Songs of the Code
Pure Light Records 2020 Lincoln Park West #38J, Chicago, IL 60614 firstname.lastname@example.org ABOUT JUDY TELLERMAN'S MUSIC: Judy's music conveys the beauty of the Bible to all people. "I wrote these songs because I wanted to join with people through music to feel the beauty of our wonderful religious heritage that has guided and sheltered us. I desire to write and sing songs that open a pathway for spiritual awakening, evoke a yearning for grace, and bring us closer together and closer to God. My songs are in English. My goal is to comprehend ancient wisdom and express it in music for everyone, regardless of their level of faith." FROM THE MAVENS: •Danny Buch, SONY MUSIC Distribution, wrote, 'She is a great talent.' •Arthur Levy, a well-known musicologist, wrote, 'You are a masterful melodist and a brilliant lyricist and storyteller -- what more can I possibly say? I am in total awe of your talent.' •Tom Nondorf, Playbill Magazine: "I love your songs. I listen to them all the time." •Paul Wieder, Music Critic for Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago JUF News, said, "Judy, you are a Jewish diva," and wrote, "It is an innovative work that merges the latest in electronic production techniques and dance beats with Sephardic arrangements and Jewish moral themes. Many years in the making, the meticulous work has paid off... "She's shining a contemporary light on holidays, prayers and Torah figures with her original lyrics. On her latest effort she merges haunting vocals and Jewish mystical themes with club-worthy beats, burnishes the mix to a high studio Polish." PRIZES AND HONORS: •ASCAP (The American Society of Composers, Artists and Publishers) 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007 ASCAPLUS SONGWRITER AWARD, Jazz and Popular Division; •Florida Initiative for Suicide Prevention (FISP) premieres Reach Out as new theme song for SUN Program, January 21, 2011; •Brandeis University received a Silver Award in the 2010 Council for Advancement and Support of Education CASE Circle of Excellence Awards Program in the category of Technology Applications and Creative Use of New Media with the Support Our Students viral marketing campaign and the award winning video/song, the Brandeis Anthem; •'Brandeis Anthem' Video wins Support Our Students viral marketing campaign contest, 9/10; •'Brandeis Anthem' Video created by Brandeis University matched with song on youtube.com 12/09; •'Abe Lincoln' Selected to be given to participants at SONY Music M-T Bowl Benefit for World Hunger Year, SONY MUSIC Stadium, NY, NY, 11/09; •Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, "Abe Lincoln" Selected for Permanent Collection, 5/09; •UNITED WE ROLL WORLD TOUR RADIO SHOW SONG CONTEST 2006 for "You Didn't Have To Do It"; COMMISSIONED COMPOSITIONS: •"A Mountain Of Shoes," 10/08, music for poem by Moyshe Shulshtein for permanent installation for Holocaust Documentation and Education Center and Museum of South Florida; •"Reach Out," 3/08, for iVolunteer, a dynamic visitation program that sends volunteers to the homes of Holocaust survivors, providing them with companionship and much-needed assistance, NY, NY; •"Deep Graves," 1/08, by Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago for the May, 2008 Illinois Days of Remembrance Holocaust Observance, Old State Capitol, Springfield, IL; •'Legacy,' 7/02, by International Gathering of Descendants of Survivors of the Shoah, Palmer House, Chicago, IL; ARCHIVES: in Skirball Museum, Los Angeles, CA; U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC,; University of Pennsylvania Library and Freedman Jewish Sound Archive, Philadelphia, PA; Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Springfield, IL; Dartmouth Jewish Sound Archive at Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH; YOUTUBE.COM: Hava Nagila, Mi Chamocha, Legacy, Esther's Love, At The Seder, Brandeis Anthem; COMMERCIAL VENUES: U.S. Hellenic Museum, Chicago, IL, Hebrew Union College Store, Cincinnati, OH, Brandeis University Bookstore, Waltham, MA, Newberry Library, Chicago, IL, ALEPH website, cdbaby.com, napster.com; itunes.com, myspace.com, tradebit.com, cduniverse.com, audiolunchbox.com, cdconnection.com, payplay.fm, stumbleaudio.com, priceminister.es, amazon.co.UK, savvytunes.com, music.aol.com, winamp.com, musicstack.com, allmusic.com, download.music.yahoo.co.jp, bluepiemusic.com, mp3sizzle.com, comparateur.chercher.org, lisaguyman.tradebit.com, imusic.dk, target.com, woozyfly.payplay.com, elimbo.de, jpc.de, 4m.no, cdon.no, swapacd.com, allaannonser.se, zyph.dk, blogpark.jp, betormedia.co.za/shop/index.php; SELECTED PERFORMANCES: •August 12, 2011, video and lyrics for Micha Mocha uploaded on youtube.com by Bobf72450; •May 1 2011, Recitation of Proclamation of Mayor, Village of Skokie, Annual Holocaust Memorial Service, Sheerit HaPleitah of Metropolitan Chicago, Skokie Valley Agudath Jacob Synagogue, Skokie, IL; •April 8, 2011, video and lyrics for At The Seder uploaded on youtube.com by Bobf72450; •March 19, 2011, wrnjradio.com/streaming.php aired Esther's Love Purim song; •March 16, 2011, video and lyrics