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Udi & Varda Spielman

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Udi & Varda Spielman

Jewish Music / World Music / Cantorial / Middle Eastern

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Udi and Varda Spielman perform a variety of styles, including traditional Chazzanut, Hebrew, Traditional and contemporary Hebrew and Israeli music, and contemporary American oldies.

 

Udi Spielman performs in a wide range of styles. His pop music beginnings made him and his band the most requested event group for many years in Israel, until his interest turned to Chazzanut. The mix of old-world Chazzanut, Hebrew, traditional and contemporary Hebrew and Israeli music make and pop him a diverse and dynamic performer, a role he relishes alongside his tenure as Chazzan in one of the largest synagogues in the Southeast United States. Udi also performs with his wife Varda, an accomplished singer in her own right, and together they bring to the stage their life story, which is the story of the independence of the State of Israel. Udi Spielman was born in 1951 in Tel-Aviv. He is the great-grandson of Zerach Barnett, a Zionist activist, settling first Petah Tikva and the initiator and founder of Neve Shalom Tel Aviv. Both of Spielman’s grandfathers were cantors. Upon entering the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), he served as a soloist and singer in the Israeli Air Force band. Following his honorable discharge from the IDF, Spielman recorded songs as a soloist and performed in numerous musical events, TV shows and competitions in Israel and around the globe.

In 2000, Spielman retired his performing groups in order to study Chazzanut. He studied at and graduated from the Cantorial Institute of Tel Aviv, administered by Cantor Naftali Hershtik, the Chief Cantor of the Great Synagogue in Jerusalem. Afterwards, Hershtik referred Spielman to another teacher, who put him in touch with the greatest cantorial pianist, Raymond Goldstein. Chaim Feifel also added much to Udi’s education as well. Besides his Cantorial services as a Hazzan, Udi has also performed in Cantorial concerts with the most highly regarded Hazzanim of our time. He also serves as Senior Cantor and Artistic Director for the Concert Series of B’nai Torah Congregation in Boca Raton, Florida, one of the largest Conservative Synagogues in the SE United States.  Since beginning his cantorial career, Spielman has launched one solo Cantorial CD (Seven – Voice and Spirit) and two liturgical music CDs (A still Small Voice and Set Me as a Seal) as well as a concert DVD in 2012 with his wife, Varda Noga Spielman, former singer with the Northern Command and the popular 80’s girl’s band Sexsta. Spielman’s a capella rendition of Kol Nidre is the most-viewed version of this liturgy on YouTube.

 
 

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Varda Noga Spielman’s formal musical career started when she joined the IDF “Northern Command Musical Troupe” as a singer for two years. Her solo “Geshem Aharon” (Last Rain) was listed as one of the most broadcasted songs ever in Israel. In the early eighties she was part of a very famous Israeli Female pop group “Sexta” for five years. One of their number one hits was “Noladeti la Shalom” (I was Born for Peace) which was especially written for the visit of the Egyptian president Anuar Sadat to Israel and the peace agreement with Egypt. Later, Varda joined the “Udi Spielman Band” as one of the lead singers. After a short time, she became Mrs. Spielman … and a mother of three strapping boys. Today, she is Dr. Varda Spielman, a clinical social worker who recently completed her PhD.

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FAU Judaic Sound Archiveshttp://faujsa.fau.edu/spielman