Esta Montaña D’Enfrente

Aviva Chernick – Esta Montaña D’Enfrente (This Mountain Before Me) With Justin Gray and Aaron Lightstone Live at Koerner Hall Filmed by Jake Roels

Aviva Chernick and Joel Schwartz – Arvoles Lloran

A traditional Ladino folk tune
Arranged and played by Aviva Chernick and Joel Schwartz
Filmed by Southern Souls
in Toronto, January 30, 2017.

Trees cry for rain and mountains for air
Like I cry for you my love.

Aviva Chernick and Joel Schwartz playing A Ti España

Love and yearning for homeland.
The story of exile embedded in the cells of those who came after, even these 500 years on.

Music by my nona Flory Jagoda and poetry by the late Abraham Capon.

All My Days

A melodic companion for the month of Elul.

Esta Montaña – Live from the Small World Music Festival

Esta Montaña.
“I want to discover the secrets of my life. I will use the sea as ink, the sky as paper and the quills off the tress as my pens.”

Filmed at the Small World Music Festival, with Joel Schwartz, as part of Cover Me Global, October 2014.

Modah Ani Live at the Ashkenaz Festival

Modah Ani – Grateful Am I.
Full band. Full house. Complete joy.

Live from the 2014 Ashkenaz Festival, Harboufront Centre Theatre, Toronto, Canada.

Adon Olam

Finding a gem within a gem. Rehearsing with Joel for this favourite traditional Yemenite melody, we uncovered a treasure of a new song waiting to be played. Listen for it at the end. This is the first time this rendition and new melody are being heard. Filmed at the Small World Music Centre, October 2014.

Chadesh Yameinu (Turn Your Face to the Sun)

Live at Harbourfront Centre Theatre as part of the Ashkenaz Festival, August 2014, Toronto, Canada.

Modah Ani trio video

This video was posted as a teaser days before the Ashkenaz festival in August. It was at that concert that we unveiled the new tune played in its sunny fullness by all seven of us. The trio video was shot by Joel Schwartz’s iPhone in his living room.   It is Nabil Amarshi on Bass, […]

Halleluyah live


My favourite psalm…..150.
Reminds me of deep gratitude, like I felt the day we played this tune in West Bloomfield.

Sun streaming in the windows, audience singing along, music feeling so fine.


Live at Temple Israel, West Bloomfield, Michigan. April 6th, 2014

Chadesh Yameinu live

Chadesh Yameinu K’kedem (Turn Your Face to the Sun)
Fitting for this particular springtime.

Temple Israel, West Bloomfield, Michigan. April 6th, 2014

Bo’i Kalah – Aviva and Joel at Gospel Sunday

Joel and I offer up our first tune for Gospel Sunday, hosted by Ken Whiteley.

Halleluyah – Aviva and Joel at Gospel Sunday

Joy is ringing out here as Joel Schwartz and I play our last tune for a glorious Gospel Sunday, hosted by Ken Whiteley.

Eili – Aviva and Joel at Gospel Sunday

Halfway through our first Gospel Sunday adventure.

Tehilah – The first symposium video launches

Monday morning January 13th.

ME to Carlos: I had this wonderful dream. I was there. You were there. My mom and dad were there and there were about 100 other bright faces there to partake. People were deeply engaged with each other in conversations about prayer. Prayer leaders shared their own musical compositions and there was lots of singing.

Hallelujah – Live in the Backyard

Hallelujah. This is my favourite psalm, the final one, #150. Sing gratitude to the Divine here, there, in the backyard, with Carlos and Joel, with guitar, with a chorus of cicadas on the last hot day of September.

AVIVA and her Prayer Project live at Nuit Blanche/The Guelph Jazz Festival 2012

Filmed at the Guelph Youth Music Centre on September 8, 2012

Bo’i Kalah — Aviva and Joel

Here we are as a duet. Simple, sweet, welcoming.
Enter, Bride. A song for Shabbat.

Ashrei — live in Toronto

Ashrei. Live on stage at the 918 in Toronto, December 2012.
Nine of us on stage at the CD release and for this song, this moment, we are just four.

Rehearsing for Guelph – Video

We’re on our way! The new album is deep in the editing phase.

In the meantime, here we are rehearsing for the upcoming show at the Guelph Jazz Festival Nuit Blanche. Join us.

Chadesh Yameinu Video

My sister gave me a card with this Maori proverb on it. It has lived on my East facing window since.

The video is just a clip from part of this Hebrew and English song, just one of the family of tunes that will be on the album.

Boi Kalah Video

It’s rehearsal, day two. Long days. Playing, praying. The Prayer Project is brewing.

This original melody by Aviva comes to life in a new way in the hands of these fabulous musicians. Boi Kalah – Enter, Sabbath bride, we welcome you.

Dance Me to the End of Love – Aviva, Aaron and the Lemon Bucket Orchestra

I have always loved this song. It is one of the first I ever recorded with Tanya Gill and Andrew Downing on In the Sea in 2007. This Wednesday, I had the pure, unadulterated pleasure of whooping it up with the Lemon Bucket Orchestra for a fundraiser for MusiCounts. Representing Jaffa Road together with Aaron, […]