UPDATE: YouTube user Hatzadikim added info on the band members to the YouTube video so I thought I'd add it hear as well. The band that night was Shmulik Weiss on piano, Shlomo Simcha Sufferin on voice, Moshe Feder on sax, and Uzi Smilovich on flute. Thanks Hatzadkim.
One thing that piqued my interest in Uzi's email was his sign-off "Na Nach Nachma Nachman Meuman." I'd seen that formulation before but honestly had no idea what it referred to. Here's the scoop. According to the write up in Wikipedia...
"Na Nach Nachma Nachman Meuman (Hebrew: נ נח נחמ נחמן מאומן) is a Hebrew language mantra used by some sub-groups of the Breslov group of Hasidic Jews. The complete phrase is Na Nach Nachma Nachman Me'uman. It is a sound poem based on the four Hebrew letters of the name Nachman, referring to the founder of the Breslov movement, Rabbi Nachman of Breslov, along with a reference to his burial place in Uman, Ukraine."That's a useful but dreary encyclopedic definition. Here's a better one from the "Na Nachs" (what this group of Breslov's call themselves.)
And sing they do. The internet is well stocked with Na Nach music in a variety of styles. Diwon, of Shemspeed, recently hosted a "Na Nach Trance Party" (hop over there and grab some free downloads). In Israel, they dance to "Na Nach Techno." Here's Yisrael Dagan and the Na Nach choir singing.You can listen into Radio Breslev (which this afternoon had 30 minutes of earnest spiritual music like Yisrael Dagan's followed by a poppy cover of Tom Waits "Jockey Full of Burbon." Go figure.) You can also score a small treasure trove of Na Nach music files from NaNachMusic.com. (I'm assuming that all the music there is legal for download.)
"Na Nach Nachmu Nachman Me-Uman is this holy melody that can lift us from our dreary existence to the height of faith and belief in God!"
'Na Nach Nachmu Nachman Me-Uman' is the name of our holy leader Rabbi Nachman of Breslov. Through a note he sent in a miraculous manner to Rabbi Israel Dov Odesser (called 'Saba' or 'Saba Israel'), Rabbi Nachman revealed that his name is the Song that is Single (Na - נ), Doubled (Nach - נח), Tripled (Nachmu - נחמ), and Quadrupled (Nachman - נחמן).
Great tzadikim (holy sages) preceding Rabbi Nachman's time spoke of the Song that will be revealed in the future, among them Rabbi Yonason ben Uziel (in his translation of Shir Hashirim – the Song of Songs, in the first verse) and Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai (Master of the Zohar and Tikunay Zohar). These tzadikim explained that before the coming of the Messiah, there will be revealed a song that is Single, Doubled, Tripled, and Quadrupled, and that through this Song the true faith and belief in God will be restored in the world as God will renew the world in His wondrous ways. All of this will occur before the coming of the Messiah. The Messiah himself will sing this song and redeem the Jewish People and bring the Knowledge of God, peace, and compassion to the whole world."
And of course, you can find more info about Na Nach at NaNach.Net and NaNach.org. For more info on Breslov Chassidim in general, check out Breslov.com. And don't forget to check out the Siman Tov Orchestra's website, particularly if you're in the Toronto area.