“Pharaoh’s Daughter is one of the most original and exciting groups to have emerged from the new Jewish Music Movement.”
Ben Frandzel, Rhythm
Blending a psychedelic sensibility and a Pan-Mediterranean sensuality, Basya Schechter leads her band, Pharaoh’s Daughter, through swirling Hasidic chants, Mizrachi and Sephardi folk-rock, and spiritual stylings filtered through percussion, flute, strings and electronica. Their sound has been cultivated by Basya‘s Hasidic music background and a series of trips to the Middle East, Africa, Israel, Egypt, Central Africa, Turkey, Kurdistan and Greece. She began retuning her guitar to sound like a cross between an Arabicoud and a Turkish saz, with harmonic minor melodies, and odd time signatures.
With a stellar line-up of musicians including Daphna Mor on recorders, zurna and melodica, Meg Okura – virtuoso on violin, Shanir Blumenkranz – bassist, Yuval Lion – rock and middle eastern drummer, Jason Lindner – Jazz and world pianist, and Noah Hoffeld – cellist. Basya has recorded four albums, three with Pharaoh’s Daughter and one instrumental exploration with Persian santur player, Alan Kushan, called “Queen’s Dominion.” Pharaohs’ Daughter debuted last summer on Central Park’s Summerstage, and in the past has toured extensively through America, Eastern and Western Europe, as well as Greece, South America and the UK. They have also performed on such prestigious stages as Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park, and Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, National Geographic, and Symphony Space.
Over the past two years, Basya was the recipient of numerous compositional and project grants from NYSCA (New York State Council of the Arts), American Composers Forum and the American Music Center. Pharaoh’s Daughter has recently released their fifth album, Hagar. At the 2nd Annual Jewish Music Awards, Pharaoh’s Daughter walked away with Best Ensemble honors in two of the most competitive categories: Best Middle Eastern Ensemble, and Best World Music Ensemble. The band, led by the charismatic singer-songwriter Basya Schechter, is preparing its next album due to be released in the coming months. Call us to book this great band and bring the unique and exciting sounds of Pharaoh’s Daughter to your community – it’s about time!!!