Here's something new: A "Diaspora" Jewish band making a big pop spash in Israel: The Haaretz review of Oi Va Voi's new "Laughter Through Tears", an interesting Jewish-tinged dance album that made several of last year's 10-best list here and in the UK notes: "... Israeli radio has not been too taken aback by the album's decidedly Jewish overtones. To judge by the number of times 'Refugee' and another track, 'Yesterday's Mistakes,' have been played already on 88 FM (Israeli and world music) and Army Radio's Galgalatz traffic-music station, it seems Israelis are also finding Oi Va Voi's stuffed kreplach quite tasty." Read more via the English-language version of Haaretz, The Jewish Cry of Joy, by Sagi Ben-Nun.
Based in Tzfat, Israel, Ben-Canar & Shvil Hehalav advertise themselves as playing "Progressive Hassidic Funk, Desert Jazz, full of humor, spirituality, virtuose improvisation and crazy rhythms. A renaissance of a"new" old tradition. Quality-proved. Made in Israel."
The band has two CDs out (see OrangeWorld Records) and has performed at many jazz and ethno festivals including:The Red Sea Jazz Festival, Klezmerim in Safed, Bereshith, Shantipi, Festival Israel, Bumbamela, Jaffo Nights, Shoni Jazz Festival. They are hoping to tour the United States and Canada, in an Israeli-government-sponsored tour in the summer of 2004. They are open to inquiries regarding performances at: email@example.com
The Workmen's Circle Announces New Series of Klezmer Workshop Sessions with
Special 4 week series of sessions begins Tuesday, January 27, 2004, 7:00 PM,
and continues through February 17, 2004.
Study with an internationally recognized master instructor
Learn tunes from the diverse klezmer tradition
Work in ensembles with other instrumentalists
Develop tools for improvisation
Guest instructors from the cutting edge of the contemporary klezmer scene
Open to players of any instrument who play and read music at at least an
Member: Per session $25
Non-member: Per session $30
Please note that the next free open house will take place on February 24,
2004 at 7:00. More information about the open house to follow!
For information or registration call: 212 889 6800 x270
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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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.
To those of you in the New York City area interested in the Jews of Ireland:
The film "Shalom Ireland", to which we (Ceilizemer) did the musical soundtrack (available from www.cdbaby.com), will be playing at this year's New York Jewish Film Festival. The screening schedule is as follows.
New York Jewish Film Festival screenings of "Shalom Ireland":
Jan. 28, 2004 6:00pm
Jan. 29, 2004 1:00pm and 6:00pm
The Lincoln Centerï¿½s Walter Reade Theatre
Jan. 31, 2004, 5:00pm
Feb. 1, 2004, 3:00 pm (this screening will be followed by a discussion with
Rabbi David Rosen)
Feb. 2, 2004, 5:00 pm
Feb. 4, 2004, 5:00 pm
The Jacob Burns Theatre, Pleasantville, NY
A lovely bit of a film, 'tis...
Ceilizemer and The Freilachmakers Klezmer String Band
Klezkanada is now accepting applications for youth scholarships for this coming year. Please visit their website (www.klezkanada.com) for more information.
Roger Reid sent this to the Jewish-Music mailing list:
In this weeks "In Der Velt Fun Yidish" column by Freynd Itzik Gottesman (January 9 2003) is a good spread with 3 photos from KlezKamp 2003.
There's even a picture of me (you need to know it was me because my head's about 1/8 inch in the picture) tsmibling along with Joshua Horowitz and Dan Wikler; under the caption "un di tsimbldike tsimblert". I'm the seated on at the rear; Josh is seated in foreground.
If your newstand doesn't carry it, and you don't subscribe, the article is also online with a picture of Christan David and kinderlach.
David Krakauer has released a live album, recorded last summer in his family's ancentral town, Krakow. The album, on France's notable jazz label, "Label Bleu", is due to be released in the US by Harmonia Mundi USA on January 13th.
Krakauer's "Klezmer Madness" ensemble will be making its Carnegie Hall debut on February 25th with guest artist jazz composer/pianist Uri Caine.
Seth Rogovoy notes to the Jewish-Music list his article on Daniel Asia. I had never heard of Asia before, but my knowledge of modern Jewish classical doesn't go much past Copland (love that klezmer "Carpathian Spring" piece!) or Bernstein or a touch of Messaien and Wyner, father and son:
This week's Forward includes an article by me about contemporary composer Daniel Asia, one of the premiere Jewish classical composers of our era. In honor of his 50th birthday, there will be a retrospective concert of his works at Merkin Hall in NYC on January 17th.
You can read the article here: Restoring Spirituality To Music ... And Life, English-language Forward, Jan 9, 2004, by Seth Rogovoy
Richard Sharma posted the following to the Jewish-Music mailing list:
There's a whole bunch of new album reviews up on Rainlore's World of Music ( www.rainlore.demon.co.uk ), plus a profile of fab Aussie band Monsieur Camembert who recently won another ARIA Award for their current album, Absynthe (reviewed earlier), plus other bits of news etc. - see
Reviews are of two more albums by superb Dutch Yiddish song duo Mariejan van Oort and Jacques Verheijen, "Brikele - A Concert of Yiddish Songs" plus their latest hot-off-the-presses "Mayn Fayfele - Songs of Gebirtig", a fab tribute to and musical portrait of Mordekhay Gebirtig. For something completely different, there's The Amazing Assaf's "Explicit Lifestyles" and "Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don't". Assaf's truly amazing and will here be more familiar as the percussionist of Daphna Sadeh's new all-star Voyagers line-up. Also familiar from the same line-up will be multi-woodwind phenomenon Stewart Curtis, whose albums with Stewart Curtis' K-Groove, "Smoked Salmon Salsa", and with the Stewart Curtis Trio, "Saracubana - The Stewart Curtis Trio Plays B.B. Cooper" are reviewed.
Links to all these reviews at: www.rainlore.demon.co.uk/JewishMusic
A "silent" update to the Jewish Music UK Calendar ( www.rainlore.demon.co.uk/JewishMusic/JMUKCalendar.html ) is due to follow in the next few days - so if you have any forthcoming UK dates of any kind of Jewish musical events, please contact me off-list ASAP with as much detail as poss.