There’s a great review of Brian Bender’s new CD Eyn Velt on “Klezmer Podcast Blog”. Brian is bending the boundaries beautifully… of klezmer, that is. So take a peek here and read all about it:
And when you finish reading the review, check out Brian Bender’s Little Shop of Horas at www.littleshopofhoras.com
ZINGT! A CELEBRATION OF YIDDISH CHORAL MUSIC,
the CD released by the Jewish People’s Philharmonic Chorus
conducted by Binyumen Schaechter
is now available on CD BABY,
who love Yiddish music,
who love choral music,
who love great music,
who love an excellent recording!
The 32-page booklet that comes with the CD
has the complete texts in Yiddish, transliteration, and
in English translation.
and click on new arrivals / world / yiddish
or click on http://cdbaby.com/cd/jppchorus
This Sunday February 17 2008 Michael Winograd is the releasing the new CD ‘Bessarabian Hop’
The CD release party will take place at the
Workmen’s Circle @ 8pm
doors @ 7ish
45 E.33rd Street, $10
w/ Joey Weisenberg – mandolin
Patrick Farrell – accordion
Pete Rushefsky – tsimbl
Daniel Blacksberg – trombone
Nick Cudahy -bass
Richie Barshay – percussion
Michael Alpert and Judith Berkson – vocals
Michael Winograd – clarinet
there will be singing!
there will be dancing
there will be eating!
there will be blowing! (specifically for the clarinet and trombone)
there will be hitting! (specifically for the tsimbl and percussion)
there will be bowing!
there will be squeezing and plucking!
there will be SPECIAL GUESTS!
there will be NORMAL GUESTS!…
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There are some memorable albums that reflect a newer and older generation in popular music, Natalie Cole singing a “duet” with her father, electronically created using his original vocal. Here, Linda Hirschhorn revisits not a parent, but herself as the child of the parent, or, maybe vice versa. Putting down harmonies, and fuller tracks with some of her older songs recorded in the 1980s. Hirschhorn, along with some of her friends and daughter, revisits not only herself, but a generational change in American contemporary music. And why do we need more now? Is simplicity not enough? Here, depth in meaning is just as necessary to the spiritual and emotional needs of the generation today, and Hirschhorn gathers her own strength to capture that in a variety of styles.…
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The band PHP just released their debut album “HODU” with Sameach music.
Check out PHPJams.com The website features pictures, sound bites and there’s video to download. The band is not sure what PHP stands for, — but in analog-land it might be called a pretty hot platter.
New CD Release: Ya’ale is for sale through CDBaby – http://cdbaby.com/cd/shainaettel
With Ya’ale, her first solo recording, Shaina Ettel expresses her love of Torah and song. She brings a fresh approach to traditional Jewish music. She captures the heart and soul of Chabad niggunim. The songs are powerful . The CD comes with
an 8 page insert with text in English and Hebrew. Shaina Ettel’s voice has an “ethereal” quality and has been compared to Judy Collins, or Sarah Brightman. This CD, consists of 13 selections with
Shaina Ettel accompanied by both piano and full orchestration.
Shaina Ettel grew up in Saratoga Springs, New York. She is a professionally trained
vocalist, and has performed in many concerts and shows. She made Aliyah 2½ years
ago and presently lives in the picturesque Nachlaot neighborhood.…
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Miriam Ahuvat-El(Ohevet-El) Iron
Miriam is Jerusalemite singer and song-writer, the descendant of a Hassidic family from Karlin who arrived from White Russia to Israel as early as 1846.
She has published a CD, Hassidic Shabbath Songs and Nigunim of Karlin.Many of these Chasidic tunes were, according to tradition, “passed down through the generations, from the time of the great Hassidic Rebe, Reb Araleh Hagadol of Karlin, who was part of the circle of the Baal Shem Tov.” Miriam has also published a CD of her songs “Miriam Ahuvatel sings Psalms”, which appeared at the Shalshelet competition. “Ways of Peace” is another CD. Miriam has put her CDs for sale on CD-baby http://cdbaby.com/cd/miriamae. Miriam’s CDs dress the melodies in some modern garb, including jazz and modern American musical elements.…
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Zlati Krycer announces the release of CD “No More Hanging Loose.” Though an observant, religious Jew herself, Zlati hopes to reach out to women in general with songs that evince the experience and emotion of being a woman through a spiritual lens. To hear samples, http://cdbaby.com/cd/zlatikrycer
Danya Uriel and Eyal Rivlin, a young couple from Boulder, CO, produced a CD of Hebrew chanting, and some new songs based on Hebrew liturgy reconnecting to “ancient Hebrew mantras,” according to their website. Their music and information about the CD can be viewed at www.hebrewchanting.com
The Shul Band writes: We have a new CD titled “Instrumental” and have a whole new folk rock body of work
that we will perform at the concert and that will be on our next CD coming out in
April. The new tunes are definitely inspired at least in part by the ‘Barn’, ‘The Pond’ and
‘You ain’t goin no where’ sing-a-longs.
