The CD is a result of a concert Irelander, and the ensemble hosted at the temple in 2011.
“As a cantor, it was an obligation for me to record this music,” Irelander said. “I wanted to create something that would last forever. If we had not done it, it would disappear, so it has a higher value.”
Irelander said it was difficult finding information about Sephardic music because most of it was passed down through oral history. He attended liturgies at different synagogues
He also learned to play the folk instruments so he could compose his own arrangements using original instrumentation and melodies.
Born in Netanya, Israel, Irelander came to the United States to study at Berklee College of Music in Boston where he earned a bachelor’s degree in film scoring and classical compossion in 2001. He also has a master’s degree in Jewish Education from Hebrew College in Newton and was ordained a cantor at the school.
Irelander said becoming a cantor was natural progression for him. He was a song leader at synagogue and his mother was a Bible and Hebrew literature teacher.
For more information and to listen to sample tracks, please visit www.irelandermusic.com. The CD is available for purchase at CDbaby.com, itunes.com, Amazon.com and irelandermusic.com.
:Abundant Grace, 127 Rockingham Road, Derry: Christian Coffee House, March 29, 7 p.m., featuring Christian music, open mic sessions and Christian comedy.
All Saints, 120 Bellevue Ave., Haverhill: St. Anthony spring devotion begins March 12 at 6 p.m. with Rosary, followed by devotion.
:Ballard Vale United, 23 Clark Road, Andover: The series “Immigration and the Bible: A Guide for Radical Welcome,” Sundays 9 a.m. through March 24. The Lenten study looks at the stories of immigrants and migration from Abraham and Sarah in Genesis to the Israelites who wondered in the desert for 40 years and Jesus who immigrated to Egypt as a baby.