Musical Journey in Hebrew Tradition
The music captured on the CD will be familiar to older generations and refreshing to the contemporary listener with it's brilliant, captivating selections of songs and medleys from ancient to early medieval composition, performed with pristine preservation of 19th-century and earlier Jewish musical culture creatively arranged for the 21st-century ear. . Songs for Zeyde not only introduces you to the joyfulness and hope that thrived throughout a predominantly tragic Jewish history, but also to the soul-stirring sounds of the very instrumentals used by our grandparents. Songs for Zeyde is a creative blend of Gypsy and Hebraic sound born in times when both these cultures were forced into the fringes of society, despised as outcasts and often expelled from one country to another. When I listen to Songs for Zeyde, the music takes me back to a time before my own, but in such a way that I experience being there, in vivid connection with my past. Songs for Zeyde is not only a must for Jews; it is a must listening for anyone who wants to experience the soul and music inspired by a struggling yet joyful people.......... RABBI GERSON WINKLER, author of The Magic of the Ordinary & 12 other books From the spiritual "Blessings of G-d that begins and ends the CD to the beautiful "Shabbat Shalom" to Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach's plaintive ""Return Again" to the healing "Mi Sheberach", the album blesses, stirs, and brings the listener to a calm place of peace. Even the pure fun of "Klezmer Mama" is meant to heal through it's joy. But these aren't just staid old pieces. For example, "Adon Olon" has a Mannheim Steamroller feel with it's fuzzed electric guitar and.......... JANIE FRANZ, author and freelance writer.