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July 23, 2011

Shabate at Johnny D's, Somerville, MA, 27 Jul 2011 - Boston Jewish Music Fest fundraiser

From the Boston Jewish Music Festival. Need I say that Judy and I will be there, for sure? This is a not miss!:

ShabateJoin Us For An Exciting Evening of Music With Great Israeli Band Shabate at Johnny D's in Somerville, Wed., July 27th

BJMF Benefit Concert at Johnny D's
The Boston Jewish Music Festival
DATE: Wednesday, July 27, 2011
TIME: Music at 8:30 and 10 PM
LOCATION: Johnny D's
17 Holland Street (Davis Square)
Somerville MA
Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at the door (cash only)
Buy Advance Tickets by clicking HERE
or call 617.776.2004

Led by renowned Ethiopian singer and virtuoso sax/clarinetist Abate Bihurin and music director Allon Yoffe, they are one of the hottest bands on the contemporary Israeli music scene. They create a fusion of Ethopian jazz, Afro-rhythm grooves and traditional Jewish soul. Its an uplifting and unique world music experience that will have you moving and grooving. Check them out at www.shabatemusic.com.

Please tell your friends and colleagues and urge them to come; not only is it a great evening of music, but it will also help us in our fundraising efforts. We're expecting representatives from the Israeli Consulate to be there as well.

We look forward to seeing you!

Greg Wall/Carolyn Dorfman Dance company at Brandeis U.

Everyone knows Rabbi Greg Wall, one of the amazing jazz sax players of our time. I first met him through his work with Frank London in Hasidic New Wave, but was subsequently blown away by his "Later Prophets" recording (not to mention work with KlezmerFest, or the amazing variety of music hosted at his Sixth Street Synagogue in NYC).

So, when Greg, who spends part of his summer teaching music to high school students at a Brandeis University summer program wrote me last week to mention that someone of whom I had never heard, the "Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company" was appearing that night and that some of his music would be featured, I had to be there.

No one will take it amiss or unusual if I say that Wall's music, while incredible, was not the highlight of the evening. It was the incredible fluidity and inventiveness of the dance and the dancers as they performed three pieces from a collection created by Dorfman over the last decade, sometimes collaborating with Wall on the music, called "The Legacy Project."

Judy and I were just back from Jacob's Pillow, in the Berkshires, where we had seen an okay Cuban dance troupe--good enough--but nothing compared to what we saw Wednesday night (and the fact that Dorfman hasn't been invited to Jacob's Pillow, given the comparison, speaks quite poorly of the Berkshire-based dance festival). I have to post my amazement, astonishment, and pleasure at the evening, which took us from a dance that seemed to celebrate life in Europe prior to the Holocaust, then life in the Camps, and then, slowly, Tikun, a healing of sorts. We were further treated to Ms. Dorfman introducing each piece briefly before it played, as the dancers changed costumes and had a couple of minutes to drink some water in the hot, hot evening.

What made the dancing so special was how tight it was, how well integrated each movement, no matter how spectacular, was with the whole--and with an array of props that were, themselves, it seemed, dancers. The other factor was the joy and humanity of the dancer. Seldom have I watched dancers who seemed more like humans who happen to dance like angels, than ... dancers. (One note by Judy, as we discussed the first piece later: during a wedding scene, as the actors portrayed a simkhe the hand movements were very Yiddish, but the steps, well, the steps were anachronistic Israeli dancing styles. And the masks? The Masks were just brilliant, transgressive, and wonderful.)

Many thanks to the Dorfman Dance Company, and to Carolyn Dorfman and Greg Wall for an extraordinary evening.

Amy Winehouse, z"l

AmyWinehouseBerlin2007Not the first Jew to sing the blues, or to die of them. From the Guardian, "an obituary.

You can read more on Tablet magazine.