Wally Brill

Biography

Brill is best known as Ofra Haza's one-time producer and for his 1997 debut The Covenant, where he fused electronic influences with the singing of pre-WW II Jewish cantors. There's something beautiful and bittersweet about the idea, even without the ambient, pan-ethnic electronic flourishes that accompany it. The sampled singing is intriguing, revealing Jewish music's deep roots in the Middle East. When you hear the track "A Typical Day," which samples the words of a woman who was interned at Auschwitz, you may wonder if any music can truly do justice to her story.

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