Church of Betty Globestra: The Lazarus Rose: modern world arrangements of centuries-old Sephardic songs performed by a multinational chamber ensemble led by Church of Betty's Chris Rael, featuring Balkan vocal sorceress Vlada Tomova and musicians from Bulgaria, India, Spain, Albania and the US. www.chrisrael.com
Rashanim combines the power of rock with the spontaneity of improvisation, deep Middle Eastern grooves, and mystical Jewish melodies. Led by Jon Madof (Zion80, Matisyahu) on guitar, the band includes Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz (Yemen Blues) on bass and Mathias Künzli (Regina Spektor) on drums and percussion. They'll be joined by a very special guest on keyboards. Rashanim has released four CDs on John Zorn's Tzadik Records.