Lenka Lichtenberg & Fray

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Lenka Lichtenberg's full band concert program offers her signature blend of Yiddish roots and global sounds, delivered with infectious energy by her band, Fray. Innovative arrangements of traditional Jewish songs stand side by side with original compositions in English and her settings of Yiddish and Hebrew poetry. Fray features some of the finest instrumental talent Canada has to offer, with Chris Gartner on fretless bass and soundscapes, Alan Hetherington on percussion and vocals, Ravi Naimpally on tabla and darbuka, Demetri Petsalakis on oud, lyra and guitar, and Lenka herself on piano, harmonium and guitar – and, of course, that voice.

Born in Prague to a child survivor of Terezin who identifies as a Catholic, Lenka grew up not knowing she was Jewish (“discovering” Yiddish culture only as an adult). From her “Songs for the Breathing Walls” project, recorded live in abandoned synagogues across the Czech Republic, to “Lullabies from Exile”, a collaboration with the Israeli oud maestro Yair Dalal, Lichtenberg is a prolific and wide-ranging artist. Earlier this year, she released “Yiddish Journey” on the renowned UK world music imprint ARC Music, a compilation pulled from 6 of her albums.



Tuesday, December 6, 2016 - 8:30pm


Jalopy Theater & School of Music
315 Columbia St.
Brooklyn, NY 11231