Kaveh/Hope is Rebecca Teplow's follow-up to her successful debut album, Prayers/Tefilot. Kaveh/Hope was released in January, 2009. To describe the musical style of 'Kaveh,' Rebecca Teplow states: "The most profound element in my music is the intensity. Listeners feel it, absorb the emotion and the music echoes in their own soul. When I am singing I am completely immersed in the meaning of the words, reaching out to G-d and my focus translates into the mystical quality of my voice. There is an introspective quality that people hear in my music. It evokes the core of their neshama (soul) in a private and intense connection to G-d. The music makes people want to shut there eyes and focus inward to see what we need to see in this very outwardly busy world." Zalmen Mlotek, Artistic Director of The National Yiddish Theatre-Folksbiene, states: 'Rebecca Teplow's new CD 'Kaveh/Hope,' is a must for anyone with interest in new music to the holy scriptures. Always from the heart, musically interesting, I found myself engaged, as did members of my family. Haunting as well as soothing, her songs resonate on a deep emotional level. Fresh and new, evoking the ancient and deeply spiritual, her songs move you and in some cases force you to move. Melodic, rhythmic, the CD is well produced and has the added charm of having her children sing and play on one of the tracks. That particular track has been played so many times in our home that we need to buy a new CD.' Jack Zaientz, of 'Teruah Jewish Music,' states: 'Teplow has a painterly approach to song writing, one that layers the tiny precise brush-strokes of her clear and controlled voice over large voluptuous brush-strokes of shifting musical genres and textures. Which means that she can do the neat trick of swinging between cabaret, folk, and rock sounds without sounding contrived, clearly drawing on the different emotional strengths of each.' Judith Pinnolis, of the 'Jewish Music Web Center,' states: 'Rebecca Teplow's latest CD 'Kaveh, Hope' has just been released. Rebecca's strong embrace of text is clear and distinct. She has interestingly even composed variations of her own songs and presents 'Gam Ki Elech' twice in different styles. I liked the Joni Mitchell clarity and simplicity of her word painting in 'Esa Einei' and that is one of her real strengths. The rock idiom predominates as in pieces such as 'Hinei Kel,' which also includes some fun instrumentals. Teplow's use of contemporary musical idioms are muted but used in a effective way, as in the introduction to 'Peyrasti,' which starts out in one idiom but morphs into a rock sequence with some nice guitar riffs. The songs showcases Teplow's vocal range and ends the entire album with a quiet dieout. Many will enjoy this album.' Seth Rogovoy in the 'Forward' listed Rebecca's previous album 'Prayers' among the best CD's of 2004. He states 'Teplow boasts the voice of a pop diva with a hint of Barbara Streisand, well suited to her dramatic, cello-flecked, pop-rock arrangements of Psalms and passages from Jewish wisdom literature.' George Robinson in the 'Jewish Week' exclaims 'well, she certainly has my attention. Teplow's voice is lovely. A little Norah Jones, a little Neshama Carlebach, with a good cabaret singer's flair...She's definitely someone worth keeping an eye and ear on.' Elana Margulies of the 'Suburbanite' boldly states:'There is a new voice in town. Rebecca Teplow.' Tanya Krim in the 'New Jersey Jewish Standard' described Rebecca's voice as 'powerful and melifluous, reminiscent of Barbara Streisand's.'
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