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?