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Sea Gate, NY - VIN Exclusive: Yossi Green’s 8th Note Takes To The Skies

Published on: November 11, 2010 10:10 AM
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Sea Gate, NY - In what may be a first for the mainstream Jewish music market, composer Yossi Green confirms that British Airways will be featuring his 8th Note CD on most of their flights as of February 1, 2011.

Green recalls that in his early days, he fantasized about writing music that was so good it could cross over and be accepted into the secular world.  Realizing that his goal was unrealistic, he set out to write music that was professional enough to be enjoyed even by music lovers in the secular world.

Green’s 8th Note album, released in 2008, was hailed by many in the Jewish music world as the album of the year, with some calling it possibly the best album of the decade.  Produced by Yossi Tyberg and featuring the iconic song Anovim, the album was bursting with innovative and original music with vocals by Jewish music’s elite including Mordechai Ben David, Avraham Fried, Lipa Schmeltzer, Chazzan Yitzchok Meir Helfgott and many other notable singers.

It was avid fan Chaim Feld, of Feld Music Productions in London, who deserves the credit for taking 8th Note to the skies.  As a frequent traveler on British Airways Feldman noted that the airline features Turkish music among many other different genres and he wondered why British Airways couldn’t offer music to accommodate their Jewish passengers as well.  He submitted songs from several different artists including Lipa Schmeltzer, Ohad, Chaim Yisrael, Shloime Gertner, Shloime Taussig and two songs from the 8th Note, Kanei and Anovim, to Spafax, the London company that manages in-flight entertainment programming for numerous airlines including British Airways, for their consideration.

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While Spafax receives countless songs from music hopefuls, thousands are rejected annually.  A company representative contacted Feld and told him that while the airline might be willing to consider adding Jewish music to their in flight entertainment system, they could only commit to putting up one album.  With so many musical styles and different artists, 8th Note seemed like the strongest contender.

Weeks went by with no news.  Feld’s contact at Spafax was promoted and it seemed as if the 8th Note was never going to get off the ground.

Until a second call came in from yet another person at Spafax who heard the album and was instantly smitten.

“They loved the album and everything about it,” said Green in an exclusive interview with VIN News.

Wednesday morning’s mail brought the good news that 8th Note will be featured on British Airways’ in flight entertainment system for five months, starting on February 1st, 2011.  If the music is well received, British Airways will keep 8th Note on their planes for an additional five months.  An account coordinator from Spafax has confirmed that the 8th Note will be uploaded to their in-flight entertainment system as of February 1st.

Green confesses to being more than a little stunned by the decision.

“To hear from people with no shaychus to Yiddishkeit that they loved the album?  To hear that Jewish music has been elevated to the point where even people in the secular world love it?  That is truly amazing news.”

Watch below video the song ‘Anovim’ June 3 2010 in Brooklyn College Accompanied by the Shira Choir. Clip by ShiaHD



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 Nov 11, 2010 at 10:26 AM toolee Says:

V'oif Hashumaim Yolechu es Hakol

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 Nov 11, 2010 at 10:25 AM bucherel Says:

Wow! That's really good news. Now Ill have what to do with my time on the plane.

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 Nov 11, 2010 at 10:39 AM A_Simple_Chussid Says:

This album is indeed a piece of art...

Good for you, Yossi! Well-deserved!

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 Nov 11, 2010 at 10:44 AM Mark Levin Says:

Lets all thank British Airlines for having the courage to have frum Jewish music on their flights.

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 Nov 11, 2010 at 11:04 AM villyamsburger Says:

I hope Yossi Green gets paid for this.

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 Nov 11, 2010 at 11:08 AM mr613 Says:

Mazel Tov Yossi! VIN this is not news because his Nigunim,music and compositions have pierced the Shomayim many a time. Yossie you've brought thousands closer to the Bashaffer MYSELF INCLUDED!

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 Nov 11, 2010 at 11:41 AM zevvy Says:

I especially love it when Yossi sings with the great singers, MBD, and the others. What is most amazing is how his voice holds its own even with the great Itche Meyer Helfgot. I wish Yossi would consider singing Chazunos full time instead of just nigunim.

I think now is the time to also sign up Lufthansa and Aeroflot. Even Nazis and Communists will love this stuff.

Hatzlacha!

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 Nov 11, 2010 at 11:45 AM bucherel Says:

Reply to #5  
villyamsburger Says:

I hope Yossi Green gets paid for this.

I think that the fact that his music is on an Airlines entertainment program is a really good pay...

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 Nov 11, 2010 at 12:36 PM the other one Says:

well now the world will finally find out how good this album is

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 Nov 11, 2010 at 12:46 PM bigmoe Says:

i find it quite sad. without a doubt Ba agreed to include this album because it doesn't sound too Jewish.

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 Nov 11, 2010 at 12:47 PM Anonymous Says:

B"H Yossi does not need the money.

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 Nov 11, 2010 at 12:54 PM nono2 Says:

will it be playing with the jewish lyrics?

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 Nov 11, 2010 at 01:46 PM STOMAGUY Says:

Yossi Tyberg is the best in the business. - thank you for bringing us such great music!!

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 Nov 11, 2010 at 03:23 PM Ari48 Says:

Reply to #11  
bigmoe Says:

i find it quite sad. without a doubt Ba agreed to include this album because it doesn't sound too Jewish.

Yossi Green is one of the best composers of beautiful Jewish music ever, all his songs are up to the highest standards for the Frum world, so keep your sillly remarks to yourself..

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 Nov 11, 2010 at 04:32 PM Thoughtful Says:

It's funny. As a major music lover i never enjoyed this CD....

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 Nov 11, 2010 at 06:42 PM mechid Says:

well done FM Productions my you and your new partner go higher and higher........

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 Nov 11, 2010 at 08:08 PM English man Says:

Finally: my favourite cd on my favourite airline!

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 Nov 11, 2010 at 09:33 PM Feldmusic Says:

Yes, b'h really happy to have bought Jewish Music, to a new level!

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 Nov 12, 2010 at 10:48 AM Anonymous Says:

I don't see any mention anywhere of Sameach Music, the copyright owners to the CD. Did Yossi Green, Feld Music or British Airways get their permission?

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