‘Kamti Lehallel’ (I Rise in Praise) a Double CD album has been released from Beth Hatefutsoth
featuring the music of the Spanish & Portuguese communities of Amsterdam, London and
New York. The set contains 50 cantorial works representing centuries of tradition, sung by Cantor Daniel Halfon of the Yad Harav Nissim synagogue in Jerusalem, accompanied by the Or Hadash Choir and a small chamber orchestra conducted by Azi Schwartz. For information on the album see
A review appeared in The Jerusalem Post Oct. 16
Sholem Aleichem Cultural Center,
3301 Bainbridge avenue, Bronx, NY
near 208th st, (and Montefiore Hospital)
Sunday, Oct. 28th, 1:30 PM
to hear the visiting Dutch Yiddish singer
Lucette Van den Berg
This is a CD release party for her recording “Friling” which includes
new Yiddish songs by Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman. Lucette has a
beautiful voice and she is the first to record almost all of these
Take the D train to 205th st. or the 4 train to Mosholu Parkway.
Joel Rubin Ensemble
Announcing the release of the new CD, “Midnight Prayer” by the Joel Rubin Ensemble. Clarinetist Rubin has long been considered to be one of the leading performers of Jewish instrumental klezmer music in the world today, earning accolades from sources as diverse as klezmer giants Dave Tarras and Max Epstein, international clarinet soloist Richard Stoltzman, avant garde composer John Zorn, and Nobel Prize Laureate and poet Roald Hoffmann. The ensemble also features Hungarian cimbalom virtuoso Kálmán Balogh, Italian accordion wizard Claudio Jacomucci and rising klezmer star violinist David Chernyavsky, as well as Ferenc Kovács (trumpet), Csaba Novák (bass), Sándor Budai (second violin) and Pete Rushefsky (tsimbl).
Two new CDs are announced from Lieb Levin and are available through CD Baby.:
Selections of Hasidic Nigunim :Violinist Leib Levin &Piano Trio:
2)Violin Favorites:featuring “Nigun”from Baal Shem Tov Suite by Ernest
Remind me again…Rebecca Teplow in her 2004 CD “Prayers” has a great voice, nice arrangements…. now what else? Find out.
A new CD from
Voices For Israel has been released: Keeping the Faith http://www.voicesforisrael.org/faith
It’s the largest gathering ever of women in Jewish music, from four continents and all Jewish
backgrounds, joining their voices for Israel. This historic project
includes 2 CDs of exciting and inspiring music and video and features
the brand new anthems, “Keeping the Faith” and “Land Of Your Heart.”**
**Proceeds benefit survivors and victims of war and terrorism in
Available in your local Judaica store and online
Pharaoh’s Daughter is releasing their newest album on
May 14, 2007 at the Highline Ballroom
431 W 16th St
New York, NY 10011
between 9th and 10th Ave
Doors: 6 PM
Tickets: $25.00 (Free CD with ticket purchase)
Blending a psychedelic sensibility and a pan-Mediterranean sensuality, Basya
Schechter leads her band, Pharaoh’s Daughter, through swirling Hasidic chants,
Mizrachi and Sephardi folk-rock, and spiritual stylings filtered through
percussion, flute, strings and electronica.Her sound has been cultivated by her
Hasidic music background and a series of trips to the Middle East, Africa, Israel,
Egypt, Central Africa, Turkey, Kurdistan and Greece.
Rita Glassman, the Cantor of Congregation Sherith Israel in San Francisco, has released a new CD “Journey to Shabbat”. Rita is the composer and singer of an interpretive chant of the Hebrew prayer “Shema.” Her recording of the Shema, accompanied by the talented Jai Uttal and Geoffrey Gordon, can be heard on the CD-Sacred World Chants on the ‘Soundings of the Planet’ label. Her newest “Journey to Shabbat” CD was recorded in
Sherith Israel’s sanctuary and is filled to the brim with “warmth, heart and soul.”
The elegant instrumental arrangements (use of percussion, guitar, mandolin,
clarinet, flute) are a great compliment to Rita’s voice, often compared to that of Chava Alberstein, Enya and Loreena McKennit. This recording is a preparation for Shabbat, taking one “on a spiritual journey to greater
connectedness with this day of renewal, meditation, and celebration.” cultures.…
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Kame’a Media announces the release of “The Eternal Question (Di Alte
Kashe),” a compact disc by Yiddish singer Fraidy Katz. The CD comes with a
24-page booklet of Yiddish text, transliterations, English translations,
songwriter bios — and more.
Produced by Wolf Krakowski and Jim Armenti, TEQ features the musical and
vocal talents of 18 musicians from across the spectrum of Jewish, Americana and World Music.
Leonid Levin and Trio have a new CD that features jazz arrangements of songs by Sholom Secunda, George Gershwin,and Jerome Kern, among others. It’s available through CD Baby.
