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Purim Sameach

by Binyomin Ginzberg Trio

Purim Sameach features fresh and interesting arrangements of Purim tunes from around the world, from Chassidic nigunim to traditional Israeli songs, and from Klezmer melodies to contemporary Jewish folk rock.
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1. Mishenichnas Medley
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2. Mordechai Medley
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3. Debka/Hora Set
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4. Layehudim Medley
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5. Layehudim
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6. Al Hanisim Medley
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7. Klezmer Medley
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8. Mishenichnas Adar
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Purim Sameach gathers together Purim tunes from around the world, from Chassidic nigunim to traditional Israeli songs, and from Klezmer melodies to contemporary Jewish folk rock. The tracks feature The Binyomin Ginzberg Trio in both woodwind and guitar trio formats, as well as one track with a guest fiddle player, and one track featuring a collaboration between members of the guitar and woodwind trios.

TRACK INFO

Mishenichnas Medley - Mishenichnas/Shoshanas Yaakov/Layehudim

These three traditional tunes may well be the most well known Purim songs out there. Mishenichnas (which is also often sung to the pasuk V'nahafoch from Megilas Esther 9:1) has been reharmonized for some added harmonic "bite." The lyric for Mishenichnas is from the Gemara Ta'anis 29a. The text for Shoshanas Yaakov comes from the Purim liturgy. The third tune, Layehudim, has been attributed to the Skulener Chassidic dynasty; the words are from Megilas Esther 8:16.

Keyboards & Vocals: Binyomin Ginzberg
Drums: Aaron Alexander
Guitar: Ken Hatfield
Tenor Saxophone: John Tendy


Mordechai Medley - Ish Yehudi/Sason Viykar/Kain Tihye Lanu

A guest fiddle player joins the Trio for this selection of tunes with a more contemporary folk/rock influence. Ish Yehudi was composed by Avraham Rosenblum (the words are from Megilas Esther 2:5) and was originally recorded by the Diaspora Yeshiva Band. Sason Viykar was composed by Nurit Hirsch and has become a Purim standard in Israel. The text for Sason Viykar comes from Megilas Esther 8:15-16. Kain Tihye Lanu was composed by Yehuda Katz and Adam Wexler and was originally recorded by their Israeli-based group, Reva L'Sheva. The text comes from Havdala, which quotes Megilas Esther 8:16 and adds the affirmation "Kain Tihye Lanu."

Keyboards & Vocals: Binyomin Ginzberg
Drums: Aaron Alexander
Guitar: Ken Hatfield
Fiddle: Kenny Kosek


Debka/Hora Set - Shoshanas Yaakov/Shoshanas Yaakov

This hora set is a medley of two versions of Shoshanas Yaakov, the text of which comes from the Purim liturgy. The first melody was composed by Yedidya Admon; the second is a Yussie Lieber composition, recorded by the '70's group Ruach on their eponymous debut album.

Keyboards & Vocals: Binyomin Ginzberg
Drums: Aaron Alexander
Clarinet: Michael Heitzler
Tenor Saxophone: John Tendy


Layehudim Medley - Layehudim/Revach/Chayav Inish

This medley of Chassidic songs begins with a Yerushalmi melody for Layehudim (Megilas Esther 8:16), followed by Revach, a nigun sung by the Bostoner Chassidim which was composed by Rabbi M. Horowitz and quotes Megilas Esther 4:14. The final song is Chayav Inish, which sets the text of the Talmud in Megilla 7b (a discussion of the obligations of Purim) to a popular adaptation of the Hungarian folk melody "Czép Aszonynak Kurezálok." The medley ends with the band musically blurring the boundaries "ad d'lo yada" with some odd-meter improvisation.

Keyboards & Vocals: Binyomin Ginzberg
Drums: Aaron Alexander
Clarinet: Michael Heitzler


Layehudim

This setting of Layehudim, which was composed byJerusalem-based singer/songwriter Chaim David Sarachik, has some interesting odd-meter phrases in the third section, played here as a debka. Here too, the text used is taken from Havdala, and expresses the hope that we should be similarly blessed.

Keyboards & Vocals: Binyomin Ginzberg
Drums: Aaron Alexander
Guitar: Ken Hatfield


Al Hanisim Medley - Al Hanisim/Utzu Etza/Vayehi Bimei

This well known melody for Al Hanisim was composed by Dov Frimer. The text used is the Nusach Ashkenaz version of Al Hanisim, which is added to the Amidah and Bircas Hamazon on Purim and Chanukah. Utzu Etza is attributed to Rabbi Meir Shapiro of Lublin. The text can be found in a short prayer that many recite after Alenu and is originally from Yeshaya 8:10. According to Midrash Rabbah 7:16, after Haman's decree was publicized, Mordechai stopped a Jewish child to ask what he'd learned in school. This was the child's response. Vayehi Bimei is a melody of the Lubavitch Chassidim. The text is the first pasuk of Megilas Esther.

