The Izba, the Shtetl and the Global Village – Yiddish, Russian and Klezmer Music @ The Friends’ Meeting House

This February 28th Lorin Sklamberd and Polina Shepherd will present an eclectic night of Yiddish, Klezmer and Russian music. Sklamberg and Shepherd will combine farm songs from a century ago, Yiddish folk and slavic melodies, Odessa songs, Russian lyrics put to klezmer tunes, and their own original, more modern material.

Lorin Sklamberd (voice, guitar, accordian and piano) is the lead singer of the Klezmatics, who have achieved fame in New York singing in several languages. The band’s 2006 album Wonder Wheel won a grammy in the Best Contemporary World Music Album category. Sklamberd is a leading representative of Yiddish song and traditional Jewish vocal techniques.  Since founding the klezmer group in 1986, Sklamberg has received countless tributes and become known for his expressive, affecting vocals.

Robert Christgau, American music critic, has called Sklamberg’s vocals: “transcendent, ethereal and sensual”

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Polina Skovoroda-Shepherd (voice and piano) is a choir leader, performer and composer. She was born in Siberia and raised in a musical home, and now brings the songs of the Steppes and the Shtetl to modern, international crowds with passion and haunting soul. Whilst living in Kazan (capital of Tatarstan, Russia) Polina joined Russia′s first klezmer band and toured in Soviet theatres. Her vocal style is based on traditional techniques, and is uniquely influenced by East European Jewish and Russian folk song. Now living in Britain, Polina is head of several choirs and continues to tour internationally with Yiddish and Russian material. Her compositions are performed all over the world, and include choir pieces, music for theatre, and vocal settings for Yiddish poems.

‘Shepherd′s compositions are highly original and sensitive… Polina′s piano playing enhances her distinctly beautiful compositions. The music expresses contemplation, exuberance, humour and pathos.’– Songlines

The concert will take place at the Friends’ Meeting House Brighton, Ship Street, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1AF

Door opens at 6.45 pm and music starts at 7pm.

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