Cantor Gastón Bogomolni
Cantor Gastón Bogomolni is our Hazzan. A native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Cantor Bogomolni (who is also known as “Cantor Gastón” or “Cantor G”) has been an ambassador of Jewish music for most of his life. A member of the Cantors Assembly, trained in hazzanut from an early age, Cantor Gastón, as a teenager, was sent out from Buenos Aires to outlying Jewish communities in Argentina to lead Shabbat and holiday services. At the age of 18, Cantor G began serving as the only clergy member to the Jewish community in the Dominican Republic; first in Sosúa and later in Santo Domingo. During his fruitful three years on the Caribbean Island, Cantor G was able to develop significant, first-ever Jewish culture events for the entire general community. Cantor Gastón also spent two years as the Hazzan and Youth Director in Barcelona, Spain, before coming to the United States. While in Spain, Cantor G served as co-producer and the vocalist of the country’s first Klezmer orchestra, Tikun, and developed and presented a one-man show entitled, “Jewish Holidays: Their Music Through Time.” From 2002–2008, Cantor Gastón served as the Cantor Beth El Synagogue in Omaha, Nebraska where he organized many new and exciting programs in religious services, musical education for all ages, and entertaining shows.
Cantor Gastón works very hard to constantly bring music to Temple Aliyah. Cantor Gastón loves to work with all ages; however, he has a special love for little ones, and has been entertaining and educating infants, preschoolers and toddlers since he was fourteen years old. Whether it is a birthday party, a Tots' concert, a Tot Shabbat, a storytelling environment, or playing piano, hand-drums or guitar, Cantor Gastón always makes the event fun, engaging, creative, and unique! He recently became certified as a Music Together teacher.
A versatile, soulful, and energetic artist, Cantor G sings for all ages in various languages and styles. Cantor Gastón’s Ashkenazi and Sephardic background and training allow him to create a unique spiritual experience at shul and in concerts. In addition to singing with the Omaha Symphony, in Europe, Israel, and the two Americas, Cantor Gastón has released CDs of Jewish music. Cantor G's CDs are available for sale online at OySongs or CDBaby.
Cantor Gastón is the "T'fillah Music Specialist" of the Solomon Schechter Jewish Day School of Greater Boston where he is infusing lots of Ruach (spirit and energy) and new ways to teaching prayers through music. He is also part of the Tzevet Shirah (Music Staff) at Camp Ramah in New England, and the Cantors Assembly representative to the National Ramah Commission. In 2009 Cantor Gastón was the Music Director of the Lower Camp at the Kaleidoscope Creative Arts & Science Summer Camp at the JCC in Newton, MA.
The Spirit Series CD collection produced by the Cantors Assembly and the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism has chosen Cantor Gastón's submission for the third time. The lullaby-style rendition of "Ki Lo Na'e" was selected for inclusion on the CD "The Spirit of Passover; "Shlomit Bonah Sukkah" appeared on "The Spirit of Israel, vol.2;" and the most recent one -- a Latin American version of "Tzadik Katamar" -- will be on the upcoming "The Spirit of World Jewish Music." To listen to Cantor G's selections, just click on the links.
Cantor G is the president of Tarbut Boston. Tarbut Sefarad is an organization of people from Barcelona, Spain who share a special interest and sensitivity for the Sephardic and Hebrew culture in all its aspects. The organization promotes activities that deepen the knowledge and diffusion of the Sephardic culture.
Cantor G has also been very active in the educational network, offering a number of lectures, concerts and workshops throughout the year on Jewish musical traditions, the history of Jewish music, and especially Argentinean and Latin American Jewish Music. In addition, Cantor Gastón was a board member of the Karen Sokolof Music Appreciation Fund Committee and the Karen Sokolof Javitch Emerging Composers Competition.
Cantor Gastón's degrees in Music include Voice Performance (Magna Cum Laude) from the University of Nebraska in Omaha. He has been the recipient of various merit scholarships and fellowships, as well as the winner of many voice competitions.
Cantor Gastón and his wife, Lena, have two children, Samuel and Emmanuelle.
To contact Cantor Gastón, please send an email or call the synagogue office (781-444-8522).