Lenka Lichtenberg & Fray appears in NYC Dec. 6, 2016
Jalopy Theater and School of Music!! 315 Columbia Street Brooklyn, New York 11231
phone 718.395.3214 www.jalopy.biz
Workshop 6:30-8:00pm ($25)
Concert at 8:30pm ($15)
Come celebrate her new album Yiddish Journey
Toronto based, Czech born Lenka Lichtenberg singer, composer, songwriter, and chazanit. She has produced numerous recordings based on the European experience, including Yiddish songs, and her CD Breathing Walls, where she visited many old synagogues in Czech Republic, and joint projects with Yair Dalal.
Holly has her own band HOLLY, which recorded 3 albums, played at the House of Blues. She also played in a band called Big Planet that was awarded “Best Acoustic Band in Los Angeles by the National Academy of Songwriters. Holly relocated to DC, where she recorded two albums and wrote the theme songs for several major charities.
Her Jewish-themed music is completely modern, completely original, and in English.… CONTINUE READING >
Ensemble Me La Amargates Tu is excited and proud to announce their New CD “Scalerica de oro” which was launched on the 4th of September 2016, at the International Jewish Day, in Geneva. After working hard for two whole years, recording, editing, searching and exploring, Ensemble Me La Amargates Tu finally has the result! The new CD is available for sale at web-site: www.mlat.org <http://www.mlat.org> .* There are some sample tracks that are from the CD so that you can enjoy the music and decide if you like it enough in order to order one!
CD Release Party for Miryem-Khaye Seigel
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Eldridge Street Synagogue, 12 Eldridge Street, NYC
With special guests: Michael Winograd (Producer, Arranger, Clarinet), Patrick Farrell (Accordion), Alicia Svigals (Violin), Rémy Yulzari (Bass)
$20 general admission $15 students, seniors and YIVO members
Co-sponsored by Eldridge Street Shul, YIVO Institute for Jewish
Research, CYCO Books, Center for Traditional Music and Dance, Sholem Aleichem
Cultural Center, Congress for Jewish Culture.
With the release of his debut album Ata Imadi, Dovid Lowy has made his very first entry into the world of Jewish music. Lowy’s rich vocals are smooth, grabbing the listener’s attention from the album’s opening notes. A guitar player who often sings at weddings and kumzitzes, Lowy is also a rebbe at Aish Hatorah in Jerusalem, who grew up surrounded by Jewish music. His lifelong love of the genre is evident in the varied mix of songs on his all new album featuring seven original compositions as well contributions from Eli Klein and the Abie Rotenberg. With arrangements by Jeff Horvich, Eli Klein, Yitz Berry and Eli Woznika, choirs and backup vocals by Ari Goldwag and duets with both Abie Rotenberg and Yosef Karduner, Ata Imadi features the talent of some of the biggest names in the orthodox Jewish music industry.… CONTINUE READING >
New CD Release!
20 Years of Film Music by Yuval Ron
February 25, 7pm
A New CD Release!
Film Music of Yuval Ron:
20 Years of Innovative Scores
Location: A recording studio in West Los Angeles. Please rsvp to receive exact address details.
Note:doors open at 6:30pm, event begins at 7:00pm< ,br />
Admission: Free, but seating is limited! RSVP: RSVPs required by 02/21/14 to firstname.lastname@example.org
In celebration of the 20th year of Yuval Ron’s composing career in Los Angeles. this
album showcases highlights from such scores as West Bank Story (Academy Award winner
for Best Short Film), Road to Victory (Best Original Soundtrack, Moondance Film
Festival), Breaking the Maya Code (Best Film Award, Nyon Film Festival), Proteus
(Best Film Award, Philadelphia Film Festival), Samsara, Spiral Staircase and more.… CONTINUE READING >
On January 15 at 7 PM at the Center for Jewish History, a concert
co-sponsored by YIVO, the American Society for Jewish Music, and the Center for
Tradition Music and Dance wlll celebrate the long-awaited, new CD release of Two Worlds/Tsvey Veltn (Golden Horn Records) by the rising Yiddish
musician Benjy Fox-Rosen and his band.
Following the concert, there will be an artist talkback with Fox-Rosen,
master Yiddish musician Joshua Waletsky, Pete Rushefsky, Director of the
Center for Traditional Music and Dance, and Amanda Scherbenske, Executive
Director of ASJM’s Jewish Music Forum, a scholar of new Jewish music.
Michel Pardes has released a CD called Chansons Juives and has some videos on YouTube as well. This one is in French, but set in a kibbutz in Israel.
One song from the album is about the Kibbutz, Ayelet Hashahar. (Ayelet HaShahar is a kibbutz in northern Israel. Located on the Rosh Pina – Metulla road, it is approximately 35 kilometers south of Kiryat Shmona.) A lot of tourists stay there and there’s a museum for the Hazor dig. Pardes sings the praises of this kibbutz in his song. Not all the songs on the album are the same in style.
