Friday, 19 August 2011

Zev Feldman & Andy Statman

I thought I should feature some Klezmer music today, so I chose Zev Feldman & Andy Statman. I think the combination of Ottoman music and Klezmer music works well.

Walter Zev Feldman is a prominent researcher on the subject of Ottoman Turkish and Jewish music. He is well known for his versatility, when playing the klezmer, dulcimer and cymbal. He's a part-time associate professor at theBar-Ilan University of Tel-Aviv and a fellow of the Centre for Jewish Musical Research at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Andy Statman is a Klezmer clarinet player and a bluegrass and newgrass mandolin player. At the start of his music career, he became famous for his role as a mandolin player, who influenced the development of the bluegrass bands, Country Cookin' and Breakfast Special. Nevertheless he soon realised that he was better suited to Klezmer and Jewish Music, and so he started to take part in recording many Klezmer albums, which were responsible for the Klezmer revival that began late in the 1970s. During the 1990s, he began to experiment with Hassidic melodies, and this led to him fusing klezmer, bluegrass and jazz music in an effective manner. He also runs the Andy Statman trio with Jim Whitney and Larry Eagle.

If you'd like to listen to more samples of their music, here's the link to their mp3 album on Amazon: Klezmer Music.

Here are the links to Andy Statman's other mp3 albums on Amazon: East Flatbush BluesSongs Of Our FathersBetween Heaven & EarthAndy's RambleThe Andy Statman Klezmer OrchestraAvodas Ha-levi: Archival Recordings From The 1990'sAwakening From Above and Mandolin Abstractions.

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