Deveykus, Les Rhinocéros, Pitom


DEVEYKUS is the newest of trombonist Dan Blacksberg’s re-imaginings of traditional Ashkenazic Jewish Music, and perhaps his most powerful to date. The mastermind behind Electric Simcha, a band that turbo-charged classic Hasidic melodies of celebration with the speed and sound of hardcore punk rock, Blacksberg delves into the spiritual side of Hasidic nigunim (wordless melodies) in order to draw out another new sound, this time inspired by Doom bands like Earth, and Sunn O))), from this well-worn tradition.

In 2012, Blacksberg brought together 5 musicians whose work spans experimental rock, metal, and Jewish music to form the band that would execute this new sound, Deveykus. Meaning “To cleave” to god and referring to both an ecstatic, trance-like state brought on by the singing of nigunim, and the name of the style of nign meant to bring on that state, Deveykus is a new band that brings the sounds of Jewish music fully into the world of experimental doom metal.

Les Rhinocéros

The young band Les Rhinocéros delivers a crazy world in sound. The trio of teenagers was formed in 2008 while the players were still in high school, and has developed since then into an intense and wildly imaginative group that takes music to its extremes. Emotional, minimalistic, intense and grooving, this is music that goes beyond imagination to the edges of sanity.


Avant-rock meets the Jewish sound in Pitom, a shredding instrumental band led by Yoshie Fruchter. Cacophonic guitar, surly heavy metal bass and a soaring violin echo Mahavishnu and the Melvins, with catchy melodies drawing from the Jewish tradition. With two records on Tzadik, the latest one "Blasphemy and Other Serious Crimes" produced by Pitom bassist Shanir Blumenkranz, the band is rocking hard as ever, and continues to develop it's unique sound in the Radical Jewish Culture scene.



Upcoming Events