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October 24, 2014

Heather Klein in Concert

Heather Klein in Concert
Featured at the Osher Marin JCC in San Rafael, CA
Friday, November 14th @ 12:45 pm
$8 members/$10 non-members

Osher Marin Jewish Community Center
200 N San Pedro Road
San Rafael, CA 94903
Phone: 415.444.8000
Fax: 415.491.1235
Posted by jmwc at 05:08 PM

October 23, 2014

New York Andalus Ensemble --Et Dodim Kalah Oct 30

The New York Andalus Ensemble will perform Oct. 30 2014 at 7;30
at the CUNY Graduate Center
Elebash Recital Hall
365 Fifth Ave (corner of 34th) NY, NY
$13 Adults, $10 students

The_New York Andalus Ensemble presents Et Dodim Kalah (It’s the Time of Courting, O Bride!), an evening of music and song from al-Andalus and North Africa. Reflecting the cultural pluralism that characterizes this music, the 20 members of the ensemble perform repertoire in Arabic, Hebrew, and Judeo-Spanish Ladino, emphasizing the region’s shared tradition while cherishing the individual cultures that comprise it.

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October 22, 2014

Klezperanto at Regattabar in Cambridge

Nights are getting longer, and you're going to need more D MINOR in your system Klezperanto is ready with that essential vitamin and SO much more!

New line-up! new tunes!

TUESDAY OCT. 28 7:30 PM at The Regattabar
located in the Charles Hotel,
Harvard Square, Cambridge

Klezperanto is kicking off the Klezmer Festival, starting the show in a double bill with Klezwoods, a band with lots of fans in Boston too, so be sure to get your tickets today. Here's how:

With solid klezmer roots, spectacular technical virtuosity, and a wry sense of humor, Ilene Stahl and an all-star line-up of Boston's best musicians re-groove traditional klezmer and Mediterranean melodies, rip up Romanian surf tunes, cover cop show themes and cumbias, slay a few standards, and burnish it all to a funky finish. Since 1999, the six-piece instrumental band has delivered irresistible dance music from everywhere except your cousin's bar mitzvah.

Posted by jmwc at 10:53 AM

October 16, 2014

Don't Miss Figelin! New York, Princeton, Philadelphia

Come see three of the hottest traditional fiddlers in an all-women, all-fiddle extravaganza that mixes North German dance music, songs and ballads with Jewish klezmer music, Hasidic melody, and Yiddish song. Put them together and the effect is explosive -wild fiddles, earthy grooves and three vibrant voices!

See more about upcoming concerts:
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Posted by jmwc at 04:11 PM

Music and song from al-Andalus and North Africa in NYC

Et Dodim Kalah_ (It’s the Time of Courting, O Bride!) Come hear The New York Andalus Ensemble
Thursday, October 30, 2014
7:30 PM
Elebash Recital Hall, CUNY Graduate Center, 365 5th Ave. (at 34th St.)

The New York Andalus Ensemble will present _Et Dodim Kalah_ (It’s the Time of Courting, O Bride!), an evening of music and song from al-Andalus and North Africa.

TIckets: $13 adults/$10 students, available at the door or at www.newyorkandalusensemble.comor

In al-Andalus (Southern Spain), peoples of the three Abrahamic faiths—Islam, Judaism, and Christianity—shared their arts and sciences for more than five hundred years, creating a multicultural canon of music and poetry. Since 1492, Jews and Muslims in North Africa have carried the musical traditions forward from al-Andalus. Today, the musical expansion from over five centuries ago to the present day flourishes in New York City with the New York Andalus Ensemble. Reflecting the cultural pluralism that characterizes this music, the ensemble sings in Arabic, Hebrew, and Ladino, emphasizing the expressive quality of the region’s shared tradition while cherishing the individual cultures that comprise it.

“You won't want to miss the chance to see such a diverse and versatile group.”
—Spain Culture, New York

The New York Andalus Ensemble is led by ethnomusicologist and performer Dr. Samuel R. Thomas. As an artist and scholar for over fifteen years, his work centers on musical cultures of the Middle East and North Africa, as well as jazz traditions and American popular genres. Dr. Thomas lectures on topics including Muslim-Jewish confluences in music, philosophy, and poetics, and diaspora studies. Dr. Thomas is also artistic director of the critically acclaimed ensemble ASEFA. Continue reading " Music and song from al-Andalus and North Africa in NYC"
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October 14, 2014

Jonathan Keren Premiere Featured at The Israeli Chamber Project with Samuel Rhodes

JTS Presents: The Israeli Chamber Project with Samuel Rhodes, an Evening of Chamber Music from The Juilliard School featuring Tibi Cziger (clarinet), Michal Korman (cello), Assaff Weisman (piano), Carmit Zori (violin), with special guest artist Samuel Rhodes (viola) will take place on Wednesday, October 22, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. at The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), located at 3080 Broadway (corner 122nd Street) in New York City. The Israeli Chamber Project (ICP) will perform a wide-ranging program of favorite classics and recent works influenced by Jewish culture, including music of Mozart, Schulhoff, Brahms, and the New York premiere of music by Israeli composer Jonathan Keren.

