July 30, 2004

22nd Arad Hebrew Song Festival

This Week! Aug. 2-4.
Many of Israels best singers and choral groups will be performing at Arad and at Metzada. These include David Broza, Gidi Gov, Matti Caspi, Danny Sanderson, Yizhar Cohen, Shalom Chanoch, Avihu Medina, Margalit Tzanani, and the list goes on and on. Some of the free events include a midnight concert dedicated to Naomi Shemer with Shuly Natan, the Gevatron singers, and others.
For details check out the following URL (in Hebrew): http://users.tapuz.co.il/hebrew/other/Arad2004.jpg

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July 28, 2004

"On the Paths: Yiddish Songs with Tsimbl"

On Thursday August 5, 2004 the "Kavehoyz" of the Congress for Jewish Culture will host a CD release concert for Rebecca Kaplan and Pete Rushefsky's new recording, "On the Paths: Yiddish Songs with Tsimbl".

Rebecca Kaplan sings rare Yiddish folksongs in an authentic folk style and Pete Rushefsky is one of the best tsimblers on the Jewish music scene today.
7:00 PM at 25 E. 21st. St. in Manhattan, between Park and B'way.
Information: 212-505-8040. Coffee and kosher pastries will be served.

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CD by Congregation B'nai Jeshurun in Manhattan

A new CD by Congregation B'nai Jeshurun in Manhattan called TekiYah: Echoes of the High Holy Days at BJ. For those of you familiar with the experimental and spiritual nature of B'nai Jeshurun services, this will provide a wonderful way to get into the mood of the High Holidays. There are some traditional melodies as well as some experimental sounds. And shofar sounds you may have never heard before. You can hear clips of the music at www.bj.org/music_bj.html.
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DIVAHN in New York

August 5th, 7 pm
New York City

This concert will feature special guests on riq and bass and guest vocals from Iranian-born Farid Dardashti, a renowned singer and cantor (and Galeet's dad)!
Divahn's Middle Eastern/Sephardic grooves were home-grown in Austin, Texas! This bold all-lady ensemble infuses traditional Jewish songs with sophisticated harmonies and funky arrangements. The group has engendered a national following with their riveting live shows including instruments such as tabla, cello, violin, didgeridoo, doumbek, and banjo and glowing vocals spanning Hebrew, Judeo-Spanish, Persian, Arabic, and Aramaic. Through their music, the group underscores common ground shared between diverse Middle Eastern cultures and religions.
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July 25, 2004


THE MUWASHSHAH:History, Origins and Present Practices an international weekend conference on Arabic and Hebrew strophic poetry and its Romance parallels. to be held at the the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, Thornhaugh Square, London WC1 [tube: Russell Square]
Friday 8 October – Sunday 10 October 2004
Website: http://www.geocities.com/muwashshah

"The song form known as the muwashshah has a 1,000-year history in and around the Mediterranean basin. It originated in Andalus, where it was cultivated by both Arabic and Jewish musicians. It enjoyed cult status in its time. Nowadays the muwashshah is still a widely enjoyed musical form throughout the Arab world, and preserves forms which go back to its Andalusian origins." The conference will be held on the weekend of 8-10th October 2004. If you wish to attend the conference, or would be interested to present a paper, please send your contact details: by e-mail to ed.emery@britishlibrary.net or by post to: Ed Emery
[Muwashshah Conference]
Cambridge CB2 1RD
or by fax to: 0044 [0] 870 133 0145

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Jazz in July Summer Festival 2004

92nd Street Y. New York. 20th Anniversary! Mon, July 19 - Thu, July 29. Every July for 20 years, Kaufmann Concert Hall has been jumping to the sounds of jazz. Whether it's ragtime or swing, blues or bop, Dick Hyman, jazz's swingingest pianist, leads the best of the jazz world in music from Duke to Diz, Basie to Blakey and beyond in the 92nd Street Y's Jazz in July Summer Festival. Check it out on the 92nd Street Y website. To get on their mailing list, write to: 92nd Street Y eNews. Add eNews@92Y.info to your address book today! and get all the latest.
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Yiddish songs and dances in Regents Park London

When JMI KlezFest London opens on Sunday 8 August, all London hears about it - as the biggest UK klezmer band will assemble round the bandstand at Regents Park (its too big to be ON the bandstand) last year there were 69 players, this year we expect to break that record. If you are in or near London please bring your instruments and join us in the 'Inner Circle' (this is a Road Direction as well as an emotional state) from 3.00-6.00pm ...more!...

