Ashkenafard - Where east meets west - March 11-12, 2011 at Sinai Temple

Tannoz Bahremand Tannoz Bahremand
Tannoz Bahremand was born in Tehran, Iran and moved to Los Angeles with her family at the age of two. After finishing college at USC, Tannoz began studying with the renowned Sinai Temple Cantor, Meir Finkelstein. She is very happy to be currently working at Stephen S. Wise Temple mentoring Bar/Bat Mitzvah students, conducting Shabbat, High Holiday and Bar/Bat Mitzvah services, and leading Shiva Minyanim. Previously, Tannoz was the Cantorial Intern at Sinai Temple for five years, where she participated in High Holiday and Shabbat morning services called Torah in the Round. Tannoz sings in several languages including English, Hebrew, Farsi, French, Spanish, Italian, Ladino, and Yiddish and loves to play the guitar.
Arianne Brown Arianne Brown
Arianne Brown is a Cantor at Sinai Temple in Los Angeles. Ari has performed off Broadway in On Second Avenue, as a soloist at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kodak Theater and the Disney Concert Hall, and recently sang the national anthem at Dodger Stadium and the Home Depot Center. Performances with the Folksbiene Yiddish Theater include Di Kishifmakhern, Akeydes Yitzkhok, Motke Ganev, and Mames Loshn Kugl. Arianne is most excited to present her new cd Eternal Flame: A Yiddish Love Story.
Israel Campbell Yisrael Campbell
His name is Yisrael Campbell, (the artist formerly known as Christopher), and this is his story - a spiritual journey stretching across four decades, two continents, and three circumcisions. It's that rare collision of comedy and theater that will have women howling with laughter, men squirming in their seats, and everyone standing up to cheer.
Aviva Chernick Aviva Chernick
Aviva is a passionate singer of whom CBC’s Tom Allen has said, “is a fearless musical adventurer. Her clear and persuasive voice takes us places we wouldn't know to go on our own.” Her music moves between traditional, acoustic World Mixes in Judeo–Spanish, Hebrew and English and plugged in, danceable Global Roots. Aviva’s recordings include the Juno nominated debut album Sun Place by the Global Fusion band Jaffa Road and Under the Canopy, released by the Canadian Folk Music Awards Nominated Ensemble, The Huppah Project. Aviva and her co-writers from Jaffa Road won the John Lennon International Songwriting Grand Prize for their rendition of Lo Yisa Goy. Her first album, In the Sea, is an eclectic mix of World/Cabaret Music featuring Toronto Jazz and Improvisational greats Andrew Downing and Tania Gill with whom Aviva continues to give concerts.
Rachel Leah Cohen Rachel Leah Cohen
Rachel Leah Cohen holds down the fort here at Craig ‘N Co. She is excited to be back producing her 6th Let My People Sing Festival. When not doing the "Jewish music thing", you can see Rachel on the CW's 90210.
Galeet Dardashti Galeet Dardashti
Galeet’s new acoustic / electronic solo project, The Naming, supported by a Six Points Fellowship and a Hadassah-Brandeis Institute Fellowship, draws inspiration from the musical and cultural landscapes of the Middle East and some of the provocative yet unsung Biblical women who lived there. Previous to The Naming, Galeet is acclaimed for her role as leader and vocalist of the edgy all-female Mizrahi band, Divahn, “[whose] sultry delivery spans international styles and clings to listeners long after the last round of applause” (Jerusalem Report). No strangers to Los Angeles, Galeet and her group have performed at Craig N Co events for almost a decade. We are excited to have her back in the saddle again.
Noa Dori Noa Dori
Noa Dori is an acclaimed singer, songwriter and actress. Her angelic voice sings in 9 languages with a vocal range of 5 octaves, and a musical range of pop, opera, and r&b. She has been fortunate enough to sing at The Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, The Metropolitan Opera House in New York and several Italian opera houses.
Michael Goldberg
Michael Goldberg is glad to be back with Craig N Co after producing the Jewish County Fair. His hope for this project is that he can pronounce the word Ashkenfard by March 13.
Cantor Joseph Gole Cantor Joseph Gole
Cantor Joseph Gole is not only an acclaimed cantor, but also a brilliant concert artist and classical musician. Cantor Gole, who has served Cantor of Sinai Temple for eleven years, is considered by many to be one of the finest cantors of his generation. He attended the University of Judaism, Hebrew Union College, and is a graduate of the University of Southern California School of Music, where he majored in opera and voice. He has performed on numerous occasions with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Pacific Palisades Orchestra, the American Youth Symphony, Guild Opera Company of Los Angeles, the Laguna Opera, and Euterpe Opera Company.
