Yehudim reviews, March 2011 / Press

Yehudim reviews, March 2011

Steve Smith writes about the debut of The Yehudim, saying, “The composer Judd Greenstein’s music, beautifully wrought and consistently appealing, has not always seemed as audacious as his barnstorming initiatives with NOW Ensemble, the New Amsterdam record label and the Ecstatic Music Festival, all of which he helped to found. But “Sh’lomo” (“Solomon”), introduced during a festival program at Merkin Concert Hall on Thursday night, felt like an epiphany. Played by Mr. Greenstein’s new ensemble, the Yehudim, this work in progress fuses his disparate musical inspirations with his abiding interest in Jewish history and literature to explosive effect.”

Alexander Gelfland had some very nice things to say in this piece, which appeared in Tablet, and also featured my old friend, Yoav Gal.

In case my relatives are reading, I’d be remiss to not also include this extremely thorough and well-written preview in The Jewish Week, by Eric Herschthal.