Gail Javitt announces the release of her first CD “Like a Braided Candle: Songs for Havdalah”. The entire album is devoted songs for Havdalah, and it may be the first, or only one, of its kind to specialize in just this music. Gail put several years of research into finding just the right music for this collection. Songs are in Yiddish, English and Hebrew. It’s available through CD Baby with some sound samples and more details about the album http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/gailjavitt
Recorded in Zurich and Geneva, the Budowitz klezmer ensemble has a new 2-CD set of Jewish instrumental music available. A MUST! Check it out here:
Anat Fort announces the US Release of the CD, “A Long Story”which is coming out
on ECM on March 6th. See her website at:
Cantor Judy Greenfeld has released a new CD “When You Lie Down and When You Rise Up” which is a collection modern day renewal-style melodies to prayers for the beginning and end of the day. Each song is based primarily upon traditional texts which are set to new music. Cantor Greenfeld, Gordon Lustig, Meir Finkelstein and Sheryl Braunstein are the featured composers on the album. The album has spoken text of prayer as well as traditional texts helping listeners to have guided focus on the meanings of the prayers. Cantor Greenfeld has a wonderful, clear voice which is especially suited to the new age, quiet, relaxing music prevalent on the album. This is not an album geared toward children, although it is appropriate for them with a warm and friendly sound.…
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CD Release Celebration for Frank London’s “A Night In The Old Marketplace”
Ron Caswell, tuba. bass
Brandon Seabrook guitar, banjo, mandolin
Art Bailey keyboards, accordion
Aaron Alexander, drums
And vocalists… La Tanya Hall, Manu Narayan (star of Broadway’s Bombay
Dreams), Craig Wedren (from Shudder to Think), The Klezmatic’s Lorin Sklamberg and many others featured on the recording.
CD Release Celebration:
Monday, March 26th
Barrow Street Theatre
27 Barrow St.
(corner of 7th Ave. South)
Telecharge Website < http://www.telecharge.com/or by phone inside the NY metro area at (212) 239-6200 and outside the NY metro area at 1 (800) 432-7250.
A Night In The Old Marketplace In Stores –April 3, 2007
Soprano Denise Williams is launching
her imaginative Black-and-Jewish CD, Walk Together Children,
Sunday, February 11, 2007
in the Al Green Theatre,
Miles Nadal JCC
750 Spadina Ave. (at Bloor)
Admission is $20. For tickets and information, call 416-924-6211, ext.0,
or visit www.denisewilliamssoprano.com.
Copies of the CD will be
available for sale, with Denise available to sign them following the
Denise will perform a wide range of music. The program ranges from folk
songs in English, Creole, African languages, Yiddish, Hebrew and Ladino
to spirituals and classical. Joining her are some of the artists
featured on the recording – Brahm Goldhamer, piano; Nina Shapilsky,
keyboards; Sam Donkoh, percussion; and Tonian Morgan, guitar. The
Antiguan-Canadian choir Voices of Paradise, led by Eulalie
Walling-Sampson, will also appear, along with members of the Toronto
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“The Eternal Question” / “DI ALTE KASHE” FRAIDY KATZ sings Yiddish
Produced by Wolf Krakowski and Jim Armenti
The CD includes a 24-page booklet with song lyrics in Yiddish, transliteration, and English translation. The booklet also includes songwriter bios and more.
The new CD, “Midnight
Prayer” by the Joel Rubin Ensemble has been released. Clarinetist Joel Rubin
has long been considered to be one of the leading
performers of Jewish instrumental klezmer music in the
world today, earning accolades from sources as diverse
as klezmer giants Dave Tarras and Max Epstein,
international clarinet soloist Richard Stoltzman,
avant garde composer John Zorn, and Nobel Prize
Laureate and poet Roald Hoffmann. The ensemble also
features Hungarian cimbalom virtuoso Kálmán Balogh,
Italian accordion wizard Claudio Jacomucci and rising
klezmer star violinist David Chernyavsky, as well as
Ferenc Kovács (trumpet), Csaba Novák (bass), Sándor
Budai (second violin) and Pete Rushefsky (tsimbl).
For more information:
Some of the most offensive music ever recorded, put together by Jody Rosen…a look at the early vaudeville and minstrel music about Jews in America a hundred years ago… http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6710022
NPR’s radio program hosted by Terry Gross, “Fresh Air” had a story on January 2, 2007 on the new CD “Jewface”, which journalist Jody Rosen put together. “It’s the first anthology of Jewish minstrel songs. Tracks include “Cohen Owes Me 97 Dollars,” “I’m a Yiddish Cowboy” and other long-lost hits from the vaudeville stage of the early 20th century. Rosen is the music critic for Slate.com and also writes for The Nation.”
Rosen is the author of the book White Christmas: The Story of an American Song which was reviewed on JMWC http://www.jmwc.org/whitechristmas.html Rosen also has an interview on Nextbook.…
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In honor of her newly released CD, Flashes In The Darkness,
Talia Applebaum will be performing in Har Nof in the home of Karen Pichel.
