Tuesday, February 23, 2010

From the mailbag...

Chana Jenny Weisberg writes:
Shalom! I saw your blog, and though you would enjoy this new music video I just made of a new Chassidic song by Yitzhak Meir and Aaron Razel. If you enjoy it, I hope you'll share it with your readers. Kol tuv, Chana Jenny Weisberg, JewishMOM.com.
Wolf Krakowski emails a link to "Shabes, Shabes."

Mike Greenberg writes:
Shavua Tov,
My name is Mike Greenberg and administrator for a Facebook group dedicated to pursuing a Jewish Music channel on XM Radio. I was wondering if you could mention the group on your blog, and in turn I will promote your blog within the group.
Roger Ruzow writes:

Please Check it out.

4th Ward Afro-Klezmer Orchestra new release : East Atlanta Passover Stomp

Several full length tracks of the music are on the The Fourth Ward Afro-Klezmer Orchestra website and on Soundcloud as well as all of the tracks are for sale on iTunes.

4th Ward Afro-Klezmer Orchestra

The 4th Ward Afro-Klezmer Orchestra is an original Atlanta musical entity; a ten piece jazz orchestra playing original compositions and arrangements that combine West African influenced rhythms with Eastern European Klezmer melodies. The 4th Ward A.K.O., led by trumpet player/composer Roger Ruzow, boasts a roster of veteran Atlanta, Georgia talent featuring: Colin Bragg (guitar), Chris Case (keyboard), Jeff Crompton (clarinet, alto & baritone sax), Ben Davis (tenor sax & clarinet), Chip Epsten (violin). Eric Fontaine (tenor sax), Ben Gettys (bass), Keith Leslie (drums), Bill Nittler (clarinet, baritone sax), and Blake Williams (trombone). The A.K.O. ensemble contains former and current members of such Atlanta bands as: Cadillac Jones, Gold Sparkle Band, Bazooka Ants, Samada Trio, Chilli Willie Blues Band, Twittering Machine, Standard Deviation, and Nu South Subterraneans.
Naftali writes:
I recently had a client email me his requests for the chupa. Amongst them were:

Ana Hashem from Barock Orchestra
Ani Ma'amin from Barock Orchestra

Having never heard of it, I asked the client to please send me the tracks so I could hear them and learn them. He obliged, and guess what they were?

Ana Hashem was - yes you guessed it - the Carlebach one! - Blasphemous!
Ani Maamin was the one from Abie Rottenberg.

It reminded me of different time, when I was on the phone with the chasan the night before his Wedding, and his request for Im Eshkochaich - the one from Revah L'sheva. Inside I groaned thinking, am I gonna have to learn a new song last minute now? Instinctively, I suspected something - and asked him to sing it. I sighed with relief as he hummed the first few bars of the Lev Tahor version.
Joseph Siev writes:
I’m writing to introduceJewish Ideas Daily, an exciting new website that features the very best of Jewish thought, analysis, argument, and opinion. We’re currently highlighting a precocious young composer named Jeremiah Klarman, whose most recent work, a cantata entitled Hallel, Shir v’Or, premiered in late December.
We thought you might be particularly interested in this piece, which includes not only a 2006 article about Klarman but also lyrics, commentary, and video from the December performance. Here’s the direct link: Sing to the Lord!
We hope you enjoy what you read, and that you’ll feel free to share “Sing to the Lord!” with others.
Yoel Hecht writes:
Please consider posting the latest of many youtube clips from Shaya Hecht who has been thrilling audiences at weddings and concerts. The latest clip is here.. As search on his name will show many more.

In addition to being a popular wedding singer Shaya will be performing a concert at Meisner's Pesach Program. See more at ShayaHecht.com

Yoel Hecht