Celebration of Jewish
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CD represents who I have become. I started at age 5 studying piano
with my mom, Rina Shiller. Then around age 9 I started violin. I
studied with various teachers including Leo Panasevich of the Boston
Symphony Orchestra. We all grew up listening to rock and roll and
jazz, blues and r&b and the little bit of country that leaked
thru the airwaves. In junior high school I started playing an
electronic organ, occasionally performing with rock/pop groups for
dances and such and jamming with a blues guitarist named Dean. In
Israel, where I finished high school after we decided to immigrate
there, I played violin in a group called the Middle East Blues Band.
Returning to the US, where I figured Id have more job
opportunities, I attended New England Conservatory, studying violin
with Ms. Nancy Cirillo, playing in Gunther Schullers symphony
orchestra and playing all kinds of music from Baroque to
contemporary, jamming on violin in a jazz band with Jim Riley in
Roxbury on weekends. I continued to Yale for my graduate work in
music and then got a job in the Buffalo Philharmonic, the first of
numerous orchestra positions.
along the way, I hoped to somehow incorporate my different musical
selves into one integrated musical human being, but only with this
project am I finally realizing my serious, fun-loving self, combining
my ethnic/religious background
songs from Israel and summer
some for music, some Jewish camps
my love of all
kinds of music
space music, electronics, rock, hip hop, jazz,
blues, classical, or as my professors insisted we call it,
Euro-traditional, Jewish music and the musics of all the peoples of
and Im singing here! Sang in choruses, barber shop quartets and
a little in groups
but now, well, Havah Nagilah does have words,
doesnt it? And I do know them!
little about the tunes and how I orchestrated them;
started a few years back arranging Jewish songs for my string quartet
to perform at weddings, since I found that there werent enough
good arrangements of these tunes. I since have performed them and
self-published them on my website for other musicians. Most of these
arrangements were for string quartet. They have become the core of
the arrangements for the Eklektrex band to perform. If you listen to
the quartet, youll hear how the arrangements match up with the
is a fantasy about peace. Bring us peace is our shout. It starts out
with the rock organ and violin improvising in the Jewish
mode, then the fretless electric bass and hip hop drums join
the fun. Some funked out drummers and hip hop bandits get on board
and in the end
Nagila vey nismcha
nranena vey nismecha.
achim blev sameach.
is a Sadigura Nigun.
us rejoice and be happy
Awaken brother and sisters with a happy heart.
my version, its a rock beat joined occasionally by some hip hop
sounds with the melodies in the violin and lunar strings and jazz
organ accompanied by a clean electric (eklektrek) guitar, rhythm
driven by a nice deep round bass and sung by me and my friend, Chava.
way I heard it in my head, this old Russian lullaby where the boy
sings, then the girl sings together with him
they had to hear
the echoes in their ears of the ancient middle eastern ceramic drum
through the swirling mists of time, represented by the lunar strings.
The incessant bass line played by the swirling droplets.
a bocher, shteyt un tracht,
un tracht a gantze nacht.
tsu nemen un nit far shemen,vemen tsu nemen un nit far shemen.
Tumbalalaika, shpiel balalaika
– freylach zol zayn.
meydl, chvel bay dir fregen,
kan vaksn, vaksn on regn?
kon brenen un nit oyfhern?
kon benken, veynen on treren?
bocher, vos darstu fregn?
shteyn ken vaksn, vaksn on regn
ken brenen un nit oyfhern.
harts kon benkn, veynen on treren.
young lad is thinking, thinking all night
it be wrong, he asks, or maybe right,
he declare his love, dare he choose,
would she accept, or will she refuses?
– let us be merry.
maiden tell me again
can grow, grow withouth rian,
can burn for many years,
can long and cry without tears?
young lad, why ask again?
a stone that can grtow, grow without rain,
love that can burn for many long years,
heart that can yearn and cry without tears.
Kale Mazel Tov
must have this song played at their Jewish wedding. For good luck to
the bride and groom.
the Jewish National Anthem
need no explanation. Our heart-felt hope to be safe in our own land,
with our beloved Jerusalem where the great Temple was built by
Solomon, destroyed, then built again, then destroyed again
Will we ever get it right?
instrumental meditation based on the Tumbalalalaika (boy is that hard
Tov und Mazel Tov
play this as the recessional music as the newly weds run back down
the aisle after kissing, sharing rings, circling and praying the
Sheva Brachot and then smashing the glass. Another must have
for every Jewish Simchah. Listen and enjoy as I did playing and
recording it. Dig the Hip Hop Crate Digger in this Dance mix.
to Debbie Friedman, for helping to wake the Love of God in me and for
providing the inspired song, Hashkiveinu. From a beautiful prayer
from the Shabbat Evening Luturgy.
wrote the song for a bar mitzvah of her own relative, then I had a
request from Robert Kieval, who commissioned the arrangement for her
daughter Natasha Elena Kieval to perform on the eve of her
bar/bat mitzvah is a ceremony to celebrate the achievement of
becoming a Jewish adult.
November 9, 2006
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