Address: 2/12 Chai Taibe, Entrance Bet
Date: Motzei Shabbat, January 13th
Time: 8:00 PM
Entrance fee: 20 NIS
Cost of CD: 50 NIS
Talia’s music encompasses a variety of genres including:
Melodic piano ballads, folk, jazz, blues, rag time, mild rock and
All carrying messages based on Torah themes or verses.
All resulting from a personal spiritual journey that can be shared by all.
Please join us for this “Inspiring Musical Odyssey”
Quote from Tambourine, Jewish Woman’s Arts Newsletter,
“Talia’s unique sound reveals deep spiritual dimensions within her voice.
Potent and playful,
Talia’s voice emerges from the depths of the soul with a rawness and
honesty that is simply refreshing”
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A new CD for children called “Shalom Kids” is now available through CD Baby by Roberta Seltzer.Roberta Seltzer is a children’s performer whose warm voice delights both youngsters and adults. She entertains extensively at temples, schools, libraries and organizations,
where she builds a warm rapport with her audience. In her CD SHALOM KIDS, she shares some of her favorite Shabbat melodies and familiar playsongs.
Roberta serves as music specialist at various temples, day schools and community centers. Sound clips for the CD are available at CD Baby.
Stephen Feldman/Poppa’s kitchen has put together a fun Hanukkah album in a pop rock format…!
You can check out the cd at www.arockinhanukkah.com .
On October 17, the Milken Archive of American Jewish Music released the 48th CD in its pioneering recording series that documents music related to the Jewish experience in America. Titled Psalms of Joy and Sorrow, this new disc reflects the varied responses of twelve 20th- and 21st-century composers to some of the most affecting and enduring of all biblical texts-the Psalms.
Common to the liturgies, histories, and spirit of both Judaism and Christianity, the biblical Book of Psalms is one of the most widely familiar and most frequently quoted books of the Hebrew Bible. The Psalms’ sentiments and teachings, expressed in a singular blend of majestic grandeur and poignant simplicity, give them a uniquely universal resonance.
Encompassing virtually every human emotion and mood from exaltation to alienation, hope to despair, these texts have inspired musical interpretation since Jewish antiquity, with notated musical settings dating back more than ten centuries.…
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ABOP performs at Stain Bar on Wed, Nov 1, 2006. 7-9pm.
Admission is by donation at the event.
766 Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY (By Subway: take L to Grand, 1 block west)
718-387-7840 | http://www.stainbar.com for more directions and information.
Art Bailey’s Orkestra Popilar new CD is now available! Branch from the Tree features fresh
interpretations of rarely heard material first recorded by Romanian-born
cymbalom master and Lower East Side restaurateur, Joseph Moskowitz. On this
debut cd, the band also explores early 20th century Jewish fiddle pieces,
improvisation, newly composed music, and pieces from the klezmer and
Eastern European repertoire. Learn about the CD, listen to clips, or purchase it online at
“Chanale and Friends”, a new CD has just been released and is now available through Jewish Jukebox. You can check the sound samples out at:
To learn more about Chanale and her music, see her website at: www.chanalesings.com.
Shevet Achim (Brothers Dwell) by Meira Warshauer featured on New Richard
Nunemaker CD Project – Work Has Special Relevance for Today
Clarinetist Richard Nunemaker has released a new CD “The Louisville
Project”, which features Meira Warshauer’s “Shevet Achim (Brothers Dwell).”
The Louisville Project (AUR CD 3127). The piece, for two bass clarinets, is a response to the troubled
relationship between the descendants of half-brothers Yitzchak and
Yishmael (sons of Abraham), now Israelis and Palestinians. Written in
fall, 2000, the piece roils with the conflict between the two peoples,
expressing both intense animosity and common identification. It has been
observed that the most strongly felt conflicts are between peoples whose
lives and histories are intertwined on many levels.
Theresa Tova is launching a new CD:
“You Ask Me Why — Tova Sings Beyle”. It is an ambitious CD featuring
a collaboration with masterful producer/arranger John Alcorn. The CD
celebrates the songs of Yiddish poet and songwriter Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman (National Endowment of the Arts honoree). Tova places these folk gems in settings that are a meange of jazz, world
and contemporary pop grooves… bridging the gap between the traditional roots of Jewish culture and
21st century sensibilities and rhythms.
The CD launch is Monday September 4th 5:30 pm at the Harbourfront
Centre Theatre in Toronto with an all star jazz band:
Mark Eisenman Piano
Artie Roth Bass and Electric Bass
Daniel Barnes Drums and Percussion
Brian Katz Classical and Electric Guitars
Jane Bunnett Flute
Kelly Jefferson Tenor Saxophone
John Macleod Trumpet
and Julie Michels Vocal duet
The Milken Archive of American Jewish Music has released a CD of four works for the synagogue and the concert hall by German-born, American composer and organist Herman Berlinski. These works reflect his rich, post-Romantic musical language, eclectic musical style, and depth of Jewish inspiration. This new disc complements the Milken Archive’s 2004 release of the composer’s Avodat Shabbat, a large-scale setting of the Sabbath evening liturgy according to the American Reform prayerbook. It brings to 45 the number of recordings released since the Milken Archive CD series was launched in September 2003.
