Adrienne Cooper in Ghetto Tango, NYC, Jan 18
Adrienne Cooper is possibly my favorite singer. Certainly, my favorite Yiddish singer. She is also an incredible performer - the singing is just an excuse. To see this show, therefore, in a small setting like Satalla, is a real metzia - a find.
Sunday, January 18, 2004
Adrienne Cooper, Dan Rosengard & Frank London
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37 West 26th St. NYC
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If you've already seen the show, you'll probably be there to hear it again. Most reviewers put the album containing much of the music for the show in their annual Top Ten lists - the KlezmerShack, did as well. But however good the recording is, it doesn't begin to describe how good this show is. Cooper is one of the great vocal interpreters of Yiddish music appears with Dan Rosengard, pianist/arranger, late of Saturday Night Live; & Frank London, famed trumpetter/Klezmatics/ All-Star Brass Band. Together, they bring to life the extraordinary cabaret music of war-time Eastern Europe. In the Nazi-mandated ghettos during World War II, audiences gathered in makeshift clubs and theaters to hear newly-created songs, rooted in Jewish folk song, European cabaret, American jazz and Argentine tango. Jewish performers tuned these cosmopolitan songs in a local key: satirical and elegiac, political and personal, angry and heartsick, creating something scarcely conceivable: art at the edge of the abyss. Don't miss it.