Guitarist Tim Sparks has released several beautiful albums of Jewish inspired music on John Zorn’s Tzaddik record label. One is called  Little Princess, which is the translation of Kleine Princessinm a klezmer classic made famous by Naftule Brandwein, a king of klezmer clarinet.

Hear just how different two musicians can make the same song sound. First, let’s hear Naftule (who was quite a rascal it seems) play it

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And here’s Tim’s version.

 

How does a guitarist decide to take a wild klezmer tune and reinterpret it as a lilting, almost lullaby stringed statement? Lets ask Tim when he performs at Club Passim on Tuesday, March 5. Tickets are available by clicking here.

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