Ever since George Gershwin composed “Rhapsody in Blue” in 1924, artists from Duke Ellington to Gunther Schuller have used elements from classical music to create new and exciting jazz sounds. Alto saxophonist Lou Caimano and pianist Eric Olsen are among the most innovative musical talents to fuse these two great art forms. They transform well-known operatic arias into imaginative and unconventional jazz compositions. 

The duo has been performing together for 16 years under the name of DYAD, a rubric that Webster’s defines as “two persons in a continuing relationship involving interaction.” Their musical interaction continues on this project with elegant and highly original jazz arrangements of operatic melodies mostly from the 18th and 19th centuries.


Testimonials from Our Promoters and Presenters and Reviewers: 

"Dyad presented a world class afternoon of operatic melodies thorough a jazz prism.  Our audience was in rapt awe of their musicianship, creativity and the beauty of sound.  This is the second time they have performed here and we are excited to invite them again!" 
Jamie Peterson, Board Member 
The Friends of the New Providence Library


Cadence Magazine 

January 03, 2017 

Robert Rusch 

“I am impressed in particular with Olsen’s pianistic abilities as he plays in head turning solos and I am also impressed with Caimano’s distinctive sound.” 



November 12, 2016 

Jerome Wilson 

“…retain(s) the beauty of the classical melodies but the jazz soloing is done with real abandon and flair.” 



November 07, 2016 

Bob Nicosia 

“…magical music for your ears that will never get old.” 

“Alto Saxophonist Lou Caimano and Pianist Eric Olsen have used their remarkable improvisational skills to turn beautiful operatic melodies into wonderful jazz performances.” 

The Art Music Lounge 


October 31, 2016 

Lynn René Bayley 

“…a terrifically creative album, one that simply cannot be fully appreciated or savored in just one listening. There is, literally, so much going on here that you need to listen two or three times at least. What a great album!” 

Roberta on the Arts 


October 21, 2016 

Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower 

“…visionary recording” 

Aquarian Weekly 


October 19, 2016 

Mike Greenblatt 

“Here… Caimano and Olsen… take the most dramatic arias from Mozart’s 1787 Don Giovanni, Barber’s 1956 Vanessa, Bizet’s 1875 Carmen, Verdi’s 1887 Otello and three more to turn them into gloriously swinging jazz, no mean feat.” 



September 30, 2016 

Bruce Crowther 

“High quality music, inspired improvisations! Beautiful music, reinvented with taste and respect by two immensely talented musicians.” 

Jersey Jazz Journal 


November 01, 2016 

Joe Lang 

“The results are warmly engaging, and make for stimulating listening.  Olsen and Caimano have shown again with this album that they have found a winning formula for this musical synthesis.” 

Elmore Magazine 


September 26, 2016 

Mike Jurkovic 

“DYAD fearlessly and imaginatively bebop these formidable operatic themes, each taken with improvisatory flair and soaring musicianship.  Caimano and Olsen are the daring bright lights here. Deservedly so.” 

Bebop Spoken Here 


September 14, 2016 


"A Tour de Force!" 

Midwest Record 


September 13, 2016 

Chris Spector 

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

WBAA Inside Jazz 


September 05, 2016 

Don Seybold 

“I will play, feature, and talk about this bit of beauty and aesthetic intelligence (Dyad Plays Jazz Arias) a great deal”. 



November 26, 2013 

Scott Albin 

"An enthralling CD, eloquent and passionate improvisations on artful arrangements." 

DYAD Plays Puccini is rated one of the Top Jazz CD's of 2013 by Scott Albin 

Critical Jazz 


July 31, 2013 

Brent Black 

"Perhaps the most amazing transformation of cultural enlightenment in the last quarter century." 

Jazz Inside Magazine 


November 01, 2013 

Alex Henderson 

"DYAD makes Puccini’s melodies sound perfectly natural as postbop…and their risk taking pays off." 

Downbeat Magazine 


January 03, 2014 

John McDonough 

"Fugue-ish playfulness and a jazz sensibility. The result is a finely tuned recital." 

Classical Candor 


November 15, 2013 

John J. Puccio 

"An enjoyable album filled with grace and poise, that kept me fascinated for its duration."



October 31, 2013 


"Dyad Plays Puccini" is an extraordinary project by two American musicians."



September 26, 2013 

Tony Augarde 

"Brilliant originality, intriguing blend of classics, jazz and breathtaking skill of the duettists." 

Rochester City Newspaper 


September 11, 2013 

Ron Netsky 

"Lou Caimano is an extraordinary saxophonist … Eric Olsen is an excellent pianist. “Dyad Plays Puccini” is chamber jazz at its finest."

Roberta on the Arts 


August 14, 2013 

Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower 

"Caimano and Olsen vary Puccini’s masterpieces with theatricality and reverence."