Keyboards & Vocals: Binyomin Ginzberg
Drums: Aaron Alexander
Clarinet: Michael Heitzler
Tenor Saxophone: John Tendy


Klezmer Medley - Purim Nigun/Nifty's Freilach
The first song is a Purim nigun which is sung by the R' Arele Chassidim of Jerusalem. The second, Nifty's Freilach, a Naftule Brandwein composition, has become a Klezmer standard. It is sometimes sung in Israel with the words from the Purim piyut, Otz Kotzetz.

Keyboards: Binyomin Ginzberg
Drums: Aaron Alexander
Clarinet: Michael Heitzler


Mishenichnas Adar

This well-known Mishenichas Adar is set to the melody of a traditional cotton-picking song whose Southern origins inspired the Trio's bluesy rendition of the popular tune.

Keyboards & Vocals: Binyomin Ginzberg
Drums: Aaron Alexander
Guitar: Ken Hatfield


Zechira

This gentle parody of a song originally performed by MBD in a heavy rock arrangement recasts the tune as a Bossa Nova. The text consists of the final pesukim of Ki Seitzei (25:17-19), in which Israel is commanded to remember what Amalek has done and to destroy him. Never forget!

Keyboards & Vocals: Binyomin Ginzberg
Drums: Aaron Alexander
Tenor Saxophone: John Tendy


ABOUT THE TRIO

Led by Binyomin Ginzberg on keyboard and vocals, the Trio has been performing since 1998. The group's unique and imaginative mélange of Klezmer, Chassidic, Jazz, and contemporary influences make for a sophisticated blend of spirited and soulful music that is perfect for dancing and listening.

The Binyomin Ginzberg Trio is available for performances in various configurations, most often featuring keyboard, drums, and either woodwinds or guitar. The Trio is also available as the core of an expanded ensemble for occasions when a larger band is desired. Additional options include guest vocalists, featured soloists, violinists or a string quartet.

The Trio is available for concerts and public performances featuring the group's unique musical arrangements of traditional and contemporary Jewish music from around the world.

For more information about the Binyomin Ginzberg Trio, please contact us at (201) 894-1717 or email us at info@jewishmusician.com.


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Jerusalem Post - Ben Jacobson

sophisticated and worldly... a mind-bogglingly eclectic mix of inspirations.
Binyomin Ginzberg Trio
Purim Sameach
(Jewishmusician.com)

Doing gigs since 1998, The Binyomin Ginzberg Trio is a New York area band with a stripped-down sound. The music would be run-of-the-mill Hassidic pop, but thanks to its sophisticated and worldly methods, standards are mixed in with less-known gems and presented in an honest, jazzy manner.

In addition to Ginzberg's own understated vocals and jazzy keyboards, Aaron Alexander plays an extremely snare-centric, nicely-accented drum kit. The third member of the "trio" is usually Michael Heitzler on clarinet, but many other guests also make appearances.

The group's newest recording, Purim Sameach, is a veritable world tour, exploring the Purim holiday's various musical themes through the prism of a mind-bogglingly eclectic mix of inspirations.

Washington, DC's well-known DJ duo Thievery Corporation is famous for making albums that lead listeners around the globe with moods, samples, instrumentations and rhythms from Brazil interspersed with those from India, France and elsewhere.

Here, Ginzberg's arrangements draw from a comparably varied well, with each track focusing on a theme such as "Mordechai Medley" or "Mishenichnas Medley" and putting it all together into an ambitious yet cohesive composition.

The repertoire on this album includes the songs of a variety of Hassidic sects (including Lubavitch, Bostoner, Rav Areleh, Skulener); a Mordechai Ben David parody; covers of songs by Reva L'Sheva, Chaim David and the Diaspora Yeshiva Band; a Nurit Hirsch tune; a tribute to seventies American act Ruach; Hungarian folk melodies; some klezmer standards, and even an old-time African-American spiritual.

The opener, "Meshenichnas Medley," kicks off the journey in a manner that teeters on familiar religious-pop, but by the time it closes with a punchy "hava narisha rash rash rash" teaser, we know there's a lot more to this record.

