Jamie Papish - Los Angeles World Percussionist

Judeo – Hillel Tigay

Hillel Tigay, who has been the unorthodox (in all senses of the word) musical leader of the progressive L.A. congregation IKAR for seven years, pulls off the near-impossible on Judeo evoking the sound of the ancient Hebrew temple through the filter of contemporary sonics, resulting in what he calls “modern music from the past. ” Judeo merges ancient spiritual texts and musical tropes with the transcendent, communal experience conjured by artists like U2, Peter Gabriel and the most effective exponents of “world music. ” So although the prayers are specific to Judaism, the mesmerizing, soul-deep power of the sound achieves Tigay s goal of “making the listener surrender, like they re riding the current of a river. ” “The ancients were keenly aware that music had a singular power to bring the presence of God into their midst, ” writes cantor, composer and musician Hillel Tigay in the liner notes for his adventurous album, Judeo. “The music recorded here attempts to offer the listener, whether deeply pious, agnostic, or secular, a tangible sense of something greater than oneself. The Musicians: Hillel Tigay Vocals, guitars, bass, lute, oud, cumbus saz, keys with Ross Levinson Vocals, djembe, violin Jacklyn Beck Vocals and featuring Janine Winkler Vocals Lizzi Heydemann Vocals Jamie Papish Percussion and also with Fritz Lewak Drums Hamid Saeidi Santur Norik Manukyan Duduk Virgine Alumyan Qanun Okay Cihaner Ney Magda Fishman Keydar Chatsotsrah Ellie Choate Harp Hope Easton Cello Sean Hecht Cello on Kaddish, Suri Goali Yah The Eclipse String Trio Strings on Hallelujah Nan Levinson, Paula Mazur Vocals on Baruch Hamakom Mila Tigay, Eden Tigay Vocals on Hallelujah and Shema Kouroush Zolani Santur on Kaddish Michael Brous, Marcia Brous Shofar Ikar Choir Vocals on Hallelujah, Pitchu Li, Hineh Mah Tov Jessica Kate Meyer Vocals on Hineh Mah Tov Milken Students “Hillel Ensemble” Vocals on Hineh Mah Tov Herb Alpert Solo trumpet on Hallelujah