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July 14, 2014

London Klezmer Quartet in Clapham

LKQ's concert and Summer Tea Dance in Clapham is Sunday 13 July at 4.30pm

LKQ album launch is Weds 20 August at 8pm
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Amnon Shiloah Z"l

Amnon Shiloah, one of the world's foremost authorities on Jewish music passed away in Jerusalem on Jul 11 2014 at the age of 85. A long-time professor of musicology at Hebrew University, Amnon Shiloah was an internationally respected and widely published authority on Arabic and Middle Eastern Jewish musical traditions, a scholar who did both ethnomusicological fieldwork and traditional historical research. Prof. Shiloah was a prolific author of books and articles, and editor of records; He did an immense amount of groundbreaking fieldwork. His most valuable work may be his large bibliographic compendium and his magnum opus "The Theory of Music in Arabic Writings ca.900-1900" published by RILM in 1979.

Other works include: The Musical Tradition of Iraqi Jews,Music Subjects in the Zohar, Text and Indices, Jewish Musical Traditions, The Dimension of Music in Islamic and Jewish Culture, Music in the World of Islam: A Socio-cultural Study.
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Article o Syllabes Meter of the Psalms

Guy Shakad has put together a theory of syllabes meter of the psalms, which makes interesting reading.
Posted by jmwc at 09:52 AM

July 02, 2014

The Star Spangled Banner in Yiddish

In honor of our Independence Day, here's a video of The Star Spangled Banner in Yiddish. Sung by the Jewish People's Philharmonic Chorus in NYC.

Posted by jmwc at 10:08 PM

June 23, 2014

Nellie Casman song Recovered

Jane Peppler in North Carolina is continually on the lookout for Yiddish songs. She found this one in the Library of Congress (with the help of the Librarian, of course!). She decided to record it, and who knows... maybe it's the first time.

Posted by jmwc at 11:06 PM

June 11, 2014

WunderKammer Klezmer in NYC

ISLE of KLEZBOS sextet presents: 16th annual KlezBiGay Pride show Monday, June 30 2014 “WunderKammer Klezmer”
7PM til 9PM - FREE & outdoors*!
El Sol Brillante Garden
East 12th Street between Ave's A/B, East Village NYC
(*Rain location TBA at as needed)
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Posted by jmwc at 04:21 PM

London Klezmer Quartet in Summertime

London Klezmer Quartet concerts and courses coming up

12 June, Camden, London. Music starts at 8.30pm
London Klezmer Quartet in concert at the Green Note, also featuring gorgeous Romanian melodies from the Brasov String Band - Francesca Ter-Berg (cello) and Flora Curzon (violin).
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June 10, 2014

Laible Ben Moshe with Jewjah Jam Band

Millinery Center Synagogue Presents:
Singer Songwriter "Laible Ben Moshe" Along with "The Jewjah Jam Band"
Michael Poulad; Guitar; Yaniel; Vocals & Keyboards; & JJ Horowitz; Drums
This Thursday June 12 2014
@ 8:00 pm
1025 Ave of the Americas
(6th Ave. & 38th St.)
Donation: $12
Doors: 7:30
For More Info:
Call us @ (646)262-5061
Posted by jmwc at 06:01 PM

Yiddish Summer Weimar

July 19 2014 to August 16 2014
Yiddish Summer Weimar is a Intercultural Yiddish Festival. it includes everything from intensive study of an instrument, to concerts, to workshops, films, storytelling, cooking, dance and history about Yiddish. Many events will be held at the "Other Music Academy" in Weimar, Germany. To see a complete listing and all details, visit the Festival website at:
Posted by jmwc at 05:53 PM

June 04, 2014

Pete Sokolow's 'Klezmer Plus Trio" w/Ken Maltz, Marty Confurius

June 10, 2014
5:30 - 7pm - Instrumental Klezmer Workshop w/Pete Sokolow
Concert 7:30pm
NY Klezmer Series Presents: Pete Sokolow's 'Klezmer Plus Trio" w/Ken Maltz, Marty Confurius
Stephen Wise Free Synagogue
30 W. 68th Street, NYC
(212) 877-4050
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Posted by jmwc at 06:35 PM

