Monday, November 17, 2008

A Peek at Atid, the Future

Last night's benefit show for the Atid Society at JKHA was a rousing success.
14 songs by 24 artists and musicians produced the magic that reminds us of why we go to see music performed live on stage. The show, Produced by Beth Ravin with Musical Direction by Greg Wall, featured 3 different versions of HaTikvah! The first was the traditional opening song. Later, Yossi Piamenta's electric guitar interpretation ignited the stage before his own version of Shedemati. Lastly, Dov Rosenblatt and Diwon led the ensemble in a updated slightly Hip Hop version that's sure to become a hit! "We Hope" the live mixes of these tracks sounds as amazing as they did from the stage.
Check out Diwon's own Shemspeed for the YouTube clip.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

JM in the AM with Nachum Segal hosts Greg Wall

We were most fortunate this morning to be featured on WFMU's radio program "Jewish Music in the Morning," a metro-area staple. Host Nachum Segal plays three tracks from the Pioneers For A Cure project while engaging our own Pioneer Producer Greg Wall on the process of updating these classic songs. Hear the latest from Noah Solomon, Y-Love with Diwon, as well as Seth Glass by following this link. Listen (MP3 - 128K)
(skip ahead to 1:33:12 to get right to Nachum's interview with Greg)

Greg gets the word out about our upcoming live event for the ATID Society of Kushner Academy in Livingston, NJ, while blending in tidbits from the Pioneers For A Cure project. Great work Greg! Cutting Edge!

Hail to the Chief

Congratulations to our new President-elect. Getting past this election cycle is such a relief in and of itself. Now we can all move forward together, and we should focus on healing our society and finding a cure for cancer.

Election night was special at the Pioneer Studio because we happened to get our "mastered"  14 track Limited Preview Edition in for approval before CD's are made. These tracks sound even better now. Very special thanks to Rob Paustian, Mastering Engineer extraordinaire!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Studio B for a New Year!

Happy 5769! As we move to the New Year, here's an update. We've recorded two more tracks recently, while continuing to mix and overdub others. The New York Voices came in and recorded a beautiful four part a cappella English version of "Sovivon Sov Sov Sov," the popular Chanukah song. Who knew it was a pioneer song? See our PioneerProducer blog for the rest of the story. This is exactly the kind of track we'd like to feature during the upcoming Holiday Season.

Which leads us to the second part of this post. We recorded over 20 songs from late March '08 until September '08, all in our wonderful Pioneer Studio. Alas, the space is undergoing a construction Extreme Make Over. So we've moved upstairs to our new Studio B! Although it's smaller, our new space is more appropriate for mixing these tracks, while still allowing us to overdub tracks and even record new ones.

The Pioneers For A Cure project will, please G-d, become an early 2009 release, with a Special Preview of our two Chanukah themed tracks (Yeled Kat is the other one) coming out in December '08!

Monday, September 1, 2008

Tee Shirts, M&M's, and Bob Clearmountain!

Welcome to Elul and Labor day. As we turn the page on Summer, returning to school and work, here's an update on the Pioneers For A Cure project.
Mr. Bob Clearmountain last week mixed a beautiful track for us. "I Will Play My Flute" is an old pioneer song made fresh by Pharaoh's Daughter. The proceeds of this track are going to support the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Bob's mix is great. Thanks Bob!
When we got back from LA, there were two packages waiting. One with the initial tee shirt sample and another with a sample of the "Pioneers For A Cure" logo on a small bag of real M&M's, tied with a pink ribbon! I'm wearing the tee shirt now, very comfy 100% cotton, and the M&M's.... :-)

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

David Broza!

We've been excited about this one for awhile, but we've maintained a policy of not blogging about things that haven't happened yet. So now, as this video shows, we can happily talk about David's beautiful version of this famous Israeli pioneer song for the benefit of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. He nailed it in one take. What a pro. Thanks so much David!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Blue Fringe's Dov Rosenblatt

Dov came into the studio and put down a beautiful electric piano track with harmonies you just have to hear. Clip to follow ASAP.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Our Logo's (almost) Ready!

We're looking to add a Cancer Ribbon and maybe change the font, but we're pretty happy with this concept for our logo.

New Art On Old Hooks

Mira Sasson is providing the visual aspects of  the Pioneer project by first photographing and then painting portraits of the Artists.

This portrait of Yossi Piamenta shows one self taught Israeli Artist through the eyes of another!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

The Website is Up!

Please visit to read our mission statement, join our e-mail list to receive updates, and see links to our blogs.

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Now a taste of what we're doing.

 Many styles are represented on this project. Some more traditional, some less. Pharaoh's Daughter came in, and in a few hours had conceived and recorded an energetic version of this song which flows from part to part. Nice.

East-West Soul

This is from Jon Madof's moitzi Shabbat session to add an acoustic flavored option after he and his band Rashanim rocked out an avant western styled tune.

Artists to get to sing in Hebrew

Among the artists we'd love to record;
Regina Spektor, Susanna Hoffs, Barbara Streisand, Madonna, Gali Atari among female singers.
Matt White, Art Garfunkel, David Broza, David Bromberg, Dag Nachash from the guys.

Already in the Can.
We've been really blessed with the awesome quality of the people who've already come into the studio and made amazing music with us. So far we've recorded songs with (in mostly order of appearance) Neshama Carlebach, Noah Solomon, Grammy Winner Lorin Sklamberg of the Klezmatics, Pharaoh's Daughter, Jon Madoff, Yossi Piamenta, Alicia Svigals, Frank London (another Grammy Winning member of the Klezmatics) and Rob Schwimmer with Joshua Nelson, Adrienne Cooper with Art Baily's "orkestra popilar", Y-Love and Diwon, plus other less well known but no less fun to record artists.

Recording Old Songs to fight Cancer

We've recorded around 15 songs for the project so far, with another session for Monday. We're building a catalog of new recordings of old songs to raise money for cancer charities. 

Artist's Choice
Each Artist is choosing which Cancer related charity their track is supporting. Most Artists have also filmed a brief PSA for the YouTube campaign. The video is shot in HD and could end up in a Special Edition if there was interest in that.

The project is essentially a post CD Web site where you can listen to these songs streaming for free. A song download is our gift for anyone who would like to donate $1.99 to these cancer charities. An $18 "Chai" donation results in your choice of any 12 tracks, with the proceeds being split evenly. The $60 and above donation includes all the tracks in the catalog.

We envision a "tally board" like in a telethon, to show your pledge in real time hopefully.
More about the artists involved here.