Songs of Our People, Songs of Our Neighbors: Joey Weisenberg

Wednesday, Jun 17, 2020

Conversation and Concert with Joey Weisenberg, founder of the Rising Song Institute

Wednesday, June 17 at 6 pm Eastern
via Facebook Live and NMAJH website
Free, Facebook RSVP encouraged

Joey Weisenberg has seven albums of nigunim (traditional Jewish tunes) and two books to his name. Joey will sit down virtually with NMAJH public programs manager and musician, Dan Samuels, to talk about his upbringing, musical influences, favorite collaborators, and what drives his efforts to heal the world with music. We will premiere never-before-seen captivating recordings of Joey and the Hadar Ensemble and see if – just maybe – we can get Joey to sing something for us live.

About the series:

This new series explores music from varied Jewish traditions and diverse cultures, from the historic and traditional to the contemporary and reimagined. Through conversations, performances, videos, audio, and audience Q&A, this series will use music to better understand the complex, culturally diverse communities which make up the Jewish People, and our nation.

The first three installments of this series will celebrate and explore contemporary Jewish music with noticeable influences from near and far through the leaders of the Philadelphia-based Rising Song Institute.

Episode presented in partnership with:

More About Joey Weisenberg:

A virtuosic multi-instrumental musician, singer, and composer, Joey Weisenberg has devoted himself to opening up the sounds of people singing together in community.  The founder and co-director of Hadar’s Rising Song Institute, which aims to cultivate the grassroots musical-spiritual creativity of the Jewish people, Joey works to educate and train communities around the world to unlock their musical-spiritual potential and make music a vibrant, joy-filled force in Jewish life.

Joey is the author of Building Singing Communities, a practical guide to bringing people together in song, as well as The Torah of Music, a treasury of Jewish teachings and insights about the spiritual nature of music, which received the National Jewish Book Award in 2017.

A devoted student and teacher of ancient and traditional Jewish melodies, Joey also composes new nigunim that have moved and inspired Jews around the world. He has released seven albums with the Hadar Ensemble, most recently Nigunim Vol. VII: Songs of Ascent (2019).