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(THE HESCHEL PROJECT)
Daughter is one of the most original and exciting groups to have
emerged from the new Jewish Music Movement." - Ben Frandzel, Rhythm
a psychedelic sensibility and a Pan-Mediterranean sensuality, Basya
Schechter leads her band, Pharaoh's Daughter, through
swirling Hasidic chants, Mizrachi and Sephardi folk-rock, and spiritual
stylings filtered through percussion, flute, strings and electronica.
Their sound has been cultivated by Basya's Hasidic music background
and a series of trips to the Middle East, Africa, Israel, Egypt,
Central Africa, Turkey, Kurdistan and Greece. She began retuning
her guitar to sound like a cross between an Arabic oud and a Turkish
saz, with harmonic minor melodies, and odd time signatures.
a stellar line-up of musicians including Daphna Mor on recorders,
zurna and melodica, Meg Okura - virtuoso on violin, Shanir
Blumenkranz - bassist, Yuval Lion - rock and middle eastern
drummer, Jason Lindner - Jazz and world pianist, and Noah Hoffeld
- cellist. Basya has recorded four albums, three with
Pharaoh's Daughter and one instrumental exploration with Persian
santur player, Alan Kushan, called "Queen's Dominion."
debuted last summer on Central Park's Summerstage, and in the past
has toured extensively through America, Eastern and Western Europe,
as well as Greece, South America and the UK. They have also performed
on such prestigious stages as Lincoln Center's Damrosch Park, and
Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, National Geographic, and Symphony
Space. Over the past two years, Basya was the recipient of numerous
compositional and project grants from NYSCA (New York State Council
of the Arts), American Composers Forum and the American Music Center.
Pharaoh's Daughter has recently released their fifth
Annual Jewish Music Awards, Pharaoh's
Daughter walked away with Best Ensemble honors in two of the
most competitive categories: Best Middle Eastern Ensemble,
and Best World Music Ensemble. The band, led by the charismatic
singer-songwriter Basya Schechter, is preparing its next album due
to be released in the coming months. Call us to book this great
band and bring the unique and exciting sounds of Pharaoh's
Daughter to your community - it's about time!!!
the Critics Say:
PHARAOH'S DAUGHTER HONORED WITH TOP INDUSTRY AWARD FOR
The 2008 Indie Acoustic Project Award
In Recognition of Outstanding Musical Achievement
hereby presents this award in the
World Music - Eurasia & Global Category
for the Best CD of 2007 to Pharaoh's Daughter for their CD "Haran"
Produced and released by Oyhoo Records
On behalf of those who appreciate excellence in music, we thank you.
Artistic Director, IAP
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Basya Schechter and Pharaoh's Daughter
profiled in the Christian Science Monitor
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"*****" (five stars!)
of the best Jewish songwriter's of our generation." (George Robinson)
you ever wondered what would happen if Pink Floyd and PJ Harvey
crossed paths in a cafe in Israel and subsequently took a road trip
to South Africa? What if they met up with Radiohead in Morocco along
the way? The result would be close to what you'll find in Haran
, the latest achievement of the Jewish folk group, Pharaoh's
Daughter. Infusing an eclectic instrumental blend of traditional
Judaic tunes with Arabic rhythm and African beats, Haran is an infectiously
beautiful album full of haunting joy.. (Katherine Heller)
is the magical child of once-Orthodox multi-instrumentalist Basya
Schecter. Tonight's the record release for Haran , which sounds
even more layered and complex in its Middle Eastern instrumentation
and world-beat fusion than her previous (and equally excellent)
TIME S (Top 3 pick along with Michael Brecker)
Haran was the starting place for the journey of Abraham, and this
sumptuous album of Hasidic psychedelic rock ranges just as widely.
Pharaoh's Daughter deploy a rich range of musical colours: Ray-Manzarek-style
keyboards on "By Way Of Haran", a frenetic hammered santur
solo on "Ka Ribon", kora on "Askinu", spike
fiddles and ney flutes elsewhere. Basya Schechter's vocals range
from wordless nigun to Biblical, Ladino and Kabbalistic texts. Haran
is intricately detailed, inventive and endlessly surprising. (David
hash bars meet Hasidic
Brooklyn juke joints with '70's era psych rock well in tow.
That is the perfect description of what's in store for a listener
of the magical journey subtly titled "Haran". Raised among a religious
upbringing, the bandleader and vocalist Basya
Schechter evokes images of rebellion with her love of Zeppelin,
Pink Floyd, and the Rolling Stones. But its those rock
heroes who've graciously lent their wisdom to her willing ears
and lead her to help fashion one of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring
worldbeat albums of the year... (J-Sin)
DAUGHTER/Haran: The spiritual kid sister of Ofra Haza checks in
with something that's Jewish but sure ain't Klezmer. World
beat with roots in Aramaic and Kabbalah bases, this is a spirited
set that gleefully mixmasters lessons learned as Basya Schechter
moved across the world and picked and chose elements she wanted
to assemble her identity from. Certainly a spirited set that
reflects the youthful, progressive side of world beat, this can
be as at home in clubs as anywhere else. Wild stuff that plays
with abandon and is sure to grab your ears.
their fifth album, the ancient, worldly Judaica that's inspired
the NYC-based Pharaoh's Daughter blends better than ever with the
secular modernism of the indie world. Crisp, pinpoint rhythms, rumbling,
insistent bass, and Fillmore-era organ lines flirt with Eastern
oud, santur, and kamanche as the reverent gets along famously with
the edgy. Front and center is Basya Schechter, the group's beguiling,
much-traveled vocalist, whose malleable, often multi-tracked vocals
take flight amid the airtight, shape-shifting ensemble playing.
WFUV - Rita Houston's - Around the World,
Echoes - (Pennsylvania), and PRI - "The World"
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