Klezmer Meets Free Jazz


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  • Speaker: Shofar
  • Host Department: Judaic Studies, Frankel Center for
  • Date: 11/05/2013
  • Time: 08:00 PM

  • Location: Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N. 4th Ave., Ann Arbor

  • Description:

    The concept behind Shofar is to carry on the Jewish musical traditions that are still alive for us, while also searching for a common denominator shared by Hasidic music and free jazz. The band consists of three leading Polish musicians: Mikolaj Trzaska (saxophone, bass clarinet), Shofar's Founder Raphael Roginski (electric guitar) and Macio Moretti (drums).

    Shofar's repertoire consists of traditional Jewish sacred music. As is the case with the tradition of Torah commentaries, the music recalls different currents of religious thought. This is why Hasidic nigunim appear alongside music of the oldest temple rites, and songs of prewar cantors are followed by pieces of a more liberal orientation. The trio's repertoire includes nigunim, or religious songs meant to induce a state of religious ecstasy, freylakhs of a more dancelike nature, as well as pieces derived from Jewish liturgy. Unchanged in form, this material unlocks the whole broad spectrum of Hasidic music and culture. The impulse to pursue this area of interest was a discovery of a collection of Hasidic songs by Moshe Bieregowski (1892-1961) who, beginning in the 1920s, researched and wrote about Jewish music in Ukraine, Poland and Moldova. One of the results of his ethnomusicological research was a volume on the Hasidic tradition.

    Sponsored by: CREES/Copernicus Endowment, Judaic Studies 

    $30 Assigned Rows 1-2
    $20 Assigned Rows 3-5
    $15 General Admission
    $5 Student

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