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Jaffa Road lets in some light

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Toronto-based music group Jaffa Road is all about soundscapes and harmony these days.

The award-winning, multi-ethnic, uber-talented dub/jazz/fusion/world-music band is set to release its sophomore album, Where The Light Gets In, later this month.

The group, fronted by vocalist Aviva Chernick and backed by its founder, guitarist and oud player Aaron Lightstone, bassist-producer Chris Gartner, percussionist Jeffrey Wilson, and on winds by Sundar Viswanathan, has crafted yet another stunning album.

Where The Light Gets In features sweeping Middle Eastern-inspired arrangements and instrumentation. Chernick’s ethereal and welcoming voice evinces the deeply spiritual nature of the lyrics and compositions throughout the recording.

For those unfamiliar with Jaffa Road and Chernick, the group often reworks traditional Hebrew, Ladino and French songs with its own contemporary twists, but always with reverence and joy.

This album follows that trend.

Where The Light Gets In delves more heavily into ambient atmospherics than Jaffa Road’s 2010 breakout release, Sunplace, did, giving it a more polished feel.

Standout tracks include the jazzy and contagious meditative take of "Sim Shalom", the epic instrumental Indian-tinged journey of "Hamidbar Medaber" and the uplifting "On Your Way."

Jaffa Road will release the album at a launch party on Oct. 28 at Hugh’s Room, 2261 Dundas St. W., in Toronto.

For more information, visit www.jaffaroad.com.

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