Ken Leighton 8 p.m., Feb. 21
Sean Conway: Percussion, Trumpet, Vocals | Ben Ziff: Clarinet, Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric), Percussion, Vocals | Forest Borie: Accordion, Percussion, Vocals | Michael Uribe: Drums, Glockenspiel, Percussion, Vocals | Mason Pairish: Bass guitar | Robert Martin: Guitar (electric), Vocals | Anna Zinova: Fiddle | Ben Hartman: Saxophone, Vocals | Azra Bibanovska: Saxophone, Vocals | Aaron Queen: Percussion, Piano, Vocals | Rocko: Percussion, Vocals | Winston Tecolote: Drums, Vocals
Sound description: Acoustic over-the-top klezmer punk.
RIYL: Blackbird Raum, the Hail Seizures, Collective of Dirt, Adelitas, La Ballena De Jonas, Eskera, Grim Luck, 2nd St. Rag Stompers, Abandon Ship!, Doctor Bird
- Jam Session: "Di Nigunim's Gear Stolen in Chicago" · June 28, 2011
- Musician Interviews: "Klezmer Gypsy Punk" · Aug. 12, 2009
Inception: San Diego, 2001
Ex-Band Members: Andy Campa, Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric) Jon Anger, Percussion, Piano, Vocals Bryan Constantino, Percussion, Trumpet, Vocals Brian Koga, Drums, Percussion Gabe Kreb, Accordion, Percussion, Vocals John Pancoast, Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric), Percussion Nick Slavicek, Trombone Jo-El Tapia, Percussion, Violin, Vocals David Vidal, Percussion, Vocals
Influences: Grazhdanskaya Oborona, Vladimir Vysotsky, Dog Faced Hermans, Crass, De Kift, the Klezmorim, Taraf De Haidouks, Fanfare Ciocarlia, Kurt Weill, Lotte Lenya, Theodore Bikel, Lajko Felix
Di Nigunim is an Anarcho-Klezmer Punk band who has “no political agenda, but we try to do our part when we see a positive opportunity and direction to head in…We basically support all forms of protest that oppose, disrupt, or smash our fascist corporatocracy, war machine, racism of all types, homophobia, and other intolerant plagues, whether it tears at the roots of the system or helps the victim of domestic abuse in your neighborhood take back her freedom.”
Di Nigunim is a politically active punk band that has played protest shows on the U.S./Mexican border, at the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, at various benefits, etc.
The group’s lineup can include ten to thirteen members, making it difficult to perform on small stages and a challenge to coordinate rehearsals and gigs. The band’s instruments include the cimbalom, accordion, piano, violin, trumpet, euphonium, guitar, trombone, clarinet, drums, percussion, and bass.
“With so many members, sometimes it’s hard to get the sound right,” says Forest Borie, the band’s accordion player. “Also, we sometimes become intoxicated, which doesn’t help for staying in time.”
In August 2008, Di Nigunim released their first CD Balagan, a Hebrew word meaning “chaotic.” Interpunk describes the EP as capturing “the raw bursting energy and unique sound of the Eastern-European Balkan klezmer gypsy punk.”
Their album Harrumph! was released in 2011. A trailer full of their gear was stolen in Chicago on June 12 of that year.