'The Four Questons is in fact the most progressive application of distinctly Yiddish style I've ever heard, yet, while spinning the ancient mode out to its farthest reaches, they also manage to preserve its essence and, in doing so, pay lavish tribute to the genius underlying.'
Mark S. Tucker - FAME review
Jazz is a music form that can blend in with just about any national, cultural or ancient traditional music – a truly democratic multilingual art form. ‘Zohar’s Nigun’ - literally translated as a song from the depths of one’s soul - is about the reality that is one’s family origins no matter where in the world one happens to be based in the mad mass globalised contemporary reality that is the 21st Century.
Using the analogy of four ethnically Jewish musicians from multicultural 21st Century Australia – a land previously populated for an estimated 40-80,000 years by Indigenous tribes – the conceptual point of the band is that every single human being has a family heritage that they belong to that is unique, not to mention virtually impossible to simply categorise or generalise about in a simple cliche. One's own family heritage in many cases in today’s world can quite easily be from outside of the country/region that they are living in or happened to have been born in. No one can simply ‘choose’ where their parents are from, where they happen to have been born or what their skin colour or ethnicity is – this is logically impossible. It simply is, it is beautiful and it is meant to be…..Shalom!
Daniel Weltmachine Weltlinger
Daniel FreeKey Pliner
Mickey Morphingaz Walter
Andre Asparagus Mylnsky
"The Asthmatix offer a delightfully zany take on instrumental hip-hop with their blend of jazz,
sample-driven electronica and traditional Jewish music."
Erin Felton - Deaf Ambitions
Kingston Avenue meets Utica, an instrumental mix of jazz and Jewish melodies combined with funk grooves, Chassidic children’s vinyl, turntablism and virtuosic playing. The Asthmatix create an irreverent, off-the-wall-anything-goes brand of contemporary electro-acoustic music blending the art of klezmer, hip hop, middle eastern melodies and traditional turntablism…