Where the Light Gets In (Jaffa Road JR00002, 2012)
Canada has become a melting pot of cultures and a great lab for crosscultural collaborations. Jaffa Road is a Canadian world music band of skilled musicians based in Toronto that combines a beguiling mix of Middle Eastern, Sephardic, Indian, and jazz music along with edgy electronica. Vocals are in Hebrew, Ladino, English, Arabic and French.
Band members include Aviva Chernick on vocals; band founder Aaron Lightstone on oud, guitar, synthesizer; Chris Gartner on bass; Jeffrey Wilson on percussion; and Sundar Viswanathan on saxophone, flute and vocals. Renowned multi-instrumentalist Yair Dalal appears as guest on violin. Other guests include Aaron Bensoussan on Arabic vocals, Mike Rennie on vocals and violin, and Amir Amiri on santoor.
Where the Light Gets in a beautifully crafted album that brings together different cultures of the world in a contemporary form.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.