The world’s foremost klezmer fiddler and jazz/world music pianist/composer team up to bring life to the lost melodies of the early 20th century fieldwork of Ukranian Moshe Beregovski.
Violinist Alicia Svigals is the world’s foremost klezmer fiddler and a co-founder of the Grammy-winning Klezmatics, who has collaborated with artists ranging from Itzhak Perlman to Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant and Jimmy Page.
Uli Geissendoerfer is a Grammy–nominated jazz and world music pianist and composer.
In the 1930’s a Jewish scholar from the Ukraine named Moshe Beregovski set out, with eerie prescience, to collect and preserve the deep and rich Jewish musical tradition around him. On what turned out to be the eve of the destruction of European Jewry, Beregovski organized expeditions to Ukrainian “shtetlekh” (small Jewish towns) and sought out the eldest singers and instrumentalists he could find, asking them to pour their collective folk knowledge into his recording horn. In this way he managed to make thousands of recordings of beautiful Jewish folk songs, klezmer dance tunes and religious melodies on hundreds of wax cylinders, the medium of the day. Beregovski himself was arrested and sent to the Gulag. He never saw his work published in his lifetime.
The Beregovski Project is the fruit of a longstanding project that Svigals and Geissendoerfer have been developing, to weave the melodies from the Beregovski collection into something new and alive, and to pass them along in this form to future generations of listeners and players.
This event is presented by the Napa Center for Thought & Culture (www.nctcnapa.org).
Ticket: $55/VIP seating, complementary glass of wine; $30/General Admission
Tickets available at Eventbrite.com and at the door.
2019/02/18 - 2019/02/18
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Post-show Meet the Artists in lobby. Cds will be sold.