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.