Sara Hecht of Brooklyn, NY has released a new CD of Jewish songs called “Pieces”. It’s not your ordinary Jewish recording, but has all original songs (but one) written and sung by Sara in English. It’s an album of searching for, and finding, faith in Judaism and Gd. Sara’s music is arranged and performed by some key musicians, including Ian Freitor who made many of the arrangements of the songs. The first piece leads you into a country genre, but moves quickly into more soul and even some rock riffs here and there. There are some moving songs, including “Chana” which retells the story of Hannah and her seven sons in a heroine-point-of view way. Many of the songs are really contemporary female drashes in search of, and in thanks for, the Jewish faith.… CONTINUE READING >
Linda Hirschhorn announces her new CD, “AMAZED” is now available.
The CD includes singers such as: Holly Near, Melanie De More, the incredible Reed Fromer, Talia Cooper (her daughter), Devon Near-Hill ( Holly’s niece), and some surprise guests towards the end.
“Utter amazement and joy in the unexpected “is the theme of this C . Heart-opening, original folk, blues and gospel songs of love, compassion, transformation and renewal. Melodies and lyrics
will linger. AMAZED is available for purchase through Linda’s website at: http://www.lindahirschhorn.com/cds/amazed/
Cantor Mimi Sheffer and the Warsaw Singers directed by Sebastian Gunerka with organist Mirlan Kasymaliev have a created a tour de force in the new CD released as No. 1 of the Cilia: The Jewish Music Series. The collection contains eleven selections, most of them from Jewish liturgy, by various composers, with three of those composed by David Eisenstadt. The liner notes are written by the eminent Jewish musicologist and cantor Dr. Eliyahu Schleifer. Most of the settings will be familiar to American Reform Jews, but not all.
David Eisnstadt (1890-1942) was a conductor and composer of synagogue music who was well known in interwar Poland. Eisenstadt developed an outstanding choir in one of the most prestigious synagogues, the Great Tlomack Street Synagogue. He also composed original pieces for services such as a setting for L’cha Dodi and Sch’chula Achula which are included on the album.… CONTINUE READING >
Marina Toshich announces an album of contemporary music for oud is ready for download in MP3 or FLAC or other formats available online. In addition, a PDF book of the 16 compositions is also available. Recorded in Tel Aviv, at Matityahu Studios, 2013 and released 01 May 2013, the album features: Marina Toshich – compositions & oud Jacob Miron – Woodwinds & arrangements
To examine or buy, see: http://marinaoud.bandcamp.com/
This album really has to be heard!–The Jewish Music WebCenter
Sunday, July 28, 2013, 1:00 PM Ancient Wisdom & Modern Sounds for Health and Healing
An experiential workshop and CD Box-Set release party
with composer Yuval Ron
and Metta Mindfulness Music President and Executive Producer Dr. Richard Gold.
Join us for this unique opportunity to have your CD box set autographed by Yuval Ron and Dr. Richard Gold. Dr. Gold will lead in breathing meditations of the six Healing Sounds of Chinese medicine along with the new music composed by Yuval Ron to invoke the qualities of the six elements of nature: fire, water, earth, metal, and wood.
Enjoy live and recorded music by Yuval Ron at MettaMindfulnessMusic.com.
Location: Rising Lotus Yoga, 13557 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA
Shira Shaw who describes herself as “an orthodox jewish lady singer” has some CDs and individual tracks for sale on her website. She sounds like….(Can you name the “sound alike”??)… only it’s got English & Hebrew lyrics focused on religious themes. http://music.shirashaw.com/
New album MAKANNA (I. Kosíková: “MAKANNA”, J. Talich –
conductor, F. Brikcius – cello, J. Židlický – narrator, Talich
Chamber Orchestra) is online! Concert was held under the auspices of
Sir Tom Stoppard and Václav Havel as part of the 110th anniversary of
the birth of the Jewish writer Jiří Weil.
SupraphonLine, online store with the Czech Music – František
Brikcius, buy album (MP3, FLAC): MAKANNA –http://www.supraphonline.cz/album/5152-makanna
Marina Toshich presents an album of new compositions for Oud.You can listen to some fascinating examples of this marriage of an old instrument with some new music, even jazz riffs, at: Website has links to purchase the music. http://marinaoud.bandcamp.com/
CD RELEASE CONCERT AND TANTSHOYZ Once I Had a Fiddle The Strauss Warschauer Duo
Tuesday, April 9 at 7:30 PM
As part of the New York Klezmer Series at the Steven Wise Free Synagogue
World-renowned klezmer musicians Deborah Strauss and Jeff Warschauer are celebrating
their 18th anniversary performing and teaching as the Strauss Warschauer Duo.
And what better way to celebrate this creative milestone than with a CD release
concert and tantshoyz at the New York Klezmer Series?
Deborah and Jeff will perform music from their brand new CD, Once I Had a Fiddle.
Special guests include dance master Steven Weintraub and drummer extraordinaire Aaron Alexander.
Strauss and Warschauer are sweet and soulful performers who draw from klezmer, Yiddish,
Hasidic and liturgical music and culture, adding their own original compositions
and song settings.… CONTINUE READING >
Liliana Benveniste, who lives in Argentina, has 2 CDs of Sephardic Music: “Ayres Buenos” and “Enkantes
Sefarades”. Lilliana has traveled extensively giving given many performances in
numerous countries. Her website
Yiddishe Cup Klezmer Guy Bert Stratton has written a great list of 12 “essential” albums of 2012. This is convenient for those needing a “best bet” for Chanukah presents…. like…. right NOW.. Take a look.
