Preview Philly trombonist Dan Blacksberg’s new Radiant Others LP with “Doina”

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From traditional klezmer workshops to daring experimental performances with his duo Archer Spade (not to mention his recent Double Decker Music Series engagement), Philly’s Dan Blacksberg covers a impressive expanse of territory with his trombone.

It’s a little tricky, therefore, to guess what that could mean for Radiant Others, the LP he’s releasing on September 27th. His band includes Archer Spade partner Nick Millevoi on electric and acoustic guitar, indicating it could certainly lean more left-of-center. But reading the credits, we see that with the exception of the opening “Doina,” these songs are all pieces of traditional music, arranged by Blacksberg.

Listening to that original, which is streaming right now on Bandcamp, one gets the sense that this collection might just be straddling both sides of Blacksberg’s world. Continue reading →


Dan Blacksberg celebrates Hanukkah with klezmer performances

In his native Philadelphia, trombonist Dan Blacksberg is probably best known in avant-garde jazz and improvised music circles, as the leader of his own trio and the Hasidic doom metal band Deveykus, co-leader of the new-music duo Archer Spade, and a restless and inventive experimentalist who has collaborated with many of the city’s most adventurous artists.

But when he ventures outside the city, it’s more often in the context of traditional klezmer music, which he performs and teaches at festivals, camps, and schools across the country and around the world. To celebrate the Hanukkah season, Blacksberg will be showing off the talents that have made him one of the most in-demand trombonists on the modern klezmer scene with a pair of hometown shows: on Friday, he’ll congregate the Shining Stars Orchestra, an all-star quintet performing traditional and holiday-related klezmer music at the Philadelphia Museum of Art; then on Sunday, December 20, he’ll co-host a dance party with fourth-generation Philly klezmer musician Susan Lankin-Watts at the Rotunda.

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