2016│Aleinu 2013│Adonai, Mah Adam? • Shiviti Adonai
Lenka Lichtenberg is a Toronto-based, Prague-born composer, vocalist, arranger, producer, and band leader. with five solo CD releases and several collaborations including Lenka Lichtenberg & Roula Said: Bridges – Jewish and Arabic music in dialogue, and Lullabies from Exile, a work-in-progress with Yair Dalal, of intertwined Yiddish and Babylonian music. She performs internationally as a solo artist, with a trio, or with her six piece ensemble Fray. Her release Songs for the Breathing Walls, recorded live in Czech and Moravian synagogues, was nominated for 2012 Canadian Folk Music Awards in two categories; her Yiddish world music album Fray received nominations in 2012 Toronto Independent Music Awards and the 2011 Canadian Folk Music Awards. Her song Peace is the Only Way won 2011 Songs from the Heart, multicultural category, and was a finalist in the 2011 John Lennon Songwriting competition. www.lenkalichtenberg.com
2016│Shir Ha Maalot 2010│ Tefilat ha-Derekh • Song from Shir Ha Shirim
Leo Lightstone was raised in Ottawa, Canada and studied piano, French horn, guitar, as well as classical and jazz harmony. He earned degrees in Engineering Physics, initially paying his way through university playing French horn. Presently, he works as a full time engineer and devotes much of the remainder of his available time to his second passion: composing music. He enjoys writing for small instrumental and vocal ensembles, employing techniques of modern counterpoint and methods of layering in his compositions. Much of his work draws on liturgical texts and Hebrew poetry, past and present, as well as traditional Jewish musical idioms. In all his compositions he receives support and advice from his family, all musicians in their own right.
2016 │Eve • Adam in Eden 2013│Come, My Help 2010│Shema 2008│’Oseh Shalom
Judi Lamble is a self-taught composer focusing on Jewish vocal music. Most recently, her L’chu N’ran’na (Psalm 95) was included in the 2012 Annual Convention of the American Conference of Cantors; earlier in the year she premiered her Century Song Cycle of Jewish art songs for the American Composers Forum; and her choral and congregational works have been performed by several Twin Cities synagogue and community choirs. Her compositions have been honored in previous Shalshelet Festivals. She is co-founder and Chair of the Twin Cities Jewish Chorale, entering its fourth season in 2012, which celebrates the full range of Jewish music, including new works. She lives with her family in Edina, Minn. www.jewishvocalmusic.com, sheet music at oysongs.com.
2016│Ahavat Olam 2013│Hashkivenu Lullaby
Will Robertson is the chorus director and bandleader at Congregation Bet Haverim, a Reconstructionist synagogue in Atlanta, Geo. He composes or arranges much of the music performed by the chorus, in styles ranging from classical to world music to African-American spiritual and beyond. He studied double bass performance, conducting, and composition at Rice University and music production and engineering at Berklee College of Music. As a multi-instrumentalist and singer, he has played in orchestras and chamber groups, sung in choirs, and performed with several Grammy-winning and -nominated musicians. He has also produced/engineered, performed with and arranged for artists such as Rebecca Loebe (featured on the debut season of NBC’s “The Voice”), David Berkeley, and Eliot Bronson. His work has been featured on TV and radio worldwide. www.willrobertson.com
2016│ Va-anahnu • ‘Oseh Shalom 2010│ Lekha Dodi 2008│ Psalm 29
Lance Rhodes grew up in Florida and graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelor in Music. He worked as a free-lance arranger for Warner Bros. Publications and worked on board the Rhapsody of the Seas for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. In 2009 he was invested as hazzan and received his Masters in Sacred Music from The H. L. Miller Cantorial School at the Jewish Theological Seminary. His Psalm 29 was published by Transcontinental Music, and he received the Max and Sol Feld Prize in composition for two consecutive years. He now serves as cantor for Congregation Brith Shalom in Bellaire, Texas and as interim cantor at Temple Emanuel in New York City.
2016│Dayeinu 2013│Yom Zeh L’Yisrael
Daniel Tunkel, born in the UK, makes his living as a partner with London law firm Howard Kennedy, where he specializes in financial regulation and investment funds. In his spare time he is very involved with singing, playing, composing and arranging music. He is a member of London’s Zemel Choir (which has performed several of his compositions) and has performed on several occasions with New York’s Zamir Chorale. He has led workshops at the North American Jewish Choral Festival on aspects of Anglo-Jewish choral music. Separately from this, he has completed three international marathon races, is working on a ground-breaking Torah commentary book, and can play a decent game of chess.
2016│ Angel Blessing • ‘Oseh Shalom 2010│ Gesher • Berikh Rahamana
Judith Silver performs at venues and Festivals throughout the U.K. and abroad. She works across a range of styles. She started her musical journey as a singer/songwriter, reflected in her first album, The Day Will Dawn Again and in elements of moonchild released in 2005. She also works in harmony singing, including songs from around the world that she teaches at workshops. The trio Anam.Cara, in which she sang for ten years, has this work at its core as does the 4-piece a capella group she more recently joined, Far Flung Voices, with co-members of the Natural Voice Practitioners’ Network (NVPN). After years playing and singing other people’s songs, she began writing and performing her own in the early 90’s. She now writes, teaches and performs Jewish music – in Hebrew, Yiddish and English. In 2008, she became the Director of the World Music Choir at SOAS (School of African and Oriental Studies, University of London). Her most recent CD, gathering, was released in 2009. www.judithsilver.com