Songs of Wonder

Songs of Wonder

by Basya SchechterBasya Schechter


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Basya Schechter, lead singer of Pharaoh's Daughter, devotes this solo album to her musical settings of the Yiddish poetry of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel. As translated into English in the CD booklet, Heschel's writing combines religious fervor and romantic yearnings in simple, but heightened poetic language. Schechter's music is in the hybrid combination of Western folk-rock and traditional Eastern and Middle Eastern folk that she has pioneered, on her own and with her group. Her own singing and oud and saz playing are accompanied by a basic unit that includes string players Megan Gould (violin, viola), Yoed Nir (cello), and Kyle Sanna (acoustic and electric guitars, Dobro), plus keyboardist Uri Sharlin, percussionist Rich Stein, and horn players Albert Leusink (flügelhorn) and Frank London (trumpet). Other guest musicians join in, but the listed instruments suggest the mixture, with elements of chamber music and even pop
ock joining the ethnic strains. London has a jazzy solo in the leadoff track, "At Dusk: D." The romantic "To a Lady in a Dream" combines oud and violin over a Middle Eastern dance rhythm. The pastoral "Snow on the Fields" and "From Your Hands" are slow pieces emphasizing the chamber instruments and piano. For some Western folk listeners, some of the music, notably that for "My Seal," will recall the early albums of Leonard Cohen, who favored some of these same instruments. "My Song," another dance tune, is the most traditional sounding Yiddish music number, while the closer, "Youngest Desire," almost counts as a rocker, complete with electric guitar solo. Throughout, Schechter's lovely voice navigates the Yiddish words feelingly, making this an affecting work, even for those who don't understand the language.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/24/2011
Label: Tzadik
UPC: 0702397816522
catalogNumber: 8165
Rank: 202491

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Basya Schechter   Primary Artist,Saz,Vocals,Background Vocals,Oud
Frank London   Trumpet
Albert Leusink   Flugelhorn,Guest Appearance
Tamer Pinarbasi   Kanoon,Guest Appearance
Mathias Kunzli   Percussion,Drums,Guest Appearance
Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz   Bass,Guest Appearance
Uri Djemal   Mandolin,Percussion
Rich Stein   Percussion
Uri Sharlin   Piano,Accordion,Glockenspiel
Dan Loomis   Bass,Guest Appearance
Megan Gould   Violin,Viola
Avi Fox-Rosen   Guitar,Guest Appearance
Yoed Nir   Cello
Avi Avital   Mandolin,Guest Appearance
Kyle Sanna   Acoustic Guitar,Dobro,Electric Guitar
Nick Harris   Overdubs
Miles Arntzen   Drums,Guest Appearance
Brian Marsalla   Keyboards,Guest Appearance
Rami Yedid   Overdubs

Technical Credits

Steve Rosenthal   Project Support
John Zorn   Executive Producer
Albert Leusink   Arranger
Basya Schechter   Composer,Producer
Erica Harris   Artwork
Frederik Rubens   Arranger
Uri Sharlin   Arranger
Oded Lev-Ari   Arranger,Basic Track
Dan Huron   Arranger,Director,Vocal Engineer,Vocal Producer,Vocal Overdubs
Yisroel Schechter   Advisor
Peter Geffen   Advisor
Jeffrey Schwartz   Project Support
Gail Schorsch   Project Support
Roly Metalon   Project Support
Marcello Bronstein   Project Support
Melanie Megarik   Project Support
Allesandro Perrota   Engineer

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