Bruce Roter has written a new melody for the traditional text of “Maoz Tzur”. It is performed by the Westminster Conservatory Youth Chorale, conducted by Frank Abrahams. The Conservatory is located on the campus of Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ. The Chorale has completed several projects including a Jewish music series which includes their Chanukah CD called “Celebrate Chanukah” which has contemporary music of Michael Isaacson, Joel Philips, Eric Contzius, Ronald Hemmel, Baruch Cohon and Allan E. Naplan.
Art Basel to Host Launch of Tel Aviv EDM Label
Miami Beach, FL
Art Basel, 151 NE 41st Street
Show: 6:00 pm
F r e e Admission.
As Israel and Gaza (hopefully) conclude their most recent conflict, a new music project seeks to unite the region on the dancefloor. They believe music is the best weapon against rockets and air strikes.
From the premier international modern and contemporary art show, Art Basel, a new music and art label will be born. The label, VEGA, will be based in Jaffa, Tel Aviv, Israel. The musical focus will be on EDM and will be as ethnically and spiritually diverse as Jaffa itself, one of the most consistently peaceful places for Jews, Christians, and Muslims to live and create together.… CONTINUE READING >
Itzhak Perlman’s new album, Eternal Echoes: Songs and Dances for the Soul,, featuring Cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot, is now available for sale. The album is a collection of beloved liturgical and traditional Jewish works in new arrangements backed by chamber orchestra and klezmer musicians. It’s in stores just in time for the high holidays and online. Perlman’s website has a description of the album: http://www.itzhakperlman.com/news/
Music for Deep Movement, Vol. 1
A new album release of original music composed by Yuval Ron
Experimental ambient slow evolving, trance inducing and all around great music for
movers, dancers, meditators and contemplators who search the deeper levels of
reality and beyond. Using organic and some electronic sounds compose,r Yuval Ron,
creates music beyond borders. Music from the Kalpa – a site specific performance at
the Getty Center, Los Angeles, CA on January 20, 2012, commissioned by Hirokazu
Kosaka and the soundtrack of the film Em Moves by director Hanna Heiting.
Sunday, February 26, 2012
4:00 & 7:00 PM
Gary and Laura Maurer Concert Hall
4544 N. Lincoln Ave.
$25 General Public/$23 Old Town School Members/$21 Seniors & Children
BUY 4:00 PM TICKETS ONLINE | BUY 7:00 PM TICKETS ONLINE | BOX OFFICE: 773.728.6000
Grammy winners The Klezmatics erupted out of New York City’s East Village in 1986 and revitalized klezmer for the new century with music that is steeped in Eastern European Jewish tradition and spirituality, while incorporating contemporary themes such as human rights and anti-fundamentalism with eclectic and danceable musical influences including Arab, African, Latin and Balkan rhythms, jazz and punk.
Adirah Liebschutz is a singer and composer who was inspired to compose
praise and worship songs based on Scripture and Jewish liturgy. Adirah has been
profoundly moved by stories passed from survivors of the Shoah and Kristallnacht and
have created a musical tribute from Tehillim (Psalms). Two of the songs appear on her first
CD, Tehilim, and were composed by victims of the Holocaust. They were preserved in the memory of
her mother-in-law, who was liberated from Bergen-Belsen, and passed on. Adirah has shared these memories on her CD in which she presents songs in 3 languages, Hebrew, Spanish and English. For more information: http://www.adirahsings.com/
Nicolas Jolliet, a talented guitarist, sitarist and composer, has composed a rendition of the Kol Nidre
for Sitar, Subahar, Dombek, Oud, and Tablas, called “Kol Nidre Goes East.” Nico’s Kol Nidre became the subject of a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation documentary when it was played at a Yom Kippur service held at a U.S. Base in Kandahar. The piece is now available without charge on the SoundCloud Web-site so that it will be available to as many people as possible. It can be accessed at: http://soundcloud.com/kolnidregoeseast
Further information, and a place to purchase a CD can be found at: kolnidre.org
The Austrian mezzo-soprano, Hermine Haselböck, winner of the Vienna
Musikverein’s* Alexander* *Zemlinsky Prize*, sings three of Gustav Mahler’s
great song cycles, accompanied by pianist Russell Ryan. Hermine Haselböck
began her studies at the Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst in
Vienna with Rita Streich and Hartmut Krones. She completed her studies with
Ingeborg Ruß at the Hochschule für Musik in Detmold and, after graduating
with artistic merit, attended master-classes with Kurt Equiluz, Kurt Widmer,
Christa Ludwig, Edith Sélig-Papée, Sena Jurinac and Marjana Lipovsek. Ms.
