Tag Archives: Todd Isler

TriBeCaStan: “…….are the Sex Pistols not folk music?”


 Interview by Jim Hoey – Photos by Marilyn Cvitanic ——————————This interview was conducted at TriBeCaStan’s West Side studio, with helicopters rising and falling along the riverside, and the three of us, John Kruth, Jeff Greene, and myself, surrounded by the instruments of their trade, culled from a lifetime of travel and exploration. Fresh from a sold-out CD release party at Joe’s Pub for their  latest offering, 5 Star Cave, the two offered insight into how they go about re-imagining folk  music from around the Middle East, Northern Africa, and other parts of the world. Based out of  the crossroads of NYC, they have the advantage of hearing some of the traditional  music they are inspired by pumping from cabs and bodegas, yet their embrace of the strange and  foreign in music goes above and beyond mere curiosity or dabbling, and passes into the realm of  living scholarship. Indeed, both have gone to the countries whose music they cherish, and have  played with the masters, so they’ve got the authenticity down, and when you hear them grooving along with their top-notch Folklorkestra, you don’t doubt that what you’re hearing is the real thing.

Continue reading