September 9, 2:00 PM
About this Event
60 minutes of Josh “Socalled” Dolgin performing solo from the quarantine childhood bedroom. Yiddish songs, his unique blend of hip hop and Klezmer, some Kurt Weill and maybe a magic trick.
•About Josh “Socalled” Dolgin•
Josh “Socalled” Dolgin is a pianist, singer, accordionist, producer, composer and rapper based in Montreal, Quebec. He has lectured and led master classes in music festivals around the world, from Moscow to Paris, from London to LA, and from Krakow to San Francisco, and has performed on every continent. With 8 solo albums to his name, he has performed all over the world for some 20 years, and his list of collaborators knows no generational, social, cultural or religious boundaries. Aside from countless festivals and venues around the world, Socalled has performed at Carnegie Hall (twice!), the Olympia in Paris, the National Arts Center in Ottawa Canada, the Apollo theatre in Harlem and the Arsht centre in Miami. He has played with, produced for, featured, recorded and arranged for Gonzales, Itzhak Perlman, Lhasa, Fred Wesley, Andy Statman, Adam Cohen, Boban Markovic, the Mighty Sparrow, Roxanne Shante, Irving Fields, Killah Priest from the Wutang Clan, Matisyahu, Ben Caplan, Theodore Bikel, Jack Stratton from Vulfpeck, Enrico Macias and Derrick Carter: Google some of these names and be impressed! Dolgin was the subject of “The Socalled Movie”, a 2010 feature documentary produced by the National Film Board of Canada which features his video for “You Are Never Alone” which garnered over 3 million views on Youtube. His remix of the theme for CBC’s flagship news digest “As It Happens” plays 3 times a day across Canada. He tours with his full band Socalled and performs with string quartets and Big Bands around the world with programs of Yiddish songs. He has written and presented 4 musical comedies, “Tales From Odessa” (a Yiddish gangster musical with a translation into Yiddish by Miriam Hoffman available as a recording) as well as 3 of a projected 4 part magnum puppet opus, “The Season”, for which he also played piano, designed and built the puppets and directed. His ballet/hip hop/opera version of Gogol’s “The Nose”, with an all South African cast, was to be presented in Hamburg before it got cancelled the night before opening night because of Covid 19. Always active doing special projects, he has created several podcast themesongs and film soundtracks, released an indie erotica film and created a special program using first world war prisoner of war archives at the Weimar festival of Yiddish culture. He was a professor in Concordia University’s Theatre program. In December 2015, Socalled was presented with the “Adrienne Cooper Memorial Dreaming in Yiddish” award for his work disseminating and exploring Yiddish culture. When he’s not in the studio or on the road, Socalled does magic tricks, makes cookbooks, draws cartoons, edits video and practices Kurt Weill on the piano.
Featuring a Q&A, Schmooze with Avi!