Joey’s Nigunim Vol. I (2011)
Joey Weisenberg’s Spontaneous Jewish Choir
For this album, the first recording for Mechon Hadar’s Minyan project, we wanted to capture the sound of spontaneous Jewish singing, pure, simple, and unaccompanied, and to create a recording that would be enjoyable to listen to while also serving as an accessible learning tool for average people who want to sing. Here’s the result – an eclectic mix of singers, both professional and amateur, from varying backgrounds, pouring their hearts into song. Indeed, the focus here is on the sound of collective musical invention, not necessarily perfection.
Elise Bernhardt, Mattisyahu Brown, Cantor Jen Cohen, Robbie Dvorkin, Benjy Fox-Rosen, Yoshie Fruchter, Eric Gold, Yosef Goldman, Cantor Matthew Klein, Dr. Chaim Kranzler, Annie Lewis, Aviva Richman, Shoshi Rosenbaum, Arielle Rubenstein, Lani Santo, Gella Solomon, Deborah Strauss, Miriam-Simma Walfish, Jeff Warschauer, and Sam Weisenberg.
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Joey’s Nigunim Vol. II: Transformation of a Nigun (2012)
For this second recording for Mechon Hadar’s Minyan Project, we once again wanted to capture the feeling of friends singing together, but this time we brought our instruments along for the ride, too!
Mattisyahu Brown: Harmony Vocals
Myk Friedman: Lap Steel
Yoshie Fruchter: Harmony Vocals, Mandolin
Benjy Fox-Rosen: Bass, Harmony Vocals
Sam Weisenberg: Drum Set, Harmony Vocals
Joey’s Nigunim Vol. III (2013) “Live in the Choir Loft” with the Hadar Ensemble
This music is the result of an eight month weekly residency in the “Choir Loft” at the Kane Street Synagogue in Brooklyn, NY, USA.
Joey’s Nigunim Vol. IV (2014) “Brooklyn Spirituals”
with the Hadar Ensemble
These recordings capture Joey Weisenberg and the Hadar Ensemble performing “Jewish Spirituals” live at Brooklyn’s oldest synagogue. You can hear older styles of Jewish music – nigunim (wordless melodies), z’mirot (Sabbath-table melodies), choral music, and traditional nusach (prayer chant) – organically melding with the spontaneous improvisation, liberated harmonies and indie soul music of the Brooklyn soundscape.
The words, mostly taken from traditional liturgy, all reflect a yearning to discover the eternal spirit that runs through the world.