A new CD by instrumentalists David Grisman and Andy Statman called ‘ New Shabbos Waltz ‘ is now available.
Years ago Grisman and Statman were highly successful with their first
CD, “Songs of Our Fathers.” This is the first release they’ve done together since then of a CD of Jewish Music.
FROM THE BOOKLET: “Although this is an instrumental album, the majority of
the original songs alternate between the twin themes of shabbos and Jerusalem,
which are closely related. Jewish mystics state that what Shabbos is in time,
Jerusalem is in space.” Selections include; Avinu Malkeinu, Anim Zemiros, Pischu Li, Shabbos Ha Yom
La Shem, Ya’Aleh, Old Klezmer, Yerushalyim Shel Zahav, Ani Ma’amin, Lekha Dodi,
and more. CD available through many vendors, including Hatikvah Music, Contact: (323) 655-7083.…
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Rachel Ferency, of the Alei Assor women’s group, announces the new CD, Ezkera Neginati Balaila – “Recall My Song at Night” They play Jewish spiritual music for women. For information, visit: http://www.geocities.com/shiru_lo/start.html
At long last the music of Hazzan Israel Alter is available on CD. Lois Welber recently released her cantorial CD, “Prayers of the High Holy Days: Shomeah Tefillah”. (Shomeah Tefillah – “…Who hears prayer” from Hineni) featuring the music of Hazzan Israel Alter. The CD focuses on music from “The High Holy Day Service” and “The Selichot Service” published by the Cantors Assembly. The original musical accompaniment is arranged by organist/composer Ernest Rakhlin and with pianist David Sparr. There is also one song included by Israel Goldfarb, “B’Sefer Chayim” (from Shirei T’shuvah –991900), which score is available through Transcontinental Music Publications.
These renditions are all sung with Welber’s strong mezzo-soprano in dedication to the 100th anniversary celebration of Temple B’Nai Israel in Revere, Massachusetts, where she has been cantor since 2000.…
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Leah Epstein is a song writer living in Israel since making Aliya from Chicago in 1981. She lives on Moshav Keshet, an orthodox community in the Golan. Her Hebrew and English songs are wistful, and at the same time religious and personal. The music itself is heavily influenced from a ‘time capsule’ of American song from some 30 years ago, such as American folk, Carole King or Joni Mitchell. There are some highly personal songs, such as “Child of the Heights” dedicated to her son killed in a car accident, and other of her texts are more universally and politically themed. The CDs, Nof Mushlam (A Perfect View), and New Faces, Old Souls, are available at Moria Books and Music in the Old City and through cdbaby.com.…
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Rabbi Yehuda Henkin from Jerusalem sent a copy of his new CD, Shirei Nefesh Yehuda, to JMWC. All the music is composed by Rabbi Henkin and sung by Yaron Bar. The rabbi has produced an album of singable and pleasant religious melodies with nice arrangements. Contact information is Henkin@012.net.il and FAX (02) 652-1473.
The Milken Archive of American Jewish Music has released another CD. This one is “The Art of Yiddish Song” with 32 songs by Lazare Weiner. [8.559443]. You can read a complete discription released by the Milken Archive about the recording.
Often referred to as “America’s Jewish Schubert”, Weiner’s exquisite songs are a pinnacle of Yiddish art song (lider). This recording shows his mastery of craftsmanship, connection to the language, and complete immersion in the depths of meaning in Jewish culture. The performers are top drawer, and so the recording is a “must” for anyone interested in Yiddish art music, or generally in good lieder.
Albany Records has just released “Aires de Sefarad” (Airs from Spain). It is a
cycle of 46 works,an hour of music written for the violin and guitar
ensemble-Duo46 by award winning composer Jorge Liderman. The music is based loosely on 500-year old Jewish music from around the Mediterranean. After a 2003 visit to Spain
and walking through the Jewish quarter in Cordoba, Liderman was inspired to write these works.
