This concert at the Museum of Judaism was important for me for three reasons: first, this is a place that embraces Judaism in its cultural and artistic aspects, which I am so attached to. Then, there has been several tributes in memory of my father since he passed. The last one, two months ago, was particularly emotional and beautiful. And finally, this was my first time playing this JEWAZZ project with my friends Grégory Privat, Stéphane Kerecki and Arnaud Dolmen. And they carried that flag with such panache that I will have them on the recording in alternance with my New York band.
I’m delighted to announce the première of my new Jewazz Project, to be held at the Jazz Gallery on Fri. Jan. 15th, 2016. The Jewazz Project is a jazz interpretation of Jewish liturgical chants, many of which carried the spirit of a people through 5775 years of history. Those songs are therefore “charged” in more ways than one… Some of them have moved me to tears during my childhood. As a tribute to my father, I proceeded to select the ones which melodic contours would support a harmonic treatment, while opening spaces for improvisation. When I started working on this project, I observed that the world of jazz, while continually exploring Jewish folk music with the development of the Klezmer genre, has left Jewish sacred music untouched. Yet I feel that this music carries a universal message far beyond its religious context. And I’m hoping to celebrate that message with all people of the world…
The Jazz Gallery: http://www.jazzgallery.org/
1160 Broadway, 5th Fl
New York, NY 10001
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Oseh Shalom is a Prayer of peace. It is said to Cole from the story of two brothers who helped each other unbeknownst to either one… And when they finally found out, they weeped in joy, as they discovered the true meaning of brotherly love. The place where they met is believed to have been chosen to build the temple of King Solomon.