Eleanor Reissa & Frank London’s Klezmer Brass Allstars NYC
The soulful and inimitable Eleanor Reissa and the “mystical high priest of New Wave Avant-Klez jazz” Frank London have been inspiring each other for over a decade. Together with the great Klezmer Brass Allstars, whose recording Carnival Conspiracy was in Rolling Stone’s top ten world music recordings of 2006, they explore the world of Yiddish song, from the obscure to the chestnuts. Their music together combines the blasphemous with the blessed, pulling the past into the future and up to the heavens. Eleanor Reissa & Frank London’s Klezmer Brass Allstars celebrated the release of their first album together – Vilde Mekhaye (Wild Ecstasy) – in June of 2016.
Eleanor Reissa is a Tony nominated director, an Israel Prize nominated musical-theatre adapter, an award-winning playwright, a choreographer, actor, and singer. For six years, she was Artistic Director of the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene in NYC. Frank London is a Grammy-award winning trumpeter, composer, and bandleader, and has been a leading figure in the Klezmer Revival for the last four decades. He is co-founder of the Klezmatics, as well as dozens of other notable bands and projects, including Glass House Orchestra, Sharabi, Shekhinah Big Band, Hasidic New Wave. His Klezmer Brass Allstars are made up of the best traditional and progressive klezmer brass band musicians in the world. Their raucous and ebullient approach to klezmer and Yiddish music is deeply rooted in the tradition, with one foot squarely in the 18th-century and one in the 21st. They have toured internationally, collaborating with brass bands from Serbia to Egypt, playing at Festivals, concert halls, and seedy, smoke-filled bars.