The Spinozas: Overview

Neli Tirado, Richard Khuzami, AnnaT Lachmy, and Dave Soldier of The Spinozas

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Ancient roots of the popular song.
Mideastern acoustica and contemporary Andalusian dance music with poety from Medieval Spain.

No CD available yet. The Spinozas take lyrics from medieval Arabic, Persian, Hebrew, and Romance poetry and combine it with original music by Dave Solider heavily influenced by the Mid East, Flamenco, and "acoustica."


(Lyrics in Farsi by Jalal Ad-Din Rumi in Farsi)

No me mordas
(Lyrics in a combination of Arabic, Hebrew, and Early Spanish as spoken in medieval Andalusia)


"Grab-bag pop music of the medieval variety. Well, the Andalusian tradition from which Soldier's new group draws actually predates the Christain conquest, so the reliably weird composer's outfit will collapse upwards of 500 years and more than a couple major culture clashes into a flurry of clappers, flamenco guitar, Middle Eastern percussion and multilingual wailing." (Village Voice, Jan 4, 2006)

"Over the years, Dave Soldier has poked into all sorts of adventurous corners, frrom ferocious contemporary classical fare with the Soldier String Quartet to blues rock with the Kropotkins. Tonight, he picks up a flamenco guitar to explore Andalusian folk-song traditions." (Time Out, February 2, 2006)

Artists Include

Dave Soldier: Composer and Flamenco Guitar: credits include the Soldier String Quartet, Thai Elephant Orchestra, John Cale, Kurt Vonnegut, Kropotkins, etc. Dave's website

AnnaT: Vocalist of Israeli descent born of Moroccan and Iranian parents. She did most of the translations of the lyrics (see below). AnnaT's website

Rachid Halihal: Oud and violin: Fine Moroccan Instrumentalist who recently toured with Rachid Taha.

Maurice Chedid: Oud and voice: New York's top oud virtuoso and one of it's best singers of the Mideastern repertoire.

Richard Khuzami: Lebanese American Middle Eastern percussionist: Composer, producer and performer of music combining both Eastern and Western elements. Richard's website

Nelida Tirado, Lilliana Morales, Maya DaSilva: Palmas (handclaps) and Andalusian rhythms from NYC's two top flamencas

Paul Frazier: Bass, longtime and current bass with David Byrne and many others.

Rebecca Cherry: Violin, from London and Berlin Philharmonics

Satoshi Takesh: Unique mixture of Latino and Mideastern percussion, conguero with Ray Barretto

Alby Roblejo: Cajon (box) and assorted percussion: Unique combination of latin and middle eastern beats

Tiye' Giraud: Dumbek, from Urban Bushwomen, Soldier String Quartet, and her own groups

For bookings and so on, contact Dave Soldier