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HERMENEUTIC STOMP, Compact Disc by Jake Marmer, Frank London, Greg Wall, Uri Sharlin, and Eyal Maoz

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The first music recording published by Blue Thread, the book publishing arm of Jewish Currents magazine, "Hermeneutic Stomp" combines music, poetry, and improvisation to exemplify Blue Thread's goal of radical and profound engagement with Jewish heritage. The CD features jazz and klezmer luminaries Frank London (Grammy Award-winning trumpeter with the Klezmatics), Greg Wall (Hasidic New Wave), Eyal Maoz (Edom), and Uri Sharlin (Natalie Merchant, Pharaoh's Daughter). Riffing on Talmudic forms and cadences, khasidic chants, and midrashic innuendos, the CD is also firmly rooted in the American avant-garde tradition.

EYAL HAREUVENI writes (at allaboutjazz.com): "All four [musicians] revolutionized Jewish music in the last two decades and expanded its horizons. The three are excellent partners to Marmer. They energize Marmer's delivery of the texts, intensify his sense of humor, irony, and his playful re-readings of traditional, supposedly sacred texts. . . . thought-provoking and inspired debut."

Jake Marmer himself had his first poetry collection, "Jazz Talmud," published by Sheep Meadow Press in 2012. An emigré at age 15 from the Ukraine, he is currently a doctoral candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center. He frequently contributes to the Forward and Tablet, and recently co-hosted North America’s first Jewish Poetry retreat at the KlezKanada Festival. Hermeneutic Stomp features his performance of fourteen of his poems at the head of his musicians' improvisations. Four of the poems are published in an accompanying booklet.