Faux Bridges Art Festival — Parking Lot Adjacent to Gallery — Noon to 7pm
The Fourth Ward Afro Klezmer Orchestra
Saturday, April 14, 2012 — 8pm — Suggested donation of $5
The Fourth Ward Afro Klezmer Orchestra is an original Atlanta musical entity: a nine piece jazz orchestra playing original compositions and arrangements that combine West African influenced rhythms with Eastern European Klezmer melodies.
“…tunes that swing like Ellington’s jungle nights at the Apollo, carve soulfunk grooves reminiscent of Fela Kuti’s Africa ‘70 and rock the bar mitzvah like there’s no Second Coming. It’s a mash-up of seemingly incompatible styles that, nevertheless, sounds like some of the freshest jazz ever generated by a gang of (mostly) ATL homeboys.” – Doug DeLoach – Stomp and Stammer, Atlanta
“Unwilling to settle for restaurant gigs spent politely playing jazz standards, The Fourth Ward Afro Klezmer Orchestra demonstrates a formidable balance of African-inspired rhythms and Yiddish inflections. The group’s original compositions, under the direction of trumpeter Roger Ruzow, are a barrage of disciplined, baroque big-band numbers that evoke the sights and sounds of South Africa, Israel…and Cabbagetown. That sense of old-world style mixes with humor that’s both classy and rollicking to produce an old-world sound, attitude and direction.” – “Best of Atlanta” Issue: 2009 – Creative Loafing, Atlanta