At Eldridge Street  

Last Sunday several band members were invited to accompany Cantor Jack Mendelson at a baby naming. Jack was in great voice and we all had fun making music together.

Here are some candid shots from the day.
Jesse Chevan
Will Bartlett

Warren Byrd

cantor Jack Mendelson with mom, dad, and baby Isabella

David and Jesse Chevan




PLEA FOR PEACE 



The Afro-Semitic Experience is saddened by the events in Ferguson, Missouri. We mourn the killing of Michael Brown and we are troubled by the violence that has been inflicted upon the community.  We are reminded once again that the Civil Rights movement is far from over and that this nation is in need of an ongoing dialogue on race, bigotry and unity in the community.  As musicians there is only so much we can do.  But do it we shall.  We are healers. And so we share this link to a piece dedicated to healing. Healing in Ferguson. Healing in the United States of America.  Healing wherever there is strife of any kind. Plea for Peace.

PLEA FOR PEACE 



The Afro-Semitic Experience is saddened by the events in Ferguson, Missouri. We mourn the killing of Michael Brown and we are troubled by the violence that has been inflicted upon the community.  We are reminded once again that the Civil Rights movement is far from over and that this nation is in need of an ongoing dialogue on race, bigotry and unity in the community.  As musicians there is only so much we can do.  But do it we shall.  We are healers. And so we share this link to a piece dedicated to healing. Healing in Ferguson. Healing in the United States of America.  Healing wherever there is strife of any kind. Plea for Peace.

More music from the Atlanta Jewish Music Festival 

Here's another video of the Afro-Semitic Experience from the Atlanta Jewish Music Festival.  This video from the festival is a story about the band and an interview with Warren Byrd and David Chevan that was aired on the Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasting network.



And here's a link to a video of the band playing Warren and David's composition, Adon Olam, at the Atlanta festival.  Drummer Alvin Carter gives a most erudite introduction. Enjoy!!



More music from the Atlanta Jewish Music Festival 

Here's another video of the Afro-Semitic Experience from the Atlanta Jewish Music Festival.  This video from the festival is a story about the band and an interview with Warren Byrd and David Chevan that was aired on the Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasting network.



And here's a link to a video of the band playing Warren and David's composition, Adon Olam, at the Atlanta festival.  Drummer Alvin Carter gives a most erudite introduction. Enjoy!!



Afro-Semitic Experience in Atlanta 

The Afro-Semitic Experience is coming off of a pretty busy Spring concert season as we promote and perform music from our new CD, Jazz Souls on Fire.  We began our season with a visit to Atlanta where we performed at the Weber School and at the Atlanta Jewish Music Festival.

There's a nice video on YouTube of our performance at the Weber School.  Take a look:



Everyone sounds great.  Saskia Laroo's trumpet playing is outstanding and she and Will Bartlett are making a pretty awesome team out front.

We also played the opening night of the Atlanta Jewish Music Festival. Here's a clip from YouTube of us from the Festival.

What a trip that was. David Chevan sounds great on bass and Warren is as hot as can be on the keys.  Alvin Carter, Jr. locks it all down on the drum kit. Enjoy the videos and the great sounds. In our next post we'll have some photos from our trip to California!!

Afro-Semitic Experience in Atlanta 

The Afro-Semitic Experience is coming off of a pretty busy Spring concert season as we promote and perform music from our new CD, Jazz Souls on Fire.  We began our season with a visit to Atlanta where we performed at the Weber School and at the Atlanta Jewish Music Festival.

There's a nice video on YouTube of our performance at the Weber School.  Take a look:



Everyone sounds great.  Saskia Laroo's trumpet playing is outstanding and she and Will Bartlett are making a pretty awesome team out front.

We also played the opening night of the Atlanta Jewish Music Festival. Here's a clip from YouTube of us from the Festival.

What a trip that was. David Chevan sounds great on bass and Warren is as hot as can be on the keys.  Alvin Carter, Jr. locks it all down on the drum kit. Enjoy the videos and the great sounds. In our next post we'll have some photos from our trip to California!!

NEW CD: JAZZ SOULS ON FIRE and CONCERTS IN ATLANTA AND NORTHERN CALIFORNIA 

The Afro-Semitic Experience is proud to announce the release of its ninth CD, Jazz Souls on Fire.  Jazz Souls on Fire pays tribute to some of the Afro-Semitic Experience's  favorite composers, ones whose own creativity inspired that of the members of the group. On this recording we visit pieces by Leon Thomas, Duke Ellington, Hank Mobley, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, and others. We honor their music, forged out of the struggles from which they emerged, lighting a way for us. It brings us back to the groove and passion of blowing, dancing, and soaring freely in sound and spirit—it brings us back to our musical roots.
In support of Jazz Souls on Fire, which comes out on Thursday, March 20, the Afro-Semitic Experience is giving CD release concerts in Atlanta and Northern California. 

Thursday, March 20 Atlanta Jewish Music Festival opening night concert at Steve’s Live Music, 234 Hilderbrand Drive NE, Sandy Springs GA 30328, sets at 7:30 and 9:00 p.m.
          for tickets and more info please visit www.atlantajmf.org

Friday, March 21 7:30 p.m., Congregation Beth Shalom, 4746 El Camino Ave, Carmichael, CA
          for more info please visit www.cbshalom.org

Saturday, March 22 Berkeley Jewish Music Festival 8:00 pm, at Freight and Salvage, 2020 Addison St, Berkeley, CA
          for tickets and more info please visit www.jewishmusicfestival.org

Sunday, March 23 4:00 p.m. reception, 5:00 concert at Temple Isaiah, 945 Risa Rd, Lafayette, CA
          for tickets and more info please visit www.temple-isaiah.org

Future CD release events are being planned including concerts in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, New Brunswick, New Jersey, Hamden, Connecticut, and will be announced shortly.