ANYONE FOR YIDDISH TANGO?
Put the two words “Yiddish” and “tango” together, and some might respond, “You’re joking?” But history bears out a strong connection between the two. These will be evident in the upcoming performance of Yiddish Tango Club at the Skirball Cultural Center on Thursday evening, August 21. Having investigated Vietnamese tango in my June column, this gives me yet another opportunity to dig for treasures in music history.
But first here’s the scoop on the show. Virtuoso klezmer clarinetist Gustavo Bulgach, who launched the Yiddish Tango Club project in 2012, will lead his ensemble in accompanying tangos with lyrics written in Yiddish as well as Argentine tango instrumentals from the early days of the genre and the innovative tangos of Astor Piazzolla. They also will be performing pieces from the klezmer repertoire, freilachs (happy, fast-paced numbers) and nigunim (improvised vocal numbers with roots in religious and particularly Hasidic texts and music).
NEXT FOLKWORKS CONCERT
Saturday, September 27th at 8pm
doors open at 7:30pm
newly renovated Talking Stick Café
1411 Lincoln Blvd., Venice, CA 90291
at Lincoln and California St. in corner behind Pollo Loco
Parking available behind or in Ross Dress For Less parking lot.
General Admission: $18
FolkWorks members (Friend and above) – reserved seating: $16
Nevenka Concert Tickets
FolkWorks PO Box 55051
Sherman Oaks, CA 91413
FINAL 2014 Concert
(Click on hyperlink for tickets)
Series at the Talking Stick Café
1411 Lincoln Blvd., Venice, CA 90291
SYNCOPATHS October 25th
SINGING BACKUP OR SWINGING BANJOS
When I was a kid, most of my friends wanted to be things like nurses and firemen when they grew up. My career goal was a bit different—I wanted to be a backup singer. You know… a Vandella, or a Pip, or maybe one of those anonymous women who appeared on TV helping Perry Como or Dean Martin to sound good. (OK, I also desperately wanted to be the third Everly Brother, but there was that nagging problem of gender).
It seemed like the perfect career choice. It involved singing (mandatory), you got to record, go on tour, meet cool people, and get paid. But you didn’t have to put up with the downside of fame, or worry about whether your next album would sell.
I never did achieve that career goal, although I came close a few times. But I have continued to admire the singers who make their living doing what I now know is a challenging and sometimes stressful job.
TITLE: RING THEM BELLS
ARTIST: THE COPPER PONIES
LABEL: HUDSON HARDING MUSIC
RELEASE DATE: 2013
Every once in a while a duo comes along whose voices blend so wonderfully, so naturally, that the result transcends the individual singers, however talented they may be. Such is the case with The Copper Ponies.
The duo consists of Annie Donahue, a fresh new voice in the folk world, and Erik Balkey, a multi-award-winning, chart-topping singer-songwriter whose credits include over 300 songs and nine albums. And their debut EP, Ring Them Bells, reflects this exciting alchemy....resulting in, not surprisingly, a sound that is simultaneously fresh and well-seasoned.
The five “contemporary folk” songs on Ring Them Bells include both covers and an original (co-written) song, and serve to strikingly showcase the pair’s versatility, down-to-earth style, polished musicianship and instant appeal. But it is not the first time that Balkey and Donahue have written or sung together.
TITLE: BAD DOG BUFFET
ARTIST: VANCE GILBERT
RELEASE DATE: 2014
Vance Gilbert will be playing Sunday, June 29th at McCabes Guitar Shop, Santa Monica
Vance Gilbert is back with another beautifully sung and evocative album – a transcendent collection of new songs on his CD, BaD Dog Buffet – and, as Vance’s audience knows, the magic of Vance happens on stage. His live show has a reputation that precedes it.
Known equally for his vocal virtuosity and his comedic stage banter and stories, Vance has continued to garner new fans wherever he plays. In the beginning it was Shawn Colvin who wanted him on her tour. Requests also came in from Arlo Guthrie, Anita Baker, and the late George Carlin and most recently, Paul Reiser to add Vance to their shows.
Over the course of a decade in the music business, Vance has made many great recordings and BaD Dog Buffet is perhaps his finest. This time he had generous assistance from a varied list of respected guests—including Celtic harpist/singer Aine Minogue, bluegrass boys Darol Anger and Joe Walsh Jr., jazz sax player Grace Kelly, country rocker Roy Sludge, and guitarist Kevin Barry.
Saturday, August 23, 2014
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
YUVAL RON ENSEMBLE / LA SANTA CECILIA
Thursday, August 28, 2014
JEFFERY BROUSSARD AND THE CREOLE COWBOYS
Friday, August 29, 2014
GEORGE YELLICH'S RAGTIME BANJO BAND
FILM: GIVE ME THE BANJO
Sunday, August 31, 2014
Saturday, September 27, 2014
Saturday, October 25, 2014