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This is happening. A few years ago it was an imagining, last year it was a revival and this year…soon to be discovered.
August 30th at Harbourfront Centre Theatre, one of the first marquee shows of this 2014 Ashkenaz Festival. Full house, with a warm and energetic standing ovation.
Photo credit by the fabulous Eric Benchimol found at ericbenchimol.com. We had a whole plan for the outside shoot, across from Joel’s place and down the street. We had the requisite number of Indy band fences scoped out. Then, it rained. Inside we went. Luckily, Eric’s place had a couch that matched with us so we […]
A perfect way to spend the middle of November is in Montreal, a city which always seems to be thriving with arts and culture, food, fashion and all yummy things. The few days I spent at the Mundial Montreal conference were no different. Gathered were some of the best Canadian World Music projects on the go […]
It is indeed as magnificent as everybody said it would be. I just returned from a week in Brazil where I was playing with Jaffa Road at Kleztival in São Paulo. Great music, delicious food, warm and welcoming folk. We even played to a lovely crowd in the subway station. Thank you to Nicole and […]
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 […]
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. […]
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
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 […]
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!
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 […]
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 […]
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’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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
It was thrilling. 15 hours of intensive rehearsal and arranging sessions at Temple Emanu-El have finished. I am too exhilarated to be fatigued. There were seven of us musicians in total over three days, plus Carlos who visited with his camera. Everybody was superb in their contributions and enthusiasm for the project. Many breaks, much snacking and […]