Vessel of Song
The Music of Mikhl Gelbart

The Lori Cahan-Simon Ensemble

Lori Cahan-Simon succeeds with her singing, in a way that truly reveals her talents.  She infuses her songs with a depth of feeling and sense of mood, that even if one is unfamiliar with the Yiddish language, the meaning of the songs is crystal clear.  This is no small accomplishment.  Only an artist with great sensitivity can actually bridge the language gap and weave the interpretation of the music into the consciousness of the listener.  Lori is able to inject feeling and a sense of milieu into each individual note, creating a picture and mood that becomes apparent even without the benefit of understanding all or any of the words being sung.  This Cahan-Simon magic is greatly enhanced by the participation of her superb and accomplished ensemble who help create the entire musical tapestry that forms the beauty of this collection of songs by Mikhl Gelbart, one of the finest and most versatile composers of Yiddish songs ever to have lived. 

This enchanting CD contains a pleasing variety of songs touching on festive holiday fraylakh, maternal emotions and Yiddishe pride.   Purim, Chanukah, and Peysakh are remembered with songs such as “A Gut Yontev Yidn”, Khad Gadyo” and a Chanukah medley.  The beauty and serenity of the Sabbath is honoured with the haunting melody of “Shabes” and the great spirit of Yiddishkeit is felt through numbers like “Muzikantn (Musicians)”, “In Shul Arayn (Going to School)” and “A Viglid (A Lullaby)” 

 As a professional singer myself, I have a deep understanding and appreciation of the work and dedication that is involved in learning and ultimately performing a song.  Each number is like a three act play, telling a story with a beginning, middle and end within an abbreviated time frame of just a few minutes.  It ain’t easy and it takes a very special talent to be able to put life’s feelings into the realm of 8 notes, a few words and in what is a foreign language to many listeners.  Lori Cahan-Simon is such a talent as are the marvelous musicians who work with her.  I urge the members of my Megillah family to support Lori’s work by buying her CD as well as giving them as gifts to friends and loved ones.  The recipients will be thanking you for a long time to come.  You can purchase Vessel of Song by clicking on and ordering directly on line.  Or you can email Lori directly at

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