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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. 

 

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The Washington Post

"Epichorus’s sound is as diverse as its penchant for weaving musical legacies"

The Huffington Post

“... an excellent example of how creating culture together can promote true interfaith dialogue.”

Tablet

“... a group of musicians who want to use music to express religious devotion, and find the established musical canon too constraining for one reason or another.”

TIME

"one of today’s top ten stars in new Jewish music"

CBC Radio and CBC TV

“... an eclectic mix of music and sound, and a blend of both Arab music and Hebrew lyrics”

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Coming Up

12/18/16 - Bnei Jeshurun

 

Gone (Select Shows)

7/12/16 - Rockwood Music Hall, NYC (with Brooklyn Raga Massive)

1/30/16 - Princeton, NJ 830pm

12/14/15 - Actors Temple, NYC 730pm

6/24,25/15 - Najara Recording Sessions

5/13/15 - Washington Jewish Music Festival

5/24/15 - Private Engagement [Wedding]

3/14/15 - Bnai Jeshurun, NYC, 630pm

1/31/15 - Voices of the Sacred, 8pm, NYC

2/8/15 - Global Sundays, JCC Manhattan 4pm, NYC

12/18/14 - Private Engagement [Gala]

10/12/14 - Bnai Jeshurun, NYC.

3/12/14 - Boot and Saddle; Philadelphia (the Little Epichorus Ensemble)

8/15/13 - Down County Social Club; Sheffield, MA

6/20/13 - Merkin Hall

4/10/13 - 92Y Tribeca, CD release party

3/13/13 - Manhattan College

3/10/13 - Boston Jewish Music Festival

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   Contact/Booking - theepichorus@gmail.com