Richard Kaplan and Michael Ziegler | Tuning the Soul: Worlds of Jewish Sacred Music

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Tuning the Soul: Worlds of Jewish Sacred Music

by Richard Kaplan and Michael Ziegler

Vocal performances of a host of under-exposed musical gems from around the Jewish world - Middle Eastern songs, Andalusian melodies, Hasidic nigguns and original Hebrew chants accompanied by a full ensemble of musicians.
Genre: Spiritual: Judaica
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1. Bar'chu - Yemen Richard Kaplan & Michael Ziegler
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2. Hallelu Adonai - South Asia Richard Kaplan & Michael Ziegler
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3. Ki Eshmerah Shabbat - Jerusalem Richard Kaplan & Michael Ziegler
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4. Eli Yah Eli - Syria Richard Kaplan & Michael Ziegler
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5. Rav's Niggun - Belarus Richard Kaplan
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6. Yah Ribon - Iraq Richard Kaplan & Michael Ziegler
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7. El Adon - Jerusalem Richard Kaplan & Michael Ziegler
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8. Kinah - Eastern Europe Richard Kaplan
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9. Zochreynu l'Chaim - South Asia Richard Kaplan & Michael Ziegler
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10. Hosha Na - Eastern Europe Richard Kaplan & Michael Ziegler
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11. Niggun of the Besht - Galicia Richard Kaplan
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12. Tiskabeyl - Poland Richard Kaplan & Michael Ziegler
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13. Lecha Dodi - Morocco Richard Kaplan & Michael Ziegler
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14. Hallelu Avdey Adonai - Iraq Richard Kaplan & Michael Ziegler
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15. Psalm 150 - Jerusalem Richard Kaplan & Michael Ziegler
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16. Ana b'Koreynu - Turkey Richard Kaplan & Michael Ziegler
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17. Yigdal - Morocco Richard Kaplan & Michael Ziegler
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18. Bar'chu Reprise Richard Kaplan & Michael Ziegler
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
" I love this CD! 5 stars! " - New York Jewish Week

Nearly 8000 copies of TUNING THE SOUL have been sold in the United States, Mexico, Canada and Europe over the past nine years!

Performing professionally as a singer, songwriter, and pianist for over 30 years, Richard Kaplan is also a Cantor, teacher, choral conductor and ethnomusicologist. McCoy Tyner said of him: "I like his music!"

Rabbi Michael Ziegler is a teacher, ritualist, and producer.

"There were a lot of terrific recordings issued last year, but none that I enjoy any more than I do this one. Kaplan and Ziegler have drawn on numerous sacred and folk music traditions, Jewish and otherwise, to find new or neglected settings for Jewish liturgical texts. The result is an album of haunting, moving music performed by both men and a cast of superb guest musicians. Especially recommended to those who love the sounds of Middle Eastern music, the dominant flavor in this mix."

--- George Robinson, NEW YORK JEWISH WEEK

"It's a moving piece of work. It deals with states of mind that I'll enjoy visiting for years to come."

--- Stuart Brotman, BRAVE OLD WORLD

"TUNING THE SOUL is clearly a labor of love. All aspects of the production show great care and effort. The material has been thoughtfully culled from such sources as field recordings and transcriptions as well as earlier recordings by traditional musicians. All of the sources are well identified in the informative, accompanying 20-page booklet. Also impressive is the attention that the producers gave to each selection. While many styles of music are represented, each piece is arranged and performed in a remarkably authentic manner. Kaplan and Ziegler achieved this through assembling accompanists who are specialists in the various styles.

Cantor Richard Kaplan's soulful rendition of a meditative niggun, attributed to the Baal Shem Tov, the founder of Hasidism, truly does attune the soul and enables the listener to share in the transformative power of Hasidic music at its deepest.

TUNING THE SOUL will appeal to many types of listeners. Those who simply love Jewish music in all of is varieties will treasure these rare gems. Afficionados of World Music will appreciate the cultural diversity of the various styles and manner of performance. The careful documentation will satisfy the most curious; while those who appreciate open-hearted offerings of spiritual music will be transported by these moving and inspiring treasures from the living storehouse of Jewish tradition."

--- Rabbi Miles Krassen
Former Director of Jewish Studies, Oberlin College


Reviews


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Joan Peterdi

Thank you for this music
--no review-- just want the artists to know they have an important place in our lives.

Alan Gutman


What a treasure of Jewish music to listen. Inspirational !!

infingrrl

love it!
I love this CD! if there were another CD by Richard, other than the first 2 Id buy it the day it came out. it is very spiritual, and it doesn't bore you.

Ya'akov benZion

One of the gret classic's
this album is a must for all those wanting a deeper spiritual worship track 16 is a mind blow I play it loud and proud, I get in my car and play it a max vol and sing along to my hearts content just blown away

Elizabeth Yaari


I took this CD to shabbat in a large tent - decorated in Moroccan style. In no time we were singing, dancing and drumming along. It is appreciated by all ages and backgrounds. I've been looking for something like this for a long time.

Fern Nemenyi

a great gift for Jewish music lovers
music ... the great evoker of that which runs deep inside us all ... music ... which shapes us and our responses to the world. This is a cd with that kind of deep music, music which conjures up another place ... or time ... and yet still brings us all together ... reminds us of our common thread. It's a really fine album.

Beryl Hartman

thank you for introducing me to richard and michael
this is the first time I have listened to Kaplan and Ziegler, and I loved it

Beryl Hartman

thank you for introducing me to richard and michael
this is the first time I have listened to Kaplan and Ziegler, and I loved it

Elena Cuevas

This is a recording you can play all day
Such heavenly music. Just makes me feel good. When I am at home I play it all day over and over. I'm singing along now. Wonder how long it will take before I wear it out? Well, then I'll just buy a new one !