A recent phenomenon that has gained some traction concerns the evolution of the Fanfare for the Choson and Kallah. This refers to the minute or so of music performed as the Couple is about to make their entrance into the Ballroom for the first time as Husband & Wife. The extremes of this feature extend from not playing anything special whatsoever all the way to choosing segments of 3 or 4 different themes or riffs from popular songs and stringing them together in a very specific manner. Naturally, just like everything else that goes on at weddings, many people have strong feelings, both positive and negative, regarding the Fanfare introduction.
It would seem that the function of this music is to let everyone know that the Choson and Kallah are about to enter and in that respect it seems to work well. On the other hand, some say that the sources of some of these Fanfares are so far removed from the spirit and holiness of a Jewish Wedding, that it seems downright counterintuitive to introduce the Bride & Groom with something so antithetical.
What to do? We have heard directives from Chasanim that inform the band not to play any non-Jewish music during the Chasane, yet some of these same Chasanim will request a Fanfare from a Hip-Hop song with the most inappropriate lyrics! On the other hand, we will hear requests for Rock Riffs during the dance music that also come from questionable sources. What to do? It would seem that if the goal of alerting all the guests to prepare for the entrance of the Choson & Kallah is a worthy one, then the Choson and Kallah should either choose a piece of music that will accomplish that goal while still staying w/in the spirit of Kedusha appropriate to this occasion, or at least choose something that does not get too far afield from that spirit. Or perhaps, these specific choices can be experienced as having no negative connotation. I am not even clear in my own mind…………Unfortunately, there definitely has been a huge disconnect between the music we incorporate during a wedding with the intended spirit or words being sung. But that’s a problem for a whole other day……….
Watching the evolution of live Jewish wedding music over the last few years has revealed a furthering of the gap between the two opposing points of view regarding appropriate volume levels throughout the event. It’s almost like the problem with the Jewish Holidays always being too late or too early but never “on time,” the volume level of wedding bands seems to always be too loud for some guests and participants while not loud enough for others. What to do? Here are some thoughts for consideration.
Our ears are very sensitive organs and as such need to be treated carefully and with forethought. It is also clear to me that during the entire time span of the many parts of a wedding, there should be ample opportunity to account for the varying tastes when it comes to volume control. (more…)
Mazel Tov! You are now planning a Simcha! As the dust of the exciting news settles, you soon find yourself presented with a bewildering array of decisions to be made regarding dates, venues, caterers, photography, clothing, invitations, guest accommodations and so much more. When considering which musical entertainment option will be best suited for your Simcha, one of the important questions to address will be, “What should my music budget be?”
Today, more than ever, choosing music that will enhance your Simcha while leaving you with a balanced budget, requires that you be a knowledgeable consumer.
Towards that end, below is a quick primer of some of the principle factors behind the fee that you will pay to your band of choice. Not all of these factors will apply to every group, and you as the consumer will ultimately decide which factors are most important to your Simcha and therefore which group is best suited to perform at your event. (more…)
We’re constantly being asked that question. As with every decision you make regarding the “big day,” becoming an educated consumer will help you make the best choice. Here are some of the things to consider when making that all important decision:
– Geographic Location: Are your guests from Queens and Monsey and attending a wedding in Lakewood? Might your guests have to “sit” in highway beach traffic because there is no other way to get to the wedding? Is the Puerto Rican day parade scheduled to march by the room being used for your Chupa?
– Venue: There many different types of venues to consider. These include Synagogue, Hotel, Catering Establishment, Parks, Gardens, and other less-typical ideas. The Hotels will often afford you more and varied room usage, less vendor restrictions, and offer accommodations that may not be available at some of the other venues. The Synagogue option would typically offer a traditional sanctuary for the Chupa, (more…)
"We'd like to thank Neshoma for their amazing work at our wedding this past Sunday! As a mix of Ashkenaz and Sephardic cultures, we wanted specific styles, incorporated with our own personal touches, and Neshoma definitely succeeded in going above and beyond to perfect what we asked of them. Dov Katz was a blast to work with and made the entire process of planning a wedding much less stressful. We had a great time and all of our guests did as well, as evidenced by the fact that there were so few moments that they left the dance floor! Thanks to everyone who made our wedding as wonderful as it was :)"
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