After months and months of talking about it, it is finally here. We have just come out with a new recording, Plea for Peace and it is our strongest effort yet and really a group effort. On this album we ofer a program of pieces that encompass a wide range of sounds and styles--there are original compositions along with our distinctive arrangements of synagogue songs, gospel songs, hymns, West African, Cuban and Puerto Rican drum beats, jazz songs and cantorial music. We are a band that is proud of our religious and political message. Plea for Peace is a politically charged and spiritually centered cry for peace, world wide spiritual unity and communication.
The title track, Plea for Peace, was composed by band co-founder Warren Byrd and is an _expression of his sincere desire for the world to find a way to work things out. In fact, the composition is more of a prayer than a plea. Other pieces on the album include an arrangement by Will Bartlett of Almighty God, a composition from Duke Ellington’s Second Sacred Concert, and a group arrangement--Descarga Ocho Kandelikas, an Afro-Cuban jam on the classic Hannukah song. Baba and Alvin merge West African drumming and gospel on our interpretation of Dottie People’s On Time God and we add just a touch of Puerto Rican Bomba to my arrangement of A Song for When the Temple is Rebuilt-–an updated version of Yisroel Schorr’s cantorial composition, Sheh Yiboneh Beis Hamikdash.
If you are interested in purchasing Plea for Peace, it is $15 plus $1.50 for postage check made out to and sent to:
The Afro-Semitic Experience
PO Box 6183
Whitneyville, CT 06517
We've also come out with a t-shirt for the album and one for the band--in all sizes: S, M, L, XL, 2XL, and 3XL. It is also $15 but postage for the shirt is bit pricier because of the weight and postage for the shirt is $4.00 (postage for the album and t-shirt together is $4.50).
As always, if you have any questions about the performances and activities listed, please give me a call at my office at (203) 392-6630 or write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. And, once again Thank you for all of the support I have received over the past few years.
Finally, people have been asking me how to get hold of my CDs. I know that it is almost impossible is to find them in stores and I apologize for that. For whatever reason, I still haven't been able to get a distributor interested in helping me to disseminate my music. The easiest place to find my entire catalogue is at www.amazon.com. There are now three other on-line sources that carry at least some of my music: www.cdbaby.com, and www.jewishmusic.com. The other way to get an album is to order it directly from me. All of my CDs are $15 apiece plus $1.50 per complete order for postage (that's $1.50 per order, not per CD, this offer is limited to a maximum of ten CDs per order). Please make a check out to me and send it to:
P.O. Box 6183
Whitneyville, CT 06517
Thanks to my Webmaster and band mate, trumpeter and composer Ben Proctor.
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