Shalshelet and Klezcentricity

Monday, March 29, 8:00 PM

Unitarian Universalist Church of Silver Spring
$12 advance/$15 door

Shalshelet is a fresh new Jewish folk ensemble centered in the DC area that has been wowinglocalaudiences since their concert debut in November of 2002. The group features original compositions by Cantor Terry Horowit and the group's founder and arranger, accordion and whistle virtuoso Wendy Morrison, with Marcia Bronstein on piano, Richard Seidel on cello and bass, and multi-talented clarinetist David Julian Gray on instruments too numerous to mention. Shalshelet specializes in graceful arrangements of new Jewish liturgical and inspirational music in Hebrew and English, rounding out their repertoire with traditional Yiddish music and other instrumental music from folk cultures around the world.

was born when seminal klezmer revivalist David Julian Gray met Washington's pre-eminent klezmer accordionist Wendy Morrison. Before hardly a word was spoken, David and Wendy embarked on the exploration of revitalizing this vibrant tradition, that must be called klezcentric. Their interpretation is centered on their scholars' knowledge of Yiddish music, but informed by David's rock 'n roll heart, Wendy's dynamic ear for tradition and bassist Richard Seidel's unerring ear and rock solid rhythm. The common love, knowledge and respect for klezmer, with the tensions of their competing instincts have produced in Klezcentricity one of the most exciting and creative klezmer ensembles working today.

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