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!
Various artists, produced by Craig Taubman
A modern take on the story of Passover, as composed by some of contemporary Jewish music’s most beloved artists. Hear the new song of Passover!
THE FREEDOM MUSIC PROJECT
Young Jewish and African-American singers celebrate the freedom music of both the Passover tradition and the Civil Rights Movement.
The Music of Pesah at BJ
Congregation B’nai Jeshurun
Twelve soothing, sacred Passover songs that will enhance your journey through the powerful beauty of Passover.
LET MY PEOPLE GO
A Jewish & African American Celebration of Freedom
Jonathan Kligler & Kim and Reggie Harris
Eighteen uplifting and enlightening tracks weave Hebrew songs from the Passover Haggadah with traditional Black Spirituals, carrying the ideals of equality and freedom.
THE PASSOVER LOUNGE
Various Artists, produced by Craig Taubman
Chill instrumentals and eclectic laid-back grooves mix with smooth vocals and electronic sounds, all applied to traditional Passover melodies.
THE PASSOVER STORY
The Western Wind
The Western Wind Vocal Ensemble and Theodore Bikel tell and sing the Passover story through these 20 Hebrew folk melodies, classical European liturgical music, ancient Sephardic chants, Klezmer style improvisations, and traditional songs from the Seder.
PHARAOH, PHARAOH (CD single)
This CD SINGLE features the rockin’, hand clappin’, foot stompin’, can’t-sit-still-hit “Pharaoh, Pharaoh” (to the tune of “Louie, Louie”), from the classic Jewish rock band Mah Tovu.
Alan Eder and Friends
West African and Caribbean rhythms blend with traditional Hebrew melodies and texts to create this unique sound for Passover. Hypnotic drum beats, exotic instruments, and vocal harmonies
bring a reggae beat to holiday favorites.
Outrageously Hip Jewish Kiddie Rock! Crunch, munch, jump, and dance your way to freedom with these spirited,
interactive, and engaging songs from the one-of-a-kind Shira Kline.
A SINGING SEDER
In this delightful collection of over 20 Passover songs, Cindy Paley brings traditional and modern melodies to life with upbeat arrangements and infectious rhythms.
SONGS FROM A PASSOVER HAGGADAH
Sung by cantors
This 35-track collection features all the ‘standards’ of every Passover Seder, including liturgical and folk selections, beautifully sung by a number of talented cantors. Accompanies the CCAR’s 1974
A Passover Haggadah.
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With soulful melodies
and sweet harmonies, reminiscent of the best of classic pop vocals (The Beatles, James Taylor, and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young), Ira and Julia Levin create a unique form of music somewhere between “World Folk” and “Harmonious Folk Pop.” Their debut release 36 is based on the Talmudic legend of the thirty-six lamed-vavniks, the silent righteous individuals who keep the world in balance with their selfless benevolence. The Levins speak the universal language of hope and compassion, and their sweet harmonies and wonderful energy are an extension of their dedication to the upliftment of all. Their tune “Daniel’s Round” was selected to appear on the new Ruach 5771 CD, a collection of the best new Jewish music. This joyful
recording will lift your heart and bring a smile to your face!
Transcontinental Music Publications and The North American Federation of Temple
Youth (NFTY) bring you the best of new Jewish rock, by the brightest stars in Jewish music! Ruach 5771 celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Ruach series and the 50th anniversary of the URJ’s Religious Action Center in Washington D.C. The 19 tracks include favorite established artists, as well as many new voices on the Jewish music scene:
Dan Nichols and
Steve Meltzer (z”l)
Jeremy Gimbel and Shira Tirdof
Cantor Natalie Young
Ross M. Levy
Jon Nelson and Yom Hadash
Max Chaiken and Camp Harlam
These tunes reflect the spirit, energy, and vibrancy of the Judaism that lives and breathes in the camps, youth groups, and synagogues of the Union for Reform Judaism. Catch the ruach!
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