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David Krakauer: The Big Picture Featuring Krakauer

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The Big Picture is clarinetist David Krakauer’s companion piece to a multimedia presentation that ran for a month at New York’s Museum of Jewish Heritage. Its dozen tracks are drawn from a variety of films ranging from Bob Fosse’s Cabaret and Lenny to Roman Polanski’s The Pianist to a trio of Woody Allen hits, Krakauer’s intention, he writes in the liner notes, to “explore the inseparable relationship between music and movies.”

Of course this has been done before-many, many times. But there’s a bigger picture, if you will. Each of these films in some way connects to Jewish life and culture, always a core element of Krakauer’s work. In most instances the link is obvious (Fiddler on the Roof‘s “Tradition,” a cover of “People,” made famous by Barbra Streisand) and sometimes it isn’t. But ultimately, The Big Picture would be a rewarding listen even if one had no idea what its creators were going for.

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