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A rabbi brings North African and Arabic sounds to world music and Jewish prayer.
A rabbi brings North African and Arabic sounds to world music and Jewish prayer.
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“One Bead” will be the debut recording of the Epichorus.   The melodies of Zach Fredman have been paired with esoteric and mystical verses from the Jewish liturgical tradition; ancient words have been returned to the sounds and rhythms of North Africa and the Middle East, to deepen Jewish prayer, and to create a new sound in world music.  Epichorus members are rabbis, cantors, mystics and ethnomusicologists - jazz, arabic, and nubian music masters.

Your most generous gifts will cover the costs of recording, mixing, paying musicians, and printing “One Bead.”  Though we will go through with the project for $7,000 - our ideal goal is $10,000.  We are overjoyed at the possibility of collaborating with you on this project, and will be greatly indebted to you for all the gifts of your hands.  Thanks!

(Checkout a video of the full band here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8Qx1u4wVtw)

The Epichorus

Zach Fredman - oud

Yosef Goldman - vocals/percussion/arrangements

Shir Yaakov - vocals/arrangements

Alsarah - vocals

Daniel Ori - electric bass

Yuval Aberman - guitar

Joseph Brent - mandolin

Megan Gould - violin

Noah Hutton - video

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    Digital download of the first Epichorus record - “One Bead”.

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    Signed hard copy of "One Bead" + digital download + live rehearsal outtake-mp3s; and studio updates from the band.

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    The above + guitar/oud/mandolin/hebrew/midrash lesson with composer Zach Fredman. (live or skype)

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    The above + an invitation to an Epichorus rehearsal. (Pie is served.)

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    The above + print of one-of-a-kind “One Bead” artwork created in collaboration with the Epichorus (see photo).

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    The above + Calder-style mobile-sculpture (as seen in the video; or designed to your specifications).

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    The above + the Epichorus will serve as your artist-in-residence for a weekend. (Please be in touch to discuss.)

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