for Esther's Love uploaded on youtube.com by Bobf72450; •February 17, 2011, video and lyrics for Legacy uploaded on youtube.com by Bobf72450; •January 21, 2011, Florida Initiative for Suicide Prevention (FISP), Davie, FL; •January 15, 2011, Lake Shore Synagogue, Chicago, IL; •December 15, 2010, Sunny Isles Recreation Center, Sunny Isles, FL; •December 14, 2010, Aventura Cultural Center, Aventura, FL; •December 4, 2010, wrnjradio.com/streaming.php aired Happy Happy Happy Hanukkah song; •December 5, 2010, International Organization for Rehabilitation and Training (ORT), Chicago, IL; •November 8, 2010, invited to World Federation of Jewish Child Survivors of the Holocaust Conference, Skokie, IL; •September 17, 2010, video and lyrics for Hava Nagila uploaded on youtube.com by Bobf72450; •August 2-8, 2010, invited to First Annual Jewish Women's Music Festival, Isabella Freedman Retreat, Falls Village, CT; •June 14, 2010, Women Cantors' Network, Hilton Suites Chicago, IL; •May 7, 2010, ORT 130th Anniversary, Chicago, IL; •January 29, 2010, Shir HaLev, Chicago, IL; •November 13, 2009, video and lyrics for Brandeis Anthem uploaded on youtube.com by Bobf72450; August 13, 2009, Old State Capitol, Springfield, IL; •June 6, 2009, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA; •December, 2008, Temple B'rith Sholom, Springfield, IL; •November, 2008, Congregation Beth Shalom Synagogue, Columbia, MO; •October, 2008, "Abe Lincoln" at Francis Xavier Warde Catholic School, Chicago, IL; •September, 2008, "Reach Out" at Edmond Safra Synagogue, NY, NY; •June, 2008, "Help Me Through" at American Conference of Cantors, San Francisco, CA; •May, 2008 Illinois Days of Remembrance Holocaust Observance, Old State Capitol, Springfield, IL; •February, 2008, New Jersey and the Holocaust Council of MetroWest - United Jewish Communities, Whippany, NJ; •December, 2007, Springfield Arts Center First Night, First Presbyterian Church, Springfield, IL; •November, 2007, " Transcending Trauma Conference" with Dina Wardi, author of Memorial Candles: Children of the Holocaust, Generations of the Shoah - New Jersey and the Holocaust Council of MetroWest - United Jewish Communities, Whippany, NJ; •November, 2007, ORT, Ritz Carlton, Chicago, IL; •August, 2007, Hebrew Union College; •May, 2007, National Hellenic Museum, Chicago, IL; FEEDBACK •Cantor Irving Shulkes, Emeritus, Temple Sinai of North Dade, FL: "I can't stop thinking about your beautiful melody for Mi Chamocha." •Stephen Benson, Jewish Women's Archive, Brookline, MA, "We congratulate you on your accomplishments..." •Linda Grossman, President, WORLD ORT, Urban Women, Chicago, IL: 'Everybody was raving about how beautifully you sang, how beautiful your voice is. They loved your compositions. I just thought you'd want to know that so many people were so impressed with the service. It just went so wonderfully. Everyone was high, they were like 10 feet off the ground. You know, it's true. The way you sang in those certain kind of high notes with certain songs, with kind of these Yiddish riffs in them, it's really lovely. Thank you for everything. I don't even know how to thank you. I know that this isn't the usual response one has after a service, but I felt like I was watching a real star perform. The singing, the choice of melodies, both liturgical and popular, all were beautiful and meaningful, everyone left feeling elated. It's not just that they had a good time, which counts certainly, but everyone reconnected in a positive way with their Jewish heritage. • Linda Kahn, educator: "I just want you to know how much of a difference your singing made. I live in such horrible physical pain and the melody of Adon Olam and your voice lessened the pain. 60-70% of the pain floated away. It was so mellow. I was able to relax. It was beyond belief." •Audrey Cantor, Director Holocaust Community Services, a program of Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago: "I cannot thank you enough for affording the participants a highly entertaining and enjoyable afternoon. We look forward to working with you again. Your songs were so appropriate for the audience and the dancing at the end was fun. The survivors deeply appreciated your visiting with them. •Rabbi Tzvi and Sheva Tauby, ivolunteer program at Edmond Safra Synagogue, NY, NY: "Dear Judy, Thanks for everything! You made our event!" •Governor Pat Quinn, IL: "She is our best singer." •Mayor Tim Davlin, Springfield, IL: "You were phenomenal!" •Kathleen Parienti, Asst. Director, Government Affairs, Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, IL:"I cannot tell you how much I appreciated your participation this year at the Illinois Days of Remembrance Holocaust Observance. Your hauntingly poignant music added a wonderful dimension to the program." •Jay Tcath, Executive Director, The Jewish Community Relations Council, Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago: "Thanks again so much for participating in this year's Yom Hashoah Commemoration program...others and I very much enjoyed your performance and appreciate the meaningful dimension it added to that poignant program...I have