Frank London’s A Night in the Old Marketplace is a “folk opera,” a 90-minute musical re-imagining of I.L. Peretz’s sprawling 1907 supernatural drama. The score mixes folk, jazz, classical, rock and world beats with a dose of Kurt Weill cabaret. Beware, the players are some of the most versatile musicians, whose credits include salsa, radical Jewish “downtown” jazz, punk, and thrash-klezmer bands. Then there are the vocalists Manu Narayan (star of Broadway’s Bombay Dreams), Craig Wedren (of Shudder to Think), Irish singer Susan McKeown, pop geniuses They Might Be Giants, and The Klezmatics’ Lorin Sklamberg, to name a few. We’ll sample from the recording of “A Night in the Old Marketplace” on this edition of New Sounds.
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