Exciting times part 2!

Ihtimanska Ihtimanska-YUZ-Coverhas a new album hitting the presses right now as I type – called “Yüz Yüze” which means “Face to Face,” it is the result of our continued journey of exploration in a very diverse Turkish and Bulgarian repertoire and of developing our duo dynamic and sound.  The album features two songs with Brenna MacCrimmon, and liner notes by Zev Feldman and Yves Moreau.  We just listened to the test master last night and approved all the (amazing) design by Avia Moore and the wonderful photos by Kiran Ambwani, we’ve really fallen in love with this album and hope that you will too!  If you want to get your hands on it early, and help us out with getting through these last stages, or to procure tickets to the album launch, please visit our IndieGogo campaign here!  You can also hear a little sneak peak right now via our Bandcamp page.  So far the album launches will be October 26, 8pm in Montreal at Jeunesses Musicales, and November 6, 9pm at Burdock in Toronto.

Besides that, I was involved in a few recording projects at Cardboard Studios this year which will all be coming down the pipe soon.  The first is Tango Yona, a recording of amazing yiddish tangos with the singer Jane Enkin, which we recorded last December and is going into editing and mixing now, we hope to have some updates and sneak peaks soon.  The other, is an album I recorded with the Mike Anklewicz trio, with Joel Kerr on double bass.  We’re excited for those to get wrapped up.  We also recorded an Ichka demo and hopefully will be working on a full length album in the next year.

Other exciting Montreal stuff – Rachel Lemisch’s ensemble Orkestra Severnii is having its album launch on October 30 at Casa del Popolo, and Klezkanada is bringing in the amazing Semer Ensemble from Berlin to play at the Shaar Shomayim on November 15.  A Siach Hasadeh European tour and next album in the dreamworks… Super excited for all of this!!  Maybe I will sleep some day too…..

Lots of love to all,

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