Thursday, January 31, 2008

Nachum Hosts Abie Rotenberg to Debut the Harei Yehuda

Nachum hosted the legendary Abie Rotenberg on this morning's JM in the AM to discuss and present songs from the new Harei Yehuda album project. Harei Yehuda is a collection of songs composed by Yehuda Gilden and performed by a host of today's biggest names in Jewish music. Yehudah Gilden is a talented musician. A gifted pianist, composer, vocalist and arranger, he has been a fixture of Toronto’s Jewish music scene for over twenty years. Yehudah served as the lead singer and keyboard player for the popular Nafsheinu Orchestras of Toronto, led the Eitz Chaim Boys Choir in numerous stage performances and recordings and taught Jewish music to thousands of children at Associated Hebrew Day Schools. Several years ago, Yehudah was stricken with Parkinson’s disease and as a result, was no longer able to continue working in any of the aforementioned capacities. However, Parkinson’s could not take away from Yehudah, either his wonderful compositions, or his ability to continue writing creative works of music. With that in mind, in the summer of 2006, his friends and co-workers within the field of Jewish music in Toronto, embarked upon a project that would help Yehudah, to help himself. Abie Rotenberg, Shlomo Simcha, Heshi Kuhnreich, the Nafsheinu Orchestra players and singers, the Zemer Orchestra players and singers met, together with Yehudah, to review his vast repertoire of compositions and to initiate what would ultimately turn into, a most beautiful CD entitled, Harei Yehudah. Click HERE to listen.