BASYA SCHECHTER   Blending a psychedelic sensibility and a pan-Mediterranean sensuality, Basya Schechter leads her band, Pharaoh's Daughter, through swirling Hasidic chants, Mizrachi and Sephardi folk-rock, and spiritual stylings filtered through percussion, flute, strings and electronica.Her sound has been cultivated by her Hasidic music background and a series of trips to the Middle East, Africa, Israel, Egypt, Central Africa, Turkey, Kurdistan and Greece.  Pharaoh's Daughter has toured extensively through America, Eastern and Western Europe, as well as Greece and the UK. Over the past two years, Basya was the recipient of numerous compositional and project grants from NYSCA (New York State Council of the Arts) American Composers Forum (for Trance, and multilayered sound and video installation collaboration with fillmaker Pearl Gluck) and the American Music Center. She hopes to record Pharaoh's Daughter's fifth album, Hagar, within the next year.

AYELET ROSE GOTTLIEB
BASYA SCHECHTER
SOFIA REI KOUTSOVITIS
MALIKA ZARRA
Ayelet's sound draws on a wide range of musical approaches. In her music you will find a unique improvisational approach infused with elaborate composition, spiced up with Middle Eastern scales and adventurous texts. Ayelet's anticipated second CD was released in 2006 for John Zorn's Tzadik Records. Mayim Rabim features a song cycle she composed to 10 segments of text from the erotic biblical love poem Song of Songs. Born in 1979 in Jerusalem, Israel, Ayelet's family traces Sephardic roots in Jerusalem back to 1492, while her father is an immigrant from Switzerland. Currently living in New York, Ayelet continues to explore the elaborate world of music making. Besides working on her own projects, Ayelet composes and performs musical scores for theater groups such as the "Bull Family Orchestra" and "StorahTelling". Ayelet's music was recently featured on Marcia Jean Kurtz's play "Between Two Worlds" (HB Playwriters Theater).
Blending a psychedelic sensibility and a pan-Mediterranean sensuality, Basya Schechter leads her band, Pharaoh's Daughter, through swirling Hasidic chants, Mizrachi and Sephardi folk-rock, and spiritual stylings filtered through percussion, flute, strings and electronica.Her sound has been cultivated by her Hasidic music background and a series of trips to the Middle East, Africa, Israel, Egypt, Central Africa, Turkey, Kurdistan and Greece. Pharaoh's Daughter has toured extensively through America, Eastern and Western Europe, as well as Greece and the UK. Over the past two years, Basya was the recipient of numerous compositional and project grants from NYSCA (New York State Council of the Arts) American Composers Forum (for Trance, and multilayered sound and video installation collaboration with fillmaker Pearl Gluck) and the American Music Center. She hopes to record Pharaoh's Daughter's fifth album, Hagar, within the next year.
Sofía Rei Koutsovitis is one of the most versatile and in-demand singers on the New York music scene who in a short period of time has toured Europe with the Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra recorded, performed and collaborated with renowned musicians and groups such as Folklore Urbano, Alcatraz, Lionel Lueke, John Scofield, Russ Ferrante, Avantango, Samuel Torres group, Geoffrey Keezer and featured with Bobby McFerrin at Carnegie Hall in Instant Opera.
Her debut album Ojala has been chosen a top 10 album of 2006 by the Jazz Journalists Association. Her second album “Sube Azul” will be released on July 2009 in Europe, by World Village (Harmonia Mundi). An active vocalist, composer and arranger born in Buenos Aires, she has sung at renowned festivals all over the world such as Cite de la Musique (Paris, France), the Chicago World Music Festival (Chicago, IL), the International Jazz en Lima Festival (Peru), among others.

Moroccan French singer/composer, Malika Zarra is a multi-cultural shape-shifter, an enchantress who leaps effortlessly between seemingly unconnected languages and traditions, uniting them while utilizing each to further enrich the others. The exotically beautiful artist is now a much-in-demand headliner at nightclubs and festivals the world over. Having crafted a repertoire that incorporated her native Berber, Gnawa and Shaâbi heritages, the intellectual elegance of French pop, plus freewheeling jazz rhythms and techniques, her reputation as a solo act began to grow. She eventually recorded and/or sat in with Makoto Ozone, Tommy Campbell, Will Calhoun, Lonnie Plaxico, David Gilmore, and many others. Among the venues she has graced are the Carnegie Hall, and renowned festivals all over the world such as the London Jazz Festival, the Festival du Monde Arabe, the Duke Ellington Jazz Festival, the Salzburg Jazz Festival.
Malika’s debut solo album "On the Ebony Road" (2006), reveals a firm grasp of a richly diverse bouquet of references, fusing Orient and Occident, East and West, into a lively, sensual, fresh, and deeply poem of inclusion.

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