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The texts and melodies are traditional and ancient; the context and arrangements are modern, impressionistic, and subversive. Ceremonial Jewish prayers and blessings encircling themes of reckoning, forgiveness, mortality, striving, and atonement, reimagined for secular audiences and secular spaces. Alphabet of Wrongdoing is the newest project from Snowblink’s Daniela Gesundheit. Both the album and the performances are investigations of communal gestures of forgiveness — attempts to ”Restore dignity to experience through music…” (poet Alan Felsenthal)
Can we transmute a world’s weight of unforgivable acts, an Alphabet of Wrongdoing?
Featuring Johnny Spence, Phil Melanson, and Alex Lukashevsky
Time / Doors 6:30 pm, Concert 7:00 pm
About Daniela /
Daniela Gesundheit is a vocalist, composer, and cantor. She has collaborated with celebrated acoustic biologist Katy Payne (Songs of the Humpback Whale) for performances that feature choirs trained in the principles of Humpback whale ‘composition,’ and with the Institute for Art and Olfaction in Los Angeles creating immersive olfactory music events that have been staged throughout the US and Europe, including the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles.
She was a featured vocalist alongside Brian Eno on Owen Pallett’s In Conflict and on astronaut Chris Hadfield’s Songs From a Tin Can – the first record ever to be recorded in space. As Snowblink, Gesundheit writes non-denominational devotional pop music and has released three critically acclaimed records on Fire, Arts & Crafts, and Outside Music. She is also a member of the band Hydra, a collaboration between Feist, Snowblink, and Montreal’s LaForce. She sings traditional Jewish liturgy for the first queer-inclusive synagogue in Toronto and officiates lifecycle rituals in California and Canada. She lives in Los Angeles.
Positive Regard /
[Gesundheit’s] voice is extraordinary. It hangs in midair, seemingly unconnected to any human source. — Sunday Times, London, UK (Four out of four stars)
Favorite musical discovery of the year. — WNYC (NPR)
One of the most compelling new voices on the Canadian scene. — CBC
… Gesundheit’s otherworldly voice … swoops and trills with heart-stopping intensity. — NOW