Trombonist and 2012 Pew Fellow Dan Blacksberg is a fresh voice in Klezmer music, and curator of the second half of "Klezmer Voices of Three Generations," the fourth edition of "Noise from the 18th Floor." In his band, Electric Simcha, he combines old world Hassidic melodies with a punk aesthetic. Blacksberg also brings his education in avant-garde jazz to his practice of Jewish music. In this video, Blacksberg discusses the first time he heard Klezmer and what about it that spoke to him.
"Noise from the 18th Floor," an online music program of The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, is meant to challenge our notions of music and noise with playlists that represent a range of genres, accompanied by interpretive narratives. Each program in the series is curated by a local music expert and highlights the work of the Center's constituents and grantees, helping to build awareness of our region's cultural vibrancy. To listen to the fourth edition and view other exclusive material, visit the "Noise from the 18th Floor" page at pcah.us/noise.