Originally composed spiritual and folk songs, inspired by the Jewish tradition and the heart.
Music available for purchase and free download at bandcamp.com
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ABOUT MY MUSIC
My name is Ariel Root Wolpe, and I am a musician dedicated to Jewish life, tradition and spirit. My music aims to inspire common themes of humanity and give voice to the unspoken sentiments within us all, and my lyrics hope to open your heart to the truths they hold.
I am currently studying to become a musical rabbi in Los Angeles, California. In LA, I started the band Lev Tahor, a group of Jewish musicians who focus on prayer leading and creating spiritual music. At the start of my rabbinic path, I made music and Jewish ritual in Oakland, CA. My album My Teachers was a San Francisco Bay Area collaboration and a fundraiser for my first year of rabbinical school. I am currently working on an album of prayers inspired by Jewish liturgy with my new family band, Sisters and Misters.
Before I started my rabbinic journey, I devoted my music and studies to interfaith work. My senior year of college I created the inter-religious CD Spirit Sounds, which features musicians from six religions and centers around coexistence, struggles of faith, and the spiritual force of music. In my accompanying honors thesis on inter-religious music, I argue that interfaith music can convey fresh dimensions of understanding, raise up an individual within the context of a tradition and help build co-existence. I believe that all this is possible when composing music within the Jewish tradition, and so I create music inspired by Torah, Jewish community and the Divine Source.