not yet listened to your CD's but my thirteen year old son already has and is encouraging me to do so." •Felicia P. Zieff, Pres., Association of Descendants of the Shoah - Illinois: "I am truly enjoying your songs...You are truly a wonderful singer!" •Debra Kolodny, Executive Director, ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal, 'I love your work...' •Serena Woolrich, Founder/President, Allgenerations, Washington, DC, ''Legacy' is beautiful...' •Tricia Keith-Spiegel, Professor of Psychology, Columnist re: "A Mountain of Shoes": "How chillingly profound and somehow beautiful at the same time. Judy, your voice is magic. Your talent is large." •Joyce Leviton-Asher, "Judy's voice soared us to the angels. It was joyous Judaism." •National Hellenic Museum and Cultural Center, Chicago, IL: Dr. Eleanor Guralnick: 'Enthralling, mesmerizing;' Alice Ducas, Counselor: 'You blew them away.' •Judy Feintuch, Medical Librarian/CME Coordinator, Columbia, MO: "I'm still listening to WE KEEP THE FLAME whenever I'm in the car, which is a lot. "ABRAHAM GO FORTH" is my favorite for sheer exuberance. You can recognize me; I'm the one clapping and snapping my fingers while I'm driving!" •Roz Alexander, noted Actress, Chicago, IL: "Joyous! Your voice is not only beautiful, it makes the words holy! The person's essence comes through in her art. Great souls make great art." •Rachel Budnick, Real Estate Developer, CHI, IL: "You sang right into my heart. It was the opposite of guilt. The way it comes through from your voice and your heart and your good intentions - it was beautiful, very pure." •Edlynne Sillman, Fine Art Photographer, Tucson, AZ: "Judith has the voice of an Angel. She surprised me at my adult Bat Mitzvah by singing to me and there wasn't a dry eye in the room. Her singing was a cherished gift." •Brian J. Pape, AIA, Historic Preservation & Green Architect, Columbia, MO: "Dear Judy: It has been weeks since you provided your concert...which was inspiring and enjoyable and memorable. I enjoyed the CD's so much, and gave them to my wife to enjoy. She fell in love with your songs also, so now we both can listen to them regularly. We witness to the God-inspired words and music; it is still thrilling! We thank the congregation for asking you to sing, and we thank you for being so generous with your time and talent. But most of all we are thankful to God for working through you to give God's message of hope and love to all. Please let us know when your next CD is available. May God bless you and keep you." •Marvin Westley, Police Officer: "Judy's CD's are the most uplifting and inspiring thing I heard in my entire life. The songs fed me. It was the beacon of light quieting and calming me in the storm of my life. The songs are escapism for the person who is hanging on to the edge of your life. They give you hope because they tell you stories of real people from the Bible, about their struggles and how God made them victorious in the struggles. And what God gave to them thousands of years ago he can give to me. That tells me there is hope in my storm. I wouldn't have recognized that spiritual hope without the inspiration from Judy's songs. The songs give you a second wind - don't give up, finish the race. God has definitely put his hand in this. Anyone who listens to the songs is going to be inspired. They're going to get that window of hope. These songs might stop someone from doing something desperate. If you love God you'll love the CD." •Eva Muller, PhD, Psychologist: "Your CD's are wonderful! •Allan Davidson, pianist: "You have a great vocal range and really good pitch, of course. Your music is spiritual. Your songs are more like chants and prayers than just songs. They are hypnotic. The text is simple, but it gives insight into the history and values of Jewish tradition. Most of all, it gives feeling and love to it and brings it to life in the present. I do feel a sense of deeper awakening from listening." •Gary Schwartz, attorney, "Your voice is very pure-toned - beautiful texture and color, beautiful phrasing and modulation. It's the voice of a true artist. It's a rich, musical, very pretty voice." •Ellen Grossman, 'She is the greatest singer I have ever heard.' MEDIA • June 18, 2010, Chicago Tribune, Concert spotlights Judaism's diversity, Female cantors, African-American Jews share melodies, sense of history: But cantor and songwriter Judith Tellerman notes the irony: While it took a long time for women to reach the bimah, the platform from which synagogue prayers are conducted, one of the oldest entries in Judaism's songbook was composed by a woman. Upon the Israelites' escape from slavery in Egypt, Moses' sister composed a hymn of thanks that bears her name, the 'Song of Miriam.' •August 13, 2009, Springfield Journal-Register, Lincoln penny will be unveiled today: "Chicago singer Judy Tellerman will perform during Iskowitz's 3 p.m. presentation. Tellerman, who also is a professor at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, performed at a 2008 Holocaust observance held at the Old State Capitol. Tellerman will perform a song she wrote about Abraham Lincoln."