Yael & Gabriel is a Spectacular Music Band based in New York. Yael (vocalist, musician and composer) and Gabriel (guitar, bass player, composer and arranger) met in New York while playing in the Lower East Side. Their joined talent created a non-conventional, cosmopolitan style of music.
They have been successfully performing in legendary New York venues such as B.B.King, Blue Note, Cafe Wha, HighLine Ballroom, City Winery, and Club Bonafide, as well as Cruise Lines, and venues all over the world including Paris, Buenos Aires, Tel-Aviv, Sao Paulo and Moscow.
Aside from their own compositions the band has different shows currently running which include:
Edith Piaf Tribute / Fire & Passion (frequently requested Standards) / The Music of Barbara Streisand / Life is Cabaret (Streisand, Minelli & Piaf) / Tango & Flamenco (original music) / Django Reinhardt Music / Italian Standards / Jobim and Piazzola / French Jazz & Tango / Gypsy Kings Music
During these unique shows, Yael & Gabriel interact with the audience. Yael tells stories and anecdotes about the artists and songs, bringing a new dimension to the audience connecting beyond the music.
Yael Dray is French & Israeli.
Yael's style is progressive, influenced by French music, Gypsy Jazz, and Israeli Rock. She speaks and sings in eight different languages: French, Italian, Spanish, English, Portuguese, Hebrew, Russian and Serbian.
Yael has an acting background which gives her an amazing comfortability and ease on stage, interacting with the audience and telling background stories for each song.
She was also the opening act of Leo Dan during his American tours. Leo Dan is a Latin Grammy Winner of 2012, he is a huge star withing The USA Latin community and all of South America.
Yael graduated as a Master of Jazz Music from Queens College in 2014.
Gabriel Hermida is originally from Argentina.
Gabriel's compositions have the essence of classical Tango, Contemporary Music, and Jazz. Some are Flamenco songs with lyrics and personal stories.
Gabriel has also been performing with Savion Glover in his show called “Solo in Time” for the last 5 years. Savion's tap dancing being the percussion on Gabriel's Flamenco compositions. Savion Glover is the biggest contemporary tap dancer as he’s danced with Michael Jackson and Barbra Streisand (for a Millennium show). Gabriel is commonly described as a Guitar Virtuoso.
He performs at the Lincoln Center Blue Note, Theatre de la Ville (Paris), Theatre of Monte-Carlo (Monaco) and more.