The Tree of Life

In this program, prepared especially for the Festival of Sacred Arts in Prague, 2010, Jill brings more ceremonial and para-liturgical Jewish music to a wider audience. There are liturgical poems sung in synagogues for the High Holy Days, niggunim played on the harp to uplift the soul, verses from the ancient texts of the Bible, songs of joy and of repentance, and folk tunes from a variety of Jewish communities. The patina of age of many of the songs she sings here (in Hebrew, Aramaic, Yiddish and Ladino) harmonises with the freshness of the melodies.

 

September 21, 2010 The Festival of Sacred Arts, The Spanish Synagogue, Prague, Czech Republic

February 5, 2012, Temple Ner Tamid, Bloomfield, NJ, USA

Medieval woodcut; a detail from Sarum Horae, published in Paris by Pigouchet for Jean Richard in 1494

Medieval woodcut; a detail from Sarum Horae, published in Paris by Pigouchet for Jean Richard in 1494