Surrounded by dustily stocked bookshelves, antique lamps and floral artistic screens, a jazz saxophonist jammed along with his ensemble for a small crowd that straggled in and out of a dimly lit East Village basement this past Monday night.
No, this wasn’t your ordinary subterranean jazz haunt.
For Tim Sparks, it’s a long way from Southern Baptist North Carolina to Tzadik records.
Special To The Jewish Week
It is a cliché to say that music can change someone’s view of the world. But in the case of guitarist Tim Sparks, it’s true.
Sparks, who will be performing at The Stone on June 14, grew up in North Carolina where he was “exposed to a lot of heavy-duty Southern Baptist culture,” he said in a telephone interview last week from his home in Minneapolis. “I’ve spent most of my life trying to work my way out of that.”
Two classical ensembles and a new Web site pay tribute to the music of the Shoah.
Holocaust scholars and intellectuals in allied fields have argued for most of the past six and a half decades whether there was such a thing as a cultural resistance to the Shoah. Did creating works of art in the confines of Terezin constitute a rebuke to the Nazis or an unwitting submission? In the face of such brutal inhumanity, how powerful a subversive act could a piece of music, a painting or a performance be?