Innovative Jewish Ghost Music

Frank London

A Night in the Old Marketplace (Soundbrush, 2007)

Klezmer musician Frank London (The Klezmatics) explores the darker side of music on A Night in the Old Marketplace. Accompanied by well known musicians from the New York jazz and world music scene, he uncovers operatic songs about death, ghosts and other frightening subjects, including drownings, klezmorim (Klezmer musicians) lured to their deaths, dead singers in purgatory and much more.

The musical work is based on I.L. Peretz’s Yiddish work, A Night in the Old Marketplace, a Jewish ghost story that reflects centuries of Jewish folklore. Alex Aron talked to Frank London about creating a musical work based on the play. "Being a theater director, I wanted to reach into the deep emotional currents that flowed under this chaotic and philosophical play, and decided to approach it through music," says Alex Aron. "The music on this CD is our response to the challenges set forth a hundred years ago by a visionary Jewish writer." 

The participating musicians include Manu Narayan, Lorin Sklamberg, They Might be Giants, Susan McKeown, and Craig Weddron

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Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.