— Part of National Tour Honoring Statman’s Recent National Heritage Fellowship, Concert Sponsored by QC’s Center for Jewish Studies and NYC Councilman James F. Gennaro —
FLUSHING, NY, May 7, 2013 – Considered one of the world’s premier mandolinists and clarinetists, the Grammy-nominated musician Andy Statman has played with everyone from Itzhak Perlman to Jerry Garcia. On Wednesday, May 22 at 7pm, Andy Statman and Friends will be performing a free concert at Queens College’s LeFrak Concert Hall. Presented by the college’s Center for Jewish Studies, the concert is made possible through a grant from NYC Councilman James F. Gennaro.
The concert is part of a national tour in honor of Statman’s recent National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship, the nation’s highest award in the folk and traditional arts. Statman joins an elite group of musical honorees, including Bill Monroe, B.B. King, Ralph Stanley, John Lee Hooker, Doc Watson and Klezmer pioneer Dave Tarras, one of Statman’s early mentors.
At this concert, the trio will play excerpts from Old Brooklyn, their two-disc set of original melodies and interpretations of songs that span the American musical landscape.
Opening for Statman will be A Shur Thing, a family band that includes Rabbi Moshe Shur (guitar and vocals) and his sons Yehuda (drum and vocals) and Mordechai (guitar and vocals). The band will play compositions written by Rabbi Shur, who teaches Judaism and Jewish mysticism for the college’s Department of History and Jewish Studies program.
About Andy Statman
Statman was born in Brooklyn, and his musical journey began when he was a child. Coming from a long line of cantors and well-known professional musicians, he grew up in Queens listening to traditional Eastern European Jewish instrumental music. Soon he began playing Chassidic melodies on the clarinet as a fusion of bluegrass, klezmer, and jazz.
From 1969-70 Statman attended Franconia College in New Hampshire, where he played the saxophone, dabbled with bagpipes, and learned the mandolin. He first gained acclaim as a mandolinist in the pioneering bluegrass bands Country Cookin’ and Breakfast Special. In 2007, Statman was nominated for a Grammy Award in the Country Instrumental category for his version of Bill Monroe’s Rawhide on the CD East Flatbush Blues. The following year he played clarinet and mandolin on Bela Fleck and the Flecktones’ holiday album Jingle All the Way, which won Best Pop Instrumental Album at the Grammy Awards.
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