One of the most musically diverse bands to come out of the US in a while, the Ari Ben Moses Band blend a variety of styles – including reggae, funk Latin and Middle Eastern – with traditional Jewish beats to create their innovative sound. Fronted by the charismatic Ari Ben Moses, the band features members from Israel, the Dominican Republic and Nigeria as well as the US.
Ari himself was born in New York and grew up in Westport, Connecticut. He actually began his career in acting, appearing as the young Jason Voorhees in the 1980 horror hit Friday The 13th when he was 13.
"Basically I got the part because I was the right size, I got along well with the crew and I could swim," says Ari, who appeared in the film under his real name Ari Lehman. He is fondly remembered by fans of the cult classic and still discusses his involvement in website and magazine interviews.
Ultimately, however, he opted for a career in music, playing initially in a number of reggae bands and musicians, and spent time working with artists in the Ivory Coast. Eventually he returned to the US and began exploring his Jewish roots through music, forming the Ari Ben Moses Band in the late 90s and releasing the CD Burning Bush in 2000. Highlights of the album include On That Day and the reggae-flavoured Tree Of Life.
The band have toured extensively throughout the US, while Ari was also among guests at the 2002 Limmud Conference in Nottingham. These days he lives in Chicago where he performs regularly at Loyola University.
For more information: www.aribenmosesband.com