Klezmer Brunch w/ Traveling in Pairs - 8/20
at City Winery New York City
- 10:00 AM
- 11:00 AM
- 2:00 PM
Traveling in Pairs is a wonderful and explorative duo setup featuring
Alon Nechustan (Israeli pianist and composer) and Samuel Torjman Thomas (saxophones and oud). Traveling in Pairstakes hold of a wide range of Jewish music repertoire – from Eastern Europe to North Africa, Jerusalem and New York – and gives it an entirely fresh treatment.
Dr. Samuel Torjman Thomas is a multi-instrumentalist (saxophone, oud, vocals, nay, clarinet, percussion), composer, bandleader, and a professor of ethnomusicology, Jewish studies, and interdisciplinary studies. Actively forging an artist/scholar model for over fifteen years, his scholarship and performance center on musics of the Middle East and North Africa, worldwide Jewish musics, and jazz-based traditions, as well as Sephardi-Mizraḥi studies in poetry, rabbinic thought, and diaspora studies. Torjman Thomas is bandleader of ASEFA – the critically-acclaimed new music ensemble – and artistic director of the New York Andalus Ensemble– a multiethnic large ensemble featuring a choir and instrumentalists performing traditional musics of North Africa and Spain, in Hebrew, Arabic, and Spanish.
Dr. Samuel Torjman Thomas is a frequent guest speaker, at cultural institutions, universities, and in ecumenical spaces. For synagogue communities he leads weekend retreats as a chazzan and facilitator of Jewish song traditions – Sephardi piyyutim, niggunim wordless melody singing, Klezmer music, and chazzanus styles – and as a guest speaker on Sephardi-Mizraḥi historical and cultural topics.
Alon Nechushtan is one of a handful of young New York musicians who is respected for both his inventive straight-ahead jazz playing as well as his powerful work in creative improvised music. For Alon there are no genre boundaries, only the opportunity to make exceptional music. Since moving to New York a decade ago, Alon has played piano and collaborated with Jazz greats including William Parker, Don Byron, Donny McCaslin, Robin and Duane Eubanks, Dave Liebman, Bob Moses, Ben Allison, John Ellis, Alex Norris, Andy Statman, Frank London, Chris Cheek, Chris Speed, Marc Helias, Marc Dresser, Andrew Cyrile and many more.
Alon has shared the stage with Frank London’s trio (with Marcus Rojaz and Frank London), Baye Kouyate and his afro beat ensemble, Alicia Sviagals Klezmer Quartet, Kenny Wollesen Himalays with Ben Goldberg, Daniel Carter’s Quartet with Roy Campbell & William Parkers Ensemble. He is part of Roberto Rodriguez Masada Quartet that tours worldwide playing the music of John Zorn.