September 30, 2005

Third Annual Festiladino

Third Annual Festiladino was held September 22, 2005.
Sherover Theater, Jerusalem.
For details

Songs and vocalists:
1) La kantiga de mi madre - Gila Hasid
2) Letra de amor - Shuli Ragones
3) Mos de el Dio poderozo - Benny Salman and Katia Razgon
4) De mi ventana - Tzipi Zarenkin
5) Alevantate, Nisim - Boaz Piner
6) Enflamada - Kaya
7) Bendichos los dichos - Izzet Bana & Estreyikas d'Estambol
8) Debasho de tu balkon - Sima Amiel
9) La lingua de kaza -Yael Badash Words and music - Ziva Atar: The Winner ! Congratulations!
10) La melodia del korson - Lili Agmon-Cohen and Tzachi Siton
11) La melodia « Ladino » - Inbal Aharon
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September 27, 2005


NOVEMBER 13 Concert. Aaron Copland was born Nov 14, 1900. This is a 105th birthday commemorative.
Downtown Chamber & Opera Players conducted by Mimi Stern-Wolfe
Appalachian Suite (13 piece chamber orchestra)
Clarinet Concerto * (William Blount, clarinetist)
Martin's Aria from The Tender Land * Kurt Alakulppi, tenor
Ukelele Serenade for Violin & Piano * Shem Guibbory, violin; Mimi Stern-Wolfe, piano
American Folk Songs: Ivan Thomas, bass-baritone.

Also: THURSDAY DECEMBER 1 for WORLD AIDS DAY at Trinity Church 1-2
Mimi Stern-Wolfe, artistic director, pianist
CHRIS DEBLASIO(1959-1993) Whatever You Say He Sings (poem: Ilsa Gilbert)
Janet E. Hopkins, soprano
ROBERT CHESLEY (1943-1990) "Six Songs"
Marshall Coid, counter-tenor
LEE GANNON (1960-1993): Cello and Piano Sonata
David Eggar, cello; Mimi Stern-Wolfe, piano
KENNETH OLDHAM (1960-1993) Across the Sea; Not Even If I Try
Gilles Denizot, Heldentenor
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September 20, 2005


Ron Caswell's TUBAPALOOZA part TROIS!
Saturday, Spetember 24th 2005 9pm - very late!@ Zebulon
258 Wythe Avenue (betwixed Metropolitan Ave. and N. 3rd)
Brooklyn, NY 11211 (Williamsburg)
L train to the Bedford Stop
A FREE night of nothing but great TUBA bands!
See the schedule:

Judith Berkson and the East River Orchestra
Klezmer shots at Zebulon
"Best music to get laid to" - Rabbi Archibald Ladinsky

Slavic Soul Party CD RELEASE PARTY!
Brash and strong as slivovitz, Slavic Soul Party! is downtown's answer to Balkan
brass band music! Buy the CD here:

TUBAPALOOZER's for the night:
Ben Holmes - trumpet
Shane Endsley - trumpet
Alex Kontorovich - clarinet
Oscar Noriega - clarinet, sax
Jacob Garchik - trombone, baritone
Brian Drye - trombone, baritone
Ron Caswell - tuba
Brandon Seabrook - banjo, mandolin
Judith Berkson - accordion and vocals
Matt Moran - tapan, (big drum)
Take Toriyama - snare, doumbek
Rich Huntely - drums
Peter Stan - accordian

Posted by jmwc at 11:50 PM

Cafe Mozart presents Opera/Cabaret/Klezmer Night

Cafe Mozart located at 1331 H Street NW Washington Dc will present an Opera/Cabaret/Klezmer night on Wednesday September 24th 2005 at 7 pm. Performing will be Washington Opera tenor Michael Blaney,soprano Jennifer Jellings and pianist Jeff Jefferson. In addition pianist Felicia Weiss and clarinetist Steven Rosenthal will perform Klezmer music selections. For more information on the Cafe please visit the website To reseve please call 202 347-5732. There is no entertainment charge if dinner is ordered. No Entertainment Cards. Cafe Mozart features a wide variety of German/Austrian cuisine. As these events have been SOLD OUT! in the past, please reserve ASAP.
Posted by jmwc at 11:44 PM

