Cold winds may be a-blowin’, but our thoughts (and calendars) turn to warm sun and sweet summer love. If you’re “saving a date” we’d love to hear from you. Weekends are booking out fast for 2013. Don’t hesitate to email firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know where and when you want to start dancing…
Some lovely photos from Andy & Noah’s wedding this summer, up in Monte Rio, CA. Featuring special guest Liz Strong doing her signature sword dance.
Eight years have past since we released our first album and many a noodley kugel has been baked in the meanwhile. Our new recording, The Frail Branch, is the culmination of much futzing and noshing in the klezmer kitchen – countless gigs, epic adventures to foreign lands, partaking in ancient wisdom from masters, and joyously celebrating with you!
The Frail Branch captures Kugelplex’s expansive vision of the klezmer tradition – journeying through Yiddish-Turkish space disco, Chassidic Carnivale, Smyrna taverna, swinging jazz, Romani crossroads, and good ol’ fashioned shtetl rockin’.
PLEASE consider supporting your local klezmers and buying one for everyone you know.
Where might you pick up a copy of this exciting musical offering? Come to one of our upcoming shows or email us at email@example.com …
Photos by Steve Haimovitz. If you missed it, we’re playing with Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir again on Dec 1st and 9th at the Paramount in Oakland…
Being a klezmer in California, sometimes you feel like a quinoa kugel. For such occasions, here are a few recipes. (Disclaimer: we haven’t actually tried these recipes and quinoa kugel doesn’t necessarily sound very good, but who knows? One thing is for certain though – if you’re headed somewhere for the holidays and you’re supposed to bring the kugel, you better give these recipes a test run before imposing them upon an unsuspecting fan of the tradish noodle-and-cheeses version)…
Here’s a link to the live webcast if you want to remotely watch us rock out at the Freight and Salvage tonight.
Tonight we are premiering Hungarian Gospel Suite with Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir. Dan composed the piece setting music to lyrics collected by folk historian, Carl Sandburg. Here’s what Mr. had to say about the meaning of Midnight Train:
“Railroad trains hurtling with smoke, fire and thunder across peaceful landscapes at night, rushing remorseless as fate along the iron rail pathways, holding to a fixed timetable and repeating the performance ever midnight or early morning “fo’ day”- out of this the negro worker has made a song that pounds home with the beats and accents of a Limited Express. The grind of flanges, steel burnishing steel in a tireless syncopation, is here, in melody and overtone. . . All night long the trains weave: every night they repeat the weave: civilization hangs on the time table. The “same train” runs, and always “all night long” … A smokestack with a maroon plume of sparks, a firebox square of crimson, the onrushing monotone of a strong, long drawn locomotive whistle-thus the tempo. . . . In Montevallo at the State Teachers College of Alabama they sing it: and there are variants at the University of Georgia, and at the State Teachers College at Hattiesburg, Mississippi. . . “
Come watch us rock out some klez today at SFSU Hillel. Noon-1pm. Malcolm X Plaza. It will be our first time playing with Lila Sklar on violin!
We just got word that there’s going to be a live webcast of our October 6th concert at Freight & Salvage.
Check it out: ConcertWindow.com.
Remember when you had to actually leave your house to do stuff? HA!
That being said, we suspect there might be something about seeing a rafter-shaking, 50-member gospel choir in person that would be worth making the trip to Berkeley.