Sunday, October 30, 2011
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Monday, October 24, 2011
For September’s production of “Carmen,” the opera hired the musicians directly through their union at the rates called for in the musicians’ old agreement with the orchestra.
But in news release Sunday, opera officials said that arrangement was too expensive and cannot be repeated for “Figaro.”
Opera officials have said it cost $91,895 to hire the musicians for “Carmen,” when it would have cost $58,340 under the opera’s normal arrangement with the orchestra.
Sunday, October 23, 2011
A bit late, here's Matthue Roth's "She-mix-ni Atzeret." Still worth noting, if only for Drake's beverage.
Occupy Wall Street Kol Nidre chazzan Avi Fox-Rosen on "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Chazzanus."
Finally, given the popularity of the "shreds" videos. I suppose it was inevitable that someone would make a "Singolda shreds" clip.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Sunday, October 09, 2011
I just found out that Carmine D'Amico passed away this past Sunday Oct. 2nd, from cancer. Carmine has been out of the JM scene for a while, but he was a formidable presence on the scene during the '90's and early 2000's. He appeared on countless Jewish recordings, and performed at hundreds of Jewish weddings. He was incredibly talented, and didn't have to "put on a show" to showcase his talents. I spent a bit of time with him, both at weddings and in the Homowack Hotel's show band. I learned a lot from him simply by "trying to keep up," and he had some great stories from a lifetime of being a very active musician. He left a definite mark on our music, and his presence will be missed. My prayers are with his family.
Wednesday, October 05, 2011
Lipa Schmeltzer has released a video urging people to sign a petition in support of Sholom Rubashkin.
An Omaha-based rabbi blogs about "Scarborough Fair" the melody his chazzan uses on Yom Kippur for "B'yom Din." The notion that it might originally be a Jewish melody is simply wrong.
MBD releases his "final" album. Again.
At the J-Post, a writeup of Eli Dali's Jewish heavy metal project "Metal Prayer".
I'm belatedly posting Metal Jew: "A few belated thoughts on the death of JDub"
Here it is... "The Truth About the Groggers."