Connecticut
Profile Type: Artist
NEFA Grant Recipient
Artist
Afro-Semitic Experience

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.

Additional Links: 
Live in concert performing The Creator Has a Master Plan
Fon Der Khupe--traditional Eastern European dance piece

I Have Worked With

  • December 2018

    Concert in the Opera house in Havre de Grace.

  • August 2018

    A concert performance at the Sigourney Street Festival in Hartford. Concert sponsored by the Eleanor Preston fund. A community based event that had a very local but very big turnout.

  • August 2018

    We premiered the performance of a new work, Letters from the Affair, at the Best Video Cultural Center.

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Contact Information

First Name: 
David
Job Title/Position: 
Music Director
Mailing Address: 
PO Box 6183
Hamden, CT 06517
Physical Address: 
PO Box 6183
Hamden, CT 06517
Last Name: 
Chevan
Phone: 
203-287-5446

About

Profile Type: 
Artist
Primary Discipline: 
Music - Ethnic / World
Additional Disciplines: 
Music - Ethnic / World
Music - Jazz
Year Founded: 
1998
Populations Served: 
Adults
Elders
Families
General Public
Teens
Institution/Business Type: 
Performing Groups
Activities and Services: 
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Performance / Concert / Reading / Assembly
Residency - Community
Residency - In School
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class / Presentation
Events Per Year: 
36
Seasons Active: 
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
Geographic Reach: 
National
International

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Awards: 
The Afro-Semitic Experience received the 2004 Award of Notable Acheivement from Temple Beth El, Poughkeepsie, New York
I am a NEFA Grant Recipient

I am a Touring Artist

I am NEST eligible
Technical Requirements: 
PA system with monitors
Fee Range Minimum: 
$800
Fee Range Maximum: 
$4,500
State of Residence: 
Connecticut
Minimum Number of Performers: 
2
Maximum Number of Performers: 
7

I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - Communications
Music
Ages Served: 
High School-age
College-Age
Adults