"A seasoned performer who lights up the stage with her warmth, vitality and passion for Jewish music, Fran Avni is sure to please audiences of all ages. Fran's talent reaches and teaches the youngest child to the most mature adult."
Lisa Soble Siegman, Co-Chair Evening Entertainment, CAJE 25, Director, Jewish Experiences for Families, Metropolitain Detroit
"It would have been easy just to sit back and be charmed by Fran Avni's lovely voice and low-keyed engaging style. But a unique and captivating aspect of her visit to Beth Shalom Congregation in Bloomington, Indiana, was that her performance was a collaboration with the audience in a joyous, interactive hour of song ..."
Audrey Heller, Program Director, Temple Beth Shalom, Bloomington, Indiana
"If you want an expert on early childhood songs and how to involve your students in every aspect of the holidays, bring Fran Avni in to work with your faculty ! "
Aliya Cheskis Cotel, Director of Education, United Synagogue, New York Region!"
"Fran Avni sings with an unusual mellowness, a kind of liquid vibrato and enunciation as clear as a bell....."
Judy Bercuvitz, Director, Art School, Saidye Bronfman Centre
"Fran is a superb translator of folk music...one of our very finest folksinger"
Dora Wasserman, Director, Yiddish Theater of the Saidye Bronfman Centre, Montreal
"Great voice....beautiful music..."
Rabbi Abie Ingber, Cincinnati Jewish Folk Festival
"Don't pass by her adult recordings, especially the shimmering harmonic blends of SHOSHANIM."
Rachel Musleah, Lillith Magazine
"One of the most versatile family performer/producers in Jewish Music today......"
"Fran Avni's straightforward style invites the listeners to sing along, dance to, or just enjoy."
"Time to sing Hebrew - Z'Man Lashir ... composed and performed by Fran Avni is excellently presented. The music is definite and joyous....a lovely tape...."
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"Avni's pure voice and catchy rhythms combine to make learning the language a joy"
The Canadian Jewish News
"On SHOSHANIM, with Susan Cogan, a new beat has been instilled in traditional songs. ...exciting vocal dynamic."
Greer Fay Cashman, The Jerusalem Post
Selections from Marcia Falk's Blessings in Song
"... Setting Falk's words to music, singer-songwriters Hirschhorn and Avni gently jolt us, opening the spirit to new possibilities ... The music is sweet, lyrical and often haunting, the singers' voices clear and melodic, in pieces ranging from modern Israeli to neo-Chassidic. And Falk's Hebrew poetry comes through, even to those who don't know Hebrew ..."
JANET SILVER GHENT, Jewish Bulletin of Northern California.
"Like Falk's poetic new prayerbook, this 21-track album is rooted in tradition but gently strays from the conventional. Particularly inspiring are pieces with Middle Eastern motifs: One can't help but be uplifted by the billowy flute of 'Restoring Shekhinah, Reclaiming Home' and the tapping tambourine in the 'Prayer for the New Month'. Produced by Fran Avni."
Museums and Festivals include: Denver Children's Museum, San José Children's Discovery Museum, Canadian Museum of Civilization, the Jerusalem Museum, Haifa Museum Folk Arts Festivals in Chicago, Houston, Cincinnati, Memphis, Berkeley, San Francisco,Beersheva International Women's music Festival, Montreal's Hampstead Yiddish Festival, Toronto's Ashkenaz Festival, the Just For Laughs Festival ...
Conferences: presenter/ performer at annual CAJE conferences, NAEYC, OMEP, CAEYC, CRA, ASILOMAR, IRA, National Head Start, California Kindergarten Conference, Keynote at ACE Conference Albany State University, Philadelphia’s Auerbach EC Centre, Concordia University,Vanier College, New England Music and Movement conference, Wright University, Ohio, the Limmud Conference, Nottingham, England and numerous international Early Childhood Education Conferences.
Television and Film Compositions / included in:
- National Film Board of Canada, "Good Food, Good Times"
- NFB/Atlantis Films: "Concert Stages of Europe"
- Music for TAMAR - part of the award-winning NFB's CHILDREN OF JERUSALEM series by Oscar award-winner Beverly Shaffer
- Arise:Afghani Women (RAWA) - Witness
- Behind the Labels (Saipei ) - Witness
- CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corp.) SESAME STREET, ongoing repertoire 1984 - 2003
Has Anybody Seen My Umbrella? - NFB
Gates of Torah - CD-Rom'mu - Kolel