A musical tribute to Abraham Joshua Heschel
Basya Schechter of Pharaoh's Daughter presents her settings of the transcendent Yiddish poetry of the revered Jewish philosopher and civil rights activist, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel. Basya is inventive, ethereal and powerful in her contemporary arrangements complete with string section, piano, percussion, harmonies and video translation projections by David Tirosh. The combination of Basya’s majestic voice, Heschel’s powerful poetry, and some of the finest musicians in the NYC Downtown carries us through a moving performance.
Blending a psychedelic sensibility and a pan-Mediterranean sensuality, Basya Schechter leads her band through swirling Hasidic chants, Mizrachi and Sephardi folk-rock, and spiritual stylings filtered through percussion, flute, strings and electronica. Her sound has been cultivated by her Hasidic music background and a series of trips to the Middle East, Africa, Israel, Egypt, Central Africa, Turkey, Kurdistan and Greece.