Klezmer: Cape Town Shpiel CD

If you listened in to World Cafe on FMR you would have heard two cuts from the CD Cape Town Shpiel.

Giuliana Cockcroft was chatting to Matthew Reid about his upcoming concert with David Krakauer, internationally renowned klezmer clarinettist extraordinaire.  Klezmer Madness is the title of this get together at the Baxter Theatre on 21 July at 7.00pm.  Giuliana played a couple of cuts from CD’s by David Krakauer and two nubers by Matthew Reid, from his CD Cape Town Shpiel.

Cape Town Shpiel with the by-line Klezmer in Africa, must be the only klezmer CD cut on this continent this century.  And Matthew wanted the music both to reflect a sense of place as well as acknowledge the particularity of the muisicians forming Playing with Fire.  The improvisational possibilities of klezmer and the ability to give it a personal edge is a hallmark of this genre, that both Reid and Krakauer just love.

The two cuts played on World Cafe perfectly reflect these qualties.  Roshenkes mit mandl’n (Raisins and almonds) is a traditional lulaby, but here it is given a 5/8 beat thatgives the pice a hauntingly evocative feel, while it acknowledges a particular Ukranian klezmer style.  Macheteniste meyne – a typical celebratory wedding number – is characterised by wonderful inprovisational variations by the various musicians, showcasing their particular talents.

Matthew has cut two CD’s – Cape Town Shpiel and Cape Town Zing.  The latter focuses on Yiddish Song’ which musicologist Fay Singer refers to as a first cousin of klezmer.  Both CD’s are available from CJSA at a cost of R120 each.  Tel +27 21 434 9691 or email admin@cjsa.org.za and will be on sale at Klezmer Madness on Sunday 21 July at the Baxter.


David Krakauer meets Matthew Reid and Playing with Fire

WHEN: 7.00pm Sunday 21 July

TICKETS: R140 – R300 at Computicket or at the Baxter

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