Posted in Festivals/Tours/Events, tagged Frank London, Fred Hellerman, Pete Seeger, Rob Tepper, The Klezmatics, The Sloop Woody Guthrie, Theresa Tova, Woody Guthrie Foundation, Work o’ the Weavers on March 25, 2010|
Legends of folk and klezmer music will perform at Kisses Sweeter Than Wine: The Guthrie Legacy Concert. A benefit concert for the Woody Guthrie Foundation and The Sloop Woody Guthrie, the concert will take place on Saturday April 24th at 8:00 PM at the Tarrytown Music Hall.
The Klezmatics, Work o’ the Weavers, Pete Seeger and Fred Hellerman will pay tribute to trailblazing American singer-songwriter Woody Guthrie and others that followed in his wake with musical performances throughout the evening. Actor/singer Rob Tepper will perform a scene from “When the Curfew Blows,” his one-man-show about Guthrie’s life and times and Toronto’s Theresa Tova will join Frank London for some contemporary Yiddish jazz. Tickets are $85, $65 and $45 and available at tickets.tarrytownmusichall.org. (more…)
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Posted in Festivals/Tours/Events, tagged Diaspora Redux, Eleanor Shapiro, Frank London, Jewish Music Festival, Klezmatics, Klezmer Buenos Aires, Lorin Sklamberg, Mevlavi Dervish Aziz, Saints and Tzadiks, Susan McKeown, Yuval Ron Ensemble, Zmiros on February 25, 2010|
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From Berlin to Buenos Aires, from the melodies that bring ecstasy, to cool jazz and hot klezmer, the 25th Jewish Music Festival has embraced the entire multifaceted world of Jewish experience and let it sing.
The Festival captured an elderly Ukrainian Yiddish singer’s work on the fly and inspired a new generation of artists. It produced a staged reading of the only 19th-century opera on Jewish themes (La Juive), anda Czech children’s opera (Brundibar) produced by the inmates of the Jewish concentration camp at Terezin. It’s seen world-premiere collaborations, and even a marriage proposal on stage.
Now celebrating its twenty-fifth year, this year’s Jewish Music Festival (March 20-29, 2010 and July, 2010) explores the sacred resonances of world Jewish music at venues mostly in downtown Berkeley in March and downtown San Francisco in July, with West Coast and U.S. premiere performances by Diaspora Redux, Lorin Sklamberg, and Susan McKeown. The celebration continues in July, when the Festival will present several multimedia arts events to mark its quarter century, including the world premiere of a JMF commissioned piece, Dan Plonsey’s Bar Mitzvah. (more…)
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Posted in Festivals/Tours/Events, tagged Barbaros Erkose, DJ Pepe, Frank London, Ilhan Eråžahin, Little Cow, Luminescent Orchestrii, Mazmat Modine, NY Gypsy All-Stars, NY Gypsy Festival, Rhythm of Rajasthan, The Sway Machinery, Zlatne Uste Brass Band on September 10, 2009|
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“The cultural inheritance of gypsy music is both vast and complex. When you speak about “gypsy music” you are drawing from a diaspora of countries and ethnicities where centuries-old history goes hand in hand with new innovations. The challenge for us, every year, is to keep up with the tradition’s constant reinvention while not forgetting its roots: to give equal consideration to venerated legends and fiery upstarts, the urbane to the rustic, to Gypsy jazz and Gypsy punk alike.
In this, our fifth year programming the NY Gypsy Festival, we are extremely proud to say that we have achieved such balance. From the roots of the Romani people in India to the Hungarian pop charts; from an American indie rock super-group to an internationally acclaimed Turkish clarinet virtuoso; from refined and contemporary post-bop jazz to riotous everything-but-the-kitchen-sink celebrations; every show in the NY Gypsy Festival’s 5th year anniversary is must-hear music. We offer you the culture of a people and hope that you welcome them, as we do, with open arms.”
– Serdar Ilhan and Mehmet Dede
NY Gypsy Festival Producers
The NY Gypsy Festival celebrates its fifth annual performance schedule with one of the most outstanding and diverse lineups of its storied history. The Festival kicks off on September 11 with what promises to be a raucous non-stop dance party from two of the City’s most impressive and exciting Roma-influenced ensembles: ZLATNE USTE BRASS BAND and LUMINESCENT ORCHESTRII. Next day, meet us at South Street Seaport on September 12 for a sailing cruise around Manhattan that offers a full-length performance from all-star visionaries THE SWAY MACHINERY, featuring members of Balkan Beat Box, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Arcade Fire and Antibalas and a global gypsy party with beats from DJ PEPE. Unconventional, international fusion is the order of the night on September 18, as New York’s own HAZMAT MODINE share the stage with the white-hot Hungarian folk-punk-pop band LITTLE COW. On September 25, legendary Turkish clarinetist BARBAROS ERKOSE plays a rare stateside set with the NY GYPSY ALL STARS, with very special guest performers FRANK LONDON on trumpet and ILHAN ERÅžAHIN on saxophone. The Festival comes full circle with the final show on September 26, featuring the New York debut of RHYTHM OF RAJASTHAN, traditional folk music from India, the birthplace of the gypsies.
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