Aural alchemist David Krakauer, co-conspirators hip-hop beatmaster Socalled and legendary funk and jazz trombonist Fred Wesley (of James Brown and Parliament-Funkadelic fame) have teamed up to create the masterful collaboration of Abraham Inc. – a genre-clasing mix of klezmer, funk and hip hop that has been taking audiences by storm.
The group is poised to prove its mettle again when they make their debut performance in D.C. with a hand-clapping, hip shaking, head bouncing dance parfty, slated for 8 p.m., May 3 at the Strathmore's Music Center stage.
The Washington DCJCC's Washington Jewish Music Festival is a promotional partner for Strathmore's highly-anticipated presentation.
Julliard-trained clarinetist Krakauer founded Abraham Inc. in 2006 with Socalled and Fred Wesley. By embracing myriad genres, the group is "connected with something deep, mysterious, and timeless...as ancient as the sound of the Shofar...yet as modern as the...young hipsters at downtown venues" (Jazziz). The band released its debut album, Tweet Tweet, in 2010.
Krakauer is praised internationally for his "prodigious chops" (The New Yorker) and "soulfulness and electrifying showiness" (The New York Times). He is one of the world's leading exponents of Eastern European Jewish klezmer, plus a major voice in classical music and avant-garde improvisation.
Virtuoso Fred Wesley is renowned for his work with James Brown, George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic, Bootsy Collins and the Count Basie Orchestra. Multitalented Canadian hip-hop renegade Socalled is chiefly an accordionist and beat architect, and brings unparalleled versatility to the group with his skills as a pianist, composer, arranger, rapper, photographer, filmmaker and producer.
The trio will perform with rapper C-Rayz Walz, guitarists Sheryl Bailey and Allen Watsky, bassist Jerome Harris, trumpeter Freddie Hendrix, percussionist Michael Sarin, and saxophonist Brandon Wright.
Orchestra and Orchestra Tier accommodations for the event will be sold as unassigned General Admission tickets for standing and dancing. The Promenade, Grand Tier and Upper Tier levels will be assigned seating.
For more information or to purchase tickets, call (301) 581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.