Hal Aqua plays music. He fronts nouveau klezmer band The Lost Tribe; gets kids giggling as alter ego Cowboy Hersh, the silliest singing cowboy in the West; performs with acoustic folk trio The Folkaltones; serves as music director for B’nai Havurah, Denver’s Jewish Reconstructionist congregation; provides songleading at Temple Micah, a Denver Reform synagogue; and teaches classes, workshops and seminars on Jewish world music, accompanied by guitar, mandolin, middle eastern lutes, and hand drums.
“Thank you for the wonderful music ... your band was marvelous. Nothing but RAVES! RAVES! RAVES! about the entire evening.” —Judy Kaiser, Temple Shalom, Colorado Springs, CO
“I so enjoyed your Melton class...thank you very much for making learning such fun!” —Peggy Brody
“Your driving spirit and beautiful combination of instruments is a great gift.” —Keith Arnold, Interfaith Alliance of Colorado
“Dear Cowboy Hersh, Thank you for coming to our school. I liked the song ‘Throw It Out the Window.’” Sincerely, Eric Brokaw
“Your music transformed a Shabbat service into a Shabbat experience!” —Leslie Swid
Hal Aqua, along with his wife, Risa Towbin Aqua, is also owner/principal of Aqua Studio llc, a full-service graphic design studio offering corporate identity programs, advertising art, and illustration. Visit us at halaquastudio.com and risaaqua.com.