Passionate ... Personal ... Engaging ... Life-Affirming ... Joy Katzen-Guthrie\'s vibrant music and one-of-a-kind performances inspire and uplift with a message of insight, life experience, and worldwide unity and harmony from generation to generation.
Third in a three-part series of Jewish folk, stage, and liturgical songs performed by Joy Katzen-Guthrie, How Good and How Pleasant features intimate lyrical folk performances of Hebrew Liturgical Songs and Prayers from the uplifting and vibrant traditional and contemporary repertoire of Shabbat worship. This collection includes a 12-page booklet of extensive liner notes and English translations of the Hebrew prayers.
Performer and Recording Artist, Composer/Lyricist, Pianist, and Vocalist for 27 years, Joy uniquely weaves history and storytelling with traditional, contemporary, and original songs from pop, stage, film, and world genres that celebrate the human spirit. Says Donna Klein, founder of Tampa Bay's Women Musicians Alliance: "Joy is a marvel on the keyboard, making her playing seem effortless. Her compositions, as well as her adaptations of others' songs, reflect the summation that it is her life. When she sits down at the keyboard, starts playing, smiles that warm smile of hers and sings to your heart, well it's just inspirational!"
From Jam Entertainment Magazine, "If the idea of tackling 27 Judaic hymns, 16 century Kabbalistic prayers, and medieval metaphysical song/poems, seems like a challenging idea to you, you\'re not alone. But performance/ recording artist Joy Katzen-Guthrie's third release of Yiddish and Hebrew musics, How Good and How Pleasant, makes the inevitable cultural gap not only tolerable, but downright entrancing. Blessed with a powerfully serene voice, these ancient prayers - backed only by Katzen-Guthrie's lilting harp-like keyboard - possess a simple and beautiful magnificence. The fact that she's willing to demystify the language and meaning behind the material in her extensive liner notes makes the endeavor all the more meaningful and enjoyable for the uninitiated." -Bill Templeton
Joy's music is designed as an inner retreat and an outer celebration. Those who have heard her recordings and concerts have described the many ways in which her music has been beneficial - a portal to healing and creativity, joy, support, and renewal. Her first 3 releases of Jewish liturgical, Israeli, and Yiddish music - Seasons of Joy, The Heart of Ancient Promise, and How Good and How Pleasant have been loved in homes, schools, hospitals, communal living facilities, synagogues and many non-Jewish congregations, as well as life cycle events of every kind by individuals of all faiths. Passages and A Steadfast Bridge have been used in gatherings, worship, hospitals and hospices, at births, funerals, reunions, rallies for social action, in theatre and events of every scope. Her own arrangements and interpretations of full (including introductory verses) classic songs from Hit Parade, Vaudeville & Tin Pan Alley, Broadway and film in her Favorite Melody Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 recordings have been loved by individuals of every age. Hearing these songs for the first time or being reintroduced to them in a manner that breathes with the integrity of the music and lyrics has brought enormous enjoyment and special memories of these classic musical moments. SoulStream has provided comfort, relaxation, and mental release to countless listeners who described sleepless nights and stress-filled days prior to hearing it.
A Memphis, Tennessee native, Joy has made her home in the Tampa Bay area since 1981. Read much more about her work, study, recording studio, and programs at her Official Website. Her life has been devoted to writing, concertizing, speaking, and communicating the power of magnificent music.
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