Great news: In time for up-coming Yom Kippur; Tuesday 22 September, 2015; “Redemption. The Patty Chan Kol Nidre.” or “Kol Nidre goes to China.” New version of Kol Nidre added to the Project: Composed for erhu and performed by Canadian composer Patty Chan. Accompanied by double bassist Marjolaine Fournier on viola da gamba: English news release;

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: “REDEMPTION.”                   “KOL NIDRE GOES TO CHINA.” Toronto, Canada: The Kol Nidre, an iconic Jewish prayer, is sung by the Cantor and choir on the eve of  Yom Kippur. Traditional arrangements over the  centuries  have been composed for cello, violin, piano and other conventional instruments. And now, a version for the erhu – a  two stringed bowed instrument which can be traced back to instruments introduced into China more than 1000 years ago – has arrived on the world music scene. Canadian composer, performer, teacher Patty Chan’s unique Kol Nidre  entitled ‘Redemption’  is being released on line  today  on kolnidre.org, the site of the Kol Nidre Project –  a project devoted to producing and sharing different interpretations of the Kol Nidre through  the hearts, souls and instruments of musicians from around the world. Chan performs the piece on the  erhu- an ancient instrument known for its introspective nature and its ability to reflect a wide range of emotions, including deep sadness – accompanied by Ottawa double bassist Marjolaine Fournier on  the viola da gamba. The Kol Nidre Project  has previously commissioned Nicolas Jolliet’s composition ‘Kol Nidre Goes East’  for  sitar, surbahar, tabla, oud, dumbek and other exotic instruments instruments – and, most recently,  Roger Scannura’s  composition ‘Todos Los Votos,” for Flamenco guitar. (Also called ‘Kol Nidre Goes Home’). “I am not charging  for access to ‘’The Chan Kol Nidre”  because I want to make this exquisite work as accessible as possible,” said producer Harold Levy,  Director of the Kol Nidre Project who is a  consummate  classical guitarist and now studies Flamenco guitar with Roger Scannura. “Patty Chan was not familiar with the  Kol Nidre before I approached her,” Levy added. “In an unexpected revelation,  she discovered that the Kol Nidre  stirred in her soul themes of  forgiveness, redemption and reconciliation which had haunted her, and so many others, because of the brutal Holocaust perpetrated by the Japanese on the Chinese people  over seventy years ago.” “Indeed, Ms. Chan has performed the music for ‘Red Snow,”  by Toronto playwright Diana Tso,   a successful Toronto production also performed in Shanghai, which  explores the  horrific 1937 rape of Nanking – and is currently working with  Tso on a new play called Comfort which deals with  the ordeals of  ‘comfort women,’  who were forced to submit to sexual slavery by the Japanese military in Asia.” Accomplished Canadian composer Alice Ho says: “A beautiful and mesmerizing composition created for the Kol Nidre by erhu player Patty Chan. The combination of erhu and viola da gamba has such expressive vocal quality that appropriately captured the spirit of compassion, forgiveness, and peace. Through the gentle dialogue of two ethnically diverse instruments, one can hear the voices of God and human exchanging in an intimate and affectionate manner. A moving work with exquisite erhu solo, a special contribution to the Kol Nidre.” LISTEN TO ‘REDEMPTION.’ WHERE NEXT FOR THE KOL NIDRE PROJECT? Nicolas Jolliet was born in Switzerland,  composed and recorded his  “Kol Nidre” for Indian instruments  on the Island of  St. Lucia in the Caribbean,  ending the eclectic  piece with a “Reggae beat.” Roger Scannura was born in Malta, and discovered during the process of  composing  of  “Todos Los Vitos”   (Kol Nidre Goes Home) that he may  be a descendant of ‘conversos”  - Jews who pretended to be Catholics in order to avoid being burned at stake by the inquisition. Patty  Chan uses an ancient  instrument from China to make us  draw into ourselves and experience peace, sadness, and a yearning for redemption, forgiveness and reconciliation –  much as the Kol Nidre has managed to instill for centuries. One question remains for the Kol Nidre Project: After India, Spain and China, – and a side trip to  the war zone of  Kabul where the Jolliet  Kol Nidre was played at a U.S. armed forces Kol Nidre service, where will the Kol Nidre show up next?  

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