Tuesday, May 5, 2015 Iyyar 16, 5775
Philly's Avi Wisnia is hot to trot for the Brazilian beat
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Blame it on the bossa nova, sure, but doesn't klezmer share some responsibility? And how about liturgy? Where does that come in? It all comes together in explaining the wistful soundtrack of Avi Wisnia's life, where the son of a regional rabbi bounded over the bimah to explore the outside pull of a musical postmodern world. And the son returns,...
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Is it really surprising that Cantor David F. Tilman of Beth Sholom Congregation in Elkins Park, long known for his lilt of a lyric baritone, once had a tryout at the New York Met? Yet he wasn't performing alongside Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti and that other tenor; more like Ron Swoboda, Ed Kranepool and "Marvelous" Marv Throneberry. "I played right...
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Not every up-and-coming rebel rocker/fine-voiced folkie earns enough money to jingle-jangle in his pocket. But then, not every one grew up knowing the value of jingles. Ari Hest did; his father wrote them, and his son occasionally performed them in commercials -- when he wasn't doing backup choral work for his mother, the cantor. Music as muse? Sure, but now...
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Can't we all get along? Hope so, says Jonathan Leshnoff. And his "Hope" is just that -- a union of a musical mission of orchestra, soloists, choir, poetry and composer that bonds Bible to spiritual and blends ancient with au courant. And this oratorio of an aural sensation all plays an important part in the current Philadelphia International Festival of...
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Who better than a Neshama to sing soul music? It certainly comes naturally to Neshama (Hebrew for "soul") Carlebach, the 36-year-old scion of the sensational spiritual leader/singer/composer Shlomo Carlebach, whose early death at 69 in 1994 left a hole in the soul of world music and spirituality as well. But his daughter has come a-healing and a-helping since, noting that...
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