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World Music Institute
Hasidic New Wave
February 3 @ 7:30 pm
World Music Institue continues its Contemporary Jewish series with Hasidic New Wave.
The Contemporary Jewish series focuses on developments in modern Jewish music, particularly cultural movements that have had their genesis in New York City. This includes modern developments in klezmer and neo-Yiddish music and the developments of radical Jewish music that began in New York's downtown scene in the 1980s.
When & where
Saturday February 3, 2018 @ 7:30pm
Littlefield, 638 Sackett Street, Brooklyn
Tickets $20 advance / $25 day of show
When five downtown New York improvisers with deep roots in the jazz tradition embrace the Hasidic musical legacy and the scintillating rhythms of the holy land, a new voice emerges. Blending together an intense mixture of ethnic and cosmopolitan sounds, Hasidic New Wave fuses spiritual songs from Hasidic dynasties to funk and jazz, Arabic dances with avant-garde rock, and juxtaposes horas and freylekhs with sheer improvisation. Hasidic New Wave’s alternatingly ecstatic and meditative performances, imbued (as is consistent with Hasidic tradition) with joy and passion, has led critics to liken the band to Sun Ra meets Jimi Hendrix at a Jewish wedding and exclaim HNW marries Hasidic music to avant-jazz, spinning traditional Jewish celebratory songs into extended Jazz improvisations that incorporate ferocious horn blowing and raucous electric guitar solos.
For this concert they will be joined by Senegalese Sabar drumming ensemble Alioune Faye & Yakar Rhythms, performing music from their collaborative recording, From the Belly of Abraham, as well as new material.