Haselböck’s burgeoning career has included performances in recital and with
orchestras in many European capitals, as well as in New York’s Carnegie
Hall.… CONTINUE READING >
Oct. 29 and 30, 2011
Yael Naim: She Was A Boy Out http://citywinery.com/events/201875
Bar Stools $25.00
Reserved Tables $28.00
Reserved Best Tables $32.00
VIP Tables $32.00
Their differing roots and their multiple passion for music unites them: YAEL NAIM releases a second, four-handed album together with DAVID DONATIEN, as a new collection of graceful songs.
After the worldwide success of the feel-good album, released in 2007, YAEL NAIM unveils her second album today « She Was a Boy ». Closeted in a Parisian apartment for two years, YAEL NAIM and DAVID DONATIEN perfected Yael’s songs in Hebrew and English, which culminated in a commercial and artistic success (Victoire de la Musique 2008, for the Album of the Year World Music category).
Event: Ramzailech – Debut Album Release Party – רמזיילך – השקת האלבום
Start Time: Saturday, August 13 at 10:00pm
End Time: Sunday, August 14 at 1:00am
Location: Levontin 7, Tel Aviv
Special guests and hardcore klezmer party.
tickets: 40NIS at the concert night, 30NIS by ordering before at 03-5605084
רמזיילך! – הופעת השקה לאלבום הבכורה ב13.8 בלבונטין 7 ת”א
ההופעה המרכזית שלנו בעיר הקיץ, יהיו אורחים והרבה הרבה שמיייייייח!
Joel Rubin along with Uri Caine, the masterful classically trained jazz keyboardist, will be releasing a new CD Azoy Tsu Tsveyt on July 26 2011. An article on FlipSwitch gives the background. (reprinted below).
To learn more about Joel and his music: http://joelrubinklezmer.com/
CD will be released by Tzadik label: Tzadik CD 8163, New York 2011
Joel Rubin is Clarinetist and ethnomusicologist and is Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Music Performance in the McIntire Department of Music at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. Rubin is also on Jewish Studies faculty
Vera Lozinsky has a new Yiddish CD out, Wunderweg –Wondrous Way. She has a luscious, rich voice. Vira is a pleasure to hear, along with such superb interpretive powers. Log into her website and take a listen. I think you’ll enjoy it immensely. –JMWC
Living Breathing Earth, a new CD of orchestral music by Meira Warshauer has been released on the Navona Records label (NV5842). Featured works are her Symphony No.1: Living Breathing Earth and Tekeeyah (a call), concerto for shofar, trombone and orchestra with soloist Haim Avitsur. Performances are by the Moravian Philharmonic, Petr Vronsky, conductor.
In addition to a printed booklet with program notes, the CD contains an enhanced section with study scores, a digital booklet, Aileen LeBlanc’s profile of the symphony for PRI’s Living on Earth, and many other special features.
THE CENTER FOR TRADITIONAL MUSIC AND DANCE’S AN-SKY INSTITUTE FOR JEWISH CULTURE PRESENTS:
TICK TOCK CD RELEASE PARTY!
Saturday, April 30, 2011 · 7:30pm – 10:30pm
Ukranian East Village Restaurant
140 2nd Avenue
New York, NY
Please join in for the CD release of Benjy Fox-Rosen’s Tick Tock, a new recording of Yiddish song from the acclaimed bassist/singer of the Luminescent Orchestrii and the Michael Winograd Trio.
The evening begins with an opening set of Yiddish song performed by Adrienne Cooper, Yiddish Diva Superstar. Then Fox-Rosen will debut the album, and we’ll top it all off with a Tantshoyz Yiddish Dance party, dancing set led by Michael Winograd.
@ Ukrainian East Village Restaurant, 140 2nd Ave
between East 9th St. & St. Marks Place in Manhattan
April 30, 2011 doors open at 7:30pm
$10-15, no one turned away for lack of funds
Soundswrite newsletter: Volume 10, Number 7 • April, 2011 • Adar II/Nisan, 5771
Purim is over, which means Passover is just around the corner! Arguably the most widely observed of all Jewish holidays, Passover (Pesach) is a celebration of freedom–a remembrance of our people’s Exodus from slavery in Egypt over 3,000 years ago. Today, there’s an amazing array of terrific music for Pesach, both traditional and contemporary, to enliven your holiday and brighten your home, your car, your classroom, or anywhere else you listen to music. Check out these amazing recordings by clicking on any cover image below. Chag Pesach Sameach!
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ENCHANTED:A new Generation of Yiddishsong
A New CD by Adrienne Cooper
The League for Yiddish is pleased to announce that this wonderful new CD is now available. This new release of Adrienne Cooper promises to be the Yiddish music gem of the year. It is a bold foray into the unexplored, with sound collages, beautifully rendered ballads and delicately set folk songs on a colorful palette of styles and arrangements. Cooper is joined by the powerful forces of Marilyn Lerner, Frank London, Mike Winograd and others. This CD is destined to be an instant classic, not only for Yiddish music, but for world music in general. Enchanted features 13 songs and is accompanied by a booklet with the lyrics in transliteration and in English translation.
A NEW VOICE IN YIDDISH MUSIC
“I Can’t Complain But Sometimes I still Do”
Jane Peppler accompanied by Aviva Enoch
The League for Yiddish is pleased to announce that this wonderful new CD is now
available from their online store The recording features 14 songs and and a waltz – a natural,
intimate atmosphere, evocative and original. There are a few old favorites, some
rarely-heard marvels, and two original compositions.
