Creating original world music ... " Whether elegiac, meditative sound painting or furiously rhythmic, the ensemble astounded its audience with unusual, wonderful compositional tonal effects, which featured themes from religious and racial tolerance and world peace." -  Bonner Rundschau Zeitung

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—  “The quartet, which with its unusual combinations, rhythmic Arabesques, melodious Cantilenas and most importantly, with noticeable accord, left a lasting impression, so that two hours of music from completely different cultures, but always understandable human feelings went by in a flash."

— Felicias Zink
— Bonner Rundschau     Zeitung

“The Hevreh Ensemble is an original Band from New York, stunning listeners with unique sounds of exotic instruments”

Gazeta Krakowa

“The Hevreh Ensemble engaged our students in the musical and cultural experience, sharing stories behind the music and inviting students to participate with a wonderful and friendly attitude.

The students were excited to be able use music as a means of communication and to join you in the performance.”

Katerina Dejmalova, Principal
The Lauder School, Prague

The Hevreh Ensemble has been called “strikingly original and spiritually uplifting”.

Their first CD “Dance of the Sheydim” was released in 2007. Listen to some of the short clips on our recordings page.

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The Breakers, July 2014 Newport, RI

The Hevreh Ensemble released their new CD

"Between Worlds"
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The group recently returned from a tour to Germany where they performed concerts in Berlin, Bonn & Hamburg. The trip was made possible in part by a generous research and travel grant from Hofsta University where group members Laurie Friedman and Judith Dansker serve as faculty members.

The Hevereh Ensemble was also a recent recipients of a grant from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation to present Master Class/Concerts the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts.

The Group has traveled to Eastern Europe where they presented concerts in Prague and Krakow. They presented concerts in Museums, Schools, and a special gala concert for the Spanish Synagogue in Prague.

Current plans include a Tour to the Netherlands and Belgium for the summer of 2014 and they were recently invited to perform at the Newport Chamber Music Festival in July 2014.

The Hevreh Ensemble also announces an exciting new addition the group: Keyboardist Adam Morrison- MFA World Music Studies California Institute of the Arts. Adam Morrison has been active a player, producer and teacher in the jazz and ethnic music scene in NYC for the past 20 years.

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The Hevreh Ensemble was formed in 2001 when Oboist Judith Dansker gathered a group of highly acclaimed musicians to perform a concert for Hevreh of Southern Berkshire in Great Barrington, MA. The ensemble performs original contemporary American compositions by group member and composer Jeff Adler. The works are often inspired by themes from Religious and Racial Tolerance, World Peace and Environmental Sustainability, and combine classical, jazz and world music elements. The wide and varied instrumentation includes the innovative use of Native American Flutes along with: Oboe, Oboe D’amore, English Horn, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone, Native American Flutes, World Percussion, Keyboard and Shofar.

The group has performed widely at such places as the Northampton Center for the Arts, St. Mark’s Church in the Bowery ( NYC), The National Yiddish Book Center, Amherst, MA, WAMC-Northeast Public Radio, WNPR-CT Public Radio, Synagogue for the Arts- NYC, Harlem School of the Arts and the Hudson River Museum.

Reviews for their recently released CD: “Between Worlds” included the following review from Audiophile Auditions -

A special thanks and credit to Bess Adler for her photography skills and contributions.

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