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Have No Fear

by Breslov Bar Band

Traditional Hasidic melodies re-imagined. An organic blend of Klezmer, Rock, Middle Eastern, Jazz, & more, played by internationally acclaimed musicians with deep roots in traditional music & wide-ranging contemporary musical influences.
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1. Kumi Roni
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2. Varshever March
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3. Friday Night Freylakhs
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4. Mi Yiten
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5. Ani Ohev Et HKB"H
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6. Adir Ayom
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7. B'Motzoei Yom Menucha
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8. Debka Medley
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9. Have No Fear
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10. Lecha Dodi
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
About the Breslov Bar Band:

From melancholy midnight meditations to funky/punky affirmations of the One, the Breslov Bar Band explores traditional and contemporary musical expressions of the Breslov Chassidim.

The group's repertoire includes old dveykus melodies and ecstatic nigunim, as well as contemporary Breslov folk and rock music. The band members combine their passion for Jewish music with their strong roots in rock, jazz, klezmer, and world music.

The Band:
Binyomin Ginzberg: vibrandoneon, keyboards, vocals
Allen Watsky: electric guitar
Yoshie Fruchter: bass
Rich Huntley: drums
Mike Cohen: clarinet and bass clarinet

For booking and information: info@BreslovBarBand.com/212.864.6859

"Barroom rock 'n' roll meets Breslov to wonderful effect" - Klezmer Shack (Read the full review here: http://www.klezmershack.com/bands/breslov/havenofear/)

"The album is totally consistent and compelling, with not a weak track anywhere, and singling out a favourite would be impossible. I have to confess I'm thoroughly hooked on this outstanding and highly enjoyable album. It's infectious!" - Rainlore's World of Music (Read the full review here: http://www.rainloresworldofmusic.net/Reviews/Revws_A-D/BreslovBarBand-HaveNoFear.html)

About Binyomin Ginzberg

Binyomin Ginzberg has been called “one of the most interesting and engaging musicians in Jewish music today.” (Teruah-Jewish Music.blogspot.com). The musical director of JewishMusician.com, he has played with numerous Jewish music artists in the traditional and New Jewish music scenes. He is an in-demand keyboardist/vocalist/and bandleader on the NY area Simcha circuit and has taught Chassidic music at KlezKamp and Yiddish Summer Weimar. The Breslov Bar Band is his outlet for exploring Breslov music in all its myriad forms.

About the vibrandoneon:
The vibrandoneon, invented in 2000 by Italian Jazz musician Guido Tononi, is a mouth-blown variation on the classical Argentinean bandoneon. I’ve been intrigued by was captured by the sweet sound of this instrument ever since I first heard a recording of one. I have been exploring this instrument as a voice for klezmer and Chassidic music.

About Binyomin's interest in Breslov music:
My interest in Breslov music was sparked when I looked at my music collection and noticed that, alone among contemporary Chassidic groups, Breslov was the only chassidic group whose musicians produce music that it intensely personal, stylistically unique, and yet, instantly identifiable as Breslov music. From folk to rock, punk to trance, and more, there are creative Breslov musicians creating music that is both unique and yet clearly recognizeable as Breslov music.


Kumi Roni
Attributed to the Maggid of Mezritch, this melody is sung by Breslov Chassidim to a verse from Eicha (Lamentations) as part of the midnight Tikun Chatzot ritual mourning the destruction of the Holy Temple. The text comes from Eicha 2:19. Arise, cry out at night, as the watches of the night begin. Pour out your heart like water in the presence of the Lord.

Varshaver March (for Rabbi Ephraim Luft)
According to ethnomusicologist Yaakov Mazor, this melody was brought to Breslover Chassidim in Israel in the early 1960’s by a Breslover chassid, R. Yochanan Galant, who called it “Moshe Chayim Varshever’s March” or “Varshever March.” (From the liner notes to the Hasidic Nigun as Sung by the Hasidim 2004)


Friday Night Freylakhs
A medley of dance nigunim frequently sung on Friday night in shuls in the Breslov community. The first melody, “Maggid’s Nigun” is attributed to the Maggid of Mezritch. The second melody, “Vehayu Limshiso”, is used for the last three verses of “Lecha Dodi.”

Mi Yiten
This pan-Hassidic melody was sung by Breslov Chassidim trapped behind the Iron Curtain who were forbidden from traveling to Rebbe Nachman’s gravesite in Uman, Ukraine. The lyrics translate as: Would that I had wings like a dove, I’d travel to [Rabbi Nachman’s] holy gravesite in Uman.

Ani Ohev Et HKB’H
A punky love song to the Holy One! Originally composed/recorded by Adi Ran for his 2004 release “Ma Yesh Lachem Lid’og”, this fun tune represents one contemporary approach to Breslov music. The chorus translates: "I love the Holy One, blessed be He, all day!

Adir Ayom
Variant legends tell of this song being adapted by a Breslover Chassid traveling on a ship with Turkish sailors, who set the lyrics of this post-Shabbos song to their drunken melody, when they pulled his beard insisting he sing with them. (Some say this was R’ Ephraim ben R’ Naftoli while others claim it was R’ Mendel Litvak.) However, the melody does not sound Turkish. Noted Breslov musician/researcher Ben Zion Solomon says: “I've also heard from reliable sources that it was composed by R' Sender Terhovitser.” The text comes from the post-Shabbos Melave Malka Zemiros.

B’motzoei Yom Menucho
Rabbi Nachman Burstein tells me that this melody is at least one hundred years old and was sung by the Breslov Chassidim in Uman. The Jerusalem Breslov community sings only the first two section of the melody in an AB format. The ABC version recorded here reflects the custom of the Breslov community in Tzfat (Safed). The text comes from the post-Shabbos Melave Malka Zemiros.

Meron Medley
A medley of two debkas from the Meron repertoire. The first, “Nigun for R’ Yochanan Hasandlar”,is a melody named for one of the famous Tannaic sages who is buried there. The second is Rikud Habakbuk, a bottle-dance melody, to which the Chassidim perform a solo improvisational dance while balancing a bottle on their head. According to Avrum Leib Burstein of the Jerusalem Klezmer Association, this melody is at least 350 years old and may date back to the Spanish Expulsion.

Have No Fear!
I first learned this tune off a YouTube video clip of two on-the-fringe Breslovers singing in the streets of Tzfat. Upon further investigation, I discovered that the melody they were singing was actually a modified version of a Breslov Rosh Hashana melody used for “Adirei Ayumo” which itself was a modified version of a melody used for the post-Shabbos song “Ogil V’esmach”. This version hews closer to the original melody, while maintaining, and even amplifying, the spirit of the fringe.

Lecha Dodi
During the Communist Revolution, the Breslover Chassidim were forbidden from traveling to Uman for Rosh Hashana. Rabbi Meir Shapiro, who was the head of the Yeshiva “Chachmei Lublin” invited the Chassidim to come to Lublin for Rosh Hashana and on Shabbos Rosh Hashana, he sang this majestic melody for Lecha Dodi, which the Breslover Chassidim adopted. The text comes from the Friday night prayers.

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Zevy Zions

Lots of Fun!
This is a great album that puts these Breslov tunes in a new light. I couldn't get enough of it. Each musician is mega-talented and the ensemble as a whole sounds terrific. Liner notes are very informative, too.
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