The Hasidic Wedding Scene is Hot and Coming to a Theater Near You!

One of the hottest new sounds to define the New York avant-garde music scene in the early 90s was an eclectic blend of jazz, rock and new wave traditional Klezmer music. With the popularity of bands such as The Klezmatics, Hasidic New Wave and God Is My Co-pilot, this music spread across the country and introduced an whole new generation to traditional Jewish music with a modern twist. The Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA) is proud to welcome Hasidic New Wave to the Aladdin Theater February 13 & 14 for two performances only. Shows begin at 8 p.m. and tickets are $14 general admission; $12 for PICA members. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Aladdin Theater box office or by calling PICA at 242-1419.

Hasidic New Wave’s eclectic blend of traditional Hasidic wedding music — horas, freylachs, marches and nigunim — combined with their own free form compositions and improvisation, helped catapult klezmer music to the forefront of New York’s alternative music scene in early 90s. Drawing from Klezmer, Persian, and Middle Eastern musical traditions they blend in rock, jazz, disco, improv and cantorial scores to create a raucous musical meeting of the secular and the sacred. A diverse blend of musical talent, Hasidic New Wave members include Frank London from the Klezmatics (trumpet), co-founder Greg Wall (sax), David Fiuczynski and Fima Ephron (bass) from the Screaming Headless Torsos (guitar), and Seattle native Aaron Alexander (drums). Their CD “Jews and the Abstract Truth” examines the polyglot of musical and cultural influences borrowed from wherever Jews have lived.

For more information, please call PICA at 503/242-1419.