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Hy Wolfe in Concert at the YIVO- October 17, 2011

קאָנצערט מיט
חיים וואָלף ביים ייִוואָ
Hy Wolfe in Concert at the YIVO
Hy Wolfe 
Hy Wolfe: An Evening of Songs and Stories
YIVO Institute
DATE: Monday, October 17, 2011
TIME: 6:30 PM
LOCATION: Center for Jewish History
15 West 16th Street
New York, NY 
sent to you courtesy of the
Congress for Jewish Culture
1133 Broadway, Suite 1019
New York, New York 10010

01 October 2011

Review: London Klezmer Quartet

London Klezmer Quartet have released their self-titled debut album, and if you are a fan of small group, authentic Klezmer, this album fits the bill perfectly. The group has a wonderful acoustic sound, without anything getting in the way of the purity of the music. The arrangements are spot on, and the balance is just right. Whether it be a delicate doina or hora, a bouncing sher, or a blazing freylekhs, LKQ gives a masterful performance, full of exuberance and artistry.

LKQ pays homage to some of the Klezmer greats. A pair of Dave Tarras tunes, Galatas and Bosporus feature Susi Evans on Clarinet. She is very impressive, and plays with great heart, particularly on the latter tune.

Naftule Brandwein’s Firn Di Mekhutonim Aheym is here, too, and the band does a beautiful version of it.

And Sid Beckerman’s Tants a Freylekhs is the centerpiece of a medley along with Doyne and the fast-paced Galitsianer Tensl.

Band member Carol Isaacs’ Camden Patsh is a refreshing take on the traditional Clapping Dance, common Klezmer music. It is named after a neighborhood in London.

Band members Ilana Cravitz and Susi Evans teamed up to write Starlight Hora, a tune that came to them while riding the Coast Starlight train in California.

The final tune, Nakhes Fun Kinder (reprise) is a more open and delicate version the we hear earlier on the album. Carol Isaacs switches to Piano, which is a perfect match for the more subdued and emotional feel of Clarinet and Cello. This track is my favorite on the album.

The audio quality on the recording is outstanding, thanks to engineer Jeremy Cox. The instruments are all clear, and the balance is just right.

LKQ is off to a great start with this album. I will be keeping it in my regular listening rotation for quite some time. I can recommend LKQ highly to both those just starting to build their Klezmer library, as well as those fans looking for a truly authentic sound amongst all the amped-up Klezmer that is being produced these days. Keep up the great work, ladies.

Ilana Cravitz- Violin
Susi Evans- Clarinet
Carol Isaacs- Accordion and Piano
Francesca Ter-Berg- Cello

 Track List:  
 1.   Galatas
 2.   Patsh (clapping) dances
 3.   A Gute Nakht (good night)
 4.   Ukrainian Sherele
 5.   Firn di Mekhutonim Aheym (taking the in-laws home) ~
       Tsum Badekns
 6.   Sher
 7.   Doyne  ~ Tants a Freylekhs ~ Galitsianer Tensl
 8.   Bosporus
 9.   Starlight Hora  ~ Lekhayim  ~ Russian Dance
10. Nakhes fun Kinder ~ Manchester Mekhutonim  ~
      Tants far Ale Mekhutonim
11. Wedding Hora
12. Nakhes fun Kinder (reprise)

 Total Time: 43:57


Just in from JUMU music in France:
THE FUTURE OF KLEZMER MUSIC L’ARTICHAUT ORKESTRA (TOULOUSE France) T for Teresa (Tzadik) International album lauching party!! In partnership with TSF JAZZ RADIO

Thursday october 13th, 2011 (doors @ 8pm) LE STUDIO DE L’ERMITAGE 8 rue de l’ermitage 75020 PARIS tickets : fnac, digitick

Featuring four young musicians of diverse artistic backgrounds, the Artichaut Orkestra is a fabulous new ensemble out of Toulouse, France. Led by a disciple of the great modern klezmer David Krakauer, they brilliantly mix jazz, klezmer and classical music, blending the energy of rock with the unpredictable creativity of improvisation. Their debut recording presents eight original compositions of delicacy, strength and a touch of madness. Original new Jewish music from a new generation of 21st century klezmers.

Camille Artichaut: Clarinet Frederic Petitprez: Drums, Percussion Sebastien Rideau: Electric Guitar, Effects Pierre-Emmanuel Roubet: Accordion, Voice


Concert introduced by Estelle Goldfarb & special guests : Ezra (beatbox) and Olivier Koundouno (cello)