Thursday, January 19, 2012


Shabbat B’ Shir:
A Musical Shabbat Service presenting Galeet Dardashti and Divahn

WHEN: Friday, January 27, at 7:30 PM
WHERE: Temple B’nai Abraham, Northfield Road at East Cedar Street, Livington
All are welcome and invited to attend.
For more information, please contact the temple office at 973.994.2290 or visit the TBA website.

As the granddaughter of Yona Dardashti, the most renowned singer of Persian classical music in Iran in his day, and daughter of highly esteemed cantor Farid Dardashti, Middle Eastern vocalist and composer, Galeet Dardashti (left)is the first woman in her family to continue her family tradition of distinguished Persian and Jewish musicianship. After performing in the United States and Canada with The Dardashti Family from her childhood into her teenage years, Dardashti began her own independent musical pursuits. She has performed as a soloist both throughout the US and Israel, including significant cantorial work. Her 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. The Naming album launched in September 2010. Galeet also pursues her passion for Jewish music and culture as an anthropologist. She recently completed her Ph.D. in anthropology on the performance of contemporary Mizrahi and Arab music in Israel.

divahn02Divahn (right) has engendered an international following, performing in venues ranging from international concert halls to the most prestigious clubs in NYC. Infusing traditional and original Middle Eastern Jewish songs with sophisticated harmonies, entrancing improvisations and funky arrangements, Divahn's thrilling live shows feature lush string arrangements, eclectic Indian, Middle Eastern and Latin percussion, and vocals spanning Hebrew, Judeo-Spanish, Persian, Arabic and Aramaic.“Divan,” a word common to Hebrew, Persian, and Arabic, means a collection of songs or poetry. Through their music, the group creatively underscores common ground between diverse Middle Eastern cultures and religions.