Co-sponsor: Gesher | The Bridge Shul
(formerly the Conservative Synagogue of the Hamptons)
6:30-8pm (doors open at 6pm)
Hamptons Jazz Fest presents Middle Eastern vocalist and composer Galeet Dardashti and the all-female Mizrahi band Divahn. Together, the all-woman musical group celebrates Middle Eastern heritage, infusing traditional songs with sophisticated harmonies, funky arrangements, and entrancing improvisations. From music festivals, to live television and radio programs, Divahn has sparked international interest and welcomed audiences to a beautiful sphere of multiculturalism. As the lead singer of the edgy all-woman Mizrahi ensemble Divahn, Dardashti entrances audiences and lends dimension to the group with her diverse background.
Granddaughter to the premier voice of Persian classical music, Yona Dardashti, and daughter to the esteemed cantor Farid Dardashti, Dardashti is the first woman in her family to continue the tradition. She has performed through the US and Israel, producing significant cantorial work and gaining an international following. Following in the footsteps of her family’s esteemed legacy and creating her own legendary path to pursue, Dardashti arrives at The Church during a time of cultural significance and prepares us all for the coming year. Her sultry delivery, depth of cultural respect, and the ensemble’s fusion of world music are sure to have a lasting impression that lingers with listeners.
Hamptons Jazz Fest and The Church are deeply grateful to Gesher | The Bridge Shul for their generous sponsorship of this event. Visit Bridgeshul.org for more information.
ABOUT GALEET DARDASHTI As the granddaughter of Yona Dardashti, the most renowned singer of Persian classical music in Iran in his day, and daughter of highly esteemed cantor Farid Dardashti, Middle Eastern vocalist, and composer Galeet Dardashti is the first woman in her family to continue her family tradition of distinguished Persian and Jewish musicianship. Her newest performance, Monajat, is inspired by the poetic prayers of Selihot, recited during the month preceding the Jewish New Year. It is a time-specific concert and program that takes place during a period of deep reflection and spiritual preparation. Her acoustic/electronic solo project The Naming, supported by a Six Points Fellowship and a Hadassah-Brandeis Institute Fellowship, draws inspiration from the musical and cultural landscape of the Middle East and some of the provocative yet unsung Biblical women who have lived there.
Galeet also pursues her passion for Jewish music and culture as an anthropologist. She holds a Ph.D. in anthropology, specializing in cultural politics and contemporary Middle Eastern/Arab music in Israel. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Jewish Music and Musician-in-Residence at the Jewish Theological Seminary, and she has published widely on her work. She offers residencies, lectures, and workshops on her artistic and academic work.
ABOUT DIVAHN Lead singer Galeet Dardashti follows a family tradition of distinguished musicianship dating back to 19th-Century Persia. But it was down in Austin, Texas, where Divahn’s bold all-woman Mizrahi/Sephardi ensemble began dazzling audiences with its Middle Eastern grooves. Infusing traditional and original Jewish songs with sophisticated harmonies, entrancing improvisations, and funky arrangements, today Divahn has engendered an international following, performing in venues ranging from top concert halls in Poland to the most prestigious clubs in NYC.
The group’s thrilling live shows include lush string arrangements, electric Indian, Middle Eastern, and Latin percussion, and vocals spanning Hebrew, Judeo-Spanish, Persian, Arabic, and Aramaic. Dardashti’s diverse background performing Persian and Arab classical music, Ashkenazi cantorial music, Western classical music, and jazz enhance Divahn’s unique and innovative sound.
ABOUT GESHER | THE BRIDGE SHUL Led by Rabbis Jan Uhrback and Michael Boino, Gesher | The Bridge Shul is a fully inclusive and egalitarian, intellectually challenging, and musically creative synagogue based in Bridgehampton. The only traditional egalitarian synagogue on the East End, Gesher is thrilled to co-sponsor this concert in celebration of its 25th anniversary in the Hamptons and its new name (formerly “The Conservative Synagogue of the Hamptons”).