Music and revolution take stage at Old St Paul’s – A review of the Klezmer Rebs gig

Lindis Taylor at Middle C (who mainly do classical music reviews) wrote a forthright review of the Rebs’ gig at Old St Paul’s back in August.

Selected quotes:

“Their frequent style and subject matter, congruent with their name, is revolution, booze, sex and most things in between. For example there’s the title song of their latest CD, Anarchia Total, which could well become one of the most alarming projects under the most urgently needed revision of state security measures in the Government Communications Security Bureau and Related Legislation Amendment Bill.”

“It was a rousing performance which will doubtless swell the numbers at their training camps.”

“The quasi-military character of the squad was emphasized by the expropriation of elements of Royal New Zealand Navy uniform by the trumpeter/vocalist David Moskovitz, viz an officer’s hat. But to regain a military/civilian balance, there were other cultural insignia, such as the embroidered skull-cap worn by guitarist David Weinstein and the dresses worn by the women that might have suggested, variously, the hippie era or Bukovinian/Ruthenian peasant dress.”

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So what about the music?

“The music was in keeping: happy, irreverent, using a variety of boisterously played instruments.”

“Rose sang a couple of further songs, some using pretty hand movements, Odessa Bulgar and Bublichki, before there was another urging to debauchery, a striking drinking song composed by Moskovitz and clarinetist Signer, Kumt, kumt, khaverim (Come, come friends).”

“Finally they checked whether there were Russian speakers in the audience; when no hands were raised, “That’s good; this is a filthy Russian song”; it was called Zvezda (Star) and when no translation was offered I had to assume that here was the compulsory hymn to sexual licentiousness. At least, the music was pretty risqué.”

Thanks Lindis for really listening and thinking about our music. We think you got it.

Read the whole review here http://middle-c.org/2013/08/music-and-revolution-take-stage-at-old-st-pauls/

 

 

Klezmer Rebs featured in RNZ National programme 4pm Saturday 6 July

Adventures in Musicland: Ingathering of the Klezmer Exiles

Klezmer music has its roots in the Ashkenazic Jewish communities of Eastern Europe, who brought its lively melodies to the United States where they melded with new influences like jazz and swing. The sound of Klezmer has since migrated around the world, and a tight-knit band of musicians continues to keep the sound alive in New Zealand. Sam Wicks investigates the enduring appeal of the original shtetl (ghetto) music.

Listen to Sam Wicks’ programme on the RNZ National programme Adventures in Musicland: Ingathering of the Klezmer Exiles 4:10 p.m. Saturday, 6 July 2013 and repeated at 8:30pm Friday, 12 July 2013

The programme features interviews with Rebs singer/trumpeteer Dave Moskovitz and mandolin/guitarist David Weinstein, along with Jews Bro Hershel Hersher.

To hear more of the Klezmer Rebs music click here and to order a Rebs CD click here

Rocking weddings

The vibe at the Rothman-Gibson wedding yesterday was amazing.  Reb Dave caught the action in a snap from the stage while he was singing –

Dancing at the Rothman-Gibson Wedding

Di Mezinke Oysgegebn

Hekher besser,
Di rod, di rod makht gresser,
Groys hot mikh Got gemakht
Glik hot er mir gebrakht
Hulyet kinder a gantse nakht –
Di mezinke oysgegebn.
Dance higher, better,
Make larger the dance ring,
God has made me great,
Has brought me good fortune:
So party people all night long,
The youngest daughter is wed!
Shtarker, freylakh,
Du di malke, ikh der melekh
Ay ay ay, ikh aleyn
Hob mit mayne oygn gezeyn
Vi Got iz mir matsliah geven –
Di mezinke oysgegebn.
With more might, joyful!
Tonight you are the queen and I the king,
Indeed I myself
Have seen with my own eyes,
How God has given me a bounty;
The youngest daughter is wed!
Itsik shpitsik
Vos shvaygstu mitn shmitshik
Oyf di klezmer gib a geshrey
Tsu shpiln zey tsu shlofn zey
Raysst di strines ale oyf tsvey –
Di mezinke oysgegebn.
Itsik, you pointy headed one,
Why are you so gentle with your bow?
Yell at your musicians,
Are they playing or sleeping?!
Tear those strings apart –
The youngest daughter is wed!

Gypsy Fever Compilation CD

I’m stoked to have received from Nigel of Monkey Records (monkeyrecords.com) the just pressed copy of Gypsy Fever, a 12 track CD compilation of Gyspy-ish music from (mostly) kiwi bands.

Its great to have the Klezmer Rebs at track 11 with our remixed song Yishama-o-rama by DJ Cut Loose.

