Enjoy the soothing sounds of six traditional lullabies arranged and adapted for the marimba by Larissa Venzie.  This compilation is a great way to relax for children and adults alike.  The song list includes O' Shenandoah, Rock-A-Bye-Baby, Hush, Little Baby, Mary Had a Little Lamb, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, and Brahms Lullaby.





This album is a compilation of many kinds of traditional Jewish music. There are versions of Klezmer dance music, an ancient Yemeni wedding song, odes to Jewish neighborhoods in the old country, and classic rabbinical nigunim (spiritual melodies sung without words). These pieces were first arranged for classical guitar by Tim Sparks on his 1999 album Neshama and further reworked and adapted for the marimba by Larissa Venzie.  The title is a combination of the Hebrew word "neshamah" (meaning "soul" or "breath") and the word "marimba" (meaning "the wood that sings") in the Bantu languages of central Africa.  The album is a delightful way to experience beautiful melodies that have been around for generations in an exciting new way through the voice of the marimba.



Excerpts from Neshamarimba:


1. Skrip, Klezmerl, Skripe                                             



2. A Leybedike Honga     



3. The Shoemaker's Melody                                    



4. Kad Jawjuni 


5. Los Caminos de Sirkeci 



6. Addio Querida


7. Meditation on The Baal Shem Tov's Melody



8. Odessa Mama



The following is a recording Larissa made of the piece "The Sincerest Form of Flattery" by the composer David Morneau.    He has released the piece for sale on