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Heritage Festival, FREE, All Day, NYC, Sep 12

New York Jewish Music and Heritage Festival, 2004
South Street Seaport - Pier 17
FREE DAY!! All day long!

Boat Landing & Opening Ceremonies
A 50th anniversary dramatic reproduction by Jewish Theological Seminary students of "Rendezvous With Liberty," an episode from the JTS radio program The Eternal Light originally broadcast September 12, 1954.

Carolyn Dorfman - Odyssey 23
Choreographer Carolyn Dorfman continues her explorations of her Jewish legacy with this work for 5 dancers created to original music by composers Greg Wall and Cecelia Margolis. This work is a premiere.

Andy Statman Trio
12:00 noon
Featuring such jazz luminaries as drummer Bob Weiner and bassist Scott Lee — Statman leads the listener into equal measures of traditional and new music. A celebrated mandolin player in the "Newgrass" movement of the 1970s, Andy Statman (clarinetist/composer/ bandleader) has been a leader on the New York Klezmer front for years.

Brazilian Connection: Frank London Brass All-Stars
Frank London is the leader of the Klezmatics and has put together a special musical connection to the Brazilian heritage.

Did you see him on the cover the NY Times recently? His Hasidic-charged reggae is causing a stir. Move your feet, move your soul, this is something unlike you have ever seen before.

De Amsterdam Klezmer Band
DAKB plays Eastern European Jewish dance music with gypsy and Balkan influences. Since its foundation in 1996 by saxophone player Job Chajes, the band has evolved rapidly and became famous in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and throughout Europe. This is their North American debut!

New Orleans Klezmer All-Stars
Suppose you mixed klez with a bit of funk and Louisiana cooking. If you did it well, you'd have the New Orleans Klezmer All-Stars.

Steven Bernstein's Diaspora Soul
Steven is an endlessly inventive musical magician delving deep into his Jewish roots and coming up with sounds you've never imagined possible. Jewish melodies wailing over Afro-Cuban percussion. A funky New Orleans rhythm section setting up Klezmer classics. Diaspora Soul is this and more.

Pharaoh's Daughter
Basya Schechter formed Pharaoh's Daughter after returning from Morocco in 1995. Inspired by these new cultures, she began playing her guitar to sound like a cross between an Arabic oud and a Turkish saz, with harmonic minor melodies, and odd rhythms. In doing so, she created a brand of music that combines her religious Jewish spiritual music background, world beat, and the intense lyrical detail of a Pop singer/songwriter.

Blue Fringe
Blue Fringe has successfully mixed pop, rock, funk and R&B with Jewish themes that are particularly relevant today. The emotionally charged songs on their first album, My Awakening, include original English and Hebrew compositions that run the gamut from soul searching to irreverent. Written in the vein of popular artists such as Coldplay, Phish, and John Mayer, Blue Fringe sets a new standard for Jewish Pop.

Moshav Band
The Israeli-born Moshav Band grew up on Moshav Meor Modi'im, a musical village located in the hills between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, and founded by the late Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach. Moshav, primarily composed of brothers Yehuda (vocals, percussion) Meir (vocals, guitar, mandolin), Solomon, and David (vocals, guitar, bass), comes on like a family of traveling minstrels and old-age mystics. Their music is rich with fiery rock/folk/reggae songs, spiced with the flavors of the Middle East.

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