Shir Madness Sunday

August 13, 2010 by J-Wire Staff
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It’s not often that hip-hop and Chassidism are used in the same sentence. But for avante-garde Daniel Weltlinger Trio, merging the two has become their mantra…watch and listen..and to 39 other musical acts at Sydney’s first Jewish Music Festival on Sunday.

The Daniel Weltlinger Trio

The band, consisting of Micha Walter aka Mickey Morphingaz, Daniel Weltlinger aka Welt-Machine, Dan Pliner aka FreeKey and Yossi Mlynsky aka DJ Asparagus, describe their style as ‘stuck somewhere between Kingston Avenue and Utica.’ The band is an instrumental mix of jazz and Jewish melodies combined with funk grooves, Chassidic children’s vinyl, turntablism and virtuosic playing.

‘We like mixing up Jewish Chassidic samples, children’s records with more modern beats and jazz grooves. So people are often confronted and don’t know what to make of our music but everyone takes something different from it. We enjoy the mixed reactions we get.’ – Yossi Mlynsky

The band is working hard on their groundbreaking album they hope to release in the near future while juggling other individual commitments in the music business as well known professional musicians in their own right.

Alex Jacobowitz

Forty – that’ right count them, 40 – acts on four separate stages over eleven hours… that’s the musical menu that awaits the community. Plus kids’ shows and activities, food stalls, crafts and an art exhibition that runs all week.

Deborah Conway

Other stand-out artists include Israeli pop favourite Ido Lederman with his star – ex-Aussie guirarist Liron Deutsch, Berlin-based ex-NYC orthodox Marimba virtuoso Alex Jacobowitz (who will be busking around Sydney while he’s here), iconic Melbourne muso Deborah Conway with Willy Zygier, Gypsy music legends Monsieur Camembert, soulful pop star Adrian Deutsch, NY-based Sydney-sider Natan Kuchar as well as the zany and irrestibibly toe-tapping Jews Brothers Band from NZ.

Plus Tinpan Orange, rapper MC Reason, Ronit, The Preachers, Alana Bruce, the gorgeous Ange Takats (a kind of Sunshine State Aussie Joanie Mitchell), funky Threequarters Hazel, jazz legend Eddie Bronson, Sketch the Rhyme, the Sydney Jewish Choral Society, Dahlia Dior, Fay Sussman with Klezmer Connexion and sexy modern jazz crossover artist (with a Jewish twist) Leonie Cohen. Plus, as they say “many, many more.”

The website gives the full lineup and schedule so you can plan your day and hop from one to another and really fill up on the best of the best. And all in one of Australia’s iconic locations.

SHIR MADNESS. Sun 15 August from 11am to 10pm.

Advance tickets ($50 / $35 conc, $140 family) available online at or or by calling 1300 GET TIX (438 849), on your mobile via and at all moshtix outlets including Red Eye Records and Fish Records.

Tickets at the gates on the day $60.

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