29 Jan 2017

Kiwi Klezmer

From New Horizons, 5:00 pm on 29 January 2017
The Kugels

The Kugels Photo: Atoll Records

The Kugels in Wellington and The Jews Brothers Band in Auckland ... two bands with klezmer connections. And both have released new CDs recently.

The Kugels' features original compositions by their accordionist Ross Harris (also a composer of 'classical' music - symphonies, string quartets, operas etc. He's quite a talented man.)

The Jews Brothers Band presents a bunch of toe-tappers under the title Up in the Borscht Belt after the song by vocalist Linn Lorkin, based on the experiences of pianist/accordionist Hershal Herscher in his grandparents' hotel in the Catskills.

The Jews Brothers Band

The Jews Brothers Band Photo: supplied

Playlist

'Song title' (Composer) – Performers
Album title
(Label)

'Rhapsody in Blue' (Gershwin) – Leipzig Gewandhaus Orch / Kurt Masur
Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue etc
(DG)

'Rhapsody in Blue' (Gershwin) – Unnamed jazz orchestra / Maurice Peress
The Birth of Rhapsody in Blue
(Music Masters)

'Bei Mir bist du Schoen' (Secunda et al) – The Andrews Sisters
The Andrew Sisters Collection
(EMI)

'From Russia With Love' (Bart/Barry) – Matt Monro
20 Golden Greats
(EMI)

'Symphony No 3' (Harris) – Auckland Philharmonia / Marko Letonja
Ross Harris: Symphonies Nos 2 & 3
(Naxos)

'Kugelish/Wherever you are' (Harris) – The Kugels
The Kugels Play Klezmer by Ross Harris
(Atoll)

'Viglid 1' (Harris) – The Kugels
The Kugels Play Klezmer by Ross Harris
(Atoll)

'Ringlen Zihk' (Harris) – The Kugels
The Kugels Play Klezmer by Ross Harris
(Atoll)

'Trit Bay Trat' (Harris) – The Kugels
The Kugels Play Klezmer by Ross Harris
(Atoll)

'My Heart Belongs to Daddy' (Porter) – Hershal
Shoot The Piano Player
(Rouge)

'I Should Be a Star in Las Vegas' (Lorkin) – Linn Lorkin
Linn in Grey Lynn
(Rouge)

'Happy Feet' (Conte et al) – The Jews Brothers
Up in the Borscht Belt
(Rouge)

'Up in the Borscht Belt' (Lorkin) – The Jews Brothers
Up in the Borscht Belt
(Rouge)