NATEDAL is a group founded far away from the f*ckery of urban society.
While silently standing together on the mountains of Banff, Canada, being in awe of mama earth, their musical connectedness was born.
Centred around the importance of nurturing communities, they have created humble tunes, transcending melodies, empowering soundscapes, and intertwining vocal shouts — creating a space for people’s full selves to rediscover inner peace.
Our live set combines a diverse array of styles and therefore approaches to composition. We shift from predetermined elements to fully improvised sonic environments, informing each other from our respective disciplines to transcend the conventional boundaries of style. It is our intention to create an experience that is compelling in terms of narrative, musical intent, and moral grounding.
Natalie Greffel is a composer, singer, bassist based in Berlin, Germany. Her entry into music began by coincidence, with her musically-untrained father buying her a children's keyboard after winning the lottery. In the beginnings of piano lessons with her sister's friend, the seeds of Natalie's artistic passions were planted.
After moving to Berlin in 2010, Natalie decided to pursue a music career, and since then has worked with several groups such as Radio Citizen, Onom Agemo and the Disco Jumpers, Kelvin Sholar, Karl Hector and the Malcouns and Natedal as both a singer, composer, lyricist and bassist. Natalie is the winner of numerous grants and competitions including the Dom-stiftung scholarship (Switzerland), DJBFA Støttepulje (Denmark), Jazz and creative music workshop directed by Vijay Iver and Tyshawn Sorey and has currently been granted the one-year artist compositional scholarship of young talents (Künstlerische Nachwuschförderung/Nafög), from the university of arts Berlin, Germany (Universität der Künste Berlin) where she also did her bachelor degree in jazz vocals at the Jazz institute Berlin with professor Judy Niemack, composition with Dr. Greg Cohen and electric bass with Max Hughes.
This year Natalie is releasing her debut album under the label Agogo records which is music inspired from Afro-Brazilian music which she studied in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 with Marcello Goncalves (Bossa nova guitar), Jayme Vignoli (Choro music), Pauxy Gentil-Nunes (arrangement). Her debut album although not out yet has already won several compositional competitions amongst others 6. Creole Global Music Contest, Sparda Jazz award and Umbria jazz festival award Conan (Italy).
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Eden Girma is a multi-instrumental musician, singer, and composer hailing from Madison, WI. As a child of Ethiopian immigrants raised in the Midwest, Eden grew up at the nexus of widely varying and vibrant musical traditions, including: Ethiopian and American folk, European classical, jazz, rock, hip-hop. Today, Eden draws from these rich genres to create and perform music that not only resonates with individual hearts, but brings people closer together in a spirit of intimacy and empathy.
Eden's national awards include selection as a 2014 U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts and a Centennial Scholar of the Gordon Parks Foundation. Eden has also received a number of fellowships and awards for musical achievements and projects, including the Alex G. Booth Fellowship, the Harvard Music Department Davison Fellowship, and the Robert Levin Prize in Musical Performance. As a Harvard and New England Conservatory dual-degree student, Eden has worked with and studied under Vijay Iyer, Yosvany Terry, Hans Tutschku, Dominique Eade, Frank Carlberg, and Ran Blake. Throughout the undergraduate years, Eden held leadership positions in a number of artistic organisations such as the Harvard Radcliffe Dramatic Club, Renegade Magazine, and the Kuumba Singers of Harvard College.
Eden is proud and honoured to have created alongside and supported various young and established artists over the past half decade. Most recently, Eden was featured in the world premiere of MacArthur Fellow Tyshawn Sorey’s suite of new pieces, performing at the Banff Centre International Workshop for Jazz and Creative Music. Eden is presently pursuing a Masters in Creative Practice at Goldsmiths University.
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Aliya Ultan is a composer, cellist, singer, and dancer from Brooklyn, NY. As a teenager Ultan participated in the New York Philharmonic’s Very Young Composer’s Program where her music was both workshopped and performed at the Lincoln Center. Before attending the Interlochen Arts Academy on a full scholarship, Ultan trained as a dancer at the Ailey School in Manhattan where she worked with choreographer Robert Battle. Ultan’s interdisciplinary approach to creating art has led to performances with the Grammy award winning Eighth Blackbird Ensemble, master improviser Douglas Ewart of the AACM as well as MacArthur Fellow, Tyshawn Sorey. Ultan is winner of numerous grants and competitions including From the Top’s Jack Kent Cooke Award, YoungArts, Oberlin College’s Flint Initiative Grant and XARTS.
In August of both 2016 and 2017, Ultan and her sister Taiga appeared in Iceland’s Chamber Music Festival as resident composer-performers after teaching a series of their creative music workshops at the Tónlistarskóli Kópavogs. While attending Vijay Iyer’s Jazz and Creative Music program at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Ultan was a featured soloist in a piece by her sister titled Opera Synopsis, a challenging yet humorous work for large ensemble involving musicians from a diverse array of stylistic backgrounds.
Most recently, Ultan has completed two commissioned works including a contemporary circus show and large ensemble piece for the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble.
Ultan is currently an undergraduate student at the Oberlin Conservatory studying cello performance with professor Darrett Adkins, improvisation with Dana Jessen, and composition with Dr. Stephen Hartke.
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