Lorin Sklamberg (USA) – vocals, accordion, piano
Polina Shepherd (RUSSIA/UK) – vocals, piano
Merlin Shepherd (UK) – clarinets
This CD, the Quartet Ashkenazim’s fourth recording contains all original compositions with 11 poems by Yiddish writers, two from folklore and one wordless. The diversity of musical expression far surpassing all their previous works. Drawing from a large variety of Poets and a great variety of subjects Polina Shepherd creates a world where all is other and yet all is strangely familiar… read more
Fun Yener Zayt Lid 2002, Ashkenazim Quartet, Kazan, Russia
Sometimes the Universe speaks Yiddish. National culture as a reflection of the depth and all common to all mankind, mystical and metaphorical. Jewish features are always present in the creative work of the Ashkenazim as much as the Universal Truth is part of everyone of us: it bursts forth as a musical image from composer P. Achkinazi–Shepherd, it breathes with improvisations and laughter of musicians and cries with the tears of the audience… read more
Jamda. 2000. Kazan, Russia.
This CD was recorded in Kazan, Tatarstan, Russia in 2000 and was the first step of the vocal quartet into Yiddish music. With very little access and almost now knowledge of Ashkenazi culture,the singers were discovering their heritage and just getting into the repertoire.
Nevertheless, as one of the first emerging FSU “Klezmer Revival” projects, this recording already has something to say and was complimented by Frank London (New York) as “A remarkable group that is at the forefront of Jewish a capella singing.”
Only in a couple of years time, the vocal quartet Ashkenazim, having gone through intense learning and changes in personnel, was touring Europe and the US with their new Yiddish music, mostly composed by the leader, now composer and performer in the UK, Polina Shepherd. Some tracks are accompanied by Klezmer Ensemble Simkha, Kazan, Tatarstan (leader – Leonid Sontz).