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Pharaoh’s Daughter

Contemporary Jewish World Music

Pharaoh’s Daughter

“Pharaoh’s Daughter is one of the most original and exciting groups to have emerged from the new Jewish Music Movement.”

Ben Frandzel, Rhythm

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Pharaoh’s Daughter, a 7 piece world music ensemble that  travels effortlessly through continents, key signatures, and languages with a genre-bending  swirling neo Hasidic chanting sound. Basya Schechter’s  earthy, soulful  beautiful voice rings out over  instruments that form a vibrant collage of East/West, old/ new, Ashkenazi and Sephardic enlivened by flutes, electronica and strings.  The band explores traditional, while staying contemporary, the meditative yet ecstatic. After she left her ultra orthodox background, she found herself searching and  hitchhiking through Israel, Africa and the Middle East. To mimic the incredible musical sounds she was hearing she began re-tuning her guitar to sound like a cross between Arabic oud and Turkish saz, which inspired harmonic minor melodies, and unfamiliar odd time grooves. A liminal expression  began to emerge over which she sang and composed in a style that resonated with Hasidic Klezmer,  folk, classic rock, worldbeat and other Jewish music, yet was of a bigger world. 

Pharaoh’s Daughter  has recorded five albums with a family of downtown NYC stand out musicians, as well as another  two albums  under her own name. Two more projects were in collaboration including Darshan with hip hop artist Eprhyme. PD has toured Eastern and Western Europe, America, Greece, Israel, South America, United States, Canada and the UK. Some of her favorite NYC venues to perform have  included Central Park SummerStage, Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park, Joe’s Pub, The Stone,  Mercury Lounge and City Winery.   PD has been featured on NPR’s PRI and they have been guests on John Shafer’s New Sounds numerous times.  They are slowly finishing a new album called “Songs of Desire,” a collection of texts culled from “Song of Songs..”  – texts which investigate the story, the power and the mystery of love and desire. 

 

 

 

 

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