Three big klezmers

Trio Carpione champions pre-WWII European klezmer.

By GAVRIEL FISKE
April 27, 2006 13:17
2 minute read.
Three big klezmers

music note 88. (photo credit: )

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user uxperience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew, Ivrit
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Repor
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

Longing for the days when music meant something lush and acoustic? Missing the virtuous ornamentation and evocative melodies? Love that good ol' mama loschen? If traditional Eastern European music holds a special place in your heart (or if you want it to), the debut performance of Trio Carpione this Thursday in Jerusalem offers a chance to hear rare Yiddish, Romanian and Greek songs performed by outstanding musicians. The newly formed ensemble's sparse instrumentation - accordion, vocals, violin and euphonium (a slightly smaller tuba used for marching bands) - allows for great expression, and the three members are all young masters with extensive experience. Gershon Waiserfirer is one of the hottest musicians on the Israeli ethnic music scene, and a master of the oud (lute) as well as the euphonium and other horns. Violinist Daniel Hoffman, an international leader in Yiddish fiddling, is best known as the leader of Davka, an influential ensemble which mixes klezmer, Western classical, Middle Eastern music and jazz. Avishay Fisz, besides being a virtuoso accordionist, is also an accomplished vocalist/actor, and brings a unique theatrical element to the proceedings. Most klezmer bands play a modern, Americanized style heavily influenced by the immigrant experience in New York, but the core of Trio Carpione's repertoire is 19th-century European Ashkenazi music and folk songs - an incredibly rich strata rarely heard nowadays. Consisting of suites of melodies played for weddings and other life cycle events, this emotionally stirring music is also quite distinct (but related to) other Ashkenazi genres such as Hassidic nigunim or songs from the once flourishing Yiddish theater. The trio, whose name was inspired by the talking carp of Jewish folktales, also draws heavily from Romanian music and its Gypsy-influenced romanticism, and Greek rembetiko, the earthy music of the Greek lower class which had its heyday in the 1930s and '40s. The group doesn't mix genres, but rather presents the material as refined traditionalists who have delved deep into the intricacies of folk music. Trio Carpione is decidedly old-school; it is doubtful that any of the repertoire was written after World War II, and most was composed a good deal earlier, several generations earlier in many cases. It takes a brave ensemble to champion such music in contemporary Israel, where Yiddish is unfamiliar to most and studio-produced pop rules. But there are still those who are nostalgic for the sound of old Europe, and for them, as well as anyone else interested in the roots of Jewish music, Trio Carpione can be a breath of fresh air in an otherwise lifeless room. Trio Carpione performs Thursday, May 4, at 8:30 p.m. at the annual Yung Yiddish (day after) Independence Day party - Rehov Yirmiyahu 52 in Jerusalem. For more information, call (03) 529-0442. NIS 50/35

Related Content

Sarah Silverman
August 26, 2014
Jewish women take home gold at 2014 Emmys

By JTA