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August 27, 2014
End of an Era: Forward on the Last KlezKampThe Forward ran a short story on the upcoming "last Klezkamp".
. It's the end of an era, to say the least. Adrienne Cooper z"l and Henry Saposnik were leaders in recognizing you have to teach the next generation to keep things going. Music is such an important identity marker for Jewish young people. It would be great if more of the Jewish community institutions recognized that as well and put more music into practice!
Yehezkel Braun Z"lThe Jewish Music WebCenter Mourns the Passing of the great composer and teacher YEHEZKEL BRAUN (1922-2014)
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August 24, 2014
Zamir Chorale of Boston AuditionsThe Zamir Chorale of Boston, "America's foremost Jewish choral ensemble,"
(American Record Guide) will hold auditions for all voice parts on Sunday, September 21, from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m.at Hebrew College, 160 Herrick Road, Newton Centre. Auditions are by appointment only and must be scheduled in advance by emailing email@example.com
Candidates must have excellent vocal quality, the ability to sight-read music, and previous choral experience. In addition to the audition, candidates are required to attend open rehearsals at Hebrew College on Tuesday, September 9 and 16, from 7:15 to 10:00 p.m. Rehearsals are held on Tuesdays at Hebrew College, from 7:15 to 10:00 p.m., from September through early June. For more information about Zamir and audition requirements, visit www.zamir.org
Jewish People's Philharmonic Chorus AuditionsYou are invited to Audition in New York City for the acclaimed
Jewish People's Philharmonic Chorus
with Binyumen Schaechter, conductor
Auditions for the 2014/2015 season for the Jewish People's Philharmonic Chorus / JPPC will be held on the evenings of Tue., Sep. 2
Wed., Sep. 3
Thu., Sep. 4
6:00 to 8:00 PM
The Workmen's Circle / Arbeter-ring
247 West 37th Street, 5th floor
(between 7th & 8th Avenues)
New York City.
Auditions by appointment only. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If unavailable at the times listed above, please contact us to schedule another time.
Feel free to forward this email to anyone whom you believe would be interested in auditioning.
The JPPC is an intergenerational 4-part Chorus (SATB). They perform only in Yiddish. Knowledge of Yiddish is *not* required to sing in the Chorus. Most of the singers don't know Yiddish. Lyrics are written in English transliteration. Word-for-word translations are provided. Mp3s of vocal parts with lyrics are provided. By concert time, all singers sound fluent.
Ability to read musical notes or sight-sing is beneficial.
Rehearsals are Monday eves September through late May except Jewish and some national holidays. First rehearsal this year: Monday eve, September 08. More about the JPPC here.
Blues for Challahhttp://jewish.convio.net/site/R?i=q_LvwZ1tS590ZkrBFjESeA The 4th Annual B4C Jewish Grateful Dead Shabbaton is rollin'! Featuring the one and only Robbi Cohn, Grateful Dead photographer extraordinaire with a special Q&A and gallery exhibit. Two prayer service options with Rabbi Jeff Marker (Renewal) and Rabbi Moshe Shur (Orthodox). And of course, the One More Saturday Night Jam Session extravaganza. Get on the bus! Register today. http://jewish.convio.net/site/R?i=7ioIZpMmqc38KgGDRW9u5g
International Jewish Music Festival in AmsterdamA quick reminder of what will be happening at the International Jewish Music Festival from September 13 - 16, 2014. The festival directors want you to know about a special offer:
Always wanted to make a flight over Amsterdam? If you support our festival with a donation, our own pilot will take you up into the sky! We enormously appreciate your help to realize our festival and we can use every donation. But there is now another reason to help us: until September 1st, KUNSTENISRAËL foundation will double any amount donated to our voordekunst campagne (up to a maximum total of € 2500)! So every euro that you donate is worth three to us! Visit http://cts.vresp.com/c/?InternationalJewishM/3ead79f654/dd0f152f70/12a8433f8e for details and conditions.
What is happening in Amsterdam that weekend?
Preliminary competition rounds the 13th through the 15th, semifinals on Monday the 15th, and the final round on Tuesday the 16th.
You can find descriptions of some of these events in this newsletter, and more information at www.ijmf.org -
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Yiddish Singer and Actress RememberedThe Forverts contains a very interesting article about the singer and actress Esther Nersolavska. There are so many women musicians whose stars have faded with time, but who were so great in their day! http://blogs.forward.com/sisterhood-blog/204501/how-one-yiddish-actress-was-blocked-from-stardom
July 14, 2014
London Klezmer Quartet in ClaphamLKQ's concert and Summer Tea Dance in Clapham http://www.omnibus-clapham.org/events/london-klezmer-quartet-tea-dance is Sunday 13 July at 4.30pm
LKQ album launch http://www.vortexjazz.co.uk/event/the-london-klezmer-quartet/ is Weds 20 August at 8pm
Amnon Shiloah Z"lAmnon 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 PsalmsGuy Shakad has put together a theory of syllabes meter of the psalms, which makes interesting reading.
July 02, 2014
The Star Spangled Banner in YiddishIn 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.
June 23, 2014
Nellie Casman song RecoveredJane 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.
June 11, 2014
WunderKammer Klezmer in NYCISLE 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 Klezbos.com as needed)
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London Klezmer Quartet in SummertimeLondon 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).
Read more ( http://www.greennote.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2499 )
Book tickets ( http://www.wegottickets.com/event/270180 ) Continue reading "London Klezmer Quartet in Summertime"
June 10, 2014
Laible Ben Moshe with Jewjah Jam BandMillinery 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.)
For More Info:
Call us @ (646)262-5061
Yiddish Summer WeimarJuly 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: http://www.yiddishsummer.eu/198-0-YSW-2014-Home.html
June 04, 2014
Pete Sokolow's 'Klezmer Plus Trio" w/Ken Maltz, Marty ConfuriusJune 10, 2014
5:30 - 7pm - Instrumental Klezmer Workshop w/Pete Sokolow
NY Klezmer Series Presents: Pete Sokolow's 'Klezmer Plus Trio" w/Ken Maltz, Marty Confurius
Stephen Wise Free Synagogue
30 W. 68th Street, NYC
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Egg Rolls and Egg Creams FestivalMetropolitan 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 BrunchSunday, June 15
CITY WINERY, NYC
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]
AMERIKE DI PREKHTIKEYiddish blues?! Yiddish jazz?! Yiddish pop?! Yiddish spirituals?! A concert unlike any other !
(With English translations)
AMERIKE DI PREKHTIKE
("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.
Kickstarter Songs for TsipporaAvior Bryon has a kickstarter campaign to get a CD off the ground he's naming "Songs for Tsippora". You can read about it here:
Ensemble Me La Amargates Tu in PotsdamPotsdam Musikfestpiele Ensemble Me La Amargates Tu
18-06-2014, 20:00, Mittwoch
"Music from the Spanish Jews"
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Ensemble Me La Amargates Tu in IsraelEnsemble Me La Amargates Tu Israeli Festival 7-6-2014, 21:00 YMCA
"My heart remembers"
Ensemble Me La Amargates Tu with guest singer, mezzo soprano Bracha Kol
For details and tickets:
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May 20, 2014
Allen Watsky's Djangle Box ProjectNY 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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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
“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 KammerkorNorway'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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Nashir! The Rottenberg Chorale ConcertSunday, 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
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.
The Yellow Ticket in SeattleThe 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 BroadwaySunday, 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: www.kolrinahchorale.org or call 914-243-9059.