Sound and Sense: Jewish Music

“Sound and Sense: Jewish Music @ York” kicks off its inaugural season with a concert by the award-winning intercultural Jewish music group Jaffa Road.

Sunday, November 6th, 3pm @ York University

Free Admission

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Jaffa Road is a highly acclaimed ensemble, featuring some of Canada’s most innovative interpreters of intercultural music. Their sound takes listeners on a journey that is at once ancient and modern, acoustic and electronic, sacred and secular, blending influences and inspirations from the worlds of Jewish music, Arabic and Indian music, modern jazz, blues, rock, pop, and electronica.

Jaffa Road’s unique vibe is ignited by the ethereal vocals of Tamar Ilana, the evocative oud & guitar playing Aaron Lightstone, the visionary grooves of Justin Gray (bass & bass veena), the electrifying improvisations of JUNO winning saxophonist Sundar Viswanathan, the driving beat of drummer & percussionist Rakesh Tewari, and the ethereal soundscapes of Shawn Rompre on live electronics. Along with top-notch guest artists, these stellar musicians challenge accepted notions of Jewish music while creating a new form of expression that breaks cultural boundaries.

“Jaffa Road plumbs the history of diverse cultures for inspiration, reviving ancient wisdom in ways resonant with a cosmopolitan city like contemporary Toronto...there are ideas there that apply as much to the making of a community, and a world, as they do to making music." ~ Jim Coyle, The Toronto Star

The performance will be followed by a reception with light (kosher dairy) refreshments.

The Tribute Communities Recital Hall (Accolade East Building) is located just outside York University subway station (line 1 - University).

"Sound and Sense: Jewish Music @ York" is presented by the Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Studies and the Department of Music in the School of Arts, Media, Performance and Design at York University. The series is made possible via the generous support of the Azrieli Foundation.

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