Founded in 2001, Kugelplex aims to sustain and evolve the ecstatic diasporic tradition of the old-world klezmers through performing music that dismantles cultural boundaries. Drawing from centuries of traditions spanning Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East, Kugelplex has performed with Joan Baez, Frank London, Kitka, Oakland Symphony, Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, SF Symphony and many others. Released this week, their new album Cast Away Our Sorrows is available at Kugelplex.com and in the Paramount lobby.
Dan Cantrell – accordion
Lila Sklar – violin/vocals
Jason Ditzian – clarinet
Max Baloian – guitars
Eric Perney – bass
Michael Pinkham – percussion
with special guests:
Benji Rafati – trumpet
Faisal Zedan – Arabic percussion
Kugelplex’s performance is supported by the California Arts Council and the Zellerbach Family Foundation.
Tallava California – an original Tallava orchestral work by Romany/Jewish American composer, Benji Rifati; arranged by Kugelplex Musical Director, Dan Cantrell. Tallava is modern Romany urban music popular for holidays and life cycle rituals/celebrations.
Ocho Kandelikas – a newly composed version of Flory Jagoda’s Ladino Chanukah hit, reimagined in a Romany 9/8 rhythm.