Whether you like matzo balls, hummus or rice and beans …  Jersey Shore Jewish Music welcomes all people from all backgrounds to partake in this fabulous feast of world music!!!

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On August 7th, 2013 Jersey Shore Jewish Music will be presenting its first concert One People Many Voices: Celebrating a World of Jewish Music” at Monmouth University’s Pollak Theatre in Long Branch, New Jersey.  Sponsored by Jewish Federation of Monmouth County, this exciting and eclectic concert is unifies Monmouth County’s diverse groups of Jewish heritage into an extravaganza of world music featuring Syrian, Ladino (Judeo-Spanish), and Klezmer song traditions!!!

The concert will highlight the Syrian Jewish song tradition known as PizmonimPizmonim are Hebrew liturgical poems sung to existing Arabic melodies.  Israeli and Middle Eastern singer, Yohai Cohen, is the evenings featured soloist.  Backed by an Arabic music ensemble, or takht, consisting of violin, oud (Middle Eastern lute), kanun (zither), and percussion, Cohen’s performance promises to rock the entire Jersey Shore!!

Honored at the event for his lifetime contribution to Jewish music will be Syrian singer and community builder, Moe Tawil.   In his ninety-eighth year, Moe has instructed and lectured on Sephardic Liturgical music at New York University, Hofstra, and Yeshiva University, and continues to guide many of the Hazzanim (cantors) in the Syrian community.  Moe was invited twice to Israel to establish a program to maintain the Sephardic liturgical musical tradition for Hazzanim and is the founder and director of the Moe Tawil Cantorial Seminary.

Also featured on the program that evening is the Jersey Shore’s very own Shir Mishugas Jewish Music Ensemble!  Cantor, composer, and conductor Jeffrey (Eliezer) DiLucca, leads Shir Mishugas in Ladino songs, stemming from Judeo-Spanish culture, and Klezmer music originating in the Ashikenazi Jewish communities from Eastern Europe.  Jeffrey will also be accompanied in song by Russian pianist, Maxim Anikushin, as he performs songs by Turkish composer Alberto Hemsi.

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