On Friday, August 12, at Temple Shalom (74 Bradman Street in Auburn, Maine) the Folque Co-op is pleased to present a concert & dance featuring sizzlin' hot klezmer and gypsy-jazz music by Boston-based fiddler Jon Cannon, pianist Neil Pearlman and clarinetist Sara Mann. The concert begins at 7 p.m., with the dance following at 8:15. Calling a mix of contras & circle dances will be Cindy Larock, with Lisa Mayer (the rabbi's wife!) leading some fun-and-easy Jewish/Israeli dances. Admission: $5. FMI: (207) 782-0386.
Further details: A trio of gifted young musicians from Boston will transport listeners to the “old countries” of Romania, Poland, the Ukraine and beyond when they play for both a concert and a dance on Friday, Aug. 12, at Temple Shalom in Auburn.
Fiddler Jon Cannon, pianist Neil Pearlman and clarinetist Sara Mann will kick off the evening at 7 p.m. with a concert program featuring a variety of Jewish klezmer music as well as a selection of evocative old-world melodies from Romania, Hungary and other of the Balkan nations of Eastern Europe in whose cultures the klezmer tradition is rooted.
Klezmer music – which has been described as “embracing both the ecstasy and the despair of human life” – was written primarily for dancing at weddings and other festive celebrations. Because of this, the second half of the evening will feature a joyous mix of Israeli line dances – both fast and slow – led by Lisa Mayer (wife of Temple Shalom's rabbi, Sruli Dresdner) and lively New England and French Canadian contra dances led by Cindy Larock of the Maine Folque Co-op, which is co-sponsoring the event with Temple Shalom. This will give the band the opportunity to showcase other styles of music from their eclectic repertoire, including Celtic jigs, Quebecois reels, and some of their own original “gypsy jazz”-inspired tunes.
No prior dance experience is necessary to participate as the dances will be simple and clearly taught. And those who would rather just sit out and tap their toes to the music will be welcome to do so. “Our aim is to make the evening fun and accessible to all,” says Larock, “while celebrating an exhilarating blend of cultural traditions.”
The trio's violinist, Jon Cannon, is a founding member of two acclaimed Boston-based folk groups: Ezekiel's Wheels, which captured the "Best Klezmer Band" and "Audience Choice” awards at Amsterdam's 2012 International Jewish Music Festival, and Mierlita, one of the few American ensembles dedicated specifically to the exploration and performance of traditional Romanian music. He also plays fiddle and guitar for contra dances up and down the East Coast with a rolling cast of other traditional musicians, including Neil Pearlman, whom he met at Maine Fiddle Camp several years ago.
Clarinetist Sara Mann – who is Cannon's wife - grew up playing Jewish music with her father, a surgeon by day and accordionist by night. She has performed as a guest musician in multiple klezmer bands from Boston to Argentina.
Pianist and mandolinist Neil Pearlman was raised in a Scots-Jewish musical household in Portland. Called “a tremendous pianist” on BBC Radio Scotland and “a force to be reckoned with” by WGBH’s Brian O’Donovan, he is recognized in Celtic music circles for his unique approach to the piano, which weaves Cape Breton and Jewish music with many other genres, including Latin American and jazz.
The event features a family-friendly admission price of $5. Temple Shalom is located at 74 Bradman Street in Auburn. More information is available from the Folque Co-op at (207) 782-0386.