Aaron Bensoussan & the Dafina Orchestra
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EAST &WEST a blend of Judeo- Moroccan folk music, Ladino, Eastern European and Yiddish

!OLE! A collection of Sabbath songs in a Moroccan Samba style

SEPHARAD '92 original compositions recorded in commemoration of the expulsion of Jews from Spain

JOYOUS CHANTS A collection of Piyutim ( poems) accompanied by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.

URLICHT/PRIMAL LIGHT Winter and Winter. A collection of Gustave Mahler music


KETER ZOHAR Knitting Factory (JAM Label). A world music album on the cutting edge of Jazz and Middle Eastern rhythms.

The Sons of Sepharad featuring Aaron Bensoussan, Gerard Edery and Alberto Mizrahi Sefarad Records.


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Aaron Bensoussan and the Dafina Orchestra

Moroccan born Aaron Bensoussan studied the art of Sephardic liturgical music from his father and master paytanim in Morocco. He went on to study the art of Ashkenazic Hazzanut and is world known for his ability to interpret both styles; often combining the two. He has performed all over the world including the Jerusalem Theater in Jerusalem and Carnegie Hall in New York City. His newly formed band, Dafina Orchestra, is an ensemble of top world music and jazz musicians from Toronto. The orchestra is Chris Gartner, bass, Levon Ichkhanian, guitar, buzuki and banjitar, Aaron Lightstone, guitar and oud, Chris McKhool, violin, Ernie Tollar, ney, bansuri and sax and Jeff Wilson on percussion. Together they create a tapestry of Middle Eastern rhythms, jazz and flamenco, masterfully woven together with soul-stirring vocals. Aaron's repertoire is laced with original spiritually uplifting compositions, and Judeo-Moroccan folk classics. Aaron has many recordings to his credit and The New York Times called his singing "Stout and impassioned". Aaron Bensoussan serves as Hazzan of the prestigious Beth Emeth Bais Yehuda Synagogue.