Klezmer Brunch - Samuel Thomas - 4/2
at City Winery New York City
- 2:00pm (Estimated End Time)
Samuel R. Thomas, bandleader and multi-instrumentalist: Thomas, who plays saxophone, clarinet, nay, oud, bendir, and sings, is an ethnomusicologist and performer who has been forging an artist/scholar model for over fifteen years. His scholarship centers on musics of the Middle East and North Africa, Jewish musics, and jazz traditions. Thomas is a lecturer at several campuses of the City University of New York, in music, interdisciplinary studies, and cultural studies, on topics including Muslim-Jewish relations in music, philosophy, and poetics, American popular music, and diaspora studies. He is the artistic director of the New York Andalus Ensemble and the critically-acclaimed ensemble ASEFA.
ASEFA, Hebrew for "purposeful gathering," traverses several Hebraic world musical traditions. Drawing upon the diversity of styles, ASEFA employs traditional and modern instruments, and contemporary approaches to composition and improvisation, to reinterpret and reinvigorate this rich musical landscape within the context of an American sound. The vibe of the band has been best described as “Mittle-European Proto-Blues,” mixing Sephardi and Klezmer traditions with jazz.