Todd Herzog Todd Herzog
Todd Herzog is an artist who takes the raw material of life experiences and creates soulful, spiritual, acoustic pop music along the lines of John Mayer, Jason Mraz, and Marc Cohn. The music is not intended solely as entertainment but also to promote healing and change in people's lives. His songs invite us to slow down and take a closer look at how the simple choices we make each day affect the shape of our journeys.
Todd Herzog The Los Angeles Israeli
Dance Company

The Los Angeles Israeli Dance Company is one of the premiere Israeli dance companies in the United States. Comprised of high school and college students from the Los Angeles Area, and sponsored by Milken Community High School. The Company is now in its seventh year and has performed internationally at the Festival Aviv in Mexico City, and just completed its first performance tour around Israel. Led by renowned choreographers Denise Leitner, Orly Setareh and Julia Romanskaya, the company is known for its cutting edge and original Jewish dance pieces.
David Kates David Kates
A graduate of the Wexner Heritage Foundation in 1997, David Kates is a composer of both Jewish and secular music. He has produced albums and performed live with Craig Taubman, Julie Silver, Debbie Friedman (z”l), Theodore Bikel and Rabbi Joe Black. He has music directed concerts for Tyne Daly, Stand With Us, The Cantors Assembly, and accompanied Melissa Manchester, Nicole Richie, and Jessica Capshaw. In 2005 David’s orchestral arrangement of TRON was performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl and began his career composing music for video games, including the very popular and successful franchises Battlestations: Pacific, Mass Effect, and Mass Effect 2. David, a native of Philadelphia, and graduate of Temple University, lives in Los Angeles with his wife Cantor Linda Kates (Leo Baeck Temple), and their two daughters Bria and Chloe.
Kinetic Theory Theatre Kinetic Theory Theatre
Kinetic Theory began in San Francisco, CA as a solo project of founder/artistic director Stephanie Abrams. Her goal was to express ideas on stage through the use of a movement based language comprised of mime and physical theatre, acrobatics and dance. In 2006, Stephanie moved to Los Angeles and the company evolved. Having spent the last 10 years of performing, coaching, directing and choreographing circus and theatre, Stephanie was driven to introduce LA to her unique approach to circus training and created the Kinetic Theory Circus Arts program. Today, Kinetic Theory is both a professional theatre company, Kinetic Theory Experimental Theatre, and a circus/ theatre training program, Kinetic Theory Circus Arts, still dedicated to pushing the limits and exploring the possibilities of mime and physical theatre.
Alexander Lauterbach
is a retired businessman living in Los Angeles. He previously served on the Boards of the Textiles Association of Los Angeles and Adat Ariel Temple. He is a member of the Judaica Collectors Club of LA and serves as the translator of Polish documents for The Arthur Szyk Society. He is a world renown appraiser of Judaica.
Rick Lupert Rick Lupert
Rick Lupert is the LMPS designer extraordinaire and thrilled to back with the Let My People Sing Family. He loves the late night calls and frantic emails to get everything to press on time. He is proud to call himself Ashkenazic.
Moshav Moshav
Moshav members grew up in Israel playing music together and had their first official show at Jerusalem's Mike's Place in 1996. Since that time, the band has been heard at intimate settings and larger music festivals around the world. Now based in Los Angeles, the band continues to perform for US and international audiences.
Eric Paskel Eric Paskel
Eric Paskel is a force to be reckoned with. After hitting rock bottom as a teen, he decided to focus on a life that was inspired, energized, and enriched. As a one-of-a-kind fitness expert, Eric pulls you in with a combination of motivation, knowledge, skill, and easy humor. His unique style evolved from rising above his own personal challenges and finding a passion that he feels fortunate to pass along.
Mikey Pauker Mikey Pauker
Mikey Pauker is a Folk & Soul artist hailing out of Orange County, California. In the spring of 2010 Mikey Pauker released, "Sim Shalom," produced by Troy Dexter (Doug Cotler, Craig Taubman, Julie Silver, Rabbi Joe Black) recorded at the Green Room in Chatsworth California. Sim Shalom is a collection of progressive Jewish songs demanding that we celebrate our differences, accept change, and love each other. Mikey Pauker hopes to bridge the gap between the secular and the Jewish world through his music. With his new record out the opportunities are endless and the journey still continues.
