After a hiatus of five years, the women's a cappella group Vocolot is gathering together for a rare concert appearance featuring both original songs and songs of Jewish heritage from around the world in Hebrew, Yiddish, English and Arabic. Their music, rooted in universal heart, social conscience and Jewish soul, communicates a powerful vision of world peace and reconciliation. This performance features Linda Hirschhorn, Talia Cooper, Jen Karno and Liz Stuart.
Vocolot has released five critically acclaimed recordings: Vocolot at 25 (2012), Heart Beat (2002), which won CARA Awards for Best Album and Best Song (La Comida); Behold! (1997), which was nominated for best World/Folk album by the Contemporary A Cappella Society; Roots and Wings (1992); and Gather Round (1989).
Presented by Cozy Concerts and the Jewish Community Center of the East Bay.
Director, founder and primary composer for Vocolot, Cantor Linda Hirschhorn has released two songbooks and eight recordings of original material (four with Vocolot). Her songs and choral arrangements have been published in major folk anthologies, are performed by professional and amateur groups around the world and have been used in video, radio documentaries and dance scores. "Circle Chant," the most widely covered of her songs, is sung around the world. Linda has been Cantor at Temple Beth Sholom, San Leandro, CA since 1988, and was one of the founding members of Kehilla Community Synagogue in Berkeley. www.lindahirschhorn.com.
Elizabeth Stuart plays percussion with several Middle-Eastern ensembles. She has performed live as a percussionist with Anne Bluethenthal and Strong Current dance companies and composed and recorded original music scores for three modern dance pieces choreographed by Chimene Pollard. She has arranged, sung, played keyboards and composed for musical theatre, rock and new music genres and has extensive experience as a sound designer and video game producer. www.myspace.com/lizstuartmusic
Elizabeth Stuart sings and plays percussion and accordion with middle eastern ensembles in the Bay Area, including performing across the U.S. and in Europe with Jewish/world ensemble Vocolot for over 15 years. She has performed live and composed and recorded original music scores for modern dance productions in San Francisco. She has also performed, arranged and composed for musical theater, rock, country and new music genres. In her day job she works for Lawrence Berkeley National Lab conducting research that supports energy efficiency and clean energy policies.
Jennifer Karno has an undergraduate degree in communications and music at UW- Madison, WI, with further studies at the Berklee College of Music. Her love of performance andmusical theater background led her to San Francisco where she played leading roles in many productions including Evita, My Fair Lady, Billy Elliot, and in in the longest running musical revue Beach Blanket Babylon.
Currently Jennifer teaches improvisation, is a marketing and events consultant and is a team building and leadership development facilitator. Jennifer performed with Vocolot from 1996-2006.
Talia Cooper is a singer/songwriter, who has been singing since birth. Performing under the name Entirely Talia, Talia's original songs weave together her family traditions of activism, humor and Jewish culture. When not singing, she can be found dancing, marching in the streets, baking, and working at the National Domestic Workers Alliance.
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