December 08, 2012
Founded in 2002, Montreal/Philly-based Shtreiml offers a high-octane mix of not-so-traditional Eastern-European Jewish and Turkish music. Led by harmonica innovator Jason Rosenblatt, one of the few people worldwide who can play the diatonic harmonica (a.k.a. blues harp) chromatically, Shtreiml’s blues-rock infused set delivers a new look at some centuries old folk music. Joined by Rachel Lemisch (trombone), Thierry Arsenault (drums), and Joel Kerr (bass); the group’s set has been labeled “explosive” (Halifax Chronicle Herald) and “exhilarating” (Rootsworld). Shtreiml will be joined by world renowned Turkish oud player and vocalist Ismail Fencioglu. Enchanting, virtuosic, and ornate… Ismail is a true master of Turkish music. He has mesmerized Canadian and European audiences with his fleet fingered oud playing and soaring vocals. Together Shtreiml & Ismail perform a concert of “Jewish Roots and Turkish Blues.” Through compelling original compositions and new arrangements of traditional folk melodies, the ensemble explores the ancient connections between Jewish and Turkish music.
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