Yuval Ron Yuval Ron
Yuval Ron is a world-music artist, composer, producer, educator and peace activist working internationally in film, television, dance and theater. Among his many honors, he was invited to perform for the Dalai Lama, Pir Zia Iniyat Khan (Head of the Sufi International Order), and has produced albums of Turkish master-musician Omar Faruk Tekbilek. In 2006, Yuval won an Oscar for the musical film, West Bank Story, and in 2004 received the Los Angeles Treasures Award. He is the recipient of prestigious grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, American Composers Forum, California Council for the Humanities and the Rockefeller Foundation, among others.
Basya Schechter Basya Schechter
Basya Schechter leads her band, Pharaoh's Daughter, through swirling Hasidic chants, Mizrachi and Sephardi folk-rock, and spiritual stylings filtered through percussion, flute, strings and electronica. She began retuning her guitar to sound like a cross between an Arabic oud and a Turkish saz, with harmonic minor melodies, and odd time signatures.. Over the past two years, Basya was the recipient of numerous compositional and project grants from NYSCA (New York State Council of the Arts) American Composers Forum (for Trance, and multilayered sound and video installation collaboration with fillmaker Pearl Gluck) and the American Music Center. She hopes to record Pharaoh's Daughter's fifth album, Hagar, within the next year. An old favorite of Craig n Co., Basya has performed with Craig not only at our LA events but also as a part of one of our first Celebate CDs. Her sound is soulful and her soul is palpable.
Soul Farm Soul Farm
Soul Farm creates a potent sound that screams originality as it weaves a wide range of influences, like a fine musical tapestry from authentic Jam, Blues and Rock n Roll, with threads of Middle Eastern melodies. Eclectic and soulful, SOULFARM delivers it all! Pulsating percussion, dancing rhythms and gripping guitar leads, that force the listener to not only hear, but to become the music.
Yale Strom and Hot Pastromi Yale Strom and Hot Pstromi
Yale Strom and Hot Pastromi violin, composer, filmmaker, writer, photographer, playwright is a pioneer among revivalists in conducting extensive field research in Central and Eastern Europe and the Balkans among the Jewish and Rom communities. Initially, his work focused primarily on the use and performance of klezmer music among these two groups. Gradually, his focus increased to examining all aspects of their culture, from post-World War II to the present. From more than 2 decades and 75 such research expeditions, Strom has become the world's leading ethnographer-artist of klezmer music and history.
Craig Taubman
Craig Taubman is the producer and creator of Let My People Sing. For over 30 years he has brought joy and spirit to people around the world.
Stefanie Valadez Stefani Valadez
Singer, guitarist, songwriter, Stefani Valadez offers a rich repertoire of soulful romantic and enchanting melodies from many nations. A third generation musician, Stefani has an international following of fans who have thrilled to her deep, haunting voice and the wide range of musical and ethnic lore she incorporates in her performances. Stefani first learned to play guitar and discovered the beauty of harmony from her mother, a singer and pianist, and from Pete Seeger, and the Greenwich Village blues locals. She traces her musical inspiration to diverse musicians, such as Taj Mahal, Grace Slick, and Antonio Jobim. Her later interest in Celtic & international folk music led her to her first CD of World Music, "Other Voices". A strong vocalist, performer and arranger, Ms. Valadez also plays dulcimer and percussion and is a producer and recording artist.
Lesley Wolman Lesley Wolman
Lesley Wolman began her professional career as a child, performing in local theater and television. Her big break came when she was cast in a Toronto production of "Shenandoah" with Hal Linden. That production moved to Broadway, and the revival starred John Cullum. She also starred in Off Broadway productions of "The Golden Land" and "Chutzpah A Go Go." After relocating to Los Angeles, Lesley teamed up with her current musical director and collaborator, Michael Asher, and they have recorded 2 albums together, "On Broadway" and "Jewish Women In Song."
David Wolpe
David Wolpe named the #1 Pulpit Rabbi in America by Newsweek magazine, is the Rabbi of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles, California. Rabbi Wolpe writes for many publications, including regular columns for the New York Jewish Week,, The Jerusalem Post, The Los Angeles Times, and many others. Rabbi Wolpe is the author of seven books, including the national bestseller "Making Loss Matter: Creating Meaning in Difficult Times" and most recently "Why Faith Matters", a personal faith journey and response to the new atheists.

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