Happy 2017, everyone! Thanks to all the friends, old and new, who helped us celebrate the first night of Hanukkah (and Christmas Eve) at the 6th Annual KlezFest at the Mercury Cafe on December 24. Many thanks to Rabbi Joe Black and Sandra Wong for their engaging set, and especially to Brooklyn klezmer band Tsibele, who wowed us all with a taste of what’s current in the New York klezmer scene. With my older daughter Zoe playing violin in Tsibele, and her younger sister Annie doing the fiddling in The Lost Tribe, I’m a proud poppa indeed. --Hal
Hal Aqua and The Lost Tribe play nouveau klezmer music -- an exuberant musical experience, rooted firmly in traditional Jewish modes and melodies and driven by contemporary rhythms and danceable grooves.
The versatile musicians who make up The Lost Tribe have a deep respect for their source material, from the evocative tunes of Eastern European Jews and Gypsies to the sinuous rhythms of the Middle East and Mediterranean. In the long-standing Jewish tradition of absorbing musical inspiration from surrounding cultures, The Lost Tribe steeps their songs in a broth spiced with rock, reggae, salsa, funk and blues influences, serving up an irresistible party vibe. The band includes Hal Aqua (vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, octave mandolin, ukulele), Annie Aqua (violin), Ben Cohen (electric and acoustic bass, tuba, trumpet, accordion), Shanti Hazan (drums and percussion), and Miriam Rosenblum (clarinet, recorders, button accordion.
The Lost Tribe builds on the tradition of Los Lantzmun, Hal’s popular earlier Jewish world beat band, and includes some of its members. Like that long-running ensemble, the Lost Tribe is dedicated to bringing Jewish music to a wider audience. Whether you’re a longtime klezmer aficionado or have never heard the word, The Lost Tribe will make you a klezmer fan before you can say mazel tov!
“You did a fabulous job entertaining…you guys can really light up a stage!” —Adam Hart, Prairie Wind Culture Fest, Gillette, WY
New CD! “LUCKY,” our second klezmer fusion recording project, includes original music from our 2013 collaboration with Wonderbound dance company, “Memories and Well-Grounded Hopes,” as well as songs from our 2015 Wonderbound collaboration, “Hidden Constellation.”
Sample some songs from LUCKY:
01 THIS IS IT
02 BIDDY BIDDY BOM
©2015 The Lost Tribe
Available as a CD or digital download at:
Or if you’re in the neighborhood (Denver), stop by and pick up a copy! Call Hal at 720-668-0448.
Listen to some songs from our first CD, “Lost and Found”:
01 Subterranean Homesick Blues
02 Bring It Together
03 Greet The Bride
©2011 The Lost Tribe
Buy “Lost and Found” at cdbaby.com as a CD or downloadable file: http://cdbaby.com/cd/halaquaandthelosttribe2
“Crisp, hip, fun, fresh, engaging. You've all done a fabulous service to the genre while stretching that genre at the same time, creating a wonderful new work.” —Sheldon Sands, musician and concert producer, Boulder, CO
“With his latest band, The Lost Tribe, Aqua takes things farther, setting familiar songs back and forth to familiar-sounding melodies from rap to reggae. He also accomplishes the opposite, using strains from ‘Mezinkes Wedding’ to backdrop Bob Dylan’s ‘Subterranean Homesick Blues.’ The repertoire covers the Jewish gamut, and I really like it.” —Ari Davidow, KlezmerShack.com
“I never thought I’d hear Bob Dylan’s lyrics sung to Mezhinkes -- wonderful, amazing, a klezmer happening. Other songs give rock, reggae and funk an entirely new direction, like a musical child born from mixing traditional and contemporary tunes.” —Leslie Lutsky, Radio Centre-Ville, Montreal
For The Lost Tribe’s upcoming events, click here.
Couple of shows at DazzleJazz (photos by Steve Winber!)
The Lost Tribe with middle eastern ensemble Zuruna and Rabbi Joe Black...
Los Lantzmun brought its high-energy fusion of Eastern European, Mediterranean, and Middle Eastern music to Colorado audiences for over a dozen years, enlivening weddings, bar and bat mitzvahs, parties, festivals and clubs. Their well-attended performances at Jewish events (Boulder Jewish Festival, Rose Community Hanukah Party, JCC festivals) and in the wider community (Swallow Hill Music Hall, Gothic Theater, Taste of Denver) showed the band’s ability to cross boundaries, celebrating an ethnic culture as well as the universality of music.
Los Lantzmun recorded two self-produced CDs of lively klezmer, Middle Eastern, and Mediterranean fusion music -- One World and Lantzville, available at cdbaby.com or directly from Hal Aqua.
at I love about Lantzville is the versatility, musicality, and sense of pleasure that the gang gives me." —Rabbi Jack Gabriel, Music Editor, Tikkun Magazine
“Los Lantzmun achieve something very rare among current Jewish music performing bands — a sense of balance among the many types and styles of Jewish music around the globe.” —Ari Davidow, Klezmershack.com
Listen to “La Comida La Manana” from Lantzville:
La Comida La Manana