Wed., September 18, 2013 at 7:00 PM

About This Event

Minimum Age:


Doors Open:

6:00 PM

Show Time:

7:00 PM


Sui generis Brooklyn-based ensemble Barbez celebrate the release of their fifth album Bella Ciao (Tzadik), a stunning suite of music inspired by both ancient Roman Jewish melodies and the Italian Resistance during the Second World War. Four years in the making, the record weaves the melodies of the Jews of Rome, the oldest Jewish community in Europe, into the group’s haunting mosaic of avant-rock, old-world-cabaret, and European folksong. Bella Ciao also pays homage to the Italian partisans during the Nazi occupation of Rome, incorporating Resistance poems by the great Italian writer and filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini and his renowned contemporary, the poet Alfonso Gatto into the music, as well as recasting the title track, an international symbol of defiance for seventy years. Opening the show will be compositions inspired by Roman and Piedmontese Jewish musical sources written by the renowned classical composer and MATA festival director Yotam Haber and performed by Barbez. With very special guests vocalists Dafna Naphtali and Shelley Hirsch.
Table seating for all seated shows is reserved exclusively for ticket holders who purchase “Table Seating” tickets. By purchasing a “Table Seating” ticket you agree to also purchase a minimum of two food and/or beverage items per person. Table seating is first come, first seated. Please arrive early for the best choice of available seats. Seating begins when doors open. Tables are communal so you may be seated with other patrons. We do not take table reservations.
A standing room area is available by the bar for all guests who purchase “Standing Room” tickets. Food and beverage can be purchased at the bar but there is no minimum purchase required in this area.
All tickets sales are final. No refund or credits.



Since its formation in Brooklyn in the late 1990s, Barbez has released five albums, each of them engineered and mixed by the incomparable Martin Bisi. The group’s previous record, Force of Light, released on John Zorn’s Tzadik label, was an homage to the Romanian-Jewish Holocaust poet Paul Celan and described by as “among the most profound settings of poetry in music.” Barbez has performed across the United States and Europe, most recently at the Festival Musicas do Mondo in Sines, Portugal, and collaborated frequently with the the experimental theatre director, filmmaker, and playwright, John Jesurun, a MacArthur “genius” grant winner, and the Bessie-award winning choreographer Juliette Mapp. Dan Kaufman (guitar), Peter Hess (clarinets), Danny Tunick (marimba, vibraphone) Catherine McRae (violin), Peter Lettre (bass), and John Bollinger (drums).

Yotam Haber (opening compositions)

Yotam Haber was born in Holland and grew up in Israel, Nigeria, and Milwaukee. He received a 2012 Fromm Music Foundation commission, the 2007-2008 Frederic A. Juilliard/Walter Damrosch Rome Prize and a 2005 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. Recent commissions include two works for Pritzker Prize-winning architect Peter Zumthor; new works for New York-based Contemporaneous, Gabriel Kahane, Either/Or, and Alarm Will Sound; the 2012 Venice Biennale; 2012 Bang on a Can Summer Festival; the Neuvocalsolisten Stuttgart and ensemble l’arsenale; FLUX Quartet, JACK Quartet, Cantori New York, and the Berlin-based Quartet New Generation. He is currently working on an evening-length work to premiere in 2013 for the Alabama Symphony Orchestra to commemorate the 1963 Baptist Church bombing. Haber is the Artistic Director of MATA, the non-profit organization founded by Philip Glass, that has, since 1996, been dedicated to commissioning and presenting new works by young composers from around the world. His music is published by RAI Trade.

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