These recordings capture Joey Weisenberg and the Hadar Ensemble performing "Jewish Spirituals" live at Brooklyn's oldest synagogue. You can hear older styles of Jewish music - nigunim (wordless melodies), z'mirot (Sabbath-table melodies), choral music, and traditional musach (prayer chant) - organically melding with the spontaneous improvisation, liberated harmonies and indie soul music of the Brooklyn soundscape.
All music composed and directed by Joey Weisenberg.
All words are traditional, except "Rise Sweet Waters" by Joey Weisenberg.
Recorded Live in the Choir Loft at the Kane Street Synagogue on May 6-7, 2014.
Engineered, Mixed, and Mastered by Don Godwin.
CD Design/Layout: Ilusha Tsinadze.
Paper Cut Illustration: Andrew Benincasa.
The Hadar Ensemble:
Joey Weisenberg: Lead Vocals, Telecaster, Cajon
Matisyahu Brown: Harmony Vocals, lead on "Higale Na".
Deborah Sacks: Harmony Vocals, Lead Vocals on "Lincoln's Nigun"
Eleonore Weill: Harmony Vocals, Wooden Flute
Yoshie Fruchter: Harmony Vocals, Upright Bass
Myk Freedman: Lap Steel
Sam Weisenberg: Tapan, percussion
Jake Shulman-Ment: Violin
With Special Guests:
Ilusha Tsinadze: Banjo
Jean Rohe: Harmony Vocals
Richie Barshay: Percussion