A One-Woman Show with Sylvie Braitman

A Story of Reconciliation Between Generations touched by the Holocaust. In honor of Daniel Pearl. Interweaving stories, theater, and Yiddish, Hebrew, French and Russian songs, Bay Area mezzo-soprano Sylvie Braitman presents a unique show based on her father's story of survival during the Holocaust. Through acting, music and humor, she has created a powerful vehicle for transgenerational healing.
The concert will take place Sunday, October 9, 2005, 4 - 6 pm at the Berkeley Richmond Jewish Community Center, 1414 Walnut Street, Berkeley, in association with the 21st Jewish Music Festival.
Please call 510-848-0237 or
visit for more information. Admission is $12.

Sylvie Braitman, born in Paris to Jewish Polish parents, grew up speaking and singing in Yiddish. A graduate from the prestigious Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris, she moved to San Francisco in 1990. She earned her BA at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and is a scholar and performer of music of the Holocaust. Ms. Braitman has an extensive repertoire of songs from the period that she has shared with various survivors' groups. She is the creator of "Shtille Licht, From Folk Songs to Art Songs, Yiddish and Ladino Music," presented as part of the musical series of A Traveling Jewish Theater in San Francisco. Long Live Life: Theresienstadt 1941-1945, produced with Betty Grandis, was presented as part as the 2001 Jewish Music Festival. The concert, including a cast of ten musicians and actors, showcased music performed in the infamous Theresienstadt ghetto. In addition, she has premiered opera roles for Berkeley Symphony with Maestro Kent Nagano, and the Sonoma Opera. She also performs French cabaret music of her native France.

Posted by jmwc at 10:44 PM

September 19, 2005

Sharon Farber's Ashkina to be heard in New York

A concert featuring "Ashkina" will be held on October 29th, 2005, at the New York Society for Ethical Culture building on Central Park West, NYC. The program will be conducted by acclaimed conductor Suzanne Peck. “ASHKINA” is written for mixed choir, chamber orchestra and ethnic instruments. "The music moves freely between Traditional, Western and Middle Eastern musical influences and brings about a fusion of cultures by using Hebrew, English and Turkish languages. Featured musicians for “Ashkina” will again be Special Guest Artists, the renowned Omar Faruk Tekbilek (on Ney flute, Oud and Percussion); David Kontesz (Percussion) and Freddy Schiftan (Flamenco Guitar), among other gifted players.

Sharon Farber has been invited back to New York City, for a second performance of her acclaimed composition "ASHKINA", which premiered last Fall. Last Octobers' concert was dedicated to the life of slain journalist, Daniel Pearl, as part of the global “Daniel Pearl Music Day.” “ASHKINA” was originally commissioned by the Foundation for Universal Sacred Music, which will be having a two day Music Festival. “ASHKINA” was the Grand Finale of the concert last year, featuring a full ensemble orchestra and choir, which was received with great enthusiasm by the audience. The Foundation was so impressed with the response to the piece, that they are bringing it back for the Festival.

Posted by jmwc at 11:25 PM

DONA-FEST in Moscow

DONA-FEST, March 12-17, 2006

The Moscow Centre of Culture and Education "Euro-Class" announces the 2nd International Jewish Music festival-seminar "Dona-Fest, 2006" which will take place in Moscow from March 12-17, 2006.
For more information:

Center «Euro-Class», 115093, Moscow, Stremyanniy per., 33/35, Russia call (007 095) 764-42-21 (Anatoly Pinsky) E-mail Dona Fest or
go to the website for more info:

The seminar programme includes:

* vocal and instrumental master classes;
* lectures on Yiddish and Ashkenazi culture;
* Jewish theatre and drama classes;
* Jewish folk dance;
* regular jam sessions;
* round table discussions, exchanging experience and knowledge;
The teachers:

- Grammy Award nominee and world famous Yiddish singer Adrianne Cooper ( USA ),
- Former musical director of the Royal National Theatre and The Shakespeare “Globe” theatre, one of the leading performers of traditional Klezmer music Merlin Shepherd (Great Britain),
- Founder of “The flying Bulgar Klezmer Band”, composer and a famous jazz pianist Marylin Lerner ( Canada ),
- Leading European Jewish choir teacher and composer Polina Shepherd ( Great Britain ),
- European klezmer violin virtuosi Stas Rayko and Mark Kovnatsky ( Germany ),
- Drama art teacher and a popular Russian Jewish singer and actress Alina Ivakh ( Russia ).

