Rothman, Chana

Canadian-born American. Singer-songwriter. Contemporary Jewish acoustic roots music. Chana’s MYSpace page states: “Rothman’s approach to performance, born of her background as an educator and spiritual leader, to go beyond a typical performer-audience dynamic.  Music is a dialogue, she explains,  It doesn’t have to be a spectator sport. Rothman’s music, using two languages and ancient texts to address social ills and joys of today, brings a universal appeal.  Rothman’s music bubbles with a conscious vibe that’s capable of bringing people together, writes Richard Antone of Elmore Magazine,  She is adept at using religious imagery and bilingual lyrics as a bridge rather than a wedge. Chana Rothman’s music — an urban mountain blend Chana Rothman’s tunes, born of her native Canada, Himalayan trekking, adventures in Israel, and current muse, the New York City subways, have earned a growing pile of accolades. The New York Times called her recent River-to-River Festival concert  well worth checking out and The Jewish Week gave her debut CD, We Can Rise (Oyhoo Records), four stars. calls her music  Bob Marley meets Edie Brickell, and the album was voted  Best of 2007 by Rothman has shared the stage with Hasidic reggae phenom Matisyahu as well as DJ Shadow and Lou Reed. Israeli Stars Chana Has Opened For: Habanot Nechama HaDag Nachash Some notable recent appearances: Highline Ballroom (NYC) World Cafe Live (Philadelphia, PA) River to River Festival (NYC) Levontin 7 (Tel Aviv, Israel) Cape May Singer-Songwriter Festival (Cape May, NJ) Jewlicious Festival (Long Beach, CA) Club Helsinki (Great Barrington, MA) Langdon Street Cafe (Montpelier, VT) Radio Bean (Burlington, VT) Chicago Jewish Music Festival (Chicago, IL) Oyhoo Festival (NYC) New York University (NYC) Gladstone Hotel (Toronto) CAJE Conference (Burlington, VT) Mercury Lounge (NYC) CBGB’s (NYC) and many more. What people are writing: “folksy, worldly and intense melodies mixed with the unique sounds of feminine hip hop/reggae and powerful words of Hebrew.” – The Jew Spot Blog “uniquely crafted bohemian vibes” – Jewlicious Festival “Four Stars” – The Jewish Week Radio Play Northwestern University Breakthrough Radio Staten Island University Acoustic Coffeehouse.”