Washington Jewish Music Festival

If it’s one thing we like here at The Chosen, it’s music. Once we learned about the Jewish Music Festival taking place in May we couldn’t pass up the chance to give you the details. Presented by the Washington DC Jewish Community Center’s Morris Cafritz Center for the Arts. The Howard and Geraldine Polinger Family Foundation is the major sponsor of the Washington Jewish Music Festival. Taking place May 3-21, the festival serves the entire region as one of the top Jewish music festivals in the country.

The acts below will be performing at different venues around town. To find out more visit here.

5/3    Abraham, Inc.
5/10  Hadag Nahash
5/11  Shabbat in Song
5/12  Balagan Boogaloo with Diwon and DeScribe
5/14  Roberto Rodriguez and the Cuban Jewish All Stars
5/15  Basya Schechter: Songs of Wonder
5/16  Yael Meyer
5/17  DeLeon
5/18  ShirLaLa
5/19  Moshav
5/20  Peter Himmelman
Schmekel
5/21  The Yellow Ticket with Alicia Svigals

 

One of the acts that we’re pleasantly surprised to see is Yael Meyer. Yael is a Chilean singer-songwriter who creates unpretentious songs of incredible complexity and depth. Her unique blend of indie folk and lounge electronica beg comparisons to Jose Gonzalez, Jack Johnson, and Feist.

At age 18, Meyer set her sights on Berklee College of Music in Boston, and won a scholarship to attend, completing her studies in just 3 ½ years. It was there that she wrote, produced and recorded her debut album Common Ground, a blend of indie folk and lounge electronica which became a smash hit in her home country.  It was hailed as one of the top 50 albums of the year by Rolling Stone Chile, and jump-started a career that would include tours of the U.S, Europe and South America.

An EP in late 2009 entitled Heartbeat followed, bringing with it wider global recognition. Tracks from the EP were licensed in the U.S. for the TV shows Life Unexpected, Drop Dead Diva, MTV’s Awkward andPrivate Practice. Prominent KCRW DJ and tastemaker Nic Harcourt handpicked Meyer’s song “Shed Their Fear” for airplay.  MTV selected Meyer as a “Needle in the Haystack” artist, and her music has been used in Ralph Lauren runway shows. Chilean film director Nicolas Lopez selected three of her songs for his 2010 comedy feature Que Pena Tu Vida (F*** My Life).

Nothing inspires her more than Radiohead, Jeff Buckley, and Jesca Hoop. Although, if you catch her live at the festival be sure to request from her a Shakira impersonation.

Check out her latest music video:  Fire

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