Renowned Eastern European clarinetist, pianist, and composer Dmitri “Zisl” Slepovitch presents a uniquely thrilling klezmer experience with his new quintet “Litvakus,” which brings to soaring life the often overlooked Belarusian and Litvak (Belarusian-Lithuanian) Jewish musical heritage. Litvakus band is reaching out to the modern audiences worldwide, making the old sound new and fresh, meaningful and hip.
Litvakus first performed as the critically acclaimed stage band from the National Yiddish Theatre – Folksbiene production of Gimpel Tam, in the fall of 2008 and continued performing together for several years under the name “Tamevate Kapelye.” The musicians’ theater and film backgrounds are bringing the band on the path of the modern ethnographic music theater, with the documentary footage, traditional and originally composed music becoming part of the storytelling.
Using his Belarusian Jewish folklore expeditions’ footage, Slepovitch has developed a multimedia musical show weaving together the field recordings and the live music by Litvakus on stage – “Traveling the Yiddishland,” which was successfully premiered in June 2011. “”Traveling the Yiddishland” is a long and fascinating journey, and not just a single stop” (Forward). The show brings a whole new historically informed vibrant experience to a wide variety of audiences.
To book Litvakus, please contact Golden Land Concerts and Connections, Inc..