Founded in 2002, Montreal/Philly-based Shtreiml offers a high octane mix of not-so-traditional Eastern-European Jewish and Turkish music. Led by innovative composer, pianist and harmonica player Jason Rosenblatt, Shtreiml’s blues-rock infused set, delivers a new look at some centuries old folk music.
As part of KlezKanada’s “Oy vey, Izmir” look at Ottoman Jewish connections, Shtreiml will perform music from their album Eastern Hora, a compelling program of all-original music that transverses Ukraine to Istanbul, conjures images of the Bosphorus at sunset and truly transports the listener to a different time and place.
Shtreiml features the Balkan punch and rhythmic flair of Rachel Lemisch (trombone), Thierry Arsenault (drums) and Joel Kerr (bass). This is a project which is firmly rooted in the Jewish and Ottoman traditions, but brimming with hard rock sensibilities and dextrous improvisational know-how. Shtreiml has been labeled “explosive” (Halifax Chronicle Herald) and ”exhilarating” (Rootsworld).
SHTREIML will feature Turkish oudist and violinist, Professor Nicolas Royer-Artuso. Royer-Artuso started as a jazz musician, developed an interest in modal improvisations that led him to the Arabic musical heritage; then further studied Arabo-Andalousian music with Larbi Souss, flamenco music with Alain Montblanch, Turkish music with Oktay Akturk, Egyptian collaboration with Ali Sriti and violin with Kemal Demir. A noted academic focusing on linguistics Royer-Artuso will also lecture on a variety of topics from Turkish maqams to more philosophical subjects.