Music

‘I Feel More Open, More Free’

Matisyahu talks about his new religious outlook, his appearance and his music.

03/28/2013

Paris — Cigarette in one hand and cup of tea in the other, Matisyahu sat down with JTA in his closet-sized dressing room during his European tour to talk about his life, his music, how he’s raising his kids, and the recent changes in his religious outlook and physical appearance.

Matisyahu “I’m looking very much towards the Torah and Judaism as a source of inspiration.”  Larry Busacca/Getty

Songs In The Key Of Life

The lyrical pianist Fred Hersch’s jazz-theater piece ‘My Coma Dreams’ has an unlikely presenter: the narrative medicine program at Columbia.

02/27/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

The world is made of stories.

Michael Winther sings the lyrics. Stephanie Berger

A Violinist Who Bridges Worlds

The classically trained Miri Ben-Ari melds jazz, R&B and hip hop. Along the way she’s become something of a cultural ambassador for Israel.

02/12/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

Miri Ben-Ari is nothing if not enthusiastic. In conversation the word she uses most frequently is “fantastic.” It’s the word that comes up repeatedly when you ask the Grammy-winning Israeli violinist about the concert appearance she is making in New York on Feb. 20 to kick off a multi-city tour.

Miri Ben-Ari

Frank London’s Latest Project Is Really Big

Trumpeter bringing classic, 21-piece Shekhinah band to The Stone for month-long series, part of a rash of new gigs.

02/02/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

Sometimes, less isn’t more.

Frank London's Klezmer Brass All-Stars kicks off a new klezmer series next week at the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue. Arjen Veldt

Barenboim’s Special Kind Of Harmony

For the young Jewish, Arab and Christian musicians in the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, a sense of transcending borders.

01/29/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

Creating a new symphony orchestra is an involved process. There’s more to it than just finding a bunch of musicians and some sheet music. Doing it with young artists adds complications. Consciously imposing a socio-political agenda would seem to make it nearly impossible.

Musicians from Israel, the Palestinian Authority and neighboring Arab lands share musical stands and more.

Altman, Tannenbaum Reunite For A Night

What I Like About Jew duo back together for Christmas gig.

12/18/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

Two Jews walk into a cabaret. No, that’s not the joke, the jokes will come later, fast and furious.

Lean on me: Sean Altman. Rob Tannenbaum

Broza’s December Light

Expect a few new wrinkles for the Israeli singer-songwriter’s annual Christmas Eve show.

12/18/2012
Special to the Jewish Week

It was born in tragedy but has become a celebration. And it’s as dependable a Jewish ritual as Chinese food on the same night, Dec. 24.

David Broza’s “Not Exactly Christmas Eve” Concert at the 92nd Street Y has become a fixture on the calendar, and the Israeli singer-songwriter has a few new wrinkles for its 17th annual occurrence, the 12th to take place at the Y.

“All these years on the road, I like to have some habitual routines,” Broza says.

Keeping Adrienne’s Dream Alive

Concert marking singer and Yiddish revival leader’s first yahrtzeit brings together a community of musicians.

12/10/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

Sometimes you just have to drop everything else and do what’s right.

Frank London always has a busy schedule. Between the Klezmatics and his numerous side projects (the most recent being a Latin jazz-Jewish fusion essay with Arturo O’Farrill), there is never a convenient time for London to be interrupted.

Michael Winograd has a new CD being released this month with launch gigs in Boston and Brooklyn. December 2012 is not a rest period for him.

Cooper will be remembered and celebrated with a blow-out concert. Lloyd Wolf

Outsiders Crash Sephardic Music Festival

Sway Machinery, Zion80 appearances speak to confidence of 8-year-old event.

12/05/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

Sway Machinery, the bluesy fusion group led by Jeremiah Lockwood, plays this year’s Sephardic Music Festival.

Netanel Hershtik’s ‘Mission’

The 14th-generation cantor brings the golden age of classical hazanut to Eldridge Street.

11/27/2012
Special to the Jewish Week

When he talks about Jewish music, Netanel Hershtik uses a word that one doesn’t usually hear from a musician preparing for an upcoming concert: mission. .

Given that he is a 14th-generation cantor — no, that is not a typo; his family can trace its history of hazanut back that far — the idea of singing Jewish music as a “mission” may not seem incongruous, but the intensity with which he speaks of it informs you instantly that Hershtik is not merely paying lip service. He firmly believes in it.

“We wanted to present a picture of the whole cantorial tradition,” says Cantor Natanel Hershtik.
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