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