Since 2001, Asefa has been honing the sound presented on “Resonance.” Through original compositions and arrangements, novel orchestrations that combine instruments from disparate lands, and with a heavy dose of the communal spirit needed to make our music, we present a collection of songs that comes from the heart. Our foray into the piyyutim (poems) of the Sephardim (Iberiaís Jewish diasporic community) is guided by a love for tradition, innovation, and reinvention. We incessantly journey through the present and its past, from mountains in the east to oceans in the west, touching down for several moments throughout this album to look around with our ears and to see what we can create.
*Rabbi Mihael Kakon vocals
*Rachid Halihal violin
The landscape covered here is wide. Asefa, the self-titled debut recording released in 2005, displays the diverse traditional and contemporary styles of music from around the Jewish diaspora. One can feel the very connectivity that has helped the Jewish people endure. While an emphasis is on Middle Eastern and Sephardic Jewish musical traditions, a trip into the heart of Klezmer can occur as well.
This album features the fine work of Shanir Blumenkranz on Oud and Bass, Eric Platz on Drums and Percussion, and Elie Massias on Vocals and Guitar.