Daniel Kahn & The Painted Bird


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About

Daniel Kahn

  • born Sept. 11, 1978 Detroit
  • Professional actor since age 12
  • Studies: The Roeper School; YIVO; University of Michigan (Theater/Playwriting/Poetry/Politics)
  • 3 Hopwood awards for poetry, playwriting

The Painted Bird

A Detroit area native, Daniel Kahn attended the University of Michigan where he ...

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Contact

Publicist
Ron Kadish
812-339-1195 X 202

Current News

  • 10/01/201811/20/2018
  • Seattle, WA

Freedom Is A Verb: Daniel Kahn & The Painted Bird Return to the US with Radical Yiddish History and Nightmarish Visions You Can Dance to.

With a new record, The Butcher's Share, The Painted Bird Berlin's radical Yiddish borderland bandits return to the road. “We like to say we’re singing apocalyptic anthems for the revolution,” quips Kahn, “or perhaps they are revolutionary anthems for the apocalypse. That tension gets to the heart of the matter. It’s not one or the other, and it’s not exactly both.” Imbued with the passion of early 20th-century Eastern European radicals, the...

Press

  • Roots World, Album review, 04/11/2019, Daniel Kahn and the Painted Bird The Butcher's Share Oriente
  • Jewish Journal of LA, Album review, 11/14/2018, Berlin-Based Klezmer Musician Heads to Pico Union Project
  • San Diego Reader, Event preview, 11/19/2018, DANIEL KAHN & THE PAINTED BIRD Text
  • Westword, Interview, 11/02/2018, Daniel Kahn & the Painted Bird Ignite Revolution With Klezmer
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News

11/20/2018, Seattle, WA, Tractor Tavern, 7:30 PM
10/01/201811/20/2018, Freedom Is A Verb: Daniel Kahn & The Painted Bird Return to the US with Radical Yiddish History and Nightmarish Visions You Can Dance to.
Event
11/20/2018
Event
11/20/2018
Event Notes
Ages 21+
Ticket Phone
(206) 789-3599
Ticket Price(s)
$20 / $25DoS
Venue Zip
98107
Venue City, State
Seattle, WA
Venue St. Address
5213 Ballard Ave NW
Venue
Tractor Tavern
Concert Start Time
7:30 PM
Doors Open
6:30 PM
Daniel Kahn & The Painted Bird continue to masterfully navigate the dichotomy between the revolutionary and the apocalyptic, the political and the poetic, the corrosive and the explosive. MORE» More»

With a new record, The Butcher's Share, The Painted Bird Berlin's radical Yiddish borderland bandits return to the road. “We like to say we’re singing apocalyptic anthems for the revolution,” quips Kahn, “or perhaps they are revolutionary anthems for the apocalypse. That tension gets to the heart of the matter. It’s not one or the other, and it’s not exactly both.” Imbued with the passion of early 20th-century Eastern European radicals, the poetics of the best modern songwriters, and the live energy of a punkrock shtetl wedding, The Painted Bird translates the struggle, hope, and intensity of the past into our own time. The band is touring Europe and North America throughout 2018.

Berlin-based Detroit-born poet / translator / singer / multi-instrumentalist (accordion, piano, guitar) Daniel Kahn has reformed the band with new and old comrades: Berlin’s clarinet/sax/brass master Christian Dawid, New York's leading Eastern European fiddle virtuoso Jake Shulman-Ment, experimental contrabassist composer Michael Tuttle, and neo-klezmerist drummer Hampus Melin. The live show features translations, lyrics, and images by Eric Drooker, an iconic artist for the punk movement, whose work is woven into the album’s design. “The visuals are a kind of translation, too,” notes Kahn. “They are there to enrich the experience.” The artwork and supertitles, as well as material from the band’s new videos, are all curated and projected by Berlin-based translator, and Kahn's wife and partner, Yeva Lapsker, who runs the program live, using images as a kind of visual instrument in the band, shifting the presentation to suit the set.

