Jewish wedding: spectacular!
All the wedding celebrations are exciting and every time they leave us a nice load of sensations and images we’ll hold in our heart. This time we would like to share it with you. Maybe because we had the opportunity to work with a newly married couple – he has italian Persian origins and she’s Russian – who joined with Jewish ritual: for us it was the first time in a context of this dimension, but not for them. Having attended many weddings, both desire was to take some distance from certain classical formulas, while respecting the traditions and rituals.
With a lot of ideas we built together the musical project: a “full service” by a classical trio, sax solo, band of eight elements, DJset, sound system, lighting system for the stage, dancing and dining.
During the ceremony in the Synagogue of Via Guastalla in Milan, the musical accompaniment was in training for classical trio (harp, violin, soprano), according to a program agreed with the bride, the groom and the Rabbi.
It was magic and traditional, with a modern touch as the particular songs selected by the spouses.
The arrival of guests from all over the world at the Marriott Hotel in Washington Street was scheduled for 20 and so it was: more than 400 guests who filled the two main rooms of the Marriott, one for the aperitif, the other for dinner / after dinner. The guests were all in black tight, while the ladies were beautiful and elegant, any age, but most of all peers of the spouses, friends.
The musical program of the evening is very different than those we are used to but it is definitely more appropriate.
First a drink with live accompaniment of a single saxophonist with whom we have built up the repertoire of cocktail, a mix of songs swing / bossa / jazz. When it was time to take a seat at the table, our eight-piece band began to play a blues background, with international and well-known songs. The octet had a fantastic front formed by female vocals, male vocals, electric / acoustic guitar, piano and sax, which performed with elegant energy in front of a fantastic rhythm section: electric bass, drums and percussion.
After half an hour all the lights suddenly went off, and you could see only through the candles lights on each of the 52 tables arranged symmetrically with respect to the table of the bride and groom, to the dance floor and the 40sqm stage specially made.
A percussion solo followed by a single eye light announcing the entrance of the bride and groom. The triumphal entry brings the newlyweds exactly in the middle of the empty dance floor while our singer sings “I want to break free” by Queen, in a version specially rearranged according to the desire of the couple in Afro-bossa style.
At the end of the dance, without any musical accompaniment, breaked the male voice in a “Hevenu shalom alechem – CLICK FOR VIDEO” in perfect Hebrew, until the end of the first theme. At this point, started to play the whole band while guests went close to the couple. It is performing the Hora! This was followed by a twenty-minute frenzy to the tune of popular Jewish songs like “Hava Nagila” – Euroboys version – “Siman tov! Mazal tov” … The bride and groom are “tossed” a little everywhere.
After Hora the dining scene changed: architettural blue LED lights as background scenography and 52 white lights on each table. We’d better tell that to achieve this effect, our service, has installed a couple of 70 meters beams above the whole room, a spectacle of lights and a sound system of high quality.
Here was an alternation of background music by the DJ as the course was served, live music and blues, rock & roll, twist with a section to Arabic music, Turkish, Slavic, carefully chosen by the couple who had the opportunity listen to recordings preview.
The live music ended at midnight with the song for the cutting of the cake: “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” a Marvin Gaye duet that was irresistibile for all the guests.
Then DJset offered songs of different genres: disco70, dance, 90s, including some Middle Eastern and contemporary dance music. The music was exciting and cheerful while keep sober until the end.
The last track, goose bumps, was the traditional national anthem of Israel, “Hatikva.”