Zing, bruder, zing! Birobidzhan Di elter
Epes fun gornisht Gris, bagris
Don un Donye A bisl libe Hilda’s waltz Fraytik af der nakht Harbstlid
Got fun Avrom Bobenyu Glik
A yidishe khasene Ta’am haman
To listen to several of the songs go to: http://yiddish-nc.com/league-for-yiddish.html
or click HERE
“The recording’s greatest virtues are the selection of songs and the well-tailored
folkish arrangements.… CONTINUE READING >
Daniel Greenwood released a CD with Galpaz six years ago called Mayim Ad Nofesh and got a review from The Jerusalem Post. He has recently released a new CD with CDBaby called Onah Hashem. It is available on ITunes .There are a number of full songs on MySpace
He has also recorded music with a composer and keyboardist from England named Scott Hill. Daniel recorded an Album with Scott on his Astranova Label called Ancient Future available on ITunes. He released another CD on CDBaby and ITunes called Return to Regalia and he has had over 35,000 plays of his songs on Spotify(Streaming Music Site) in Europe.His Artist name is JJ.(Since there is a popular band from Sweden called JJ people think this is their CD and listen.They seem to be enjoying the music).… CONTINUE READING >
Celebrations: The Heritage Ensemble Interprets Festive Melodies from the Hebraic Songbook, the latest contemporary world music album was just released by Eugene Marlow¹s Heritage Ensemble.
The Heritage Ensemble is dedicated to the concert performance of
liturgical and folksong Hebraic melodies in various jazz, Afro-Cuban, and
Brazilian styles, with a touch of classicism for good measure.
Nine tracks: four from the Chanukah festival, two from Purim. An
original composition, Yotvata–a mixture of classical and jazz–celebrates
the creation of the leading dairy kibbutz in Israel. An eighth track, Halleluyah, from the liturgy, is a solo piano arrangement.
· A unique feature of Celebrations is a ninth track narrated by Dr.
Marlow that describes The Heritage Ensemble¹s history, repertoire, and
philosophy. Musical clips from the current album and a forthcoming CD (to be
released in Spring 2011) underscore Marlow¹s comments.… CONTINUE READING >
A new album of exclusively Chabad tunes (niggunim), this recording is in honor of Chai Ellul, the 312th birthday of the Baal Shem Tov, and the 265th birthday of the “Alter Rebbe.” The new CD consists of exclusively Chabad Niggunei Simcha from the producer of the “ChabadClassics” music series Zalman Goldstein.
Features a continuous medley of 68 high-energy Nigunnim over an amazing 75-minute
non-stop dance set. So you’ll dance, dance, dance. You can listen to clips or purchase this CD at https://www.jewishlearninggroup.com/cgi-bin/commerce.cgi?preadd=action&key=NSC01
Now Available on CD! A Celebration of Jewish & Israeli Jazz
Performed by the Zamir Chorale of Boston
Joshua R. Jacobson, Artistic Director
Hear the lighter side of the Zamir Chorale of Boston!
If you missed JaZZamir, or want to relive the experience, this CD is for you! You
will hear Gershwin’s classics, including “Summertime” and “I Got Rhythm,”
popular songs such as “Ba Mir Bistu Sheyn” and “Yiddisha Charleston,” “Shout unto
the Lord” from Brubeck’s Gates of Justice, Charles Davidson’s jazzy “Adon Olam,”
Moshe Wilensky’s ode to the charms of South America, “Venezuela,” and even an Israeli
version of “Java Jive.”
Sue Horowitz is a Jewish singer-songwriter and Jewish guitar player who lives in coastal Maine. She writes, often in partnership with Reform Jewish Rabbi Lev Baesh, highly singable and usable modern Jewish songs appropriate for worship services at synagogues, camps, youth groups, Jewish holidays, and religious ceremonies.
Her debut contemporary Jewish music CD, Eleven Doors Open, was produced in Boston by the multi-talented Jewish performer and composer, Josh Nelson. Sue’s new Jewish music CD, In the Water , was recorded in Nashville, and produced by Grammy-nominated Mark Niemiec, and well-known Jewish rocker Dan Nichols.
The Naming The Laughter and Crying of a Persian Jew. Galeet Dardashti Gives Voice to Provocative Women of the Bible
This is the story of why the brilliant Queen of Sheba shaved her legs, how the stunning Vashti laid down the line for her drunken husband, and how a mysterious witch spoke King Saul’s doom and then served him a nice dinner. The Naming, the upcoming release from singer and composer Galeet Dardashti , draws on the Persian classical music and Middle Eastern Jewish singing deep in her bones to transform the ghostly outlines of Biblical women into full-blown flesh-and-blood personalities.
The Naming’s release on September 14 occurs smack in between the Jewish High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah (September 9-10) and Yom Kippur (September 18), when Dardashti will be chanting services as cantor for her Park Slope, Brooklyn synagogue.… CONTINUE READING >
Mike Cohen traveled to Uganda to record a CD with the Jewish village of Putti. It’s out and the music of “When I Wake Up” is an amazing blend of African music and Jewish music and texts. You can get it at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/MusicFromPutti.
