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East of the River, NYC, 12 Feb 2012

East of the RiverEast of the River presents “Levantera”

Created and Curated by cellist Jessie Reagen Mann, “6th Street Sundays” is a salon-style world and classical music series currently in its 3rd season.

Sunday, Feb 12 at 02:00 PM
Sixth Street Synagogue
325 E. Sixth Street
New York, NY 10003

3 PM Concert with East of the River
2 PM Workshop/Masterclass

In the spirit of the program’s title “Levantera*”, East of the River explores Medieval music of the Mediterranean and travels eastward through the Balkans to Armenia and the Middle East, exploring the earliest songs of those extrao...rdinary cultures, together with their traditional dances - the origins of which go back centuries.

*a strong easterly wind of the Mediterranean

Nina Stern and Daphna Mor, Recorders
Uri Sharlin, Accordion and Percussion
Shane Shanahan, Percussion

$15 includes admission to both and a free drink

The workshop is open to players of all instruments and those who just want to listen and learn. Some extra percussion instruments will be available.

East of the River was founded by internationally renowned recorder players Nina Stern and Daphna Mor. The project explores haunting and virtuosic melodies from the traditional repertories of Eastern Europe and the Middle East, as well as gems of the Medieval European classical repertory. The music is arranged and interpreted by musicians whose musical backgrounds include Classical, Jazz and World Music. Together they create the unique blend that is East of the River. Stern and Mor early music specialists and “recorder virtuosos”, according to the New York Times, have appeared as a duo with groups as varied as The New York Philharmonic and world music ensemble Pharaoh’s Daughter, in venues including Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. In East of the River they collaborate with acclaimed composer/ accordionist Uri Sharlin, and Yo Yo Ma’s “Silk Road Ensemble” percussionist Shane Shanahan. The group has performed at venues as various as Bargemusic, Joe’s Pub, Zebulon, Le Poisson Rouge, and universities. Their first album “East of the River” was released in 2009.

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