What is the Afro-Semitic Experience? Spiritual, soul-driven, cross-cultural music. "Imagine Charles Mingus sitting in with a Klezmer band, playing Gospel music set to the polyrhythmic pace of the congas." Carlos Ramos, The Rainbow Reporter
The Afro-Semitic Experience is a band of African-American and Jewish-American musicians who are dedicated to preserving, promoting and expanding the rich cultural and musical heritage of the Jewish and African Diaspora. Our music is a merging of the many elements of our cultures. Much of what we play has a strong spiritual center to it-our repertoire contains a heavy dose of music from the Jewish synagogue and the African-American church. We bring joy and enthusiasm to our performances and audiences are invariably on their feet asnd dancing before we are finished!! In performance we tell stories about what the pieces mean, how they relate to us as individuals, and how they reflect upon the relations between Blacks and Jews.The group performs as a duo and as a large ensemble of as many as seven musicians.