Saturday, May 22, 2010

Contemporary Jewish Music: More possible musicians for Detroit's JCC Stephen Gottlieb Music Fest

Hot from the camp, JCC, and synagogue circuit, Contemporary Jewish Music includes a wide variety of pop-liturgical musicians and styles. Here is a list of some of my favorites that I passed along to the JCC Stephen Gottlieb Music Fest committee. For more of an explanation see my earlier post about Yiddish singers. As always, this is just a intro list..there's lots more out there.

Mare Winningham
The Emmy award winning actress is a recent Jewish convert. She recorded a wonderful record of original Jewish themed songs over Appalachian American folk music melodies.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTeNF4tGQ3U
http://refugerocksublimebeta.blogspot.com/

Joshua Nelson
Nelson, an African American Jew (or Jew of Color), is the "king of kosher gospel." He mixes back and forth between Jewish, Christian and World music stages.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Be6LUKVvgsw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6qIO-Y2v28
http://www.joshuanelson.com/fr_home.cfm

Julie Silver
Popular pop-liturgical songleader with a folk-pop sound
http://www.juliesilver.com/
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chrDPlmlvnE

Linda Hirschhorn's Vocolot

If Debbie Friedman is the queen of pop-liiturgial songleading, Linda Hirschhorn is the duchess.
http://www.vocolot.com/
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6MnFSmHxwlg

Craig Taubman
Major pop-liturgical singer-songwriter.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLpxoIbN9d0
http://www.craignco.com/index.php

Josh Nelson Project

Popular Pop-liturgical songleader with a college rock sound
http://joshnelsonproject.com/
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JCfd1pNegD8

Todd Herzog
Popular Pop-liturgical songleader with a folk-pop sound
http://www.toddherzog.com/
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLhkGfvqA9s

Hazzan Richard Kaplan
Jewish Renewal hazzan mixes hassidic, eastern, and contemporary music into a deeply spiritual mix
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnz11WTDJ3Y (music starts around 4:20)
http://www.kaplanmusic.com/

Temple (Danya Uriel and Eyal Riulia)
"Eyal and Danya are dedicated to revitalizing Hebrew chanting as a form of meditation and ecstatic prayer on the path of the heart."
http://www.hebrewchanting.com
http://www.hebrewchanting.com/video/EyalMovie.mov?subaction=showfull&id=&archive=&template=

Andrew Hahn - Kirtan Rabbi
Jewish devotional chant based on Eastern vocal traditions. "Kirtan is fully participatory, call-and-response devotional chant. A live kirtan is at once ecstatic, contemplative and — most of all — playfully improvised."
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfQh_LRbmDw
http://kirtanrabbi.com/