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Arba’im Shanah (40 Years) is a musical exploration into self, relationship and faith; a collection of interpretations through melody and arrangement; and a creative experiment fueled by collaborative inquiry and connection across difference. My deepest wish is that this music provides hope, healing and inspiration during this time of great uncertainty. Perhaps more than ever, the world needs our creative energy and imagination.
released December 15, 2016
Dedication: This album is dedicated to Remy, my little muse, whose creative companionship helped bring these melodies into existence.
I am forever grateful to Adina, for being the driving force behind this project and an unending source of support. Thank you for sharing your wisdom of our tradition, for helping identify the texts used in the album and for lending your beautiful artwork for the cover.
Thank you to my generous family for all of your support along the way. To my Dad and sister (Andrea) for singing on the album. To Pat and John for diving in and being a huge part of this journey in every conceivable way.
Thank you to my dear friend, Ben Wilkinson, for designing the album's cover art and for sharing your wisdom so generously.
Thank you to all of the amazing musicians from near and far for offering your talent and craft to make this music come alive. To Becca for your friendship and angelic voice. To John for your commitment, leadership and creative energy. To Tim for your musicianship and for being an unexpected learning partner. To Myles for your steady hand in bringing the album over the finish line.
Jeff Kasowitz (acoustic guitar, vocals)
Rebecca Bloomfield (vocals)
John Lacques (drums, percussion, flute)
Tim Frantz (guitars, mandolin, bass, organ, string pad)
Dan Rothchild (electric and upright bass - tracks 2,4,5 & 7)
Also featuring: Noah Thomas (trumpet, theremin), Clarissa Bitar (oud),
Andrea Kasowitz (vocals), Lee Rollag (fiddle), Laura Mihalka (cello), Adina Allen (vocals), Mark Kasowitz (vocals), Myles Boisen (bass, percussion), Paul Fitzgerald (upright bass) & Jim Rankin (bass).
I am grateful to the Jewish Federation of the East Bay for financial support which allowed this project to be bolder and more ambitious than it would have otherwise been.
Arba'im Shanah was recorded at Mountain Dog Musicworks (Oak View, CA), mixed and mastered by Myles Boisen, Guerilla Recording (Oakland, CA), and co-produced by John Lacques and Tim Frantz.
She is a tree of life
To those who grasp her
And all who uphold her are happy (Prov 3:18)
Her ways are ways of pleasantness
and all her paths are peace (Prov 3:17)
Return us, O God, to You, and we shall return.
Renew our days as of old. (Lam 5:22)