Vessels of Song: Vampire Suit at the Cornelia St. Cafe, NYC

Vampire Suit will be playing as part of the ‘Vessels of Song’ festival, a celebration of Klezmer and Gypsy music curated by Jay Vilnai taking place at the Cornelia St. Café,NYC, July 5th-10th.

Vampire Suit draws on Jay Vilnai's unique musical heritage as a Russian-Romanian-Polish descendant raised in Jerusalem around a mix of contemporary and traditional Jewish and Arab music, with a soul for rock n'roll and a BFA in jazz. Couple that with a passion for Bartok and Stravinsky and you end up with all original music that draws on all those influences to create something akin to traditional music for a generation that has so many traditions it calls his. Balkan and Middle-Eastern rhythms are prominent, backed by 20th century composing concepts and jazz improvising.

The result is a highly personal musical texture that takes you from the tribal dances of North Africa to the marshes of the Balkans. A musical journey that is at once personal and global, music that is at the same time unmistakably modern, yet feels old and familiar, a new tradition for a generation that hails from so many traditions.

'If Bram Stoker's imaginary Transylvania had a jazz scene, the music might sound something like this.' -Jazz Review

To help create that sound Vampire Suit draws on the talents of young New York musicians that have had experience in different musical settings and cultures. My musical vision is realized with the help of players that have played jazz, rock, Arab music, Balkan music, African music and more. With a deep understanding and respect to all this music they are able to tap into something new that arises from all of these influences.

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