THE KLEZMORIM > Bio > Band Members > Lev Liberman 

Lev Liberman wails on alto sax. [Photo: Somebody in Germany]

a/k/a:  Boots; The Supreme Jazz-Baby; Zar-Gon, Evil Prince of Klezmer

Co-founder of The Klezmorim (with David Skuse):  1975

Band member:  1975–88 & 2004–present

Other functions:  Manager/publicist 1975–78; musical researcher/transcriber/arranger/composer 1975-2004; album co-producer/art director/liner notes 1976-1986; webmaster 1996-present; bandleader 2004–present

Instruments:  Eb alto sax, Bb soprano sax, C-melody sax, Marxophone, tarogato, flute, frula, pennywhistle, panpipe, siren, woodblock, tupan, baraban, dumbek, tambourine, spoons, random vocals

Albums:  East Side Wedding, Streets of Gold, First Recordings 1976-78, Great Hudson River Revival, Metropolis, Notes from Underground, Jazz-Babies of the Ukraine

Good ink:  «Sax delirium!»  — VSD, Paris, France
«Lev Liberman plays saxophone with a haunting tenderness that will send shivers up your spine and bring tears to your eye.»  — Newsday, New York
«Among the most accomplished reed players I have ever heard.»  — CityLife, Phoenix, Arizona
«The audiences were enthralled... swaying to the sax's Oriental airs like snakes hypnotized by a fakir's horn.»  — The Herald, Hyde Park, Illinois

Other gigs:  Scored 19th-century Russian play Diary of a Scoundrel for Berkeley Repertory Theatre and ACT Seattle; scored Martians from Mercury and dance-theater piece 1944. Has composed scores and soundscapes for independent films, interactive media, and TV/radio commercials. Donned his legendary klezmer guru hat to create the course "Klezmer Music: From Underground to Outer Edge" at Portland State University, Oregon, USA. Has performed and/or recorded with Andrew Cronshaw, Yankl Falk, Di Naye Kapelye, Sandra Layman, Juke Joint Johnny & The Hot Links, Klezmocracy, j. poet, Adrianne Greenbaum, Doug Haning Ensemble, Tim DuRoche, and Sinners Club. Leads the 9-piece horn/rhythm supergroup Lung Tung. When sufficiently motivated, Liberman will sacrifice a rubber chicken, wake The Klezmorim from its enchanted sleep, and lead the shambling golem out on its 'leventy-billionth tour.

Current gig:  Writer/actor Lev Liberman works as a versatile voiceover talent, creating hundreds of quirky characters in videogames, commercials, museum exhibits, and films. His tempestuous romance with the saxophone endures, despite his current infatuation with the electric lap steel guitar.

Email:  kontakt Lev Liberman