Joshua Lebofsky
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Joshua Lebofsky

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"Sit Back and Soak in the Inspiration"

“Canadian singer/pianist Joshua Lebofsky apparently gets around. His first email arrived from Dubai. Then his album arrived, packing inspiration, he says, from “prayers both sacred and secular” from sources including West African, Native American, and Judeo-Christian traditions. It’s a lot he has bitten off, but not too much to chew.

The opener, “Cecil’s Psalm,” gives credit to Cameroon, and serves as a jazzy invocation: “Oh Lord, open up my lips/I’ll sing thy praise.” More obviously African is “The Briss” from Ivory Coast, with insistent djembes, vocal harmonies, and a sizzling trombone solo sneaking into the mix. The first real taste of Lebofsky’s voice comes on his bold reinterpretation of Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song,” which takes on a sparse soulfulness well suited to his gravely-but-crisp tones. Lots of other flavors too, from the jazz-funk of “Demon Dance” to the slow “Nearer My God to Thee,” on which Lebofsky shows off the more flexible gospel side of his voice. “Funeral Song” claims Native American roots, but sounds rather more like not-so-mournful jazz.

If you think sacred equals stuffy (or preachy), Lebofsky’s ability to transform sacred songs may give you second thoughts. Or no thoughts at all, if you just sit back and soak in the inspiration.”

— Scott Stevens
www.soundroots.org
(March 23, 2006)
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"Balm and Inspiration"

“Joshua Lebofsky may not be a household name, but if you’re into Quebecois music, chances are you’ve heard the richly talented keyboardist backing up the likes of Michel Pagliaro and Eric Lapointe. He also rounded up other top sidemen for a totally unique self-produced CD called Play a Little Prayer, nifty world-beat tunes based on sacred and spiritual texts. In a world dominated by warmongers, the album comes as both balm and inspiration.”

— Juan Rodriguez
Montreal Gazette
(August 17, 2006)
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Discography

Play A Little Prayer
(Self-Released)
Release Date: January 2006

"Cecil's Psalm"
Café Méliès Vol. 4
Compilation CD - Various Artists
(Jajou/Select)
2005

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Bio

Joshua Lebofsky is a native of Montréal, Quebec, and has been actively involved in the Canadian music scene for more than 25 years, having toured, recorded and performed with Michel Pagliaro, Eval Manigat and Tchaka, Eric Lapointe, Daniel Lavoie and Guinean Griot songstress Sona Tata Conde, to name but a few.

He has participated in a variety of live performances on television, on the radio, and on stages both large and small, around the world including: Sunfest, Halifax Jazz Festival, Montreal International Jazz Festival, Ottawa Jazz Festival - National Arts Centre, Festival of Colours, Festival d’été du Québec, FrancoFolies de Montréal - Le Spectrum, Singapore Arts Festival, Masala Weltbeat Festival, numerous Québec television appearances, The Dini Petty Show, Radio Canada, and the list goes on and on.

After touring Europe with the Juno award-winning ensemble Tchaka, under the direction of Haitian musician Eval Manigat, Joshua Lebofsky’s interest in melding world beat rhythms and the jazz language, led to the composition and recording of Play a Little Prayer.

As its title suggests, Play a Little Prayer is a collection of ten songs based upon the theme of prayers — but don’t expect solemn oaths and Amen choruses. Drawing inspiration from North and West African, Native North American and Judeo-Christian teachings, both sacred and secular, the music reflects a rich blend of world music influences: African and Oriental percussion, jazz harmony, deep grooves, harmonious multi-lingual voices and dynamite solos from some of Montréal’s finest musicians.

In addition to performing regularly in the Montréal area, Joshua continues to work collaboratively with both local and international artists, and is busy at work on not just one, but two more CDs. The first continues with his exploration of world music and celebrates a wealth of cultural diversity. The second project brings the richness of world music rhythms to a more mainstream audience, and further showcases the broad range of Joshua's musical and vocal abilities.