Frank London


Frank London

Frank London is a New York City-based trumpeter, bandleader, and composer, and one of the most prominent American musicians active in klezmer music. He also plays various other wind instruments and keyboards, and occasionally sings backup vocals.

Education

London received a B.A. in Afro-American music from the New England Conservatory in 1980.

Projects

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 Wave and leads Frank London's Klezmer Brass Allstars. He was a co-founder of both the Les Miserables Brass Band and 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 Mosh and 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 Simon Shaheen.

Recordings

London is featured on over 200 CDs. His own recordings include the following:

Frank London:
*"Invocations" (cantorial music)
*"Hazonos" (cantorial music)Frank London with Lorin Sklamberg (Klezmatics singer):
*"Nigunim"
*"The Zmiros Project" (Jewish mystical songs)Frank London's Klezmer Brass Allstars:
*"Di Shikere Kapelye"
*"Brotherhood of Brass"
*"Carnival Conspiracy"

The Shekhina Big Band:
*"The Shekhina Big Band"Film and theater music:
*"The Debt" (film and theater music)Soundtracks:
*"The Shvitz"
*"Divan" (film by Pearl Gluck)Hasidic New Wave:
*"Jews & The Abstract Truth"
*"Psycho-Semitic"
*"Kabalogy"
*"Live In Krakow" (on Not Two records)
*"From The Belly of Abraham"

Compositions

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 Theatre and 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".

Other activities

He has been featured on HBO's "Sex and the City" soundtrack, at the North Sea Jazz Festival, and at the Lincoln Center Summer Festival. He attends various workshops throughout the year, including KlezKanada of 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 Romaine has 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."

External links

* [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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