Thanks to all the friends, old and new, who supported us during our busy fall and early winter! We were proud to collaborate with the amazing Wonderbound dance troupe for “Memories and Well-Grounded Hopes,” an original klezmer suite, in November; organized a sold-out “Jews Do Dylan” tribute show at L2 Arts Center in December; and partied on Christmas Eve with a SRO crowd at the Mercury Cafe for the Third Annual KlezFest.
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, guitars, octave mandolin, oud), Ben Cohen (electric and acoustic bass, tuba), Shanti Hazan (drums and percussion), Miriam Rosenblum (clarinet, recorders, button accordion), and Anthony Salvo (violin).
The Lost Tribe builds on the tradition of Los Lantzmun (see below), 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
Listen to some songs from our CD, “Lost and Found”:
01 Subterranean Homesick Blues
02 Bring It Together
03 Greet The Bride
All songs ©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.
Some photos from our shows at Dazzle (thanks to 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