All proceeds go to the village. For more info about Putti, you can visit www.thejewsofuganda.org
Michal Tal, one of the most active musicians in Israel’s piano scene, has a new 2-CD set called: Great Short Masterpieces for Piano. The CD features the works of
Schubert, Debussy, Satie, and Berio. It is published as Romeo Records 7278/9.
email: firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: 917-613-8865.
For more information visit www.michaltal.com
Klezmer Brunch at City Winery
Sy Kushner CD Release Performance
11.a.m. and 1.p.m. Sy Kushner will be making a rare public appearance when he performs at City Winery* on Nov.1. He will be playing original tunes from his newly released CD, “Journeys”. Accompanying him will be some of New York’s top klezmer musicians.
Sy was one of the founders and musical director of The Mark 3, a trendsetting Jewish music ensemble in the mid 60’s. More recently, he has released 3 CDs as well as books of transcriptions of both his own music as well as klezmer classics.
An Israeli musician living in Brooklyn, Dan Aran just released his new CD Breathing containing a number of compositions by him. Aran is known in NY as a “brush specialist” and has got what the doctor ordered. Take a deep breath and listen to Breathing.. It’s sure to put you in the right place.
The Jewish Music Research Centre in Jerusalem has released a new CD : Kulmus Hanefesh: A musical journey into the Hassidic niggun. The recordings are edited by Seroussi Edwin, the director of the Centre and Shaked Yuval, a composer. Performances by HaOman Hai ensemble in association with the Jewish Music Research Centre, Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Jerusalem Music Center. The album, released in 2009, includes a CD and a booklet in Hebrew.
Price: $ 20 / 80
For more information: http://www.jewish-music.huji.ac.il/store.asp?cat=21&in=0&id=2085&act=view
SoulAviv has produced a CD of the same name. The vocal group is located in Santa Barbara, CA. Members are three women: Erin Berkowitz, Jamie Green, (vocals and percussion) and Liat Wasserman all singing with Rob Raede, vocals and guitar. The recording features music aimed at “tikkun olam” or making the world a better place… featuring the sounds of gospel, soul, reggae. Additional tracks include a number of original songs by Rob Raede featuring Jewish themes. The album’s vocal focus is energetic and highly entertaining. Some of the songs are “standards” recorded many times, such as “Wade in the Water” and “Rivers of Babylon/One Love” which joins a traditional gospel tune to Bob Marley’s hit, or “Oh Had I a Golden Thread by Pete Seeger.… CONTINUE READING >
A new CD by HaOman Hai Ensemble called Kulmus Hanefesh: A musical journey into the Hassidic niggun explores the integration of Jewish folk niggunim and instrumental music from eastern Europe into contemporary Israeli art music. Members of the group include Baruch Brenner, Andre Hajdu, Yair Harel, Nori Jacoby, Jonathan Niv, Eitan Kirsch, and Matti Kovler. Participants are: Avishai Fisz, Roni Mosenson-Nelken and Itamar Ringel
The CD is produced by the Jewish Music Research Centre of Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
Vocalist Ayelet Rose Gottlieb releases third album Upto Here | From Here
In stores in USA/Canada and digitally worldwide.
This review came to the JMWC:
With her third full-length album, Israeli-born Ayelet Rose Gottlieb has elevated to a rarefied level of artistry. On the new album, Upto Here | From
Here, released August 11 on Arogole Records imprint and distributed through ObliqSound, Gottlieb pulls the art
of jazz singing out of its safety zone and infuses it with new possibilities,
exploring the human voice in a way that few contemporary singers can or will. And
Gottlieb does so seemingly nonchalantly, with the panache and authority of an artist
who has been making records for decades, not a mere handful of years.
“Unlike so many singers around her, she explores the textures and styles that her
voice can produce.… CONTINUE READING >
There are only a few albums that are wholly satisfying whether it’s the music, the vocals or accompaniment, the selection or arrangements. One new album that nicely fits the bill is the Suvenir Kantigas en Ladino recently released on CD by Betty Klein of Jerusalem. It’s simple: It’s beautiful. On much of this album are newly composed songs to newly composed Ladino poetry. Klein sings and plays variously guitar, celtic harp, piano, keyboard, accordion, bouzouki, mandolin, flute, recorder, oud, percussion, as well as writing the compositions and making the arrangements. Both the texts and the collaborations read like a ‘who’s who’ of poets, Ladino teachers and experts throughout Israel, the US and elsewhere. This recording is not the relic of some long dying culture, but a showcase of a vibrant society still active amongst a large population in Israel and abroad.… CONTINUE READING >
Debbie Friedman has released a new CD “As You Go On Your Way: Schacharit –The Morning Prayers”. This just released CD has a combination of Debbie’s compositions and melodies to the liturgical texts of the Shacharit, the morning service. Some of the songs on the album are new, but many were composed as long ago as 1972. In a way this retrospective is a perspective piece. The “traditional” repetitions, for example are where the text is more traditional (for example, in the Amidah, the Imahot are included in the non- traditional setting.) The album helps the listener integrate the familiar tunes of Friedman with some chanting of segments of the service. Friedman states in her album “By praying we can understand how each Bracha, each blessing, helps us build a balanced and grateful life.
