Klezmer music preserved, hybridised and re-imagined
RECORDING, GROOVE AND GRAZE FESTIVAL
The ESKE posse is hibernating at the moment after having the 5 April gigs at Classic Southside cancelled. Licking our wounds and preparing something of an online meal for you all, looking to share it later in the month. It will likely be vegetarian.
We had a blast playing at the Groove and Graze festival in Hopetoun Gardens. I think the punters did too. Our first outdoors gig!
Early in 2020, we will see you for our second outdoor foray, the In One Voice festival, happening in March.
RESIDENCY ALERT, NEW OLD MATERIAL, BLOZZUK STEPS UP
Blozzuk has stunned us all by bringing a new tune to the table. He has really stepped up of late, and we have all noticed this. When I say 'new tune', in truth I believe it to be an old tune, but it is new to us. In truth - we are all shocked. Raytvegl, Loksh and Verbeh are all playing in another 'rival' group, but have not yet had the fortitude to let Blozzuk know - perhaps this is what has prompted the flurry of productivity? Where will it lead?
Throughout September, ESKE will likely push the boundaries of Music further than she has ever been pushed. Miss these gigs at your peril (this threat is not veiled - it is one of those more direct, menacing type threats). In keeping with tradition, the pre-gig review for September 4th:
"This was one of the finest ensemble performances this reviewer has witnessed, either here or abroad. It contained all the emotion, from sleep to hunger."
RESIDENCY CONCLUDES IN STYLE, STREAKER 'NO SHOW'
ESKE laid it all on the line once again, egged on by a vocal crowd. After the audacious 'pre-gig review' was published, perhaps the erstwhile streaker chose a more suitable venue. Either way, neither the band nor the audience was to be denied their share of drama, thanks to a daring performance by ESKE once again. Particular highlights include Raytvegl's authoritative clicking during the 'slinky jazz' section of 'Tanz Tanz', along with some wildly exploratory bass playing by Verbeh. And of course - Blozzuk was not to be denied. A possible endorsement deal looks for Loksh, with a flautist in the crowd bringing her yazz flute for road-testing. It passed with flying colours. And let's not forget Fisher, who is probably at this moment quietly punning himself to sleep after a serious workout.
TONY 'LOKSH' HICKS IS CONSTANTLY REMINDING US OF HIS 'WHY' AND 'WHAT'. HIS 'WHERE' IS THE REAL ISSUE AT THIS POINT.
The Loksh 'where' will be answered on February 20 at Southside, as he sits in the middle of the stage with his mixed lollies assortment of liquorice sticks.
It may be that Verbeh has succeeded in garnering sponsorship from Coffex - the numbers speak for themselves, and it looks like Verbeh's performance on Feb 20 will be made possible through a custom intravenous caffeine drip.
At the first Southside gig on Feb 6, Blozzuk gave an excellent demonstration of his trademark 'all-star all-style all-music' multi-instrumentalisation. We laughed. We cried.
You will be sure to hear more about our guitarist, Reytvegl, along with the compulsively punning Fisher, in subsequent bulletins. ESKE and out.