Posted by jmwc at 10:41 PM

Klezmer Paris Workshops

Klezmer in Paris
October 22-26
Klezmer workshop

Programme: Vocal, dance and instrumental workshops, masterclasses, lectures, jam sessions…
Information and registration:
Maison de la culture Yiddish ­ Bibliotheque Mede
m 18, passage Saint-Pierre Amelot
F-75011 PARIS
Tel. 00 33 (0)1 47 00 14 00 /Fax: 00 33 (0)1 47 00 14 47

Posted by jmwc at 10:37 PM

"Yiddish Celluloid Closet" with 7-piece MetroKlezmer

At Jewish Music & Heritage Festival Wednesday, 9/21 at 8pm
"Yiddish Celluloid Closet" with 7-piece MetroKlezmer lineup
at Makor 35 W 67th, NYC $15
Dazzling archival film clips/talk plus live band,
cultural insights and subtexts galore!
With lush reinterpretations of soundtrack tunes...
Classics, lesser-known gems & even Soviet Yiddish newsreel
Info on Eve Sicular's lecture:

Thursday, 9/22 from 5:30pm-6:30pm
Tribeca Hebrew KLEZ FOR KIDZ show
Metropolitan Klezmer special quartet
Pizza included! $20 per kid, parents free.
Limit 25 kids per session
67 Hudson Street / 1 Jay St. 212.608.0555
music & instrument workshop for kids of all ages!

Posted by jmwc at 10:30 PM

Mike Eisenstadt, z"l , Host of Sunday Simcha Radio dead at 54.

It is with sadness that we recognize, Sunday Simcha, hosted by Mike Eisenstadt is no longer available. Mike died Friday Sept. 2, 2005 from a long battle with cancer at age 54. Eisenstadt hosted the Jewish radio show for over twenty years, starting in 1985. He kept it up continually. and it was the Florida Gulf Coast's only Jewish radio show. To read a tribute to Mike Eisenstadt, go to Tampa Tribune:
Posted by jmwc at 01:30 AM

Shalom South Florida on Radio

Shalom South Florida - Since 1986, Jewish radio host, RONI, has been playing today's Jewish music with a taste of the past. "Shalom South Florida" is heard live every Sunday morning, from 9:00-10:00 AM, throughout South Florida on WLVJ (1040-AM).
Posted by jmwc at 01:09 AM

Ivory Consort at Chicago Festival of the Arts

On Tuesday December 6, 2005 at 7:30 PM, Chicago Festival of the Arts presents "The Ivory Consort: Music in the Land of Three Faiths" at 1225 West Belmont in Chicago. Tickets: $40 if you mention the Jewish Music Web Center (save $10!).
Contact us at 773-548-8587 or
The Ivory Consort delights audiences with songs from the Golden Age of Spain, when Jews, Muslims, and Christians forged a common musical language. Featuring 10th through 13th century songs in Ladino, Arabic, Hebrew, and Galician-Portuguese, the Consort provides an historical context for the intermingling of cultures that took place before the 1492 Expulsion.
Listen, learn, and see if you can resist dancing in the aisles!
The New York Times raves, "The Ivory Consort's instruments roar, howl, slide and buzz . . . with virtuosity and flair."

