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KRAKAUER_CHECKPPOINT_300DPI_COVERDavid Krakauer is considered to be one of the most singular clarinet virtuosos on the planet. But beyond that he brings a point of view to the table that is uniquely his own. Continuing on a path of constant self discovery, Krakauer introduces the music of his latest CD Checkpoint (Table Pounding Records), on two consecutive nights, April 7 and 8, at Brooklyn’s newest hot spot, National Sawdust.

Krakauer, a category-defying instrumentalist, uses his cultural heritage as a powerful inspiration for his music, informing and enabling his stylistically compelling projects. His is a singular vision, encompassing the diverse worlds of classical, klezmer, avant jazz, funk and electronica.

For the past 25 years Krakauer has been on a musical journey tracing his Eastern European roots. This voyage has found him revisiting his “ancestral homeland,” from where his Russian/Polish grandparents and great-grandparents immigrated at the end of the 19th century. Traveling east through Berlin before the Wall came down, the checkpoint experiences became momentous creative touchstones for Krakauer.

Like a travel guide on a literal and metaphorical search, on Checkpoint he bears witness to the deep, joyous, human encounters he experienced. With his long-time band members of Ancestral Groove, he reveals the next step in his musical evolution – sharing with us all stories about the human condition.

Ancestral Groove, with Sheryl Bailey on electric guitar, Jerome Harris on electric bass, Michael Sarin on drums/percussion, and Keepalive on electronics, creates a bridge between Krakauer’s singular take on jazz and world music, and guides us to another musical adventure. His three special guests on the CD Rob Curto, John Medeski and Marc Ribot add their own signatures to the mix.

Here’s Krakauer remixing Krakauer, hitting the road with his unmistakable sound, new arrangements and an electrifying 4-piece band.‎

Born and raised in New York City, Krakauer experienced early exposure to diverse cultural influences. He earned his reputation as a Klezmer specialist, then showcased his formidable talents in other musical arenas, such as classical music, electronica and jazz. He has shared stages as a group member and soloist with a wide array of artists, string quartets, chamber ensembles and symphony orchestras – among them, the Klezmatics, John Zorn, Fred Wesley, Dawn Upshaw, Itzhak Perlman, Osvaldo Golijov, Eiko and Koma, Leonard Slatkin, Iva Bitova, Kronos Quartet, Tokyo, the Emerson Quartet, the Orchestre de Lyon, the Orquestra Sinfonica de Madrid, the Phoenix Symphony, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Dresdener Philharmonie and the Detroit Symphony. http://davidkrakauer.com

TRACKS

1. Kickin’ It For You, 5:33
2. Krakowsky Boulevard, 5:00
3. Tribe Number Thirteen, 5:37
4. Checkpoint Lounge, 5:42
5. Elijah Walks In, 5:37
6. Moldavian Voyage, 4:42
7. Synagogue Wail, 3:30
8. Border Town Pinball Machine, 4:10
9. Tandal, 5:23
10. Tribe Number Thirteen, 5:12

 

MUSIC AVAILABLE IN STORES AND ONLINE APRIL 8, 2016.

 

CD PERSONNEL

David Krakauer – Clarinet
Sheryl Bailey – Electric Guitar
Jerome Harris – Electric Bass
Michael Sarin – Drums
Jeremy Flower aka Keepalive – Sampler

SPECIAL GUESTS
Rob Curto – Accordion
John Medeski – Organ
Marc Ribot – Electric Guitar

 

TWO NIGHTS AT NATIONAL SAWDUST

DATES
PRE-RELEASE PERFORMANCE
THURSDAY, APRIL 7, 2016 AT 9.30 PM

CD RELEASE EVENT
FRIDAY, APRIL 8, 2016 AT 7 PM

ADDRESS
NATIONAL SAWDUST
80 NORTH 6TH ST
BROOKLYN, NY 11249
(646) 779-8455
http://nationalsawdust.org

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THE CD RELEASE COINCIDES WITH A MONTH-LONG ENGAGEMENT AT THE MUSEUM OF JEWISH HERITAGE IN DOWNTOWN MANHATTAN. TO READ ABOUT THE MUSEUM’S RESIDENCY, PLEASE SCROLL DOWN.

 

ABOUT THE CD

CLARINET VIRTUOSO DAVID KRAKAUER ANNOUNCES THE RELEASE OF HIS MOST ADVENTUROUS CD TO DATE “THE BIG PICTURE”.

Available in stores and online February 18, 2014.

