Jeni Jol CD Release Concert with Klezwoods and Naftule's Dream
October 26, 2013
Jeni Jol ("New Path" in Macedonian) is the brainchild of Tev Stevig and explores the potential of playing the fretless nylon string guitar in the clawhammer style. Clawhammer, or frailing, is typically associated with old time American folk music played on the banjo, but Stevig uses this uniquely American playing style on the fretless guitar to arrive at new arrangements of his favorite tunes from the Balkans, Greece, and Turkey, as well as some original material. There is a certain simplicity to the clawhammer style, that when combined with the intriguing dance rhythms of the Balkans, brings a dance-like rhythmic drive to the music. While clawhammer is quite common amongst banjo players, there is only a very small community of guitarists utilizing this style and most apply it to the performance of old time American folk or Celtic music. By combining Balkan, Middle Eastern and American traditions in this way, Stevig creates a new folk music that is both listenable and danceable, while paying deep respect to all of his cultural and musical influences. The duo formation of Jeni Jol features Brian O'Neill (Mr. Ho's Orchestrotica, Cordis, Klezwoods) on percussion.
Klezwoods will be joining Tev and Brian O'Neill (on percussion) for this 5-day tour across the Northeast. They will also be joined by Naftule's Dream, the 25-year old revolutionary Klezmer band from Boston.