"With Tumbling Into Light the Flying Bulgars shatter the walls of their own beloved genre... keep[ing] the best parts high in the mix: melancholy, furiousness, deep ancestral summoning and total Ginsbergian fool' joy."
-Andrew Whiteman, BSS, Apostle of Hustle
The Flying Bulgars (formerly the Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band) is a Toronto-based
ensemble that plays original music rooted in the soul sound of the Jews. For twenty
years the band has been recognized as being “at the forefront of progressive klezmer
and Yiddish music, firmly rooted in tradition yet fully engaged with the immediate
present” (Sing Out). Formed by trumpeter and composer David Buchbinder in 1987,
and now co-lead with singer Dave Wall, the Flying Bulgars have consistently charted a
course between the calm waters of tradition and the exciting, uncertain seas of
Now the band has taken a sharp turn away from that neo-Yiddish path and have just
released a CD of all new, original songs written by Buchbinder & Wall in English and
dressed in a contemporary folk/alternative sound. Tumbling Into Light -- the band's sixth
CD -- is full of darkness and hope, mixing poetry, anger and longing in a heady mix of
Jewish-inspired melodies. The songs are dramatic, funny, contemplative, rousing and
very topical, engaging with questions of power and peace, control and humanity, asking
whether we will be able to rise above our anger born of fear and find the light. With a
fully-orchestrated alt-pop sound recorded with the help of producer Dave Newfeld (the
mastermind behind the recordings of the Broken Social Scene), the Bulgars are ready to
meet a whole new audience.
After many years of touring in Canada, the United States and Europe, the Flying Bulgars
have taken the last few years off to discover and develop this new musical approach.
And now that they have it, they are ready to run with it, creating not only a concert
performance, but developing a full scale, multi-media show including film (created by
Canadian indie icon Bruce McDonald) and contemporary movement. This full-scale
Tumbling Into Light will have its debut in early 2010 and has already been booked into
several festivals in the United States.
After twenty years, six CDs (and three JUNO nominations), three music videos, and
hundreds of shows -- from Folk on the Rocks to WOMAD (English version) to the
Tollwood Festival in Munich, to the Bell Atlantic Jazz Festival in New York to
Klezmermania in San Francisco, to festivals in Amsterdam, Berlin, London, Frankfurt,
Hamburg, Stockholm and more -- this band knows how to take an audience on an
electric ride. And now they will be doing it in a language and telling a story that all
audiences will understand.
"...a wild and inspiring batch of beautifully crafted, beautifully played tunes. What's more, the Bulgars have created their own genre (pop/klezmer agitprop?)!"
-Jason Collett, singer-songwriter