David Krakauer, clarinet
Jenny Scheinman, violin
Adam Rogers, guitars
Rob Burger, keys, organ, accordion, vibes
Greg Cohen, double bass
Jim Black, drums, percussion

and
Sheryl Bailey, guitar
Nicki Parrott, double bass
Keepalive, sampler

An artist of great renown, clarinetist and cultural visionary David Krakauer presents his new project, THE BIG PICTURE, paying homage to both Krakauer’s personal discovery of his cultural heritage and, in the broader sense, to the journeys we all take to find meaning and connection in our lives. The album was produced by Joseph Baldassare and recorded by Roy Hendrickson.

THE BIG PICTURE album features Krakauer’s sextet, a new constellation of musicians, meticulously chosen to display their virtuosity and poetry with these stimulating new arrangements and interpretations of familiar movie soundtracks by classic film music composers – among them, Marvin Hamlisch, Wojciech Kilar, Vangelis, Sergei Prokofiev, Ralph Burns, Jerry Bock, John Kander, Fred Ebb. Movies include such diverse gems as Sophie’s Choice, The Pianist, Cabaret, Radio Days and Funny Girl.

Each movie has a special Jewish connection – whether emphasizing the director, actors, composer, or Jewish tradition, from topics of war and persecution to sophisticated satire and farce. (Sophie’s Choice, Life is Beautiful, Lenny, The Producers, Fiddler on the Roof.)

“For the music part,” says Krakauer, “I’ve taken themes from iconic films with Jewish content and re-imagined them with a band of world-class musicians. The album has become more special than I’d ever imagined. It brought me to a new emotional level, reminding me of the incredible resiliency of my great-grandparents, arriving from Eastern Europe with virtually nothing, and how they were able to overcome incredible poverty and anti-Semitism to succeed. I’ve never been prouder to be Jewish. But at the same time I think this project really speaks about how people across the ages have found ways to survive in the face of adversity. That’s not just the Jewish experience. It’s everyone’s struggle.”

Born and raised in New York City, his early exposure to diverse cultural influences provides a powerful towline for his music. Krakauer earned his reputation as a Klezmer specialist, then showcased his formidable talents in other musical arenas, such as classical music, electronica and jazz. He has shared stages as a group member and soloist with a wide array of artists, string quartets and classical aggregates – among them, the Klezmatics, John Zorn, Fred Wesley, Itzhak Perlman, Osvaldo Golijov, Eiko and Koma, Leonard Slatkin, Iva Bitova, Kronos, Tokyo, the Emerson, the Orchestre de Lyon, the Orquestra Sinfonica de Madrid, the Phoenix Symphony, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Dresdener Philharmonie and the Detroit Symphony.

TRACKS

WILLKOMMEN, Cabaret
LA BELLA E VITA, Life is Beautiful
SI TU VOIS MA MERE, Midnight in Paris
BODY AND SOUL, Radio Days
THE MARCH, Love and Death
MOVING TO THE GHETTO, The Pianist
THE FAMILY, Avalon
HONEYCOMB, Lenny
LOVE THEME, Sophie’s Choice
KEEP IT GAY, The Producers
PEOPLE, Funny Girl
TRADITION, Fiddler On The Roof

 

ABOUT THE SHOW

“THE BIG PICTURE”,  A Cinematic Concert

Music Performed by Krakauer

At the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Downtown Manhattan.

PREMIERE: WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29, 2014
PERFORMANCES: WEDNESDAYS; SUNDAYS, FEBRUARY 2 – 23, 2014

PERFORMANCE LINE UP:
David Krakauer, clarinet
Rob Schwimmer, piano, keys, theremin
Sara Caswell, violin
Mark Helias, double bass
Sheryl Bailey, guitar
John Hadfield, drums, percussion

David Krakauer showcases his new project, THE BIG PICTURE, a powerful new multimedia production at Edmond J. Safra Hall in the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust downtown, THE BIG PICTURE tells Krakauer’s story in an artful marriage of music and the moving image.

This project may be Krakauer’s most adventurous to date and will run for a period of four weeks – a first for the venue. To lend creative intrigue, New York graphics giants Light of Day and Cutting Room Films have created original films for the production. Instead of using the visual element as a creative starting point, Krakauer’s music serves as the catalytic agent. The visuals embrace Krakauerʼs adventurous and individual spirit of self-discovery.

The Museum itself serves as a compelling location for this residency. It overlooks the New York Harbor, a reminder of the Jewish and non-Jewish immigrants landing on Ellis Island bringing their hopes, stories and vast cultural heritage to this new promised land. Krakauer, whose own ancestors immigrated from Eastern Europe, became one of the most important innovators in Klezmer music, contextualizing the ancestral sounds of his heritage into a distinctive, personal voice.

