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CFMA Nomination for World Solo Artist of the Year

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Shouts of joy!!! My newest project AVIVA and the album I put out last December (with an amazing team of people), just received a Canadian Folk Music Award Nomination. Woohoooo!!! AND, in the same category is the lovely and super talented Lenka Lichtenberg, among other great musicians. Jaffa Road is also nominated in the group category […]


Junos follow up and a new Ladino page launches

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It was a truly wonderful weekend in Regina. It was exciting and lavish and we were thrilled to be there amongst so many amazing musicians. Humbling and bolstering all at the same time.  Here I am well guarded as I enter into the first night’s cocktails. Dapper! I also had the opportunity for this quick […]


Junos, Apprenticeship, SING! Festival and Ladino and Teaching pages on the way

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A really exciting time!!! Some news. Preparing outfits and fussy stuff for the trip to Regina tomorrow with Carlos and some of the Jaffa Road gang in order to attend the JUNOS. Pictures and highlights to follow. I got word from the incomparable Jon Lohman that I was accepted into the Virginia FolkLife Apprenticeship program. […]


CD release concerts are a huge success.

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Here we are bowing at the very end of the whole shebang. Thank you so much to all who came and shared in the celebrations. The whole album of pictures to follow. Happy Holidays and blessings for a great New Year. Aviva


Co-producing with Chris

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I am not the first and I am sure not the last happy musician who has had the pleasure of working on an album alongside Chris Gartner.  In this case, hours and hours of patient editing and mixing, choosing, mining, listening and shaping. My top choice producer!  A treat also to have his beautiful bass […]


The Singers are coming!!

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Long time and new time singing partners: Maryem Tollar, Sundar Viswanathan, Dave Wall and Daniela Gesundheit. (Missing a picture of the lovely Rosemary Phelan) They sound incredible – each one, harmonies, solos, unique voices all. Wait till you hear them!


The matches have been made: SEVEN SPONSORS for SEVEN SONGS.

Thank you! Thank you!!!!! Several very generous souls have stepped forward to cheer on this project while dedicating a song to a loved one. It would be appropriate in this case to yell from the rooftops………YOU ROCK SONG SPONSORS!!!!!! It doesn’t happen without you and your support from the beginning has buoyed me so much. […]


All together now! The chorus lays it down.

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Here they are….the first round of glorious vocal contributions on this album from a joyful, late night, much laughter chorus -  Annie Matan Gilbert, Mark Weinstock, Miriam Margles and Rosemary Phelan (obscured by the mic stand) Rude stand! Great to have Rosemary guesting on Boi Kalah and to get to be hanging in her beautiful […]


Josh

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This is Josh Engel. He is a very sweet soul with a wonderful smile and awesome guitar chops. (also mandolin). Here, he is playing around with parts for L’cha Dodi and Chadesh Yameinu, leaving both tunes with fine steel string sounds.  Josh’s parts have become major treats in both of those tunes. It also appears […]


Joel and Aaron bring on guitar and oud

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Here are some shots from workshopping with Joel and Aaron in the spring and the recordings that followed. The workshop revealed ‘Spanish’, a whole new intro to L’chu N’ran’na that Joel created on resonator guitar and ‘Romantic’ a sweet, sweet, lover’s line that Aaron came up with for the outro of Eli. Luscious textures of […]


Naghmeh.

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Naghmeh’s masterful percussion playing is like a complete weather system – storm, rain, sunshower.  She seems to have more hands and fingers than a regular human. On Hashkiveinu, while she played her part for the Shalom blowout, I forgot where I was, got up and started dancing around. Hello!!! We are recording here!!! But, who […]


Recording with Rakesh – Night #2

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Two more tunes later day with Rakesh, Jason and Aviva in the new Crystal Clear Sound Studios.  A little more singing in the laundry room. Laying down L’cha Dodi and Chadesh Yameinu/Turn Your Face to the Sun. The moving tempo question strikes again. Tabla, darbuka, frame drum, bell, cymbal-all members of this evening’s percussion family […]


Rockin’ Rakesh

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Now we’re cooking.  Rakesh laid his super grooves down on the guide tracks today and all of a sudden everything started to simmer, sway, and rock. Such a great touch, on Udu and Tabla and all of the many auxiliary percussion(toys) he brought along. It really is like watching him play in a sandbox. What […]


First days in the Studio

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Day 1, 2, 3 and 4. Jason and Aviva lay down guide tracks for 9 tunes. Figuring out the tempos for these tunes has definitely been the challenge so far. How to make a live feel when not recording live? So many cool ways to do it and just the practice of choosing and trusting that it […]


Recording plan in motion.

Jason and Aviva lay out the plan for recording. Nine tunes (so far). Great getting to listen again, and again to the rehearsal explorations. Now – decisions about how to lay it all down, who will start and when. Should be rolling within the next two weeks. More to come.


Exciting news!

First two groups of patrons sponsor two songs. Major shouts of joy at Prayer Project central.  You too can sponsor a song!  Visit the Get Involved page to learn more.