It's All Relative
Shakshuka n. 1: eggs cooked in tomato sauce with onion; the most popular egg dish in Israel; from the onomatopoetic Hebrew and North African words, meaning 'all mixed up' 2.an eclectic band that performs contemporary arrangements of Israeli and Sephardic music spiced with jazz. Oh, how I love Shakshuka! The spicy blend of middle eastern rhythnms, sizzling guitars and sumptuous singing is hot and sweet and truly satisfying. The deep bonds of freindship and family that bind this band together come through the music in a powerfully affirming way. The language of their songs, both ancient and modern, speaks of the richness and mystery of who we are relative to ourselves, to each other, and to our people. The graceful gift of their music brings light to the darkness and illuminates our common spirit. So listen- and enjoy! Stuart Rosenberg, Producer With Shakshuka it is a family affair, as the group's members are primarily comprised of two generations from two families. Shakshuka was started by Chuck and Rachel Rosenberg and Steve Yastrow, close family friends and musicians who share a love for Jewish music and grew up influenced by the contemporary folk, pop, Latin and jazz music. Here is what people are saying: 'One of the nice things about Shakshuka's sound is the newness...they have a rich, textured sound...The guitars come through with perfect clarity...which is wonderful, as Yastrow's playing, although less given to wild flourishes than David Broza's, approaches the Israeli star's speed and inventiveness and is more given to bluesy, bent notes. Sephardic jazz...is not something encountered every day, and it's certainly not something to miss.' JUF News Arts and Entertainment 'Shakshuka really captures the spirit and soul of contemporary Jewish music...' Daily Herald.