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Category: Jazz

No Greater Love

By Aryeh Tepper

Two of the most interesting developments in the Israeli music scene over the past fifteen years have been the rise of world-class Israeli jazz and the turn to classic Sephardic piyyut (liturgical music). The remarkable New Jerusalem Orchestra (NJO) has spent the last four years bringing a serious jazz sensibility to the performance of Andalusian piyyut, and it…

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Jazz, Piyyut, and Jewish Identity

By Aryeh Tepper

The Israeli-born, New York-based Omer Avital is both a world-class jazz musician and a master of classical Arabic music.  He recently visited the Tikvah Fund, oud in hand, for an evening of music and free-flowing discussion about jazz, piyyut [liturgical verse], and Jewish identity.  He was interviewed by Aryeh Tepper, who has written about these subjects for Jewish Ideas Daily—including a…

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Come Swing With Me

By Aryeh Tepper

Originally published on Jewish Ideas Daily On May 25, a new sound was heard in Jerusalem. Combining the soulfulness and optimism of Moroccan Jewish liturgical music (piyyut) with the syncretistic and improvisational spirit of American jazz, the New Jerusalem Orchestra (NJO) made its triumphant debut at the 2010 Israel Festival. Arrayed onstage in a crescent,…

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