Sunday, October 14, 2007

Oyhoo Music Festival:Jewish Music?

Newsday has an article about the upcoming Oyhoo music festival. What is Oyhoo festival? According to their site it's New York City’s premiere Jewish music event, showcasing the very best in the growing scene – all with the single purpose of bringing the diaspora together to dance, sing and enjoy. No you won't find the likes of Shwekey or Avraham Fried but rather acts such as Rick Recht, Bagels and Bongos and Fidlin' w/ the roof. The producer of the event is Michael Dorf comments that You don't even have to be Jewish to make Jewish music: noting that Cuban-born percussionist Roberto Rodriguez will be playing with 92-year-old pianist Irving Fields. The unlikely duo recorded "Oy Vey ... OlĂ©!" (Tzadik) two years ago, its sound reminiscent of the elegant, pre-salsa music of the Buena Vista Social Club. Fields' spry, mischievous playing is even reminiscent of pianist Ruben Gonzalez, though, of course, Fields is a decade older. I'm not sure I agree with Michael's statement. Perhaps you don't have to be Jewish to play Jewish music. Certainly to make (create) Jewish music one must be Jewish otherwise what's Jewish about it to begin with?


11 comments:

Anonymous said...

yes, my friend there is more to jewish music than shwekeies

Anonymous said...

you gotta watch it there...how many of the musicians at jewish concerts and simchas are not jewish? how many of them make there own riffs and arrangements both in the studio and on the bandstand?

Jewish Blogmeister said...

Anon #1 really? I had no clue...

Anon #2 There are quite a few, the difference is they did not compose the song but rather are playing the music that someone else wrote. There is a difference. If some Irish bag pipe player put out an album called "Jewish hits" with his very own compositions, is it jewish because he says it is?

Anonymous said...

i reckon it could be more jewish than "kol hamismeach" (turkish kiss) and lev tahor (scorpions)

Jewish Blogmeister said...

So a gentile could be more "Jewish" than a Jew? Interesting...

Anonymous said...

you mean can a goy sound more jewish doing jewish that a jew sound jewish doing goyish?
yes.

Anonymous said...

than not that

Jewish Blogmeister said...

What then make a gentiles music Jewish if they created the whole product?

MusicMan79 said...

THis is a funny blogpost. You flatbush music people think that only your kind of music has a lisence on being called "jewish music" when the only thing remotely jewish about it is the fat necktie knots and the suitpants.
Worst part is, it all mostly the same mediocre junk. THere is plenty of music out there, not all of it good but htere is plenty of music outside the daled amos of brooklyn that is jewish music.

Jewish Blogmeister said...

musicman79 instead of lowering yourself to name calling you might find that you would sound a bit more intelligent if you actually gave the readers some examples.

Jewish Blogmeister said...

musicman79 I deleted your post because your just being obnoxious. (Which is your right but it is my blog). My suggestion is to lighten up and not make generalizations about people based on where they are from because that makes you sound like a bigot.