Admission to the concert is by ticket only. Tickets are $10 each; students with a valid school ID—as well as JTS alumni, faculty, students, and staff—may request up to two free tickets each. Space is limited. Order tickets now at Please arrive at least 15 minutes early for check-in, and have photo ID available.

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Posted by jmwc at 11:29 PM

"Yiddish is a M'Khaye"

Hits and Skits from Second Avenue to Pitkin Avenue
with Hy Wolfe, Miryem-Khaye Seigel and Steve Sterner
6:30 PM
Monday, October 27, 2014
Yiddish Artists and Friends Actors' Club (YAFAC)
Fall Dinner and Concert
A glatt kosher dinner will be served.
Sutton Place Synagogue, 225 E 51st St, New York, NY
Members: $40
Guests: $45
Reservations required to
Send checks to Ruth Harris, Treaurer. 379 Barnard Ave., Cedarhurst, NY 11516
Phone: 516-569-1678

Miryem-Khaye Seigel and Sender Botwinik in Concert
Yiddish Culture Festival
Monday, November 3, 2014
KINSC Sharpless Auditorium
Haverford College,
370 Lancaster Avenue
Haverford, PA 19041
Welcome - Yiddish Culture Festival 2014
For More Info:
Jeff Tecosky-Feldman
Posted by jmwc at 10:51 AM

David Krakauer -Tour in Europe

David Krakauer, the jazz and klezmer clarinetist, will be on tour in Europe throughout March and appearing with Ancestral Groove. For full details to catch a show, see Continue reading "David Krakauer -Tour in Europe"
Posted by jmwc at 10:43 AM

October 12, 2014

Jewish Music Report

Have you read the Jewish Music Report? If you're into learning what's happening in Jewish music in the Orthodox communities, you will definitely want to make a stop at this website: The reports are written by writers with names like "niggun guy" and "bsimcha leiner". So, if you don't know, you should. There's a world of music happening....
Posted by jmwc at 07:26 PM

Poèmes Yiddish en musique

Vérités Jamais Sûres… Poèmes Yiddish en musique
Nelly Uzan – récitante
Michel Borzykowski – saxophones
Reb Yoyvl – accordéon
Jeudi 16 octobre 2014 à 20h30
Café-Théâtre de la Voirie
10, rue du Centre, 1009 Pully (Vaud/ Suisse)
Réservations: 076 324 34 52 ou
Entrée: 20 frs / tarif réduit: 15 frs

Après un millénaire d’effervescence intellectuelle et artistique, après plusieurs tentatives d’anéantissement, le yiddish a suscité, ces cinquante dernières années, un énorme regain d'intérêt: Ce fut d’abord "Le violon sur le toit" en 1967 et le Prix Nobel de littérature attribué en 1978 à Isaac Bashevis Singer "pour son art de conteur enthousiaste enraciné dans la culture et les traditions judéo-polonaises et qui ressuscite l'universalité de la condition humaine"; puis vint le tour du "renouveau" de la musique klezmer aux Etats-Unis, puis dans le monde entier.

S'il était peut-être vain ou barbare, comme l'a suggéré Theodor Adorno, d'écrire des poèmes après Auschwitz, il a donc justement été urgent d'écrire des poèmes après Auschwitz… et aujourd'hui, de les relire, de même que certains qui, prémonitoires, furent écrits avant !

Les poèmes choisis traitent de sujets d'une universalité absolue et restent encore et toujours d'une actualité brûlante: D'où vient l'homme? A quoi sert la vie? Qu'est-ce qui nous rend humains? Pourquoi vivre? Comment survivre et comment lutter? De quoi peut-on encore être sûr? Et l’amour, dans tout ça?

Des questions et des réponses, en vrac, toujours avec cette vision particulière, inhérente à l'esprit juif: empreint d'autodérision, capable, plus que tout autre, de rire avec des larmes et de pleurer en pouffant…

Infos et contact:
T: 022 755 41 23
Posted by jmwc at 07:22 PM

Yonatan Malin at Columbia Individual Voices and the Study of Jewish Cantillation

Talk by Dr. Yonatan Malin
Sponsored by the Jewish Music Forum
Friday, October 31, 2:00-4:00 P.M.
The Center for Ethnomusicology and Department of Music
Columbia University
Dodge Hall, Room 622

2960 Broadway
New York, NY
Admission is free; Please RSVP to

Reception to follow.

