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Cantor Luis Cattan

Uruguayan born Hazzan Rabbi Luis U. Cattan passion for Jewish Music, Jewish Culture, Jewish Spirituality, and Israel transpires in every moment of his career. Ever since he arrived in the United States, he became involved with the Cantors Assembly the organization that represents for him the embodiment of his passion for Jewish music, Jewish spirituality, and Jewish education.

He is serving at The Conservative Synagogue of Westport, Connecticut since 2014. In 2020 he received his Rabbinical ordination and his Master of Art in Jewish studies from the Academy for Jewish Religion. He currently serves as President of the Cantors Assembly.

 

His music is the result of the blend between Sephardic and Ashkenazic worlds. His paternal grandparents emigrated from Turkey to Uruguay in 1919. Ladino was their mother tongue. His maternal grandparents emigrated ten years later from Eastern Europe. They spoke Yiddish.

While in Uruguay, he became involved in music at a very early age. He participated in the synagogue choir at age of 11 and never stopped singing ever since. As a native Uruguayan he attended the Catholic University of Montevideo receiving his BA on social Communication Sciences with a major in Advertising. He sought private instruction under the tutelage of renowned local teachers. Upon returning from Israel where he spent a year studying, he started his Hazzanut training with different mentors in Uruguay and in Argentina as well. He became the Head Hazzan at the NCI (the largest Conservative Synagogue in Uruguay). He also served as International Vice President of Mercaz Olami (Zionist Conservative Movement) as one of the founders of the Uruguayan Branch.

His music is the result of the blend between Sephardic and Ashkenazic worlds. His paternal grandparents emigrated from Turkey to Uruguay in 1919. Ladino was their mother tongue. His maternal grandparents emigrated ten years later from Eastern Europe. They spoke Yiddish.

In 2003 Cantor Cattan moved to The United States with his family. He served for five years at the Cuban Hebrew Congregation, where he had also created a series of concerts named “Tapas, Wine and Jewish Jazz”. In 2008 he became the cantor at Beth Torah Benny rock campus in North Miami Beach, Florida where he served also as education director. During that time, he released a CD named “On the Wings of Prayer” that features the eclectic style of his renditions that blend tradition with contemporary sounds of Sephardic and Ashkenazic origins. Some of the songs from this CD were also part of the last three CDs of the Spirit Series a joint project between the Cantors assembly and USCJ.

 

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