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November 22, 2002 - Image 107

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2002-11-22

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is informed by the old
Orthodox Ashkenazi tra-
dition. But we're all walk-
ing the interesting line
between questioning and
practicing."

The Klezmatics
And Beyond

While London and
Sklamberg often collabo-
rate on different projects,
their home base is The
Klezmatics.
"The Klezmatics deals
with the whole spectrum
of Ashkenazi music —
song, music and instru-
mentals — while our
other projects focus on
certain, specific areas,"
London explains.
So while Rise Up, the
group's first non-collabo-
Lorin Sklamberg, Frank London and Rob
rative release in five years,
Schwimmer will perform Chasidic spiritual music
comes out Nov. 26,
during
their Dec. 1 performance.
London also is excited
about his recent Di
tion of musical compositions, prayers,
Shikere Kapelye (aka Frank London's
original translations, essays and art-
Klezmer Brass All-Stars) album,
work compiled by NYU students.
Brotherhood of Brass. It features collab-
Like other musicians whose work is
orations with the Boban Marcovic
now found in the "world music" sec-
Okestar of Serbia and Cairo's
tion in music stores, he welcomes the
Hasaballa Brass Band.
exposure but resents the labeling.
Besides The Klezmatics and leading
"I'm of two minds about it. It is
his own group, Hasidic New Wave,
good for all of us, if that's what it
London, who studied at the New
takes. But it still tends to put things in
England Conservatory of Music and
a mindless framework," he says.
was a co-founder of the Klezmer
London is looking forward to
Conservatory Band, also works on
returning to Detroit to visit with first
musical theater pieces.
cousins Gina and Arthur Horwitz of
He has collaborated with, among
West Bloomfield.
others, Chava Alberstein, Elvis
In addition, he notes another "big,
Costello, Mel Torme, LL Cool J and
important Detroit connection" in
David Byrne. In addition, he's scored
trumpeter Marcus Belgrave. "He is my
numerous film projects, including the
favorite trumpet music hero," says
cult-hit Brother from Another Planet.
London with obvious enthusiasm.
And the projects run the gamut
"He's the most warm, most sharing
from the rather straight-laced to quite
person you'll ever meet. He might be
"
unlaced."
considered one of the greatest if he
For example, during a recent trip to
hadn't wanted to stay in Detroit."
Houston he got together with some
Then London corrects himself, say-
fellow musicians to perform in a
ing: "He is one of the greatest." ❑
group called Esn (Yiddish for "eat-
ing"). They sang Yiddish songs about
"Zmiros and Nigunim: A
food and cooked a meal.
Chanukah
Treat of Jewish
On the same trip, he was part of a
Mystical Song" will be performed
musical group performing at an
2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, at the
Orthodox wedding.
Jewish Community Center in
A recent collaboration with
Oak Park. The performance is free
Sklamberg and Schwimmer was a CD
and open to the public, but seat-
for the Shabbat songbook Ain Sof
ing is limited. For complimentary
(Hebrew for "there is no end"), a proj-
tickets, call (313) 577-2679 or
ect of the Bronfman Center Gallery of
(248) 967-4030.
New York University. The three per-
formed songs to accompany a collec-

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