Reviews and comments about Closing The Distance
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Alisa Fineman rarely makes it to Berkeley, and when she does it's
usually to sing her quietly radiant folk songs. But on Tuesday (the
first night of Hanukkah) at Berkeley's Freight & Salvage, she teams
with acoustic guitar wizard Alex de Grassi in an evening of ancient
Jewish and spiritual texts with New World arrangements. Some of the
music comes from Fineman's new CD, Closing the Distance -- Poems,
Prayers & Love Songs, on which she sings in Hebrew, Arabic, Ladino,
and English. The duo will join a band that mixes folk and Middle
Eastern strains: instrumentalists Kimball Hurd (of City Folk) and Tim
Rayborn, and guest vocalists Elias Lammam and Eliyahu Sills. Fineman
says the CD is meant to inspire "spiritual commonalities among all
people," and the music is as exquisite as it is sensitive. $15.50, 8
p.m. 510-548-1761 or TheFreight.org (LARRY KELP) - Backroads Music Review
ALISA FINEMAN "Closing the Distance"
Subtitled "Poems, prayers and love songs of the Jewish Tradition,"
these precious and moving songs make for a splendid new CD. Alisa's
voice is powerful yet delicate, and her singing makes the listening
experience a pleasure regardless of which language she is singing.
Alisa expresses the power to move the soul which is inherent in the
Jewish language and culture. The meaning of the words becomes less
significant than the feel and emotion behind the words. With the
preeminent Alex DeGrassi as producer, as well as a main contributing
musician, there is a high quality feeling to this CD like a fine wine.
Other highly skilled players contribute to the colorful
instrumentation, accompanying Fineman's voice in a universal expression
of world sounds.
DOWNLOAD THIS PDF of The Jerusalem Post and read a review of Alisa's CD.
Very cool mix of the Jewish Diaspora!
- Laney Goodman, Women In Music / National Public Radio
Alisa Fineman has extended an olive branch to all religions with her new
CD. Closing The Distance is a gift to the world and all of its people. Unwrap it and listen. - Tom Leyde - Salinas Californian
Fineman's latest CD - produced by Alex de Grassi- blends modern rythyms and
ethnicity, original compositions and liturgical adaptations sung in Hebrew,
English, Arabic and Ladino.
- Sharon Sullivan - Free Press; Grand Junction, CO