The Yiddish Art Trio features three of the top klezmer musicians in New York today. Blending infectious traditional melodies with new compositions, sumptuous chamber music-like arrangements and breathtaking improvisations, this rising new ensemble is out to redefine the sound of contemporary klezmer.
Michael Winograd – Clarinet Is a clarinetist living in Brooklyn, New York. He specializes in klezmer music and has concertized and taught all over the world. Michael has played with Itzhak Perlman, Socalled, Budowitz, Frank London, the Klezmer Conservatory Band, The Painted Bird, Ayelet Gottleib and many more. He is one third of the Yiddish Art Trio, co-leads the Tarras Band, and his newest project, Sandaraa, a collaboration with vocalist Zeb Bangash from Lahore, Pakistan, received the prestigious Map Fund Fellowship in 2013. His most recent album, Storm Game, was released by Golden Horn Records in 2012.
Patrick Farrell – AccordionAccordionist Patrick Farrell specializes in klezmer, new-music, various East-European folk musics, and brass bands. He performs with chamber-folk ensemble Ljova and the Kontraband, Frank London’s Klezmer Brass All-Stars, Alicia Svigals’ Klezmer Fiddle Express, plays strange and unusual duets with Brooklyn trumpeter Ben Holmes, new Yiddish song duets with singer Sveta Kundish of Berlin, and Serbian-style brass with Brooklyn’s Veveritse Brass Band. Farrell has been dubbed a “wizard”, a player of “mordant wit and blistering speed”, and has appeared on over 30 recordings.
Fox-Rosen – Bass/Benjy Fox-Rosen is a singer, bassist and composer creating new Jewish music. Ranging from re-imaginings of Yiddish art songs to original settings of the poetry of Krakow’s Mordechai Gebirtig, Fox-Rosen’s music has received critical acclaim from around the globe. Hailed by The Forward as “one of the rising stars in the Yiddish music scene” Fox-Rosen performs withmany of the living legends of the so-called Klezmer Revival. Fox-Rosen was the recipient of a Fulbright research grant for 2012-2013 to Chisinau, Moldova where he was immersed in the shared musical languages of Yiddish and Moldovan music.In 2012 Fox-Rosen was the recipient of a New York State Council for the Arts ‘Folk Apprenticeship’ grant to study with master Yiddish singer/composer Joshua Waletsky.
The trio formed in early 2009 as the Michael Winograd Klezmer Trio, and has toured nationally and internationally to critical acclaim, most recently teaching at Yiddish Summer Weimar, for the theme, “New Yiddish Music.” These three performer/composers are stretching the limits of tradition, re-composing and re-contextualizing Yiddish music for the concert hall and the dance floor. They incorporate elements of new classical music, minimalism, art song, as well as Yiddish vocal music, cantorial music and theater music.