Posted by jmwc at 01:03 AM


Thursday, September 22, AFRO-SEMITIC EXPERIENCE with special guest Frank London, Days of Awe concert, 8:00 p.m. at The Jewish Community Center in Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Avenue at 76 Street, New York City. Call 646-505-4444 for more information.
Posted by jmwc at 12:58 AM

Art Bailey's Orkestra Popilar at Astoria Center

Klezmer Concert with Art Bailey's Orkestra Popilar
Tuesday, September 27th, 7:30 - 9:30pm
Cost: $5. Delicious desserts and coffee will also be available.
Astoria Center of Israel Synagogue, 27-35 Crescent Street, Astoria, Queens.
Directions: less than 20 minutes from 59th and Lex in Manhattan! Take the N or W subway towards Queens to the 30th Avenue stop. Walk west on 30th Avenue (towards Athens Square Park) for about 4 blocks; turn right on Crescent Street and we?re a half block down on the right. For more information: Call the shul at 718-278-2680 or visit

Art Bailey's Orkestra Popilar is a quintet consisting of accordion, two violins, mandolin and bass that highlights both well-known and more obscure klezmer tunes, as well as Bailey's own original compositions. The repertoire is a mix of early 20th century Jewish fiddle pieces, original compositions, improvisation, and features material originally recorded by Romanian-born cymbalom master and Lower East Side restauranteur, Joseph Moskowitz. Reminiscent of an earlier time in the history of recorded Jewish music, the result is fresh, unique, and thoroughly engaging. The synagogue's foyer is transformed into a cafe-style setting, complete with intimate tables and delicious desserts.

Posted by jmwc at 12:52 AM

Maseng/Edery Duo at Central Synagogue

September 22, 2005 The Maseng/Edery Duo will perform at Central Synagogue (123 East 55th Street, NYC) as part of the Jewish Music and Heritage Festival. The concert will begin at 12:30 PM and is free to the public. For more information visit
Posted by jmwc at 12:46 AM

September 18, 2005

Union of Reform Judaism releases Manginot, Vols. 1 and 2

Magnificent Jewish music for children ages 2 to 13, The Complete Jewish Songbook for Children series provides lyrics, chords, and melodies for hundreds of well-loved Jewish songs for children. Ideal for home and classroom, these volumes feature thematic categories (Jewish holidays, Israel, Holocaust, prayer, and more) to help you find appropriate music for any occasion. Introduce children of all ages to the joy of singing with the help of The Complete Jewish Songbook for Children. For information, call 888.489.8242 or visit

Featuring more than 200 Jewish songs, this volume includes classics like "Am Yisrael Chai," "Eema-Aba," and "L'chah Dodi." Organized by theme to help you find the right song quickly, this volume includes songs on Jewish holidays, songs about Israel, songs about growing up, and much, much more.
No. 991700 Paperback ISBN 0-8074-0820-4 $39.95

Brand new, this thematically-organized volume features more than 180 contemporary and traditional Jewish songs composed by today's foremost songwriters-Doug Cotler, Debbie Friedman, Jeff Klepper, and more-and newer songwriters like Stacy Beyer, Kim Harris, Lisa Doob, and Jonathan Bayer.
No. 993250 Paperback ISBN 0-8074-0822-0 $39.95
Contact Info: 633 Third Avenue * New York, NY 10017 * 212.650.4120 * 888.489.8242 *

Fax: 212.650.4119

Posted by jmwc at 09:39 PM

Yuval Ron Ensemble at Brandeis University

Saturday, October 22, 2005 at 8pm the Yuval Ron Ensemble comes to Brandeis University's Slosberg Music Center. An intercultural collaboration that unites the sacred traditons of Judaism, Sufism, and Christianity in a musical feast. The souful ensemble whose mission is to build peaceful music making come from Israel, Lebanon, Armenia, France and the US. The enesemble features an authentic Sufi Dervish--a master Whirler of the Mevlana Sufi Order. Pre-concert lecture at 7pm by Dr. Kay Kaufman Shelemay, G. Gordon Watts Professor of Music, Harvard University are held in the Rose Art Museum. Tickets are $20 ($10 for Brandeis community/or senior citizens). Subscription 781-736-3400. Brandeis is located at 415 South Street, Waltham, MA. For more information on Yuval Ron Ensemble, visit,
Posted by jmwc at 09:27 PM

