Basya Schechter (New York)
Basya Schechter: Songs of Wonder
Sunday September 2, 7pm, Enwave Theatre, $20 in advance/$25 day-of
Blending a psychedelic sensibility with a pan-Mediterranean sensuality, the music of Basya Schechter has been cultivated by her background in Yiddish and Hasidic music and through extensive travels to the Middle East, Africa, Israel, Egypt, Central Africa, Turkey, Kurdistan and Greece. Internationally acclaimed for her band Pharaoh’s Daughter, Schechter’s newest project Songs of Wonder is a stunning collection of original songs based on the early Yiddish poetry of revered philosopher and civil rights activist Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel. This exciting project blends Pharaoh’s Daughter’s deep grooves and lush instrumentation with Basya’s earthy, soulful voice and Heschel’s powerful poetry. These colourful new arrangements feature many of the downtown New York Jewish scene’s leading musicians along with a stellar cast of guest musicians. After years in development, Songs of Wonder is now available on John Zorn’s prestigious NY-based Tzadik Records and makes its live Canadian debut at the Ashkenaz Festival. Featuring Basya Schechter (voice, oud), Megan Gould (violin), Rich Stein (percussion), Uri Sharlin (piano accordion), Yoed Nir (cello), and special guests.
Harbourfront Centre Box Office • 235 Queens Quay W.
416-973-4000 • www.harbourfrontcentre.com
Sponsored by The ShaRna Foundation