Join us for An Evening with Jewish Songwriters "In the Round" featuring Mikey Pauker, Happie Hoffman & Eric Hunker, ZALE, and Sammy Rosenbaum.
Doors @ 7 PM
How do you channel divine experience and Jewish mysticism to others? For Mikey Pauker, the answer did not stop at yoga or Torah and Chassidic text study (which he practices daily). Instead, Pauker chose to share his spiritual love and light with the world through music.
Spiritual musician Mikey Pauker has been breathing life into Jewish music for years. His music spans multiple genres including folk,pop, hip-hop electronica, and reggae, blending them into a beautiful uplifting, and unique sound.
Pauker was named by ‘Time Magazine‘ as one of the top 10 stars of new Jewish Music, putting him in company with Craig Taubman Maccabeats, and Michelle Citrin.
On October 1st, Pauker released his debut full length, ‘Extraordinary Love,‘ through Shemspeed Records. His album is weaved together by Pauker's divine experiences with ancient texts that pulse through the artist's veins and enter listeners' hearts. He released a video for the albums new single, “Top Of The World,” on December 19th with features on ‘Zimbio’ and ‘Examiner.’ A video for bonus track “Hinei Mah Tov (Eeoohh!)” was released in February, and was released on the RUACH 5773 compilation published by Transcontinental Music Publications.
Extraordinary Love's title track jumps right in with Pauker singing, "You're powerful, extraordinary love." It's a theme that returns with songs like the dreamy "Top of the World" and the reggae-enfaced "Plenty of Love," which features Jamaican dancehall artist Tj Di Hitmaker and Israeli-expat artist Lior Ben-Hur.
Pauker's beautiful melodies and unique lyrics convey his desire to connect people with their inner light. His words, "The light, the light, I feel you, I found the rhythm of your soul yes it beats too," from the song "The Light," feature ex-Hasidic, gay rapper Y-Love. The folk meets hip hop on this track, a musical illustration of Pauker's love that knows no boundaries.
This is a folk album that pop culture fiends will love. With hip hop producer Diwon (Y-Love, Bonhom, Dreams In Static) manning the wheels, the song rhythms and soundscapes layer electronic beats on a foundation of acoustic folk.
Diwon is known to the US for his Middle Eastern samples and Baltimore club beats. Worldwide, he is famous for his remixes of pop acts like Lana Del Rey and The XX.
The album brings together elements of Bon Iver, the XX, Trevor Hall, The Civil Wars & Imagine Dragons creating a fusion that's both bumping and exalting.
Pauker has shared the stage with Trevor Hall, Matthew Santos, Matisyahu, Idan Raichel, and The Local Natives, among other artists. With captivating performances at SXSW, a prime time spot at Jacob's Ladder Festival in Israel, headlining the Steven Gottleib Music Festival, performing at Limmud International Conference in England, and at the 2013 URJ Biennial. Mikey Pauker is also the CEO and founder of Merkava Mentors, a mentorship for the creation and collaboration of modern jewish music. Pauker is making big waves that will only get bigger.
Happie Hoffman and Eric Hunker are an up and coming singer-songwriter duo based out of Austin, TX. Drawing from Folk, Jewish, Rock, and Pop roots, they focus on rich harmonies and a fresh, heartfelt sound. Growing up in Memphis, TN and Washington, DC respectively, Happie and Eric mesh their musical backgrounds and styles to bring something new and soulful to every show they play. They are currently writing for their first album as a duo as they travel the country together. Last year Eric put out his debut album, “All These Little Loves,” which peaked in the Top 10 of iTunes Singer-Songwriter Chart. With a recent appearance on Kerville Folk Festival’s Main stage and a rapidly growing tour schedule, Happie and Eric are quickly finding their place in the American Folk-music scene.
Meet ZALE, a driven young songstress whose unique musical style combines her classical training, love of the blues narrative, and rock n’ roll attitude. ZALE is touring around the Southeast, promoting her debut solo record Fortress, which is to be released in March 24, 2015. The front-woman and songwriter has recorded two EP’s with her former band Boomfox and has headlined well-known Athens’ venues The Georgia Theatre and 40 Watt Club. ZALE is also a member of a female Americana duo called The Pussywillows with her writing partner and friend, Carly Gibson. As a recent graduate of The University of Georgia, ZALE earned degrees in Social Media Theory and Music Business and now the soulful songstress is ready to take the next step in her career as a solo artist. She has been called a combination of Bonnie Raitt and Sheryl Crow with a modern flare. Inspired by love, loss, and the stressful journey to adulthood, Hannah Zale delivers every lyric with heart and passion.
The young front-woman and songwriter has just completed her debut solo record Fortress to be to be released on March 24, 2015 with Republic Records-signed, Louisiana-based rockers Baby Bee (Joe and David Stark). “ZALE is certainly an artistic force to be reckoned with. Her voice carries her strongly through a wide variety of musical styles,” Joe Stark.
ZALE’s record is somewhat of an artistic experiment. Each song has been carefully crafted by the songwriter to fit the sole narrative of the individual song, rather than fitting all of the songs to one predetermined sound. This alternative Americana artist does not play by the rules of the industry; she has always followed the beat of her own drum and continues to do so in winning fashion.
Sammy Rosenbaum is a talented musician and multi- instrumentalist blending styles ranging from Jazz, Funk, and Folk to World Beat and Hip Hop. He travels to communities to connect with people through music, Jewish learning, and conversation.
Sammy has his finger on the pulse of modern Jewish music. He has collaborated with and interviewed over 80 musicians as part of his webisode series Rock Shabbat. Currently he is the Executive Vice President and Co-Founder of Merkava Mentors, an initiative supporting the creation of commercially viable Jewish inspired music.
Sammy currently serves on the board of the Atlanta Jewish Music Festival working to bring fresh Jewish musical experiences to the Metro Atlanta area.