Jake Shulman-Ment’s “MIDWOOD” w/Yoshie Fruchter, Richie Barshay, Eleonore Weill, and special guest, Francesca Ter Berg
Led by violinist Jake Shulman-Ment, Midwood is a contemporary klezmer/rock celebration of freedom and the Jewish tradition of wandering and migration. This new supergroup, featuring some of the most exciting young performers on the international world music stage, seamlessly traverses borders through original compositions, expansive improvisations on traditional melodies, and heart-wrenching re-imaginings of Yiddish folk songs. Their debut album on Chant Records, Out of the Narrows (2018) draws from deep Eastern European Jewish roots to explore the power of love, movement, and wilderness to transform the human mind and heart.
Jake Shulman-Ment // violin – – Midwood bandleader and violinist, Jake is at the international forefront of his generation performing, teaching, researching, and composing klezmer and Yiddish music. His virtuosic playing also extends to Hungarian and Romanian folk music, classical, and beyond.
Richie Barshay // drums – – Dazzlingly versatile, sensitive, and creative, Richie’s rhythmic world enjoys an expansive palette. He has toured with the Klezmatics, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, and many other groundbreaking artists.
Yoshie Fruchter // guitar – – Yoshie’s unique blend of rock, jazz, experimental and jewish styles ties together the Midwood sound, with one foot in traditional Jewish roots, and the other constantly exploring. He is one of New York’s most in-demand guitarists.
Eleonore Weill // vocals, flute, hurdy gurdy – – Singer and multi-instrumentalist with a broad palette of influences, from classical and early music to Yiddish, Occitan and Romanian folk, Eleonore contributes an extraordinarily natural, genuine musicianship. She is also one of few singers versed in the unaccompanied Yiddish folk song tradition.
Klezmer Instrumental Music Workshop 6:30pm-8:00 $25 per class,
Concerts & Dance Parties begin at 8:30pm – $15
Jam Session follows Concert 9:45-10:45ish
Full night pass – $35 (includes Workshop, Concert & Jam Session)
All events will take place at The Town & Village Synagogue, Social Hall, 334 East 14th St.(between 1st & 2nd Ave.)