In a new music video that truly puts the "light" in lightsaber, Gann alumni Carl Haber '12, a member of the Jewish a cappella group "six13," remixes the familiar soundtrack of Star Wars with Chanukah lyrics. Haber, who joined the group in 2019, credits his lyrical success to exposure to a cappella at Gann.
"Music had been a significant part of my childhood," said Haber, "but it wasn't until I was a sophomore at Gann that my interest in music was reawakened." After a close friend applauded Haber's singing during a Shabbaton, Haber decided to audition for the ShenaniGanns, Gann's student a cappella group.
From there, Haber took every musical opportunity Gann had to offer. "I joined the Rock Band, led a Carlebach Minyan on Friday mornings, tried out for the school musical for the first time as a senior, and even recorded my first studio album and took guitar lessons as a part of my Ma’avar project. The musical opportunities I had at Gann made it possible for music to become solidified as an important part of my identity in high school and beyond."
After graduating from Gann, Haber went on to Tufts, where, in addition to studying psychology, he found himself increasingly captivated by music. He auditioned for, and was then accepted by the Tufts Beelzebubs a cappella group. Not stopping there, Haber went on to join the Tufts Concert Choir and the Tufts Chamber Choir, and, after three years of voice lessons, became the music director of the Beelzebubs.
"Even though I was a Psychology major, I wanted to spend all of my time in the music building," admitted Haber. "When I decided to go into education as a profession and found myself working at the Heschel High School in New York City, I asked if I could co-direct the a capella group with the veteran music teacher."
By that point, Haber had become a Jewish educator with a strong interest and background in music. "I realized that the intersection of Judaism and music is incredibly personal and is a meaningful and profound way in which I express my spirituality," explained Haber. “Although there were phases in my life where I stuck to secular music, I feel like music and Judaism are beginning to intertwine again. I now actively seek out opportunities to express and connect to my Judaism through music."
This intersection of music and Judaism pushed Haber to audition for six13. Haber is the second Gann alum to join the group; the first, Jacob Spike Krauss ‘09, recently left to pursue other musical endeavors. Watch the video below and click here to learn more about six13.