From country to Klezmer, bluegrass to soul, their upcoming calendar represents music for all kinds of music lovers young and old alike.
The Jefferson Center for the Arts is attracting artists from all over the world to play in Mount Shasta. From country to Klezmer, bluegrass to soul, their upcoming calendar represents music for all kinds of music lovers young and old alike. All shows at Jefferson Center for the Arts are appropriate for all ages, with kids tickets only $5 for each show. Advanced tickets are available on Eventbrite.com for $20 or at the door for $25 if the shows dont sell out.
The following are descriptions of the artists that will be at JCA between Feb. 21 and 23.
Feb. 21: Love, Death and Revolution in Yiddish Song, featuring the Klezmatics’ Lorin Sklamberg
Featuring the voice of the Klezmer revival, Lorin Sklamberg and darling of the international Yiddish scene, Sasha Lurje (Latvia/DE), this new transatlantic collaboration presents an enchanting evening of Yiddish songs and dance music.
From old folk ballads to the golden age of the Lower East Side, these two pillars of the Klezmer share some of their favorite little known songs. They're joined by fiddler Craig Judelman, whose background with old time folk music – Yiddish and otherwise – provides the perfect counterpoint, along with Mr. Sklamberg’s accordion, for these two incredible voices. This small all star band packs a big punch, inviting audiences into the dark and passionate inner world of Yiddish song.
This concert is much more than a collection of songs - the performers are also skilled storytellers, using the songs to give the audience a greater understanding of the culture and context that created them.
Lorin Sklamberg grew up in LA where he was introduced to Balkan, Jewish and other music at a young age. He was already performing as a teenager, but it wasn’t until moving to New York in the mid 80s that he founded The Klezmatics and really found his voice and claimed his place as the most recognizable and influential voice in Yiddish music. Since then he has earned a Grammy for his work with the Klezmatics while also composing and collaborating numerous other projects, working with such luminaries as Chava Alberstein and Susan McKeown. When he’s not on stage he can be found digging for treasures at the YIVO center in New York where he works as the head archivist.
Sasha Lurje was born in Riga Latvia, and when a friend invited her to join a youth theater focusing on Yiddish work, she didn’t realize how her life path had suddenly shifted. Receiving early mentorship by many of the giants of the Yiddish music revival, including Mr. Sklamberg, at several festivals in Russia and Yiddish Summer Weimar in Germany propelled her to the forefront of the contemporary Yiddish scene. It wasn’t long before she was joining her heroes on stage, and teaching hundreds of singers herself, making it her life’s work to spread Yiddish culture. Besides appearing at pretty much all the major festivals and workshops for this music, her Yiddish progressive rock band Forshpil has made it clear to the next generation that this music isn’t just a delicate relic that belongs in a museum, but is rather a living cultural treasure trove ready to adapt and evolve as far as we will let it.
Craig Judelman group up in Seattle and since the age of four, he was never more comfortable than when he had a fiddle in his hand. He started with classical music but quickly realized he had much more to say than one genre could allow, studying Klezmer, Jazz, American and other folk music wherever he could. His passion for finding the sounds he hears in old recordings and adapting the violin to whatever context the moment demands has led him around the world, teaching klezmer and old time American folk music on both sides of the Atlantic and performing with such legends as John Cohen (New Lost City Ramblers), Peter Stampfel (the Fugs), Steve Earle, Patty Smith, Michael Alpert (Kapelye) and Alan Bern (Brave Old World). Craig and Sasha both currently live in Berlin where they help drive one of the worlds most active Yiddish music scenes, but spend most of their time on the road playing and teaching this music, feeding the next generation and pushing this rich culture towards its next evolutions.
Feb. 23 The Special Consensus
The Special Consensus is a bluegrass band that has achieved a contemporary sound in their four decades of performing, making their music a modern classic. Band leader and founder Greg Cahill is a recipient of the prestigious Distinguished Achievement Award from the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) and Special Consensus has received five awards from the IBMA and two Grammy nominations.
Special Consensus’ sound is grounded in a deep appreciation and understanding of bluegrass music; the infectious band sound reminds people of the past while utilizing the innovations of today. With the foundation of Greg’s unique banjo playing style, Rick Faris (guitar), Nate Burie (mandolin), and Dan Eubanks (bass) effortlessly support each other and consistently maintain their bluegrass center whether they’re playing a jazz-tinged instrumental or a song from their award-winning John Denver tribute album while consistently maintaining their bluegrass center. These four talented vocalists and instrumentalists follow their creative desires without straying too far from their roots.
Rivers and Roads, the band’s 19th recording, was nominated for a 2019 Grammy, received five 2018 IBMA nominations, and was awarded Album of the Year. The tune “Squirrel Hunters” from that recording received the Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year award.
The energetic Special C show features Rick’s high, emotional singing and inspirational guitar playing and Nate’s powerful voice and creative mandolin playing which provide the formidable counter to Greg’s driving banjo and Dan’s impressive bass playing that holds everything together and reflects his bluegrass, country and jazz performance experience. Their voices blend seamlessly.
International tours have brought the band to Canada, Europe, South America, Ireland and the United Kingdom. The band has appeared on National Public Radio, The Nashville Network, the Grand Ole Opry at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee, and in concert with symphony orchestras nationwide.
Dedicated to preserving their craft as well as keeping it fresh, in 1984 Special Consensus initiated the Traditional American Music (TAM) Program, to introduce bluegrass music to students in schools across the country and in several foreign lands.
Special C’s continued success is a testament to their adaptability and contemporary appeal. The band records for Compass Records and proudly celebrates its 45th anniversary in 2020.