Albany Records “Aires de Sefarad”, Albany Records TROY-829,can be purchased at
retail record stores or online. For information about Duo46 and Jorge
Liderman visit websites http://www.duo46.com and http://www.jorgeliderman.com
Michael Buonaiuto has a CD “SpriTune” Sacred Space: Melodies to Welcome Shabbat. It’s a collection of melodies for the Jewish Sabbath, played simply on acoustic instruments.. The Boston-based trio featuring Michael Buonaiuto on hammered dulcimer, Beth Levin on guitar, and Jon Dreyer on bass. Available through CD Baby:http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/spiritune
A new CD, Miriam’s Drum has been released with all original new songs by Tziona Achishena Zilbershtein. This recording, intended for women, features a diverse group of musicians performing on everything from traditional oud to Indian tablas, tampura, bendir, bowls, flutes, harmonium and drums. A children’s choir also appears as well as women’s vocals. Most of the texts come from Psalms, or prayerbook liturgy, yet the settings are new and spirited. Tziona is a ‘mulit-instrumentalist who plays guitar, piano, riq (a Middle Eastern tambourine), harmonium, and the Persian santur.’ Recordings can be purchased directly through the artist at: Tziona Zilbershtein Ohr HaGanuz, D.N. Merom HaGalil, ISRAEL 13909. For more information, visit: http://www.koltziona.com/
Alexander Zemlinsky is one of those ‘lesser known’ composers who fled Nazi Germany for the US in the 1930s. Recently there has been a sort of revival of sorts with a book by Anthony Beaumont a few years ago, several concert series about Austrian ’emigre’ composers, and a CD set of Songs of Zemlinsky sung by Hermine Haselbock.To hear samples, go to Haselboeck’s site and click on “Zemlinsky CD”.
Songs by Alexander Zemlinsky (1871-1942)
Hermine Haselböck, /Mezzosoprano
PAN CLASSICS (PC 10162)
Valeria Fubini Ventura, voice, Anna Barbero, piano, have released a CD of classical Israeli music on the Italian label http://www.ludomentis.it/eng/chi_eng.htmlLudomentis. Recorded in the Church of S. Apollinare in Monticello di Lonigo (VI) near Vicenza, the recording has a collection of Israeli composers whose “musical horizon is tied to European national school of the end of the nineteenth century.” Also included are selections by Ravel and Milhaud.
Schott Wergo announces the US release today (Feb. 14, 2006) of “Shalom
Comrade!: Yiddish Music in the Soviet Union 1928-1961” (Schott Wergo SM
1627-2), the 10th production in the Jewish Music Series of CDs edited by
ethnomusicologists Joel Rubin and Rita Ottens . “Shalom Comrade” and other productions of the Jewish Music Series are distributed by Harmonia Mundi USA.
You¹re invited to a CD Release Party with The RUBY HARRIS Band Star of Diaspora
for the Debut of his CD Le’Shem Shamayim: For Heaven¹s Sake on Sameach Music.
This Saturday nite Shabbas Shirah Spectacular Saturday, Feb. 11, 8:00 p.m.
at The Carlebach Shul
305 West 79th Street New York NY 10024
Tel. (212) 580-2391, Infoline (212) 721-SHUL
appearing with ONEG Shemesh –Founding Moshav Band member and his CD Bring Us Together.
The Austin Klezmorim have a new CD, Bubba’s Waltz, and it combines “traditional” klezmer with some American jazz favorites. To hear some samples, http://www.bamusic.net/bubbaswaltz.htm . Bill Averbach did a lot of the arrangements. This band is one that definitely goes to its own, sweet beat.
The Ramaz Chorus of the New York under the direction of Caroll Goldberg recorded songs on Yom Yerushalayim in 2001. Title of the CD is Yesterday-Today-Tomorrow. If your Jewish day school is looking for material that is attractive, uplifting, and sounds good both to you and teens, you may want to take a listen to this recording to see what kids can do. Caroll Goldberg also has a book L’yisrael Mizmor, that has “selections with melody line, chords, two and three part settings suitable for amateur as well as professional chorus, texts, transliterations and translations, discography, curriculum guide, amd bibliography.” Availble through www.jewishmusic.com.
Atzilut is known in Europe as the “Middle East Peace Orchestra”. The ten-member ensemble features Arab and Jewish musicians in concert making a powerful statement for peace by working together. Atzilut has three CDs: Fourth World, Souls on Fire: Music for the Kabbalah, and Concertsforpeace.com. The latter is a balanced program of Arabic and Jewish music including such works as Fo Rusnic (Arabic), Nagila Halleluyah (Hebrew), Balleghu (Arabic) and songs that combine Arabic and Hebrew. Available on CDbaby. Music director: Hazzan Jack Kessler. The message of the CD is “move forward into peace”. It’s for anyone enjoying middle east music with pleasant voices (Maurice Chedid performing Arabic vocalsand Jack Kessler, Hebrew vocals) and good instrumentalists. has a pleasing voice to western ears as well traditional ones.…
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Laurie Sucher sings in the Chciago area as a seasoned cabaret, Yiddish singer and cantorial soloist. Laurie grew up in a Yiddish speaking home in New York, so she’s quite familiar with the language– and the songs on this CD show that familiarity.The CD is a mix of music recorded a few years ago live at Chicago’s Harold Washington Library Theater and studio takes. Also included on the collection are a number of Ladino Songs. The CD is available through CD Baby.
