POLINA & MERLIN SHEPHERD
Merlin Shepherd is an acclaimed player, teacher and interpreter of traditional East European Klezmer Clarinet style. And he's a teacher, researcher and inspired composer, too.
He worked as a musical director for the Royal National Theatre, for the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London. He coordinates KlezKamp and KlezFest London and teaches at KlezFest St. Petersburg, KlezFest Ukraine and KlezKanada. He worked and toured with Budowitz, Frank London's Klezmer Brass Allstars and Aaron Alexander's Midrash Mish-Mosh.
The Quartet Ashkenazim is the perfect interpreter of these ideas. Ranging from beautiful unison to skilfully executed four part harmony, often within the space of a single bar, the members all both strong soloists and wonderful ensemble singers, draw the listener into a musical world that is both unknown and yet strangely familiar.
The Merlin Shepherd Kapelye:
Baym Taykh (2007), RIENCD64