Fanny Mendelssohn's music featured at New Center for Arts and Culture

The New Center for Arts and Culture in Boston is bringing to the McMullen Museum of Art at Boston College the exhibit "The Power of Conversation: Jewish Women and Their Salons". As part of the season of interest in this subject a series of events in Music, Lectures, The creative Process and Films, and Jewish Identity will take place throughout the Fall in Boston. On Sunday September 25, 2005 at 3pm at the Boston College, Gasson 100 building will be a FREE concert of the music of Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn. The concert features's Felix Mendelssohn's Overture to A Midsummer Night's Dream for two pianos, and Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel's Piano Trio in d minor, which is her masterpiece. For more information, call the music department at Boston College, 617-552-6004.
Posted by jmwc at 09:17 PM

Preparation for Chazzonim and Baaley Tefila

An evening of presentations to prepare for Chazzonim and Baaley Tefila for the High Holidays is being sponsored by Cantors World and the Philip and Sarah Belz School of Jewish Music, Yeshiva University. Being held at The Jewish Center, 131 West 86th Street, NYC on September 22nds, 8:00pm, the evening features presentations from Cantor Bernard Beer "A Guide to Leading the High Holy Day Service"; Dr. Peak Woo, MD, "Ensuring Vocal Health During a Stressful Season"; and Cantor Abraham Weingarten "Maintaining Vocal Clarity and Strength Throughout Davening". The evening is bein moderated by Cantor Benny Rogosnitzky and will deal with major issues pertaining to the shliach tzibur, issues of vocal health and maintenacne and ideas for successful delivery and choice of nusach and tunes. There will be a question and answer session following the presentations. Admission $25. Refereshments served. For information and reservations: call 718-851-3226 or visit

Cantor Beer, Director of the Belz School and Executive Vice President of the Cantorial Council of America, has served regularly as a lecturer on Jewish music subjects and outreach seminars throughout the United States and Canada since 1980. He has written articles on Jewish music topics for numerous periodical and journals. Cantor Beer appeared on radio station WFMU's "JM in the AM" program discussing topics related to synagogue music. He is in the process of updating his soon-to-be-released publications accompanied with audio-cassettes of curriculum utilized at the Belz School.

Dr. Peak Woo is the Grabscheid Voice Center Professor of Otolaryngology at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He graduated from the Boston University School of Medicine, and previously has been in academic medicine in Syracuse, Boston University, Tufts University, and most recently Mount Sinai School of Medicine. His research and academic interests includes laryngology and voice disorders, as well as extraesophageal manifestations of reflux laryngitis. Dr. Woo has held many national offices inlcuding in the New York Laryngological Society, and is the past president of the American Bronchoesophagological Association.

Cantor Abraham Wingarten is considered one of the leading voice teachers in the Jewish world. Cantor Weingarten works closely with some of the most well known ENTs in the United States in research and advancement of vocal technique. His students include many of today's most prestigious cantors and performers. Cantor Weingarten serves as the cantor of Young Israel of Hillcrest and also teaches in Lakewoord and in NY.
Posted by jmwc at 09:02 PM

Pre- High Holiday Concert: by Cantors World

September 21 at 7:30pm in Merkin Hall at 129 West 67th Street, New York City, a pre-high holiday special concert featuring Cantor Sol Zim, Cantor Jeffrey Nadel and Cantor Ari Klein. Also featuring Cantor Eliyahu Greenblatt, Azi Schwartz and his choir, Cantor Yechezkel Klang, and Cantor Daniel Gildar. The price is $40 general admission. For reservations call: 718-851-3226 or go to for more information.
Posted by jmwc at 08:57 PM

Gavriel Kahane releases CD

Gavriel Kahane (former member of Miami Boys Choir) has released a CD "Guide Us Home" with Reva Lesheva
Posted by jmwc at 08:50 PM

Visions CD available for download

The Visions CD by Yehuda Solomon and Eli Nathon is available for download from the web at
Posted by jmwc at 08:47 PM

