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2 Rabbis, 2 Styles - New Jewish Music

Sappir - a newly formed music group that is taking Jewish world music to the next level.
By Yoni Kempinski
First Publish: 3/19/2013, 3:28 PM

The newly formed band Sappir is taking Jewish music in a new direction.

Formed by Danny Bergson and Mitchell Goodman, Sappir explores Jewish melodies, fusing together many different genres including Rock, Pop, Jazz and Acoustic. The result is music that is both inspiring and accessible to people of all backgrounds. “Music has always been our passion. We just want to touch as many people as we can” they say.

The duo began playing small gigs with Danny singing and on acoustic guitar, and Mitchell on electric and acoustic guitars. Things very quickly took off from there. Every gig they played the audience would double, as they played bigger and bigger venues. After a sell-out concert in Manchester’s Sale Waterside Theater the idea of an album was aired and Sappir was born.

Although both qualified Rabbis, they actually come from very different musical backgrounds. Danny is a trained Cantor, singing in the Synagogue and other Jewish events. He has had extensive operatic training over the past 15 years (including tutors from Royal Northern College of Music and Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama).

Mitchell on the other hand has a strong background in guitar performance, teaching and session work. He specializes in melodic rock and is at home in nearly every guitar genre. He attended the Guitar Institute of Technology London where he quickly became known for his virtuoso abilities, developing a busy roster of music students in London and abroad.

Benjamin Wiltshire is a British musician, singer, composer and recording engineer. Ben studied Popular Music & Recording at Salford University where he studied under bassist Ollie Collins. Ben has contributed to dozens of albums as a session musician and plays live concerts supporting the likes of Humphrey Littleton, Tony Bennett, Embrace and others.

Ben Hirsch is a British drummer and percussionist with over 14 years of experience. Having trained under Dougie Black (who features on “Echoes”), Ben went on to perform as a session musician on a number of studio recordings and play many concerts.