Jeremiah Lockwood


A Year of Revolutionary Nigunim

By Jeremiah Lockwood

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.Read More


My Night With King Mohammed VI

By Jeremiah Lockwood

My Night With King Mohammed VI
It was bound to be a bizarre experience for me. Instead of rolling through my modest Brooklyn neighborhood, I was going to the fancy Pierre Hotel to sit in a room full of New York City’s elite. If you are not accustomed to the rigors of society life, a tableau of rich folk dolled up for a night out is both intimidating and comic. The fact that the reception on the evening of December 13 was being given by the American Sephardic Foundation in honor of King Mohammed VI of Morocco only added layers to the strangeness of my situation.Read More


The Nigun Project: The Magid of Koznitz's Nigun

By Jeremiah Lockwood

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.Read More


The Nigun Project: Through the Castle at Night

By Jeremiah Lockwood

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.Read More


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

By Jeremiah Lockwood

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.Read More






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