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Vulgar Bulgars on Tell Us A Tale!

The Vulgar Bulgars visit Tell Us A Tale
in celebration of Passover!
Sunday, April 9, 1-2PM

Vulgar Bulgars

The young Klezmer band, the Vulgar Bulgars, will stop by Tell Us A Tale in celebration of Passover, the Jewish holiday which starts at sundown this Wednesday, 12 April. In between some tales from the Talmud, the most significant collection of the Jewish oral tradition interpreting the Torah, the Vulgar Bulgars will play some traditional, and some not so traditional, Klezmer tunes.

Klezmer is a style of music that is inherently Jewish in nature. The word Klezmer comes from two Hebrew words, clay and zimmer, meaning vessel of music or song. The idea is that the instrument i.e.. the violin, clarinet, takes on human characteristics like laughing and crying. With a joyous exuberance or a soulful wailing. In some ways Klezmer music was like the music of Jazz combos in that it grew out of improvisation, ingenious harmonization's and solo innovations.

The Vulgar Bulgars are Ben Grohndal on Clarinet, Ezra Freeman on Upright Bass, Kassia Arabi on the Violin, and Madog Frick playing the Drums and other Percussions. They have played throughout the East Coast, as far afield as Massachusetts and Key West, including at:

  • Am Kolel's Jewish Folk Arts Festival in Washington DC
  • Repeat performances at the legendary Prism in Charlottesville
  • The infamous Green Parrot Bar in Key West, FL
  • FloydFest in Southwest Virginia
  • First Night VA in Charlottesville

So tune in and enjoy some great Klezmer from this talented, young band!

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