Egg Rolls and Egg Creams Festival

Metropolitan Klezmer plays Egg Rolls & Egg Creams Festival The Museum at Eldridge Street: Bi-cultural Block Party, 14th annual!
Sunday, June 8, 2014
12 noon til 4PM ~ FREE event
12 Eldridge Street
Lower East Side/Chinatown NYC 10002
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May 23, 2014

ISLE of KLEZBOS plays Father’s Day Klezmer Brunch

Sunday, June 15
Band performs 11:00AM - 2:00PM; doors open 10:00AM
Tickets $10 (kids under 13 enter free)
Full menu and bar; no minimum order
Location: 155 Varick Street at Vandam, New York NY [West Soho]
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Yiddish blues?! Yiddish jazz?! Yiddish pop?! Yiddish spirituals?! A concert unlike any other !
(With English translations)
("America the Beautiful")
SUNDAY, JUNE 1, 2014, 4:30 PM
Jewish People's Philharmonic Chorus
Binyumen Schaechter, Conductor
Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway (corner 95 Street), New York City

This two-hour concert, celebrating 360 years of American Jewish life (1654-2014), will include Yiddish music in distinctly American musical styles: blues, jazz and pop numbers, spirituals, standards, Second Avenue theatre hits, labor anthems, and more. In these works you will recognize America's pervasive influence on Jewish culture - and vice versa.

Posted by jmwc at 11:01 AM

Kickstarter Songs for Tsippora

Avior Bryon has a kickstarter campaign to get a CD off the ground he's naming "Songs for Tsippora". You can read about it here:
Posted by jmwc at 10:56 AM

Ensemble Me La Amargates Tu in Potsdam

Potsdam Musikfestpiele Ensemble Me La Amargates Tu
18-06-2014, 20:00, Mittwoch
Potsdam, Germany
"Music from the Spanish Jews"

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Ensemble Me La Amargates Tu in Israel

Ensemble Me La Amargates Tu Israeli Festival 7-6-2014, 21:00 YMCA
Jerusalem, Israel
"My heart remembers"
Ensemble Me La Amargates Tu with guest singer, mezzo soprano Bracha Kol
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May 20, 2014

Allen Watsky's Djangle Box Project

NY Klezmer Series Presents: Allen Watsky's Djangle Box Project
Tuesday May 20 at 7:30pm
Stephen Wise Free Synagogue
30 W. 68th St., New York, New York 10023
5:30 - 7pm - Instrumental Klezmer Workshop $25
7:30 - 9ish - Concert $15
9 - 9:45 Klezmer Jam Session
Full Night Pass $35
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Posted by jmwc at 03:40 PM

May 16, 2014

“Yentl” the play in NYC

“Yentl” the play, featuring Jill Sobule performing her new songs With Isle of Klezbos as houseband, plus friends from Metropolitan Klezmer & beyond!
Featuring Songs by Jill Sobule. Directed by Steven Cosson.

Wednesday, May 28
7:00PM (doors open 6:00PM)
Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater, NYC
425 Lafayette St (between E. 4th St & Astor Pl), New York City
Box office: 212-967-7555
Tickets $20.

“Yentl”: a play by Leah Napolin based on Isaac Bashevis Singer’s novel. featuring Jill Sobule performing her own music and lyrics; accompanied by bandmates from Isle of Klezbos, Metropolitan Klezmer and beyond. Come partake of “the mystery of appearances, the deceptions of the heart, and the divine androgyny of the soul.” Let YENTL, that most unorthodox of love stories surprise you… that most surprising of love triangles enchant you. It’s YENTL for a new age. Rediscover this timeless, tender, gender-bending tale that surprises and enchants!

Jill Sobule vocals & guitar, with guitarist Alex Nolan.
Karen Waltuch, viola
Shoko Nagai, accordion & piano
Reut Regev, trombone
Eve Sicular, drums & bandleader
Reuben Radding, double bass & vocals
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May 13, 2014

Prayers for Fellow Prisoners with Ullern Kammerkor

Norway's Ullern Kammerkor at the Center for Jewish History
15 West 16th Street, NYC
Thursday, May 29th at 7 PM
Prayers for Fellow Prisoners
by Kristian Hernes on a text by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Norway's Ullern Kammerkor
Gjermund Brenne, Conductor
A program of music by composers active in the Terezin Concentration Camp and who perished during the Holocaust. In addition, the concert will have two pieces by Kurt Weill.

