Music

The Music Of Defiance

A chance encounter at a Minneapolis bookstore led acclaimed conductor Murry Sidlin to recreate the Verdi work performed at Terezin.

03/03/2015
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It was a simple act, one that book-lovers perform every day. But it changed Murry Sidlin’s career forever.

Conductor Murry Sidlin has brought the music of Terezin prisoners to life in “Defiant Requiem.”  Jeff Roffman

The Sounds Of Belarus, Reimagined In Brooklyn

Litvakus draws on forgotten traditional pieces to forge a new klezmer sound.

02/03/2015
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He is a man who bestrides two worlds, with one foot in America, the other in Belarus. Or one foot in academia, the other in music. At the moment, though, Dmitri “Zisl” Slepovitch has both feet planted squarely in being a Daddy; his sleeping 20-month-old daughter is now safely entrusted to her nanny.

“It’s a sound that is totally unknown anywhere else.” Leonid Gilman

Black-Jewish Group Chasing The Trane

Afro-Semitic Experience now flirting with late-’60s free-flowing spiritual jazz pioneered by John Coltrane.

01/27/2015
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This is, quite simply, the sound of joy. Seven musicians playing with great passion, performing 10 tunes by composers they love in a loose-limbed style that runs the gamut from post-bop to klez-jazz to Latin clave to gospel.

Afro-Semitic Experience, top. Courtesy of Afro-Semitic Experience

For Emil Zrihan, ‘So Many Colors To Choose From’

In the Moroccan-born Israeli cantor’s musical palette, a mix of flamenco, Western classical and other influences.

01/13/2015
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It has been an unexpectedly hectic day for Emil Zrihan and the members of his band. They were unfortunate enough to land in a snowy New York City and everything has taken longer than expected. Their hotel rooms are being readied and Zrihan has already been checking around the neighborhood to buy food for their Shabbes meals, but when the group alights in the hotel lobby near the Flatiron Building, they are chipper, if a bit subdued.

“I have strong memories of Rabat from my childhood,” Zrihan says.

An Edgy ‘Hannah’ Finally Makes It To N.Y.

Modernist opera on a Chanukah theme has been a long time coming.

12/02/2014
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He has waited almost 35 years to see it on a New York stage, but Leonard Lehrman is remarkably sanguine as the two semi-staged performances of his opera “Hannah” are approaching.

Poster for Leonard Lehrman and Orel Odinov Protopopescu’s “Hannah.”

Perlman’s Back, Solo That Is

After a seven-year absence, the acclaimed violinist is out front in a recital.

11/25/2014
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When Itzhak Perlman takes the stage at Avery Fisher Hall next week, it will mark his first solo recital in New York City in seven years.

Itzhak Perlman

Israelis Playing Klez — With Cello?

Welcome to the 12th Night Klezmer collective.

11/18/2014
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In the world of Jewish roots music — that is, music that originated in the shtetls of Eastern Europe — Elad Kabilio has two strikes against him: he’s Israeli and he’s a cellist.

“We wanted to reintroduce klezmer from an angle” listeners might not be familiar with. Courtesy of 12th Night Klezmer

‘Artists’ Voices Should Be Heard’

World-music show featuring Israel’s Idan Raichel and Mali’s Touré draws BDS fire, and a cultural counter-punch.

11/11/2014
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This should have been a story just about music, about a fruitful and enticing cross-cultural collaboration between an Israeli pop icon and the scion of an African musical dynasty. Instead, we begin with a battle of petitions and committees, pitting the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement against supporters of the State of Israel.

Vieux Farka Touré and Idan Raichel: A Muslim and a Jewish artist united by their love for music.  Youri Lenquette

Lieder Of The Pack

‘Art Song on the Couch,’ inspired by the edginess of Freud’s Vienna, features music by Mahler, Schoenberg and Strauss.

11/04/2014
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Despite his powerful attraction to literature and the visual arts, Sigmund Freud was by his own admission utterly immune to the charms of music. In a 1914 essay, he wrote, “I spend a long time before [works of art] trying to apprehend them in my own way, i.e. to explain to myself what their effect is due to. Wherever I cannot do this, as for instance with music, I am almost incapable of obtaining any pleasure. Some rationalistic, or perhaps analytic, turn of mind in me rebels against being moved by a thing without knowing why I am thus affected and what it is that affects me.”

Sometimes a song is just a song: Mahler, left, and Freud. Wikimedia Commons

Strings Attached To Sephardic Culture

‘Spanish Odyssey’ duo blends chamber music, jazz and klezmer.

10/08/2014
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The guitar rings like chimes, sounding almost celestial. The bowed lines of the double-bass sigh like a human voice, yearning. The textures and timbres that come out of the instruments are as rich and full as those of a much larger ensemble. It is, quite simply, an enchantingly beautiful sound.

Guitarist Nadav Lev and bassist Remy Yulzari play next week at the Museum at Eldridge Street. Adam Cohen
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