The Epichorus ensemble is stirring the sounds of Middle Eastern roots music; the ancient Oud roars alongside electric organs, string, wind and bass. Playing music from 1960's Egypt, religious songs from the Syrian Jews, Sufi trances and classical arabic standards, the Epichorus has carved a unique niche in the music of the East. The Epichorus is joined by Bollywood newcomer, Priya Darshini; they will release their sophomore studio offering in 2016.
Zach Fredman is awad (oudist) and composer for the Epichorus. He grew up on classical guitar and passed to the oud at the spell of Hamza El Din; he has studied with Arabic master Bassam Saba, and with descendants of the Iraqi and Syrian Jews now residing in Jerusalem. Zach is the rabbi of The New Shul in Manhattan.
The Epichorus is a roving cast of heretics and hooligans; some of the other players who frequently grace our sounds include: Megan Gould -Violin, Daniel Ori - Bass, Rich Stein - Percussion, Priya Darshini - Vocals, Uri Sharlin - Accordion, Yosef Goldman - Vocals, and Max ZT - Hammered Dulcimer.