Dan Blacksberg

Dan Blacksberg, a Philadelphia native, is a unique musician as a composer, trombonist, and educator. Dan Blacksberg is a well-known trombonist and composer, and is a leading practitioner of klezmer trombone. In just a few days, Dan can switch between traditional klezmer, straight-ahead jazz, experimental new musical, and country music on his trombone. It has lead to Dan performing with artists like Elaine Hoffman Watts and Adrienne Cooper, Michael Winograd, Frank London, and experimentalists such as George Lewis and Anthony Braxton. He is also a featured soloist with The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. Bandcamp Daily describes Dan as “a maestro” who effortlessly jumps between and, ultimately, deconstructs, many genres. His musical vision has allowed him to create music that is accessible to many people. Dan’s latest album Radiant Others features danceable klezmer music. He also has the Dan Blacksberg Troo and genre-busting projects such as Together in Struggle and Deveykus, which feature the trombone as the main instrument. (WXPN’s WXPN’s The Key). Dan is a popular teacher at the top klezmer festivals, Klezkanada and Yiddish Summer Weimar. He has taught master classes and workshops at Yale University, Temple University, Yale and the University of Virginia where he is an artist in residence. He is currently the Klezmer musician-in-residence at Kol Tzedek Synagogue, West Philadelphia. He was awarded a Pew Fellowship for the Arts in 2012. He has also received grants from the American Composers Forum Philadelphia Chapter, and was a 2014 fellow composer at the UCross Foundation. from http://danblacksberg.com

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