This picnic in the park comes after we have completed an intensive week's Yiddish course Ot Azoy! directed by Khayele Beer and with Pesakh Fiszman and Sonia Pinkusowitz which takes place at SOAS University of London, and at the very beginning of KlezFest London a week of intensive Music making, singing and dancing with the usual suspects. Over 100 musicians are registered, including 20 singers in our dedicated Jewish Song Summer School who will be studying with both Adrienne Cooper and Shura Lipovsky as well as other experts in the field of sephardi, Baghdadi, Hebrew and Art songs.

We follow this up in the autumn with weekly classes at SOAS in Jewish song, Klezmer music and also liturgical music, and Yiddish language. (you can also do under-grad and post-grad studies in Jewish music here at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (SOAS) as SOAS has I believe (please correct me if I am wrong) the only fulltime lecturer in Jewish music anywhere in the world in a mainstream University Department of Music.

For more details of all these see on the Jewish Music Institute Website www.jmi.org.uk OR e-mail jewishmusic@jmi.org.uk .

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Free Concert Today!

Free concert at 3:30 pm in Uxbridge, MA, by Di Bostoner Klezmer. Check out http://www.gis.net/~vovka0/Jewish%20Music%20Around%20Boston.htm Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park, Uxbridge, MA, about an hour west of Boston Directions: http://www.mass.gov/dem/parks/blst.htm
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Center for Jewish History Great nights in the Great Hall at 7:30 pm
WEDNESDAY, JULY 28 at 7:30 pm The Rafi Malkiel Quintet
Rafi Malkiel- Trombone, Itai Kriss- Flute, Jack Glottman- Piano, Noriko Ueda- Bass, Dan Aran- Drums

TUESDAY, AUGUST 3 at 7:30 pm Gili Sharett and ensemble
Gili Sharett- Bassoon, Lawrence Zoernig- Cello, Arielle Levioff- Piano
This program will be featuring one premiere of a sonata for bassoon and cello by Peter Winkler, Fantasy and Lullaby by the Jewish American composer, Sheila Silver and Sonata by the Israeli composer Yehezkel Braun. The concert will also feature works by Schumann and Mozart.

Center for Jewish History 15 W. 16 St.
BOX OFFICE: (PHONE)917.606.8200 - (FAX)917.606.8201
Email: boxoffice@cjh.org
Tickets are $8 and $4 for students
For more information, you can visit

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Rozhinke Conference in August

Those that love cantorial music, check out the Rozhinke website. Here are a group of people busy preserving cantorial music, not only for today, but for the future when it will become popular again. These dedicated cantors meet, retreat, and sing! There are workshops and singing, and nightly concerts. It's a type of music camp, August 10-13, for cantors and for those that love the music... it very intriguing, exciting and looks like there's lots to do and hear. Anyone can attend.
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Sarah Aroeste Band this Summer in NY, Chicago and LA!:

The Ladino Rock Sound Featuring:
Sarah Aroeste: vocals, percussion Yoel Ben-Simhon: musical director, oud, piano, guitar & backup vocals Alan Cohen: electric guitar Emmanuel Mann: bass Liron Peled: drums, percussion New York
Tuesday, August 3rd
35 W. 67th Street (between CPW & Columbus)
9 PM
Following Gerard Edery at 8 PM!
Tickets: $15 (for both shows)
More info & tix: www.makor.org or 212-413-8889
more schedules...

Sat.-Sun. August 28th-29th
Genesis at the Crossroads
3From the Middle-East to the Midwest2
Outdoor Music Festival
Block 37, Downtown Chicago (corner of State & Randolph)
2 PM both days
More info: www.gatc.org or 773-929-0224

Los Angeles
Wednesday, September 8th
Temple Bar
1026 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica
9:45 PM
Tickets $5
More info: www.templebarlive.com or 310-393-6611

Thursday, September 9th
Sephardic Temple Tifereth Israel
w/ the Sephardic Educational Center
10500 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles
8:00 PM
Tickets: $18
More info & tix: 310-475-7311 or email: reception@sephardictemple.org

