With our highly accessible ethnic world music mix and our ability to get an audience on its feet, The Afro-Semitic Experience is redefining the jazz concert and making a difference with our message of Unity in the Community.
As legendary jazz critic, Nat Hentoff wrote “. . . never before have I heard this lyrically powerful a fusion of Jewish and jazz souls on fire. . .” The Afro-Semitic Experience's music is described by critic Carlos Ramos as "a whoopin', hollerin', testifyin' celebration of multicultural soul music. Imagine Charles Mingus sitting in with a Klezmer band, playing Gospel music set to the polyrhythmic pace of congas and bongos."
Baba David Coleman, drummer, teacher, priest, friend, and founding member of the Afro-Semitic Experience died peacefully on Saturday night, February 27, surrounded by his family. He had recently been diagnosed with stage IV liver cancer that had entered his lungs. Please click here to visit our page that we have made to honor and sustain his memory.
LETTERS FROM THE AFFAIR: Highlights reel
Please take a look at a short highlights reel from our recent performances of our new work, Letters from the Affair featuring Cantor Malachi Kanfer and Cantor Martin Levson.
New recording: Freedom Seder
To honor the new official holiday of Juneteenth, we’re excited to announce the release of our new recording, Freedom Seder.
We released the recording on June 19 to mark the celebration of Juneteenth, the day that marks the end of legal slavery in the United States.
This new album is the soundtrack of a live online concert we gave in February. This recording is completely live; there are no edits or overdubs. If we make a flub, you hear it, and if we reach for the skies, you hear that as well.
It’s available for the next few months exclusively from our website. There is no other place online or elsewhere that you can get this recording.
If you’re interested, here’s a link to the album on our music page: