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Klezmer Extravaganza! featuring Geoff Berner (Canada)

with Brivele (Seattle), hosted by Jack "Yankl" Falk
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The Old Church Concert Hall

1422 SW 11th Ave

Portland, OR 97201

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TOC welcomes "The Klezmer Extravaganza" in 2020!

Hosted by Jack "Yankl" Falk, the series debuts on January 19th featuring Canada's Geoff Berner, with Brivele from Seattle opening.

For the past 15 years or so, Jewish-Canadian accordion player/singer-songwriter/novelist/political agitator Geoff Berner has traveled the world. He’s played in bars, cafés, festivals, and the occasional stadium. He’s performed in seventeen countries and on national radio in seven of them.

It’s rare for a musician to be as good at writing prose as they are at making music. Berner can credibly make that claim. As a musician, Berner is mainly known as a founding practitioner of the “klezmer-punk” style, which combines the traditional folk music of Eastern European Jews with punk’s aggressive energy and disdain for slick perfection. All over Canada, Europe, and America, Berner has garnered a sizable, passionate following, mostly of odd, bookish people who like to drink. He packs venues in places like Berlin, London, Oslo, Zurich, Seattle, Toronto, Edmonton, Montreal and his home city of Vancouver. People keep returning to his shows, because it makes them feel better. There’s a spiritual element to these concerts that’s hard to describe.

Seattle based Brivele is a klezmer folk-punk trio who braid together oral history, Yiddish language, contemporary and old-country musical genres, American Vaudeville, and visual arts.

Host Falk is a longtime member of Di Naye Kapelye (which means "The New Band"), a very important ensemble in the history of the klezmer revival. Geoff Berner says "They're like the Clash of the klezmer revival--they're famous for playing with more dirt-floor roughness than any other outfit. Jack's band is the reason I started playing klezmer. I didn't think I even liked klezmer till I heard Di Naye Kapelye."

For the past 40 years, Jack “Yankl” Falk has been at the center of Yiddish cultural life in Portland and beyond. His quintet The Carpathian-Pacific Express features some of Portland’s finest musicians (3 Leg Torso, Blue Cranes, Klezmocracy) in an exciting new exploration that draws upon klezmer and Yiddish song, Romanian and Hungarian fiddle virtuosity, devotional Hasidic melody, and much more.

Yankl’s repertoire and performance reflects his long involvement with Hungary's premier Yiddish ensemble, Di Naye Kapelye, with whom he recorded three acclaimed CDs of Carpathian Jewish roots music and performed at festivals across Europe. His other collaborations have included work with Don Byron’s Music of Mickey Katz, Polka Madre (Mexico City), Di Fidl-Kapelye (Amsterdam), Yale Strom, the Tone Sharks, accordionist Christina Crowder, violinist Andrew Ehrlich, and cellist Lori Goldston.

For more than 30 years, Yankl produced and hosted the Sunday morning Yiddish Hour on Portland radio. A traditional singer of Jewish liturgy, Yankl was recently featured in a New York Times article about itinerant High Holiday cantors.

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