Saturday Feb 15, 2020
Albuquerque, NM 87107
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A four-day festival featuring klezmer dance and instrumental music, rooted in the traditional wedding ceremonies of the Eastern European Jewish people.
From February 14-16, 2020 Congregation Nahalat Shalom in Albuquerque, New Mexico will be celebrating the 18th annual (Chai year!) festival of klezmer music and dance "KlezmerQuerque." The festival presents a wide variety of events for all ages, abilities and budgets including a free dance and movement event for children and families, concerts, performances, storytelling, dance parties, Shabbat services, plus music, dance and storytelling workshops. Three special guest artists will be featured at all events throughout the weekend: Bruce Bierman (Berkeley, CA, Choreographer, director, Yiddish and Yemenite dance master and teacher); Dan Blacksberg (Phil., PA, Trombonist, Klezmer, Jewish music and experimental jazz); Nick Millevoi (Phil., PA, Electric guitar, klezmer and experimental jazz). KlezmerQuerque will also feature the talents of many local klezmer artists including: Beth Cohen (voice and strings), The Rebbe’s Orkestra, The Nahalat Shalom Community Klezmer Band, Rikud Yiddish Dancers, Alavados Ensemble, Clara Byom (clarinet/ musicology), Margot Leverett (virtuoso klezmer clarinet), Di Kavene Kapelye, Ambush Brass and Batya Podos (Maggidah- storyteller).
On Saturday evening February 15th, the doors will open at 6:30 p.m. to the music of local groups Ambush Brass and Di Kavene Kapelye greeting guests as they enter for the concert and dance party. At 7:00 p.m. The Rebbe’s Orkestra-klezmer and Judaic band, will open the show. At 7:30 p.m. the special guest musicians Dan Blacksberg (trombone) and Nick Millevoi (guitar) will present the featured concert of traditional klezmer music and their own original creation of experimental klezmer jazz. Radiant Others is one of the newest projects from Dan Blacksberg, an acknowledged masters of klezmer trombone. Featuring original music and arrangements of traditional klezmer tunes that span the history of the tradition, Radiant Others is the first klezmer band to feature the trombone as the lead instrument. Blacksberg pairs up with longtime collaborator, guitarist Nick Millevoi to create a thoroughly modern sound. On Radiant Others, Blacksberg brings together years of research and development on how to play klezmer melodies with all the virtuosity, ornamentation, and depth of emotion that we hear in the more common lead instruments like the clarinet or violin. This music presents the results of this search, creating a new language for the trombone that can lead a new role for the instrument in the klezmer tradition.
From 9:00-10:00p.m., following the concert and intermission, the dance party will begin with live music provided by the special guest musicians and local guests including virtuoso klezmer clarinetist Margot Leverett. The dancing will be led by guest dance artist Bruce Bierman with the help of Rikud Dance Troupe. Tickets can be purchased on-line at www.nahalatshalom.org or at the door for $20-general admission and $18-seniors/ students.
For festival details and to register/buy tickets to other events, visit: www.nahalatshalom.org or call Nahalat Shalom's office at 505-343-8227. All events are at Nahalat Shalom, located at 3606 Rio Grande Blvd. NW, 87107.
Contact the festival coordinator Beth Cohen at email@example.com or 505-243-6276.
Trombonist and composer Dan Blacksberg is one of the premiere practitioners of traditional klezmer on the trombone, and a rapidly rising voice in experimental music. With work spanning avant-garde jazz, modern classical music, improvised music, and klezmer, Blacksberg has developed a complex style to carve out new spaces for the trombone in modern experimental and Jewish music. rapidly rising voice in experimental music. With work spanning avant-garde jazz, modern classical music, improvised music, and klezmer, Blacksberg has developed a complex style to carve out new spaces for the trombone in modern experimental and Jewish music.
Radiant Othersis the newest album by trombonist Dan Blacksberg, one of the acknowledged masters of klezmer trombone. Blacksberg traces his lineage back to one of the most influential klezmer clarinetists ever, Naftule Brandwein, inspiring him to bring his trombone into a leading role. On Radiant Others, he brings together years of research and development on how to play klezmer melodies with all the virtuosity, ornamentation, and depth of emotion that we hear in the more common lead instruments like the clarinet or violin. This music presents the results of this search, creating a new language for the trombone that can lead a new role for the instrument in the klezmer tradition.
Nick Millevoi is a guitarist and composer whose music searches for the sonic cracks between jazz, rock and roll, noise, and modern composition. His band, Desertion Trio, featuring bassist Johnny DeBlase and drummer Kevin Shea, takes on the history of instrumental electric guitar music and throws it in a blender. The band’s sound has been described as “supremely weird desert noir” (Noisey) and “the sweet spot between Neil Young's exploratory Crazy Horse jams and a spaghetti western soundtrack” (NPR Music). Desertion Trio has released three full-length albums on the labels Shhpuma/Clean Feed and Long Song Records, which have been lauded by outlets such as Downbeat Magazine, and JazzTimes, with Rolling Stone describing their latest release, Twilight Time as “warmly nostalgic and potently surreal.”
Bruce Bierman is an award-winning dancer, choreographer, director, and theater artist from the San Francisco Bay area. He is the author of several award-winning plays and musicals including The Passion of Carmen, The Blue Dress, and Wade in the Water, which received the Playwright's Commission Award from the National Foundation for Jewish Culture. Bruce is currently the artistic director of the J Dance Theatre, bringing Jewish dance performances, workshops, lectures and youth education programs throughout California. Bruce received his B.A. in Asian Theatre and Dance from U.C. Santa Cruz, and has completed the Karmiel Course for Foreign Dance Teachers in Israel. He is also a choreographer, and the Artistic Director of New Yiddish Theater and Yiddish Theatre Ensemble and he gives lectures on the History of Hasidic dance and Yiddish dance. Bruce lives with his dance and life partner, Gilberto Melendez, in San Francisco. Links: https://jewishjournal.com/culture/videos/304369/jewish-dance-an-overview-with-bruce-bierman/