Resident Magazine 


August 10, 2013 

Barry Bassis 

"An imaginative approach to these lush melodies."



July 21, 2013 

Jack Goodstein 

"This is a remarkable album."

Our Man on the Coast 


July 20, 2013 

Maxwell Chandler 

"Impressive Sonics and pristine sound." 

Folk and Acoustic Music Exchange 


July 16, 2013 

Mark S. Tucker 

"You must give this a listen, as it's one of those releases in which words fail."



July 14, 2013 

Leonid Auskern 

"The virtuosity of execution of both parties deserves the highest praise."



July 13, 2013 

Marc Myers 

"This is a jazz album through and through and it’s a treat."

Paul Leslie Hour 


July 07, 2013 

Paul Leslie 

"Grace. Style. Virtuosity. Originality." 

Midwest Record 


June 22, 2013 

Chris Spector 

"The only pyrotechnics you need are the sparks this duo sets off. Well done!" 

Jersey Jazz 


May 30, 2013 

Joseph Lang 

"The results are simply wonderful." 


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) 


Past Dates 

Sunday, November 12th, 2017 

New Providence Library 

DYAD Play Jazz Arias - 3 PM 

377 Elkwood Avenue 
New Providence, NJ 07974 

Price: Free 

DYAD, the incomparable jazz duo of Lou Caimano on alto saxophone and Eric Olsen on piano, is back by popular demand, playing their innovative jazz versions of operatic favorites! After the critical success of their album DYAD Plays Puccini, which Jazz Times Magazine called one of the Top 50 Jazz Albums of 2013, Olsen and Caimano returned to the studio to bring DYAD Plays Jazz Ariasto life.  Dubbed a “visionary recording”, a “Tour de Force!”, and “magical music that will never get old” by critics, This concert will feature familiar melodies from both these trend setting albums, including arias from Carmen by Bizet, Don Giovanni by Mozart, Otello by Verdi, and the beloved operas of Puccini. 


Saturday, May 13th, 2017 

Union Congregational Church 

Dyad Plays Jazz Arias - 7:30 PM 

176 Cooper Avenue 
Montclair, NJ 07043 
(973) 744-7424 

Price: Freewill Donation 

Two innovative jazz and classical artists 

Transcend musical boundaries, 

Transforming favorite operatic arias into 

Contemporary jazz with grace, style, 

Brilliant originality, and breathtaking skill. 

Come hear favorite operatic melodies from the operas 

Carmen, Tosca, La Boheme, Don Giovanni, and more! 

“Magical music for your ears that will never get old” 



Saturday, November 5th, 2016 

The Ridgewood Conservatory 

Dyad Plays Jazz Arias CD Release Concert - 7:30 PM 

409 Sette Drive 
Paramus, NJ 07652 

Price: Admission is $10 for Adults, Children 12 and under free, all others $5 

DYAD Plays Jazz Arias features favorite operatic arias from Bizet's Carmen to Mozart's Champagne Aria Finch'han dal vino, re-imagined with brilliant originality and breathtaking skill. 

Come experience the artistry of DYAD live in concert at our CD Release Concert! 


Sunday, May 15th, 2016 

Union Congregational Church 

Dyad Plays Jazz Arias - 3 PM 

176 Cooper Avenue 
Montclair, NJ 07043 
(973) 744-7424 

Price: Fundraising Concert; Donation Gratefully Accepted 

Come Hear the music from the latest Dyad collaboration, Dyad Plays Jazz Arias!  A wonderful collection of arias by Mozart, Bizet, Verdi, and other great composers, brought to a new level of artistry through the musical transfiguration of Eric Olsen and Lou Caimano! Not to be missed! 

All proceed from this concert will go to benefit Church World Services. 


Thursday, September 24th, 2015 

Montclair State University, Chapin Hall, Jed Leschowitz Recital Hall 

Dyad: Jazz Arias - 8 PM 

1 Normal Avenue 
Montclair, NEW JERSEY 07043 

Price: Free Admission 

The next installment of the highly rated Dyad series: Jazz Arias features more of the unique artistry of Eric Olsen and Lou Caimano. Music includes famous arias from Carmen, Otello, Don Giovanni, Pagliacci, and other operas, given the same eloquent and passionate improvisations which have made Dyad Plays Puccini such a wonderful success. 


Saturday, September 19th, 2015 

Unitarian Society of Ridgewood 

Dyad Plays Jazz Arias - 8 PM 

113 Cottage Place 
Ridgewood, NJ 07450 

Price: $20 on website: $25 at the door; Kids 18 and under $5 

The next installment of the highly rated Dyad series: Jazz Arias features more of the unique artistry of Eric Olsen and Lou Caimano. Music includes famous arias from Carmen, Otello, Don Giovanni, Pagliacci, and other operas, given the same eloquent and passionate improvisations which have made Dyad Plays Puccini such a wonderful success. 