"Debka/Hora Set" shifts gears halfway through, going from meandering to maximum power. And the "Layehudim Medley" appropriately falls apart at the end with the "ad lo yada" vocal repeated, a fun touch, even if the band could have let the falling apart go on longer.

Barry Reisman, Program Host WNWR AM 1540

I love it!!
Your "Purim Sameach" CD arrived, and I love it!! In fact, I'm not waiting until Purim to play it; I'm going to use a track on tomorrow's show. You've got a great group, and I hope to one day be at a simcha where you are performing. In the meantime, I'll enjoy listening to your recorded music and using it to entertain my listeners on WNWR and wnwr.com in Philadelphia.

NYC Jewish Music - Gili Houpt

A great way to get into the spirit of Adar!
"Purim Sameach," a new release by Binyomin Ginzberg just in time for the holiday, comprises traditional Purim favorites spanning genres: Chassidic nigunim, Israeli classics, Klezmer melodies, Jewish folk rock. Binyomin plays keys and does all vocals, and his Trio is joined by guest musicians for a tight sound. The CD features some great medleys, such as the Mordechai Medley of Diaspora's classic "Ish Yehudi" with "Kein Tihye Lanu" by Reva L'Sheva, and there are some more great covers of popular songs by Chaim David Sarachik, Ruach, and Mordechai ben David. It's a great way to get into the spirit of Adar!

Joe Ross

... and 1/2 .... Creative music that shines w/ talent, motivation & determinatio
Playing Time – 50:41 -- Binyomin Ginzberg studied music at Mannes School of Music, New School in New York City, and privately with Harry Max, “Moogy” Klingman, Bill O’Connell, and Garry Dial. His resume includes performance at weddings, Bar Mitzvahs, youth programs, concerts, Jewish community events, conventions, Yiddish culture retreats, musicals, hospitals and TV broadcasts. Gigging professionally since 1990, Binyomin Ginzberg formed his trio in 1998. Featuring an interesting variety of Klezmer, Chassidic, jazz, and contemporary music, the core trio includes keyboard, drums, and either woodwinds or guitar. There are also four tracks on “Purim Sameach” that showcase an expanded quartet sound. The highly competent and gifted musicians include Binyomin Ginzberg (keyboards, vocals), Aaron Alexander (drums), Ken Hatfield (guitar), John Tendy (sax), and Michael Heitzler (clarinet). Eclectic fiddler Kenny Kosek provides excellent embellishment to their “Mordechai Medley” (Ish Yehudi/Sason Viykar/Kain Tihye Lanu).

Ginzberg puts a large responsibility on his shoulders as the only vocalist. He builds an aesthetic that emphasizes youthful exuberance and zeal. While a few stellar guest lead vocalists (as well as some harmony or backing vocals) could have provided some freshness of voice to enhance this album project, it’s still a very good showcase of the band’s ability to arrange, present and infuse this kind of music with spirit and excitement. Ken Hatfield’s guitar stands out in “Layehudim,” but his crowning moment is the bluesy “Mishenichnas Adar.” Other memorable moments on “Purim Sameach” are when arrangements get jazzier with clarinet, tenor saxophone, or fiddle. Well known on the European concert stage, Michael Heitzler is a member of a Klezmer and jazz group called Kol Simcha (formerly The World Quintet). He lyrically imparts considerable emotional electricity to four tracks.

Preferring the fuller ensemble sound, I especially took to their quartet offerings with both clarinet and sax (“Debka/Hora Set” and “Al Hanisim Medley”), and I commend Ginzberg for his grooving chordal accompaniment and bass lines on the keys. Aaron Alexander’s rhythm accompaniment on drums is first-rate, and he’s a well-known composer and drummer on the world music/downtown NYC Radical Jewish culture scene whose band is called “Midrash Mish Mosh.” On this album, It would have been interesting to perhaps arrange a number like the opening track, “Mishenichnas Medley,” with an even expanded Klezmer-like quintet or sextet band including all the participating cast of impressive musicians.

Based in New York, the band draws its repertoire from a broad base of traditional and contemporary Jewish music. The CD’s thematic concept explores the many kinds of music presented on the Purim holiday. Thus, we hear songs from many Hassidic sects, from folk melodies to more contemporary covers, and Klezmer classics to African-American inspirations. The ambitious approach results in a tastefully-rendered eclectic set that enlivens us with the spirit of Adar. The band clearly has a vision for its creative musical approach, and they also shine with talent, motivation and determination. (Joe Ross, Roseburg, OR.)