Bowl Hashanah: Rosh Hashanah with Rabbi Dan Ain and The Sway Machinery's Jeremiah Lockwood
Rabbi Dan, Jeremiah Lockwood, Shoko Nagai, Brian Chase, Miriam Eisenberger
Monday, October 3rd, 2016
Doors: 9:30 am / Show: 10:00 am
This event is all ages
* Rosh Hashanah morning services led by Rabbi Dan Ain with music from The Sway Machinery's Jeremiah Lockwood with keyboardist Shoko Nagai and drummer Brian Chase of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
* A traditional Torah reading and procession.
* Plain-sense explanations of the religious aspects of the holiday.
* Shofar blowing.
* Meditation led by Miriam Eisenberger.
* Lunch from Blue Ribbon.
* Babysitters for the kids.
* Artwork by Archie Rand from "The 613"
* "We have said for years that Brooklyn Bowl is our sanctuary, clubhouse, church and synagogue," says Mike Greenhaus, Editor-in-Chief of Relix Magazine, "so it only makes sense that we are going to be hosting Rosh Hashanah morning services there again this year!"
Preacher and connector, Rabbi Dan Ain gathers those who are open to being reached. He finds holiness in honest conversation, in the spaces where people can say what they really think and allow others to do the same. His latest project Because Jewish creates opportunities for our religious perspectives to be in genuine dialogue with our artists, our musicians and our everyday lives. The Times of Israel says: "Because Jewish represents the zeitgeist of Jewish Brooklyn, circa 2016. Its raison d’être is to offer community and presence amidst the racing speed and technological isolation of the here and now." For the past decade, Rabbi Dan has been curating these offerings around New York City at the 92nd St Y (as Director of Tradition and Innovation), Brooklyn Bowl, (le) poisson rouge and as the rabbi of The New Shul. The High Holiday services he leads, with blues musician and cantorial singer Jeremiah Lockwood of The Sway Machinery, is an example of finding meaningful ways to worship in the 21st century – creating experiences that speak to people living in today's world using the language, lessons and music of the past.
As a young man, Jeremiah Lockwood apprenticed with Piedmont Blues musician Carolina Slim, and studied chazzanus with his grandfather Cantor Jacob Konigberg. His band The Sway Machinery seeks inspiration from New York City’s cultural geography and has performed at festivals around the world, including, perhaps most notably, the Festival of the Desert in Timbuktu, Mali. He toured for years as guitarist in the band Balkan Beat Box, has scored numerous film and video projects, and served as a 2011 Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra Composer Fellow. His most recent records include a 2014 blues-oriented solo album entitled LOCKWOOD, and a new record from The Sway Machinery, Purity and Danger, released in 2015. Jeremiah is currently a PhD candidate at Stanford University where he is engaged in research on the culture of Cantorial music.
Shoko Nagai, born in Nagoya, Japan, is a composer, pianist, accordionist and improviser. After graduating from Berklee College of Music in 1999 she moved to New York City and quickly established herself in various scenes performing with such renowned artists as John Zorn, Butch Morris, Frank London, Miho Hatori (CiboMatto), Satoshi Takeishi, Erik Friedlander, Marc Ribot, Elliot Sharp, to name a few. Nagai performed in Sweden for the Nobel Prize Ceremony for Herta Muller in 2010. She is a winner of grant from NYFA 2010 and Jazzjaunts 2008. She also composes and performs for various film projects.
Brian Chase is a drummer and composer living in Brooklyn. His diverse range of work includes playing with the enormously influential rock band Yeah Yeah Yeahs. He was ranked at #50 in Gigwise's list of The Greatest Drummers of All Time. Brian is active in the community of the New York improvised/experimental music scene. His Drums & Drones is an electro-acoustic project focusing on the application of just intonation to drums and percussion. Brian worked with The Sway Machinery and was featured on the band's debut LP Hidden Melodies Revealed. In addition to the drums, Brian is a regular practitioner of Ashtanga yoga. For performances and further info, visit chasebrian.com and pogus.com
Miriam Eisenberger is a licensed clinical social worker with over a decade of experience in the field of mental health and group work. Miriam is a dedicated proponent of integrating meditation practices into urban life, and believes that these skills are accessible to anyone once they are given some good introductory guidance. For years, she has studied with many great teachers from Buddhist, Jewish, and Mindfulness meditative traditions and enjoys integrating these varying perspectives into her teachings. Through her mindfulness consulting practice, Mindful Element, she offers mindfulness and stress reduction trainings to individuals, groups, and organizations and is available for speaking engagements, professional development, and a variety of mindfulness programming. She frequently teaches at the Jewish Meditation Center of Brooklyn and is a certified Mindfulness Teacher through The Mindfulness Institute.