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David Chevan CD release, NYC, Aug 20, 2008

band photoThe Afro-Semitic Experience

I am excited to announce the forthcoming release of my new CD, Yizkor: Music of Memory. It is an album of original settings of the prayers and psalms associated with Yizkor, the Jewish memorial service. It was recorded this past November with Hazzan Alberto Mizrahi and my group, The Afro-Semitic Experience. Although there have been a number of jazz artists who have written requiem and memorial pieces I am fairly certain that no one has ever written a jazz setting for the Yizkor service.

On August 20, at 7:00 p.m. we will be premiering the work at the historic Museum at Eldridge Street in the lower east side of Manhattan. This is going to be quite a concert. Hazzan Mizrahi will be coming to New York from his home in Chicago to join us for this performance. We will also be joined by our old friend, trumpeter Saskia Laroo, who is coming to New York from her home in Amsterdam. And Hazzan Jack Mendelson, my teacher and mentor in the ways of Hazzanut is also planning to sing some pieces with us and possibly a duet with Hazzan Mizrahi (he's coming from White Plains which is practically in New York!). I have the feeling that this is going to be a good night of music.

The address of the Museum at Eldridge Street is 12 Eldridge Street in New York City. If you are interested in tickets or for more information please call 212-219-0888 or visit their web site at www.eldridgestreet.org . I hope that you will join us for that performance.

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