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The North American Tour

Thursday, February 21, 2013 - Sunday, March 3, 2013

February 21, 2013, 7:30 pm
David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center
New York City

February 23, 2013, 9 pm
Protest Series at Heaven Gallery
Chicago, IL

February 24, 2013, 10 pm
Hungry Brain
Chicago, IL

February 25, 2013, 7:30 pm
2013 Chutzpah! Festival
Vancouver, Canada

February 26, 2013, 7:30pm
The Royal Room
Seattle, WA

February 27, 2013, 9 pm
Los Angeles, CA

March 2, 2013, 8 pm
28th Jewish Music Festival
Berkeley, CA
7 pm Pre-concert talk
with Ruth Ellen Gruber

March 3, 2013, 8 pm - 2 sets
Blue Monk
Portland, OR

Shofar presents an improvisational twist on traditional Hasidic melodies, through the wild minds of three leading Polish musicians Raphael Roginski, Mikolaj Trzaska and Macio Moretti. The impulse to pursue this area of interest was a discovery of a collection of Hasidic songs by Moshe Beregovski (1892-1961) who, beginning in the 1920s, researched and wrote about Jewish music. The concept behind this project is to carry on the Jewish musical traditions, while also searching for a common denominator shared by Hasidic music and free jazz.

The trio's repertoire includes nigunim, or religious songs meant to induce a state of religious ecstasy, freylakhs of a more dancelike nature, as well as pieces derived from Jewish liturgy. Unchanged in form, this material unlocks the whole broad spectrum of Hasidic music and culture. As composers and performers, Raphael Roginski has focussed on jazz-influenced improvisation and folk music; Mikolaj Trzaska explores new wave, free jazz, modern rock and poetry; and Macio Moretti covers grind/punk, twisted country and western, improv, psychedelic and pseudojazz.

Shofar concerts are presented by David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, Chutzpah! Festival, Jewish Music Festival in collaboration with the Polish Cultural Institute New York. Concerts in Berkeley co-presented with the Polish Cultural Institute New York and co-sponsored by the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life and Culture, in association with the Israel Center in San Francisco, the Consulate of Israel, and the Consulate of Poland in Los Angeles. Additional Shofar concerts are presented by Protest Series at Heaven Gallery, Hungry Brain, the Royal Room, Earshot Jazz, bluewhale and the Blue Monk in collaboration with the Polish Cultural Institute New York. Concert in Los Angeles is presented in collaboration with the KulturePlus Productions.

Special thanks to the Unsound Festival.

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