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Beyond Books Concert: Anthony Russell Sings 'Convergence'

  • Jewish Community Library 1835 Ellis Street San Francisco, CA 94115 (map)

Free admission with free garage parking on Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets.

Preceded by a 6:30 p.m. reception

Bass singer Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell, accompanied by piano, will perform music from Convergence, his soon-to-be-released album melding diverse strains of traditional Ashkenazi Jewish and African American music at their spiritual, historical, and textual crossroads. He also will speak about the development of the project.

Proceeds from the concert benefit the Friends of the Jewish Community Library's Beyond Books Fund, which underwrites the Library's free public programming.

The musical sources for Convergence are diverse: Chasidic melodies, Negro spirituals, Yiddish labor union songs, Civil Rights anthems, Israeli folk songs and traditional Ashkenazi synagogue music. The arrangements bear elements of contemporary classical, jazz, blues, gospel, klezmer, cantorial, and experimental music.

Anthony Russell is a vocalist, composer and arranger specializing in Yiddish art and folk song, khazones (cantorial music), and Hasidic melodies. He recorded Convergence, exploring themes of exile, spirituality, hope and redemption, with the klezmer trio Veretski Pass. Russell has performed Jewish music in Berkeley, Boston, Miami, Montreal, New York, San Francisco, Tel Aviv, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

Program made possible, in part, by David Zebker.

Co-presented by Be'chol Lashon and KlezCalifornia.