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Twenty six year-old clarinetist and saxophonist Alex Kontorovich was born in Russia and currently resides in New York City. He has worked alongside musicians such as Frank London, Brad Shepik, Steven Bernstein, Mike Sarin, Theodore Bikel, Paul Shapiro, Paul Brody, Peter Apfelbaum, Reuben Radding, Chris Washburne, Curtis Hasselbring, Dan Weiss, Aaron Alexander, Brandon Seabrook, Matt Darriau, David Krakauer, Margot Leverett, Alan Bern, Christian Dawid, Sanne Moricke, Michael Alpert, Henry Sapoznik, Peter Sokolow, Fima Efron, J Granelli, Alicia Svigals, and many others. He has performed all over the world at venues such as the Lincoln Center and Birdland in New York; the Royal National Theatre in London; the National Arts Centre in Ottawa; Planet Music in Vienna; the Hackesches Hoftheatre in Berlin; the Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow; and the Beer Festival in Tel Aviv. Numerous ensembles have requested his talents onstage and in the recording studio, including the National Arts Centre Orchestra; Jamie Begian's Big Band; ska superstar King Django; Serbian brass legend Boban Markovic; DJ SoCalled; and a slew of klezmer and world music groups such as the Klezmatics, Frank London's Klezmer Brass All-Stars, the Klez Dispensers, Aaron Alexander's Midrash Mish Mosh, and Beyond the Pale. Alex's newest project, Deep Minor, features all of his original compositions and experiments with an improvisatory harmonic and structural interplay between jazz and klezmer genres. Alex is on the faculty of the KlezKamp, KlezKanada, Yiddish Summer Weimar, the Westchester Klezmer Program, the Klezmer Heritage Cruise and International Klezmer Festival Furth, and produced a recording of the late legendary Moldavian clarinetist German Goldenshteyn


Article: Live From New York

May 2010

Read "May 2010" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Adam Lane Brooklyn LyceumBrooklyn, NY April 14, 2010While bassist Adam Lane's Full Throttle Orchestra is named to conjure up great size and bombast, at present it's a compact sextet whose sonic inventory includes passages of nuance and overall calm. With a Bay Area lineup, Lane has released No(w) Music (Cadence, ...


News: Performance / Tour

Deep Minor at Drom (NYC) on August 18th at 8PM

Deep Minor at Drom (NYC) on August 18th at 8PM

Dear friends, I hope this message finds you well, and that you're enjoying the summer. Please mark your calendars for a rare NYC appearance by Deep Minor. We're playing at Drom in the lower east side, a week from today. Details: When: Tues, August 18th 8 PM Where: Drom, 85 Ave A b/w ...


Deep Minor

Label: Chamsa Records
Released: 2007
Track listing: Transit Strike Blues; Kandels Burning; New Orleans Funeral March; Waltz for Piazzolla; Sirba; Nossim Hora; AfroJewban Suite; Tzitzit.


Article: Album Review

Alex Kontorovich: Deep Minor

Read "Deep Minor" reviewed by Jim Santella

With his program of eight original compositions, clarinetist and alto saxophonist Alex Kontorovich combines klezmer with modern jazz on Deep Minor, his debut as leader. While expressing the exotic nature of his quartet's unique sound, the title also reflects the spiritual feelings evident in the music. Progressive in concept, the album soars with ...


Article: Album Review

Alex Kontorovich: Deep Minor

Read "Deep Minor" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Twenty-six year-old, Russia-born/New York-based clarinetist/saxophonist Alex Kontorovich is a phenomenon. He's a martial arts black belt, math professor at Brown University, “Bird-head" by his own definition, but one that is also well versed with John Coltrane's legacy. He's also a key member of Klezmer and Ska bands including Frank London's Klezmer Brass All-Stars, The Klez Dispensers, ...


Article: Album Review

Alex Kontorovich: Deep Minor

Read "Deep Minor" reviewed by Troy Collins

The Radical Jewish Cultural movement, spurred into existence by avant-garde composer John Zorn, is already in its second decade and steadily progressing into the future. Russian-born saxophonist/clarinetist Alex Kontorovich is part of a new generation embracing the wild and wooly rhythms and primal harmonic inflections of an ancient ethnic subculture. Co-founder of the Klez ...


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