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The Lab/Shul High Holy Days will be led by a very talented team, including:
He is currently a rabbinical student at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. Amichai was a Jerusalem Fellow at the Mandel Leadership Institute in Israel (2008-2009) and is a consultant to the Reboot Network, a member of the URJ Faculty Team and the Nehirim LGBT Interfaith Clergy Network. He is the proud Abba of Alice, Ezra, and Charlotte-Hallel.
Shira Kline is an internationally acclaimed, award winning Jewish artist and performer recognized as a “revolutionary educator” and named one of the “new re-engineers of Jewish life.” She is a founding company member of Storahtelling and Lab/Shul with which she is a musical director, ritual leader, maven, and trainer as well as co-creator and leader of the community’s High Holiday worship experience.
Throughout the year, Shira travels across the country and internationally delivering a dynamic, interactive program of joy and spirit, story and song. She works with a diverse array of Jewish communities to enliven rituals, holiday celebrations, and love for Jewish life and prayer. The product of a modern rabbi and a modern dancer, Shira blends words, story and music to create a rich experience for children and adults alike. Shira is on the faculty of Hava Nashira and the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion School for Sacred Music. Check out her work at ShirLaLa.com
Naomi Less is a Brooklyn-based, internationally celebrated singer/songwriter, ritual worship musician and experiential educator. She tours extensively with her half-Israeli, half-American music ensemble, performing rock shows, acoustic concerts, and soulful worship events around the globe. Her two solo albums reflect a diversity of style and content – ranging from vulnerable liturgical ballads to high-octane, celebratory rock. Naomi founded Jewish Chicks Rock and Jewish Kids Rock band programs.
Currently Naomi serves as the associate director of Storahtelling Lab/Shul, an experimental, everybody friendly, artist-driven community for sacred Jewish gatherings in New York City, reaching the world. She is a proud Storahtelling founding company member and Storahtelling Maven trainer.
Netanel Goldberg is a vocal artist (countertenor), creator and composer, leads sessions of prayer and healing through song. The singer of the “madness world beat Band – Sumsum” Researches and works in developing presence through sound, song and improvisation.
He grew up in Kibbutz Tirat Zvi, in the Bet Shean Valley in a home that resounded with classical and liturgical music. Music pervaded his home and seeped into his body and soul.
Jeremy Brown grew up playing classical violin, and discovered improvising and folk music during college in Berkeley, California. In 2001, Jeremy released an album of original music, titled “This Year in St. Louis”. The album was well-received, and led to performances around the Midwest by Jeremy’s klezmer-swing-grass band, “Treif”. In 2004, Jeremy moved to New York and has been an active member of the city’s Jewish music scene. Jeremy is a member of “Pitom”, an experimental ensemble who will be releasing their second album on John Zorn’s Tzadik Records later this year.
Jeremy has appeared on klezmer recordings with “Art Bailey’s Orkestra Popilar” and the Sy Kushner Band, as well as appearing as a soloist on albums by Ben Lapidus, Eitan Katz and many others. Jeremy has performed with numerous artists including Frank London, Dudu Fisher, Golem, and Margot Leverett’s Klezmer Mountain Boys.
Brian T. Carter is an in demand Percussionist / Music Teacher and Drum Circle Facilitator, Brian has a Masters degree in Music Education and is a trained REMO Health Rhythms Facilitator (REMO.com/health). He’s been performing and teaching for 25 years.
He specializes in Drumset and Dumbek (aka ‘darbuka’). Bands of note include FunkeyMonkeys and Raquy and the Cavemen, who he toured with nationally for 2 years. Currently he plays Rock, Funk and Soul covers in the Lee Ford Band on Friday nights at The Refinery Hotel in New York City.
Brian has taught public school instrumental and general music for over 20 years, to all grade levels. He also teaches privately in Brooklyn, NY. Brooklyn Drum Circles, is his meetup.com group turned small business, that uses group drumming as a vehicle for self expression, improved communication and healing.
Hadar Noiberg , a flutist and composer, leads a NY based trio and is a ASCAP award winner. She has had a tremendous success at various festivals and performances globally. “From the Ground Up” is Hadar’s second CD as a band leader and is featuring her trio- drummer Allison Miller, bassist Haggai Cohen Milo and guests clarinetist Anat Cohen and guitarist Yotam Silberstein. Hadar fuses styles seamlessly between jazz and world music, and is distinguishing herself as both innovative and highly skilled in the jazz and world music scenes nationally and internationally.
Hadar’s trio is a ‘Power Trio’- tight and full of groove and passion. The daring and unique instrumentation of flute, double bass and drums allows sliding in and out of Jazz improvisation and Western harmonies with Middle Eastern and North African rhythms and semitones. The music of the new CD is fresh, spunky and boundary pushing- blending simple ‘folky’ melodies with intense development, soloing and communication. Being a jazz musician with a vast Classical background and experience in playing Cuban, Brazilian and Middle Eastern styles, Hadar brings all that to the table while also using effects and loops, both in her compositions and improvisation creating her own distinctive voice. “From The Ground Up” will be released this November under US/European label Dot Time Records with a comprehensive marketing and publicity effort in both the US and Europe.