Festival of Light, Vol. 1 [Six Degrees]

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Jews all over the world look forward to Hanukkah, an eight-day festival that commemorates the defeat of Seleucid Greek oppressors by the Maccabees in the 4th century B.C. Playing a prominent part in that liberation was a small vial of oil that miraculously burned for eight days, and hence the ritual lighting on each day of the symbolic 8-candle menorah. Though there are few Hanukkah standards with the ubiquity or popularity of a "Silent Night" or "Jingle Bells," there is certainly an array of both traditional and tasty contemporary songs to celebrate the enduring light of the occasion. Marc Cohn begins this moving compilation with the traditional holiday song "Rock of ...
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Barnes & Noble - Carol Wright
Jews all over the world look forward to Hanukkah, an eight-day festival that commemorates the defeat of Seleucid Greek oppressors by the Maccabees in the 4th century B.C. Playing a prominent part in that liberation was a small vial of oil that miraculously burned for eight days, and hence the ritual lighting on each day of the symbolic 8-candle menorah. Though there are few Hanukkah standards with the ubiquity or popularity of a "Silent Night" or "Jingle Bells," there is certainly an array of both traditional and tasty contemporary songs to celebrate the enduring light of the occasion. Marc Cohn begins this moving compilation with the traditional holiday song "Rock of Ages," performed in a warm and passionate folk style. Shimmering vocals grace three other songs: Madalena's exalted vocalese and sultry spoken verses on Alitsut's bluesy ambient piece "I See You"; Jane Siberry's theatrical "Shir Amami," with lyrics reflecting the longing of a shepherd for his homeland; and the funky rock-blues of "Lighting Up the World" by Peter Himmelman and David Broza. A dramatic cantor, Ben Zion Karpov-Kagen blasts out the heroic "Kiddush Le-Shabbat" to the accompaniment of Indian tablas, didgeridoo, keyboards, and electric violins. The Klezmatics' "Dybbuk Shers" makes for some invigorating new klezmer flavor. Hats off to producers Robert Duskis and Bob Appel for their carefully thought-out selections and sensitive sequencing; equally fine is the sequel collection, Festival of Light 2. Though diverse in every sense, the pieces here flow seamlessly into one another for a heady musical experience.
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Festival of Light is a collection of traditional Jewish holiday songs performed by non-traditional musicians. Artists like Jane Siberry performing "Shir Amami" and Marc Cohn doing "Rock of Ages" settle in comfortably next to John Zorn's "Bikkurim," performed by the Masada String Trio. While this is probably not the album that anyone would find their grandmother listening to during Chanukah, probably younger listeners who are in touch with their Jewish heritage will find Festival of Light
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/26/2000
  • Label: Six Degrees
  • UPC: 657036100121
  • Catalog Number: 1001

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Rock of Ages (Maoz Tsur) (5:00)
  2. 2 1902 - The Mels (3:49)
  3. 3 The Emigrant (3:57)
  4. 4 Oi Tata (4:15)
  5. 5 Kiddush Le-Shabbat - The Covenant (6:11)
  6. 6 Avinu (5:05)
  7. 7 Erev Shel Shoshanium (4:40)
  8. 8 Dybbuk Shers (4:38)
  9. 9 Bikkurim (3:24)
  10. 10 I See You (4:22)
  11. 11 Shir Amami (6:01)
  12. 12 Lighting Up The World (3:17)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jane Siberry Track Performer
Simon Shaheen Violin, Oud
Marc Cohn Guitar, Vocals
Peter Himmelman Guitar, Hammond Organ, Vocals
Don Byron Clarinet
David Torn Guitar, Electric Guitar
Lenny Solomon Violin
Glen Velez Percussion, Frame Drum
Flairck Track Performer
David Broza Vocals, spanish guitar
Lorraine Duisit Bowed Psaltery
John McCutcheon Hammered Dulcimer
The Klezmatics Track Performer
Bob Appel Triangle, Floor Tom
Wally Brill Keyboards
Greg Cohen Bass
Cassio Duarte Percussion
Freyda Epstein Fiddle
Erik Friedlander Cello
Ralph Gordon Bass, Cello
Sylvia Houtzager Violin
Stephen Kent Didjeridu
David Krakauer Clarinet
David Licht Drums
Frank London Trumpet, Electric Piano
John Loose Tabla
Lorin Sklamberg Background Vocals
Stan Stolk Bass
Peter Weekers Flute, Pan Flute/Pan Pipes, Amadinda
Leventhal Track Performer
RebbeSoul Track Performer
RIck DePofi Clarinet
Bruce Burger Musician
Ben Zion Kapov-Kagen Cantor
Al Wolovich Bass
Ari Langer Bass, Violin
Alitsut Track Performer
Masada String Trio Track Performer
Technical Credits
Bryan Ferry Composer
Peter Himmelman Producer
Chris Thomas Composer
David Broza Producer
John McCutcheon Arranger
Steve Addabbo Engineer
Bob Appel Producer
Wally Brill Producer, Engineer
Robert Duskis Producer
Hugo Dwyer Engineer
John Leventhal Producer, Engineer
Frank London Arranger
Mark Reilly Engineer
Paul Reisler Producer
Jon Rosenberg Engineer
Lorin Sklamberg Introduction
Charly Brown Engineer
Wally Briff Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Wonderful Album!

    I first bought this album several years ago on one of the after-Christmas clearance sales for a whopping $2 or so [I figured, if it's lousy then I'm only out a couple dollars, right?] -- little did I know then that it would become my *favorite* holiday album. No one in my family is Jewish, but yet as soon as I introduced my husband to this album, he took it for his car and it's the only 'holiday' music he's listening to! I can't describe what it is about the music that makes it such a favorite around here... perhaps it's simply a lot more uplifting, joyous and modern than a lot of other music we hear around Christmastime. I know I'll be buying more copies of this album to give as gifts for my friends (Jewish and otherwise)!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is fabulous!

    I bought this CD when it first came out, and loved it! After losing everything in a house fire 2 years ago, I've have searched for a replacement. I'm so glad I found it here, and can't wait for it to arrive!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Contemporary Classic!

    Festival of Light is one of my all-time favorite holiday CDs. I keep buying copies of it and giving it away to friends, both Jews and non-Jews, all of whom rave over it. It is a non-traditional approach to tradition, which succeeds thereby in recreating the holiday as if for the first time. It also has an interfaith breadth, for example, exemplified in ''Rock of Ages,'' which is blessed with both Jewish and Christian roots. The traditional Cantor, supported by nontraditional instrumentals, is simply stunning. The entire album delves into tradition, but in the process, transforms it into something unique. I cannot recommend it enough.

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