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Black Ox Orkestar


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Black Ox Orkestar is a European Jewish folk quartet of musicians from Montreal, Canada that formed in the summer of 2000 to explore their common Jewish heritage for sounds that could speak to them in the present.

Black Ox Orkestar’s music is entirely acoustic. Texts are sung in Yiddish. The group’s four musicians distill Balkan, Central Asian, Arabic, Iranian and Slavic sources; while this range may seem eclectic, it should be noted that music forms falling under these regional rubrics were themselves influenced by one another. The result is a coherent, impassioned sound that gives teeth to old Ashkenazi Jewish songs. Member Scott Levine Gilmore has said, « We certainly didn’t have any grand ambitions when we started. But we did share an idea of playing social music, music that was very danceable and approachable. And also to be doing it in a sort of indie rock milieu. »

Black Ox Orkestar are linked with so-called « New Jewish music », resetting European Jewish folk ballads traditionally sung a cappella, by writing and performing new, political texts in Yiddish.

In so doing, the group celebrates Yiddish diasporic art as a living alternative to state culture in every form and as an alternative to holding Israel as the cultural and ideological Jewish center. They use Yiddish as a code meant for deciphering, a message from the recent past that, in their view, cautions against the separation of peoples.


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    19 jan. 22h52m Répondre
  • Winterisle

    "twee indie female post-folk pop doom metal" Love it.

    7 mars 2013 Répondre
  • Smekermann

    jesus, some of you people are so ignorant i'm amazed you're still alive and not in a self-induced alcoholic coma. post rock? this is twee indie female post-folk pop with a tinge of doom metal

    30 déc. 2012 Répondre
  • tsintskaro

    Their new album is called "Nostril Milk from the Red Heifer: the Galloping Babel of Shoutboxes"...it's going to be some proper post rock, no mistake, and because they are Jewish, it will also be Klezmer.

    25 nov. 2012 Répondre
  • strangestlover

    Amazed, soul-touched, all things. I adore this.

    25 nov. 2012 Répondre
  • YertGuy

    Their next album should be called: "Not Klezmer"

    22 nov. 2012 Répondre
  • titan2589

    me want moar!

    4 août 2012 Répondre
  • SeeEmilyPlay-

    love it

    30 juin 2012 Répondre
  • Ignorez

    nice post-rock................................................................................................................

    1 mai 2012 Répondre
  • tsintskaro

    There is absolutely nothing wrong with a bit of healthy discussion, in fact it should be encouraged. That is unless you actually enjoy reading soundbites like "overrated", "underrated", "post-gaze", "sooooo good" or "hipster blah" ad infinitum.

    29 jan. 2012 Répondre
  • raquelaquer

    give up the fight about tags and listen to the music, freaks! :) [2]

    4 oct. 2011 Répondre
  • myrkkyhammas

    yes. for those of you who don't know: this band does not make klezmer. it's hipster-friendly kind-of-yiddish indie folk blah.

    23 août 2011 Répondre
  • NINlife

    This would be strange to have sex to

    25 jui. 2011 Répondre
  • blindsunden

    Black Ox Orkestar are one of my favorite bands, but I can't stress clearly enough that this is NOT Klezmer. Klezmer consits mostly of dance songs and lively instrumental pieces for weddings and other celebrations. The bands music is also close to a lot of traditional Cretan folk music by "sound", but they predominantly play European Jewish folk.

    20 jui. 2011 Répondre
  • joseies

    Wow, it's so fuckin' amazing

    31 mai 2011 Répondre
  • velveteer27

    Very different kind of Klezmer. Would love some recommendations. All I could find was very cheery stuff, nothing as dark and bleak as this. Would love some more stuff like this.

    9 mai 2011 Répondre
  • impronen

    Good stuff. Should probably look deeper into klezmer in whole.

    22 jan. 2011 Répondre
  • iamholgerczukay

    I've had Ver Tanzt forever and have never really listened to it... I've been missing out, this is phenomenal.

    15 juin 2010 Répondre
  • antonio_x

    Greatest CST Records band after Silver Mt Zion... I wish they released another record..

    5 avr. 2010 Répondre
  • nicki_psychotic

    i like this music so much! *like it so much* :-)))

    5 mars 2010 Répondre
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