On Friday evening, February 9, Sinai Temple will joyously welcome The Afro-Semitic Experience back to Springfield MA!
The Afro-Semitic Experience is an American roots jazz band with a difference--they merge Jewish and Afro-diasporic melodies and grooves, combining the core concepts of ase and shalom - power, action, unity, and peace.
As legendary jazz critic, Nat Hentoff wrote:
“. . . never before have I heard this lyrically powerful a fusion of Jewish and jazz souls on fire. . .”
The Afro-Semitic Experience's music is described by critic Carlos Ramos as "a whoopin', hollerin', testifyin' celebration of multicultural soul music. Imagine Charles Mingus sitting in with a Klezmer band, playing Gospel music set to the polyrhythmic pace of congas and bongos."
The name of the group says it all: Afro-Semitic Experience. Imagine a band that smoothly and creatively moves from Klezmer to hard bop in the same piece. Imagine musicians who have found a way to play with the feel of both a synagogue and an African American church. This is root music-- soul jazz meant to move you as they make a joyful noise!!!
Celebrate Shabbat with The Afro-Semitic Experience on Friday, February 9, at 7:30, at Sinai Temple of Springfield!
Cantor Martin Levson
1100 Dickinson Street
Springfield, MA 01108