Saturday, June 14, 2008


It's not easy to cure cancer, but Pioneers do what's never been done!

Hello fellow pioneers! Take a look at the final candidate for the new logo above. 

Also, we'll be starting a new blog this week. The focus of this blog will be on the cancer charities themselves, with links to their sites. Our blogger will be Karen Rosen, a cancer survivor herself, who has already recorded a track for us and is uniquely qualified for this task. Go Karen! I'll post a link to the blog once it is up and running.

Stay well and have a good Shabbos.


Hello friends, hope all is well. Just a quick post to inform everyone that the new official site for the Pioneers For A Cure project is up and running...

Please visit the website and sign up for our e-mail list to stay informed about the project and the various artists and charities involved. 

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

REBBE SOUL, Monday, June 2, 2008

After Hasidic New Wave was done, Rebbe Soul came into the studio to lay down his track for the album. Rebbe Soul is an acclaimed and versatile musician who fuses rock with new-world and old-world sounds. Of course there are obvious traces of Zeppelin and Hendrix in Rebbe Soul's style, but the music remains significantly and evenly steeped in Judaic heritage. 

Aaron Alexander from Hasidic New Wave along with our producer Greg Wall stayed in the studio and recorded with Rebbe Soul, with Aaron on the guitar and Greg playing the piano. 

All proceeds from the Rebbe Soul track will go to benefit the Dana-Farber Cancer institute. 

The above featured picture is of the three of them, mid-session. 

HASIDIC NEW WAVE, Monday, June 2, 2008

Monday was a busy day in the studio. Our project's producer, Greg Wall, had his own band, Hasidic New Wave come into the studio to record a session for the album. The band gets its unique sound by combining spiritual songs from Hasidic dynasties to funk and a Hasidic version of Medeski, Martin & Wood, if you can imagine. The band is made up of Greg Wall (tenor sax), Frank London (trumpet), David Fiuczynski (guitar), Aaron Alexander (percussion), and Fima Ephron (bass). The day was so beautiful that during part of the recording session, we opened the front door to the studio and let the sunshine stream in.

The Klezmershack had this to say after seeing the band perform live...

"What we have here is not a clean, safe, Ben Sidron version of Jewish jazz (which, I might add, is quite pleasant in its place, even if its place tends not to be my house). Listening to Frank London and Greg Wall intertwine as they conclude their exploration of the limits of the traditional "Tzur Mishelo," for instance, or to simply hear the driving opening chords of the "Satmer Hakafos #6," one realizes that this is not random exploration, but exploration rooted in a specific cultural experience. "

The picture featured above is of Aaron and Fima enjoying the beautiful day outside of the studio...

Monday, June 2, 2008

Y-LOVE & DIWON, Monday, June 2, 2008

Right now, I am in the studio with hip hop artist Y-Love and his producer diwon. They actually recorded the track for the album in their own private studio, and just came into our studio to work on some overdubs. The track was amazing, it featured Y-Love rhyming over 50 year old field samples of Yemenite chanting. The original inspiration for the track was the Kibbutz settlers, the early settlers to Israel. 

The vibe of the track ended up sounding reminiscent of a Saul Williams XXL magazine said "Y-Love is like Talib Kweli and Saul Williams in a yarmulke...making hip-hop Kosher". 

All of the proceeds from their track will go to benefit Cancer Care of New York. 


Hey guys, there is a another blog that is related to the project that you should definitely check out...

Thanks! Stay safe.

ABBI ROSE, Friday, May 2, 2008

Today was a treat! Abbi Rose came in to record a track of her vocals, accompanied by Shanir and Mathias from Rashanim, as well as cellist Ben Kabl. All of the percussion, the accompaniment, topped off with beautiful cuts of Ben's cello made the track really shine. Abbi has an amazing voice that is bright and clear, and she has an incredible range. And she has actually recorded a children's album, which currently is available on iTunes...if you get a chance check it out, and you can her her melodic voice...