Singer-songwriter Julie Lavender, sets luminous poetry from the ancient Jewish prayer book to her own fresh, multi-faceted, jazz-influenced music. This intriguing project features top East Coast jazz players and also highlights Julie’s striking visual art.
This is a project that can be enjoyed by all types of people. If you like fresh, multifaceted music and luminous poetry, if you appreciate songs that express a breadth of human spiritual experience, if you are intrigued by ancient cultures and traditions and how they intersect with modern life, if you are Jewish, if you are Gentile, if you are faith-filled or skeptical, if your heart is open, this project is for you.
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“The Siddur Project” fills a place in my spirit that I didn’t even know was empty.
In her new CD “The Siddur Project,” Julie Lavender has weaved her original music, inspired from above, with the Jewish religious text. It is a thoughtful, elegant match which lifts one’s soul to another dimension. I wholeheartedly and humbly recommend others to check it out.
“The Siddur Project” is more than a CD – its engaging melodies and lavish imagery offer an unique perspective into the beauty, depth and intrigue of Jewish space. The experience lingers long after listening!
Carefully conceived and beautifully recorded, The Siddur Project is one of those increasingly rare outputs that are built solidly and thoroughly around a substantial, clear concept; a backbone which everything hangs from. The result is something that transcends a mere collection of nice tracks. Measured at any angle, by any criteria, in any dimension, this feels like a complete statement, and one that someone cared about enough to polish and present as clearly and perfectly as possible. Despite the wonderful variety of instrumentation and musical styles from piece to piece, this is unmistakably one coherent world that is in perfect harmony with itself. It’s rare to see someone take the time to put together, polish, and present such a sincere, connected, and flawless project as this.
“The Siddur Project” is a coming together of Jewish prayer and jazz, traditional, and eclectic musicality, with that truly unique sound of Julie Lavender. Through her angelic voice you experience the spirituality of familiar Jewish prayer that reaches the listener in new ways. You will want to listen to this collection with your heart and soul.
As a rabbi and musician, I consider a few things when I listen to music which seeks to express deep religious truths: passion, musical excellence, and responsibility to the tradition. I was not disappointed by Julie Le Doux’s “Siddur Project.” Her melodies are engaging; the orchestrations, hip and exciting; and her spiritual reflections on the traditional Jewish texts, handled with integrity and clarity. Beyond all this, Yeshua, the One who we know as Messiah finds his proper place within the Jewish liturgical experience – a subtle presence to be appreciated by those attuned to his music. Julie, you have offered listeners both Jewish and not, a delightful and compelling journey into new musical territory. Bravo!
In a world saturated with unvaried church worship music, Julie Lavender’s unique style and integration of so many beautiful Jewish traditions truly stands apart. “The Siddur Project” presents a crystal voice and diverse instrumentation that uplifts others and opens a variety of doors for future generations of musicians seeking to glorify Messiah.
In a day when many Jewish prayer books gather dust on the shelf, “The Siddur Project” is a welcomed fresh breeze. Julie Lavender highlights our ancient and beautiful prayers with innovative and jazzy rhythms. Hearing the Siddur come alive again is music to my ears and soul.