For SONiA Rutstein, releasing her new album in Baltimore was a no-brainer.
“This is my community,” the singer-songwriter and leader of Disappear Fear said via email. “From my bat mitzvah at Beth El Congregation, [my] classmates at Pikesville High, being a member of Beit Tikvah now … these are my peeps.”
Disappear Fear releases its new album, “Broken Film,” on Sept. 17 at Creative Alliance at The Patterson. The show also kicks off her tour, the first in years in which she’ll be playing with a five-piece band.
“Broken Film, Rutstein’s 17th album, is being lauded as perhaps the best of her career.
“There have been a lot of life-changing events for me in recent years, and my guitar [has been] there by my side to help through [them],” she said. “I am not sure what keeps that spark going. I suppose it is my basic philosophy of life. Every morning I say the Shema, and we go from there.”
Two songs on the album, “L’Kol L’Vavcha” and “Ari Ari,” speak directly to her Judaism and Zionism.
“‘L’Kol L’Vavcha’ (with all my heart) is really a hug around myself, my soul, to breathe in what makes me more than strong and to touch my umbilical chord with Hashem,” she said.
She hopes the rock beat gets the crowd singing along to the song, the first she wrote after her father passed away.
“Ari Ari,” a reggae song, closes out the album.
“Its lyrics describe my time in Israel when we went to a party up in the Golan Heights and how some of my Jewish friends seem to deny their experience of shechina (the presence of God),” she said. “And I feel that if they went to Israel and stood in that desert, they would have no doubt. This is my truth based on my experiences in Israel.”
For more information and to order tickets to the show, visit creative alliance.org.