The Epichorus, created by Rabbi Zach Fredman, is an ensemble stirring the sounds of Judeo-Arabic retro-folk.  We play original music, interspersed with repertoire from 1960's Egypt, the religious songs of Syrian and Iraqi Jews, Sufi and classical arabic tunes.  We are creating new sounds in world music, returning listeners to the ecstatic states of the desert, the harem and the marketplaces of the Middle East. The Epichorus released their debut album One Bead on March 5th, 2013.

Zach Fredman is awad (oudist) producer 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. 



Our debut record, 'One Bead' available for stream and purchase here.

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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.”


“... 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.”


"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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Gigs Coming Up

6/24,25/15 - Recording Sessions



5/13/15 - Washington Jewish Music Festival

5/17/15 - BZBI, Philadelphia, PA

5/24/15 - Private Engagement [Wedding]

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

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

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

2/11/15 - Dumbo Loft - 930pm, BK, NY

12/12/14 - Temple Beth Rishon, NJ

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 - rabbizach@newshul.org