Emil Skobeloff, serving as a cantor of Congreation Ohev Shalom in Wallingford, PA sends a CD dedicated to his son Jonah. It’s a private publication produced with the help of studio musician Pete Huttlinger, who has played on Grammy nominated projects and is a veteran Nashville session player. It shows. The arrangements and instrumentation are professional. The repertoire are all standards of Yiddish, Ladino and Hebrew such as Eli Eli and Quando El Rei Nimrod and My Yiddishe Mama. Contact the cantor at: 225 South Chester Road, Ste. 5, Swarthmore, PA 19081 about obtaining copies.
The Alexandria Kleztet announces the release of their new CD “Close Enough for Klezmer”. Samples and purchase info on their website at http://www.kleztet.com/.
Frank London is interviewed for World Music Central about the new album Frank London’s Klezmer Brass All Stars. Carnival Conspiracy: In the Marketplace All Is Subterfuge.
The album is available, of course, through amazon.
The Milken Archive of American Jewish Music Releases Its 40th CD–
Jewish String Quartets by Darius Milhaud, Sholom Secunda, John Zorn, Ruth Schonthal and Abraham Wolf Binder on Naxos American Classics.
Jewish String Quartets [8.559451]
is a unique collection of Judaically inspired, 20th-century string quartets. Written by five highly individual and stylistically diverse composers, this latest CD features the imaginative intersection of Jewish melodies, motifs or historical sensibilities with one of the cornerstone genres of the Western musical canon, the string quartet. This intimate medium has historically been a prism for a composer’s most personal musical statements, and that tradition is upheld in the pieces heard on this new disc.
Compositions by Darius Milhaud, Sholom Secunda, John Zorn, Ruth Schonthal and Abraham Wolf Binder with
performances by the Juilliard String Quartet, the Bochmann String Quartet, the Bingham String Quartet, and a quartet formed specially for the Zorn composition.…
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Asefa’s new CD by Samuel Thomas is available on CDbaby.com. It’s getting lots of rave reviews. The Jerusalem Post called it “new-school Jewish poly-ethnic fusion at its best.” It’s definitely east meets west in an entertaining way if you like clarinet with oud. http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/samuelthomas
Pianist/singer/songwriter and public school music teacher, Mike Boxer released Erev Chaim as a way to introduce Jewish music to teens not familiar with any. Boxer hopes that it results in some Jewish youth who emerge more enthusiastic about the music of their faith. This “independently marketed concept album
brings the face of cutting-edge mainstream pop to today’s Jewish music.” The track list contains — heimish, liturgical-oriented classics like Shalom Aleichem, Bilvavi, and Acheinu — but a good portion of the music features sounds typically from the forefront of modern pop, rock and R and B. Seven songs are revamped covers; seven are Boxer’s own original material.
Sarah Nadav has a new blog with some audio clips, links to some of the hip hop music, jewlicious, and a lot more. She seems to be linking to the newest and coolest.
Sarah’s been writing her own music and has a CD Sarah Dahlia. available at CD baby and elsewhere.
The Gerald Edery Ensemble‘s
newest recording, Amid the Jasmine is finished and will be available on the website,
www.sefaradrecords.com, on February 9th, 2006.
The Ensemble will be in the New York/New Jersey area, on Saturday, February
11, 2006. There will be a CD release concert at the Jewish Community Center of
Greater Monmouth County in Deal Park, New Jersey. The event will feature The Gerard
Edery Ensemble performing music from the new release as well as appearances by guest
Cantors. You can expect an evening filled with a multi-cultural spirit conveyed
through an eclectic mix of songs in Ladino, Spanish, Arabic and Hebrew from the
Sephardic and Middle Eastern traditions, as well as original songs by Gerard Edery.
The concert starts at 8:00 p.m.…
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DANCING ON THE EDGE OF A VOLCANO, (which was released a couple of years ago) is currently being sold olnline by Cedille Records at https://www.cedillerecords.org/ with a sale through mid January. (for $12) Some people who want to add this to their collections for a relatively inexpensive price, may want to know.
Jewish Cabaret, Popular, and Political Songs 1900-1945
CDR 90000 065 (2 CD set)
New Budapest Orpheum Society
Philip V. Bohlman, Artistic Director
Ilya Levinson, Music Director & Arranger
Stewart Figa, baritone — (SF)
Julia Bentley, mezzo-soprano — (JB)
Deborah Bard, soprano — (DB)
Ilya Levinson, piano
Peter Blagoev, violin
Stewart Miller, bass
Hank Tausend, percussion
Elizabeth Ko, flute
Jon Steinhagen, American lyrics
There’s more to traditional Jewish popular music than klezmer clarinet and Broadway-style fiddling on the roof.…
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Musica Judaica is a twenty CDs containing the music written from 1933 (when camps such as Dachau and Börgermoor were opened) to 1945 in all concentration, internment, extermination and POW camps, both of the Axis’ and Allies’ countries. It is the result of a 10-year, huge historical and musicological work by the Italian pianist and conductor Francesco Lotoro.
