A capella group, Six13
A capella group, Six13
Photo: Daled Studio
A cappella group Six13 and their Star Wars tribute

The rise of Hanukkah

Jewish a cappella group Six13 shares its love of a galaxy far, far away with a new single meant to celebrate both the festival of lights and the release of the final movie in Skywalker saga

Yitzhak Tessler |
Published: 12.19.19 , 15:38
The Jewish a cappella group Six13 is celebrating two events that happen in December - Hanukkah and a new Star Wars movie - with a special song.
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  • "The idea to do a Star Wars cover came up about a year ago," says Mordy Weinstein, one of the members of the New York-based group.
    "We knew the final movie in the [Skywalker] saga was going to be released soon, and since we all love the movies, we wanted to celebrate the final release," he says.
    "Because John Williams' original score is instrumental only, the band deliberated over the best way to go about it, that's why we chose to combine the movies' music with Hanukkah blessings and other Hanukkah songs," says Weinstein.
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    A cappella group Six13 and their Star Wars tribute
    (Photo: Daled Studio)
    The clip, which shows the group's members recreating various scenes and moments from the movies, was shot in three locations - a bar in the Bronx, the group's studio, and a synagogue in Long Island.
    Six13 (named in honor of the 613 Jewish commandments) comprises nine members and is headed by Mike Boxer, a compose who doubles as the group's director.
    "All in all, it was three weeks of work," says Weinstein. "The first step was handled by Boxer who did all the arrangements, then we practiced and rehearsed, then recorded the audio, and then finally shot the clip."
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    A capella group, Six13, accompanied by Darth Vader
    (Photo: Daled Studio)
    Even though all nine members of the group have day jobs, Six13 performs all over the U.S.
    "When we were in Michigan last week, the first song we did was Star Wars," says Weinstein. "The crowd didn't expect it at all, but they clapped and whistled and it looks like they enjoyed it."
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