Church Avenue Sessions

 

YOSHIE FRUCHTER & THE FLATBUSH JEWISH CENTER present

CHURCH AVENUE SESSIONS

*A Monthly Music Series in Kensington, Brooklyn*

                       SANDCATCHERS AND THE THOMAS HEBERER QUARTET

                                                            at  Flatbush Jewish Center

327 East 5th Street (@ Church Avenue), Brooklyn, NY 11218

THURSDAY AUGUST 10TH @ 7:30PM

$15 ADULTS/$7 KIDS UNDER 16

ALL AGES ARE WELCOME!

SANDCATCHERS
Yoshie Fruchter (oud)
Myk Freedman (lap steel)
Michael Bates (bass)
Shai Wetzer (drums, percussion)
 

Sandcatchers was formed in the corner of Cheryl’s, a bustling soul food restaurant in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. Given the opportunity for a weekly gig, oud player and guitarist Yoshie Fruchter called some neighborhood friends to see what kind of music they could make together. Joined by Myk Freedman, Michael Bates and Tim Keiper, a fresh sound was created blending the Middle Eastern trope of the oud with the dreamy, Americana-infused textures of the lap steel – and a new project was born. Featuring original music by Fruchter inspired both by Middle Eastern maqam and the Appalachian trail, Sandcatchers is a beautiful collaboration of sound and souls.

Capturing the vibe of the bluegrass/Americana scene spearheaded by musicians such as Bela Fleck and Yo-Yo ma with the Middle Eastern flavor of forward-thinking oud players like Rabih Abu Khalil and Ara Dinkjian, Sandcatchers has created its own tuneful world. Fruchter’s compositions are simple and catchy, but with an understated complexity that keeps the listener guessing. Each instrument plays a prominent role in every song, melodically contributing to the composition and enhancing the effect that this is a band, not a group of individual musicians.

An already accomplished guitarist and composer in the NYC world and experimental music scenes having recorded multiple albums for John Zorn’s Tzadik records among others, Fruchter breaks new ground with Sandcatchers. Moving away from the heavy, avant rock influenced sound of some of his previous music, he explores something more vibey, atmospheric and acoustic, while still retaining the melodic quirkiness and accessibility of his previous compositions.

 

THOMAS HEBERER QUARTET
Thomas Heberer: trumpet, compositions
Terrence McManus: guitar
Michael Bates: bass
Jeff Davis: drums

The band will perform a cycle of pieces that were inspired by the artistic transformations that emerge as a consequence of emigration and immigration. Fusing different sourcessuch as various folk traditions, jazz and contemporary chamber music, the quartet celebrates diversity and highlights synthesis, combining concepts/ideas coming from various backgrounds.

The players:

Thomas Heberer, a native of Schleswig, Germany, has performed on 6 continents and can be heard on approximately 100 recordings. Before moving to New York in 2008,he was a lecturer at the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts. Thomas has been a member of the Dutch ensemble Instant Composers Pool (ICP) since 1993.

Terrence McManus, a native of Brooklyn, currently performs with the Gerry Hemingway Quartet and in a trio with John Hebert and Billy Mintz  In the past he has performed or recorded with many of the major innovators in contemporary music, including John Zorn, Bill Frissell, Tim Berne, John Hollenbeck and Matt Maneri.

Michael Bates, a native of Vancouver, Canada, is a virtuoso double bassist, visionary composer, bandleader, curator and educator who thrives in many musical worlds.His nine recordings as a leader have been released to wide acclaim and publications such as Downbeat and Jazz Times have lauded him as an emerging innovator.

Jeff Davis, a native of Greeley, Colorado, has been living and making music in New York for the last 10 years. Besides leading his own group, he is featured as a member of the Jesse Stacken Trio, Michael Bates’s Outside Sources, the Kirk Knuffke Quartet, Jon Irabagon’s Outright!, and Tone Collector with Tony Malaby and Eivind Opsvik.

 

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!

ALL PRESS INQUIRIES & INTERVIEWS FOR YOSHIE OR FJC, PLEASE CONTACT KIM SMITH


Upcoming Performances

SEPTEMBER 9

OCTOBER 26

NOVEMBER 18

DECEMBER 9