Israeli, Canada-based vocalist Ayelet Rose Gottlieb attempts in her fourth solo album to portray a possible peaceful vision of the Middle-East through a wise arrangement of Israeli and Palestinian poetry. These poems, all sung in Hebrew (and all translated to English) suggest that behind the conflict, contrasting historical, political and even cultural narratives live people who share like-minded passions, dreams and loves, often in relation to the same shared natural scenery. Gottlieb composed these poems over a long time, few were work-in-progress in her repertoire for 15 years, and her profound insights into the distinct poetic rhythm of every poet ...read more
Singer/songwriter Ayelet Rose Gottlieb's last project, an interpretation of the Bible's erotic Song of Songs, was a genre-straddler that succeeded both instrumentally and vocally. With Upto Here | From Here she stretches out with very strong originals in the presence of some NYC jazz stalwarts: drummer Take Toriyama, bassist Ed Schuller, pianist Anat Fort, saxophonist Loren Stillman and trumpeter Avishai Cohen. This modern jazz session highlights her voice as an integral instrument in what becomes a texturally heady setting. That voice can certainly be straightforward and declarative as she commands that Life is a Structure That is ...read more
There is an age-old Jewish blessing that goes, May you be credited with as many rewards as the seeds of the pomegranate." Considering each bud contains exactly 613 arils--and as many reward possibilities--the saying illustrates the atmosphere of generosity and plenitude surrounding Tishrey celebrations.Singer/composer Ayelet Rose Gottlieb not only loves her pomegranates, but her perky musical persona proves to be somehow analogous to the fruit's astringent, bittersweet taste. At times moderately mischievous and wily, at others more philosophical and tender, Gottlieb indeed cultivates a joie de vivre that encompasses all her work. Already her third effort as a ...read more
Mayim Rabim is replete with compositions that are able to stand on their own as superb improvisational vehicles for a fine eclectic group of musicians--Israeli-born vocalist Ayelet Rose Gottlieb, pianist Anat Fort, clarinetist Michael Winograd (whose development into a world class klezmer-jazz artist continues to impress), drummer Take Toriyama, cellist Rufus Cappadocia, and four additional vocalists--to deliver eleven sensual pieces. Lyrically, these works draw on material from the Bible's most erotic literature, Shir Hashirim, or Song of Songs, each song being a celebration of love with an emphasis on its passion. Like love itself, many emotions weave ...read more
Fairytales and myths abound with characters like vocalist Ayelet Rose Gottlieb. One recent night the tiny being took the stage at Cornelia Street Café. Dressed in filmy black attire, with a purple beaded, net kerchief wrapped around her cascading dark hair, she resembled a midnight mermaid glittering with dew from the sea. Upon opening her mouth, it seemed the 25 year-old’s ancestry must include those bewitching sirens of Greek legend, though her music is culled from a place eastward across the Mediterranean. Gottlieb’s debut disc, Internal/External, combines her intense connection to Israeli roots with a vibrant endeavor ...read more
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