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Creating original world music ... " Whether elegiac, meditative sound painting or furiously rhythmic, the ensemble astounded its audience with unusual, wonderful compositional tonal effects, which featured themes from religious and racial tolerance and world peace." -  Bonner Rundschau Zeitung

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The Hevreh Ensemble has been called “strikingly original and spiritually uplifting”.

Their first CD “Dance of the Sheydim” was released in 2007. Listen to some of the short clips on our recordings page.

 

From our Presenters

“ Their music evoked the High Holiday Themes of introspection, reflection, personal accountability and solemn joy” - Rabbi Deborah Zecher, Hevreh of Southern Berkshire

“The moment the music began, we were all transfixed ...”    “This group has a magic and we are endeavoring to bring them back to perform again!”- The Reverend Eileen L. Epperson- Pastor

“The Hevreh Ensemble’s performance was simply wonderful. It was lively, engaging and well suited for our audience.”

“Working with you was a great experience and I hope the Hevreh Ensemble can return to the Museum soon.” - Maria Dembrowsky, Manager of Public Programs- The Hudson River Museum

“The Hevreh Ensemble engaged our students in the musical and cultural experience, sharing stories behind the music and inviting students to participate with a wonderful and friendly attitude.

The students were excited to be able use music as a means of communication and to join you in the performance.”

Katerina Dejmalova,
Principal

The Lauder School,
Prague

 

BIOGRAPHIES OF THE ARTISTS

Jeff Alder - Oboe, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet & Keyboard
Jeff Adler - Composer, Bass Clarinet, Native American Flutes, Soprano Saxophone, is a prolific composer and woodwind musician from New York City. In addition to being the resident composer for The Hevreh Ensemble, he writes extensively for The Jewel Orchestra of St. Paul’s Church, Brooklyn and for two World Music Ensembles: Malamalama and Quadrangle and has recorded a CD of his original Native American Flute music.

Recently he composed the music for the Vita Nova production of the theatrical work, “Harriet and Anne”, which had it’s New York premiere in September 2005 at the Producer’s Club in New York City. His new work titled “ In Search of Unification” for Bass Clarinet and Marimba was premiered in May 2005 in California at Sacramento State University. The work was also featured in an April 2006 concert by the Omni Ensemble in New York City.

As a clarinetist, Jeff has performed with many orchestras such as: The American Symphony, The Long Island Philharmonic, The Connecticut Grand Opera and The Long Island Symphony. He was a member of the Silver Bay Music Festival, The Adirondack Chamber Players and the new music group, Infusion. He has recorded for ‘Opus One’ and ‘CRI’ records.

In addition, he has performed frequently with Broadway Show Orchestras such as: Les Miserables, Lion King, Crazy For You, Beauty & the Beast, Secret Garden, Jerome Robbins Broadway, Caroline or Change, Titanic, Jekyll & Hyde, Passion and Wicked.

 
Judith Dansker - Oboe, Oboe D’amore, English Horn and Native American Flute
Judith Dansker - Oboe, Oboe D’amore, English Horn and Native American Flute is a solo and chamber music performer who has appeared at the Frick Museum, Weill Recital Hall(Carnegie Hall), Alice Tully Hall (Lincoln Center), the Phillips Collection and the Library of Congress among many others. She received the Bachelor & Master of Music Degrees from the Juilliard School of Music where she studied with renowned oboist Robert Bloom.

She has performed with numerous ensembles including the New York Baroque Consort, New York Kammermusiker, Ariel Chamber Players, Trio Sonata, Infusion, International Chamber Artists, Mostly Mozart, New York Shakespeare Festival, Berkshire Bach Society, Connecticut Grand Opera, Hartford Symphony, and has been an Artist/Faculty member for the Kent Silver Bay Chamber Music Festival. She has also performed with Linda Skernick Friends, the Columbia Festival Orchestra Chamber Players and she was invited to perform at the Alice Tully Hall 80th Birthday Concert for Robert Bloom.

Ms. Dansker is a founding member of the Galliard Woodwind Quintet with performances nationwide. Their Library of Congress concert was recorded for American Public Radio and subsequent performances were broadcast nationwide and on Radio France and Radio Netherlands. The New York Times has said of her playing: “her lovely solo lines were very skillfully handled”.

Ms. Dansker is a former faculty member at the University of South Carolina and currently is Professor of Oboe Studies at Hofstra University and on the faculties of The Hotchkiss School, Harlem School of the Arts and Simons Rock of Bard College.

 
Laurie Friedman- Clarinet, Native American Flutes, Shofar and Percussion
Laurie Friedman - Clarinet, Native American Flutes, Shofar and Percussion, holds the Bachelor of Music Degree from the Manhattan School of Music where she was a scholarship student of Leon Russianoff. She received her Master of Music Degree from Brooklyn College, during which she was awarded the Abraham Klotzman Memorial Scholarship. Ms. Friedman was chosen to participate in the prestigious Blossom Music Festival with the Cleveland Orchestra.

Subsequently she won the Principal Clarinet position with the Beersheva Orchestra in Israel. She has performed with many Orchestras including: The Long Island Philharmonic, Village Light Opera, Connecticut Grand Opera, New Jersey Pops Orchestra, The Goldman Band, and the Tulsa Ballet Orchestra.

Along with Ms. Dansker, she is a founding member of the Galliard Quintet with concerts nationwide including performances at the Gardner Museum, Boston, the Frick Museum in Pittsburgh, The Jewish Museum- NYC, and the Jacksonville Museum of Arts. In 2005, her original play “ Harriet and Anne” was premiered at the Producer's Club in New York City and received rave reviews for “ ... the intense creativity”. She was a Faculty/Artist for the Silver Bay Music Festival and has performed for numerous radio performances on WQXR, WBAI, and WNYC in New York City and for WCLV in Cleveland.

Ms. Friedman is currently Professor of Clarinet Studies at Hofstra University and Instrumental Instructor at Brooklyn College Academy. She has also taught at Brooklyn College, College of Staten Island, Sacramento State University and California State University at Davis. This past summer Ms. Friedman coached chamber music at the Chico-Sac Workshop held at Sacramento State University.

 

Adam Morrison - Keyboard

Adam Morrison - Keyboardist.

Adam Morrison completed studies in piano and composition at The Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem and later earned an M.F.A. in World Music Studies at The California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles. He studied privately with David Bar-Illan, Joanne Brackeen and Gary Dial and while still in high school, was a member of Karl Berger's Creative Music Orchestra in Woodstock, working with the Art Ensemble of Chicago, Jack DeJohnette and Frederic Rzewski.

Adam emigrated to Israel in 1980 and was a founding member of the award-winning jazz- rock band "Tslil Shachen". A benefit performance in the town of Neve Shalom (a Jewish and Arab village) was the first of an ongoing series of concerts that Mr. Morrison has continued to produce, combining musicians from diverse backgrounds and raising awareness and funds for an important cause. In 1990, Adam formed a quartet of Israeli musicians that performed at an event honoring both the Dalai Lama and Elie Weisel.

As a composer, he has composed for modern dance companies such as Jennifer Muller and Daniel Catnach as well as for numerous films including Discovery channel's "Leap of Faith", filmed in Israel and Egypt, which deals with the common themes in Judaism, Islam and Christianity.

Today, Adam divides his time between teaching, performing and recording. He is active in New York City , working with Adam Nussbaum, Chris Potter, Elliot Zigmund and other jazz icons as well as with ethnic music figures such as Hassan Hakmoun (Morocco), Nilsson Matta (Brazil) and Ara Dinkjian (Armenia).