THE BIG PICTURE is a special kind of project,” says Krakauer. “It’s a tour through Jewish history, and an exploration of how the movies show us the universality of our individual quests. I want this experience to serve as an opportunity for all. I am privileged to be the tour guide for this incredible voyage.”

PERFORMANCE DATES
PREMIERE: WED, JAN. 29 AT 7.30PM
EXTENDED RUN:
SUN, FEB 2 AT 2 PM; WED, FEB. 5 AT 7.30 PM; SUN, FEB. 9 AT 2PM; WED, FEB. 12 AT 7.30PM; SUN, FEB. 16 AT 2 PM; WED, FEB. 19 AT 7.30PM; SUN, FEB. 23 AT 2PM.
TICKETS: $35 General, $30 Seniors/Students, $25 Members

ABOUT THE MUSEUM OF JEWISH HERITAGE, DOWNTOWN MANHATTAN
The Museumʼs exhibitions educate people of all ages and backgrounds about the rich tapestry of Jewish life over the past century-before, during, and after the Holocaust. Edmond J. Safra Hall, the 375-seat state-of-the-art theater offers unobstructed views with great acoustics from every seat in the house. http://www.mjhnyc.org/bigpicture/

ADDRESS
Edmond J. Safra Hall, 36 Battery Place, New York, NY 10280, Ph: 646-437-4202

For further information on David Krakauer, please visit: www.davidkrakauer.com .

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New York – A major artist of great renown, clarinetist David Krakauer showcases his virtuosity in an intimate setting. He brings his unique sound to a week-long residency at The Stone, John Zornʼs downtown hot spot in lower Manhattan.

As well as being a significant voice in the classical world, Krakauer is considered to be one of the most important innovators in Jewish klezmer music; contextualizing the ancestral sounds of his Eastern European roots for the 21st century. All of these cultural influences provide a powerful towline for his music, enabling him to embrace stylistically diverse and compelling projects, encompassing classical music, modern klezmer and jazz.

David Krakauer

 

 

These projects include:

  • KRAKAUER’S ACOUSTIC KLEZMER QUARTET
  • KRAKAUER PLAYS ZORN
  • ANCESTRAL GROOVE
  • DUO AND TRIO IMPROVISATIONS
  • KRAKAUER WITH STRINGS
  • KRAKAUER -TAGG DUO

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, September 24th at 8 pm & 10 pm

KRAKAUER’S ACOUSTIC KLEZMER QUARTET
Unplugged versions of Krakauer’s klezmer repertoire ranging from his own quirky originals to traditional tunes.
David Krakauer (clarinets) Will Holshouser (accordion) Jerome Harris (bass) Michael Sarin (percussion)
Admission: $15

Wednesday, September 25th at 8 pm & 10 pm
KRAKAUER PLAYS ZORN
Krakauer’s arrangements of pieces specially selected for David Krakauer by John Zorn from the third Book of Angels.
David Krakauer (clarinet) Sheryl Bailey (guitar) Jerome Harris (electric bass, vocals) Michael Sarin (drums) Keepalive (sampler)
Admission: $15

Thursday, September 26th at 8 pm & 10 pm
ANCESTRAL GROOVE
Loops, grooves and ecstatic improvisation celebrate the earthy side of Krakauer’s ancestry.
David Krakauer (clarinet) Sheryl Bailey (guitar) Jerome Harris (electric bass, vocals) Michael Sarin (drums) Keepalive (sampler)
Admission: $15

Friday, September 27th at 8 pm & 10 pm
KRAKAUER -TAGG DUO
Krakauer joins up with the South African pianist, arranger and musical explorer Kathleen Tagg in an evening of classical music, new composition and electronica.
David Krakauer (clarinets) Kathleen Tagg (piano, electronics) with special guest Will Holshouser (accordion)
Admission: $20

Saturday, September 28th at 8 pm & 10 pm
DUO AND TRIO IMPROVISATIONS
Krakauer is joined by former Kronos cellist Jeff Zeigler, new music soprano extraordinaire Helga Davis and violinist/electronics wizard Todd Reynolds for an evening of new composition and improvisation.
Admission: $20

Sunday, September 29th at 8 pm & 10 pm
KRAKAUER WITH STRINGS
Krakauer has assembled an all-star string quartet to play Osvaldo Golijov’s monumental “Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind” (performed in both sets) plus arrangements and improvisations.
David Krakauer (clarinet, bass clarinet) Neal Dufallo and Abigale Reisman (violins) Margaret Dyer (viola) Jeff Zeigler (cello)
Admission: $20

 

THE STONE
E 2nd St & Ave C
New York, NY 10009
(212) 473-0043

http://www.thestonenyc.com

 

For general information, please visit www.davidkrakauer.com.

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