Asefa was founded in 2001 by bandleader and composer Samuel Thomas. From the Hebrew word for “collecting,” Asefa brings together diverse worlds. Traversing a wide musical landscape, Asefa travels from Morocco to Persia, Poland to America and back. Thomas’ arrangements and original compositions, imbued with contemporary concepts in improvisation and instrumentation, reflect the spirit of music making integral to World history.

Blending a reverence for North African traditions with a love for innovative composition and improvisation, Asefa creates a fresh sound that moves your mind, body and spirit. Bandleader, woodwindist and frame drummer Samuel Thomas is joined by Shanir Blumenkrantz on oud, Eric Platz on drumset and Rich Stein on percussion.