Flying Bulgars
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Flying Bulgars

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Jan
31
Flying Bulgars @ The Young Centre for the Performing Arts

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Jan
31
Flying Bulgars @ The Young Centre for the Performing Arts

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Nov
17
Flying Bulgars @ The Painted Lady

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Press


“A combination of rootedness, compositional smarts and virtuosic performances [that] works beautifully.”
- Sing Out Magazine


“La finale du concert donnair cette envie de tournoyer et de feter jusqu’au milieu de la nuit.” - Le Soleil


“…a band that has taken klezmer and jazz and Yiddish art song and made it all matter…” - Klezmershack


“Four Stars!! …one of the most accomplished and pertinent Canadian groups..” - La Presse


“florid, frenzied, ostentatious… The musicianship is exhilarating, mixing the pinpoint precision of a symphony orchestra with a saloon air of unabashed abandon… Hitting all the emotional buttons at once, the Bulgars break through the other side of corn to posit klezmer as the wisest counsel on the planet.”
- The Beat


“…Unashamed passion and melodrama, brash and brassy, intensely rhythmic, bold and bumptious… They took the Shetland Islands by storm.”
- The Glasgow Spectrum


Discography

"Tumbling Into Light" 2009
"Sweet Return" 2005
"Tsirkus" 2000
"Fire" 1998
"Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band" 1993
"Agada" 1989

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The Flying Bulgars (formerly the Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band) is a Toronto-based ensemble that plays original music rooted in the soul sound of the Jews. For twenty years the band has been recognized as being “at the forefront of progressive klezmer and Yiddish music, firmly rooted in tradition yet fully engaged with the immediate present” (Sing Out). Formed by trumpeter and composer David Buchbinder in 1987, and now co-lead with singer Dave Wall, the Flying Bulgars have consistently charted a course between the calm waters of tradition and the exciting, uncertain seas of innovation.

Now the band has taken a sharp turn away from that neo-Yiddish path and is about to release a CD all new, original songs written exclusively by Buchbinder & Wall in English and dressed in a contemporary folk/alternative sound. Tumbling Into Light -- the band’s sixth CD -- is full of darkness and hope, mixing poetry, anger and longing in a heady mix of Jewish-inspired melodies. The songs are dramatic, funny, contemplative, rousing and very topical, engaging with questions of power and peace, control and humanity, asking whether we will be able to rise above our anger born of fear and find the light. With a fully-orchestrated alt-pop sound recorded with the help of producer Dave Newfeld (the mastermind behind the recordings of the Broken Social Scene), the Bulgars are ready to meet a whole new audience.

After many years of touring in Canada, the United States and Europe, the Flying Bulgars have taken the last few years off to discover and develop this new musical approach. And now that they have it, they are ready to run with it, creating not only a concert performance, but developing a full scale, multi-media show including film (created by Canadian indie icon Bruce McDonald) and contemporary movement. This full-scale Tumbling Into Light will have its debut in early 2010 and has already been booked into several festivals in the United States.

Through twenty years, six CDs (and three JUNO nominations), three music videos, and hundreds of shows -- from Folk on the Rocks to WOMAD (English version) to the Tollwood Festival in Munich, to the Bell Atlantic Jazz Festival in New York to Klezmermania in San Francisco, to festivals in Amsterdam, Berlin, London, Frankfurt, Hamburg and more -- this band knows how to take an audience on an electric ride. And now they will be doing it in a language and telling a story that all audiences will understand.