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Midrash Mish Mosh by Aaron Alexander

A native of Seattle, Aaron Alexander is widely known all over the world as a great drummer, composer, arranger and improviser. Aaron played classical violin until he was 12 years old. He studied with Dave Holland, Marvin Smith, Anthony Davis, Muhal Richard Abrams, Pat LaBarbera, Jerry Granelli, Sam Ulano, Bob Moses, Joe Morello, Victor Lewis, Mike Clark among many others.

Aaron always goes his own way, allowing himself to get lost in the music and then finding himself again, adding new voices and keeping lots of projects going on in the downtown scene. From this approach, he has achieved to make his new music always accessible, keeping available his experiences and input all over the world. Very often traveling between America and Europe, Aaron improvises his new music, which allows guests to discover his strong heritage. Midrash Mish Mosh released in 2004 under the downtown icon John Zorn’s label, Tzadik, is an excellent work of art, culture and intelligence.

In 1990 Aaron Alexander performed for the first time in New York City with Jay Clayton, at Visiones and Eddie Condon's, then up to Woodstock and Boston. Since 1993, when he moved to NYC, he become active in the downtown scene. He was a member of the group Babkas: Klez-Jazz.... All the adventures in which this gourmand of jazz is involved culminate in success and often with European tours. Alexander has led his own groups in the last several years including his "Aaron Alexander's Raggedy Time Band". He is constantly performing in many places in NY including Jewish weddings and is a teacher.

Midrash Mish Mosh has nine great compositions, mixing klezmer and punk music as well as free jazz and world music tones. Aaron Alexander's music is not commercial, but it's full of originality and genius. Aaron's art explores what he is as a Jewish-American jazz musician, and as an Eastern-European-Jewish klezmer music performer. The result is loads of fun with instrumentation mastering and many nice surprises in the music, always changing up.

Klezmer music is a part of the Jewish culture. For many centuries, their classical tradition and popular repertoire have always involved music. They love to exchange musical languages and have an extraordinary capacity to adapt their voice in a modest and sober way. Klezmer music is composed of devotional tunes played joyfully under traditional values.

Midrash Mish Mosh is une suite of emotion, as it is klezmer music; emotions that can vary just like the tempo of the events in a wedding. The importance of Aaron Alexander's music is the wish to refresh this secular, beautiful and ancient music with jazzy contrasts and modern ornaments. In this way, Aaron is part of a very strong culture and the art of keeping our traditions alive making history. His music is happy, fun and perfectly orchestrated. Midrash Mish Mosh is a superb cultural creation.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Aaron Alexander
  • CD Title: Midrash Mish Mosh
  • Genre: World Music
  • Year Released: 2004
  • Record Label: TZADIK Records
  • Tracks: Kleyzmish Moshpit, Kaddish for Carmen, Peep Nokh A Mol, Balaga Balaban, Debkavanah, Yiddishe Kop, Khosidl For the Mixed Marriage, Der Rumsisker Maggid/Shema, Khosn Kalleh Haskalah
  • Musicians: Merlin Sheperd (Clarinet), Greg Wall ( tenor sax, clarinet, soprano) Frank London (trumpet), Curtis Hasselbring (trombone, guitar), Brad Shepik ( guitar), Fima Eprhon (bass), Michael Rarin ( Drums), Aaron Alexander (drums).
  • Rating: Five Stars
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