#2230: New Music for Hanukkah

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On this edition of New Sounds, there’s new music for Hanukkah, featuring the Klezmatics, the Abayudaya project of Jewish music from Uganda, music by accordionist Ted Reichman, and more. Hear selections from a unique collection of African-Jewish music, rooted in local Ugandan music and infused with rich choral singing, Afro-pop, and traditional drumming with song texts in Hebrew, English, and several Ugandan languages.

Also on the show are the unpredictable, yet groovy sounds of Ted Reichman’s project, “Émigré”, where zithers meet laptops and banjos meet the TR-808. Together with Mark Stewart, Doug Wieselman, Roberto Rodriguez, and many other “usual suspects,” the downtown accordionist paints a moody musical portrait of the photographer André Kertész on this record. Plus, Hanukkah music by the Klezmatics.

PROGRAM #2230, New Music for Hanukkah (First aired on Thurs., 12/18/03)

ARTIST: Abayudaya
WORK: Psalm 136 [3:30], Hiwumbe Awumbe [2:30]
RECORDING: Music From The Jewish People of Uganda
SOURCE: Smithsonian Folkways #40504
INFO: folkways.si.edu

ARTIST: Richard Kaplan
WORK: Navah Tehila [3:30], Eyn Keloheynu [3:30], Modeh Ani [3:00]
RECORDING: Life of the Worlds - Journey in Jewish Sacred Music
SOURCE: Five Souls Music #510
INFO: kaplanmusic.com

ARTIST: The Klezmatics
WORK: Lolly Lo [3:30]
RECORDING: Live, WNYC 12/15/03
SOURCE: This performance not commercially available.
INFO: Watch on Youtube. Other Happy Joyous Hanuka songs at klezmatics.com

ARTIST: Ted Reichman
WORK: Nepliget [4:00], Dunaharaszti [4:30]
RECORDING: Émigré
SOURCE: Tzadik #7182
INFO: tzadik.com

ARTIST: Andy Statman
WORK: Forshpiel [1:00]
RECORDING: Avodas ha-Levi: archival recordings from the 1990s
SOURCE: Tzadik #8101
INFO: tzadik.com

ARTIST: Frank London
WORK: Song of Praise [5:30]
RECORDING: Festival of Light 2
SOURCE: Six Degrees #657036-1018
INFO: sixdegreesrecords.com

ARTIST: Continuo
WORK: La Mujer De Terah [5:00]
RECORDING: Festival of Light 2
SOURCE: Six Degrees #657036-1018
INFO: sixdegreesrecords.com

ARTIST: Kol Uod Tof
WORK: Tell My Beloved [3:00]
RECORDING: Gazelle
SOURCE: Magda CR00533MAGD
INFO: koloudtof.com, available at Amazon or iTunes