I was asked to come back to my temple to perform for Purim, after singing and playing (violin) my tunes from my first CD; Eklektrex SSQVO - Celebration of Jewish Spirit...traditional Jewish songs put to contemporary and world beats. As I did previously, I based my arrangements on a score I created for string quartet with an optional piano accompaniment and, of course, the vocal lines. Then I orchestrated everything in our home studio. I used unique band orchestrations custom designed for each tune, so, for example,
Wicked, wicked Man is kind of theatrical, like a musical theatre piece; Venahafoch Hu is in a style reminiscent of the early Jewish jazz artists, using saxophones and strings playing in a klezmer style. Utzu Eitzah from the book of Isaiah "...What tomorrow brings we cannot say
Try to make the most of every day
Even with the best plans
The future's not in our hands
For God is the One who leads the way." is a hard rock tune.
Shoshanas Yaakov uses a big percussion ensemble for a party feel.
U Mordechai Yatzah uses the old Middle eastern drums...
I enjoyed making the sounds varied and singing the words lifted me up. Playing the violin on these tunes roots me strongly to my ancestors. This journey completes me as I hope it does for you.