Klezmer giant Frank London has teamed up with acclaimed lyricist Glen Berger and conceiver and director Alex Aron to create twenty-one unique songs based on the legendary 1907 Yiddish play by I.L. Peretz. The groundbreaking score mixes Jewish music, jazz, classical, rock, and world beats with a dose of Kurt Weill and Tom Waits. A stellar group of international musicians comes together to spin this magical tale of villagers who wrestle with ghosts in order to right a past wrong, in a fantastic journey to rediscover the meaning of faith (see below for show info).
Considered one of the best jazz trumpeters in New York, Mr. London is a member of the Grammy-award winning Klezmatics and Hasidic New Wave. His extensive repertoire includes thirty of his own recordings and appearances on more than 200 others. He has performed with artists such as John Zorn, They Might Be Giants, David Byrne, Mark Ribot, Michael Tilson Thomas, Itzhak Perlman and Gal Costa. He composed music for John Sayles’ The Brother From Another Planet and Men With Guns, Yvonne Rainer’s Murder and Murder, the Czech-American Marionette Theater’s Golem and Tamar Rogoff’s Ivye Project.
Glen Berger is a sixth-year member of New Dramatists. His plays include: Underneath the Lintel (Ovation Award, Sterling Award, Connecticut Critics Circle Award for Best Play, Garland Award for Best Playwriting, one of Time Out New Yorks’ Ten Best Plays of 2001), and O Lovely Gloworm (2005 Portland Drammy Award Winner for Best Script). Glen has received commissions from the Children’s Theatre of Minneapolis, Berkeley Rep, The Alley Theatre, and the Looking Glass Theatre.
Alex Aron, conceiver and director, developed A Night in the Old Marketplace with Glen Berger and Frank London and directed the world premiere at Prince Music Theater (Philadelphia). Other productions include Three Seconds in the Key by Deb Margolin and Eloise and Ray by Stephanie Fleishmann (both for New Georges Theater), Karaoke at the Suicide Shack by Rob Urbinati (QTIP), Out From Under It by Susan Bernfield (Vital Theater). She has directed plays in the Middle East, in Arabic at Assiraj Theater in Ramallah Palestine) and in Jerusalem. Alex was a 2006/7 Fulbright Scholar to Argentina and is the recipient of various commissions including the Foundation for Jewish Culture.
A Night in the Old Marketplace band features the hottest, most versatile and exciting players on the new Jewish music scene. Drummer Aaron Alexander released his thrash punk Jewish Jazz recording Midrash Mish Mosh on Tzadik records, and is London’s bandmate in the Hasidic New Wave and the Klezmer Brass Allstars. Ron Caswell is tuba player for everyone in New York City, playing at Lincoln Center and in Balkan (Romashka), rock (The Knobs), klezmer (Kleztrophbix) and other groups. Art Bailey and Brandon Seabrook are both alumni of the Klezmer Conservatory Band (as is London). Bailey leads his Orkestra Popilar and is a salsa and jazz virtuoso. Seabrook is the hottest guitarist on the scene, has toured and recorded with Paul Brody’s Sadawi and the Klezmer Conservatory Band, and been influenced by John Bonham, Morton Feldman, Bjork and The Minutemen.
March 20th, 8:00PM, Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center.
(212) 501 3330
Single Tickets: Advance $30/ Day Of $35
San Francisco Performance:
Opening Night Of The 23rd Annual Jewish Music Festival
Saturday, March 22nd, 8:00PM, Roda Theatre of the Berkeley Repertory Theatre