Brass Fabulous

Jason Rosenblatt & Orkestra Severni

A simmering blend of all-original compositions for brass band performed in the Eastern European tradition.

Orkestra Severni (Northern Orkestra) burns through an unrelenting play list of the most heart-pounding, foot-stomping brass band music that Eastern Europe has to offer. And, it does so with both authenticity and vivacity. Orkestra Severni was founded in 2009 by trombonist Rachel Lemisch, scion of the Lemisch Klezmer dynasty of Iasi, Romanian, together with musicians who share an affinity for the high-energy brass band repertoire of the Klezmer, Moldavian and Serbian traditions. For several years now, the group has been a fan favourite of such festivals as The Montreal International Jazz Festival, Toronto’s Ashkenaz Festival and the Montreal Jewish Music Festival; Always leaving audiences with great cheer and sore feet.

Orkestra Severni’s debut album, “Brass Fabulous,” featuring eleven all original cuts, showcases the music of composer and pianist/harmonicist Jason Rosenblatt. With searing sirbas, freylachs galore and a sentimental waltz or two, this album is a must for any afficinoado of new Eastern European style music.

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Eastern Hora

Shtreiml

All original music firmly rooted in the Jewish and Turkish traditions, but brimming with roots-rock sensibilities and dexterous improvisational know-how. Featuring fleet-fingered oud playing and fiery harmonica brilliance.

"Eastern Hora" is the fourth album by Montreal-based Shtreiml. Spearheaded by composer and producer Jason Rosenblatt, one of the world's premier harmonica players, Shtreiml's "Eastern Hora" is a compelling album of all-original music firmly rooted in the Jewish and Ottoman traditions, but brimming with hard-rock sensibilities and dextrous improvisational know-how. Visions of the Bosphorus abound as master of the oud, Ismail Hakki Fencioglu, weaves his sultry and brilliant magic from track to track, while the ever melodic trombone playing of Rachel Lemisch offers a distinctively Balkan punch to the music. Thierry Arsenault (drums) and Joel Kerr (bass) round out the group's rhythm section with flare, taste and groove. Shtreiml has spent over a decade performing at concerts, weddings, festivals and venues in Canada, The U.S. and Europe and has been labeled "explosive" (Halifax Chronicle Herald) and "exhilarating"(Rootsworld).

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Spicy Paprikash

Shtreiml

New Jewish and Klezmer Music with flavours of Romania and America, featuring the diatonic harmonica.

The twelve tracks of Spicy Paprikash, Shtreiml's second album, not only demonstrate the band's diverse repertoire, but it's ability to effortlessly shift between the sounds of modern American klezmer music and that of traditional Eastern-European folk music. With instrumentation that includes the distinctly funky sound of blues harp, Fender Rhodes and Hammond B3, the album also pays homage to the folk roots of Jewish music, courtesy of guest performances by Moldavian cimbalom player Nicolae Margineanu, Philly's own Rachel Lemisch (trombone) and heiress to the Hoffman klezmer fortune, Susan Watts (vocals, trumpet). As would be expected, this new Shtreiml album displays virtuoso performances on the diatonic harmonica by Jason Rosenblatt, along with the fine accordion and vocal stylings of rising international klezmer star, Josh Dolgin (aka SoCalled). The backbeat is driven hard by the ever-solid duo of Ariel Harrod (bass) and Thierry Arsenault (drums). Enjoy!

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