With the rise of far-right nationalism and xenophobia not seen since the 1930s this live premiere of the new Barbez album, For Those Who Came After: Songs of Resistance from the Spanish Civil War(Important Records), could not be more timely. The record, made in collaboration with the stunning vocalist Velina Brown, a longtime member of the San Francisco Mime Troupe, re-imagines ten iconic protest songs brought home by the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, the American volunteers who journeyed to Spain in the late 30s to defend a democratically elected government against a fascist revolt.
"Barbez provide a pitch-perfect soundtrack to the intelligentsia identity crisis.”–Pitchfork.
"The music of Barbez conjures an imaginary place full of narrow, crooked streets that are paved with ancient, damp cobblestones. The Brooklyn-based ensemble looks to Eastern Europe for inspiration and its expansive rock draws on such composers as Brecht, Schnittke, and Satie, but Barbez is firmly lodged in the present. Its original compositions, written mostly by the guitarist and bandleader Dan Kaufman, capture the angst, joy, and strangeness of life in the twenty-first century." –The New Yorker
With: Peter Hess (clarinets), Danny Tunick (marimba, vibraphone) Dan Kaufman (guitar) Catherine McRae (violin) Peter Lettre (bass), John Bollinger (drums) Velina Brown (voice), and Dafna Naphtali (voice). This record was made possible with generous support from the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives (ALBA).
The Lonesome Organist is the one-man band of Chicago-based multi-instrumentalist Jeremy Jacobsen, whose compositions are tinged by jazz, circus music, doo-wop, and a slew of other genres. "A head-spinning melange." – Chicago Tribune