AMHERST – The line-up for the 2017 Yidstock: The Festival of New Yiddish Music includes performances by top names who are redefining klezmer, as well as talks, workshops, and a modern folk oratorio by Klezmatics member Frank London, based on Yiddish writer I.L. Peretz’s groundbreaking play A Night in the Old Marketplace.
The four-day festival takes place at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst July 13-16.
Now in its sixth year, Yidstock brings together a diverse range of musicians who weave elements from traditional Jewish music, jazz, Americana, and other styles to take klezmer in exciting, unexpected directions, underscoring the dynamic, ever-evolving nature of the genre.
This year’s concert schedule includes:
Eleanor Reissa & Frank London’s Klezmer Brass All-Stars, featuring two of the leading lights of the Yiddish music renaissance
The Hankus Netsky and Eden MacAdam-Somer Duo, performing Yiddish and Hassidic song and klezmer dance tunes
The Nigunim Trio—London, his Klezmatics bandmate Lorin Sklamberg, and Rob Schwimmer, performing original and traditional nigunim and zmiros, spiritual Hassidic-Jewish chants whose purpose is to induce a state of piety and ecstasy in both performer and listener
Ezekiel’s Wheels Klezmer Band, who bring passion, virtuosity, and contagious energy to every performance, with the intimacy of chamber music and the intensity of a rowdy dance band
The Alicia Svigals and Lauren Brody Duo, an electrifying concert of traditional Yiddish folk songs and klezmer tunes
The Andy Statman Trio, performing a unique, contemporary fusion of Jewish, jazz, and Americana styles
Yidstock ’17 will also feature a performance of London’s multimedia oratorio A Night at the Old Marketplace, based on the groundbreaking 1907 play of the same name by I.L. Peretz, regarded as one of the greatest Yiddish writers.
In addition, Yidstock will include a full schedule of talks, readings, and singing, dancing, and instrumental workshops, including a number led by musicians in residence for the festival.
For ticket sales and a complete schedule, check the Yiddish Book Center’s website at yiddishbookcenter.org/yidstock.
CAP: Eleanor Reissa & Frank London’s Klezmer Brass All-Stars.