This is another fine example of Yehuda’s mixture of his Jewish roots combined with Rock, Pop, Latino and contemporary sounds.
What is special about this album, is that Yehuda is taken a hard look at what is going in Israel today; with the social problems here, and the bad feelings that can exist among people and the different sectors of the population. In the role of an artist, Yehuda has the great potential of bringing people together. Anyone who has been to one of Yehuda’s concerts can testify to seeing young and old falling under his spell.
Check out Yehuda Glantz discography
his new project "NOMADE" a DVD
with the Israel Symphony Orchestra.
World Beat sounds emerge from Latin American rhythms in
Jewish Contemporary Soul Music
NOMADE - The Jew of Wandering
Composed, arranged and Produced by Yehuda Glantz
Nomade was performed on April 4, 2006 at the Spring Festival of the Rishon Letzion Cultural Center, with the
Israel Symphony Orchestra and Yehuda Glantz sample:
and Na’ale, Rak Litzok El Hashem, Gotta Dance, In Concert in South America, Unplugged, Granite, Pionero, Adon Olam (cd video for PC)
Yehuda Glantz Born in Argentina, his South American and Latin heritage has clearly influenced his music, but he also incorporates the musical signatures of Middle Eastern tradition, the Sepharadic tradition, the Azhkenazi and Chassidic traditions.
His artistic career began at the tender age of five when he overwhelmed his audience with his intense vocal interpretations in Central Temple in Buenos Aires. Later when his sister began to learn accordion he was accompanying her to the classes. One day when his father came home, he heard melodies from Yehuda’s room, thinking that Yehuda’s sister was practicing her lessons. He entered the room and saw Yehuda lying on his bed (because the accordion was too heavy for him) playing all the melodies his sister was studying in the classes. From there Shmuel Glantz Ztz"l sent him to learn seriously. After one year, the conservatory offered him a scholarship to study classical music, which they gratefully accepted. (Shmuel Glantz has been playing for long time, soul violin melodies)
Yehuda masters several instruments: accordion, guitar, piano, keyboards, charango, bamboo flutes and authentic percussion instruments. Yehuda’s affinity for individualistic, highly stylistic sound drew him to ethnic instruments.
The “charango” is a South American instrument that is close to the ukulele.
“I love its warm sounds and I like to use it in many of my arrangements”.
Some of the compositions are interspersed with the sweet endearing harmonies of a young boy voice named Achia Witt and Yehuda defines his contribution in personal terms:” I have seen what the integrity of a child’s voice can accomplish from my own experience in shul in Buenos Aires. Children can inspire with their innocence.
In 1979 he immigrated to Jerusalem to continue his studies in the Rubin Academy after a successful musical career that boasted several concert tours throughout Argentina and Brazil. In 1982, at the music festival in Rosh-Pina, the course of his life and music took a life-defining detour, which catapulted him, and he became a baal-teshuva. He is grateful for the bounty of talent that he has been endowed with and recognizes the responsibility inherent.
When Yehuda appears on stage with his charismatic performance, he transforms the crowd from formally attired to foot-stomping and rip-roaring assemblage. Every performance is for him a new experience to a grateful message of the greatness of Hashem. “ I want to make people happy, I want to unify my audience. In combining so many different styles I hope to focus on what makes us similar and not on what makes us different. When I hear the
Warm applause of the audience I feel how the music gives them “simcha” (alegria), so I Pray to Hashem to accept our music celebration and to be happy that His children smile and Dance. This is a real gift”.
“In every concert I especially include some of Reb Shlomo’s compositions like “Am Israel Chai” because he called for the unity of klal Israel and this song emphasizes our commonality, not our differences”.
Yehuda Glantz’s discography
Gotta Dance ( Muchrachim Lircod )
In Concert in South America
Adon Olam (cd-video for pc)
Rak Litzok el Hashem
Guey Shoin Davenen (new klip)
Nomade - Yehuda Glantz with the Israeli Symphony orchestra Chai Vekayam (new to be realize in June 2007 )
Nafshi (video klip)