Daniel Kahn is compared to Leonard Cohen or Brecht, his music played by an impeccable band bringing Jewish punk cabaret into the current year.
With their new record The Butcher's Share
, The Painted Bird returns to the road as the original radical Yiddish borderland bandits. The Berlin-based Detroit-born poet/translator/singer/multi-instrumentalist (accordion, piano, guitars) Daniel Kahn has reformed the band with new and old comrades: Berlin's clarinet/sax/brass master Christian Dawid, American old-time fiddle virtuoso Craig Judelman, experimental contrabassist composer Michael Tuttle, and neo-klezmerist drummer Hampus Melin.
The live show features projections of images by legendary New York underground artist Eric Drooker, whose work is woven into the album's design, as well as material from the band's new videos.
The album may be the band's most complex and powerful yet. It was produced by Berlin punk and avant-garde legend Thomas Stern (Einstürzende Neubauten, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, Crime and the City Solution, Can, The Brothers Nazaroff). The album is supported and presented by Berlin's acclaimed Maxim Gorki Theater, where Kahn is music curator and house poet.
Daniel Kahn and The Painted Bird seek to bring a positive message of empowerment, fighting racism and keeping Jewish culture alive and vibrant both in Germany and around the world.
Special Guest: "Conspiracy of Beards
San Francisco's Conspiracy of Beards is a 30-member male choir that performs dynamic, original, a cappella arrangements of the poetic songs of Leonard Cohen
Well dressed in suits, ties and the occasional fedora, the choir brings an energized live choral music experience out of churches and tabernacles and into the taverns, art houses and theaters of the Bay Area and beyond. Transforming Cohen's lyrics and simple melodies into complex 4- and 5-part harmonies, and with a wide variety of small ensemble and full choir pieces, Conspiracy of Beards achieves a sound that is both robust and tender. Drawing on influences ranging from jazz and gospel to barbershop and doo-wop, the unique arrangements that choir members create capture all of the emotion and humor of Leonard Cohen's original music and inspire audiences to ponder common human experiences like romance, heartbreak, politics, sex, longing and spirituality.
Formed in 2003 through the inspiration of the late San Francisco performance artist Peter Kadyk, his brother Patrick Kadyk, along with friend and composer Daryl Henline, gathered a small group of friends to learn and sing a couple of Cohen songs as a tribute. Since then the choir, still directed by Daryl Henline, has grown to over 30 members.
Conspiracy of Beards has become an integral part of the San Francisco music scene with performances at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, The Jewish Music Festival, Cafe Du Nord, Great American Music Hall, San Francisco City Hall and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, as well as dozens of bars, bookstores, galleries, hospices and various other community centers. The choir has also been featured on several radio programs including NPR's
West Coast Live
, the California Report
, Weekend Edition
, KQED, KFOG, KPFA, WFMU and on PBS television.
Thursday, November 15
Schultz Cultural Arts Center
$25 General Public | $20 Members and J-Pass Holders
Contact: Ilanit Gal | (650) 223-8649 | [email protected]