Concert: Waxband

Sunday 17. November 2019, 7 p.m., Leopoldina

Waxband: From Real Life to the Phonograph Cylinder and Back

photo: Yulia Kabakova

Would you have known? For decades, wax was the sole medium for preserving music in a somewhat reliable manner. We owe the first recordings of klezmer music and Yiddish songs to Thomas Alva Edison’s invention of the phonograph in 1877.

Under the auspices of art director Amit Weisberger (France), the Waxband travels back to remember just how much ethnographic recording from the beginning 20th century stirred up the public – as much as digitally recorded art does today. Guest starring an Edison phonograph! How surprised must have been the singers and instrumentalists when the phonograph cylinder “played” with their voices for the first time. Many of these recordings were covered in archival dust, and resonate in Halle today! It is a one-of-its-kind technical, historical, musical, theatrical, and joyful experience.

Amit Weisberger – art director, violine, vocals
Jérôme Block – accordion
Mihaï Trestian – cimbalom
Laurent Clouet – clarinette
Olivier Richaume – violine
… and an original Edison phonograph

Where: National Academy of the Sciences Leopoldina, Leopoldina, Jägerberg 1 (former Moritzburgring 10), 06108 Halle (Saale)

Admissions: EUR16/EUR 10 (reduced)

Book early: or contact us by phone: +49-157/56606114. Tickets need to be picked up at least 15 minutes before beginning.

Buy early (additional fees may apply): Tourist Information, Marktschlösschen, Marktplatz 13, 06108 Halle (Saale)