Magda was the lead singer of the Israeli Dance/Pop group “Power Source” which released a hit song on Israeli TV. She was chosen from among many singers in the Israel Defense Forces, to be the soloist with the internationally respected Israeli Army Orchestra where she also played trumpet. With this orchestra she performed all over Israel often for visiting world leaders. The orchestra’s main audiences, however, were soldiers and the civilian population.
My love for music started in a small apartment in Jaffa, my home town, where my grandpa, a musician, introduced me to Israeli songs. Songs about my hometown, about the land of Israel and about the people of Israel. Growing up in Israel exposed me to many flavors of music. People came from all over the world bringing with them their music and culture. Listening to jazz, musical theater, Jewish music, Middle Eastern music, Blues, rock and world music has stamped my heart.
Alisa is known for her stirring renditions of classic cantorial pieces, and some of that can be found here, however, as a recording artist, her tastes lean to more modern, accessible works. In these albums, you can find yiddish, broadway, pop and some hazzanut, in other words, a bisl far ale! Be inspired by fresh interpretations of classic music and upbeat renditions of new standards.
Alisa's first CD, this is an uplifting collection of music that has been called inspiring and moving. There are many ways to say "thank you", or "You are appreciated." The musical exploration of gratitude, even in the face of tragedy and hardship is the heart of this album. Download the liner notes here.
Ms. Shammash is in great demand as a recitalist for her nuanced interpretations and linguistic versatility in the song repertoire. Acclaimed by Richard Dyer of The Boston Globe as a "mezzo voice that makes one sit up and take notice,” Elizabeth Shammash’s opera credits range from Monteverdi's L'Incoronazione di Poppea to contemporary scores. She is featured on many albums, and has recorded extensively for the Milken Archive of American Jewish Music.
Trouble in Tahiti draws upon popular songs styles to deliver an uncompromising critique of post-war American materialism. Beneath the couple's marital discord is a profound longing for love and intimacy. Their spiritual emptiness, in contrast to a veneer of happy consumerism, creates the heart of the drama and is emphasized by sudden stylistic shifts in the music. Order Album
The American Yiddish musical theater, a vibrant expression of the immigrant experience, became famous during its heyday in the 1920s–1940s. Combining the musical flavors of Viennese operetta, Tin Pan Alley, and eastern European nostalgia, these songs and duets are quintessential American popular music—with a Yiddish voice.
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