Michael co-produced and recorded Kavanat Haruach, Temple Israel’s first CD of worship music for Friday nights. Tracks from Kavanat Haruach have been featured on the Union for Reform Judaism’s Ruach CD, as well as on the Songbook and CD for Kabbalat Shabbat at the URJ’s Biennial Convention.
Praise for Kavanat Haruach:
“Kavanat haruach captures a stunning meeting of the ancient and the modern. The eclectic combination of Jewish liturgical music arranged through the lens of world music takes us on a musical journey filled with prayerful moments of joy, excitement and profound beauty. Michael Smolash and Neil Michaels sing in an engaging and lyrically glorious style befitting of sweet singers of Israel. This CD is a triumph for the modern Cantorate!”
– Cantor Mo Glazman, White Plains, NY
“This CD inspires me. From the incredible and engaging voices of Cantor Michael Smolash and Cantorial Soloist Neil Michaels, to the stellar production value and amazing musicians. There is a wonderfully fresh approach to the familiar here and at the same time, a deep respect for tradition. The blend of the two is part of what makes this CD so very special. I feel genuinely uplifted each and every time I listen.” Congratulations!
– Stacy Beyer, recording artist