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Tziona Achishena Zilbershtein lives in Northern Israel, where she performs
her moving original compositions and teaches singing, Torah, and prayer.
She is a mulit-instrumentalist who plays guitar, piano, riq (a Middle Eastern
tambourine), harmonium, and the Persian santur. After living in California,
performing improvised music with free Jazz giants such as Charles Gayle,
and producing story-theatres and an album
of original music, she returned to her Jewish roots and moved to Israel.
She channeled her diverse backround, which includes intensive studies of
Ballet, Tap, and Jazz, Traditional dance in Indonesia, Tai Chi, Western
vocal training, Persian classical singing, and creative writing, through
a lens of Torah and Mitzvot. Shedding the chaff and harvesting the essence,
she uses these skills to express the heart of Jewish prayer through original
songs from the Siddur (prayer book) and especially Tehillim (psalms). Since
then, she has published six albums of music, including recent recordings in her own home studio. Tziona Achishena has inspired countless women
and girls to express themselves through singing in holiness, and to find
their own unique way to connect with G-d. Her students, some as young as
10 years old, compose their own songs and have even recorded CDs under
her guidance. In addition to performances in Israel and the USA, Tziona Achishena teaches regularly at Elima College (Guided Imagery and Qi Kung), and Tzafnat and Sharay Binah Midrashot in Tzfat. She is a practioner of Haysham therapy, and mind/body healing system which integrates Qi Kung, Guided Imagery, Shiatsu, and personality type according to the four elements.
Tziona Achishena performs with various musicians who play a variety of instruments, including drums, african harp, flute, guitars, harmonica, and singers, as well as particpating in an ongoing collaboration with the phenomenal artist Sheva Chaya.
Through Torah study, friendship, and inspiration, Tziona Achishena and Sheva Chaya use their complimentary gifts to express subtle spiritual experiences. This collaboration culminated in two US tours in 2010-2011, in which Sheva Chaya's artwork was projected in harmony with Tziona Achishena's musical performance. They have also worked on several video projects, including "Miriam", a video journal of a performance in New York, where dozens of spirited women joined them on stage to dance in joyous circles. Please write for a private link for women only. (firstname.lastname@example.org) .