Sparking the New Year

Tonight marks the Jewish high holiday of Rosh Hashanah, and we celebrate by playing music of traditional Yiddish, Sephardic and Oriental sources, arranged by guitarist Tim Sparks. A major inspiration for Sparks' album, Tanz, was the legendary Klezmer clarinetist Naftule Brandwein, whose authentic playing style and quirky personality made him a star recording artist in the 1920's and 30's, proclaiming himself the King of Jewish Music. Sparks takes original themes of Brandwein and others, and makes them his own. Also, music of Erik Friedlander and Ernst Bloch.

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