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Jerusalem Trilogy

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>Herskowitz, Matt : Polonaise Libanaise, for ensemble
>Herskowitz, Matt : Jerusalem Trilogy, for ensemble
>Herskowitz, Matt : Gottingen, for ensemble
>Herskowitz, Matt : Crossbones, for ensemble
>Brudna, Avraham : Duologue on Under Your White Starry Heaven, for ensemble
>Herskowitz, Matt : Prokofiev's Revenge (after Prokofiev's Etude in C minor, Op. 2/3)

Album Summary

>Herskowitz, Matt : Polonaise Libanaise, for ensemble
>Herskowitz, Matt : Jerusalem Trilogy, for ensemble
>Herskowitz, Matt : Gottingen, for ensemble
>Herskowitz, Matt : Crossbones, for ensemble
>Brudna, Avraham : Duologue on Under Your White Starry Heaven, for ensemble
>Herskowitz, Matt : Prokofiev's Revenge (after Prokofiev's Etude in C minor, Op. 2/3)
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Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Kaleidoscope Sound Studios, Union City, NJ (12/2009/02/2010).

For pianist/composer Matt Herskowitz, merging music from Jerusalem with jazz means adding heady progressive notions of improvisation on top of traditional liturgy. A string section, Daniel Schnyder's saxophone, and the deep blue chords Herskowitz uses as embellishment create a new, fresh, resonant music. A tumbling, cascading sound comes out of Herskowitz's piano during "Polonaise Libanaise," but in contrast, the hard-edged, monster rock waltz "Crossbones" shows possible influences from John Bonham or Keith Moon. Hymnal, classical chamber music, blues, and even crazed, angular sounds are also heard on this diverse and well-crafted project that simply cannot be pigeonholed as klezmer fusion.

REVIEWS:

JazzTimes (p.69) - "Herskowitz exhibits his commanding keyboard skills and improvisational daring throughout."



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Works Details

>Herskowitz, Matt : Polonaise Libanaise, for ensemble
  • Performers: Lara St. John (Violin); David Rosenblatt (Drums); Randy Crafton (Percussion); Bassam Saba (Oud); Matt Herskowitz (Piano); Daniel Schnyder (Flute); Mat Fieldes (Double Bass); Mike Block (Cello)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Herskowitz, Matt : Jerusalem Trilogy, for ensemble
  • Performers: Matt Herskowitz (Piano); Daniel Schnyder (Flute); Bassam Saba (Oud); Randy Crafton (Percussion); Mat Fieldes (Double Bass); Lara St. John (Violin); David Rosenblatt (Drums); Mike Block (Cello)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Herskowitz, Matt : Gottingen, for ensemble
  • Performers: Bassam Saba (Oud); Matt Herskowitz (Piano); Randy Crafton (Percussion); Mat Fieldes (Double Bass); Lara St. John (Violin); Daniel Schnyder (Flute); Mike Block (Cello); David Rosenblatt (Drums)
  • Running Time: 6 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Herskowitz, Matt : Crossbones, for ensemble
  • Performers: David Rosenblatt (Drums); Bassam Saba (Oud); Mike Block (Cello); Daniel Schnyder (Flute); Lara St. John (Violin); Mat Fieldes (Double Bass); Randy Crafton (Percussion); Matt Herskowitz (Piano)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Brudna, Avraham : Duologue on Under Your White Starry Heaven, for ensemble
  • Performers: Matt Herskowitz (Piano); Mat Fieldes (Double Bass); Lara St. John (Violin); Randy Crafton (Percussion); Bassam Saba (Oud); Daniel Schnyder (Flute); David Rosenblatt (Drums); Mike Block (Cello)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 26 sec.

>Herskowitz, Matt : Prokofiev's Revenge (after Prokofiev's Etude in C minor, Op. 2/3)
  • Performers: Mike Block (Cello); David Rosenblatt (Drums); Bassam Saba (Oud); Matt Herskowitz (Piano); Randy Crafton (Percussion); Mat Fieldes (Double Bass); Lara St. John (Violin); Daniel Schnyder (Flute)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary