When I Arrived You Were Already There

by Aviva Chernick

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Thomas D These songs are a grace and a light. It's a joy to encounter music so attuned to the source of compassion and peace. And the beauty of the Hebrew (a language with which I am newly acquainted) as voiced by Cantor Aviva and the other vocalists: truly a blessing. Thank you all for this great gift. Favorite track: Chadesh Yameinu (Turn Your Face to the Sun).
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Eili 07:05
Bo'i Kalah 03:08
L'cha Dodi 04:23
L’CHU N’RAN’NA by Aviva Chernick Arrangement by Aviva Chernick, Aaron Lightstone, and Joel Schwartz Vocals: Aviva Chernick, Kahal Choir Resonator Guitar: Joel Schwartz Oud: Aaron Lightstone Xaphoon, Nay: Ernie Tollar Tabla, Agogos: Rakesh Tewari
Ashrei 03:29
Zeh Hayom 03:40
Hashkiveinu 05:35


Pure, somewhat devotional, comparatively raw and entirely unguarded, this newest album by the soulful lead singer of Jaffa Road, Aviva Chernick is - when i arrived you were already there.
Comprised primarily of transcendent vocals matched to light, instrumental textures, gentle harmonies and heavily spiritual in nature, these nine compositions are a combination of fully realized songs and musical ideas which simply take flight based on the sensual power of Aviva’s vocal prowess.
Canadian World and Indie music heavyweights Ernie Tollar, Joel Schwartz, Rakesh Tewari, Aaron Lightstone and guests, Chris Gartner, Naghmeh Farahmand, Joshua Skye Engel and Jeffrey Wilson incorporate instrumentation such as tabla, udu, xaphoon, oud, djembe and bansuri together with electric guitar, piano, bass and percussion. Special guest singers include; Daniela Gesundheit, Rosemary Phelan, Maryem Tollar, Sundar Viswanathan and David Wall among others.


released December 4, 2012

Produced by Aviva Chernick and Chris Gartner


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Aviva Chernick Toronto, Ontario

Aviva Chernick is an award-winning singer, singing in Hebrew, Ladino and English. Aviva brings her soulful, soaring vocals to the exquisite Balkan Judeo-Spanish repertoire in her newest release, La Serena. The music is both lush and intimate and while honouring the roots of an established tradition of song, beautifully fresh sounding. ... more

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