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Posted by jmwc at 04:49 PM

Nashir! The Rottenberg Chorale Concert

Sunday, June 1, 2014
7 pm in Merkin Concert Hall

Led by conductor Ben Gruder, this ensemble will present an evening of Jewish choral music from the spiritual to the whimsical. Works include pieces by Yehezkel Braun, Leonard Cohen, Moshe Wilenskyand Eric Whitacre.

Tickets: $24 preferred/$21 general admission/$17 student/seniors
Tickets available by phone or at box office only.
Students must show ID

Merkin Concert Hall
129 West 67th Street
New York, NY 10023
Tel. 212-501-3330

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May 12, 2014

Sung Among Friends

Thursday, May 15, 7:00PM

Sung Among Friends: Intimate Georgian and Yiddish Singing Traditions

City Lore Performance Space, 56 East First St, Manhattan (Lower East Side), NY

This intimate concert held in close company presents the kind of traditional singing shared socially among friends and family. Informal and at times competitive, Georgian table singing, presented by members of the Zekari Georgian Men's Choir and Yiddish zingerayen, presented by some of the finest proponents of the tradition, including Michael Alpert, Carol Freeman, Sarah Gordon, Esther Gottesman, Janet Leuchter, Jerry Marcus, Ethel Raim, Paula Teitelbaum and Josh Waletzky, exemplify a practice found in many cultures of using the time after a meal to carry on in song.

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Posted by jmwc at 06:40 PM

The Yellow Ticket in Seattle

The Yellow Ticket in Seattle, Monday 5/12

Klezmer violinist Alicia Svigals performs her original score live to a screening of 1918 silent film The work, which was awarded the Foundation for Jewish Culture's 2012 New Jewish Music Network commission, is currently touring the U.S. and Canada. Next stop: as part of a Music of Remembrance concert at Benaroya Hall, Seattle. This performance, with Alicia on violin and pianist Marilyn Lerner, will also be the premiere of a new version of the score for clarinet, violin and piano, commissioned by Music of Remembrance and featuring Seattle Symphony clarinetist Laura DeLuca.

Remarkably progressive for its time, The Yellow Ticket (1918) is the first film to explore the discrimination of Jews in Tsarist Russia and stars famed Polish actress Pola Negri, Hollywood?s first European silent film star. Filmed on location in German-occupied Warsaw, it tells the story of Lea, a young woman who hides her Jewish heritage to study medicine. Pushed towards prostitution to pay the rent, Lea is saved by a beloved professor with a secret of his own.

Svigals performs her score live with Canadian new music virtuoso, pianist Marilyn Lerner.

Thanks to a grant from the Still Point Fund, Svigals' Yellow Ticket tour also premieres a newly digitized version of the film, created so that audiences can view it for the first time in almost a century at the proper speed, in high definition and with intertitles accurately translated from the original German.

7:30 p.m. | Monday, May 12, 2014
6:45 p.m. | Meet the Composers: Alicia Svigals and Lori Laitman

Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall, Benaroya Hall, Seattle

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May 08, 2014

From Babylon to Broadway

Sunday, June 8, 2014
Concert begins at 2:00 PM
Yorktown Jewish Center
2966 Crompond Rd, Yorktown Heights, NY

For an enjoyable adventure into the world of multi-cultural songs, hear Kol Rinah Chorale's eclectic offering of music inspired by Sephardi, Ashkenazi and Biblical traditions, ranging from ancient to contemporary melodies/liturgical to secular themes, including Broadway, Renaissance, Israeli and Spiritual genres.

