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Bustan Quartet, Babel/Askenaz & Basya Schechter

Sun, Mar 25, 2012 at 1:30 pm

Holy Harmony

Congregation Sherith Israel, 2266 California Street, San Francisco

Spend the day in the glorious refurbished sanctuary of San Francisco’s Congregation Sherith Israel as Jewish Music Festival presents: Holy Harmony. This special event will feature back-to-back performances with ground-breaking new musical projects bridging eras, continents, and cultural divides.

Day Passes allow admission to the entire day of concert programming.
Doors at 1:30pm, program begins at 2:00pm; $45 adv./$50 door
Evening Program features Bustan Quartet and Festival Finale
Doors at 6:00pm, program begins at 7:30pm; $25 adv./$30 door
Afternoon Program features Basya Schechter and Babel/Ashkenaz (w/Yair Dalal & Frank London)
Doors at 1:30pm Program begins at 2:00 p.m.; $25 adv./$30 door

Dinnertime programming will take place on site at the temple’s social hall with musical offerings by Halla (featuring members of Za’atar) Food and non-alcoholic beverages available for purchase on-site.

Co-sponsored by Congregation Sherith Israel

1:30 p.m. Doors
2:00 p.m. Basya Schechter (afternoon program)
3:40 p.m. Talia Cooper
4:00 p.m. Babel/Ashkenaz (afternoon program)
5:30 p.m. Dinner Break (open to all ticket holders; refreshments may be purchased on site)
7:00 p.m. Evening Program Doors Open.
7:30 p.m. Bustan Quartet (evening program)

2:00pm Basya Schechter Performs Songs of Wonder
Musical Settings to the Poetry of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel

Singer/songwriter Basya Schechter (of Pharaoh’s Daughter) and ensemble explore the link between liturgy and spirituality in this project that sets her original music to the Yiddish poetry by revered civil rights activist and philosopher Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel

Performance co-sponsored by the Koret Taube Foundation Initiative on Jewish Peoplehood, and in association with The Judaica Collection at the Doe-Moffitt Libraries, University of California, Berkeley

Talia Cooper

3:40 p.m. Talia Cooper is a singer/songwriter who speculates that more musical notes have escaped her mouth than words spoken. These days Talia’s original songs weave together her family traditions of activism, humor and Jewish culture. Talia’s songs poke fun at cliches and expose realities, with tones ranging from full on sassy and humorous, to politically contemplative, to love songs with a twist. In addition to her own music, Talia sings with the internationally renowned Jewish women’s acapella group Vocolot.

4:00pm Babel / Ashkenaz

Frank London (of the Grammy-winning group the Klezmatics) and Yair Dalal (Israeli violinist and oud master of Iraqi background) bring together Eastern and Western Jewish liturgical traditions, with percussionist Dror Sinai, bassist Emmanuel Mann, and special guest vocalist Jewlia Eisenberg.

5:30pm Dinnertime Programming in Congregation Sherith Israel’s Newman Hall
Enjoy music by Halla (featuring members of Za’atar) and food by La Mediterenee, available for purchase on-site.

Halla Features:
John Erlich- oud and vocals
Eliana Kissner- lead vocals
Daniel Eshoo-kanun
Aharon Wheels Bolsta-percussion
Beeri Moalem- violin

7:30pm Bustan Quartet

Reunited members of Israel’s internationally acclaimed Arab / Jewish ensemble draws equally on Western and Middle Eastern classical traditions, flamenco, and jazz improvisation to create a stunningly original world of sound.

Taiseer Elias is regularly cited as one of the foremost ‘ud players in the Middle East, Zohar Fresco is a leading hand percussionist on the world stage, and their virtuosity is matched by their partners Amir Milstein (flute) and Emmanuel Mann (electric bass). The quartet consists of core members of Bustan Abraham, the band that through mastery and innovative synthesis of music from the Middle East, Europe, and the Americas revolutionized the world music scene in Israel in the early 90s and brought a fresh voice from Israel to the world stage as it toured abroad annually from 1993 to 2003.

Co-sponsored by UC Berkeley Office of the Provost, in association with the Department of Music, Magnes Museum, Townsend Center for the Humanities; Israeli Law, Labor, Economy and Society, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, and the Consulate General of Israel.

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The Jewish Music Festival is a fiscally sponsored project of the JCC East Bay