Jaffa Road music
“An ace band that churns out a highly textured cinematic fusion of Arabic, Indian, Jazz, Blues, electronica, and rock. That list might make your head spin, but rest assured that Jaffa Road’s thoughtful, beautifully crafted music will not.”
~ Errol Nazareth, CBC Radio
“If music is indeed a window to a better world, you’ll find Jaffa Road one place where the light gets in. ~ Cal Koat, Worldbeat Canada
“Whenever I play a track on this album, I crank up the speakers, get up out of my chair and start twirling and dancing like I have found a new religion. I know my listeners are doing the same.” ~ Eil Baker, Muzika Hypnotica, Australia
Our 2012 release, Where The Light Gets In, won Best World Music Album at the 2013 Canadian Folk Music Awards and resulted in our second Juno award nomination.
This album features our original chant for healing, "Ana El Na" (composed by Aaron Lightstone, Aviva Chernick & Chris Gartner), which has become popular for group singing in Jewish summer camps, schools and communities across North America. It features Aviva Chernick (vocals), Aaron Lightstone (oud, guitars, saz, synthesizers), Chris Gartner (basses, soundscapes), Sundar Viswanathan (sax, bansuri, Fender Rhodes, vocals), and Jeff Wilson (Middle Eastern & Latin percussion); with special guests Yair Dalal (violin, composition), Amir Amiri (santoor) Aaron Bensoussan (vocals), and Michael Rennie (vocals & violin).
Jaffa Road's classic, Juno-award nominated debut album from 2009 features the band's original lineup and the ever-popular peace song "LYG" (composed by Aaron Lightstone, Aviva Chernick & Chris Gartner) which won Grand Prize in the prestigious John Lennon International Songwriting Competition. These songs feature Aviva Chernick (vocals), Aaron Lightstone (oud, guitars, saz, synthesizers), Chris Gartner (basses & soundscapes), Sundar Viswanathan (sax), Jeff Wilson (Middle Eastern & Latin percussion), with special guests Dr. George Sawa (qanun), Ravi Naimpally (tabla), Chris McKhool (violin), Aaron Bensoussan (vocals), and Ernie Tollar (ney, bansuri).
Both of our previous album releases are also available on our Bandcamp page.