“Yiddish culture is a global culture. And we’re fighting the same fights as many of the thinkers and artists and activists of the early 20th century,” Kahn argues. “It’s not the past repeating, however, and we have their language and their experience to draw on as we make the connection to the struggles of immigrants, Muslims, refugees, Jews, women, all people who are fighting to live freely. The past is present and the struggle is global and historical.” Complex historical and political connections aside, The Painted Bird remains rooted in traditional singer-songwriter ballads and rocking energy, in expressive musicianship and the connection with the audience. “We start at the bottom of the pit and crawl out, to the really uplifting songs. ” notes Kahn. “We sculpt our set to have a dramatic arc. Every show is a new relationship with strangers.”

New anthems like "Freedom Is A Verb" and Josh Waletzky's “99%" speak to the political moment as much as they address eternal struggles of class and liberation. Ballads like "Children In The Woods" and "Sheyres Hora" explore the depths of trauma and Traum. The dark rock landscape of "No One Survives" references the brave hopelessness of late David Bowie. In the title track "The Bucher's Sher" Kahn manages to make an upbeat Klezmer epic out of economic concepts of commodity fetishism and bourgeois morality. Old Yiddish, Russian, and German ballads of resistance and revolt are made more radical and relevant through poetic new translations.

Daniel Kahn & The Painted Bird continue to masterfully navigate the dichotomy between the revolutionary and the apocalyptic, the political and the poetic, the corrosive and the explosive.

 

 

Event
11/20/2018

11/19/2018, La Jolla, CA, Garfield Theatre, San Diego Center for Jewish Culture, 8:00 PM
10/02/201811/19/2018, Freedom Is A Verb: Daniel Kahn & The Painted Bird Return to the US with Radical Yiddish History and Nightmarish Visions You Can Dance to.
Event
11/19/2018
Event
11/19/2018
Event Notes
All sales are final. No refunds or exchanges
Ticket URL
https://my.lfjcc.org/single/SYOS.aspx?p=5868
Ticket Phone
858.457.3030
Ticket Price(s)
Price $30; JCC Member Price $25
Venue Zip
92037
Venue City, State
La Jolla, CA
Venue St. Address
4126 Executive Drive
Venue
Garfield Theatre, San Diego Center for Jewish Culture
Concert Start Time
8:00 PM
Daniel Kahn & The Painted Bird continue to masterfully navigate the dichotomy between the revolutionary and the apocalyptic, the political and the poetic, the corrosive and the explosive. MORE» More»

With a new record, The Butcher's Share, The Painted Bird Berlin's radical Yiddish borderland bandits return to the road. “We like to say we’re singing apocalyptic anthems for the revolution,” quips Kahn, “or perhaps they are revolutionary anthems for the apocalypse. That tension gets to the heart of the matter. It’s not one or the other, and it’s not exactly both.” Imbued with the passion of early 20th-century Eastern European radicals, the poetics of the best modern songwriters, and the live energy of a punkrock shtetl wedding, The Painted Bird translates the struggle, hope, and intensity of the past into our own time. The band is touring Europe and North America throughout 2018.

Berlin-based Detroit-born poet / translator / singer / multi-instrumentalist (accordion, piano, guitar) Daniel Kahn has reformed the band with new and old comrades: Berlin’s clarinet/sax/brass master Christian Dawid, New York's leading Eastern European fiddle virtuoso Jake Shulman-Ment, experimental contrabassist composer Michael Tuttle, and neo-klezmerist drummer Hampus Melin. The live show features translations, lyrics, and images by Eric Drooker, an iconic artist for the punk movement, whose work is woven into the album’s design. “The visuals are a kind of translation, too,” notes Kahn. “They are there to enrich the experience.” The artwork and supertitles, as well as material from the band’s new videos, are all curated and projected by Berlin-based translator, and Kahn's wife and partner, Yeva Lapsker, who runs the program live, using images as a kind of visual instrument in the band, shifting the presentation to suit the set.

“Yiddish culture is a global culture. And we’re fighting the same fights as many of the thinkers and artists and activists of the early 20th century,” Kahn argues. “It’s not the past repeating, however, and we have their language and their experience to draw on as we make the connection to the struggles of immigrants, Muslims, refugees, Jews, women, all people who are fighting to live freely. The past is present and the struggle is global and historical.” Complex historical and political connections aside, The Painted Bird remains rooted in traditional singer-songwriter ballads and rocking energy, in expressive musicianship and the connection with the audience. “We start at the bottom of the pit and crawl out, to the really uplifting songs. ” notes Kahn. “We sculpt our set to have a dramatic arc. Every show is a new relationship with strangers.”

New anthems like "Freedom Is A Verb" and Josh Waletzky's “99%" speak to the political moment as much as they address eternal struggles of class and liberation. Ballads like "Children In The Woods" and "Sheyres Hora" explore the depths of trauma and Traum. The dark rock landscape of "No One Survives" references the brave hopelessness of late David Bowie. In the title track "The Bucher's Sher" Kahn manages to make an upbeat Klezmer epic out of economic concepts of commodity fetishism and bourgeois morality. Old Yiddish, Russian, and German ballads of resistance and revolt are made more radical and relevant through poetic new translations.

Daniel Kahn & The Painted Bird continue to masterfully navigate the dichotomy between the revolutionary and the apocalyptic, the political and the poetic, the corrosive and the explosive.

 

 

Event
11/19/2018

11/18/2018, Los Angeles, CA, Pico Union Project, 8:00 PM
10/01/201811/18/2018, Freedom Is A Verb: Daniel Kahn & The Painted Bird Return to the US with Radical Yiddish History and Nightmarish Visions You Can Dance to.
Event
11/18/2018
Event
11/18/2018
Ticket URL
http://www.picounionproject.org/bird
Ticket Phone
213-915-0084
Ticket Price(s)
$20
Venue Zip
90015
Venue City, State
Los Angeles, CA
Venue St. Address
1153 Valencia Street
Venue
Pico Union Project
Concert Start Time
8:00 PM
Doors Open
7:00 PM
Daniel Kahn & The Painted Bird continue to masterfully navigate the dichotomy between the revolutionary and the apocalyptic, the political and the poetic, the corrosive and the explosive. MORE» More»

With a new record, The Butcher's Share, The Painted Bird Berlin's radical Yiddish borderland bandits return to the road. “We like to say we’re singing apocalyptic anthems for the revolution,” quips Kahn, “or perhaps they are revolutionary anthems for the apocalypse. That tension gets to the heart of the matter. It’s not one or the other, and it’s not exactly both.” Imbued with the passion of early 20th-century Eastern European radicals, the poetics of the best modern songwriters, and the live energy of a punkrock shtetl wedding, The Painted Bird translates the struggle, hope, and intensity of the past into our own time. The band is touring Europe and North America throughout 2018.

Berlin-based Detroit-born poet / translator / singer / multi-instrumentalist (accordion, piano, guitar) Daniel Kahn has reformed the band with new and old comrades: Berlin’s clarinet/sax/brass master Christian Dawid, New York's leading Eastern European fiddle virtuoso Jake Shulman-Ment, experimental contrabassist composer Michael Tuttle, and neo-klezmerist drummer Hampus Melin. The live show features translations, lyrics, and images by Eric Drooker, an iconic artist for the punk movement, whose work is woven into the album’s design. “The visuals are a kind of translation, too,” notes Kahn. “They are there to enrich the experience.” The artwork and supertitles, as well as material from the band’s new videos, are all curated and projected by Berlin-based translator, and Kahn's wife and partner, Yeva Lapsker, who runs the program live, using images as a kind of visual instrument in the band, shifting the presentation to suit the set.

“Yiddish culture is a global culture. And we’re fighting the same fights as many of the thinkers and artists and activists of the early 20th century,” Kahn argues. “It’s not the past repeating, however, and we have their language and their experience to draw on as we make the connection to the struggles of immigrants, Muslims, refugees, Jews, women, all people who are fighting to live freely. The past is present and the struggle is global and historical.” Complex historical and political connections aside, The Painted Bird remains rooted in traditional singer-songwriter ballads and rocking energy, in expressive musicianship and the connection with the audience. “We start at the bottom of the pit and crawl out, to the really uplifting songs. ” notes Kahn. “We sculpt our set to have a dramatic arc. Every show is a new relationship with strangers.”

New anthems like "Freedom Is A Verb" and Josh Waletzky's “99%" speak to the political moment as much as they address eternal struggles of class and liberation. Ballads like "Children In The Woods" and "Sheyres Hora" explore the depths of trauma and Traum. The dark rock landscape of "No One Survives" references the brave hopelessness of late David Bowie. In the title track "The Bucher's Sher" Kahn manages to make an upbeat Klezmer epic out of economic concepts of commodity fetishism and bourgeois morality. Old Yiddish, Russian, and German ballads of resistance and revolt are made more radical and relevant through poetic new translations.

Daniel Kahn & The Painted Bird continue to masterfully navigate the dichotomy between the revolutionary and the apocalyptic, the political and the poetic, the corrosive and the explosive.

 

 

Event
11/18/2018

11/16/2018, Album Release, "The Butcher's Share"
09/26/201811/16/2018, Freedom Is A Verb: Daniel Kahn & The Painted Bird Return to the US with Radical Yiddish History and Nightmarish Visions You Can Dance to.
Release
11/16/2018
Release
11/16/2018
Release Format
Album
Release Type
Digital & Physical
Release Title
The Butcher's Share
Daniel Kahn & The Painted Bird continue to masterfully navigate the dichotomy between the revolutionary and the apocalyptic, the political and the poetic, the corrosive and the explosive. MORE» More»

With a new record, The Butcher's Share, The Painted Bird Berlin's radical Yiddish borderland bandits return to the road. “We like to say we’re singing apocalyptic anthems for the revolution,” quips Kahn, “or perhaps they are revolutionary anthems for the apocalypse. That tension gets to the heart of the matter. It’s not one or the other, and it’s not exactly both.” Imbued with the passion of early 20th-century Eastern European radicals, the poetics of the best modern songwriters, and the live energy of a punkrock shtetl wedding, The Painted Bird translates the struggle, hope, and intensity of the past into our own time. The band is touring Europe and North America throughout 2018.

Berlin-based Detroit-born poet / translator / singer / multi-instrumentalist (accordion, piano, guitar) Daniel Kahn has reformed the band with new and old comrades: Berlin’s clarinet/sax/brass master Christian Dawid, New York's leading Eastern European fiddle virtuoso Jake Shulman-Ment, experimental contrabassist composer Michael Tuttle, and neo-klezmerist drummer Hampus Melin. The live show features translations, lyrics, and images by Eric Drooker, an iconic artist for the punk movement, whose work is woven into the album’s design. “The visuals are a kind of translation, too,” notes Kahn. “They are there to enrich the experience.” The artwork and supertitles, as well as material from the band’s new videos, are all curated and projected by Berlin-based translator, and Kahn's wife and partner, Yeva Lapsker, who runs the program live, using images as a kind of visual instrument in the band, shifting the presentation to suit the set.

“Yiddish culture is a global culture. And we’re fighting the same fights as many of the thinkers and artists and activists of the early 20th century,” Kahn argues. “It’s not the past repeating, however, and we have their language and their experience to draw on as we make the connection to the struggles of immigrants, Muslims, refugees, Jews, women, all people who are fighting to live freely. The past is present and the struggle is global and historical.” Complex historical and political connections aside, The Painted Bird remains rooted in traditional singer-songwriter ballads and rocking energy, in expressive musicianship and the connection with the audience. “We start at the bottom of the pit and crawl out, to the really uplifting songs. ” notes Kahn. “We sculpt our set to have a dramatic arc. Every show is a new relationship with strangers.”

New anthems like "Freedom Is A Verb" and Josh Waletzky's “99%" speak to the political moment as much as they address eternal struggles of class and liberation. Ballads like "Children In The Woods" and "Sheyres Hora" explore the depths of trauma and Traum. The dark rock landscape of "No One Survives" references the brave hopelessness of late David Bowie. In the title track "The Bucher's Sher" Kahn manages to make an upbeat Klezmer epic out of economic concepts of commodity fetishism and bourgeois morality. Old Yiddish, Russian, and German ballads of resistance and revolt are made more radical and relevant through poetic new translations.

Daniel Kahn & The Painted Bird continue to masterfully navigate the dichotomy between the revolutionary and the apocalyptic, the political and the poetic, the corrosive and the explosive.

 

 

Release
11/16/2018

11/15/2018, Palo Alto, CA, Schultz Cultural Arts Hall , 7:30 PM
10/01/201811/15/2018, Freedom Is A Verb: Daniel Kahn & The Painted Bird Return to the US with Radical Yiddish History and Nightmarish Visions You Can Dance to.
Event
11/15/2018
Event
11/15/2018
Ticket URL
https://paloaltojcc.org/Events/daniel-kahn-and-the-painted-bird
Ticket Phone
(650) 223-8649
Ticket Price(s)
General Public - $25.00 // Members & J-Pass holders - $20.00
Venue Zip
94303
Venue City, State
Palo Alto, CA
Venue St. Address
3921 Fabian Way
Venue
Schultz Cultural Arts Hall
Concert Start Time
7:30 PM
Daniel Kahn & The Painted Bird continue to masterfully navigate the dichotomy between the revolutionary and the apocalyptic, the political and the poetic, the corrosive and the explosive. MORE» More»

With a new record, The Butcher's Share, The Painted Bird Berlin's radical Yiddish borderland bandits return to the road. “We like to say we’re singing apocalyptic anthems for the revolution,” quips Kahn, “or perhaps they are revolutionary anthems for the apocalypse. That tension gets to the heart of the matter. It’s not one or the other, and it’s not exactly both.” Imbued with the passion of early 20th-century Eastern European radicals, the poetics of the best modern songwriters, and the live energy of a punkrock shtetl wedding, The Painted Bird translates the struggle, hope, and intensity of the past into our own time. The band is touring Europe and North America throughout 2018.

Berlin-based Detroit-born poet / translator / singer / multi-instrumentalist (accordion, piano, guitar) Daniel Kahn has reformed the band with new and old comrades: Berlin’s clarinet/sax/brass master Christian Dawid, New York's leading Eastern European fiddle virtuoso Jake Shulman-Ment, experimental contrabassist composer Michael Tuttle, and neo-klezmerist drummer Hampus Melin. The live show features translations, lyrics, and images by Eric Drooker, an iconic artist for the punk movement, whose work is woven into the album’s design. “The visuals are a kind of translation, too,” notes Kahn. “They are there to enrich the experience.” The artwork and supertitles, as well as material from the band’s new videos, are all curated and projected by Berlin-based translator, and Kahn's wife and partner, Yeva Lapsker, who runs the program live, using images as a kind of visual instrument in the band, shifting the presentation to suit the set.

“Yiddish culture is a global culture. And we’re fighting the same fights as many of the thinkers and artists and activists of the early 20th century,” Kahn argues. “It’s not the past repeating, however, and we have their language and their experience to draw on as we make the connection to the struggles of immigrants, Muslims, refugees, Jews, women, all people who are fighting to live freely. The past is present and the struggle is global and historical.” Complex historical and political connections aside, The Painted Bird remains rooted in traditional singer-songwriter ballads and rocking energy, in expressive musicianship and the connection with the audience. “We start at the bottom of the pit and crawl out, to the really uplifting songs. ” notes Kahn. “We sculpt our set to have a dramatic arc. Every show is a new relationship with strangers.”

New anthems like "Freedom Is A Verb" and Josh Waletzky's “99%" speak to the political moment as much as they address eternal struggles of class and liberation. Ballads like "Children In The Woods" and "Sheyres Hora" explore the depths of trauma and Traum. The dark rock landscape of "No One Survives" references the brave hopelessness of late David Bowie. In the title track "The Bucher's Sher" Kahn manages to make an upbeat Klezmer epic out of economic concepts of commodity fetishism and bourgeois morality. Old Yiddish, Russian, and German ballads of resistance and revolt are made more radical and relevant through poetic new translations.

Daniel Kahn & The Painted Bird continue to masterfully navigate the dichotomy between the revolutionary and the apocalyptic, the political and the poetic, the corrosive and the explosive.

 

 

Event
11/15/2018