Jeremiah Lockwood

Jeremiah Lockwood (headphones) with Jordan McLean of DROID.Collectivity: Making glorious new nigunim with Cynthia Hopkins.

A Year of Revolutionary Nigunim

The nigun, a wordless spiritual folk melody, is one of the great achievements of Jewish aesthetic expression. I grew up hearing nigunim at the family table on the Sabbath and holidays with my grandfather and my cousins. We sang a continuous stream of melodies, one flowing into the next, for what felt like hours. As I started developing as a musician, I would often think about those experiences and marvel at their natural flow of feeling and energy. These group sessions brought me a pleasure in music making that, as a professional musician, took me many years to revisit.

Some honored attendees included (left to right): The Honorable Fernando Villalonga, Consul General, Consulate General of Spain in New York; Mr. Carlos Benaim; Leon Levy Leadership Award Recipient; Dany Devico Moyal; Dinner Committee Chair; Wassane Zailachi, Deputy Chief of Mission - Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco in Washington, D.C.; David E.R. Dangoor, ASF President; Florence Amzallag Tatistcheff; Leon Levy Leadership Award Recipient, ASF Board of Directors; Norman S. Benzaquen; Leon Levy Leadership Award Recipient; The Hon. Serge Berdugo; Ambassador at Large of H.M. the King of Morocco; The Hon. Mohamed Karmoune, Consul General, Kingdom of Morocco Consulate General in New York; The Hon. Marc C. Ginsberg, former Ambassador to Morocco; Rabbi David Messas, Chief Rabbi of Paris
Lockwood, left, with trumpeter Jordan McLean.

The Nigun Project: The Magid of Koznitz's Nigun

In this installment of The Nigun Project, Forward artist-in-residence Jeremiah Lockwood performs with drummer Amir Ziv and trumpeter Jordan McLean of the musical collective Droid.

In the Works: Yula Be?eri and Jeremiah Lockwood collaborate on ?Through the Castle at Night.?

The Nigun Project: Through the Castle at Night

In the latest installment of the Nigun Project, our artist-in-residence, Jeremiah Lockwood, performs a Modzitzer Hasidic melody, alongside Yula Be’eri, the leader of Yula and the Extended Family.

Ya Salaam: Khaira Arby (above) and Jeremiah Lockwood performing with members of her band.

The ‘Nightingale of the Desert’ Sings The Baal Shem Tov’s Nigun

I met Khaira Arby in January at a rooftop party in Timbuktu, Mali, when my band, The Sway Machinery, was en route to perform at the legendary Festival in the Desert. Arby, known as the “Nightingale of the Desert,” is a mainstay of the festival and has been one of the most popular singers in Timbuktu for decades.

?Jews Praying In The Synagogue On Yom Kippur? by Maurycy Gottlieb (1878).
?Nightingale of the Desert?: Malian musician Khaira Arby

The Nigun Project: The Baal Shem Tov's Nigun

In the seventh installment of The Nigun Project, the Forward’s artist in residence, Jeremiah Lockwood, performs with Khaira Arby and her band, in town from Timbuktu, Mali.

Reinterpreting a Drinking Song: Musicians Cynthia Hopkins and Jeremiah Lockwood collaborate on the nigun ?Surely, There Will Be Vodka.?

The Nigun Project: Surely, There Will Be Vodka

In the sixth installment of the Nigun Project, Forward artist-in-residence Jeremiah Lockwood performs “Surely, There Will Be Vodka” — a nigun and a drinking song, all rolled into one — alongside Cynthia Hopkins of the band Gloria Deluxe.

Hip-Hop Nigun: Dan Wolf, left, and Tommy Shepherd, right, collaborated with Jeremiah Lockwood on the fifth installment of The Nigun Project.

The Nigun Project: Sing for Your Life

In the fifth installment of The Nigun Project, The Sway Machinery’s Jermiah Lockwood collaborates with rappers Dan Wolf and Tommy Shepherd, of the hip-hop collective Felonious, on a melody inspired by a story about the Baal Shem Tov.

Cantor Yossele Rosenblatt, restored in all his glory.