(http://arnoproductionsnm.com/index.htm), a popular professional concert and simcha band that performs throughout the
southwest, includes Nahalat Shalom’s cantorial soloist and music
director Beth Cohen (violin,
mandolin and vocals),
Barbara Friedman (electric bass), Randy Edmunds (guitar)
and Debo Orlofsky (accordion).
Beth, Barbara, and Randy have also performed
Balkan folk music extensively
for over 20 years, and find
the musical and community connections resonate in klezmer music. Barbara Friedman says, “I love these people and playing with them. I love the
melodies and the different scales. . .and this music is connected
to Middle Eastern and Balkan music.
It feels like Jewish soul music. The most fun is playing for people to dance.”
Randy notes, “I think playing music brings people together
as a community—this is something we have lost as a society. It gives people a
chance to dance and be together in a way we don’t get to much any more.”