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Michael Winograd – Kosher Style

Michael Winograd – Kosher Style (OU People, 2019)

Clarinet virtuoso and composer Michael Winograd explores the roots and evolution of Yiddish music on Kosher Style. Winograd grew up during the Yiddish music revival in the United States and has become one of its leading performers.

Kosher Style celebrates the music scene and atmosphere of Brooklyn, New York, which is home to most of the essential Yiddish musicians in the United States. The album’s songs as well as the cover featuring Coney Island make references to Brooklyn.

Michael Winograd

Winograd mixes lively Jewish traditional music with American jazz and Balkan music influences including a powerful brass and rhythm section. Throughout the album, Winograd delivers remarkable, passionate clarinet melodies that masterfully intertwine with the brass instruments and accordion.

The musicians on Kosher Style include Michael Winograd on clarinet; Ben Holmes on trumpet; Daniel Blacksberg on trombone; Ken Maltz on tenor saxophone and bass clarinet; Zoe Christiansen on clarinet;  Sanne Möricke on accordion; Carmen Staaf on piano; Jordan Sand on upright bass; and David Licht on drums and percussion.

Michael Winograd’s discography includes Michael Winograd’s Infection, Storm Game and Bessarabian Hop.

You can preorder Kosher Style from michaelwinograd.bandcamp.com/album/kosher-style

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Pakistan-Brooklyn Connection

Sandaraa - Sandaraa (independent release, 2016)
Sandaraa – Sandaraa (independent release, 2016)

 

The sounds of various regions of Pakistan and klezmer come together in the new project called Sandaraa. The debut album incorporates the impressive vocals of Pakistani singer-songwriter Zeb Bangash and Brooklyn-based virtuoso clarinetist Michael Winograd.

 

The two musicians first met at the Pakistani Embassy as part of a US tour. They reconnected at NYU in Abu Dhabi. Inspired by Dari, Pashto and Baluchi music, a new band was formed that recreated Pakistani folk music with new arrangements that incorporate klezmer elements.

 

Sandaraa
Sandaraa

 

As a band we’re steeped in Western technique and theory,” says Winograd. “We have thought about the ideal show we’d like to present, about how folk songs can work when we play them as a group.”

 

 

The lineup on the upcoming Sandaraa album includes Zebunnisa Bangash on vocals; Michael Winograd on clarinet; Eylem Basaldi on violin; Patrick Farrell on accordion and Farfisa; Yoshie Fruchter on electric guitar and oud; Richie Barshay on drums and percussion; and David Lizmi on bass. Benjy Fox-Rosen appears as guest bassist on one track.

 

 

Sandaraa showcases the intensive and fascinating alchemy between two musicians from two very distant musical traditions.

Buy the digital version of Sandaraa.

Upcoming concerts:

05/14/2016, Washington, DC, Tropicalia, 8:00 PM

05/13/2016, Baltimore, MD, Creative Alliance, 8:00 PM

05/12/2016, Philadelphia, PA, Johnny Brenda’s, 8:00 PM

05/11/2016, New York, NY, Rockwood Music Hall, 7:00 PM

05/10/2016, Cambridge, MA, ONCE (Cuisine en Locale), 9:00 PM

05/09/2016, Northampton, MA, THE PARLOR ROOM, 7:00 PM

05/08/2016, Album Release, “Sandaraa”

05/08/2016, Hamden, CT, THE OUTER SPACE , 7:00 PM

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