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Radiant Others

by Dan Blacksberg

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Radiant Others is the newest album by trombonist Dan Blacksberg, one of the acknowledged masters of klezmer trombone. Featuring a set of original music and arrangements of traditional klezmer tunes that span the history of the tradition, Radiant Others is the first klezmer album to feature the trombone as the lead instrument. Guitarist Nick Millevoi (John Zorn, Desertion Trio, Many Arms) provides the rhythmic accompaniment to Blacksberg's horn, with a guest appearance from Christopher McDonald (Cuddle Magic) on keyboards.

Blacksberg traces his lineage back to one of the most influential klezmer clarinetists ever, Naftule Brandwein, inspiring him to bring his trombone into a leading role. On Radiant Others, he brings together years of research and development on how to play klezmer melodies with all the virtuosity, ornamentation, and depth of emotion that we hear in the more common lead instruments like the clarinet or violin. This music presents the results of this search, creating a new language for the trombone that can lead a new role for the instrument in the klezmer tradition.

Blacksberg has tackled Jewish melodies before, with projects such as Deveykus, whose 2013 album Pillar Without Mercy (Tzadik Records) reimagined the vocal melodies of Hasidic Jews as doom metal. In addition to his work as a leader, Blacksberg is in high demand as a performer and teacher at festivals like the Krakow Jewish Culture Festival, Klezmer Festival Fürth, the now-defunct Klezkamp, and Klezkanda. He has performed and recorded with many of the music’s luminaries, from forward thinkers like Frank London to pillars of the tradition like Elaine Hoffman-Watts. Dan also maintains a strong voice in experimental music, having worked with composers Anthony Braxton, George Lewis, Joe Morris, and Nate Wooley and performing on recent recordings by experimental metal bands Liturgy (The Ark Work) and The Body (No One Deserves Happiness).


released September 29, 2017

Dan Blacksberg – Trombone; Fender Rhodes (track 1)
Nick Millevoi – Electric and Acoustic Guitars
Christopher McDonald – Keyboards (tracks 7 and 11)

Tracks 1, 10, 11 by Dan Blacksberg
Tracks 2-9 Traditional/Blacksberg
All tracks published by Illuminent Music (ASCAP)
Produced by Dan Blacksberg

Recorded February 12th and 13th 2016 at Gradwell House (tracks 2-5, 7-11)
March 9th at Society Hill Synagogue (tracks 1 and 6)
Overdubs at C.A. Studios

Engineered and mixed by Christopher McDonald
Mastered at Menegroth by Colin Marston
Artwork and Design by Zoë Cohen


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Dan Blacksberg Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Trombonist and composer Dan Blacksberg is one of the premiere practitioners of modern and traditional klezmer on the trombone, and an established voice in experimental music. With work spanning avant-garde jazz, modern classical music, improvised music, and klezmer, Blacksberg has developed a complex style to carve out new spaces for the trombone in modern experimental and Jewish music. ... more

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