Heartwarming tunes by famous female musician Chava Rachel Saban.
A professional classical violinist in a symphony orchestra before coming to live in Israel, Chava Rachel is now Interested in jazz and improvisation; she began to play jazz music as well as take up the Irish fiddle. The musical freedom this gave enabled her to begin to improvise and compose her own music.
As she tapped into her roots she gradually became more observant and brought in more and more Jewish themes and melodies to her music. These days she sees music as a form of prayer and feels that when she is singing and playing she is helping to bring about the promised Redemption of the Jewish people. She bases a lot of her songs and melodies on the Psalms and uses her music as a way for prayer and healing. Every Rosh Chodesh, the first day of the new Jewish month, as part of her religious practice, Chava Rachel invites women to join her with their instruments to play music and sing Hallel.
Her style falls into the world/folk music genre but she is happy to use electronic effects in her recordings. As a religious Jewish woman, she is not comfortable performing with or in front of men.
Having studied music from a young age with the well known Japanese Suzuki Method herself, Chava Rachel also runs a private school teaching violin and flute using this system.
Pupils learn by listening to recordings and listening to one another playing without having to read music. This makes it very easy for very young children to learn to play as they learn intuitively by ear, the way they learn to speak. The children feel that the instrument becomes like their voice so that any song children can sing, they can play.
Chava Rachel has found that this method is most successful with extremely young children, and likes her students to start learning at as young as three.
Although it may take longer to learn initially than conventional methods, the children are not restricted by the "dots" and therefore the whole world of music opens up to them.
Chava Rachel encourages children to improvise and express themselves through music and some of them even end up composing their own songs.
Chava Rachel has adapted the method away from traditional western classical music to embrace Jewish music according to the season. She has recorded CD's at three different levels, aleph, bet and gimmel, which the children use at home to practice.
"Gifted with the Craftman's refinement of woman's voice, Chava Rachel has the power to bring one to a future light -- a groove that's sweetly divine."