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Venue:
Society Hill Synagogue418 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: $12 General Admission
Tuesday, March 4, 2008 - 8:00pm

Radical Jewish Music Festival 2008: Daniel Blacksberg's Yiddish Sextet featuring Frank London

Radical Jewish Music Festival 2008

Daniel Blacksberg, trombone
Frank London, trumpet
Michael Winograd, clarinet
Brandon Seabrook, guitar + banjo
Jorge Roeder, bass
Ritchie Barshay, percussion

Daniel Blacksberg is a Philadelphia-based trombonist whose work has been known to alternate among structured jazz, freely improvised music, new music and klezmer. Blacksberg received his Bachelor of Music from the New England Conservatory, where he completed studies with such renown players and educators as Bob Brookmeyer, Joe Morris, Ran Blake, Joe Maneri and Hankus Netsky.

Upon his return to Philadelphia, Blacksberg has rapidly made a name for himself joining two of the city's premiere ensembles: Bobby Zankel's Warriors of the Wonderful Sound and Kevin Diehl's Sonic Liberation Front. Within the jazz-improvised music spectrum, Daniel has performed with such notable musicians as Joe Morris, Joe Maneri, Daniel Levin, Jack Wright, Toshi Makihara, Mike Pride, Taylor Ho Bynum, Steve Lantner, Gene Coleman, Nate Wooley, Katt Hernandez, Pierre-Yves Martel, Petr Cancura, Irene Aebi, Danilo Perez, Gunther Schuller and Anthony Braxton.

Along with his jazz playing, Daniel is fast becoming one of the most in-demand trombonists in the world of klezmer music. He has performed or recorded in the US and abroad with such leading klezmer artists as Frank London, Michael Alpert, Alicia Svigals, Richie Barshay, Matt Darriau, Lorin Sklamberg, Michael Winograd, Aaron Alexander, Susan Watts, Elaine Hoffman Watts, the Klez Dispensers, Hankus Netsky, Alan Bern, Adrienne Cooper, Alex Kontorovitch, Daniel Kahn, Christian David and the Shirim Klezmer Orchestra. These musical associations have brought Blacksberg to such far-flung locales as Hungary, Poland, Austria, Germany and Canada.

Trumpeter, band leader and composer alike, Frank London is a member of the Klezmatics and Hasidic New Wave. He has performed with John Zorn, LL Cool J, Mel Torme, Lester Bowie's Brass Fantasy, LaMonte Young, They Might Be Giants, David Byrne, Jane Siberry, Ben Folds 5, Mark Ribot, Maurice El Medioni and Gal Costa, and is featured on more than 100 albums. His own recordings include Invocations (cantorial music), Di Shikere Kapelye and Brotherhood of Brass with Frank London's Klezmer Brass Allstars, Nigunim and The Zmiros Project with Klezmatics vocalist Lorin Sklamberg, The Debt, The Shekhina Big Band, the soundtrack to The Shvitz and Gluck's The Divahn and four releases with the Hasidic New Wave.

Frank London's projects include the folk-opera A Night in the old Marketplace (based on Y.L. Peretz's Bay "nakht oyfn altn mark"), Davenen for Pilobolus and the Klezmatics, Great Small Works' The Memoirs of Gluckel of Hameln and Min Tanaka's Romance. He composed music for John Sayles' The Brother from Another Planet and Men with Guns, Yvonne Rainer's Murder and Murder, the Czech-American Marionette Theater's Golem and Tamar Rogoff's Ivye Project. He was music director for David Byrne and Robert Wilson's The Knee Plays, collaborated with Palestinian violinist Simon Shaheen, taught Jewish music in Canada, Crimea and the Catskills, and produced CDs for Gypsy Legend Esma Redzepova, and Algerian Pianist Maurice el Medioni. He has been featured on HBO's Sex and the City, at the North Sea Jazz Festival and the Lincoln Center Summer Festival, and was a co-founder of Les Miserables Brass Band and the Klezmer Conservatory Band.

Sponsored by Penn Hillel, Kehillah of Center City, National Museum of American Jewish History, Society Hill Synagogue, uwishunu.com, International House Philadelphia and Kol Tzedek.