Black Ox Orkestar – Ver Tanzt?

LP, Constellation Records, 2004


“Do the oppressed mirror the oppressor? The beaten child is in the street with fists” (Translated from Yiddish)

These impassioned, sometimes mournful, renditions of klezmer folk songs (both traditional and original) are infused with elements of free jazz, drone, and chamber music to create something both rooted in tradition and urgently modern (even 15 years after its release when I’m writing this). The mostly acoustic band features violinist Jessica Moss (also of Silver Mt. Zion) and upright bassist Thierry Amar (asmz, GY!BE) in addition to singer/multi-instrumentalist Scott Levine Gilmore and Clarinetist/Guitarist Gabe Levine.

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