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Darshan

Darshan

Darshan, the one who seeks out deeper levels of meaning within Torah and tradition, is a groundbreaking collaboration between world-soul singer Basya Schechter (Pharaoh’s Daughter) and esoteric indie rapper ePRHYME (Eden Pearlstein).

Middle Eastern strings, African rhythms, and electronic drum machines combine with classic rock guitars, cellos, synthesizers, saxophones, Synagogue Choirs, beatboxers and BASS. The result is a radical fusion of Hip Hop, Rock, World, Psychedelic and Jewish music like you’ve never heard before.

Darshan’s newest release, Raza, is a radical reimagining of the Kabbalat Shabbat service, the traditional prayers and mystical poetry recited on Friday night to welcome the Sabbath Bride. Basya’s sensuous melodies breathe new life into lyrical selections from the Song of Songs, Psalms, and other classic Friday night poems including Lecha Dodi, Yedid Nefesh, and of course the Zoharic “Raza”, while ePRHYME’S probing and passionate rhymes give an urgent voice to what is hidden between the lines of these ancient texts. Seamlessly interweaving a dizzying array of influences and inspirations from East to West, Raza transforms this most beloved of Jewish liturgical rites into a genre-defying work of sacred pop art.

Darshan performs in a variety of venues and configurations ranging from an intimate acoustic trio to big-stage performances with an all-star cast of musicians including Tamer Pinarbasi/Kanun, Shanir Blumenkranz/Bass, Aaron Johnston/Drums, Jason Lindner/Keys, Jon Madof/Guitar, Jessica Lurie/Horns, Noah Hoffeld/Cello, and others.

In addition to musical performances, Basya and Eden also offer classes, workshops, and Shabbatons focusing on the mystical poetics and spiritual practices of Kabbalat Shabbat.

_MG_5124ePRHYME (Eden Pearlstein)

Eden Pearlstein (ePRHYME) is a Brooklyn-based Rapper, Author and Educator with deep roots in the Pacific Northwest underground hip hop communituy. Since the early 2000′s ePRHYME has released numerous critically acclaimed hip hop albums on iconic indie label K Records as part of their International Pop Underground Series. Since relocating to Brooklyn in 2009, Eden has worked closely and creatively with downtown veterans such as Jamie Saft (Electric Masada), Jon Madoff (Zion 80), Greg Wall (Hasidic New Wave), Basya Schechter (Pharaoh’s Daughter), and many others. Whether rhyming about current events or personal struggles, riffing on a text or reinterpreting tradition, ePRHYME’s “rapid-fire word salads are a humanist vision of…religious consciousness fused with social action, and an uncompromising blend of urban forms and neo-Hasidic spirituality” (The Forward). Eden has received multiple grants from the Artist Trust of Seattle, the Schusterman Foundation, and the Ashir Fellowship to support his creative work. Eden is also an alumni of Asylum Arts, a global network for Jewish Culture.


Screen Shot 2017-10-12 at 4.30.27 PMBasya Schechter

Popular Cantor at Romemu Congregation in New York, singer, songwriter, composer and multi-instrumentalist. Founder of the popular New Age jewish ensemble Pharaoh’s Daughter, and the artist behind Songs of Wonder.

 

 

Songs by Darshan

 

 Sing a New Song, off the album Raza

 

 Let There Be Light, off the album Raza

 

 title track from the album Raza

 

“Schechter makes music that is both appealing and intriguing. As an ex-Hasid wielding an oud (a pear-shaped, Middle Eastern precursor of the modern guitar), she is often cast in the role of an exotic Sephardi-Ashkenazi hybrid who blends two flavors of Eastern music — Middle and European — spiced with folk, pop and even African elements. Such worldly eclecticism is tailor-made for a contemporary Jewish musical landscape where Ladino poetry, Hasidic niggunim, or wordless melodies, and elements of every genre imaginable (rhythm and blues, Brazilian samba, North Indian classical music) all play nicely together.”

- Alexander Gelfand, FORWARD

 

 “ePRHYME (who was known in a previous life as Eden Pearlstein) writes lyrics peppered with bits of Jewish mysticism and philosophy that fit indy label K Records’ iconoclastic bent…It’s a far cry from the bagels-and-lox Judaism of many Jewish hip-hop acts today, and it’s a welcome breath of fresh air.”

-Tablet Magazine

 

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