The Soundhouse Organisation presents … the incomparable Moishe’s Bagel on Thursday 19 June 2014. All the proceeds from this concert will go towards founding The Soundhouse, a bespoke live music venue and musicians’ facility in Edinburgh.
A five-piece firecracker of a band presenting thrillingly original cutting-edge klezmer and folk music. Featuring virtuoso performances from some of Scotland’s finest musicians, these guys play an intoxicating, life-affirming mix of Eastern European dance, jazz grooves, folk tunes, and Middle Eastern rhythms.
Seeing Moishe’s Bagel live is an unforgettable experience: expect quite a bit of improvisation, bucket loads of energy, dazzling technique, and classical rigour. Highly danceable, the band are visually and aurally exciting.
‘Exhilarating, full-flavoured stuff, often breathtakingly intricate but played with jubilation … the Bagel acquires the momentum of an express train’ The Herald
‘Expressive and raunchy … improvising confidence but with a classical attention to detail’ The Guardian
‘This brilliantly accomplished and adventurous five-piece emphatically puts the “class” into “unclassifiable”‘ The Scotsman
£10 (in advance) / £12 (on the door, subject to availability).
A piano player, believe it or not.
What would you tell your 16-year-old self now?
To go for things more and worry about the consequences less.
What are the best and worst things about being a musician?
Best – living your life through music, grasping the amazing collective feeling amongst musicians when on stage and occasional wonderful connections between musicians and audience. Letting go. Worst – the bullshit (although I largely avoid this these days).
What was your favourite ever gig to play?
Wow – too many to remember, but I think MB with Valentina Martinez (who will join us for a few numbers on the 19th) last year at the Queens Hall ranks pretty high.
What was your favourite ever gig as an audience member?
Madness, Finsbury Park, 1992.
Who would play you in Moishe’s Bagel: the movie?
Ha! Robert Downey Jr (I should be so lucky).
If you could build a fantasy band who would you include (and you can’t choose anyone in your current line-up)?
Wow, that’s hard. Thelonious Monk, Chava Alberstein, Jim Black, Pete Kubryk Townsend, JJ Cale, Paul Brody, Karen Tweed, Bob Marley and Regina Spektor. But ask me tomorrow and it will probably be a completely different line-up (except for Bob Marley).
What non-musical talent do you have that might surprise people?
I can juggle.
Why have you decided to play The Soundhouse benefit gig?
Music is as good as life gets. To share music together is one of the best things we can do as human beings. But we need venues to do it in, places where we can learn, teach and play. The noose on creative spaces is tightening all the time … long live the Soundhouse and all who sail in her!
Tell me a joke.
What do you do if you see a spaceman? Park in it, man.