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Neshamah


Neshamah
Released: 1999

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Produced by Tim Sparks
Executive Producer - John Zorn
Associate Producer - Kazunori Sugiyama
Recorded by Rod Volker, 1999
Mastered by Alan Tucker at Foothill Digital, NYC
Design - Heung-Heung Chin

Tim Sparks plays a 1954 Martin 00-17 with John Pearse Strings and B-Bands Pickup

Thanks to Robert Freedman and the Yiddish Song database, Gitta Hartman of the Beth Hatefutsoth Museum of the Jewish Diaspora, Flory Iagoda, Tata Records and Duck Baker, who introduced me to John Zorn. I am especially indebted to Maury Bernstein, who first mentioned me in ethnic music of every imaginable variety, Mark Stillman, who taught me how to play in odd-meter Eastern European styles, Sima Shumelovsky, a great entertainer who immigrated from Russia to St. Paul whom I've had the opportunity to accompany.

A special thanks to David Harris who, along with Judith Brin Ingber and Mick Labriola, members of Voices of Sepharad, has schooled me in the Sephardic tradition. Were it not for my work with these individuals, I wouldn't have a clue when it comes to this music. Thanks also to Rod Volker, the sound engineer who was endlessly patient and tirelessly optimistic while recording this CD in the beginning of 1999. Most of all, I thank John Zorn for challenging me and encouraging me to follow my imagination.

Tim Sparks, guitar

"It could have been worse, and there is no limit to how much better." Sholem Aleichem


ADDITIONAL NOTES

Track list

  1. The Baal Shem Tov's Melody (3:21)
  2. Hamisha Asar (4:54)
  3. Odessa Mama (Odesa Mame) (3:09)
  4. Skrip, Klezmerl Skripe (3:48)
  5. Los Caminos de Sirkeci (2:59)
  6. Kad Jawajuni (4:42)
  7. A Hora Mit Tzibeles (3:34)
  8. Viva Orduena (2:57)
  9. Quando el Rey Nimrod (3:49)
  10. A Leybedike Honga (2:13)
  11. The Shoemaker's Melody (2:50)
  12. Freylich (3:53)
  13. Sholem Aleichem (2:08)
  14. Naftule Spielt Far Dem Rebin (2:40)
  15. Addio Querida (2:49)

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"This is totally beautiful and inspiring music. Tim Sparks is incredible, a complete original. Every guitarist on the planet has got to hear this." - Bill Frisell

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