The Mittel European, or Ashkenazic, Jews developed their own music — klezmer — with a mix of strings and reeds playing melodies very akin to that of their Balkan village neighbours. The similarities are obvious on a piece like "The Tarras 'Freilach," where Feldman's liquid clarinet playing slides with easy grace around the rhythm. "Shofar," though, recalls and celebrates the famous horn that demolished Jericho's walls, and "Nigun" takes its title from an ancient Hassidic story, offering a genteel, melodic coda.
By Wondering Sound Staff on 12.11.14 in Features
Five music critics discuss the best, worst, and most significant moments in Latin music this year.
By Michaelangelo Matos on 12.08.14 in Reviews
For all the quality mining of African oldies over three and a half decades, it's not as if the coffers have been exhausted. Far from it, especially judging from this nonstop display of one of the great bands of the Congo...
By Claire Lobenfeld on 11.29.14 in News
Spice, Jamaica's queen of dancehall, is gearing up to release her debut EP So Mi Like It. With her contribution to Vybz Kartel's "Rampin Shop," another bananas collab between the two called "Conjugal Visit" and her most...
By John Schaefer on 11.24.14 in Reviews
In this 50th-anniversary romp through Terry Riley's In C, a brilliant ensemble of Malian musicians (mostly playing traditional instruments) joins forces with Damon Albarn, the globetrotting frontman of Blur and Gorillaz;...