Asefa is playing in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
Thursday, June 8, 9pm
The Tea Lounge, NYC
837 Union St. (btw 6/7 aves)
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Subway: Q/B to 7ave or 2/3 to Grand Army Plaza.
Asefa includes Samuel Thomas on woodwinds and percussion, Noah
Jarrett on upright bass, Eric Platz on drums and David Buchbut on
**New Asefa CD available at: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/samuelthomas
and now on iTunes at: http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/
Here’s a recent review by Gili Houpt on NYC Jewish Music: Jewish
Music Album of the Week: “Asefa,” the eponymous debut by Samuel
Thomas’ band, gathers the sounds of klezmer and jazz together with
African and Middle-Eastern music for a great mix of traditional tunes
and original compositions. In addition to clarinet and sax, Samuel
plays instruments unfamiliar to most listeners of Western music:
bendir (Moroccan percussion) and ghaita, (a type of African flute)
for a mesmerizing effect. There are 2 vocal tracks, including Ki
Eshmera Shabbat, a popular Sephardic song for the Shabbat meal. The
rest of the album is instrumental, but even without words the
universal language of music conveys the Spirit. Asefa is the outcome
of JATM, Jewish Awareness through Music, a project Thomas founded to
teach Jewish culture all over the world.