Biography: 2010 JUNO nominated Jaffa Road is an acclaimed Toronto based world music group made up of some of Canadaís most exciting and innovative interpreters of inter-cultural music. Their music creates a unique sonic landscape that takes listeners on a journey that is at once ancient and modern, acoustic and electronic, sacred and secular.
Jaffa Road's organic fusion blends influences and inspirations from the worlds of Jewish music, Classical Arabic and Indian music, modern jazz, electronica, rock, pop, and dub. Their song, L.Y.G., off their debut album, Sunplace, won Grand Prize and a Lennon Award in the prestigious John Lennon Songwriting Contest and the band was awarded Best World Music Artist at the 2010 Toronto Independent Music Awards.
Their debut CD, Sunplace, was released in early 2009 to a packed house at The Lula Lounge in Toronto and was recorded for CBC Radio 2 Canada Live. Sunplace was nominated for a 2010 JUNO Award for World Music Album of the Year. Tracks from the CD have received regular airplay on a number of regional and national programs on CBC Radio, and college radio. Sunplace has earned the #1 spot on the CIUT world music chart.
The bandís trailblazing musical odyssey is ignited by the ethereal vocals of multilingual lead singer Aviva Chernick, the evocative oud playing of Aaron Lightstone, the visionary grooves of bassist Chris Gartner, the entrancing exhillerating sounds of saxophonist/flutist Sundar Viswanathan and the driving beat of percussionist Jeff Wilson. Together, these stellar musicians challenge accepted notions of Jewish music while creating a new form of expression that breaks cultural boundaries.