I got a note yesterday from the folks at Sounds True, "your direct source for audio courses, books, videos, and music for personal and spiritual transformation." They're promoting the new album, "Coming Home" by Temple, a voice and guitar duo out of Boulder, Colorado. I haven't heard the album yet, so can't comment on it, but thought I'd pass on this YouTube video. It gives a nice feel for them and their performance style. According to their press pack, they've played the Boulder Jewish festival, the 12th Annual International Aleph Kallah-Jewish Renewal Conference, and the Washington Jewish Music Festival and will be touring festivals and yoga centers this summer. You can also check out some sound clips from "Coming Home" at the Sounds True website album page or at Temple's myspace page. Temple also has their own webpage at "HebrewChanting.com"
Temple - Hebrew Chanting with Danya Uriel and Eyal Rivlin
By the way, if you happened to be in Boulder earlier this year (or last year?) you could have attended a class given by Danya Uriel and Eyan Rivlian (aka Temple) at Naropa University called "Temple of Song: The Ecstacy of Hebrew Chanting." Naropa is a degree giving University who's "approach to learning integrates the best of Eastern and Western educational traditions, helping students know themselves more deeply and engage constructively with others."
"Hebrew chanting invokes the collective consciousness of four millennia of ancient mystical teachings. In this experiential workshop, chants and nigguns will be explored along with attunements (kavvanot) and contemplations into the deeper meanings of the ancient Hebrew prayers and mantras. These powerful chants can be used for meditation, healing, prayer, and as vehicles to connect with the spiraling rhythm of the Jewish year. No previous musical background or knowledge of Hebrew is necessary. This class will be offered in a safe and open-hearted environment, with live accompaniment.
Eyal Rivlin and Danya Uriel are dedicated to revitalizing Jewish chanting as a form of meditation and ecstatic prayer. They create and share their music in the service of inspiration, community building, and devotion. Drawing on the power of the repetition of ancient sacred phrases, they use Hebrew chants to create an experiential connection to the One. Danya and Eyal's CD, Temple: Breath of Devotion, will be released in June 2006. HebrewChanting.com."
So, if your musical taste and/or spiritual needs lean in this direction you should check this album out.