Pianist Noam Lemish and guitarist/oud player Amos Hoffman bring their quartet to BuckingJam Palace on Thursday, October 10th featuring:
Noam Lemish – Piano
Amos Hoffman – Guitar/Oud
Solon McDade – Bass
Jon McCaslin – Drums
Here’s some background information about these creative and talented musicians (from their website: www.hoffmanlemish.com):
The Amos Hoffman & Noam Lemish Quartet offers an inspired blend of Jazz and Jewish folk melodies. Amos Hoffman is an internationally renowned oud virtuoso and innovator; Noam Lemish is a multi-facteted, world-class pianist and composer. For years, Amos and Noam have been collecting Jewish melodies from different parts of the world including Kurdish, Yemenite, Moroccan, Ladino, Russian and Israeli songs. The quartet’s lyrical and vibrant reimagining of beloved Jewish melodies have been captivating audiences all across North America.
“EXUBERANT JAZZ ARRANGEMENTS OF JEWISH SONGS…” – CANADIAN JEWISH NEWS
“A LEVEL OF WORLD-CLASS MUSICIANSHIP THAT WILL CERTAINLY RANK AS ONE OF THE BEST THIS YEAR AND YEARS TO COME…” – JAZZBUFFALO
“JAZZ FROM ISRAEL AND ELSEWHERE CAPTIVATES…” – SAN DIEGO JEWISH WORLD
Hoffman and Lemish, both of whom have roots in Israel but have spent much of their adult life in North America, began collaborating in January 2016. Lemish is deeply rooted in Jazz, Arab Classical music and North African vernaculars. Together they create a refreshing and compelling sound, filled with vibrant sonorities, unique instrument combinations and arrangements. Their work together started when Lemish, who grew up admiring Hoffman’s pioneering blend of Jazz & Middle-Eastern influences invited Hoffman for a series of performances in Canada. The two musicians clicked on their initial tour and decided to launch the Pardes Project. The pairing of their unique talents and backgrounds brings about this truly exciting project. In their two years of performances of the Pardes repertoire Hoffman and Lemish have played an array of venues in both the United States and Canada.
The meaning of the word Pardes in Hebrew is “Orchard” or “Fruit Garden”. The word also carries with it many layers of meaning in Jewish philosophy. Pardes is etymologically rooted in Farsi and is the origin of the word “Paradise”. The songs presented in this project are both geographically diverse in origin and cover a wide-range of emotional terrain and sonic landscapes. The renditions are simultaneously faithful to the songs’ origins and rooted in the African-American and Afro-Caribbean musical traditions. The result is a joyous, uplifting celebration, texturally rich music, filled with groove, lyrical melodies and outstanding solos. In Pardes, Hoffman and Lemish breathe new life into gorgeous melodies that had been forgotten and create music that is appealing both to listeners completely unfamiliar with the melodies in their original context and to those who recognize these songs.