Take a Walk with Me
Biography As an infant, her grandpa Sam sang to her in his native Ladino. When she was three she taught herself to play the piano. At 7 she wrote her first song. And by the time she was ten, she was exploring Latin rhythms with her Flamenco dancing Aunt. . . . But that was just the beginning of Jill Talvé's lifelong journey through music. Educated at the Manhattan school of music and the University of Michigan, Jill's experience in the music world is unique and sometimes contradictory. Born into a Sephardic family, Jill has always been influenced by traditional Jewish music from Spain, Turkey and Greece. But that's not her only inspiration. She also loves classical music, so much so that she attended the summer program at Tanglewood intent on becoming a conductor. She was also moved by Opera and songwriters like Carole King and Karla Bonoff. Passionate about music, Jill learned to listen to her favorite pieces and play them back almost immediately - by ear. So how did this musical prodigy end up as an executive in the Stainless Steel industry? After a stint in the music biz in her early 20s, Jill went into the family business. She imported and exported stainless steel for more than 20 years. Her job, though not a creative one,inspired her artistically in ways she never imagined. She traveled to China, India and other points around the globe. Along the way, she picked up insight into other cultures and religions;Insight that added to her already well-honed song writing skills. As the years passed, Jill wrote dozens of songs with themes ranging from the Ganges to the Garden of Eden. Currently, Jill is spending more and more time and energy on her music. With the release of her first CD 'Take a Walk with Me' she intends to make that lifelong dream a reality. This CD was produced by Rose Gunter with Mick Gaffney and Spyros Poulos. Great talent went to work on this album including such artists as Dave Valentin, Emedin Rivera and Rap artist Jparka,and many others.It's a beautifully woven sampler of original songs ranging from torch jazz to ska rap to soulful ballads, artfully blended into a totally unique listening experience. In addition to her CD, Jill is also working on a documentary that will trace her family's history through music from Spain to Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey.