Conspiracy of Beards and Ali & The Thieves (from Australia) pay tribute to the music of Leonard Cohen, culminating with the wild, soulful dance music of klezmer powerhouse Kugelplex.
Doors 7pm – Show 8pm
Saturday, November 9 – Swedish American Hall
Ali & The Thieves (Leonard Cohen Koans)
Conspiracy of Beards
ali & the thieves (Leonard Cohen Koans)
Leonard Cohen Koans is the spectacular musical celebration of the spirit of enigmatic Canadian icon, Leonard Cohen, and his astonishing 60+ year career spanning literature, art and music. Splicing songs with his poetry and prose, Ali & The Thieves weave a new pathway into your experience of this glorious Poet of the Holy Sinners.
Part-concert and part-homage, Leonard Cohen Koans is performed by incredibly versatile Sydney vocalist Ali Hughes supported by her masterful jazz/blues band the thieves. Led by highly sought after musical director Daryl Wallis, Ali & The Thieves perform 16 of Cohen’s undeniable standards and lesser known gems, including his ode to Janis Joplin “Chelsea Hotel #2”, “Sisters of Mercy”, “Anthem” and “If it be your will”, the seductive “Dance me to the end of love”, and his mythic masterpiece “Suzanne”.
Kugelplex is the West Coast’s most rockin’-est purveyor of klezmer and old-world party music. Formed in 2001, the group plays wild, soulful dance music at concerts, festivals and jewish lifecycle events throughout the United States. We’ve performed with Joan Baez, the Oakland Symphony, the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir and Frank London, Linda Tillery, Jewlia Eisenberg, Nils Frykdahl, Kitka, Rumen Shopov, and many other great artists.
Kugelplex has received awards from the Zellerbach Family Foundation and San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music, and has been the klezmer-band-in-residence with the Oakland Symphony for the past 10 years.
The ensemble features an all-star cast of Bay Area virtuoso musicians. Everyone in the ensemble tours internationally, performs/records with a wide range of bands, and then comes together as Kugelplex to play this music that we so deeply love. It is our mission to keep this old-world klezmer tradition thriving into the 21st century and beyond.