CD Launched

August 27, 2009 by Henry Benjamin
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Jazz musician Mark Ginsburg launched his new Chazzanut-inspired CD “Generations” at The Basement in Sydney…with Australia’s best know chazan, Shimon Farkas there to lend a critical ear.

Ginsburg’s music, played before an enthusiastic audience which packed the city’s premier jazz venue, draws on the soulful, mellow phrases of cantorial singing transposed into a driving, dynamic jazz mode.

Ginsburg [l] meets Shimon Farkas

Mark Ginsburg meets Cantor Shimon Farkas

Accompanied by Ryan Grogan on piano, Karl Dunnicliff on bass, Tim Firth on drums and his wife Judy Campbell on array mbira and vocals, Ginsburg took his audience on a jazz journey on which the haunting cantorial themes were ever present albeit in a form new to most listeners. The journey culminated in an inspired rendition of Avinu Malkeinu.

As reported previously in J-Wire, 53-year-old Ginsburg sang in his Shul Choir in his native Cape Town.

The highly-talented musician has been in living in Sydney since 1982 and is currently working towards a Masters degree at the Sydney Conservatorium with the influence of Chazzanut on jazz as his project.

Generations will do no harm to his CV…and his Masters degree.

…and what did the Chazan think? Shimon Farkas told J-Wire: “He is an extraordinarly good musician and the work was amazing. Truly special.”

Generations has been released by Jazzgroove Records. It is available on iTunes and from Birdland and So Records.

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