November 09, 2013
Enchanting and ornate – Oud player and vocalist Ismail Fencioglu is a true master of Turkish music. He’s a rare talent whose soaring vocals and fleet-fingered oud playing conjure images of the Bosphorus at sunset, and truly transport the listener to a different time and place. Together with composer, pianist and harmonicist Jason Rosenblatt, one of the world’s premier harmonica players and an innovative composer of Jewish music, Shtreiml & Ismail perform a concert of “Jewish Roots & Turkish Blues”. Through compelling original compositions and new arrangements of traditional folk melodies, the ensemble explores the ancient connections between Jewish and Turkish music. Joined by the rest of Shtreiml, the group features Rachel Lemisch (trombone), Thierry Arsenault (drums), and Joel Kerr (bass).
This program has been presented at concerts, festivals and venues in Canada, The U.S. and Europe has been labeled “explosive” by the Halifax Chronicle Herald, and “exhilarating” by Rootsworld.
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