Welcome to another episode of Think Grow Love Radio with Yehudit Steinberg your host .
In this episode, RebbeSoul and Yehudit Steinberg enter into a very private and intimate conversation and concert, covering over 20 years of RebbeSoul’s music. He delves into his creative process and explains how he comes up with his unique musical fusions combining ancient prayers, different cultures with modern musical twists.
Our guest in this episode is a real musical treat for all of you listeners and especially for me, as I get a front row seat to hear our guest play. My guest is none other than RebbeSoul aka Bruce Burger, here live in studio… I know you are going to love this show because we get to hear him play live in studio, share back stories of the music and his unique adaptations to traditional Jewish prayers, nigguns – wordless melodies and his own world music compositions… As some of you may know, I am a lover of world fusion music and RebbeSoul blends his musical knowledge from many cultures and genres into ancient Jewish prayers and comes up with a very unique sound.
Deeply emotional and rooted in the ancient songs of Judaism, the music of RebbeSoul brings a modern vibe that re-imagines the music of our ancestors. This is not your grandmother’s Jewish music. This is not some crazy mash-up of eclectic sounds, either. This is spiritually-based music with modern sensibilities and a deep respect for the past.
I first met RebbeSoul at a concert a few years back when he was doing his Rebbe Solo tour.. I remember going up to him and through the crowd I got a 1 minute chance to let him know how much I appreciated his music and that I thought he was a rebbe, a very special spiritual teacher of the Jewish people. He looked at me kinda like “Lady what ya talking about? I’m no where near the consciousness of a rebbe…..
A few years passed and I was organizing Torah Raves – a Saturday night Ecstatic Dance experience for our mostly single alternative Jewish congregation… and out of the blue, Bruce contacted me and wanted to know more…We have been friends and from time to time shared musically together when I was a dance DJ. I opened for Rebbesoul in a concert in Oakland and had him as a guest on Mystics Cave Radio when I had a show at KKUP 91.5 fm…
Around 2006 or 2007, Bruce started talking about making aliya – moving to Israel. He wanted to really strengthen his connection to the Jewish people. Bruce made aliya in 2007 and we’ve been in connection on Facebook over the years. He now resides in Zichron Ya’acov, and is in the SF Bay Area on a US tour..
I recently saw on Facebook that he was making a trip to the Bay Area and invited him on my new show Think Grow Love Radio show. To my pleasant surprise, he was available to come on the show today… I am so excited to introduce all of you to my dear good friend and amazing musician – Rebbesoul aka Bruce Burger.
Mentioned in the episode:
- Rebbesoul Website
- Shlomit and Rebbesoul Website
- Upcoming Events
- Seal of Solomon Album with Shlomit and Rebbesoul
The New Wave of Jewish World Music!The ancient and the new fuse together in “The Seal Of Solomon” album, featuring the enchanting singing of Shlomit Levi, one of Israel’s finest vocalists and RebbeSoul, the pioneering balalaika and guitar player from America who created what is now known as the modern version of Jewish Roots and World Music. Together they create a unique blend of world music with a distinct Yemenite spice. Infectious grooves and unforgettable melodies make up this tasty stew which has earned attention in Israel the UK, and now in the US. In two words… it rocks!