Klezmer Podcast 130- David Krakauer and Fred Wesley of Abraham, Inc.

Abraham Inc.

Abraham inc.

Abraham Inc.

Funk Meets Hip-Hip Meets Klezmer

Clarinetist David Krakauer and DJ Socalled have been great musical collaborators for many years. But the move to add Trombonist Fred Wesley sent them on a new trajectory to a new sonic landscape. Abraham Inc. blends Klezmer, hip-hop, and Funk in a way that creates a new genre that sets a new standard for Jewish music. Here, I sit down with Krakauer and Wesley to find out what motivated them to join forces and create this new sound. Like the track Push, a perfect example of this sound, blending Funk and hip-hop with a nigun. And we also hear Moskovitz Remix, showing how well they can take on a Klezmer tune.                                                                                                                       Run time: 34:50.

Klezmer Podcast 129- Paul Green

Klezmer Meets Jazz

Paul Green

Paul Green

Music Coming Together

Music Coming Together

This episode features an interview with Clarinetist Paul Green, who has released a new album of Jazz/Klezmer, Music Coming TogetherGreen does a great job of blending the two genres, particularly on the Klezmer tunes Der Gasn Nigun and Papirosen. But he also is comfortable going the other way, too, as seen in So, Nu? his Klezmer take on the Miles Davis tune So What? After the interview, we listen to the track Tarras Doina and Blues.  Run time: 35:07.

Klezmer Podcast 128- Lenka Lichtenberg

Yiddish Music From Genghis Cohen

Lenka Lichtenberg

Lenka Lichtenberg

Yiddish Journey

Yiddish Journey

Lenka Lichtenberg is a vocalist based in Toronto, Canada and is always finding new ways to create Jewish music. Her latest album, Yiddish Journey, takes us on another musical adventure. Lenka has a unique style that blends traditional elements with cross- cultural influences, such as using Oud and Tabla instruments. I recorded this episode at her performance in Los Angeles at Genghis Cohen, and we hear the track Hey, Tsigelekh from her live set. This track is also on the album.

Run time: 29:40

Klezmer Podcast 127- Sasha Margolis

Klezmer From New York

Big Galut(e)

Big Galut(e)

Sasha Margolis

Sasha Margolis

Sasha Margolis is the Violinist of the band Big Galut(e) of New York City. They have released a self-titled debut album, consisting of traditional Klezmer tunes, along with some originals, including one of my new favorites The True Story Of Carmen, a Mickey Katz- inspired parody of the famous Opera. We get to hear the track Wallachian-Appalachian Scratchin’ from the album.

Run time: 25:13.

Klezmer Podcast 126- Alicia Svigals

Alicia Svigals Klezmer Violin

Alicia Svigals
Alicia Svigals

Alicia Svigals is a New York- based Violinist who has been a fixture in Jewish music since the early days of the Klezmer Revival. I met up with Alicia after her workshop/concert at the New York Klezmer Series, where she performed with Lauren Brody, Aaron Alexander, and Marty Confurious. We get to hear a new track, Simkhes Toyre, which she recorded with pianist Marilyn Lerner.

Run time: 18:26.