DYAD Plays Jazz Arias

Dyad is a unique duo born from two jazz and classical artists who transcend musical boundaries, transforming the emotion of classic operatic melodies into stylish contemporary jazz. Dyad features Lou Caimano’s bold, lush alto saxophone sound, enfolded in an orchestral way by Eric Olsen’s vibrant and inventive piano. The fluid rhythmic and dynamic interplay between the musicians is a signature feature of the Dyad sound.

Lou and Eric collaborated on the critically acclaimed album Dyad Plays Puccini, named one of the Top 50 jazz albums of 2013 by Scott Albin of Jazz Times magazine. Brent Black of CriticalJazz.com called it “perhaps the most amazing transformation of cultural enlightenment in the last quarter century.”

Lou offers the perfect voice to bring a modern jazz twist to classic operatic melodies, “truly evoking an opera singer through his heartfelt emotionalism,” according to Albin.

Eric has an extraordinary ability to re-imagine classical works so that an innovative and completely natural jazz conception can emerge. Travis Rogers of Jazz Times praised his quartet album Sea Changes (Blujazz) as the “Best Jazz Arrangements Album of 2015,” calling it “a stunning rainbow bridge between the worlds of Classical and Jazz.”

With Dyad Plays Jazz Arias, Lou and Eric join forces once again to bring favorite operatic arias into the world of modern jazz with grace, style, brilliant originality, and breathtaking skill.

Veteran jazz artists Randy Brecker and Ted Nash bring their exceptional artistry to the Dyad experience, adding a colorful and dynamic dimension to the music.



Pianist Eric Olsen and saxophonist Lou Caimano have re-imagined Puccini’s beautiful classical compositions as contemporary jazz arrangements in Dyad Plays Puccini.  These accomplished classical and jazz artists are unique in their ability to fuse these two musical streams into a new art form. Beloved arias from Madame Butterfly, Tosca, Turandot, La Bohème, and others are combined with the sounds and rhythms of jazz, gospel, R&B, and Latin jazz to create an innovative musical experience. Olsen and Caimano bring ten timeless Puccini melodies into the 21st century with grace, style, virtuosity, and originality. 

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Here you can purchase the first album by Eric and Lou, DYAD. Hailed as "one of the most artistic releases I've heard", "thoughtful, complex, and heartfelt," and full of "romance and intrigue", hear the album that started it all: DYAD!

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Review of DYAD:

 Dyad Plays Jazz Arias will simply blow your mind! Real playing for real ears on the lookout for hot new sounds.

(Chris Spector, Midwest Record)

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