Jake Marmer’s “Hermeneutic Stomp,” from Blue Thread Music
Blue Thread, the book publishing imprint of Jewish Currents magazine, has grown to be a music label with the launch of Jake Marmer‘s jazz poetry album, Hermeneutic Stomp.
For an excellent review of the CD by Eval Hareuveni of “All About Jazz,” click here.
Combining music, poetry, and improvisation, Hermeneutic Stomp exemplifies Blue Thread’s goal of radical and profound engagement with Jewish heritage. The CD features jazz and klezmer luminaries Frank London (Grammy Award-winning trumpeter with the Klezmatics), Greg Wall (Hasidic New Wave), Eyal Maoz (Edom), and Uri Sharlin (Natalie Merchant, Pharaoh’s Daughter). Riffing on Talmudic forms and cadences, khasidic chants, and midrashic innuendos, the CD is also firmly rooted in the American avant-garde tradition.
Jake Marmer had his first poetry collection, Jazz Talmud, published by The Sheep Meadow Press in 2012. An emigré at age 15 from the Ukraine, he is currently a doctoral candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center. He frequently contributes to the Forward and Tablet, and has co-founded North America’s first Jewish Poetry retreat at the KlezKanada Festival. Hermeneutic Stomp features fourteen original poems spontaneously and radically revised in the course of interaction with improvising musicians.
The album sells for $14.95 at the Jewish Currents website Pushcart. Shipping is free.
Listen to a cut below: