Setting the Yiddish poetry of the revered Civil Rights activist and Jewish philosopher Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel to music, Basya Schechter has created a rich new collection of Yiddish songs, colorful arrangements featuring many of the downtown jewish scene’s greatest musicians. This exciting project blends Pharaoh’s Daughter’s soulful grooves and lush instrumentation with Basya’s lovely voice and Heschel’s powerful poetry. After years of live gigs and months in the studio, this exciting project is finally made available on Tzadik. An instant classic!
“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.”