KlezCalifornia Spring 2006 in Palo Alto

Plan to join KlezCalifornia next April 29 and 30 for another wonderful event in Palo Alto. KlezCalifornia will once again work its Yiddish culture magic at the Albert L. Schultz JCC! Tell all your friends on the Peninsula and in the South Bay! Watch the website for more information:

Posted by jmwc at 08:39 PM

Gershon Kingsley CD from Milken

Gershon Kingsley [8.559435]
This new recording of four works by German-born American composer Gershon Kingsley reveals the influence of American idioms and contemporary musical developments-in this case jazz and electronic music-on the work of Jewish composers, and confirms the openness of both composers and Jewish institutions to expanding the boundaries of traditional liturgical practice. In addition, the CD illustrates the continuing affect of the Holocaust in provoking response by creative artists, and points to the upcoming observance of the 60th anniversary of the allied liberation of the concentration camps in the spring of 1945.For details about this CD, go to

Gershon Kingsley has described his creative world as one in which "Mozart dances with the Beatles and Carl Jung struggles to reconcile the opposites of our human soul." This versatile composer has combined classical, jazz, popular and electronic idioms in his works, most of which have a marked theatrical bent. The opening composition on this new CD is Kingsley's haunting musical-theater piece for voices and chamber ensemble, Voices From The Shadow, which is based on intensely personal poems from the Holocaust written in six languages by 14 concentration camp victims and survivors.
This is followed by three sacred pieces: Jazz Psalms-vibrant prayer settings for singers and jazz combo that combine jazz rhythms, sonorities and vocal styles with echoes of traditional liturgical melodies; and excerpts from two choral compositions that combine the enduring spirit of the Sabbath liturgy with electronically synthesized sounds: Shabbat for Today, a spirited setting of the Sabbath evening service, and Shiru Ladonai (Sing to God), a more lyrical approach to that liturgy. Both services utilize Moog synthesizers to provide the instrumental parts. The composer conducts all four works; noted actor Harry Goz is the narrator in Shabbat for Today; and the vocal soloists include Cantor Howard M. Stahl, Amy Goldstein, Mary Catherine George, Larry Picard, Matthew Walley, and Lisa Vroman, performing with the Kingsley Singers.

Posted by jmwc at 08:22 PM

92nd Street Y offers classes on Mahler and Schoenberg

Beginning today, Sept. 18. Daniel Felsenfeld will lead a series of 12 sessions on Mahler and Schoenberg being offered by the 92nd Street Y School of Muisc. It examines two of the most important composers of the 20th century, both of whom happed to be born Jewish. Mahler's work summed up the Romantic period and marked its closure; Schoenberg, following Mahler's direction, created many of the musical techniques that define the 20th century. Both men converted in their lifetimes. Schoenberg returned later in life to Judaism. The class examines their works, their biographies and thei culture that surrounded them The course is taught by composer and music writer Daniel Felsenfeld. 2-3pm. Cost: $320.
Posted by jmwc at 08:16 AM

September 15, 2005

Michael Lukin Catalogues the Dov Noy Collection at JNUL

Congratulations to flautist Michael Lukin on the completion of the Song Index to the Dov Noy Collection in the Jewish National University Library (JNUL) in Jerusalem. This event will be of world wide interest to those who love Yiddish and Hebrew songs. The project involved meticulous cataloging that allows a searcher to find individual songs within a large number of Yiddish and Hebrew song anthologies and other works in this collection. Each song is searchable in the vernacular including keyword, title and author (composer and lyricist) searching. In addition, the incipit of the song, that is, the opening lines, or in some cases, some line of the refrain which may be more identifying to the song, are included in the record. Searchers may try typing in their title or even just a word of the title (keyword) to find which volumes this song may be in. The incipits are included as an "alternate title field". The item record will also indicate which anthology the song comes from in the signature field. There is also a genres and origins fields, so there are geographic breakdown, sometimes to the village level, for searching song origins. Broader and narrower fields of geography are not available, but keyword searching may be able to pick up some of the broader geographic areas. The host item gives the bibliographic location (such as microform or in a printed book). There are over 13,400 individual songs indexed in this marvelous new research tool, including items from the Cahan book from YIVO, the Mlotek series published by Tara, the Hebrew University anthologies and much more. You can also "browse title" which will give a searcher all the versions of one song and the places they are published. Nice. Yes, Very Sweet.
To access the Song Index: First go to the Jewish National University Library Catalog:
At the Basic Search screen, use the pull down menu under "Select Database" (it's the top box, on the left side).
Choose either Music: Yiddish Songs Index or Music: Hebrew Songs Index
It's better to search in Hebrew and Yiddish script on your computer. Special thanks to Gila Flam for hosting my visit to the library.
Posted by jmwc at 02:03 AM

