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Festival of Light, Vol. 2

  • 1. Haneros Halallu - Le'eyla
    2. Singing Flames - Danny Heines
    3. Memories of a Winter's Night - Dave Koz
    4. Love Transcending, A - Neshama Carlebach
    5. I'm Going to Take off My Shoes (KH-Vel Oyston Di Shikh) - The Klezmatics/Chava Alberstein
    6. Mujer de Terah, La - Continuo
    7. Mah l'Kha Ha-Yam Variation - Robin Holcomb/Wayne Horvitz
    8. Feast of Lights - They Might Be Giants
    9. Winter Lights - Ira Stein/Irina Mikhailova
    10. Oh Hanukkah Groove - Bob Franceschini/The Frank London Big Band
    11. In the Embryo of Silence - Peter Himmelman
    12. Song of Praise - Frank London
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1018

  • Credits
    EngineerGreg Thompson; Thom Panunzio; Ben Wish

    Compilation producers: Robert Duskis, Bob Appel.
    Personnel: Chava Abertstein, Chava Alberstein (vocals, guitar); Lorin Sklamberg (vocals, accordion); Irina Mikhailova, Neshama Carlebach (vocals); Bruce Watson (guitar, mandolin); Ben Mink (guitar, programming); Danny Heines (guitar); Micheal Kashou, Michael Kashou (oud, dumbek, tambourine); Jory Fankuchen, Misha Schmidt, Stephine Fong, Alicia Svigals (violin); Erik Friedlander (cello); Phil Parlapiano (accordion, keyboards); Matt Darriau (clarinet, bass clarinet, alto saxophone); Dave Koz, Dave Kox (soprano saxophone, piano); Bob Franceschini (tenor saxophone); Frank London (trumpet, flugelhorn); Curtis Fowlkes (trombone); Wayne Horvitz (piano, keyboards); David Morgan (piano, vibraphone, background vocals); Victor Frienberg (piano, drums, programming); Ira Stein (piano); David Pitch (acoustic bass); Sheldon Gomberg (upright bass); Joey Peters, David Licht (drums, percussion); Stephen Theard, Ben Perowsky (drums); Peter Maund (frame drum).
    Audio Mixers: Danny Heines; Thom Panunzio; Ben Wisch; Ben Wish.
    Recording information: A&M Studios, Hollywood, CA; Allemande Productions, Fairfax, CA; Avatar Studios, New York, NY; Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, CA; Groovemaster Studios, Santa Monica, CA; Hello Studio, Brooklyn, NY; House Of Blues; Kampo Cultural Center, New York, NY; King Sound; Other Room Studios, Ceattle, WA; Pictures.
    While there have been many albums featuring pop/jazz artists performing Christmas music, there haven't been many albums celebrating Jewish holidays. While the focus of FESTIVAL OF LIGHT 2 is on Hanukkah, the artists--an intensely varied lot--put their personal and unique spins on many Jewish holiday traditions. This set covers a dizzying array of artists, each of whom is aware of his or her cultural roots, yet there's no limitations on the performers stylistically. You get the daffy, XTC-by-way-of-Brooklyn pop of They Might Be Giants (their "Feast of Lights" rhymes "Hanukkah" with "harmonica"); the Quiet Storm-mellow stylings of Dave Koz; the whopping, swaggering bop-oriented jazz of the Frank London Big Band; the invigorating, swirling electronic-pop-tinged textures of Continuo and Le'eyla. For the eclectic, for the curious, for those who can appreciate all music regardless of style, FESTIVAL OF LIGHT 2 is cause for celebration.

  • Critic Reviews
    CMJ (12/20/99, p.27) - "...features a wide range of artists performing a mix of mostly original secular and Chanukah holiday tunes..."
    Dirty Linen (12/99-1/00, p.54) - "...some new tunes to usher in the moment....manages to add new meaning while reinforcing Hanukah's sentimental and uplifting moods....By turns mournful and joyful these songs draw on history and integrity to offer a little bit of hope..."
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