We are in the company of bands like the Mamaku Project, Barons of Tang, Niko Ne Zna  the Jews Brothers and Club Manouche to mention a few.  Suffice it to say there are lots of boisterous gypsy rhythms and funky, infectious music.

The track Yishama-o-rama, which appears as a bonus track on our CD Anarchia Total, is a remix by DJ Cut Loose of our recording of Od Yishama/L’khayim Yidelkh from our CD Just add shmaltz.

http://klezmer.co.nz/2010/03/08/yishama-o-rama-dj-cut-loose-remixes-the-rebs/

Cut Loose was given the Rebs’ pre-mastered tracks from the song and has transformed it into something very different.  Yishama-o-rama she calls it. You can listen to it or download it from:

http://www.myspace.com/radiocutloose

http://cutloose.bandcamp.com/track/yishama-o-rama

You got that? But wait there’s more! It was also selected for an international on line Jewish zine called Tablet for their Another Time, Another Way (aka Anander Mol Anander Veig) Hanukkah album, with remixed versions of holiday and Jewish classics.

Anander Mol, Anander Veig

Anyway you can download the Gypsy Fever CD at

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/279949

 

A statement to the Israeli Ambassador from the Klezmer Rebs

Tonight, on the 5th night of Hanukah, 12/12/12, the Klezmer Rebs played a gig at a community celebration in Wellington’s Civic square. It was attended by the Mayor, a big crowd of Jews and non-Jews, and sponsored/organised by the Israeli Embassy.

In the past few weeks the band members had discussed our feelings about playing for a Jewish Hanukah festival gig sponsored by the Israeli Embassy. We decided yes we wanted to perform and that we also wanted to take the opportunity to express our views to the Israeli Ambassador. We gave a good deal of thought about what we wanted to say.

Just before we sang a medley of Israeli/Hebrew songs about peace, Dave Moskovitz, on behalf of the band, said the following:

“Our next number is a medley of peace songs that will be familiar to many, composed of biblical verses and prayers yearning for, and helping us actualise peace.

“Lo yisa goy el goy kherev, lo yilmdu od milkhama”: Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, and neither shall they learn war any more;

“V’khitatu kharvotam l’itim, v’khanitotehem l’mazmerot”: They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks;

“Hevenu shalom aleikhem”: we brought peace to you; and

“Oseh shalom bimromav”: May the maker of peace in high places bring peace to Israel and all the world”.
“So let’s get up and dance for peace!

“Mr Ambassador, I’m glad you implored people earlier today to pray for peace, but we need more than prayer – we need action. Praying, singing and dancing for peace aren’t enough; bringing about peace, and overcoming decades of counterproductive attitudes and actions is very hard work and requires individual and collective leadership and commitment from everyone including the Israeli government. The time has come to tell your Government to show that leadership, put down your weapons, and seriously negotiate in good faith to bring about peace. Bombing civilians and building settlements on land whose ownership is in question is not good faith. Fulfil the words of Isaiah, and show that Israel is called into righteousness as a light unto the nations. The time is now.”

The Klezmer Rebs

 

The Klezmer Rebs go to church for lunch – free concert at Old St Paul’s Tuesday 14/8 at 12.15pm

UPDATE – Our outstanding clarinet player Urs Signer will make the trip down from Parihaka to join the Rebs at our free lunchtime concert.

So bring along your bagel and chicken soup lunch to Old St Paul’s church, 34 Mulgrave St, Thorndon, and enjoy a FREE concert by Wellington’s Klezmer Rebs on Tuesday 14th August, from 12.15 to 1pm.

The Rebs will entertain you with a set of our unique klezmer folk, American jazz and swing music.

Enjoy the lively noodlings of clarinet, mandolin, trombone in the intimate setting of Old St Paul’s. See you there!

Thanks to the Friends of Old St Paul’s & the WCC Creative Communities Local Funding Scheme.

Where: Old St Paul’s 34 Mulgrave St, Thorndon 

When:  Tuesday 14 August at 12.15pm

Cost:  Free

Benefit Concert – Clothes for children of Adarsh Saraswati (India) School

 

Benefit Concert – Clothes for children of Adarsh Saraswati (India) School

Gig features: The Wagtails, The Klezmer Rebs, Merlyn Webster, Bella Cajon

Where: Newtown Community Centre

When: Saturday, June 9th 8pm  Dinner/food from 7pm.

Cost: $10 at the door, Refreshments & Raffle available

The concert is in aid of the Adarsh Saraswati School, Sonipat, Haryana State, India for children from the slums and impoverished rural districts, i.e. the poorest of the poor.

Our previous concert raised money for warm winter clothes for the younger children. This time we are raising money for clothes for the older children.

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