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DAWN: An All-Night Cultural Arts Festival Celebrating Shavuot Produced by Reboot

DAWN: An All-Night Cultural Arts Festival Celebrating Shavuot
Produced by Reboot in Association with Jewish Emergent NetworkFeaturing the Premiere of an Original Score to Cecil B Demille’s Ten Commandments Pt.1 by
Steve Berlin (Los Lobos), Steven Drozd (Flaming Lips) and Scott Amendola.

May 28-29, 2020
7pm-6am PT / 10pm-9am ET

San Francisco, CA — Tuesday, May 26, 2020 — DAWN is Reboot’s all-night interpretation of the magical and mighty holiday of Shavuot. Gathering digitally for 11 hours, viewers will spend the night immersed in the arts, music, comedy, food, film, learning and conversation – all presented by some of the greatest artists, rabbis and thinkers of our generation. Three concurrent tracks of programming will reimagine the 10 Commandments for 2020.

Reboot and the Jewish Emergent Network have seen first-hand how the power of imagination can translate and transform Jewish ritual and ideas. Last held in 2010, Reboot has hosted five DAWN festivals in San Francisco – evolving the Shavuot experience through the lens of arts and culture, and engaging thousands in state of the art programming. With DAWN 2020, Reboot is amplifying creative ideas and bringing in wider perspectives to create a one-of-a-kind Shavuot festival experience. DAWN aligns with Reboot’s wider response to COVID-19, hosting a series of public digital programs that showcase and explore new pathways for wandering Jews and the world we live in.

DAWN will feature the premiere of a new score to Cecil B Demille’s Ten Commandments Pt.1 by Steve Berlin (Los Lobos), Steven Drozd (Flaming Lips) and Scott Amendola. Cecil B DeMille’s first attempt at telling the Ten Commandments story was in the Silent era year of 1923. The film is broken up into two stories: the story of the Jewish Exodus from Egypt and a thinly related “present day” melodrama. Berlin, Drozd and Amendola are creating a momentous new score for the Exodus tale, musically following Moses out of Egypt and into the Dessert where he receives the Ten Commandments.

DAWN will also feature dozens of other sessions and guests, including: Jill Soloway; Carl Reiner; Norman Lear; Gabi Moskowitz; Kasher vs. Kasher (Moshe Kasher and Rabbi David Kasher); Michaela Watkins; John Schott; Tiffany Shlain; The Milk Carton Kids; Zackary Drucker; AJ Jacobs; The rabbis and leaders of the Jewish Emergent Network; Yoga, Meditation, Sound Bath, Cooking Class, Music, DJ Dance Party and and much, much more!

About Reboot:
Reboot is an arts and culture non-profit that reimagines and reinforces Jewish thought and traditions. As a premier R&D platform for the Jewish world, we catalyze our Reboot Network of preeminent creators, artists, entrepreneurs and activists to produce experiences and products that evolve the Jewish conversation and transform society.

All Reboot projects imagine Jewish ritual and tradition afresh, offering an inviting mix of discovery, experience and reflection through events, exhibitions, recordings, books, films, DIY activity toolkits and apps. These projects have engaged over a million participants and continue to inspire Jewish connections and meaning by encouraging participants to become creators in their Jewish experience.

STEVE BERLIN: A longtime mainstay of the Los Angeles music scene, saxophonist Steve Berlin enjoyed perhaps his greatest prominence as a member of Los Lobos, although he was also a sought-after producer and session player. Born September 14, 1955 in Philadelphia, he first surfaced with the Blasters, and officially joined Los Lobos in 1984 after co-producing their 1983 EP And a Time to Dance with T-Bone Burnett. Berlin also continued playing on sessions for a variety of Southern California bands, including the Beat Farmers, Translator, and the Flesh Eaters. In 1986, he appeared on Paul Simon’s landmark Graceland, and a year later, Los Lobos enjoyed their commercial breakthrough with the soundtrack to the film La Bamba. Concurrently, Berlin’s reputation as a producer continued to grow, and he helmed sessions for acts ranging from Faith No More to Dave Alvin to the Tail Gators. In the years to follow, he remained an alternative rock fixture, forging ahead with Los Lobos and working as a freelance with the likes of the Replacements, John Lee Hooker, Leo Kottke, and Sheryl Crow.

STEVEN DROZD: Steve is best known as a multi-instrumentalist, composer and vocalist for The Flaming Lips. The Flaming Lips received Grammys (in 2003 and 2007) for “Best Rock Instrumental Performance.” He has contributed to other artists’ albums and has had multiple side bands such as Electric Würms (with Lips band mate Wayne Coyne) and “STEVENSTEVEN”, a children’s psychedelic rock album he created with former “Blues Clues” host Steve Burns. They won 2019’s best selling children’s Audible Book with “Foreverywhere”. Drozd has also scored films such as Adam Goldberg’s 2003 film, “I Love Your Work”, the Flaming Lips movie, “Christmas on Mars” and documentaries such as “The Heart is a Drum Machine,” and “SHOT! The Psycho-Spiritual of Rock.” Drozd lives in Oklahoma City with his family.

SCOTT AMENDOLA: For Scott Amendola, the drum kit isn’t so much an instrument as a musical portal. An ambitious composer, savvy bandleader and capaciously creative foil for some of the world’s most inventive musicians, Amendola applies his rhythmic virtuosity to a vast array of settings. His closest musical associates include guitarists, Nels Cline, Jeff Parker, Charlie Hunter, Hammond B- 3 organist Wil Blades, violinists Regina Carter and Jenny Scheinman, clarinetist Ben Goldberg, players who have each forged a singular path within and beyond the realm of jazz.

No project better displays Amendola’s big ears and musical ambitions than “Fade To Orange”, an orchestral piece commissioned as part of the Oakland East Bay Symphony’s Irvine Foundation-funded New Visions/New Vistas initiative. The roiling work premiered to critical acclaim at Oakland’s Paramount Theater on April 15, 2011.

As a sideman, Amendola has performed and recorded with a vast, stylistically varied roster of artists, including Bill Frisell, John Zorn, Laurie Anderson, Mike Patton, Mondo Cane, John Scofield, Cibo Matto, John Dieterich from Deerhoof, Cyro Baptista, Wadada Leo Smith, Bruce Cockburn, Madeleine Peyroux, Joan Osborne, Jacky Terrasson, Shweta Jhaveri, Phil Lesh, Sex Mob, Kelly Joe Phelps, Larry Klein, Carla Bozulich, Wayne Horvitz, Johnny Griffin, Julian Priester, Sonny Simmons, Pat Martino, Jim Campilongo, Bobby Black, Larry Goldings, Paul McCandless, Rebecca Pidgeon, and the Joe Goode Dance Group. Visit www.scottamendola.com for more info.


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