SCHIZOPHONIA, by Yoshie Fruchter
$12. On sale from our own Blue Thread music label.
Led by New York guitarist/composer Yoshie Fruchter (Pitom, Zion80), this "Rosenblatt-meets-Radiohead" project gives a rock and roll interpretation of the music of some of the great Jewish singers of the 20th century, including Yossele Rosenblatt, Gershon Sirota, and Leib Glantz.
The band covers acres of sonic ground, including source recordings of the cantors themselves. But SCHIZOPHONIA takes the music in a completely different direction to create rock masterpieces full of texture, deep groove and heavy riffing. Fruchter is well versed in Jewish prayer music, and his voice lends the songs an ethereal, almost ghostly vocal undertone.
The source material hearkens to an era when liturgical music was popular and cantors were like rock stars. SCHIZOPHONIA forges new ground with these old melodies, with fearless, huge, guitar-driven arrangements and textured vocals.
Joining Yoshie Fruchter in the band are longtime bandmate and collaborator Shanir Blumenkranz on bass (John Zorn, Yo Yo Ma), Brian Marsella on keys (Cyro Baptista, John Zorn), Yoni Halevy on drums (Firewater, Sharon Jones), and Rich Stein on percussion (Lauryn Hill, Gato Loco). Every one of them has the musical vocabulary and skill to cross genres and boundaries with great fluidity. They play with a genuine love for the music and with an edginess that could only come from the New York City downtown music scene.
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