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The Afro-Semitic Experience to Perform at Moravian College – October 4

The Afro-Semitic Experience Bethlehem, Pa., September 1, 2006—Multicultural music will be the order of the night when The Afro-Semitic Experience performs at Moravian College’s Foy Concert Hall on Wednesday, October 4 at 7:30 p.m. The ensemble is dedicated to preserving, promoting and expanding the rich musical heritage of the Jewish and African traditions, and performs secular and sacred sounds mixing blues, Gospel, Klexmer, Nigunim, spirituals, bebop and swing.

Jazz collaborators since 1997, David Chevan, Jewish-American bassist, and Warren Byrd African-American pianist, describe the band as an on-going project of six musicians who play pieces with meaning in their cultures and speak to ideas of universal belief, peace, and brotherhood. An eclectic mix of instruments such as the slide guitar, violin, piccolo, clarinet, trumpet, drums, hand-drums and shekeres, communicate the band’s unique sound of spirituality, partying, praying and jamming. Band members share stories during the performance to emphasize the cultural importance of musical pieces, and comment on Black-Jewish relations. Performances have been referred to as “a mind-blowing experience.”

The band is featured on 2 CDs – their debut album “This is the Afro-Semitic Experience” (a 2002 release) and Chevan’s 2003 solo album “The Days of Awe:  Meditations for Selichot, Rosh Hashanah, and Yom Kippur.

Tickets for the performance are $15 general admission and $10 for students, seniors, and children under 12. Foy Concert Hall is located on Moravian College’s Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus, at the corner of Main and Church Streets in Bethlehem, Pa. For tickets and information, contact the Music Department at 610-861-1650 or e-mail at music@moravian.edu.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.