Vocolot is a contemporary Jewish women's a cappella ensemble based in California consisting of Elizabeth Stuart, Talia Cooper, Shana Levy, founder and director Linda Hirschhorn. Vocolot began in 1988, when singer-songwriter Linda Hirschhorn informally assembled a group of musicians to record some of the songs she had written for four- and five-part vocal harmonies; when they had finished recording those, for the Gather Round album, she asked the singers to join her in an ongoing group. The founding members were Max Ventura, Tay Holden and Linda Hirschhorn. Vocolot has gone through many incarnations as new members joined and prior members left to start families and pursue other careers. Besides the current members and the founders, there were Kirsten Zerger, Alisa Peres, Helen Cohen, Ellen Robinson, Gale Kissin, Judy Larson, Sharon Preves, Abbe Lyons, Naomi Hannah, Judith-Kate Friedman, Fran Avni, Jennifer Karno, Alison Lewis, Felicia Sloin, Julia Bordenaro. Although Vocolot performs a cappella, in the early 1990s they began incorporating percussion into some of their songs, with Helen Cohen, Gale Kissin, Ellen Robinson and Liz Stuart on doumbek and frame drums, their song, "These Hands", integrates body percussion.
They were the only American group to make it to the finals at the 2008 International Jewish Music Competition in Amsterdam. The group performs original compositions and arrangements of traditional Jewish and world-music songs in English, Yiddish and Arabic. Mixing folk, classical and Jazz idioms in a polyphonic style of intricately interwoven voices, the women perform a cappella blended with hand drums and Body percussion; the ensemble has been compared to the group Sweet Honey in the Rock,Many of Vocolot's songs share themes of peace and justice, Vocolot has sung at numerous rallies and fundraisers on behalf of women's empowerment organizations, MLK Day and Civil Rights events, El Salvador, the homeless, women's shelters, at many anti-war demonstrations. In addition, they perform at festivals and conventions, folk music clubs, Jewish community centers and federations and universities, churches and synagogues throughout the U. S. A; the name'Vocolot' is a bilingual pun on the English word'vocal', the Hebrew word קולות qolot, meaning "voices", chosen by the founding members in November 1988, at a time when the politically active group was encouraging electoral participation with the slogan "Get out the local vote with Vocolot!" at their performances.
Linda Hirschhorn Elizabeth Stuart Talia Cooper Shana Levy Rosalind Glazer Max Ventura Tay Holden Kirsten Zerger Alisa Peres Helen Cohen Ellen Robinson Gale Kissin Judy Larson Sharon Preves Abbe Lyons Naomi Hannah Judith-Kate Friedman Fran Avni Jennifer Karno Alison Lewis Felicia Sloin Julia Bordenaro Vocolot has produced six albums under the Oyster Albums label by Kehila Productions in Berkeley, California. Their songs are registered with BMI. Gather Round HeartBeat Behold! Roots & Wings Gather Round Vocolot at 25 International Jewish Music Festival 2008 Amsterdam Competition Finalist Harmony Sweepstakes Bay Area Regional 2nd-Place Winner Just Plain Folks 2006 Music Awards Nominee, for Behold! Just Plain Folks 2017 Music Awards Nominee, for Vocolot at 25 Official website
Ruhlmann was an American millionaire Thoroughbred racehorse who holds the track record of 1:33.4 for one mile on dirt set on March 5, 1989 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California. First raced in France as a two-year-old for trainer André Fabre, Ruhlmann was a difficult horse to handle. In three starts, he ran second in his debut at Chantilly Racecourse finished seventh in his next two outings. Sent to the United States, his training was taken over by Robert Frankel for Ann & Jerry; as a three-year-old, Ruhlmann set a new stakes record time of 1:39 2/5 for 11/16 miles on dirt in winning the 1988 El Camino Real Derby at Bay Meadows Racetrack. His winning time was nearly two seconds faster than the previous record set by Tank's Prospect in 1985, he was made the betting favorite for the Florida Derby but Ruhlmann bled from the lungs during the race. He was put on Lasix for the Santa Anita Derby but finished eighth and in the April 23 California Derby at Golden Gate Fields, he clipped heels with another horse and went down.
Ruhlmann's injuries forced him to miss the 1988 U. S. Triple Crown series and kept him out of racing until September. In November, Ruhlmann finished ninth in the Breeders' Cup Sprint at Churchill Downs and his owner transferred him to trainer Charlie Whittingham; as a four-year-old under Whittingham's handling, Ruhlmann won his first start of the year on March 5, taking the Viking Spirit Stakes at Santa Anita Park in track record time for one mile on dirt. He went on to win the first of his two consecutive editions of the San Bernardino Handicap plus the Mervyn Leroy and Native Diver Handicaps. In 1990, Ruhlmann won the most important race of his career when he defeated Criminal Type to win the Santa Anita Handicap, he followed up with another win over Criminal Type for his second straight victory in the San Bernardino Handicap. Retired to stud duty, the still high-strung Ruhlmann met with modest success as a sire of 121 race winners, including five stakes race winners, he stood at Fox Hollow Farm in Texas until being pensioned in December, 2004 was sent to Old Friends Equine, Dream Chase Farm in Georgetown, Kentucky in 2005.