Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Simcha and Gorfinkel: Members of the Tribe (Albeit With a Different Vibe)

Simcha and Gorfinkel (really Sean Altman and Jordan Gorfinkel) have come up with a tribute to Jews of all stripes, different in so many ways, but having so much in common as members of The Tribe. Their new viral video, Members of the Tribe (M.O.T) recognizes the differences and similarities in an upbeat performance that's sure to please.

Gorfinkel writes and illustrates Everything’s Relative, the weekly newspaper comic-strip published internationally, from America to Israel to Germany, that DreamWorksSKG called “a wonderful idea.” In 2007, the new Munich Jewish Museum commissioned a series of “Everything’s Relative” cartoons to be featured in their permanent exhibition. Gorfinkel is the first cartoonist in the world to be so honored in a Jewish museum. 

The current "Everything's Relative" Strip

In film, Gorfinkel served as a founding “superfellow” of Jewish Impact Films, working alongside Hollywood producers, directors and writers from “The Simpsons,” “Desperate Housewives” and “Shrek 2” to guide over two dozen film students from America and abroad to write, shoot and postproduce 50 short films.

In music, Gorfinkel is a producer and performer of eight independent music CD releases including “Voices For Israel,” the acclaimed Jewish “We Are the World” charity benefit. He has performed all over the globe, including at the White House Chanukah celebration — an event immortalized as the “Moment Of Zen” on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show Starring Jon Stewart.”

Sean Altman, the other half of the duo, is an accomplished musician. His website biography reveals that he is NYC's own golden-voiced, guitar-wielding rabble-rouser; a power-pop star on the verge; defector from the a cappella group Rockapella; distant cousin-by-marriage of Carole King; and composer of the infamous Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego? TV theme song.

Altman is the creator and performer of Jewmongous, an irreverent comedy concert consisting of a dozen songs including They Tried to Kill Us, We Survived, Let's Eat.


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