- Released: July 20, 1999
- Label: Red House
Dirty Linen - 4-5/00, p.63
"...[Brave Old World] combine[s] such traditional fares as bulgars and Hasidic melodies with classical forays.... the best that the innovative Jewish scene has to offer - a familiar framework from which playful and imaginative improvisation burst forth..."
- 1.Wailing World
- 3.The Band
- 4.The Tune
- 5.Uncle Elye
- 6.The Tsadik
- 7.Heretic, The (Hebre Libre)
- 10.Dance, The (Doc's Bulgar)
- 12.Royte Pomarantsn (Blood Oranges)
Brave Old World: Michael Alpert (vocals, violin, accordion, drums); Kurt Bjorling (clarinet, bass clarinet, alto saxophone, fluier, ocarina); Alan Bern (accordion, piano); Stuart Brotman (bass, cymbalom).
Recorded at Chameleon Studios, Hamburg, Germany in 1997.
Personnel: Michael Alpert (vocals, violin, accordion, drums, snare drum); Kurt Bjorling (ocarina, clarinet, bass clarinet, alto saxophone); Alan Bern (accordion, piano).
Audio Mixer: Klaus Bohlmann.
Recording information: Chameleon Studios, Hamburg, Germany (1997).
Director: Alan Bern.
Photographers: Warren Berman; Jeff Salant; Thomas Schmidt.
Arrangers: Alan Bern; Stuart Brotman.
On Blood Oranges, Brave Old World combines the technique of classical music, the freedom of jazz, and the untamed spirit of Klezmer into a new Yiddish vernacular. Part of the "New Jewish Music" movement, Brave Old World includes members of the Klezmatics, Klezmer Conservatory Band, and Ry Cooder's band in its lineup, reflecting the group's roots in tradition and experimentation. The album includes traditional songs like "The Tune," "Daybreak," and "Farewell," along with original compositions like "The Tsadik" and "Homeland." ~ Heather Phares