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Dan Blacksberg, Klezmer Trombonist here! AMA!

Sholem Aleichem!

My name is Dan Blacksberg and I’m a klezmer trombonist living in Philadelphia, ready to answer YOUR questions about…Anything! I play and teach klezmer and Yiddish music in both traditional and modern settings but I also do a lot more than that. Here’s more about me and some links to listen to my music:


Klezmer National Anthem

Klezmer Trombone

Original Klezmer compositions

Hasidic Doom Metal

Hasidic Hardcore Punk

From the Krakow Jewish Culture Festival to the landmark experimental music venue Roulette, Philadelphia-native Dan Blacksberg has created a singular musical voice as a trombonist, composer, and educator. Acknowledged as the foremost practitioner of klezmer trombone in its traditional and modern forms and a respected voice in experimental music, Dan is known for a formidable virtuosity and extreme versatility. This has led to performances with artists such klezmer masters Elaine Hoffman Watts, Adrienne Cooper, Michael Winograd and Frank London to experimentalists like George Lewis, Anthony Braxton, Marshall Allen, and extreme doom metal band The Body, to being a featured soloist with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, to playing the national anthem for the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.

Described by Bandcamp Daily as “a maestro who effortlessly hops between—and, ultimately, deconstructs—genres with abandon,” Dan’s musical vision has led him to create music with a wide reach. From writing danceable klezmer melodies on his most recent album Radiant Others – the first klezmer album to feature the trombone as the lead instrument – to the free-jazz of the Dan Blacksberg Trio, to genre-busting projects like his Hasidic doom metal band Deveykus and his suite Name Of The Sea (Commissioned by the Kimmel Center), Dan forges music with a voice that “aims to infuse the fearless avant-garde with timeless sounds and techniques, and vice versa.” (WXPN’s The Key)

Dan is in high demand as a teacher at many of the leading klezmer festivals such as Klezkamp, Klezkanada, and Yiddish Summer Weimar. He has also been an adjunct faculty at Temple University where he started the Temple Klezmer Ensemble. He currently co-runs the instrumental program at Yiddish New York, and is the Klezmer musician in Residence at Kol Tzedek Synagogue in West Philadelphia. Awarded a Pew Fellowship in the Arts in 2012, he has received grants from the American Composers Forum Philadelphia Chapter and was a 2014 composer fellow at the UCross Foundation.


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