Darshan is a kaleidoscopic fusion of Hip Hop, Rock, World, Psychedelic and Jewish music like you’ve never heard before.
After years of mutual admiration and sporadic guest spots on each other’s recording projects and live performances, world-soul singer Basya Schechter (Pharaoh’s Daughter) and esoteric indie rapper ePRHYME (Eden Pearlstein) have joined forces to alchemize their shared passion for deep groove, world fusion, and Jewish mysticism.
Raza, Darshan’s newest release, is a radical reimagining of 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, while ePRHYME’S probing 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, Brian Marsella/Keys, 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.
ePRHYME (Eden Pearlstein)
Eden Pearlstein (ePRHYME) is a Brooklyn-based Hip Hop Artist and Jewish Educator. Since the early 2000′s ePRHYME has released numerous critically acclaimed albums on iconic indie label K Records as part of their International Pop Underground Series. Starting in the 2010′s, Eden has worked closely with NYC 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). Additionally, Eden holds two M.A.’s in Jewish Studies from JTS, and is an alumni of Asylum Arts, a global network for Jewish Culture.
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
“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.”