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ARTICLES ABOUT NEW ALBUM ‘PARDES’

“… listening to Pardes, the Amos Hoffman and Noam Lemish Quartet’s first collaborative CD release, it’s easy to feel like you’ve been transported to a musically intoxicating Garden of Eden… Each track is worthy of its own review…Plug into Pardes and enjoy your stay in paradise!” | Sharna Searle, The WholeNote

“A Joyful album that will lift your spirits…” | Ruth Schweitzer, The Canadian Jewish News

“The Perfect Package…at once accessible and unique” | Raul da Gama, Toronto Music Report

“…a delectable listening experience. Hoffman and Lemish have done a wonderful job of excavating these tunes and bringing them to fresh, toe-tapping life.” | Lesley Carter, Great Dark Wonder

“Great playing by all! The musicians and the music cross many styles and again shows how when combined, the East and West merge to form something beautiful and unique” | Brice Boorman, Chalked Up Reviews

“This album works like a dream…pure magic!” | Martin Delia, The Jazz Music Blog

“The slippery modes of Near Eastern music lend themselves easily enough to jazz and have been material for jazz musicians as far back as Duke Ellington’s “Caravan.” On Pardes, guitarist-oud player Amos Hoffman and pianist Noam Lemish perform a lush set of compositions in that manner, steeped in the particular traditions of Sephardic Jews.” | Morton Shlabotnik, Shepherd Express

“providing the listener with a deeply fascinating, multi-faceted expression, which fills one with curiosity, interest in tradition, and flair for its renewal. The music performed is of virtuoso caliber, technically top-notch and artistically a multitude of refreshing temptations.” (Translated from Danish)| Ivan Rod

CONCERT REVIEWS AND PREVIEWS

“Jazz from Israel and elsewhere captivates” | Eileen Wingard, San Diego Jewish World

“Exuberant Jazz Arrangements of Jewish Songs…” | Ruth Schweitzer, The Canadian Jewish News

“Strong melodies and memorable rhythms…This was a strongly interactive performance, with each musician contributing to the interlaced sound: Hoffman with strongly-outlined rhythms ringing out on oud and guitar, Lemish with both flowing romantic piano passages and intense flurries of notes…Throughout, the audience applauded strongly and warmly.” | Alayne McGregor, Ottawa Jazz Scene

“Nothing short of captivating. Amos Hoffman and Noam Lemish displayed a level of world-class musicianship that will certainly rank as one of the best this year and years to come…It ended with a rousing standing ovation and a night to remember!” | Tony Zambito, JazzBuffalo

Amos Hoffman — a hard-swinging guitarist and evocative oud player in equal measure | Peter Hum, Ottawa Citizen

Interview with Noam Lemish | Chelsea McBride, Toronto’s Spectrum Music

Review | Alayne McGregor, Ottawa Jazz Scene