YOSHIE FRUCHTER & THE FLATBUSH JEWISH CENTER present
CHURCH AVENUE SESSIONS
*A Monthly Music Series in Kensington, Brooklyn*
327 East 5th Street (@ Church Avenue), Brooklyn, NY 11218
Date: Saturday, Dec 9
Cost: $15 adults/ $7 kids under 16
Featuring Dolunay and Canaanite Groove
With a musical vision that is at once ethereal and grounded, Dolunay flirts with the soundscape of the ancient Ottomans, tracing its migration through Balkan villages, coaxing it across seas and oceans, and grafting it onto a Brooklyn-based backdrop. The trio infuses classic and contemporary traditions with an urban grit that can only be found in New York City’s confluence of musical and cultural forces. With an array of original compositions offered alongside renditions of Turkish and Rumeli standards, the music of Dolunay (Turkish for “full moon”) offers listeners an escape from the press of city life. By the light of the moon, bits of the Rumeli soul mingle with the diverse musical and linguistic influences of members Eylem Basaldi, Adam Good, and Jenny Luna to create a sound world that is uniquely New York.
Dolunay performs regularly at Brooklyn venues Barbés and Jalopy, and has been featured at Golden Festival NYC, Maqam Fest NYC, Make Music New York, EEFC Balkan Music and Dance Workshops, the American Folk Art Museum, Boston Balkan Music Night, and Club Passim. They have offered makam and song workshops at Bard College and the Rhody Center for World Music and Dance.
Canaanite groove burst onto Israel’s music scene at the World JazzFestival in Tel Aviv, in 2006. With an enchanting blend of African, Yemenite, Ladino, Balkan and Middle Eastern sounds – coupled with sophisticated and talented musicians, Canaanite Groove offers a complete experience.
The architect of this unique project is drummer, producer and composer Shai Wetzer (Kaveret, Dani Sanderson), a graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music, Boston. Shai continues to research various sources of world music, and brings the different sounds to a precise harmony, in a fascinating and
CHURCH AVENUE SESSIONS
A new monthly music series has sprung up in Kensington, Brooklyn called Church Avenue Sessions. Founded by guitarist and composer Yoshie Fruchter and hosted by the Flatbush Jewish Center, the series is focused on showcasing the amazing artistry of Brooklyn based musicians, regardless of genre. All ages are welcome! As a recent transplant to Kensington from Prospect Heights, Yoshie was inspired to start CAS from other peers who have run music series’ in synagogues around the city, including The Sixth Street Synagogue in the East Village, Kane Street synagogue in Cobble Hill, Temple Beth Emeth in Ditmas Park, and the Stephen Wise synagogue on the upper west side.
As community spaces, synagogues are many ways perfect venues to present art and music, and Flatbush Jewish Center is no exception. With a beautiful and spacious sanctuary, and a downstairs event room, there is opportunity to present both sensitive acoustic music, as well as bands that utilize drums and electric instruments.
Flatbush Jewish Center (FJC) is a Conservative synagogue offering programming and services for families, adults, and children. We serve the Windsor Terrace and Kensington, Brooklyn communities and offer traditional egalitarian services.
Yoshie Fruchter is a guitar, bass, oud player and composer whose band, Pitom (Tzadik Records), has received critical acclaim from JazzTimes magazine, the Wall Street Journal and Guitar Player Magazine, among others. The unique blend of rock, jazz, experimental and jewish styles in his playing and composing is a defining characteristic of his music. He has toured the US and Europe with Pitom and other groups, playing the Atlantique Jazz Festival in France, the Krakow Jewish Culture Festival, Saalfelden Jazz Festival in Austria and others. He recently released a record of post-rock arrangements of old cantorial recordings entitled Schizophonia, and leads a new project called Sandcatchers featuring oud, lap steel and cello. In addition, Yoshie is a sought-after freelance musician in New York City in bands ranging in style from acoustic world music to heavy metal and has performed with John Zorn, Cyro Baptista and Frank London, among many others.
We are fortunate to have Yoshie and his family as members of Flatbush Jewish Center and our Kensington community at large! Please come join us!
Stay tuned for the schedule of upcoming performances!
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