Jewish National Library in Jerusalem Digital Idelssohn

The Jewish National Library in Jerusalem has worked the miracle of digitizing, among other works, the 10-volumes of the Abraham Zvi Idelssohn Thesaurus of Oriental Hebrew Melodies, first published in 1923. Idelssohn, known as the father of Jewish musicology, participated nearly a century ago in field recording work in then Palestine. He recorded Jews and and non-Jewish residents of the area, taking meticulous notes both of speech, education and background of the informants, and transcribing into notation their songs from the wax cylinders her made there. From his field work and other research, he produced a ten-volume monumental study which became the basis of musicology of the various Jewish musics from throughout the world, both sacred and secular. Now, this marvelous resource of Jewish music is available online from the JNUL website.
Posted by jmwc at 01:48 AM

September 14, 2005

Texas Jewish Music page

For years he hosted a radio show. He has shared a lot of this on the web. Deep in the heart of Texas, Michael Sherman's Jewish music page has lots of cool things, including interviews, lyrics to songs, links to great sites and lots of photos of wonderful musicians.... very useful place to visit.
Posted by jmwc at 11:18 PM

2nd International Jewish Music Festival-seminar in Moscow

DONA-FEST, 12 – 17, March 2006
The Moscow Centre of Culture and Education “Euro-Class” announces the 2nd International Jewish Music festival-seminar “Dona-Fest, 2006” which will take place in Moscow in March, 2006.(dates to be confirmed). “Dona Fest” will take place in some of the most prestigious concert halls in Moscow and will include appearances by the most esteemed performers of Jewish music in Russia, the CIS and the Baltic states, as well as foreign stars of Klezmer. Along with the concert programme, “Dona Fest” will also include an International music seminar led by the leading specialists in the field of Jewish music and culture.More information: and e-mail:

The seminar programme includes: * vocal and instrumental master classes; * lectures on Yiddish and Ashkenazi culture; * Jewish theatre and drama classes; * Jewish folk dance; * regular jam sessions; * round table discussions, exchanging experience and knowledge; More information: ∑ e-mail:

Posted by jmwc at 10:07 PM

Jewish Music Forum features Dr. Hankus Netsky in September

The Jewish Music Forum is very pleased to introduce the 2005-2006 schedule of our academic seminar series, "New Perspectives on Music in Jewish Life." The first speaker will be Dr. Hankus Netsky of the New England Conservatory of Music. On Friday, September 23 at 10 A.M. at the Center for Jewish History, Dr. Netsky will deliver a lecture, "The Philadelphia Russian Sher Medley: Viewing the Immigrant Experience through a Musical Text." Dr. Mark Slobin of Wesleyan University will serve as respondent to this talk. All sessions of the Jewish Music Forum take place on Friday mornings, beginning at 10:00 AM at the Center for Jewish History. For additional information, please contact James Loeffler at 212-294-8328 or

The second year of this series continues the Forum's initial goal of providing new contexts for scholars across Jewish studies to explore ways of incorporating music into their research. We have assembled a broad range of researchers who approach Jewish music from a rich variety of methodological and theoretical perspectives.

Hankus Netsky, Ph.D., is an instructor in jazz and contemporary improvisation at the New England Conservatory in Boston, where he has taughtfor twenty years. He received his Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from Wesleyan University and has published articles on the history of klezmer music in the United States and Eastern Europe. He is also a multi-instrumentalist and composer and the founder and director of the Klezmer Conservatory Band, an internationally renowned Yiddish music ensemble. He currently serves as research director of the Klezmer Conservatory Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to research on Yiddish musical traditions.

