“Sometimes the Best Parts Are in the Mistakes”
— Herbie Hancock
That was Herbie Hancock’s advice to composer Jonathan Klein when he was interviewed recently about his role in the 1968 recording of a Jewish jazz sacred service. Klein was just twenty years old when he recorded Hear O Israel with Hancock, Ron Carter, and other leading jazz musicians of the time. But he hated the results. In 1992, he rerecorded the piece for the Milken Archive. He loves that recording. Confused? Read Allan Ripp’s in-depth exclusive for Tablet.com, which includes interviews with both Hancock and Carter.
In conjunction with the newly established Lowell Milken Fund in American Jewish Music, Ofer Ben-Amots will record new works, deliver a public lecture (“The Essence of Jewish Music from a Composer’s Perspective”), and work with students as Composer-in-Residence at UCLA May 21–25.
On April 29th, the LAJS will perform works by Leonard Bernstein, Marc Lavry, and Maria Newman in a celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday and the 70th anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel. Tickets and details available at:
Composer Avner Dorman was announced in February as the winner of the 2018 Azrieli Prize for Jewish Music for his composition Nigunim for Violin and Orchestra. The Azrieli Commission went to Kelly-Marie Murphy.
In an interview with Jewish Currents, Guitarist Gary Lucas (Captain Beefheart, Jeff Buckley) talks Jewish music, the blues, playing at the United Nations for Holocaust Remembrance Day, and how to judge great music, Jewish or otherwise.
The New York City Ballet will commemorate the centenary of Leonard Bernstein and one of his most important collaborators (and their cofounder), Jerome Robbins. Dybbuk will be performed May 5–20 in New York.
Tablet.com’s Rokhl Kafrissen wound up, unexpectedly, at a driter seyder with renowned pianist Evgeny Kissin.
A Seattle-based hip-hop group looks to change the way Jews view both rap and traditional Jewish music.