Fresh Jewish Talent Showcased on Ohel Concert DVD Release
A DVD been released featuring performances from the most recent annual Ohel benefit concert. It features fresh, young singers on the Jewish music scene.
Avram Zamist, producer and president of Sheer Productions, spoke to Arutz Sheva about the concert and new release. "The title of this year's show was The Music We Love," Zamist stated. "It was a broad idea that turned into an interesting and well-received show. We had a lot of different types of people [in the audience] -- younger, older, less and more religious -- and we always try find artists who will be appreciated by everyone," Zamist explained. "This year we had an easier task since we had so many artists. But what happened is the people we thought would appreciate one artist ended up appreciating the other ones, and vice versa, so it was all great in the end," he said.
The concert took place in New York City in November of 2011. The featured artists were Lipa Schemltzer, Benny Friedman, Shloime Gertner, 8th Day, Yishai Lapidot, Shloime Dachs, Eitan Katz, Shalsheles Junior, Michoel Pruzansky, Eli Schwebel and Rivie Schwebel. Eight of the artists are featured on the new release.
The combination DVD / CD entitled The Music We Love: The Ohel Benefit Concert was released at the end of June and features high definition footage, multi-angle camera shots and a high quality audio format. Proceeds of the sales of the DVD will go to the Ohel children's home and family services. The benefit concert for Ohel has been a yearly stable on in Jewish music scene for years.
"Ohel is based in Brooklyn, New York and serves all sorts of human beings that need different social services, such as foster care or help for children with illnesses," Zamist said. He was proud that the new DVD could help fund more of Ohel's projects.
The music features many songs familiar with Jewish audiences with lyrics based on traditional Jewish sources as well as original compositions. Songs in both English and Hebrew appear. Zamist was pleased with outcome, stating, "it's got a lot of older songs from as many as 30 and 40 years ago, and has a lot of today's newest hits."
"As a producer, we try and focus on the young up-and-coming artists while not forgetting the artists who have been around for many generations and are still extremely popular," Zamist explained. "We want to show the crowd that there are great new acts coming out and new songs and new genres. There is so much fresh material and we are excited about the future of Jewish music."