Isle of Klezbos to Release New Album, 4/8
ISLE of KLEZBOS will introduce their new album Live from Brooklyn - scheduled to be released Tuesday, April 8 - with a special concert event, a major radio appearance and glowing advance reviews. According to the New York Daily News, "six sexy women give a creative kick to classic klezmer music. The Klezbos ladies have made Yiddish hits hip again." They were praised for "lively and melodic jazz and tango-laced pieces" from The Jewish Week and the album was hailed as "a brilliant, intense, eclectic live album, brilliant and virtuosic" by the New York Music Daily. ISLE of KLEZBOS was a "Critics Pick" in this week's Time Out New York.
The soulful and swinging all-women's klezmer sextet will celebrate the CD with a special concert at JOE'S PUB at the Public on Sunday, April 6 at 7:30 PM. This weekend Sirius XM Satellite Radio's "Seth Speaks" with Seth Rudetsky will feature a live, in-studio performance and interview with the band. The feature segment can be heard on "Sirius XM Stars" Channel 106 on Saturday, April 5 at 5:00 PM and 11:00 PM, and Sunday, April 6 at 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM (all times Eastern).
Live from Brooklyn was recorded in concert last year at Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts, with the addition of two bonus studio numbers - will be available from Rhythm Media Records on Tuesday, April 8. Formed in 1998, the group approaches their music with a canny mix of irreverence and respect. The new disc features the group's signature diverse blend of rambunctious folk dances, exciting Yiddish swing, entrancing retro tango, klezmerengue, re-grooved standards, and genre-defying originals. The album will be available on iTunes, in stores and wherever music is sold.
Live from Brooklyn combines the joyous sound of the venerated klezmer tradition with the dark, sensual feel of a jazz club. Classics of the genre include "Uncle Moses Wedding Dance," the raucous opening track; "Weary Sun Tango," adapted from a well-known Soviet-era Russian melody; and "Revery in Hijaz," a mystical melody inflected with classical flair. Melissa Fogarty contributes a thrilling scat vocal to "Abi Gezunt," with lyrics by Yiddish theater legend Molly Picon. The record also includes inventive original compositions from the band members: the lilting klezmer-reggae hybrid "Mellow Manna" by Pam Fleming; "Noiresque," a brooding and evocative jazz soundscape by Debra Kreisberg; and the sweeping "East Hapsburg Waltz" by Eve Sicular. As an example of their whimsical humor, the charming chamber piece "When Gomer Met Molly" is adapted from the underscoring of the 1960s TV comedy "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C."
In addition to touring from Vienna to Vancouver, the group has been seen internationally on "CBS Sunday Morning," CNN "WorldBeat," and PBS "In The Life," and the band's recordings have also been heard on Showtime's "The L Word," WFMU Radio, Northeast Public Radio, and film soundtracks such as Grace Paley: Collected Shorts, Esther Broner: A Weave of Women, and I Guess I'm Never Going to Get to Vegas. ISLE of KLEZBOS was commissioned to create a concert for artist Kiki Smith and special recordings for multi-platinum, Grammy Award-nominated Scissor Sisters. The band features alumnae of Julliard, Eastman and Manhattan School of Music, who have performed with headliners such as Beyoncé, Bruce Springsteen, Indigo Girls, Queen Latifah, and Natalie Merchant; roots-reggae superstars Maxi Priest and Burning Spear; experimental figures John Zorn and Butch Morris; as well as composers John Corigliano and Pulitzer Prize-winner David Del Tredici. Greetings from the Isle of Klezbos, the group's debut CD, is also available from Rhythm Media Records.