Conducted by Ben Gruder and accompanied on piano by Connie Prener. Free kosher refreshments. Sunday, June 8, 2014 Concert begins at 2:00 PM at the Yorktown Jewish Center, 2966 Crompond Rd, Yorktown Heights, NY. Tix at the door: GA $22; Students/Seniors, $18. Group Rates, Advanced Sale Discounts and other Information at: or call 914-243-9059.
Posted by jmwc at 08:42 AM

April 28, 2014

Tribute to Israel at JTS

JTS and the Guild of Temple Musicians will host A Tribute to Israel, a free choral concert in honor of Yom Ha’atzma’ut, State of Israel Independence Day, on Sunday, May 4, at 7:00 p.m. at JTS. The program will feature the choruses of the H. L. Miller Cantorial School and College of Jewish Music of JTS, conducted by Hazzan David F. Tilman, adjunct assistant professor of Hazzanut, and Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music at Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, conducted by Joyce Rosenzweig, adjunct instructor of Music at JTS and artist-in-residence at HUC.

The centerpiece will be the world premiere of “Hallel for Children’s and Adult Choirs” by Michael Summa (RS ’17), the winning piece in the Guild of Temple Musicians’ 2014 Young Composer’s Award; Mr. Summa has won the award for two consecutive years. Tickets are free, but RSVP is required.
Posted by jmwc at 10:02 PM

April 22, 2014

Anat Fort in Jerusalem

Tomorrow, Wednesday, April 23 2014, Anat Fort will be taking a trip to Jerusalem, to perform a project she's been dreaming about for nearly ten years. Anat has arranged some of the most beautiful songs that were written by Natan Alterman and composed by Sasha Argov. Alterman is one of Israel's most prominent poets, and Argov is one of its key musical figures. The show will feature a great team of players PLUS video art. Tickets are going fast...please join Anat tomorrow as this will be special!

Tomorrow, Wednesday, April 23rd at 9PM
W/Amos Hoffman-guitar and oud, Yorai Oron-bass, Shay Zelman-drums, Tamar Singer-video art and special guest-Daphne Armony-voice!
Beit Avi Chai
44 King George St.
For those of you who cannot make it, you can watch here LIVE here:
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April 18, 2014

Zamir Boston Elijah Rocks

Monday, May 19, 7:30 pm, "Elijah Rocks" at Sanders Theatre, Cambridge, MA:

Reserve your tickets now for our season finale, "Elijah Rocks." This multimedia presentation will bring to life some of the great stories from the Bible. Experience the creation of the world, Cain and Abel, Noah and the flood, Moses and the exodus, Joshua at the walls of Jericho, Elijah with the fiery chariot, Shadrach in the furnace, and more. Special guest: the incomparable singer/songleader Nick Page. This year, Zamir is delighted to honor Charles Coe, noted poet and arts advocate; and Heather Zacker, Zamir alumna extraordinaire and healthcare executive. For tickets: or contact:
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April 01, 2014

Ya Ribon to Klezmer tune

An old Shabbat table song set to a klezmer tune, dressed up by Yoni Genut. Enjoy!

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March 19, 2014

Future of Yiddish Song event at YIVO

On Sunday, April 6th at 11 am at YIVO, join Klezmatics lead singer Lorin Sklamberg, Professor Mark Slobin, and top archivists, scholars and performers of Yiddish music for Passing the Torch: Jewish Music Archives and the Future of Yiddish Song. How can Jewish music archives foster new performance and scholarship? This symposium explores the folklorists and musicologists who collected Yiddish folk music, and the role of music archives in stimulating new work today.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit here<>.
Posted by jmwc at 09:33 PM

March 17, 2014

Review of Evgeny Kissin Performance in Washington

The Pro Musica Hebraica concert with Evgeny Kissin was reviewed in the Washington Post. It speaks well that the power of Yiddish alongside the power of Jewish musical works was so well recognized. Kudos to Kissin for a great performance.

Posted by jmwc at 01:09 PM

March 08, 2014


Sunday, March 23 at 5:00pm
The Town Hall in New York, New York
Havana Nagila is a joyful celebration of New York’s unique Latin and Jewish musical heritages. The Klezmatics update historic Yiddish tunes for contemporary listeners, creating a Grammy-winning style emulated worldwide. This spring, they will team up to craft an unforgettable evening with renowned Latin pianist & composer Arturo O’Farrill, Sofia Rei, Lewis Kahn, Reinaldo de Jesus and others
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