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Tzadik Fest: Hasidic New Wave, NYC, 1 Jun 2011

Tzadik Radical Jewish Culture Festival - June 1 at 9:30 PM
A celebration of avant-garde and experimental Jewish music
The Sixth Street Community Synagogue and John Zorn's Tzadik Records present six concerts by some of the best and brightest musicians on New York's Downtown Jewish Music scene.

Hasidic New Wave
Sixth Street Synagogue
325 E. Sixth Street
New York, NY 10003

When five Downtown New York improvisers with deep roots in the jazz tradition embrace the Hasidic musical legacy and the scintillating rhythms of the holy land, a new voice emerges. Blending together an intense mixture of ethnic and cosmopolitan sounds, Hasidic New Wave fuses spiritual songs from Hasidic dynasties to funk and jazz, Arabic dances with avant-garde rock, and juxtaposes horas and freylekhs with sheer improvisation. Hasidic New Wave's alternatingly ecstatic and meditative performances, imbued (as is consistent with Hasidic tradition) with joy and passion, has led critics to liken the band to Sun Ra meets Jimi Hendrix at a Jewish wedding and exclaim HNW marries Hasidic music to avant-jazz, spinning traditional Jewish celebratory songs into extended Jazz improvisations that incorporate ferocious horn blowing and raucous electric guitar solos.

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admission: $18 at the door, includes one drink

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