Sound and Sense: Jewish Music @ York: Jaffa Road
The Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Studies and the Department of Music in the School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design are thrilled to announce the launch of “Sound and Sense: Jewish Music @ York”. This brand-new year-long performance series kicks off its season with a concert by the award-winning intercultural Jewish music group Jaffa Road.
This series has been made possible via the generous support of the Azrieli Foundation.
Jaffa Road is a highly acclaimed ensemble, featuring some of Canada’s most innovative interpreters of intercultural music. Their sound takes listeners on a journey that is at once ancient and modern, acoustic and electronic, sacred and secular, blending influences and inspirations from the worlds of Jewish music, Arabic and Indian music, modern jazz, blues, rock, pop, and electronica.
Jaffa Road’s unique vibe is ignited by the ethereal vocals of Tamar Ilana, the evocative oud & guitar playing Aaron Lightstone, the visionary grooves of Justin Gray (bass & bass veena), the electrifying improvisations of JUNO winning saxophonist Sundar Viswanathan, the driving beat of drummer & percussionist Rakesh Tewari, and the ethereal soundscapes of Shawn Rompre on live electronics. Along with top-notch guest artists, these stellar musicians challenge accepted notions of Jewish music while creating a new form of expression that breaks cultural boundaries.
The performance will be followed by a reception with light (kosher dairy) refreshments.