Abi Gezint

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Almost entirely accordion and strings, Abi Gezint! presents Psamim's beautiful arrangements of traditional Jewish music. The songs come from various times and cultures: from the 1930s, from over 50 years before that (tracks 15-17), from the Middle East, and from Russia. The material includes a cradle song ("Sjlof Zje Majn Fejgele"), an original composition based on three ghetto songs, and a song whose text is drawn from The Book of Psalms ("Vekhol Karney"). This last is one of only three tunes featuring the voice of Zahava Seewald. The string section achieves a classic beauty that touches on an ancient nostalgia. The impressive musicianship of Psamim yields songs that are delicately crafted with a formal, almost devotional treatment.

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