The musical ensemble Sulam (Hebrew for “ladder”) meets on Sophia Street in Vancouver.
Inspired by music from the Middle East and Africa, as well as Flamenco, Klezmer, Yiddish, Gypsy and Jewgrass, Sulam explores Hebrew text through Jewish World Music.
Sulam’s members include: Elana Brief (violin); Martin Gotfrit (guitar, mandolin, vocals); Charles Kaplan (guitar, oud, vocals); Laura Duhan Kaplan (spoken word, vocals); Dave Kauffman (clarinet); Joe Markovitch (bass, vocals); Wendy Rubin (keyboard, flute, melodica, vocals).
Sulam is available to play for Jewish prayer services, Jewish holiday gatherings, Inter-religious sacred music events, folk festivals, and other special events.
(We do not usually play for weddings or bar/bat mitzvah parties, but are happy to refer you to someone who does!)
Listen to sample recordings:
Ani Ma’amin: I believe with perfect faith in the coming of the Messiah — even if it is delayed. On that day, God will be One and God’s name will be One. (Set to the Lebanese folk tune Bint El-Shalabiyya)
Adon Olam: God existed before anything took form, and will exist after everything else ends. Into God’s hands I place my spirit; I shall not fear. (Set to James Stone Goodman’s variation on the “Amsterdam” tune)
Odessa Bulgar: An instrumental klezmer piece played in the Ahavah Rabbah (phrygian) melodic mode with an 8/8 beat and a freylach (festive) mood.
Selected Recent Events:
Shabbat With a Difference, Congregation Beth Israel, Vancouver, April-August, 2017.
Ordination Celebration, Or Shalom Synagogue, Vancouver, February 11, 2017.
Kabbalat Shabbat, Or Shalom Synagogue, Vancouver, November 25, 2016.
His Mercy Endures Forever, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vancouver, November 8, 2016.
Jewish Liturgy: A Musical Introduction, Vancouver School of Theology, October 20, 2016.
Shavuot Concert, Peretz Centre for Secular Jewish Culture, June 12, 2016.
Anniversary Party, Cottage Bistro, May 29, 2016.
Encountering the Other Multi-Cultural Concert, Vancouver School of Theology, May 16, 2016.
Limmud Vancouver Cabaret, Congregation Beth Israel, January 30, 2016.