “The Cantillations and Melodies of the Jews of Tangier, Morocco” Ramón Tasat is the Cantor of Shirat HaNefesh (Song of the Soul), an emerging Jewish congregation in southern Montgomery County, MD.  He is also the musical Director of Kolot HaLev, a Jewish Community choir in the Greater Washington area, and the president of Shalshelet: The Foundation for New Jewish Liturgical Music.        Ramón has appeared in numerous opera productions including “Le Nozze di Figaro,” “Il Impressario,” and “La Traviata,” and has drawn worldwide critical as well as audience acclaim. After attending Ramón’s “Cantata Ebraica” concert, Rabbi Samuel Weintraub remarked, “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.”      Ramón has toured Europe with world-renowned Dr. Robert Shaw, and he has participated in international festivals on both sides of the Atlantic. His most notable appearances include: the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, the Israeli Embassy, the Italian Consulate in New York City, Touro Synagogue in Newport, Rhode Island, Harvard University, Saint Cére, France, Siena, Italy, Helsinki, Finland, and the Piccolo Spoleto Festival.       In addition to television and radio appearances, Ramón has been the recipient of numerous awards including First Place at the Montpelier Cultural Arts Center’s Recital Competition and a National Endowment of the Arts Grant.       Ramón offers a wide spectrum of lectures, workshops, and programs. These range from “A Concert for Peace” to “Lullabies in Jewish Tradition,” and ““Echoes of Sefarad” to “The Music of Modern Israel.”

Featured Work

Arts in Education

Audiences Types: Creative Aging (Older Adults), English Language Learners, Educators, Other Population/Community