On Sunday, Jan. 8 at 2 p.m., to ring in the New Year on a positive note, Temple Isaiah of Great Neck will be hosting a concert and presentation by Toby Tobias, a South African-born, Huntington Station-based musician, composer and songwriter who has been living in the United States for 35 years. He has a Music Composition degree from the Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem, Israel and lived in Israel for ten years. He completed a stint in the Israeli Army, met his American-born wife in Jerusalem and came to live in America in 1988.
As a solo songwriter, he has created his one-man show Journey from Johannesburg, which he will be performing and discussing. It is the story of his life growing up in apartheid South Africa, then moving to Israel and finally settling in the United States, characterized as one man’s struggle to find freedom for the rest of us.
Toby has immersed himself in many genres of American Music while never leaving behind his roots in the rhythms and melodies of his homeland. His keen ear for intuitive arrangements is a hallmark of his writing and performance. He has garnered a strong following on Long Island and the tri-state area, and has performed all throughout the Northeast as well as a national tour in 2018.
His eight-piece band, The Toby Tobias Ensemble plays modern folk and jazz, influenced by funk and world rhythms. The fantastic arrangements and joyful, exhilarating sounds of the band inspire and entertain.
To find out more about Toby, his music and his schedule, please visit his website tobytoby.com
Toby is thrilled to be performing select scenes from Journey from Johannesburg as well as his uplifting and positive songs at Temple Isaiah of Great Neck. Following the presentation there will be a question and answer period. The fee is $15 for a delightful afternoon of music, discussion and delicious ice cream refreshments. Temple Isaiah of Great Neck is located at One Chelsea Place, Great Neck, New York 11021. Please contact the Temple at 516-487-5373 to R.S.V.P. or for further information.
—Submitted by Temple Isaiah of Great Neck