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March 2020

Dear Friends, a few things to share as we await the approaching spring!

Recent tour in Northern California, including visits to UC-Santa Cruz, San Jose State University, masterclass with fantastic music students at Oakland's Edna Brewer Middle School, and a sold-out concert at the wonderful music venue Kuumba's.

Check out the first from a series of videos made in Santa Cruz, at the great music venue Kuumba's. ASEFA in trio format (Samuel Torjman Thomas, oud/vocals; Jeremy Brown, violin; Dror Sinai, percussion), performing a diverse Maghrebi repertoire in a pared down, intimate treatment. We start this series with a piece by the great Albert Suissa! FOLLOW OUR VIDEO SERIES FROM KUUMBA'S

Upcoming weekend (2/28-2/29) of programming and performance at SHS and BZBI synagogues in Philadelphia.

Hunter College (4/1) - Arab Inter-culturality in al-Andalus, a performance and discussion highlighting linguistic and philosophical landscape in Medieval Iberia. Co-sponsored by Arabic Language Studies, Jewish Studies, and Classical-Oriental Studies, and open to the public.

New York Andalus Ensemble - Spring 2020 season is underway. One more week of open auditions for new choir members to join, and then we plan for our May seasonal concert. Look out for our fundraising appeal, as we seek tax-deductible donations to support the educational and programming work of the ensemble. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

For a complete schedule of events and more information about programming and performances, CLICK HERE


Samuel Torjman Thomas, PhD
ethnomusicologist and multi-instrumentalist

Dr. Torjman Thomas teaches ethnomusicology and Middle Eastern (Sephardic) Jewish Studies at City University of New York, is Director of Programming and Curriculum at the Brooklyn Music School, and is a faculty member of both the ALEPH and Academy of Jewish Religion Cantorial Programs. He is a multi-instrumentalist (saxophone, oud, nay), vocalist (Hebrew, Arabic, Spanish), and founder and artistic director of ASEFA and the New York Andalus Ensemble.

Dr. Torjman Thomas performs musics of North Africa, the Middle East, and Global Jazz. His scholarship centers on musics of the Middle East and North Africa, worldwide Jewish musics, and jazz-based traditions. He is a frequent guest speaker and facilitator in ecumenical spaces, cultural institutions, and music and spiritual retreats worldwide.

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