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"Passionate and prolific, Lenka Lichtenberg is a force of nature within Canada’s world music scene.... Like Loreena McKennitt with Celtic sounds, Lichtenberg is pushing Yiddish music beyond its klezmer stereotype into a truly inspired form of world music."
~ Nicholas Jennings, Penguin Eggs (Canada)

"Outstanding new production... effective song writing and unaffected vocals, as well as very effective yet unfussy, lush-sounding, instrumentation....crystalline singing ... superb performances by Lichtenberg’s band, Fray,...Toronto’s world music and jazz scene A-listers, as well as those from beyond the GTA...."
~ Andrew Timar, The WholeNote Magazine (Toronto)

"...a sumptuous bazaar of orchestral pop and worldbeat exotica..."
~David Farrell, New Canadian Music

"Embrace is world music in the truest sense of world fusion and in a year so far of outstanding releases still stands head and shoulders above the rest. It sends chills up and down your spine and makes the eyes moisten, and it is an absolute must have for any serious world music aficionado and especially for any world fusion or Jewish music connoisseur."
~ Rich Sharm, (U.K.)


released April 28, 2014

Produced by Alan Hetherington and Lenka Lichtenberg
Recording and Mixing: Jim Zolis at Zolis Audio Productions
Mastering: Peter Bond
Art direction, design, photography and artwork: Lumir Hladik



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lenka lichtenberg Toronto, Ontario

Born in Prague, based in Toronto. Composer, singer-sonwriter, producer, bandleader, session vocalist. World music with her band Fray; cross-cultural collaborations and projects (Roula Said, Yair Dalal) Latest CD - Embrace. International touring. Recipient: 2012 Canadian Folk Music Award: Traditional Singer of the Year ... more

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Track Name: Vayn fun lebn
Wine of life, a cup of dreams and a cup of love... I say: it was good! It was worth it! Now that the cup is empty almost to the bottom, I count my blessings... hour after hour.
Track Name: Pigeons in Paris
Pigeons coo outside my window in a gloomy early morning, after a moonlit night...
Track Name: Perfume Road
The fire in my heart is burning with red gentleness as the distant sun. No one can help me as i am waiting in eternity. Will you return to me, across the sea and river, across the whole world? Listen to my plight... come to me, in eternity.
Track Name: Shnirele perele
Ribbons, pearls, golden flags. The Messiah is above us! Holding a goblet in his right hand, he gives a blessing to the whole world.
Track Name: Tumbalalaika
traditional Yiddish riddle song
Track Name: 2010