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Out of the Reeds

by Pharaoh's Daughter

a new sound in Jewish music that fuses hasidic chants and liturgy with Middle Eastern rhythms, tablas, oud, cello and flute.
Genre: Spiritual: Judaica
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1. Hevel
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2. Afilu
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3. Im Ein Ani Li Mi Li
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4. Taitsch
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5. Eicha
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6. West African Niggun
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7. Lecha Dodi
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8. Hamavdil
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9. Koomi Lach
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10. Shnirele Perele
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11. Ija Mia
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Album Notes
This is the album that Brooklyn-based Basya Schechter was born to make - reverent, intelligeng and exciting settings to classic jewish liturgy and folksongs with superb backing by her own band and a distinguished group of guests including producer, Anthony Coleman and Matt Darriau.

From a haunting "Hevel" through a niggun created from a West African Melody, from an eerie "Eicha" through the best new "Lecha Dodi" I've heard in years, a powerhouse Shnirele Perele, "Ija Mia" a wonderful Ladino closing - well, there simply isn't a false step. A bona fide, genuine, gilt-edged masterpiece. ***** (George Robinson, Jewish Week.)

Pharaoh's Daughter was formed by Basya Schechter after returning from Morocco in the spring of 1995. It was after a series of trips to the Middle East Africa which included Israel, Egypt, Central Africa, Turkey, Zimbabwe, Kurdistan and Greece.

Inspired by these new cultures, she began playing her guitar to sound like a cross between an Arabic Oud and a Turkish Saz, in doing so she created a brand of music that combines her religious spiritual music background (growing up in Hasidic Boro Park)world beat, and the intense lyrical detail of a pop singer-songwriter.

Pharaoh's Daughter has been building their following in New York, in clubs like the Knitting Factory, Makor, Living Room and Tonic. In May 2000 she completed a monthlong European Tour with percussionist, Jarrod Cagwin, which inlcuded Germany, Netherlands and the Czech Republic. In June 2000 the band was invited to perform in Queen Elizabeth Hall on the South Bank of London as part of a weeklong UK mini Tour in the Tenth London BIannual Jewish Music Festival. In June 2000 they performed to 6,000 people in Lincoln Center's Damrosch Park as part of 25th annual Anuual Yiddish Music Festival, as well as headlining at Symphony Space in a benefit concert for low income housing. They have been featured on channels 7,13, and NY 1 as part of a documentar on ABC called "Sacred Noises" about new Jewish music. The tour regular in Jewish Music festivals on the West Coast, and are invited to perform in Munich, Germany in November. They are currently working on their third album, which should be coming out in December.

Current members include Benoir-electric guitar, Dapha Mor- recorders and cornermuse, Tomer Tzur-drums/percussion, Lisa Mezzacappa-upright bass, Kemal Arsan-Indian Drums(hadgini, hadgira.


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Somerville, MA Native

I heard Shnirele Perele on an online klezmer radio station. (Not to imply that the CD is technically klezmer.) I was taken by this song-- a contemporary rendition but still thouroughly Jewish and possessing a truly mesmorizing quality. I give 5 stars to this particular song; however, many of the other songs on the CD appeal less to my personal taste. In explanation of my preferences: I tend to like exciting, energetic music as apposed to anything the least bit calm, slow, or sorrowful. There are several other songs that on this album that do strike my fancy so I (as a representative of the exceedingly tiny young, native, urban, Boston area, Jewish population) give this CD 4 stars.

Out of the Reeds, Pharaoh's Daughter

Amazing sounds. I played it at my Tisch at my wedding and it had all the women dancing, screaming, and singing along!
Amazing!!! Beautiful! Soulful! The highest form of art!


goose bumps galore
thank g-d for this cd. so unique and not the typical tunes found in the american judaica categories. just what the nefesh (soul) thirsts for. and it usually succeeds in calming down my 9 1/2 month old baby while he's screaming in the car...especially the song was sung at his brit (circumcision ceremony) by a moroccan israeli friend and finally i have it on cd. kol hakavod!

Benjamin Pesis

Excellent performance of music you aren't going to hear anywhere else.
Pharaoh's Daughter does an excellent job at breathing new life into songs that have existed long before CD's were around. Great if you're interested in hearing Hebrew/Yiddish music sung by modern performers.


New, different sound
If you're tired of being inundated with all of the pop nonsense that's out there today, this c.d. will take your blues away. A different sound - harmonies, rhythms, and an overall experience one doesn't encounter every day (at least I don't). Also a great conversation piece!