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  • Meg Benson, Music Hunter


On Saturday October 12 music and history appreciators from the Blue Mountains come together to witness 'Szolnok' a CD presentation by Daniel Weltlinger and his band "Zohar's Nigun" playing violin, piano, bass, drum and percussion in the genres of klezmer, free experimental, chamber and jazz music with influences from Gypsy Jazz. The album traces the true story of Daniel grandfather's violin that was carried by foot from Hungary to France in the 20's . In other words, you'll never have a chance to hear something like this live again.

“It is impossible to overstate the charm of this album. In every sense of the word it is a fabulous music journey. The violin sings in the hands of Daniel Weltlinger like no other..”

- Peter Winkler, The Music Trust, 28. July 2019

Check out this video of astounding music recorded this year in Berlin.

Daniel Weltlinger Quartet performing '1921' a track from the new Album Szolnok, live on the 8th of May, 2019 at Wabe, Berlin. Filmed by Stefan Blahut from Coconut Productions.

Because we are both fans, Music Hunter and Music in the Mountains team up to co-present this stunning and rare show with Daniel Weltlinger, Australia's premier and most genre diverse violinist.

Zohar's Nigun are: Daniel Weltlinger on violin, Daniel Pliner on piano, Simon Milman on bass and Robbie Avenaim on drums/percussion. The band name loosely translates as "music with depth and soul". 'Szolnok' is an album that was recorded with and traces in music the true story of Daniel Weltlinger's grandfather's violin from Szolnok that was carried by foot from Hungary to France between 1920-1922. The violin was literally carried across the entire globe - from Budapest to Vienna to Marseilles to Casablanca to Sydney to Berlin - and the album consists of a mix of mostly original material mixing jazz, classical, folk and free improvised music influences as well as songs that Weltlinger's grandfather played on the violin. The album follows the historical line of this instrument and it's whereabouts until the present day, and represents a story about time, continuity and most importantly about moving forward. It is a story for the ages. This highly unusual and deeply personal album, recorded at Blackbird Studios in Berlin, mixes elements of jazz, free improvisation, Classical and folk influences, as well as songs Weltlinger’s grandfather performed on the violin.

Zohar's Nigun is an experimental-chamber-jazz project that explores the very essence of the complicated and fractured nature behind what shapes identity in the 21st Century using the analogy of four musicians of Jewish heritage who mix both original and traditional music to explore these concepts.

This is the one he's been working towards. This is the one where the violin sound flows like thickened cream; where the programmatic ideas and the purely musical ones are in complete accord..'

- John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald, 26. July 2019

Daniel Weltlinger and Zohar's Nigun Saturday October 12, 2019 CD Presentation 'Szolnok' The SCHOOL OF ARTS 217 GWH, Wentworth Falls DOORS OPEN 7.30PM

Pre-sale tickets: $23 concession and $28 general adult

Same day and door prices : $30 concession and $35 general adult

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