Klezmer Brunch - Lisa Gutkin plays Klezmer and originals with Uri Sharlin and Rémy Yulzari
at City Winery New York City
Can one artist be both unpredictable and a surefire bet? If that artist is Lisa Gutkin, the answer is an emphatic yes! As the longtime violinist for the Klezmatics, the Grammy-winning outfit that has taken Jewish klezmer music to previously unimaginable places, Gutkin has consistently proven a masterful musician and a boundlessly creative force. For more than a decade, her astounding technique and unfettered, vibrant emotionalism have resided at the core of the band’s recordings and live performances.
But fans who have only witnessed Gutkin within the context of the Klezmatics have experienced only a fragment of what this multi-faceted, multi-talented artist is capable of producing. She is a musical wanderer who has played Argentinean tango and Italian Renaissance music, in rock and jazz bands, and with a variety of symphonies. She was a founding member of the downtown Celtic group Whirligig, has composed for film and television (including two songs for the beloved Sex and the City), and has teamed with such diverse artists as Peter Knight of Steeleye Span, Jane Siberry, Richard Shindell and the Irish artists Tommy Sands, John Whelan, Steve Cooney and Cathie Ryan. Her songcraft reveals yet another dimension—no less an icon than Pete Seeger called Lisa’s composition “Gonna Get Through This World” a “piece of genius.”
In her solo performances and in collaboration with other musicians, Gutkin might swing seamlessly from traditional Irish fiddle tunes to a blues, to Balkan or bluegrass sounds. Or she might just put the violin down altogether, pick up a tenor guitar and sing one of her own universally resonant compositions. Versatility should be her middle name.
Today's program will feature songs and improvisations based primarily on Jewish melodies, with a smattering of Irish, Appalachian and original compositions including the two songs, with lyrics by Woody Guthrie, from Wonder Wheel, the Klezmatics album that earned Gutkin a Grammy Award. Lisa is honored to share the stage today with two other adventurous and wonderful musicians: Rémy Yulzari on contrabass, and Uri Sharlin on accordion and piano.
"one hot fiddler" - Cyndi Lauper
"hauntingly emotional lead vocal" - L.A. times
"'Gonna Get Through This World' is a piece of genius" - Pete Seeger