December 15: CHANUKAH CONCERT: The Alter Jazz Ensemble

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“The Alter Jazz Ensemble” is a Melbourne, Australia- based jazz band which merges soulful and modern grooves with ancient and contemporary Jewish melodies.

The band features Noam Sendor a young rabbi who melds together improvisation and beatboxing with traditional “chazzanut” chanting, and is produced by renowned composer and guitarist Adam Starr. Joining them are some of Melbourne’s finest jazz musicians.

Cost: $18

The AJE recorded their debut album “New Altar” last year and it can be heard here:
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And here are some videos which highlight their sound

December 10: Sephardic Remix! (Part of the Sephardic Music Festival)

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Sephardic Remix! (Part of the Sephardic Music Festival)

JACLA / Social Dashboard’s Mission is to create unity in the Jewish community through events that benefit and enrich our lives.

East meets West as we celebrate Jewish diversity with live music, DJs and Celebrity food blogger and chef, Nina Safar of Kosher in the Kitch fame. Diwon will fuse Yemenite music with electro hip-hop and cinematic psychedelia, drawing inspiration from the Middle Eastern musical canon, while a live band (TBA) blends musical styles from varied traditions. In addition to all the music, Nina Safar will be giving latkes a Sephardic remix, as she fuses together traditional potato latkes with Sephardic flavors such as zaatar and cumin to create dishes like shakshuka latkes, sabich latkes, falafel latkes and more.

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Cost: $12 at the door

Additional info on the fest: The Sephardic Music Festival is a music and arts celebration showcasing musicians from around world that mix traditional, dance, electro, hip hop, and folk songs. SMF is the first music festival to focus exclusively on the less familiar but captivating culture of the Jewish communities of Spain/Portugal, North Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia.
Past SMF performers had included Yemen Blues, Yair Dalal, Matisyahu, Moshav, Asefa, Assaf Avidan and more.

Sephardic Music Festival’s goal is unifying people through culture and education, celebrating diversity and common ground.