This paper is part of an ongoing project on the analysis of Jewish cantillation in the Eastern Ashkenazic tradition. Jewish cantillation involves the intoned reading of Biblical texts with melodies determined by accent marks (te’amim) in printed Hebrew bibles. In other parts of the study, Malin has explored aspects of the system broadly: how the melodies correlate with and project text phrasing, and how they vary depending on the reading and occasion.

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Posted by jmwc at 07:16 PM

All About Bees -- Yiddish Song of the Week

Center for Traditional Music and Dance's An-sky Institute for Jewish Culture has a "Yiddish Song of the Week" website. This week it favored this history of a song about bees. At JMWC, (where we also keep bees), we thought this was especially fun during Sukkot. Enjoy the post at:
Posted by jmwc at 07:10 PM

October 08, 2014

Carolyn Enger at Kosciuszko Foundation Concert

The Kosciuszko Foundation is having an exciting program featuring works by Sean Hickey, Karol Szymanowski, Arvo Part and Ned Rorem performed by Carolyn Enger, pianist. She will perform selections from her New York Times critically acclaimed "Best in Classical Recordings for 2013" CD, Ned Rorem: Piano Album I, 'Six Friends.'
Thursday, November 6, 7 PM
The Kosciuszko Foundation
15 East 65th St.
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Posted by jmwc at 04:02 PM

Bati l'Gani (I have come into my garden)

Meira Warshauer's Bati l'Gani (I have come into my garden) in a video created by Mike Bregman with beautiful images from Jim Schantz and Pucker Gallery, and crystalline, heartfelt fluting of Paula Robison with percussionist Cyro Baptista

To discover more about this piece and Meira's music, see:
Posted by jmwc at 01:47 PM

October 06, 2014


Nov 1-2, 2014 at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, Palo Alto, California.

Interactive klezmer music, song, dance, and more, for all ages, featuring internationally renowned musicians: clarinetist Joel Rubin and Veretski Pass, dancing led by Bruce Bierman.

Saturday night Klezmer Concert & Dance Party
Sunday, 9:00am - 7:00pm
Nine Workshops: Playing klezmer music - all levels and instruments, singing (or listening) at a Zingeray: Yiddish song circle, master classes, klezmer dancing, probing Sholem Aleichem?s characters, writing poetry about the legendary phantasmagoric Golem

Buffet lunch followed by Three Singers, Four Opinions a Yiddish song performance featuring Sharon Bernstein, Jeanette Lewicki and Anthony Russell

Kids/Family program producing a comic, one-act musical based on the Yiddish folk song, How does the Tsar Drink Tea?

Freylekh Finale, Music, Dance & Pizza Party with Joel Rubin, Veretski Pass, Saul Goodman?s Klezmer Band, Ghost Note Ensemble, Festival Klezmer Band, and more!

Festival Pass savings, individual event tickets, program details:, 415.789.7679.

Posted by jmwc at 11:00 AM

September 30, 2014

CALL FOR PAPERS: Magnified and Sanctified: the Music of Jewish Prayer

Conference: Magnified and Sanctified: the Music of Jewish Prayer
University of Leeds, UK
Tuesday 16 - Friday 19 June 2015

For the first time in Britain an International Academic Conference is being devoted to the music of Jewish prayer. Internationally acclaimed scholars in Jewish liturgical music will lead the programme presented jointly by the School of Music, University of Leeds and the Academic Wing of the European Cantors Association.

CALL FOR PAPERS (see more)... Continue reading "CALL FOR PAPERS: Magnified and Sanctified: the Music of Jewish Prayer"
Posted by jmwc at 09:16 AM

September 23, 2014

YIVO Announces the Vilna Project

YIVO released the following important (and exciting) announcement:
East European Jewish Archive and Library Saved from the Destruction of the Holocaust to be Reunited After 70 Years

Vilnius, Lithuania (September 23, 2014) - The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research is pleased to announce the launch of The Vilna Project, a seven-year international project to preserve, digitize and virtually reunite YIVO's prewar archives located in New York City and Vilnius, Lithuania, through a dedicated web portal. The Project will also digitally reconstruct the historic Strashun Library of Vilna, one of the great prewar libraries in Europe. Project partners are The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, The Central State Archives of Lithuania and the National Library of Lithuania.

