SENSATIONAL SUSSMAN SINGS UP A SUNCOAST STORM!
Fay and local friends will bring Yiddish Joy and foot tapping klezmer music to the Sunshine Coast in May.
For Fay Sussman, music is the ultimate language of peace. The alternately soulful and sassy singer lives a commitment to keeping the Jewish heritage alive through music.
Named for her great aunt Faina Feigale who died at the hands of the Nazis, along with most of her family in Europe, Fay says her passion for Jewish song, both Hebrew and Yiddish, is a compulsion and a beacon: "Music is a way to unite people and break down boundaries so that all people can celebrate together."
Born to a long tine of cantors, Polish-born Fay came to Australia by way of Israel as a youngster, but her childhood memories are all of the songs of her parents‚ and grandparents, in Walbcze or the streets of Tel Aviv where she sang with other survivors as a statement: "Am Yisroel Chai!"(the Jewish People Live!).
The trauma of her father's sudden death when she was just 21 silenced her singing for more than 30 years until the joy of her daughter's wedding forced the music out once more. Since then, she has become a sensation on the folk and world music circuit as well as a voice for
understanding in a world of conflict. Teaming up with local Klezmer band, Kel de Zac, Fay sings the wild and joyous Jewish jazz as well as the reflective and soulful music of the shtetl (villages).
From communal concerts to Cafe Carnival, cabaret at La Bar, and command performances from Auckland to Brisbane she has performed with Henri Szeps, Warren Mitchell, Barry Humphries and cantor Shimon Farkas. At Woodford Folk Festival one New Year's Eve, she performed for 10,000 people, leading them spontaneously to light Chanukah Candles in a prayer for peace!
Fay Sussman is visiting the Sunshine Coast briefly for the Courage to Care Exhibition and will perform only two sensational concerts over the Mother's Day weekend; Saturday 12 May 2007 at artSynC, Nambour and Sunday 13 May in Maleny Hall.
An evening of Yiddish Joy‚ will be a cabaret night of Yiddish festive song and the vibrant klezmer music of the gypsy's of Eastern Europe. By her side will be local klezmer favourites Kel de Zac featuring Bob Grant on pumping accordion, Kari on wild clarinet and Tim Finnigan, well known brilliant Jazz Double bass player.
In a journey from the past to the present, the evening will encompass an intimate collection of songs in memory of the 1.5 million child victims of the Holocaust and in honour of the child survivors AND feature a stamp your feet‚ all singing, all dancing klezmer treat with the full band. Wine and cheese platters available and room for dancing on the tables!
A cabaret with a toast to life!
Saturday 12th May 7.30pm ArtSynC, Nambour
Sunday 13th May 7.30pm Maleny Community Hall
Ph 5445 0622