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Atlanta Jewish Music Festival: International Night

AJMF8 International night features the winners of our first ever AJMF commission, Nick Edelstein and Foad Naraghi. From their application last Fall:

"The songs we are preparing are about unifying opposing communities and ethnicities. The first is called "Solidus" and borrows its name from the slash symbol [The division line between the numerator and the denominator of a fraction]. This hard line reveals the common denominator amongst ourselves, and when broken apart (Solid Us) the meaning is unification. We begin with the obvious "U.S." (as in, presidential election politics) but quickly move beyond to a more personal and universal "us" -- Jews, Muslims, Turkish and Kurdish, refugee immigrants, etc. can unite towards common goals. How can our common ground unite us to help create a solid US?

The music would blend instruments that traditionally never mix - a renaissance crumhorn and cornetto, electric guitar and analog synth, tabla and other middle eastern percussion - with modern and traditional vocal stylings to create new, fresh tone colors."

Nick and Foad will be joined on stage by members of Nick's critically-acclaimed band, "The Grooves," and Ladino singer/songwriter Sarah Aroeste for a truly incredible evening. The new songs will be featured alongside Foad's unique modernized stylings of Turkish and Persian folk melodies, backed by The Grooves' funky horns and rhythm section.


Artist Bios:

Sarah Aroeste has worked tirelessly to keep Ladino music alive for a new generation. Her style, whether with her original music or with interpreting Ladino folk repertoire, combines traditional Mediterranean Sephardic sounds with contemporary influences such as rock, funk jazz and blues. One of few Ladino artists today who writes her own music, Aroeste performs songs of such universal themes as family dynamics, first-love crushes, unrequited love, loss, searching for home, going off to war, and much more. Together, her songs have brought new life and energy to the beautiful and mysterious sounds of Sephardic music.

Nick Edelstein is founder of Judaic Mosaic songwriting & recording camp ( and plays cornetto in the highly-acclaimed Renaissance ensemble, Lauda Musicam ( As a longtime active member of Atlanta's Jewish music scene (guitar/vocals, The Moody Jews band 2004-'15, etc.), and member of The Recording Academy, Nick loves exploring new collaborations and soundscapes. Past collaborations of note include AJMF artists Axum, and Lily of The Suburbs, and Nigerian sensation Nneka Obata.

Foad Naraghi is an internationally renowned singer of Hebrew, Turkish, Kurdish, and Persian music. Big in Toronto, NYC, and D.C. he recently moved to Atlanta and is already creating strong buzz. Foad is passionate about bringing people together and blurring political borders; this summer he sang a sold-out concert for the Kurdish Jewish Group of North America in NYC.