Trumpeter Frank London and vocalist/accordionist Lorin Sklamberg have always attempted to introduce a fresh perspective when redefining traditional Jewish music. As founders of the Grammy award-winning alt-klezmer band The Klezmatics, they adapt ancient and traditional holiday songs of the Jewish diaspora into a modern, surprising sphere.Tsuker-zis, (sugar-sweet), their third installment of Hasidic religious songs and melodies, nigunim--after Nigunim (Tzadik, 1998) and The Zmiros Project (Traditional Crossroads, 2001)--are all exemplary for their vision. They dress the beautiful and touching melodies in an all-compassing, genre-crossing, unique blend of aesthetics.
On Tsuker-zis, London and Sklamberg are joined by three colleagues from ...read more
Frank London A Night in the Old Marketplace Soundbrush 2007 Gachupin Gachupin Self Released 2007
Nearly a decade in the making, A Night in the Old Marketplace is an ambitious project based on a 1907 play by Yiddish writer IL Peretz featuring a powerful score by klezmer virtuoso Frank London and darkly poetic lyrics by playwright Glen Berger. If that description sounds a bit esoteric, relax; London and Berger (and theatrical ...read more
Frank London is one of the most interesting and colorful figures in the current revival of Jewish music--mistakenly identified only as Klezmer music--of the last two decades. London seeks consciously and constantly to expand the terminology and vocabulary of Jewish music with groups including Hasidic New Wave, Shekinah Big Band and Klezmer Brass All-Stars. The Klezmatics won a 2006 best World Music Grammy Award for its versions of Woody Guthrie songs on Wonder Wheel (Jewish Music Group, 2006). It was a very important milestone for Jewish music, acknowledging Jewish music in a very official way as part of the canon ...read more
"There's an angel who lies at the bottom of the well. Can you still hear her sighs from the bottom of the well? She fled from a man who she never could love. Now her bed's in the sand at the bottom of the well."
How can any red-blooded poetry lover resist such bleak lyrics? If this is not enough, these words are splashed against a decadent-rich Klezmer-Cabaret backdrop that sounds like Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht deep in the bottle after an opium binge. And if that is not enough, these very words, with Hebraic dread clinging, ...read more
Trumpeter Frank London's Klezmer Brass Allstars jump-started New York City's globalFEST this past month. The two-day smorgasbord of sound, now in its third sold-out year at Joe's Pub, featured three concurrent stages of the best in world music. London's aggregation included a bevy of brass, clarinets, vocalists, Brazilian percussion ensemble Scott Kettner & Maracatú New York, and the furiously pumping rhythm section of drummer Aaron Alexander and tubaist extraordinaire Ron Caswell. Coupled with London's sweet horn and manic stage presence, the set was a quick-paced run through of the Allstars' latest adventure.
While Brotherhood of Brass (Piranha, 2002) integrated Jewish, ...read more
In the '90s, the Klezmatics made klezmer hip; the latest from their trumpeter, Frank London, should likewise make cantorial music accessible to a new generation of listeners. Hazónos had its Golden Age during the '20s-40s as superstar cantors recorded popular versions of liturgical works. The signature songs of four such hazzans are presented with newly recorded vocals by Cantors Jacob Ben-Zion Mendelson, Daniel Mendelson and Simon Spiro.
Frank London Hazónos Tzadik 2005
Bassist David Chevan, whose own jazz tribute to the genre included London, anchors the rhythm section in addition to Anthony Coleman's expressive ...read more
The mystical high priest of New Wave Avant-Klez jazz, Frank London, has released an album that defies phony political barriers and exposes solid musical commonalties among Gypsy, Jewish and Arabic music. ?Brotherhood of Brass?, the second release from Frank London?s Klezmer Brass All Stars, is a concept album that reaches across multiple millennia to present a view of musical cultural inter-relationships. For this purpose, London has enlisted the aid of two other brass bands, the Boban Markovic Orkestar (Serbia) and the Hasaballa Brass Band (Egypt). With the Klezmer Brass All Stars own impressive line up, the resultant melding of Jewish, ...read more