“Jaffa Road blends Jewish, Jazz, Indian and Arabic music with electronica and dub. The result is fantastic.”
CBC, “Fresh Air “
Did someone say Road Trip? Music lovers better pack their bags because they’re in for a treat when global tour de force, Jaffa Road, release Where The Light Gets In at Toronto hub, Hugh’s Room Oct 28th. With pulsating dub grooves, ambient electronic textures, and enough rollicking rhythms to make your belly dance, Jaffa Road will transport listeners to the Middle East, India, Spain, North America and all points in between.
Aptly named for one of the oldest streets in Jerusalem, Jaffa Road unites multiple cultures and nationalities as it winds its way towards the port of Jaffa. Hebrew, Ladino, English, Arabic and French lyrics blend with genres of Sephardic, Arabic and Indian music, intertwined with jazz, blues, electronica, dub and rock. Theirs is world music on a mission – peace through an unparalleled musical experience that, just like the road they’re named for, brings us together as one people.
Jaffa Road is the unforgettable, entrancing vocals of Aviva Chernick, the rare musicianship of Aaron Lightstone (band founder, oud, guitar, synthesizer), Chris Gartner (bass, producer), Jeffrey Wilson (percussion), and Sundar Viswanathan (saxophone/flute/vocals).
The distinctive sound of Lightstone’s oud opens “Ana El Na”, bathed in Chernick’s warm, liquid vocals while the band follows with deep bass, exotic percussive technique, synth, violin and bansuri. Six key words translate to “please heal her” – forming an addictive, chanted plea to heal Mother Earth.
The more upbeat “Sim Shalom”, adapted from an ancient Jewish prayer continues the hope for world peace, leaning more heavily on guitar and Chernick’s stunning vocal, complete with a breakaway, jazz-like detour.
The track “Avre Los Ojos” is an interpretation of a centuries-old Turkish song – an early protest song first recorded in 1907, and not since until now!
Guest Yair Dalal’s violin on “Hamidbar Medaber” casts a hypnotic spell across this distinctly Indian-spiced dream sequence while Chernick’s vocal duets with Viswanathan’s sax in their depiction of sky above the Namibian desert. You can literally hear warm sand drifting.
12 songs in all create a road far more active than any typical 2-way street – it’s multi-lane, allowing for many detours along its length, offering up cutting-edge music at the global crossroads.
WHO: Jaffa Road CD Release, “Where The Light Gets In”
New release shimmers with pulsating dub grooves, ambient electronic textures,
& enough rollicking rhythms to make your belly dance
WHERE: Hugh’s Room, 2261 Dundas St. W. Toronto
WHEN: Sun Oct 28, 8:30pm
TIX/INFO: $20 adv / $22.50 at door http://www.hughsroom.com 416-531-6604
ARTIST WEB: http://www.jaffaroad.com