EZUZ: A Philly ensemble playing Jewish World Music with a beat!
Rooted in ancient Jewish text, the rhythmic music of EZUZ traverses Middle Eastern, North American, Klezmer, Spanish, and South American styles -- with lyrics in Hebrew, English, Yiddish, Arabic, and Ladino.
EZUZ (AY-ZOOZ) means POWER -- it combines two words meaning "strength" and "move!". We aim to
move audiences to sing, dance, clap -- to participate in the joy of music and universal spirit!
EZUZ CD RELEASE
Jewish World Music group EZUZ has released its first full-length album. After a string of release concerts in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., EZUZ is now booking performances for the coming year and beyond.
Dubbed "the voice of the post-tribal Jewish generation," EZUZ came to life in 2013 with an electric mix of Jewish lyrics and musical traditions from across the globe.
The EZUZ CD makes a great Hannukah gift! Click here for CDs & downloads.
Meet the Band
Jessi Roemer: composer, director, vocals, guitar, shruti box
Meara Lebovitz: vocals
Naeemah Maddox: vocals
Karinne' Andonian: vocals
Billy Yalowitz: oud, saxophone
Eve Friedman: flute
Loren Gildar: keyboard, bass, electric guitar
Joseph Tayoun: doumbek, percussion
Jonathan Singer: drum kit
Ben Diamond: drum kit & hand percussion
(Juan Bossio: sitting in on bass)
The EZUZ ensemble is a multi-talented group of musicians from North American, Eastern and Western European, Lebanese, Armenian, South American, and African-American lineages. EZUZ members have played with such esteemed musicians as Zakir Hussein, Simon Shaheen, Yair Dalal, and Ohad "Udi" Bar David, George Clinton, Robert Walters 20th Congress, MOFRO, Martin and Wood, The Delaware Symphony, Vile Tyrant and the Middle Men, African dance troupes in Sweden, Jazz quartets in France, Tango quintets at Lincoln Center in NYC, The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, The Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra.
EZUZ has played concert venues, World Music programs, art spaces, synagogues, churches, house concerts and cultural centers, and festivals including Limmud Philly, The POWER Music Festival, Yardley Interfaith Music Concert Series, The Cannery, L'Etage, Crossroads World Music Series, Rittenhouse Soundworks Arts Space, and the Jewish Folk Arts Festival of Washington, D.C.