Time TBA

The brainchild of Melbourne musician Simon Starr (Frock, NLT, Joe Camilleri, Suze De Marche, Ian Moss), this extraordinary collective of virtuoso musicians including Willy Zygier, Adam Starr, Husky Gawenda & Gideon Preiss (Husky, The Bashevis Singers), Tomi Kalinski, Alex Burkoy (Tinpan Orange), Josh Abrahams (Puretone) and David Haberfeld (Honeysmack) takes you on a joyous, spiky, edgy and ferociously danceable trip into their Jewish musical roots. The recipe for YID! is mesmerising. They take centuries-old Yiddish drinking songs, throw them in the pot with the sounds of Duke Ellington’s 1930s big band sound, add a dash of 1960s free jazz, a dose of late 1970s New York avant-garde funk, a sprinkling of 21st century electronica and a hint of sweet indie-folk pop. The result is a daring new fusion of tribal beats, improvised riffs and angelic indie vocals, channelling the sweet tunes of the long-gone Shtetl. ​ For the past 25 years, world-renowned bands such as the Klezmatics and Melbourne’s own Klezmania have helped revive the rich culture of traditional Yiddish songs, bringing them to a larger stage. In recent years, Melbourne bands such as punk outfit Yidcore and the indie-folk inspired Bashevis Singers have added newer influences to the broader musical profile of Yiddish language and culture.

15 March 2020 | 11am-5pm

Selwyn Street Elsternwick

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