Despite all persistent clichés, a new wave of Jewish sounds can be registered in the past years, mainly from Poland that goes beyond Kroke and is concerned with a more radical, freer treatment of the Jewish musical heritage, inspired by but by no means copying John Zorn and his Radical Jewish Culture movement. The Jewish Festival in Cracow, the precursor of all festivities of this sort founded in 1988, is granting more and more room to these kinds of experiments between avant-garde and functional groove, with a regular concert series dedicated to the theme in the Cheder Café in Kazimierz.
First, Alexander Pehlemann of Zonic, the ‘Almanach für Kulturelle Randstandsblicke & Involvierungsmomente (Almanac for Views of Cultural Fringes & Moments of Involvement)’ from Leipzig, as well as the musician, DJ and compiler Yuriy Gurzhy, known as the co-organizer of the Russendisko and member of the Berlin-based Emigrantski Raggamuffin collectiv Rotfront, and Olgierd Daktari from the Warsaw-based band Daktari ans currently also playing in the projects Nor Cold and kIRk, will talk about these not merely Eastern European contexts between Jewishness and subculture. A multimedia presentation with sounds, images and films offering exciting insights.
Lost & Found again in the East – A Search for Traces Between Subculture and Jewishness in Eastern Europe with Alexander Pehlemann (Zonic, Leipzig), Yuriy Gurzhy (Rotfront/Russendisko/Shtetl Superstars, Berlin) and Olgierd Daktari (Daktari/Nor Cold, Warsaw)
Discussion / Multimedia Talk
Concert by Daktari (Impro Post Punk meets Jazz´n´Jewishness)
‘Daktari’ is a five-member Polish band founded two years ago playing a gripping mixture of Klezmer rock, patchwork jazz and the legendary Polish Yass of the 1980s. Inspires by such various artists as Mogwai, Sonic Youth, Gastr Del Sol, Andrew Hill, or Don Cherry, their pieces work with abrupt breaks, integrating different musical stances and traditions and masterfully navigating between intellectual considerations and spontaneous freedom.
The Daktari sound is a continuation worth hearing of what American Klezmer avant-gardists such as the Klezmatics, Naftule’s Dream or John Zorn’s Electric Masada have gotten of the ground.
Olgierd Dokalski (tp)
Mateusz Franczak (tsax)
Miron Grzegorkiewicz (g)
Maciej Szczepański (b)
Robert Alabrudziński (dr)
Shtetl Superstar DJ-Set
Funky Jewish Sound From Around The World with Yuriy Gurzhy (RotFront / Russendisko, Berlin)
Afterwards, DJ Yuriy Gurzhy will present one of his Shtetl Superstars selections based on years of passionate collecting of danceable contemporary sounds with a Jewish context, also released as an intermediate result on the eponymous sampler by the Trikont label. Anyone who is even faintly familiar with Gurzhy’s Russendisko-schooled ability to rock the house knows that on this evening the Dresdner Neushtetl is going to shake!