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Musical Heritage Concert Series Presents: Journey from Klezmer to Jazz
Saturday, January 18, 2020, 7:30 PM
The Lightstone/Katz duo have been performing their fresh Klezmer-Jazz sounds for over 20 years, delighting audiences at festivals such as Ashkenaz and international jazz festivals.
The concert follows 5 PM Mincha and Havdallah service and dinner (reservations required).
Admission is free to the concert. Dinner $25/each
Contact Mari Lynne Rusak to register: [email protected] or call 416.789.3291 ext.224
The Jonno Lightstone/Brian Katz Klezmer Duo
Brian Katz (guitar, piano, vocals), famed jazz and Jewish music artist and Jonno Lightstone, acclaimed klezmer clarinettist/flautist combine their talents to explore some rarely performed klezmer repertoire as well as the beloved pulsating dance music of this exciting genre. Bringing together a multitude of musical styles and experience, they create a variety of diverse moods by weaving klezmer melodies with the sounds and textures of chamber music, jazz, Indian raga and down-home rock’n blues! The inviting texture of the classical guitar and flute will especially intrigue listeners who have yet to hear the more intimate side of klezmer…and when they play some good old-fashioned, up-tempo Jewish dances with clarinet and piano you definitely won’t want to just sit there!
The duo—at times augmented with renown bassist, George Koller—have been performing their fresh klezmer sounds for over twenty years, delighting audiences at such diverse festivals such as the Ashkenaz Festival and the Toronto International Jazz Festival. Of a concert this last summer at The Church of the Holy Trinity, Canadian Jewish News journalist Matt Render wrote, “The duo demonstrated a masterful ability to compliment each other’s musical prowess, trading the musical spotlight from one to the other the whole way throughout” (CJN, July 2019)
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Jonno Lightstone is regarded as one of Toronto’s finest klezmer musicians. A clarinettist, equally at home on flute and saxophone, he is a multi-faceted musician whose projects, however eclectic, always reveal his passion for klezmer and his thorough knowledge of the idiom. He is the leader of the Yiddish Swingtet, a trio whose music runs the gamut from traditional Eastern European klezmer to American jazz and swing. He founded Hu tsa tsa, a traditional klezmer group with a chamber music aesthetic and has performed klezmer music to the R & B grooves of Matzo Ball Gumbo. In collaboration with guitarist Brian Katz, the duo Lightstone / Katz explores rarely performed klezmer repertoire, creating a variety of diverse moods by weaving together klezmer melodies with the sounds and textures of chamber music, modal jazz, Indian raga, and blues. A recent collaboration with renowned saxophonist David Mott and drummer Nick Fraser has led to the formation of Klezmology, a group dedicated to exploring the interface between klezmer music and free improvisation. Klezmology performed at the 2014 Toronto Jazz Festival.
Lightstone has produced and played on a number of CDs including, Hu tsa tsa’s Well Tempered Klezmorim, The Hot Latkes Klezmer Band’s Eine Kleine Klezmer Muzik, Matzo Ball Gumbo’s Peyes Up Front, and The Yiddish Swingtet’s Shul Days. He has performed with the touring Broadway show Evita, Zalman Mlotek’s Soul to Soul and has played at many festivals including Ashkenaz, The Distillery Jazz Festival, Toronto Jazz Festival and, Caribana.
A much sought after teacher, he instructs privately at Royal St. George College and has taught klezmer workshops for CAMMAC and at Klezkanada. He has coached award-winning ensembles and is the musical director of Klezkonnection, Canada’s largest community klezmer orchestra. He holds a Masters Degree in Ethnomusicology from York University.
Brian Katz is an internationally acclaimed guitarist, pianist, composer and recording artist, and adjunct professor of music education and performance at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto, and York University. Brian is also a specialist in Dalcroze Eurhtyhmics, an approach to music education that examines the intrinsic relationships between music and physical movement, and has created a Jewish offshoot, “YidRhythmics.” Brian draws on Jewish, jazz, classical, and various folk traditions to form his personal sound. His longstanding love of Jewish music has led to collaborations with leading Jewish music artists such as virtuoso clarinettists, Martin van de Ven and Jonno Lightstone and a host of Yiddish singers including Michael Alpert (Brave Old World), Shura Lipovsky, Lenka Lichtenberg and Theresa Tova. Brian has also worked alongside many esteemed jazz and world-beat artists including Cuban-Jazz specialist Jane Bunnett, and Grammy recipients, tabla master, Sukhwinder Singh (Ry Cooder), and jazz legend, Barry Harris. Brian has a wide range of recordings to his credit ranging from Jewish to Brazilian to Korean to modern jazz. Of his recording, Solana for the prestigious German label, Bellaphon, the Belgian journal Jazz in Time wrote, “a recording of abundant intelligence.” The Toronto Star referred to his CD Collected Stories (with virtuoso klezmer clarinettist Martin van de Ven) as “enchanting,” and “Pashtes” (with vocalist Lenka Lichtenberg) received international glowing reviews including CD of the month by Wholenote Magazine, who wrote, “Katz has a sumptuous guitar sound, full of facile runs and lush harmonies. Although forged firmly in tradition, this recording has a very contemporary feel that will leave you uplifted and spiritually refreshed – just like a great piece of strudel and a ‘glass tea’.” Brian’s latest CD, Leaves Will Speak, a solo guitar recording featuring original compositions and improvisations, was released internationally recently. “If you want music that speaks – here it is.” Jazz Podium, Germany (May 2014)