- Frank London
Frank London is a
New York City-based trumpeter, bandleader, and composer, and one of the most prominent American musicians active in klezmermusic. He also plays various other wind instruments and keyboards, and occasionally sings backup vocals.
London received a B.A. in Afro-American music from the
New England Conservatoryin 1980.
London is best known for his role as trumpeter in the
New York City-based klezmer band The Klezmatics. He is also a member of Hasidic New Waveand leads Frank London's Klezmer Brass Allstars. He was a co-founder of both the Les Miserables Brass Bandand the Klezmer Conservatory Band.
In addition to his work in klezmer music, he is in demand as a sideman, and has performed or recorded with such diverse artists and groups as
John Zorn, John Cale, Itzhak Perlman, Allen Ginsberg, LL Cool J, Mel Tormé, David Murray, Lester Bowie's Brass Fantasy, La Monte Young, Natalie Merchant, They Might Be Giants, Jane Siberry, Ben Folds Five, Marc Ribot, Reggie Workman, Chava Alberstein, Anne LeBaron, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Luna, Maurice El Medioni, and Gal Costa, Ljova ( Lev Zhurbin), Aaron Alexander's Midrash Mish Moshand most recently Avraham Fried.
He served as conductor and music director for David Byrne and Robert Wilson's "The Knee Plays", and has collaborated with the Palestinian American violinist
London is featured on over 200 CDs. His own recordings include the following:
*"Invocations" (cantorial music)
*"Hazonos" (cantorial music)Frank London with Lorin Sklamberg (Klezmatics singer):
*"The Zmiros Project" (Jewish mystical songs)Frank London's Klezmer Brass Allstars:
*"Di Shikere Kapelye"
*"Brotherhood of Brass"
The Shekhina Big Band:
*"The Shekhina Big Band"Film and theater music:
*"The Debt" (film and theater music)Soundtracks:
*"Divan" (film by
Pearl Gluck)Hasidic New Wave:
*"Jews & The Abstract Truth"
*"Live In Krakow" (on Not Two records)
*"From The Belly of Abraham"
London has composed numerous works for theater, dance, and film, and is the recipient of several Meet the Composer grants. Some of his major works include the folk opera "A Night in the Old Marketplace" (based on
Y. L. Peretz's "Bay nakht oyfn altn mark"); "Davenen", a dance for the Pilobolus Dance Theatreand the Klezmatics; Great Small Works' "The Memoirs of Gluckel of Hameln", and Min Tanaka's "Romance".
He has also composed music for films, including
John Sayles' " The Brother from Another Planet" (1984) and " Men With Guns" (1997), Yvonne Rainer's "Murder and Murder", the Czech-American Marionette Theater's "Golem", and Tamar Rogoff's " Ivye Project".
He has been featured on HBO's "Sex and the City" soundtrack, at the
North Sea Jazz Festival, and at the Lincoln CenterSummer Festival. He attends various workshops throughout the year, including KlezKanadaof Montreal, where he teaches aspiring musicians the art of klezmer music. He has taught Jewish music in Canada, Crimea, and the Catskills.
Yiddish theatre actress
Jenny Romainehas the following to say about London:
:"He [Frank London] has a relationship to the avant garde, to jazz, to ethnic music and he's participating in a late 20th century investigation of Jewish music that I think has a knowledge of all the different aspects of our situation as Jews."
* [http://www.franklondon.com/ Frank London official site]
* [http://www.klezmatics.com/ Klezmatics official site]
* [http://www.franklondon.com/dsk.html Frank London discography]
* [http://www.montrealmirror.com/ARCHIVES/2002/070402/music4.html Interview from "Montreal Mirror"]
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