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Lights Ignite Change in Concert

Sarah Aroeste, Naomi Less, Chana Rothman

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Lights Ignite Change, a traveling concert fronted by women - and a total paradigm shift in what music can accomplish - brightens up the night at Limmud NY. Lights Ignite Change works with communities around the country and globe to produce concerts that serve a higher purpose: granting exposure to grassroots community initiatives working towards social justice; igniting people’s interest in service for change by connecting them with engaged activists in their communities; providing meaningful, quality live music; and highlighting a platform for local female musicians. Activate your ears, heart, soul and hands at this truly unique showcase of music for a purpose!

Sarah Aroeste

www.saraharoeste.com

Ladino chanteuse Sarah Aroeste, inspired by her Sephardic roots from Spain and Greece, works to bring Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) music to life for a new generation. Aroeste travels the globe fusing both original and 15th-century Ladino folk songs with contemporary influences such as rock, funk, jazz and blues. She has released two recordings, A la Una: In the Beginning and Puertas. In 2007 Aroeste began collaborating with Roberto Rodriguez, writing original, Cuban-inspired, Sephardic-themed songs. With her modern take, Aroeste presents a fresh, soulful new sound to Ladino and Sephardic music.

Naomi Less

www.naomiless.com

Naomi Less, hailed by PresenTense Magazine as the “Ultimate Jewish Chick Rocker” breaks gender stereotypes with her faith-driven, edgy, pop-rock riffs, soaring melodies and uplifting messages. Naomi combines her passion for education, Judaism and music to motivate audiences to work for change in the world. Naomi and producer Glenn Grossman launched her first Jewish rock album, "Meshuga'at" in 2008. In 2008, Naomi founded Jewish Chicks Rock, encouraging young girls to pick up instruments and express themselves. Her strong character and unique voice amplify a powerful message to young women: be who you are, no apologies. Naomi has been a songwriter, world-wide Jewish ritual musician, songleader, and rockband leader for 14 years.

Chana Rothman

www.chanarothman.com

Tinges of reggae, worldbeat, folk, and hip-hop infuse Chana Rothman's Hebrew-English tunes with rhythm and positive vibes. Chana's music has earned a growing pile of accolades: New York Times called her River-to-River show "worth checking out" and The Jewish Week gave her debut cd, We Can Rise (Oyhoo Records), four stars. Popsyndicate.com calls her music "Bob Marley meets Edie Brickell." Chana works with Storahtelling and independently in camps, synagogues, churches across the country bringing relevant social commentary & empowerment through a musical lense. She recently returned from several community-based tours: in South Africa, combining justice work in townships with live performances, and in Berlin, presenting and performing for progressive European Jews from across the continent. Chana's most recent accomplishment is the birth of her son, Izzy, and her entry into momhood. Her music is on iTunes, Amazon.com, last.fm and more. Stay tuned for her new album, produced by C Lanzbom, "Beautiful Land," a mix of African worldbeat, acoustic folk, and groove.

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