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Beat'achonis the world's premier Jewish A Cappella singing group, bringing a fresh and exciting new sound to the Jewish music scene. Beat'achon's unique blend is part "doo-wop," part pop and rhythm & blues, celebrating traditional Jewish lyrics with a vibrant contemporary musical style. The six-man ensemble combines rich vocal harmonies and catchy rhythms in its repertoire of original compositions and arrangements, ranging from spirited upbeat tunes to soulful ballads.

Beat'achon was formed in 1991 by six boyhood friends who grew up singing and harmonizing together at the Shabbat table. The six midwesterners, transplanted to Manhattan's Upper West Side, decided to prepare a few songs for a neighborhood talent show. They were a hit! The enthusiastic response convinced them there was an audience for their music. Many concert opportunities followed, for which they continued to write and arrange new songs, and in 1993 the group recorded its first album, Beat'achon: Jewish A Cappella. To date Beat'achon has performed extensively in North America in such cities as New York, Chicago, Boston, Miami and Dallas and even as far away as Hong Kong, China, with more cities and countries to come.

Beat'achon concerts have delighted audiences of all ages, across the religious spectrum. The group's live shows are filled with choreography, humor, a contagious enthusiasm and, of course, Beat'achon's trademark six-part harmony. In addition to concerts, Beat'achon performs at community events, institutional dinners and functions, school programs, and other such occasions.

Beat'achon has released three albums: "Beat'achon: Jewish A Cappella," the smash debut, in 1993. The 1998 follow-up, "Soul Food/Ochel Nefesh," set a benchmark in Jewish a cappella recordings. And in the oft-requested, just-released third album, "West Side Z'mirot," Beat'achon sings your favorite traditional Shabbat hymns in lush six part harmony. It's like having Beat'achon at your Shabbat table! All three releases have garnered critical and commercial acclaim and interest continues to grow and the group's reputation spreads.


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Beat'achon : Jewish A Cappella : 00  1 CD : 

Beat'achon : Jewish A Cappella

Review: Never forget that Hebrew cantillation was the root of Christian chant later codified by Gregory. In short it is the most ancient a cappella to which we have access. It is not surprising that New York City, with strong orthodox communities in the midst of the neighborhoods which are the doo-wop centers of the world, would have a new emerging Jewish synthesis. Beat'achon combines traditional chant with doo wop elements and harmonies to update an ancient tradition. It is a fascinating historical development.

Songlist: Vayehi, Eilecha, Eishet Chayil, Mi Adir, Hafachta, Modeh Ani, Ashrei, Se'u, D'ror Yikrah, Mi Bon Siach, Ani Ma'amin, Eishet Chayil, L'cha Dodi, Hafachta

2227c | 00 1 CD | $14.98 | A Cappella Jewish a cappella

Beat'achon : Soul Food : 00  1 CD : 

Beat'achon : Soul Food

Review: Beat'achon has grown tremendously in this second album. The voices have matured as well as the combination of Jewish chant and traditional tunes with modern doo-wop and contemporary styles. "Adon Olam," sung to the tune of "Under the Boardwalk," with its complexity of mouth pops and asperative percussive elements (then they throw in the horn lick just in case the mix isn't rich enough) is to die for, so to speak. With sophisticated recording, engineering, and producing assistance Beat'achon has come a long way along the path toward groyskayt!.

Songlist: Va'ani, Adon Olam, Horeni Hashem, Tzur Mishelo, Avinu Malkenu, Gadlu, Kah Ribon, Horeni, Yerushalayim, L'cha Dodi, Likrat Kallah, Lo Tevoshi

2228c | 00 1 CD | $14.98 | A Cappella Jewish a cappella

Beat'achon : West Side Z'Mirot : 00  1 CD : 

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Beat'achon : West Side Z'Mirot

Review: Beat'Achon is Chaim Birman, Jordan B. Gorfinkel, Elie Landau, Dave Matkowsky, David Max and Avy Schreiber, and "West Side Z'Mirot" (which we assume translates to something like "story"), is their third CD. There are 12 "Shabbat" songs here, Jewish traditional music beautifully and harmoniously sung in 6-part harmony. The booklet included has an explanation of each song in English, then the words in both Yiddish and in the centuries-old calligraphic Yiddish. The CD makes you feel as if you are sitting back in a synagogue, just allowing the ancient spirituality in the words and the sweet soulful harmonies of these talented men wash over you!

Songlist: Shalom Aleichem, Eishet Chayil, Menuchah V'Simchah, You Zeh L'yisrael, Kah Ribou, You Zeh M'chubad, Yom Shabbaton, Ki Eshmirah Shabbat, Mizmor L'david, Yedid Nefesh (Maher Ehor), Im Eshkachech / Shir Hama'alot, Na'ar Hayiti

2912c | 00 1 CD | $11.95 | A Cappella Jewish a cappella

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