A Chasidic Musical Journey through Time: Krivim Elyoinim!
Source: Jewish Music Report
Kruvim Elyonim is about connecting to the timeless messages of yesterday, from many of our Chasidic leaders including (in no particular order): Reb Nachman of Breslov, The Szanzer Ruv, The Chasam Sofer and R’ Meir Premislan, Ahavas Yisroel of Viznitz, The Kaliver Rebbe, and the Shpoler Zaida.
These seven niggunim were put to the holy writings and themes of these holy tzaddikim for a reason; to help us connect. The songs on Kruvim Elyonim were composed over a length of time while either kumzitzing with people trying to bring them some chizuk and visiting the sick in hospitals trying take their minds off their ailments. The feelings you will get for that reason are very real, after all these songs are from the heart and Devarim Hayotzim Min Halev…
The two artists who created this masterpiece are composer extraordinaire Anshie Freidman, whose depth and meaningful melodies have resonated with many music fans out there, and vocalist/producer Avrum Mordche Schwartz, who in a relatively short time has captured audiences from all backgrounds.
The music on Kruvim Elyonim has a fresh sound. It WAS all about being creative and artistic to help you feel the song and to give them a modern feel to make it palatable. The vision of both Avrum Mordeche and Anshie was to concentrate on the art and not commercialization, although they do want to make the music commercial in the way that more people can enjoy it.