Old-world chanson and postwar classical music remain the lifeblood of Barbez, but the band can still rock out hard. Variety is key: The ethereal blend of electronics, violin, marimba and more is utterly bewitching. Expect a celebratory tone to tonight's record-release affair heralding the arrival of Bella Ciao,a disc of songs inspired by ancient Roman Jewish melodies and the Italian Resistance during World War II, and the band's strongest, most ambitious statement to date. Distinguished composer Yotam Haber opens with his intensely felt chamber music.
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