Forshpil - Yiddish psychedelic rock.
The cutting-edge, young Latvian band Forshpil reinterprets traditional Jewish music in a unique and daring way.
Formed in Riga, Latvia in 2003 as means of exploring traditional Yiddish culture, the band, led by singer Sasha Lurje and keyboardist/arranger Ilya Shneyveys, has traveled extensively to study, perform and teach at major Jewish and world music events in Russia, Germany, Poland, Canada, UK and beyond.
Today Forshpil's music is a fusion of Yiddish songs, Hassidic nigunim and klezmer tunes with 1960s-1970s rock, spiced up by funk, reggae and jazz. Energetic yet intimate performance, vintage analog sounds and multi-colored, deeply passionate singing deliver an ultimate Yiddish psychedelic experience. This is what it would have sounded like if Pink Floyd and The Doors had ever jammed together at a Jewish wedding.
Sasha Lurje - voice
Ilya Shneyveys - keyboards
Mitia Khramtsov - violin
Roman Shinder - guitar
Zheka Lizin - drums