Festival of Light, Vol. 1 [Six Degrees]

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

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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 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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All Music Guide
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

Product Details

Release Date:
09/26/2000
Label:
Six Degrees
UPC:
0657036100121
catalogNumber:
1001

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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
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
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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