Klezmer Ensemble


Thursday, April 19, 2018 8:00PM
Old Cabell Hall

Klezmer Ensemble
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Performed in Old Cabell Hall, on Grounds at U.Va.

Part of the McIntire Department of Music

The University of Virginia McIntire Department of Music presents the UVA Klezmer Ensemble with special guest artist, Paul Brody on Thursday, April 19th at 8pm in Old Cabell Hall. Directed by Joel Rubin, the UVA Klezmer Ensemble focuses on the music of the klezmorim, the Jewish professional instrumentalists of eastern Europe, as well as related Jewish and other East European traditions from the 18th century to the present, including Yiddish song.

Tonight’s performance will feature Paul Brody, an American trumpeter, composer, sound installation artist, and writer based in Berlin, Germany. Brody leads his klezmer-jazz band, Sadawi and performs with a number of other groups, including the Other Europeans, the Semer Ensemble, and Daniel Kahn and the Painted Bird. He has collaborated with artists as diverse as John Zorn, Kent Nagano, Shirley Bassey, Ran Blake, the Klezmatics, and Barry White.

John Zorn has written: “Paul Brody is a remarkable trumpet player, composer, arranger based in Berlin... He brought together some of the best players from both the U.S. and Germany to create a new Jewish supergroup. The music combines exciting arrangements, catchy tunes, and compelling solos into another classic of the new Jewish Renaissance... Brody is forging a new Jewish jazz for the 21st Century."

Now ending its twelth year, the UVA Klezmer Ensemble has become a vital part of the musical community of Central and Northern Virginia, performing each semester in Old Cabell Hall as well as at conferences and festivals throughout the region. The ensemble is currently made up of undergraduates, grad students, and other members of the greater Central Virginia community. The group is committed to ethnic, racial, cultural and religious diversity. Current and recent members have backgrounds from the US, Russia, Ukraine, Israel, Lebanon, Armenia, Iran, Bangladesh, and India, with religious backgrounds ranging from Jewish to Christian, Hindu, Muslim, and Buddhist.