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The Amos Hoffman & Noam Lemish Quartet offers an inspired blend of jazz and Jewish folk melodies. Originating from over 20 years of collecting songs from their shared Israeli and jazz roots, the quartet's lyrical and vibrant reimagining of beloved Jewish melodies are captivating audiences around the world. Listen at:
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Tickets: $15. To order please call the Louis S. Wolk Jewish Community Center Main Desk at (585) 461-2000, or order online here.
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Co-sponsored by Congregation Beth Hamedresh - Beth Israel, Temple Beth Am, Temple Beth David, Temple Beth El, Temple Emanu-El, Temple B'rith Kodesh, and the Louis S. Wolk JCC of Greater Rochester.
The Amos Hoffman & Noam Lemish Quartet offers an inspired blend of jazz and Jewish folk melodies. Amos Hoffman is an internationally renowned oud virtuoso and innovator; Noam Lemish is a multi-faceted, world-class pianist and composer. For years, Amos and Noam have been collecting Jewish melodies from different parts of the world including Kurdish, Yemenite, Moroccan, Ladino, Russian and Israeli songs. The quartet's lyrical and vibrant reimaginings of beloved Jewish melodies have been captivating audiences all across North America. This concert is part of a tour celebrating the release of their new album Pardes.
Amos Hoffman is an Israeli jazz Oudist and Guitarist known worldwide as a pioneer in fusing the rhythms and melodic themes of the Middle East with Modern Jazz.  Hoffman started playing guitar at the age of 6, and oud a few years later. He studied guitar privately, and later attended the prestigious Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem. His search for new musical experiences led him first to Amsterdam, and then to New York City, where he played jazz with both established musicians and up and coming talents like Jason Lindner, bassist Avishai Cohen, and Claudia Acuna. To date, Hoffman has recorded 5 solo albums, The Dreamer (1999), Na’ama (2006), Evolution (2008) Carving (2010) and Back to the City (2015).  He has also contributed on dozens more for artists in Israel and worldwide including Avishai Cohen, Kiko Berenguer (Spain), and Jan Mlynarski (Poland).  In 2013 Amos was awarded one of Israel’s most prestigious prizes - The Landau Prize for Arts and Sciences for outstanding achievement in the field of Jazz. Now based in the U.S., Hoffman looks forward to creating new musical adventures and reaching an even larger audience. Visit:
Noam Lemish is an Israeli-American jazz pianist and composer currently based out of Toronto, Canada. He has appeared in numerous performances across the US, Canada, Europe, Israel, and in Bhutan having played and performed with such musicians as: Sheila Jordan, John Handy, Julian Lage, James Newton, Dayna Stephens, Cameron Brown, George Marsh, Frances-Marie Uitti, Babatunde Lea and many others.  He has several recordings to his credit, including The Turning (2016), The Magic Clavier Book I (2015), Nightfall (2013), The People’s King (2010) and Yes And (2008). His compositions include chamber, choral, piano, numerous jazz works and “The People’s King”: a commissioned multi-cultural suite in celebration the King of Bhutan’s 30th birthday composed while teaching music in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan in 2010. Visit:
With Sam Edwards on double bass, and John Bacon percussion.

Set I

• Dalale Dalale — traditional Kurdish
• Aji Tu, Yorma, Aji? — traditional Caucasus mountains
• Harbi Meir — traditional Moroccan
• Etz Harimon — Yedidya Admon (based on Bukharian melody)
• Dror Yikra — traditional Yemenite

*** intermission ***

Set II

• At Telchi Basade — Chaim Barkani
• Tchol Hamitpachat — Jerzy Petersburski
• Samai Nahawand — Amos Hoffman
• Adon Haslichot — traditional Chazzanut Yerushalmit

*** dessert reception ***

This concert has been made possible by a generous donation from Dr. Bruce I. Goldman.

The reception has been graciously sponsored by Drs. Leon Metlay and Nina Klionsky.

Congregation Beth Hamedresh - Beth Israel (BHBI)
1369 East Avenue  •  Rochester, NY 14610  •  (585) 244-2060