Oud Prayers on the Road to St. Jacques
Sacred music of the Abrahamic faiths
Oud solo performances and arrangements by Yuval Ron
International composer, producer and world music artist Yuval Ron
takes on a highly symbolic endeavor, to unite chants from the three
religious traditions of the Middle East into a handful of harmonic
musical medleys. His deeply moving weaving of ancient sacred music
from the Hebrew, Maronite, Armenian and Sufi traditions results in a
decidedly contemplative, meditative and introspective experience.
Upon hearing a performance on the Oud by Yuval Ron, Pir Zia Inayat-
Khan, head of the Sufi Order International, remarked: “While deep
practice of one’s religious tradition is like sounding a note, a note
of great integrity and beauty, bringing together many sacred
traditions through the harmony of music expands the notes into a
symphony!” Recorded in live recitals on April 18, 2007 at Chapelle de
Cgan (built 12th Century) in Arthez and on April 19, 2007 at Notre
Dame a Sarrance (built 14th century) in Sarrance.… CONTINUE READING >
Rebecca Teplow’s latest CD “Kaveh, Hope” has just been released. The songs are all in Hebrew and composed and arranged by Rebecca on liturgical texts. Rebecca’s strong embrace of text is clear and distinct. She has interestingly even composed variations of her own songs and presents “Gam Ki Elech” twice in different styles. I liked the Joni Mitchell clarity and simplicity of her word painting in “Esa Einei” and that is one of her real strengths. The rock idiom predominates as in pieces such as “Hinei Kel,” which also includes some fun instrumentals. Teplow’s use of contemporary musical idioms are muted but used in a effective way, as in the introduction to “Peyrasti,” which starts out in one idiom but morphs into a rock sequence with some nice guitar riffs.… CONTINUE READING >
Created and produced by composer and multi-instrumentalist Erran Baron Cohen, the CD is a collection of songs that “brings the ancient music of Hanukkah kicking and screaming straight into the 21st Century” …” the songs combine klezmer, reggae, electronica, hip hop, tango, pop and other genres, all fluently woven into something uniquely Baron Cohen’s. The album contains five reinterpretations of classic favorites as well as five original tunes created exclusively for this project, all sung in English, Hebrew or Ladino (Judaeo-Spanish).” Featuring Jules Brookes in new English texts, some songs on the album performed by some world-class Jewish singers, including Israeli superstar Idan Raichel, world-music diva Yasmin Levy and New York City-based rapper Y-Love. For more info: http://newlinerecords.com/hanukkah/info.html
Several times in the last year (or so) there have been concerts for women based on the album by Talia ApplebaumFlashes in the Darkness. It deserves another look for the humour, fun, a bit of blues, a little jazz, a bit of funk, but mostly American folk. Talia is writing about the stuff of her chosen life with the Breslov Hassidmi, and the way religious devotion permeates her life, blended into ‘the everyday.’ The music gives a window into that world –that Talia obviously relishes– for the rest of us. All music and lyrics are by Talia, including blending English and Hebrew with an all female accompaniment. Occasionally the melody and words don’t quite make it, but most often they do, and music cleverly wraps into the lyric.The best piece, (or maybe better to say, the one more universally related to all Jews’ experience), is “Perservere” with arrangement and piano by Shana Friedman, which could fit into any Jewish denomination’s repertoire.… CONTINUE READING >
An early-bird Chanukah album reached JMWC even before Rosh Hashonah! The Maxwell Street Klezmer Band teamed up with Rabbi Joe Black to create a great Chanukah show for Temple Sholom in Chicago. Now you can join in the fun. It’s more than a children’s album, although there are some great pieces for the kids, especially the new ones composed by Joe Black. He has a great ear for combining lyrics with the American folk and country sound which work well and sound great for kids. There are also some fantastic jazz arrangements with Maxwell Street. Joe Black also has some moving pieces that are for the parents too, such as “Faith is Not A Flag”. Lori Lippitz has such a wonderful voice as everyone knows from over twenty years in previous albums,– and she’s featured in “Chanukah Lights.” Kimber Leigh Nussbaum, a lead singer with the group, is also terrific in “Abi Gezunt”, a song that has been done so many times, it takes a lot of energy to make it fresh.… CONTINUE READING >
A new album, called simply, Shmoozin’, has been released by our friends from ‘down under’ — Australia– The group is Klezmania and they have produced an album that just hits the spot. Give it to all your girlfriends, honey. Freydi Mrocki is the vocalist. She does a nice job that keeps the album in a even mood. David Breytman, bayan (a Russian type of button chromatic accordian); David Krycer, double bass and guitars; and Lionel Mrocki on clarinet, saxophone, guitar, percussion, didgeridoo, (this is an Australian album after all!) and vocals. There are a lot “standards” on this album, but there are some differences. They start with Leonard Cohen’s “Dance Me to the End of Love” but add some Yiddish verse by Doodie Ringelblum.… CONTINUE READING >
