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I offer this music in hopes that it will bring happiness, connection, and peace. Bridges of Song was first dreamed of on a beautiful mountain retreat with a group of friends in Estes Park, Colorado, in February 2012. This music is born out of the meeting place between Hassidic melodies, bluegrass, and contemporary Western spirituality. It features traditional and original wordless melodies called niggunim, all played with bluegrass instrumentation.
The tunes are best enjoyed while dancing or singing along - though sitting back and listening or playing them in the background is also good :)
May this album be a joy to you and all those around you!
© 2015 Matt Ponak. All rights reserved.
released January 20, 2016
Matt Ponak - lead vocals, banjo, guitar
David Bergner - acoustic bass, upright bass, and guitar on Everybody Sings
Melina Ponak - backup vocals and resonator bells
Ben Seidman - backup vocals
Miranda Miller - violin on Joyful! and Shlomo's Party
Peter Sharpe - Mandolin
Sarah Bracha Gershuny - backup vocals on Loneliness
Gina Andreucci - fiddle on Munach Zarka
Choir on Shlomo's Party and Everybody sings: Yoni Ashar, Alysia Hayas, Devorah Henderson, Hannah Kapnik Ashar, and Andrew Lipman, with a special guest appearance by Baby Zivi on Everybody Sings
Choir on Loneliness and 5-13: Emily Aranow, Alysia Hayas, Ben Seidman, and Tracy Shulsinger.
All songs written by Matt Ponak except:
Baal Shem Tov is a traditional melody.
Havdallah © Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, BMI.
Used with the permission of the Estate of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach.
For further information please email email@example.com.
Recorded and mixed at Rock Steady Recording.
Mastered by Chris Bauer at www.audiomasteringservice.com
Audio engineering of lead vocals on Loneliness by Eli Kline at Sovereign Soul Productions.
Album cover designed by Matt Ponak and based on: PEI Country Bridge by Nicolas Raymond, Milky Way © dreamstime.com
, and Dancing Photos by Andrew Lipman.