Shawn Zevit, (www.rabbizevit.com) originally from Winnipeg and Toronto, Canada, now resides in Philadelphia, PA. He has been a singer, songwriter, actor, perfomer and liturgist for over 20 years- performing concerts, interactive music and theater events, and weaving song into a variety of performance, teaching and consulting venues around North America and the world. He is also an author, playwright, poet and spiritual leader. He is also a founding member since 1995 of the musical group "Shabbat Unplugged" based in the Delaware Valley (see http://www.jrf.org/pub/cat-passoversongs.html) for more info.
Shawn's music draws on many styles from folk to indie rock to traditional Jewish music to rhythm and blues and beyond. "Generations" takes you through the world of prayer, longing and a celebration of life, using universal themes with a contemporary interpretation and sound. Many of the songs have found their way into worship services across North America and are performed by other singers and musicians.
Once you have welcomed this CD into your home- you will find yourself returning to it again and again for inspiration and introspection, to move and dance, and celebrate the passages of life!
For live performance of "Shalom Aleychem" see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ilZ9Llw32J0
CD 1, follows the traditional matbeah (deep structure) of the Friday night Sabbath service. Weaving traditional prayers, melodies, and words with new interpretations of each, I offer a blending of the old and the new, composed by myself and by colleagues between 1994 and 2006. This CD has been recorded as a spiritual journey- one that could focus particular prayers for specific times, or be listened to in its entirety on your own or in a group for a complete experiential entry into the Sabbath.
CD 2- The 15 pieces on this CD were from original recordings that my grandfather and I made in the early 1990’s and digitally enhanced. Except for light percussion, guitar and violin added on some selections, the vocals are live and as they were originally captured. Most of these songs are traditionally sung on Friday night or Saturday afternoon.
In awe and gratitude
To the Source of All
Breath of my soul
Song of my heart
Touch of my hand
Spark of my mind
This is the soundtrack
Of Our dance Beloved One
Across time and space
Your Glory Shines
Also available by Shawn Zevit
“Heart and Soul” (1998) www.cdbaby.com/zevit1
“Sanctuary” (2005) www.cdbaby.com/zevit2
For information about Shawn's book "Offerings of the Heart" and other articles see www.rabbizevit.com
10% of CD sales go money allocated to support the causes of social and environmental justice in the world.