YOSHIE FRUCHTER & THE FLATBUSH JEWISH CENTER present:
CHURCH AVENUE SESSIONS
*A Monthly Music Series in Kensington, Brooklyn*
Thursday August 19th at 7pm
$10 at the gate
Oran Etkin and Project Trio
Church Avenue Sessions returns with an outdoor music series this summer in the courtyard!
Come join us for the next installment of the series with some great neighborhood musicians!ORAN ETKIN:Oran Etkin has been described as “ebullient” by the New York Times and “composer of eminent individuality” by Yusef Lateef. He was voted #1 Rising Star Clarinetist in DownBeat Magazine’s 2016 Critics Poll and has been invited several times to Harvard University as a guest lecturer. Etkin’s music can be heard on concert stages worldwide and numerous recordings including a Grammy Award Winning compilation. Etkin’s duo concert with Sullivan Fortner in Paris was chosen as one of the Top 6 Musical Highlights of the year by Libération, which described it as “a concert of weightlessness, class, spark, inspiration and sharing. Magic uninterrupted for two hours. The crowd went wild. For such is the music of Etkin: sensitive to the exchange with the audience.” With his new Open Arms Project, Etkin released a series of singles and music videos filmed and recorded on location with great masters in Harare, Zimbabwe, Rio de Janeiro, Prague, Paris and São Paulo. His new Open Arms touring project deconstructs and reinterprets this music along with electronics derived from the original field recordings in these countries. Etkin is also the founder of the Timbalooloo Music program that has introduced thousands of young children worldwide to the joys of jazz and world music through in-person and online classes.
Greg Pattillo – Flute
Daniel Berkey – Tenor Sax
Peter Seymour – Double Bass
Combining the virtuosity of world-class artists with the energy of rock stars, the Project Players are breaking down traditional ideas of chamber music. The genre-defying Trio is acclaimed by the press as “packed with musicianship, joy and surprise” and “exciting a new generation of listeners about the joys of classical and jazz music.”Gramophone Magazine singled out the group as “an ensemble willing and able to touch on the gamut of musical bases ranging from Baroque to nu-Metal and taking in pretty much every stylism in between,” while The Wall Street Journal hailed the Trio for their “wide appeal, subversive humor and first-rate playing.” The New York Times has called beatboxing flutist Greg Pattillo “the best in the world at what he does.”
ABOUT CHURCH AVENUE SESSIONS:
A monthly music series has sprung up in Kensington, Brooklyn called Church Avenue Sessions. Founded by guitarist and composer Yoshie Fruchter and hosted by the Flatbush Jewish Center, the series is focused on showcasing the amazing artistry of Brooklyn based musicians, regardless of genre. All ages are welcome! As a recent transplant to Kensington from Prospect Heights, Yoshie was inspired to start CAS from other peers who have run music series’ in synagogues around the city, including The Sixth Street Synagogue in the East Village, Kane Street synagogue in Cobble Hill, Temple Beth Emeth in Ditmas Park, and the Stephen Wise synagogue on the upper west side.
As community spaces, synagogues are many ways perfect venues to present art and music, and Flatbush Jewish Center is no exception. With a beautiful and spacious sanctuary, and a downstairs event room, there is opportunity to present both sensitive acoustic music, as well as bands that utilize drums and electric instruments.
Flatbush Jewish Center (FJC) is a Conservative synagogue offering programming and services for families, adults, and children. We serve the Windsor Terrace and Kensington, Brooklyn communities and offer traditional egalitarian services.
Yoshie Fruchter is a guitar, bass, oud player and composer whose band, Pitom (Tzadik Records), has received critical acclaim from JazzTimes magazine, the Wall Street Journal and Guitar Player Magazine, among others. The unique blend of rock, jazz, experimental and jewish styles in his playing and composing is a defining characteristic of his music. He has toured the US and Europe with Pitom and other groups, playing the Atlantique Jazz Festival in France, the Krakow Jewish Culture Festival, Saalfelden Jazz Festival in Austria and others. He recently released a record of post-rock arrangements of old cantorial recordings entitled Schizophonia, and leads a new project called Sandcatchers featuring oud, lap steel and cello. In addition, Yoshie is a sought-after freelance musician in New York City in bands ranging in style from acoustic world music to heavy metal and has performed with John Zorn, Cyro Baptista and Frank London, among many others.
We are fortunate to have Yoshie and his family as members of Flatbush Jewish Center and our Kensington community at large! Please come join us!
Stay tuned for the schedule of upcoming performances!