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Towering Inferno

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Richard Wolfson was born to an orthodox Jewish family. In his early years he learnt piano and guitar, and, at the age of 17, formed the first of a succession of bands with Saunders. Towering Inferno was conceived as a large scale multimedia stage project, involving film and electronics. Wolfson and Saunders met with and were impressed by the Hungarian poet Endre Szkárosi and his cryptic poetry was a stimulus for their major work, the stage show and album Kaddish, which was created over five years and is an extended reflection on the Jewish prayer of the same name , including references to the history and folk-lore of Central and Eastern Europe and to the Shoah. The music includes adaptations of Hungarian folk-songs, some of them sung by Márta Sebestyén and Szkárosi, Jewish chant and the sound of the shofar, and dramatic electronic sound-effects. Kaddish was originally released in 1993 and described by its creators as ‘a dream history of Europe in the wake of the Holocaust’.

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  • hookbags

    I heard it once on the radio in the nineties and ordered it but it never arrived, it was hard to get stuff in the pre-internet days in Australia. It was not till I visited New York did I find a second hand copy.

    21 Apr 2012 Reply
  • mk741

    Kaddish is a simply brilliant album. Pity it's rather unknown.

    16 Jan 2012 Reply
  • zetetic23

    i got Kaddish in the mid 90s and it has given me much pleasure continuously, a friend of mine saw the live event and said it was fantastic.

    6 Jul 2009 Reply
  • ScaryPenis3

    only 4 comments? too bad so many people can't appreciate this music

    4 Feb 2009 Reply
  • theworldisfoam

    listen to me. we´re muc h alike! http://www.lastfm.de/music/The+World+Is+Foam

    11 Mar 2008 Reply
  • earwicker

    I still remember the day I bought Kaddish, it came with a sticker on it that had a quote from Brian Eno saying this is the most frightening album I've ever heard. Easily one of the best and most underrated albums of the 90's and I really wish these guys had done more than just this one thing like this.

    26 Feb 2008 Reply
  • DrLorenzo

    Brilliant.

    3 Nov 2007 Reply
  • Tiholap

    This music has destroyed my brain

    26 Jan 2007 Reply

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