Friday, September 10th
Sinai Temple: Friday Night Live
10400 Wilshire Blvd (corner of Beverly Glen.), Los Angeles
7:30 PM
More info: www.fridaynightlive.net
or call 310.481.3244

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Mak'hela developing Jewish SATB Community Chorus

In Western Massachusetts a new Jewish chorus that meets weekly in Northampton formed this past year. They're about to begin a second full year, and have about 60+ dedicated singers with professional leadership (Kayla Werlin is our Music Director) and piano accompaniment. The repertoire has grown to include classics (Lewandowski, Sulzer, Janowski, Rossi, Bloch), Yiddish and Hebrew folk material, and some newer music (Horvitt, Stern, Rubin, Broad). The group has also done choruses from Handel and Verdi, and "The Last Words of David" by Randall Thomson. more info... adavis0129@yahoo.com
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Seeds of Sun Promotion

Seeds of Sun from Israel has a special promotion. You can click to see the pdf .
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The 'Maison de la Culture Yiddish' is proud to present a superb programme of klezmer studies: PARIS - KLEZMER 2004
27 - 31 August, 2004
Summer School - Jewish Music of Central Europe
Classes will be held in English and French
* Masterclasses
* Lectures
* Jams

PARIS - KLEZMER 2004an exceptional faculty team :
David KRAKUER- clarinet, the 'new klezmer', phrasing and ornamentation, improvisation,special klezmer effects types of dance,american klezmer repertoire etc.
Jack Yankl FALK-voice, clarinet, nigunim, Hazanut , relationship between other traditional jewish music and klezmer, chassidic melodies,european klezmer repertoire etc.
Josh DOLGIN (DJ SoCalled) - accordion, piano, sound machine, hip-hop klezmer, dance accompaniment, special klezmer effects for rhythm and harmony sections.
This course is OPEN TO ALL !
Musicians with a sufficient level of competence on their instrument to feel comfortable in learning how to interpret klezmer and the particular techniques involved.

Singers who would like to develop their knowledege of yiddish folklore, 'Hazanat' and the relationship between traditional jewish vocal music and klezmer music.

Listeners for whom the pleasure is in listening to klezmer and discovering more about it.

Course Fee - 320 euros (students under 30 with proof of status 250 euros)
To receive the complete programme and booking form please contact:
Estelle HULACK
Maison de la Culture Yiddish - Bibliothè±µe Medem
Parizer yidish-tsenter - Medem Bibliotek
18, passage Saint-Pierre Amelot
75011 PARIS
T鬮 : + 33 1 47 00 14 00
Fax : +33 1 47 00 14 47
web site: www.yiddishweb.com

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2 Clarinets & Piano

A new CD of unknown music of beauty and wide appeal, early 19th century to the present! Original Music from Finland, Malta, Israel and points in between clarinetists Eva Wasserman-Margolis (Israel) and Luigi Magistrelli (Italy) with Claudia Bracco, piano

The Artists: Ms. Wasserman-Margolis, main instructor at the Conservatory of Givatayim and Petach Tikva, was formerly principal clarinetist of the Haifa Symphony and principal instructor at the Music Center in Tel Aviv. Luigi Magistrelli, professor of clarinet at the Milan Conservatory, is widely known for his recordings and solo work. Claudia Bracco has won 16 first prizes at competitions. Leonarda's web site has bios for all the artists and composers. http://www.leonarda.com
Composers: Cavallini, Crusell: virtuosic music by legendary 19th century clarinetists; Amit-Kalev, Camilleri, Feigin: music with a Mediterranean twist; Mastalir: Czech Philharmonic pianist and prize-winning composer; Schweinsberg: bandsman with 400 works; Mendelssohn songs arranged by Pamela Weston.

Leonarda Productions is a not-for-profit educational organization based in New York. Best known for its series featuring women composers from the 11th century onward and it's double CD "Women Composers: The Lost Tradition Found", used in college courses, Leonarda also champions other little-known music. Audio samples for all of Leonarda's 28 CDs may be found online at http://www.leonarda.com Leonarda takes Visa, MasterCard and American Express. You may also send a check in U.S. dollars drawn on a U.S. bank to Leonarda, PO Box 1736, New York, NY 10025-1559. Telephone +1-212-666-7697.

