Jazz and Folk Concert with Nani Vazana


Sun Mar 03 2024 at 01:00 pm to 03:00 pm


6007 Oreg Ave Boulder, CO, United States, Colorado 80303 | Boulder, CO

We are delighted to welcome world-renowned and multi-faceted jazz musician Nani Vazana to the Boulder JCC! Join Nani, and special opening performers Shaul Magid and Basya Schechter, in celebration of culture and music. Scroll down for more information on these guest performers.
Light refreshments and desserts will be served.
Doors open at 12:30 pm | Concert begins at 1 pm
Sunday, March 3 | 1 - 3 pm | $28

About the Artist:
Nani Vazana is one of the only artists in the world to write and compose new songs in the endangered Ladino language. In her new album Ke Haber (What’s New) she captures the spirit of the ancient, matriarchal language and culture and propels it into the 21st century with socially pertinent lyrics, celebrating migration, gender and female empowerment. The soundscape bridges over tradition and modern life, capturing the sounds and smells of the marketplace and fuses them with raw, flamenco like vocals and surprising instrumentations. Nani unveils a piece of history we don’t easily find in other mythology and anthropology.
Nani ranked the Top-20 on the World Music Charts Europe (#13 Ke Haber), represented the Netherlands at the EU Music Festival in Vietnam and performed at the Kennedy Center USA, BBC Radio 3, the London Jazz Festival UK and the Jodhpur RIFF festival India.
Nani showcased at APAP USA, Jazzahead DE and Injazz NL. The held talks at TEDx Amsterdam NL and hosted 3 WOMEX panels. The Dutch NPO network released a mini documentary about her musical work and she also composed music for BBC4 and NPO documentaries.
Nani is a professor at the London Performing Academy of Music and the Jerusalem Music Academy, she chairs the Amsterdam Artist Collective, and is ranked in the Top 20 on the World Music Charts Europe.
About the Opening Performance:
For thousands of years Jews lived in many locales and appropriated the music from the cultures around them. In many cases they adopted the music from their surroundings into the liturgy used in synagogues. Drawing from music of the mountain regions from Virgina, Kentucky ,and North Carolina, Shaul and Basya will play some Appalachian Jewish liturgy and a few of Basya’s tunes from Pharaoh’s Daughter and Darshan influenced by music of the Maghreb. It will be a multicultural music fest.
Basya Schechter: Basya Schechter is an American singer–songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer, cantor, and music teacher. She is the lead singer and founder of the world/folk rock band Pharaoh’s Daughter and has released two solo albums. She has also collaborated with the groups Darshan and The Epichorus. Raised in the Hasidic Jewish community of Borough Park, Schechter left Orthodoxy after high school but maintained a love for the traditional Jewish music of her youth. Her own music often blends concepts from Jewish music with a variety of styles and sounds from Eastern Europe, the Arab world, and Africa, among others.

Shaul Magid: Shaul Magid is Professor of Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College, a senior fellow at the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard, and the Kogod Senior Research Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America. In 2023-2024 he will be the Visiting Professor of Modern Jewish Studies at Harvard Divinity School. He has been the rabbi of the Fire Island Synagogue in Seaview, Fore Island, NY for the past 25 years. Studying as an undergraduate at Goddard College in Plainfield Vermont, he moved to Israel in 1980, studied for five years in various yeshivot in Jerusalem and then studied for his M.A. in Jewish Thought at the Hebrew University. Returning to the US in 1989, he earned his Ph.D. from Brandeis University in 1994. His rabbinical ordination is from Jerusalem in 1984. He is the author of many books and essays including Hasidism on the Margin (University of Wisconsin Press, 2005), From Metaphysics to Midrash (Indiana University Press, 2008), American Post-Judaism: Identity and Renewal in a Postethnic Society (Indiana University Press, 2013), Hasidism Incarnate: Hasidism, Christianity, and the Construction of Modern Judaism (Stanford University Press, 2014), Piety and Rebellion: Essays in Hasidism (Academic Studies Press, 2019), The Bible, the Talmud, and the New Testament: Elijah Zvi Soloveitchik's Commentary to the New Testament (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2019), and Meir Kahane: The Public Life and Political Thought of an American Jewish Radical (Princeton University Press, 2021) and his new book The Necessity of Exile: Essays from a Distance (New York: Ayin Press). He is the contributing editor of the column “Teiku” for the Ayin Journal and writes regularly for +972 and Religion Dispatches. He is an elected member of the American Academy for Jewish Research and the American Society for the Study of Religion.

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6007 Oreg Ave Boulder, CO, United States, Colorado 80303, Boulder, United States

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