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Frank London: The Jew with the Horn

By Published: November 13, 2007
So I was in the annual Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow, Poland, and it always culminates in a concert in the town square, in the old Jewish quarter. More than ten thousand people were there, from six in the afternoon till early in the morning. I did my Carnival Conspiracy project, and instead of my Brazilian percussionists I used a group of percussionists from Warsaw who play Brazilian music. I had sixteen musicians onstage, all the musicians of the festival, not only Klezmer musicians but also with screaming electric rock guitar, Latin drummers, a black rapper, musicians from Nigeria and Germany, cantor, all to the grand finale, at 1:30 in the morning. We knew that all the crowd knew the popular song "Numa Numa and we added the lyrics of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov, "Na Nach Nachma Nachman Meuman." It was a weird mix of cultural influences, total spectacle, totally insane, and we kept playing it on and on until the police told us to shut down the sound system so we began a parade. We were very high at the end of it.


Selected Discography

Frank London, A Night In The Old Marketplace (Soundbrush, 2007)
Frank London, Divan (Frank London, 2007)
Paul Brody, For The Moment (Tzadik, 2007)
Klezmatics, Wonder Wheel (with lyrics by Woody Guthrie) (Jewish Music Group, 2006)
Frank London's Klezmer Brass All-Stars, Carnival Conspiracy (Piranha, 2005)
Klezmatics, Brother Moses Smote The Water (Piranha, 2005)
Frank London, Hazònos (Tzadik, 2005)
Aaron Alexander, Midrash Mish Mosh (Tzadik, 2004)
Klezmatics, Woody Guthrie's Happy Joyous Hanuka (Klezmatics, 2004)
David Yengibarjan, Pandukht (Budapest Music Center, 2003)
Marc Ribot, Filmworks 2 (Tzadik, 2003)
Frank London's Klezmer Brass All-Stars,
Brotherhood of Brass (Piranha, 2002)
Klezmatics, Rise Up! Shetyl Oyf! (Rounder/ Piranha, 2002)
Wolf Krakowski, Goyrl : Destiny (Tzadik, 2002)
Frank London, Invocations (Tzadik, 2000)
Hasidic New Wave, Kabalogy (Knitting Factory, 1999)
Ballin' The Jack, Jungle (Knitting Factory, 1999)
Klezmatics, The Well, A Collaboration with Chava Alberstein (Rounder, 1998)
Frank London/ Lorin Sklamberg/ Uri Caine, Nigunim (Tzadik, 1998)
Hasidic New Wave, Psycho-Semitic (Knitting Factory, 1998)
Hasidic New Wave, Jews And The Abstract Truth (Knitting Factory, 1997)
Frank London, The Debt (Tzadik, 1997)
Klezmatics, Jews With Horns (Rounder/ Piranha, 1995)
Frank London, Music From The Movie The Shvitz (Knitting Factory, 1995)
John Zorn, Kristallnacht (Tzadik, 1995)

Photo Credit
Top and Bottom Photos: Nir Shaanani
Group Photo: Pawel Mazur, courtesy of the Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow, Poland



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