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Frank London



Biography

World famous, Grammy Award winner American trumpeter and composer Frank London is probably most know from the Klezmatics and the Hasidic New Wave groups. Besides leading his own bands, his playing can be heard on over a hundred CD recordings. He has created his own musical world from East-European Jewish roots and jazz rhythms and worked with such artists as John Zorn, Lester Bowie, Esma Redzepova and Maurice El Medioni.

He has performed with John Zorn, LL Cool J, Mel Torme, Lester Bowie’s Brass Fantasy, LaMonte Young, They Might Be Giants, David Byrne, Jane Siberry, Ben Folds 5, Mark Ribot, Maurice El Medioni and Gal Costa, and is featured on over 100 cds. His own recordings include INVOCATIONS (cantorial music); Frank London’s Klezmer Brass Allstars’ DI SHIKERE KAPELYE and BROTHERHOOD OF BRASS; NIGUNIM and THE ZMIROS PROJECT (Jewish mystical songs, with Klezmatics vocalist Lorin Sklamberg); THE DEBT (film and theater music); THE SHEKHINA BIG BAND; the soundtrack to THE SHVITZ; the soundtrack to Perl Gluck's THE DIVAHN and four releases with the Hasidic New Wave.
His projects include the folk-opera A NIGHT IN THE OLD MARKETPLACE (based on Y.L. Peretz's Bay nakht oyfn altn mark), DAVENEN for Pilobolus and the Klezmatics, Great Small Works' THE MEMOIRS OF GLUCKEL OF HAMELN and Min Tanaka's ROMANCE. He composed music for John Sayles' THE BROTHER FROM ANOTHER PLANET and MEN WITH GUNS, Yvonne Rainer's MURDER AND MURDER, the Czech-American Marionette Theater’s GOLEM and Tamar Rogoff's IVYE PROJECT.Live in CrackowPoland, 2001 

He was music director for David Byrne and Robert Wilson’s THE KNEE PLAYS, collaborated with Palestinian violinist Simon Shaheen, taught Jewish music in Canada, Crimea and the Catskills, and produced CD's for Gypsy Ledgend Esma Redzepova, and Algerian Pianist Maurice el Medioni.
He has been featured on HBO’s SEX AND THE CITY, at the North Sea Jazz Festival and the Lincoln Center Summer Festival, and was a co-founder of Les Miserables Brass Band and the Klezmer Conservatory Band.

 

Watch Past Performances

Video 5/28/2014: The Glass House Project

In honor of the Memorial Year of the Hungarian Victims of the Holocaust, Grammy-winning NY-based klezmer trumpeter Frank London of the Klezmatics and Zita Vadasz of the Balassi Institute curate a special musical program that highlights the musical traditions of Jewish life in historical Hungary as a memento to the hundreds of thousands of martyrs from Hungary who were murdered in the Holocaust. Presented by Balassi Institute - Hungarian Cultural Center, New York, with additional support from the Embassy of Hungary.

Video 12/10/2013: Cantor Yaakov Lemmer and the N.Y. Klezmer Allstars, featuring Michael Winograd and Frank London

Master Klezmer musicians trumpeter Frank London, clarinetist Michael Winograd, and vocalist Yanky Lemmer offer a concert celebrating Hanukkah.

Frank London