Musica Judaica represents a “Musical Dictionary” of concentration camp music during WWII. It contains all the music written in Terezin by Gideon Klein (Piano Sonata, Strings Trio, Czech and Russian Folk Songs, etc.), Viktor Ullmann (5th, 6th, 7th Piano Sonatas, the unknown Don Quixote tanzt Fandango, the opera The Emperor of Atlantis, etc.), Pavel Haas (4 Songs on texts from Chinese Poetry, Studio for Strings Orchestra), Rudolf Karel (Pankràc’s Musicbook, Nonet, the opera The 3 Hairs of the Wise Old man), Ervin Schulhoff (Piano score of 8th Symphony) Hans Kràsa (Rimbaud-Songs, the famous children opera Brundibàr), Karel Berman, Zikmund Schul, Jiri Kummermann, Szymon Laks, Frantisek Domazlicky, Ilse Weber, etc.…
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For those interested in obtaining music from the Jews of Turkey or the Judeo-Sufi connection, the Kalan music website at http://www.kalan.com carries several recordings of Jewish music interest. Recordings such as Jewish religious music, in the Turkish Jewish traditions, Rabbi Isaac Algazisinging Ottomon Jewish music, or such as or Janet and Jak Esim Antik Bir Huzun Judeo-Espanyol Ezgiler folk music are just a few examples. The JMWC has no experience in purchaing items from this website.
Yerachmiel “Rocky” Ziegler has released his debut CD A’Hava V’Achva. Mixing up hasidic, rock, folk, klezmer and bluegrass, he’s on the H and H circuit in NY’s meeting place between Williamsburg and Greenpoint. Check out the website: www.yerachmiel.com and you’ll hear some of the unique sounds from the new blending of Jewish cultures.
Rabbi David Zeller has released a CD of music for children and adults entitled “Goodnight My Sweetest Children”.
Zeller is a singer, teacher and counselor based in Jerusalem. These songs utilize the melodies of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach and are based on Jewish bedtime prayers. Songs are intended to be relaxing and soothing to help children fall asleep. The CD can be purchased at: www.davidzeller.org/music
Surie of Morah Music in Brooklyn, NY has produced a new double CD and Songbook ‘Around The Year’ for women & children. You may check it out at the website www.morahmusic.com where you can listen to some of her songs. The lyrics in Hebrew and English.
There is a new CD release of Berakhot: A Midrash Cantata by
Bruce Chalmer, performed by the Fyre and Lightning Consort with guest tenor soloist
Roger Grow. The CD, on the Rootstock Recordings label of Multicultural Media, is
available at www.worldmusicstore.com.
Gershon Kingsley [8.559435]
This new recording of four works by German-born American composer
Gershon Kingsley reveals the influence of American idioms and
contemporary musical developments-in this case jazz and electronic
music-on the work of Jewish composers, and confirms the openness of both
composers and Jewish institutions to expanding the boundaries of
traditional liturgical practice. In addition, the CD illustrates the
continuing affect of the Holocaust in provoking response by creative
artists, and points to the upcoming observance of the 60th anniversary
of the allied liberation of the concentration camps in the spring of
1945.For details about this CD, go to
The new Brave Old World CD has been released: “Dus gezang fin geto Lodzh/Song of the Lodz Ghetto,” on the Winter & Winter label. The CD is now available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and should be in the stores across North America. The program has been evolving since 1990, and it reflects BOW’s own experiences over 15 years of performing Jewish music. This album represents a step over into new form of Jewish music–a ‘yiddish song suite’ and is not only of high musical performance quality, but may set precedents for future art forms in Jewish music. I’m calling this new Jewish art form, a ‘bernian suite’ in honor of Alan Bern. For more information read on:
Their CD “Silver Lining” made it to the top of the next selling Jewish Music CD’s of the month (Country Yossi magazine)
Their website is http://www.theshiracentre.com
Yiddishkayt Los Angeles & Spaceland Productions
The Klezmatics with Joshua Nelson
Monday, April 4 at 8:00 PM (doors open at 7:00 PM)
Barnsdall Gallery Theatre
4800 Hollywood Blvd. (between Vermont and Edgemont)
Hollywood, CA 90027
General Admission: $25
Only in America could Jewish slaves in Egypt inspire White
Southern Christians who in turn stirred Black Christians to sing
about emancipation who in turn inspired an African-American
Jewish gospel singer named Joshua Nelson.
The Klezmatics, known for their unique blend of
melodic mysticism and improvisational activism, have once again
turned their music inside out, exposing the complexity of
Jewish identity, Black identity, and human identity.
Brother Moses Smote the Water, their March 2005
release on Piranha Musik (distributed by Harmonia Mundi),
teams them with Nelson and jazz singer/organist Kathryn
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A great article by Elliott Simon on the website all about jazz reviews “music from the winery” album. It’s really something of a “best of” album from the Tonic Sunday brunch concert series… lots of amazing performers included. Here’s the review http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/article.php?id=16019.