In 1941, the Nazis destroyed YIVO in Vilna and ransacked the archives and library. A portion of YIVO's archives was sent to Frankfurt to become the basis of the Institute for the Study of the Jewish Question; another part was hidden in Vilna; another part was destroyed. In 1946, the U.S. Army discovered the seized YIVO materials in the train depot in Offenbach, Germany and returned them to YIVO. The part that remained in Vilna was saved from the Soviets by a Lithuanian librarian, Antanas Ulpis, and remained hidden in the basement of a church until 1989. This Project will digitally reunite the two halves of the YIVO collection.

YIVO's original prewar archives and library are the preeminent source of documentation on the subject of East European Jewish civilization, which spanned over 1,000 years. The majority of this unique collection has not been conserved, preserved and digitized, and remains at risk of deterioration and loss. The YIVO Vilna Project will create the single largest digital collection related to East European Jewish civilization, including the largest collection of Yiddish language materials in the world. The Project's primary objective is to ensure the collections' survival and public accessibility.

The collections tell us how Jews lived, where they came from, how they raised and educated their families, how they created art, literature, music and language itself. Furthermore, these documents reveal the relations between Jews and their non-Jewish neighbors, how they understood their place in the world both politically and socially and how they faced the turmoil and promise of modernity. The full story of Jewish life in Eastern Europe and Russia has not yet been written. These unique, original materials will enable us to do so.

The Project encompasses some 10,000 rare or unique publications and approximately 1.5 million documents, including literary works, letters, memoirs, theater posters, photographs, rare books, pamphlets, newspapers, political tracts, religious treatises, and communal records.

Total project costs are estimated at $5.25 million. Funding is currently being sought from a combination of public and private foundations, individuals and government sources. The Project timeline is five years in Vilnius and seven years in New York. Project commencement date is January 2015.

"The Vilna Project is a unique international undertaking of cultural and historical reclamation. It will transform the historiography of Eastern European and Russian Jewish history by giving scholars and the general public access to little known and often completely unknown documents and books," said YIVO Executive Director Jonathan Brent. "I am grateful to our Lithuanian partners and the Lithuanian government for enabling us to have access to materials that have been hidden from public view for almost 75 years."

Contact: Suzanne Leon
Director of Development
ABOUT YIVO: Founded in 1925, the YIVO Institute is headquartered in New York City, and is the world's premier teaching and research institute devoted to East European Jewish Studies with specializations in the Yiddish language, literature and folklore; the Holocaust; and the American Jewish experience.
Posted by jmwc at 10:16 AM

September 04, 2014

Carol Enger at Spectrum in NYC

upcoming concert. Carolyn Enger will present an exciting program featuring a concert premiere of a work by Sean Hickey, solo and chamber works by Arvo Part and solo works by Ned Rorem.

Joining Carol will be violinist Josh Henderson and cellist Susan Mandel.

Sunday September 14, 3 PM
121 Ludlow St.
Posted by jmwc at 10:07 PM

September 02, 2014

San Diego Jewish Men's Choir Receives Silver Medal

The San Diego Jewish Men's Choir is proud to announce that they are recent Sliver Medal Winners of the prestigious Global Music Awards, for their album, "Heritage." Heritage was released in January to wonderful reviews and can be purchased on and Itunes, as well as through website at

A percentage of all sales of this CD go towards providing FREE CD's to Jewish libraries, senior centers, and schools, so that this beautiful music will be available for generations to come.

You can hear clips of this music and read reviews of it by clicking on the album picture on San Diego JMC website.
Posted by jmwc at 09:54 PM

August 27, 2014

End of an Era: Forward on the Last KlezKamp

The 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!
Posted by jmwc at 01:21 PM

Yehezkel Braun Z"l

The Jewish Music WebCenter Mourns the Passing of the great composer and teacher YEHEZKEL BRAUN (1922-2014)

More about Braun:,+Yehezkel

Posted by jmwc at 12:46 PM

August 24, 2014

Zamir Chorale of Boston Auditions

The 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 Hebrew College, 160 Herrick Road, Newton Centre. Auditions are by appointment only and must be scheduled in advance by emailing

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

Posted by jmwc at 10:02 AM

Jewish People's Philharmonic Chorus Auditions

You 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:
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.
Posted by jmwc at 09:54 AM

Blues for Challah 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.
Posted by jmwc at 07:09 AM

International Jewish Music Festival in Amsterdam

A 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 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 -
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Posted by jmwc at 06:58 AM

Yiddish Singer and Actress Remembered

The 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!
Posted by jmwc at 06:44 AM

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
Posted by jmwc at 11:49 PM

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.
See more:

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Posted by jmwc at 09:57 AM

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

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