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I am a singer and songwriter drawing from Middle Eastern, Ashkenazi cantorial, ladino, and mystical traditions. I admire those who are vulnerable enough to admit having passions, and I seek the same attitude in my own life.

“Eliana Kissner composed and sang a four-movement song cycle of the famous piyyut Yedid Nefesh.  Her performance, at first operatic, quickly transitioned into deeply tender pleadings with the Divine, each stanza unique with the emotion of the verses surging until she swept the entire audience along in her rendition of the last stanza.   The difference between the often rote recitation on Friday night or Shabbos afternoon and this performance was remarkable” (Jewish Press, June 29th, 2011).

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  1. December 24, 2014 8:47 pm

    I’m also drawn to middle eastern melodies. Please listen to et dodim on my website
    You’d be happy as a member of the women cantors network.

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