Jewish musical project presents concert at Potsdam's Congregation Beth El Sunday
Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 11:28 am

Clockwise, from top left, Basya Shechter, Eden Pearlstein and Tamer Pinarbasi

POTSDAM – Congregation Beth El, 81 Market St., will present the music and words of Darshan Sunday, April 23 at 4 p.m.

Darshan (meaning 'myth-maker' or 'seeker') is a new Jewish musical project that combines the soul-stirring melodies of Basya Schechter (Pharaoh's Daughter) with the spine-tingling rap/poetry of Eden Pearlstein (ePRHYME).

Darshan's formula is simple: take ancient texts and give them wings and teeth with evocative original arrangements and impassioned existential elucidations.

Their eclectic mix of influences include sounds from the Middle East, Klezmer, Kirtan, and Americana, all remixed into a truly novel form of contemporary Sacred-World-Folk-Hop.

Darshan will be joined at Congregation Beth El by world-renowned Turkish Kanun player Tamer Pinarbasi for an intimate evening of mystical melody, poetry, prayer and Torah like you've never heard it before.

Basya Shechter has been a driving force of the Radical Jewish Culture movement for the past decade. Performing with her band Pharaoh's Daughter, or as a solo artist, Basya has helped push Jewish music to new heights, combining both Ashkenazi and Sefardi sounds and styles in a unique blend that is wholly her own.

Eden Pearlstein (ePRHYME) is a veteran Hip Hop MC with well over a decade of experience on stage and in the studio. From the West-Coast Underground (K Records) to the shtetls of Brooklyn and beyond (Shemspeed, Hevria), Eden has been fusing his musings on Jewish identity, history and mysticism with bouncy beats and a well-crafted cadence that is both classic and cutting-edge.

Tamer Pinarbasi was born in Turkey and started playing the Kanun at age 10. By 13 he had already began recording with some of Turkey's top artists. By 17, Tamer was performing all over Europe.

Eventually, Tamer moved to the United States to explore new styles and forms. His diverse recordings reveal the range of his artistry from jazz standards to micro-tonal eastern music with string orchestrations, as well as his own unique compositions.

The show is free and open to the public.

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