Tuesday, March 13, 2007

March event and album announcements


New Frank London album "A Night in the Old Marketplace" due on March 26 from SoundBrush Records.
Soundbrush Records presents A NIGHT IN THE OLD MARKETPLACE by Jewish music giant Frank London with lyrics by acclaimed playwright Glen Berger. Created for Alexandra Aron's theatrical adaptation of the legendary 1907 Yiddish play by I.L. Peretz, this extraordinary score mixes Jewish, jazz, classical, rock and world beats with a dose of Kurt Weill and Tom Waits. This collection of 21songs is performed by an array of stars including Manu Narayan (lead of Broadway's Bombay Dreams), the Klezmatics' Lorin Sklamberg, pop legends They Might be Giants, Celtic singer Susan McKeown, and Craig Wedren, leader of the cult rock group Shudder to Think."
The CD Release Party will be Monday, March 26th at 8pm at the Barrow Street Theatre in NY.

Leonid Levin and Trio have a new CD that features jazz arrangements of songs by Sholom Secunda, George Gershwin,and Jerome Kern, among others. CD Baby.
"Violinist and composer Leonid Levin toured the USA with Eric Clapton,Luther Vandross,featuring on recently released CD,s by American composer David Heckendorn with violin solo piece"Nostalgia"-dedicated by composer to Mr Levin. Mr Levin performed at UN ,Recently Leonid was invited to Brazilian Cultural Institute in Washington DC to perform Brazilian classical music.Most recently Leonid gave recital at "Steinway Hall" with showcase of classical,virtuoso,chamber and jazz, he was leading in violin-piano duo,piano and jazz quartets, also presented his original tunes in "samba"style. He won a Siver Medal at Villa-Lobos International Violin Competition in Rio de Janeiro(Brazil)"

Yiddish singer Fraidy Katz has a new CD "The Eternal Question (Di Alte Kashe).
TEQ is a baker's dozen Yiddish folk and popular songs re-contextualized in contemporary and unique musical settings including reggae, tango, jazz, country-swing, blues, traditional -- and more. Produced by Wolf Krakowski and Jim Armenti, TEQ features the musical and vocal talents of 18 musicians from across the spectrum of Jewish, Americana and World Music. The CD comes with a 24-page booklet of Yiddish text, transliterations, English translations, songwriter bios -- and more.


Alicia Svigals, klezmer violinist and Klezmatics founder, to curate shows at John Zorn's The Stone in April.
The fifty acts Svigals booked revolve around three themes: Jewish music, virtuoso female instrumentalist/improvisers/composers, and all kinds of string music, traditional and contemporary. From an electronic violist turning Bartok on his head to the lightning speed of traditional Bulgarian fiddling; from a master of the traditional klezmer clarinet to spontaneous 21st century keyboard explorations of those ancient melodies, the month is a feast of the most interesting music coming out of New York and beyond.
The Socalled Seder: Thursday March 22 at The Cobden Club, 170 Kensal Road, London. The Socalled Seder will feature
SO CALLED: conducting a symphony of hip hop beats and old Jewish record samples
SOPHIE SOLOMON: Europe’s most charismatic fiddler.
BUKKY LEO: Fela Kuti and Tony Allen’s afro-pioneering horns player.
MAX REINHARDT: legendary Austrian theatre wizard cum world music DJ
PLUS SPECIAL GUESTS: Gnawan multi-instrumentalist BOUJEMAA BOUBOUL, WILL FARQUARSON on bass and digital imagician MIKI SHAW

Heeb Magazine and JDub Records present their first showcase at South By Southwest on Saturday, March 17.

Hosted by Michael Showalter, the event features performances by Sway Machinery, The Silent Years, Golem, The Changes, Soulico and Balkan Beat Box. More info

Gilbert and Sullivan's Di Yam Gazlonim ("The Pirates of Penzance") will be performed Yiddish with English and Russian Translation Supertitles at The Goldman-Sonnenfeldt Family Auditorium at The JCC in Manhattan, NY. The National Yiddish Theatre - Folksbiene, visit us on the web at www.folksbiene.org

with recent updates.
I get tipped off by sources far cleverer than myself, including the KlezmerShack blog, the Jewish Musical Web Center announcements blog, and various band, podcast, and label mailing lists. If you've got something you want me to announce, let me know. I'll pass it along in my next update. Bribery optional, but encouraged.

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