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The World is a Narrow Bridge

Craig Taubman announced the seventh release in the award winning "Celebrate" Series. The CD features 14 songs that celebrate hope and healing. Comes with a companion book of 50 essays. Essays from writers including, Theodore Bikel, Sherri Mandell, Leonard Fein, Jacob Pressman, Harold Schulweiss, Kirk Douglas, William Cutter, Rachel Remen, Rodger Kamenetz, Naomi Levy, Amy Eilberg, Joel Ben Izzy, Wendy Mogel, Amichai Lau-Lavie, Balfour Brickner, Shira Milgrom, David Wolpe, and Jack Reimer. For a limited time, both the book and CD The World is a Narrow Bridge will be available at the special pre-release price of $30 (plus shipping). To place your order send an e-mail including your name, address, credit card number and expiration date to Debbie@craignco.com . This special offer ends August 1, 2004.

Songs Include:
Neshama Carlebach   Nachamu Ami
Todd Herzog   If I Only Had The Words
Debbie Friedman   Mi Shebeirach
Craig Taubman   Journey
Shirona   Mimaamakim
David Paskin   Job's Niggun
Beth Schafer   It's In You
Dana   Seraphim and Seagulls
Elli Kranzler   Gam Ki Elech
Sally Fingerett   Private Plenty
Sheryl Braunstein   Y'varech'cha
Alberto Mizrahi   Ana Adonai
Mare Winningham   Gone Gone Gone
Caren Glasser   Heaven and Earth

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Ethiopian Music CD

The Jerusalem Post, May 19, 2004 reported that the Chief Rabbinate Released an Ethiopian Music CD: "A Collection of Songs for our Brethren, the Immigrants from Ethiopia", contains 14 tracks. This is an effort to reach out to the Ethiopian immigrant community in Israel, and is being distributed by the Rabbinate to Ethiopian immigrants there.

The JP also reported that "According to Rabbi Eliyahu Maimon, Director of the Chief Rabbinate's Conversion Courts, the production of the CD is aimed at "reconnecting Ethiopian immigrants to contemporary Judaism as it is practiced in Israel and preserving the very important traditions they brought with them from Ethiopia." The Jerusalem Post went on to write: "Past experience, particularly from the 1950s and 60s," he added, "shows that when attempts are made to erase the old traditions of an immigrant group, it can impair their successful absorption in the country, and that is something we wish to avoid at all costs ...We very much hope that this will help, in some small way, to improve their absorption here in the country."

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Zfat festival in Israel

The Zfat festival will be held between 17 - 19 of August On the 22 - 29 of August there will be in Zfat a workshop on Clarinet. for details look at :

JEWISH OPERAS, Vol. 1 from Milken


JEWISH OPERAS, VOL. 1 (Naxos ID 8.559424)
HUGO WEISGALL (1912-1997) (Naxos ID 8.559425)

JEWISH OPERAS, VOL. 1 (Naxos ID 8.559424)
This release features scenes from three mid-20th-century operas by American composers that are based on enduring Jewish legends, the vanished world of eastern European Jewry, and unforgettable dramatic characters. The Golem by Abraham Ellstein retells in 20th-century harmonic language the centuries-old tale of a creature fashioned from clay and brought to life by kabbalistic spells who ultimately threatens the very people he was intended to serve. A second ubiquitous Jewish folk legend provides the subject for David Tamkin's The Dybbuk, which transforms the popular story of demonic possession into a compelling drama, set in a lush neo-Romantic idiom, wherein the fate of two star-crossed lovers becomes a mystical allegory. Finally, Robert Strassburg's comic opera, Chelm, which draws upon Yiddish folklore and folksong, and evokes eastern European Jewish life, offering a series of satirical vignettes based on the naïve, bumbling inhabitants of a "village of fools." Heard on this CD are soloists and ensembles conducted by Kenneth Kiesler, Paul Hostetter and Stephen Gunzenhauser.
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HUGO WEISGALL (1912-1997) (Naxos ID 8.559425)
This release features four works by Hugo Weisgall, one of the 20th century's most imaginative and independent composers, who combined an affinity for the musical aesthetics of the Second Viennese School of Schoenberg, Berg and Webern with a lifelong commitment to and artistic fascination with his Jewish heritage and its musical and liturgical traditions. His symphonic masterpiece, T'kiatot, is based on a central section of the traditional Rosh Hashana service in which the shofar (ram's horn) is sounded three times. Weisgall sets the awe-inspiring blasts of an actual shofar against a richly chromatic orchestral texture. The song cycle Psalm of the Distant Dove, based on biblical and medieval Hebrew-Spanish poetry, celebrates the mystical, age-old relationship between God and His loving but suffering people Israel, represented by the image of a dove. Also inspired by the Golden Age of Spanish Jewry is the rhapsodic vocal and orchestral composition, A Garden Eastward, which the composer once called his "most beautiful work." Featured artists on this recording include Ana María Martínez and Phyllis Bryn-Julson, sopranos, the BBC Singers; The Seattle Symphony led by Gerard Schwarz, and the Barcelona Symphony/National Orchestra of Catalonia led by Jorge Mester. For details about this CD, go to

