Saturday, December 27, 2014 Tevet 5, 5775
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Cantor David F. Tilman, JE Feature
For the last 20 years, the growth of Jewish a cappella groups on college campuses across North America has been overwhelming, very similar to the virtual explosion of klezmer bands one or two decades earlier. In the '60s, large collegiate- and community-based Jewish choirs were the dominant form of Jewish vocal musical expression. Beginning in the late 1980s and early...
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M.J. Fine, JE Feature
Like just about everyone else, I'd heard of Amy Winehouse before I heard her music. By now, we all know her talking points. She just won five Grammys with her great pipes, sharp-tongued lyrics and retro sound, but run-ins with drugs and the law kept her from picking up her awards in person. Instead, she performed her big hit, "Rehab,"...
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Key bored? Not even at the age of 80! But his birthday is just another jaunty working day for Byron Janis -- although there aren't many who get to celebrate with a performance before an anticipated crowd of hundreds and have their cake candles blown out at the New York Performing Arts Library at Lincoln Center. But then, this Byron...
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Rabbi Saul Grife has never made any bones about the fact that he loves the music of the Grateful Dead, as well as other groups from the classic rock era, especially Santana, Cream and Jethro Tull. Grife said that he finds inspiration in their fusion of diverse musical influences, sheer energy and, yes, their countercultural ethos. The religious leader of...
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M.J. Fine, JE Feature
If any musical scene is going to reflect the clash of cultures, it's Israel. As people from all over the world have flocked there over the past 60 years, it's absorbed a multitude of sounds. And in a place so small, it would be impossible to segregate them and foolish to try; cross-pollination is what keeps music from stagnating. You...
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