Friday, June 12th, 2015 

Ocean County College Jazz Festival 

Dyad Plays Puccini - 3 PM 

1 College Drive 
Toms River, NJ 08754 
(732) 255-0400 

Price: TBA 

Dyad will be performing and giving a Master Class at Ocean County College's first ever jazz festival. 


Saturday, April 12th, 2014 

Opera, Champagne, and a Little Jazz 

Fundraising Concert for Opera Theater of Montclair - 8 to 11 PM 

16 Prospect Avenue 
Montclair, NJ 07042 

Price: $40 

Come support Opera Theatre of Montclair while having a fun evening of food, champagne and music. On Saturday, April 12, 8-11PM, Brian and Christina Cattell are graciously opening their lovely 1917 Craftsman Colonial home for this event.  The acclaimed jazz duo DYAD (Eric Olsen, piano, and Lou Caimano, alto saxophone) will open the program with arrangements from their new CD, DYAD Plays Puccini. OTM sopranos, Rosa D'Imperio, La Toya Lewis and Mia Riker-Norrie, and baritone Jim Pierce will be accompanied by Rebecca Eng, piano, in arias and ensembles by Bellini, Gershwin, Massenet, Mozart, Verdi and Wagner. There will be an auction of voice lessons, private performances and MAYBE some opera memorabilia! Advance tickets are HIGHLY recommended as space is limited.  $40.00 entitles you to our three-hour opera party including food, champagne, fun company, live jazz and operatic performances in one of Montclair's historic homes.  Plus you will be helping to establish an opera company in Montclair.  THANK YOU! 


Thursday, April 10th, 2014 

Designers on the Block 

Interior Designers for Legislation in NY: A Night of Auction and Fun! - 6:30 to 9:30 PM 

71 West 23rd Street 18th Floor 
New York, NY 

Price: $99; Students $20 

DESIGNERS ON THE BLOCK 2 is an updated version of an earlier celebrated and successful auction of donated designer participant services, such as a 2 to 3 hour personal interior design consultation or other service of your choice. The auction “bid price” would be donated by the bidder to IDLNY in exchange for the one time consultation or other service provided by the designer participant. 

The designer participant will showcase images of their recent work. 

Come and bid! Sway to the live jazz music of DYAD, and share food and drink with your colleagues to celebrate interior design in New York! 

Proceeds from ticket sales and auction will go toward funding IDLNY's next steps to further adoption of the Interior Design Practice Act in 2014. IDLNY has partnered with a lobbyist organization to coordinate these efforts. 


Sunday, March 30th, 2014 

New Providence Library 

Dyad Plays Puccini - 2 PM 

377 Elkwood Ave 
New Providence, NJ 07974 
United States 

Price: Free 


Sunday, March 9th, 2014 

Luna Stage 

Dyad Plays Puccini - 7 PM 

555 Valley Road 
West Orange, NJ 07052 
973 395-5551 

Price: $18 in advance, $20 at the door 



Sunday, December 29th, 2013 

Rockwood Music Hall 

Dyad Plays Puccini - 8 PM at Stage 3; Doors open at 7:30 PM 

196 Allen Street 
New York, NY 10002 

Price: $10 tickets; $10 drink minimum 


Friday, October 18th, 2013 

Montclair State University, Chapin Hall, Jed Leschowitz Recital Hall 

Dyad Plays Puccini - 8 PM 

1 Normal Avenue 
Montclair, NJ 07043 

Price: Free 


Thursday, October 3rd, 2013 

The Bitter End 

Dyad Plays Puccini CD Release Party - 7:30 PM 

147 Bleecker Street 
New York, NY 10012 
(212) 673-7030 

Price: $7 Cover; two drink minimum at a table, 1 drink at the bar 

Come to our NYC CD Release Party at the Bitter End!  This will be the kickoff show for the season! 


Friday, September 13th, 2013 

Rutherford Congregational Church 

Dyad Plays Puccini - 7:30 PM 

251 Union Avenue 
Rutherford, NJ 07070 

Price: $20 Adults/$10 16 and younger 

Sunday, September 1st, 2013 


Scanfest 2013 

Dyad Plays Puccini - 10 AM to 6 PM 

Vasa Park at Wolfe Road 
Budd Lake, NJ 07840 

Price: Adults $14; Seniors $13, Children 12 and under free 

Come hear Dyad play their unique renditions of Puccini arias at Viking Hall at Budd Lake, NJ!  Featuring all things Scandinavian, Eric has been a featured performer at the venue for the past six years!  Come for the food, the fun, and the music!