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Hasidic Niggun As Sung By

2-CD set & book. The 80 pages of informative liner notes are "a valuable resource on the sociology and musical practices of contemporary Israeli Hasidim and, by extension, those worldwide." Simon from Hatikvah writes: Besides elucidating the recordings, the text can be enjoyed independently of listening to the recordings, especially as a complement to the 1971 article by the same authors in the Encyclopedia Judaica (vol. 7, cols. 1421-32)." The entire project is built on the foundations of the 1976 LP & booklet "Hassidic Tunes Of Dancing And Rejoicing," also published by The Jewish Music Research Center in Jerusalem. Indeed, nine of the forty-seven selections (along with much of their commentary) also appear in the former anthology. Much of the introductory text to the current volume also derives from the first collection, but even the older material has not been cut-and-pasted; rather, every paragraph shows signs of careful editing, freshening and cross-referencing, so that there is little repetition and much information packed inside the 80 little pages (which also appear in the original Hebrew). As one who has long enjoyed the original Hassidic anthology (and relied on it in teaching the subject), it was good to reacquaint myself with the poignant voices of Mendel Britchko and Shmuel Zalmanoff and hear additional Nigunim which didn't make the cut on the first album. Britchko? Zalmanoff? Not exactly household names, but therein lies the principal charm of this album: a wide variety of Nigunim pure and simple (and not-so-simple), sung principally in the late 1960's and 1970's by individual singers and gatherings of Hassidim whose ears had not yet been polluted by the Ortho-Pop soundtracks. Just Hassidim singing their souls in a variety of settings; it almost feels like eavesdropping. The value of these field recordings extends beyond the strict boundaries of Hassidic music. As living exponents of a continuous East-European Jewish song tradition, these singers have a lot to teach Jewish musicians in the areas of melodic phrasing and rhythmic subtleties. Exploring these prayers, Nigunim and Yiddish songs and will help contextualize many components of the Klezmer repertoire, and even shed light on a number of issues,such as the Jewish waltz, the singing ofHassidic girls, and "quartertones" in Jewish music."
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Something Jewish in UK

from London, England and Leslie Bunder is now running a number of Jewish websites including SomethingJewish.co.uk and Jewish.net She is launching a dedicated Jewish music site covering all types of Jewish music (of course where there are clearlyJewish influences and content withni them). They are also broadcasting a weekly Jewish music show called the SomethingJewish Radio Show and have featured, played and interviewed people from The Klezmatics through to Jewish rapper Remedy Ross.
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July 14, 2004

College Course in Texas on klezmer

For Jewish music fans in the neighborhood of College Station, Texas this fall, the Department of Performance Studies is offering a new course that might be of interest: MUSC 200: INTRODUCTION TO KLEZMER MUSIC < /br> Dr. Jeffrey L. Wollock (Visiting Scholar in Performance Studies) < /br> MWF 10:20-11:10 in Room 402A Academic �The Music Room� < /br> For more information, please contact Dr. Wollock: < /br> Wollock@nativecouncil.com>

The klezmer was the traditional wedding musician of the Jewish communities of Eastern Europe. As versatile folk professionals, they performed at other functions both Jewish and non-Jewish. The distinctive music of the klezmer came to this country with the great East European Jewish emigration of the late 19th-early 20th century, taking root mainly an New York and Philadelphia. By the 1970s it had nearly died out, but the last 25 years has seen a revival of so- called �klezmer music� as an international phenomenon. This course will explore the history, musical forms, and cultural context of traditional klezmer music, as well as such cultural phenomena as adaptation, assimilation, social memory, revival, and �world music.�

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