Meet Frank London NYC
Meet this year’s Theodore Bikel Artist-in-Residence, as he talks about his current projects and reflects on nearly four decades in the new Jewish music scene.
Ex-Sir Frank London’s work has always been at the nexus of tradition and innovation, progressive in both its musical and political content. Knighted for his work advancing Jewish and multicultural Hungarian music and culture; earning a Grammy Award with the Klezmatics for a recording of original settings of Woody Guthrie’s texts; composing the Yiddish-Cuban opera “Hatuey: Memory of Fire” that tells the story of the great Taino freedom fighter, and “1001 Voices: Symphony for a New America” that celebrates the rich history and legacy of immigrants and cultural and ethnic diversity, London’s goal is to make music and art that balances the aesthetic, political and spiritual realms for the social good. His deep knowledge of many musical styles, combined with his dedication to improvisation and creativity, has led to his working with some of the world’s leading artists in numerous genres, including Youssou N’dour, Esma Redzepova, Hector LaVoe, Iggy Pop, John Zorn, Itzhak Perlman, Pink Floyd, LL Cool J, Mel Tormé, Lester Bowie, LaMonte Young, They Might Be Giants, David Byrne, Jane Siberry, and Gal Costa. He has played on nearly 500 CDs and was featured on HBO’s “Sex and the City.”