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Congregation Shir Chadash in conjunction with Vassar College Jewish Studies Program and the Vassar Jewish Union is sponsoring the critically acclaimed musical ensemble “ASEFA” for a concert on Sunday, April 22nd at 5pm in the Villard Room. Asefa means: “Gathering with a Purpose”.
The Band Leader is Dr. Torjman Thomas, a multi-instrumentalist, composer and professor of ethnomusicology, Jewish Studies and interdisciplinary studies.
In the Pre-Concert talk at 4pm, Dr. Torjman Thomas will discuss the interrelationship of Jewish and Muslim music. He is also an expert on the Sephardi-Mizrachi music and cultural traditions. The group’s music encompasses several different aspects of his work performed on various instruments including saxophone, oud, clarinet, bass, guitar and nay. The ASEFA musicians are experts in Middle-Eastern music from many indigenous cultures.
Dr. Torjman Thomas serves as artistic director of the NY Andalus Ensemble, a multi-ethnic group featuring a choir and instrumentalists performing traditional music of North Africa and Spain in Hebrew, Arabic and Spanish.
Our ASEFA Concert “Mediterranean Encounters: Judeo-Islamic Soundscapes” will feature a musical treasury of individual and shared traditions among Jews and Muslims. It will highlight a range of musical styles from Jews and Muslims living in Arab lands and in Spain.
Dr. Torjman Thomas is the Director of Curriculum and Institutional Programming at the Brooklyn Music School as well as the adjunct Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology and Jewish Studies at several campuses of the City University of NY (Hunter college, John Jay College, and Brooklyn College) and Montclair State University.
Tickets are free for Vassar Students, Faculty and Staff. $25 For Adults and $10 for kids under 18. Seating is limited.