Emil Skobeloff and Or Chadash have released an album of all new tunes to liturgical music called “And Sarah Danced.: The album is thoroughly American in concept, and takes the listener on a walk through fifty-plus years of American popular styles, attached to Jewish liturgical texts. Skobeloff succeeds in creating some good tunes and some are quite catchy. So for those fond of American style music for Jewish worship, check out this album. Several of the successful songs are the “Magen Avot”, “Ma Tovu” and “Ashrei”. Skobeloff has a myspace page at: www.myspace.com/emilskobeloff
Tzadik label has released Eyal Maoz’s Edom. Eyal Maoz, a guitarist, is a composer born in Israel but based in New York City. His CD Edom is with John Medeski on organ, Shanir Blumenkranz on acoustic and electric bass and Ben Perowsky on drums. Maoz is known as a leader of the fusion-neo-klezmer group “Lemon Juice”. His ensembles performed at the Red Sea International Jazz Festival, Verizon Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, NYC Winter JazzFest and many more. Eyal was hosted at NPR WNYC ear To Ear radio program, presenting some of his music and ensembles. Maoz wrote nine original tracks for this CD. The CD is part of the Radical Jewish Culture series on John Zorn’s Tzadik Records. The cover photo, along with some musical elements, reflect tributes to the Masada songs on another Tzadik recording.… CONTINUE READING >
Lisa Jane Lipkin, an American singer songwriter, has created a new collection of Jewish prayers and chants based on traditional texts but performed with her own compositions. These prayers represent a spiritual journey for Lipkin, with Hebrew and English texts. Lipkin is a New York based musician who has recorded, arranged and produced for other artists including Sandi Kimmel, Christine Pepe and Neal Bomberg. Her first CD was Raise the Honey. Lisa has said “With the thirst of a mystic I traversed the world of spiritual teachings only to discover that all the wonders I learned out there were also in here in Jewish prayer and thought.” Lisa has performed at NYC Mamapalooza, the Towne Crier, and the Tupelo Music Hall. For information about the CD, visit: www.lisjanelipkin.com or http://cdbaby.com/cd/ljlipkin2… CONTINUE READING >
A new CD, High Holiday Memories: Timeless Moroccan & Sephardi Classics, has been released by Eyal Bitton. Bitton is a composer lyricist and musical director. He contributed lyrics for the musical of Mordecai Richler’s The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz and has written for such musicals as King David, Moses, Freedom: The Moses & MartinLurther King Jr. Musical Tribute. Bitton is Musical Director at Toronto’s Beth Tikvah Synagogue. He has conducted choirs for the Spanish & Portugues Synagogue (Canada’s first congregation), Adath Israel Poale Zedek, Jewish Peoples and Peretz Schools, La Chorale Kinor and others. For more information about the CD, visit: www.eyalbitton.com
“Teach My Lips a Blessing: The Music of Erik Contzius” makes its
debut at Temple Israel of New Rochelle on June 20, 2008. Recorded
with the Amor Artis Chamber Choir under the baton of Maestro Johannes
Somary,Christopher Creaghan, organist, guest cantors Helene Reps and Hayley Kobilinsky, tenor Jacob Meiner and the Youth Choir of Temple
Israel, Cantor Erik Contzius lends his baritone voice and
compositional style to this CD of twenty works for the synagogue.
This collection highlights the grandeur of the Reform prayer service
as well as several of the Psalms and other liturgies. Contzius’
composition, “And Hannah Prayed,” featured on this recording was
recently selected as a finalist at Shalshelet’s Third International
Festival of New Jewish Liturgical Music in Wisconsin.
Amaseffer, a band from Israel has release a new CD “Slaves for Life” which features everthing from rock, metal to sounds of the Middle East. The recording is part of a planned trilogy that tells the history of the Israel people. In a way, it feels a bit like a rock opera or the score to a film, but the music can’t be pinned down to one style. However, the recording is quite compelling. Considering that this reviewer is not a heavy metal fan that’s saying a lot. The album shifts mood with each scenario presented. Members of the b and are Hanan Avramovich (guitars), Yuval Kramer (Guitars), Erez Yohanan (drums, percussion and narration). Also appearing on the album are Mats Leven (lead vocals), Kobi Farhi (all eastern vocals), and Special Guest Angela Gossow.… CONTINUE READING >
An Innovative CD, “TWO FAITHS, ONE VOICE,” blending Sephardic and Eastern European folk traditions is being released in May. There will also be a March concert in Vilnius, Lithuania which will mark a world premiere.
Sefarad Records, a contemporary musical enterprise that produces recordings
and concerts of ethnic folk music spanning many centuries and cultures, is
releasing “Two Faiths, One Voice,” an acoustic album that uncovers surprising
synergies between Christian and Jewish musical traditions. Featuring singer and
folklorist Maria Krupoves and the singer and virtuoso guitarist Gerard Edery,
“Two Faiths, One Voice” world premieres in Eastern Europe (at the Bernardine
Church in Vilnius, the site of many ecumenical concerts, on March 24) prior to
its U.S. premiere and CD release which take place in New York at Drom, 85
Avenue A, on Tuesday May 27 at 8pm.… CONTINUE READING >