Performers' Index N
Singer for Azamra, a movement of the Breslov Chassidim. CD "Shirey Ahavah veEmunah: Songs of Love and Faith". Website has biographical information, photos and sound bites. "The Azamra Institute is dedicated to the dissemination of Torah spirituality, healthcare and healing through educational programs, quality publications and Internet outreach. Founded in 1986 by Rabbi Avraham Greenbaum, the Azamra Institute is an independent non-profit organization incorporated in Israel, the U.S. and Canada."
Nashir Choral Ensemble--University of Judaism
As part of the University of Judaism campus, the Nashir Choral ensemble performs Jewish and non-Jewish works. The Jewish music portion is primarily arrangements of Israeli tunes, liturgical works and compositions by Jewish composers.
Superstar in Israel, Shuly Nathan's sweet and crystal clear voice was recorded in one of the most famous songs of all: Naomi Shemer's Jerusalem of Gold. Born in London, but arriving in Israel at age 2, Shuly Nathan's albums are both in the folk and pop-Israeli idioms. Today her new CDs reveal a mature artist whose voice is as wonderful as ever. Her website contains a brief biography, some photos, links to her new albums on CD Baby, and contact information.
Lior Navok, an Israeli composer residing in Boston, has a website with two CDs, a complete catalogue of his works, an up-to-date schedule of his music's performances, and reviews of his music from Israel and the US. Mr. Navok includes a .pdf of the first pages of his compositions in order to let viewers have an idea of his work.
Di Naye Kapele
Bob Cohen formed Di Naye Kapelye, a klezmer ensemble, to "present Carpathian klezmer music in its most authentic form. A member of the Jewish Music Research Center at Budapest's ELTE University, Bob has done extensive field research in klezmer and Yiddish music in Eastern Europe, the United States, and Israel. A founding member of the Budapester Klezmer Band, Bob has also performed and toured with Budowitz." The website contains information about the group, its members, links and photos, a discography and articles including "Jewish Musicians in Moldavia" a translation of an article by Itzik Schwartz.
Located in Southbury, Connecticut, this band serves the local communities surrounding Waterbury.
Neal Katz, based in Cincinnati, Ohio, (formerly from Virginia Beach, VA) writes and performs music in the folkrock-Reform tradition, ala Jeff Klepper. Neal has a pleasant folk voice and is a widely touring musician in the Reform camp movement, visiting many camp and youth groups each year. His website, nicely laid out, features a tour schedule, a bio and audio clips. A nice feature of the clips are that lyrics for the songs are included, along with a printer-friendly version of the texts. Sources for the Hebrew-transliterated texts are provided. The currently featured CD is called "Who Am I?"
Music of the Soul is the title given to this website of the performer, Neshama Carlebach. The daughter of the famous Shlomo Carlebach, Ms. Carlebach leads programs for women only as well as general performances. She has several CD's recorded.
A sohisticated website introduces the Neshoma Orchestra of Cedarhurst, New York. Celebrating 20 years as a band performing "at weddings, dinners, Bar /Bat Mitzvahs, and organizational/corporate events worldwide," the orchestra is an exemplar of the American Yeshivish and Modern Orthodox style of music. The group boasts a large number of instrumentalists and vocalists, although there are no individual bios on the website. Neshoma Orchestra has records with many top concert artists in the Jewish field. Michael Sojcher and Elly Zomick are the leaders of the group. Neshoma website audio clips include a choice of mp3 or Real Audio. The current website features their CD "A Heimishe Simcha," with a mention about the upcoming album called "Neshoma @your Simcha". Contact information includes their address: 420 Central Avenue Cedarhurst, NY 11516. Telephone: 516-569-4949 and Fax 516-569-5223. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dan Nichols and Eighteen. CD "It Was You". Website features songsheets of the music, tour dates, photos, schedule, and a press kit.
Dan Nichols and 18
Summer camp rock singer. Band pages have photos, music clips and schedule of appearances. Artist-in-residence at venues such as Kutz Camp and Wild Acres for summer 2004, and traveling throughout US at camps.
Hungarian band formed in 2001 mixing "traditional Jewish music (klezmer, sephard, folk-sacral) with jazz and and free-improv elements." Members of the band:András Párniczky: guitar; Kristóf Bacsó: alt-, and szopran saxofon; Péter Nagy: bass; Csaba Gavallér: drums, derbuka;Featuring: Dániel Váczi: sopran saxofon; János Vázsonyi: alt saxofon. They perform in venues around Hungary and in festivals around Europe.
"Holland-based NIKITOV is an acoustic ensemble that plays Yiddish songs and Klezmer accented by the rhythms and sounds of Gypsy Jazz and East European folk music. Called "one of the best of the new Yiddish folksong ensembles" (klezmershack.com), the band members combine their ideas in producing a unique approach that harnesses the drive and energy of these related musical traditions while capturing the emotion and depth of the Yiddish text. Featuring the stunningly beautiful vocal interpretations of Niki Jacobs backed by a powerhouse group of creative instrumentalists, Nikitov has performed throughout Europe and the United States since 2000." The site has bios, photos, schedule, cds and reviews.
Mark Novak and Renee Brachfeld
Husband and wife duo based in the Washington D.C. Area, telling stories and singing songs. Renee is a storyteller and juggler and Mark is a cantor and musician. Mark and Renée present Artist-in-Residence weekends at synagogues throughout the United States.