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BEYOND BOOKS CONCERT


Jewish Community Libray, San Francisco, March 30, 2017
Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell Sings Selections from Convergence
Preceded by reception at 6:30

Bass singer Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell, accompanied by piano, will perform music from Convergence, his soon-to-be-released album melding diverse strains of traditional Ashkenazi Jewish and African American music at their spiritual, historical, and textual crossroads. He also will speak about the development of the project.

The musical sources for Convergence are diverse: Hasidic melodies, Negro spirituals, Yiddish labor songs, Civil Rights anthems, Israeli folk songs and traditional Ashkenazi synagogue music. The arrangements bear elements of contemporary classical, jazz, blues, gospel, klezmer, cantorial, and experimental music.

Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell is a vocalist, composer and arranger specializing in Yiddish art and folk song, khazones (cantorial music), and Hasidic melodies. He recorded Convergence, exploring themes of exile, spirituality, hope and redemption, with the klezmer trio Veretski Pass. Russell has performed Jewish music in Berkeley, Boston, Miami, Montreal, New York, San Francisco, Tel Aviv, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

Program made possible, in part, by David Zebker.

Co-presented by KlezCalifornia and Be'chol Lashon.