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Bop Kabbalah (l to r): Ben Holmes (trumpet), Ken Thomson (bass clarinet), myself (guitar) and Adam D Gold (drums) .
photo by Eli Koppel
This quartet is my take on Jewish-themed composition-meets–
Our debut recording came out in May 2014 on Tzadik Records (Radical Jewish Culture Series) and has received some rave reviews, including four stars in Downbeat and The Sydney Morning Herald. JazzTimes called it “…one of the year’s most arresting recordings…wailing with enough majesty to bring down the walls of Jericho.” You can buy it directly here, or on Amazon and Itunes.
2016 saw the addition of vocalists Kamala Sankaram and Sara Serpa for the premiere of my new long-form piece “Future Generations (A Setting of Yiddish Poetry by Avrom Reyzen).” Reyzen’s century-old poetry is a prescient and haunting exploration of Jews in social justice struggles. Nothing seems more relevant to me as an artist in 2017.