Posted by jmwc at 10:19 AM

September 12, 2005


Concert Features:
World Premiere of Brubeck¹s "The Commandments"
Performance of Brubeck's "The Gates of Justice"
Classic Jazz Works by Dave Brubeck Quartet
Legendary jazz pianist and composer Dave Brubeck will unveil his new six-minute choral work, The Commandments, performed a cappella by the 90-member Providence Singers, Wednesday, September 14, at 8 p.m. in the Rose Theater of Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall, as part of the second annual Jewish Music Heritage Festival in New York. The Commandments, a setting of the 10 biblical rules known as the Ten Commandments, is the newest of more than 50 vocal works Mr. Brubeck has composed during his career. Mr. Brubeck says that he saw most of the commandments broken during World War II and comments, "It has taken me almost 60 years finally to compose something I wanted to write when I was still a young soldier in Europe." The September 14 concert opens with the Dave Brubeck Quartet performing some of its classic jazz works and concludes with Mr. Brubeck's acclaimed 50-minute civil rights oratorio The Gates of Justice, performed by the Dave Brubeck Quartet, the Providence Singers, Cantor Alberto Mizrahi, bass-baritone Kevin Deas, and a 14-piece brass and percussion ensemble led by Mr. Brubeck's longtime conductor Russell Gloyd. Written by Mr. Brubeck in 1969 to communicate the universal theme of brotherhood, The Gates of Justice is based on the prophecies of the Old Testament, the Union Prayer Book of Reform Judaism, the teachings of Hillel, and the speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It was recorded by the Milken Archive of American Jewish Music and is one of 50 CDs selected for inclusion in the prestigious Archive. The Gates of Justice was released on the Naxos label in January 2004. For information and tickets to the September 14 Dave Brubeck concert in the Rose Theater at Columbus Circle, please call 212-608-0555 or visit Approaching his 85th birthday in December, Dave Brubeck has been a longtime pioneer in both jazz and classical music. The "classic" Dave Brubeck Quartet broke new ground from 1951 to 1967 with its distinctive performances and Mr. Brubeck's innovative jazz works. In 1967 Mr. Brubeck, who studied composition with French composer Darius Milhaud, disbanded the quartet to devote more time to writing large-scale choral and orchestral works. However, he never stopped performing. Today, he continues to play 60 to 70 dates a year in the U.S. and in Europe with the current Dave Brubeck Quartet, whose members also include alto saxophonist Bobby Militello, bassist Michael Moore, and drummer Randy Jones. The Dave Brubeck Quartet celebrates Mr. Brubeck's 85th birthday on December 6 in a performance with the London Symphony Orchestra, as part of its current U.S./European tour covering more than 30 cities from August 6 through December 20. The Providence Singers, formed more than 30 years ago to perform "little-known works by well-known composers and well-known works by little-known composers," is a chorus of 100 voices from Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts. Julian Wachner, a composer in his own right and a faculty member at McGill University, has been artistic director since 1996; Andrew Clark is the chorus's resident conductor. In recent years the Providence Singers has been bringing new works to the Rhode Island community. The chorus commissioned and premiered Julian Wachner's Sometimes I feel Alive in 1998; Elaine Bearer's Magdalene Passion in 1999; and Carlyle Sharpe's choral/orchestral work, Proud Music of the Storm in 2001. The Milken Archive of American Jewish Music, established by Lowell Milken, chairman of the Milken Family Foundation, is the most comprehensive survey of music related to the American Jewish experience ever assembled on disc, reflecting not only the evolution and variety of Jewish life in America, but also the universality of the Jewish experience and its relevance to people of all faiths and backgrounds. To date, 36 of a total of 50 CDs have been released in the Milken Archive, comprising more than 600 works, all newly recorded for this project and most never before commercially available. For more information about the Milken Archive of American Jewish Music, visit The New York Jewish Music Festival returns for its second season, celebrating the diversity and prolific nature of Jewish music in more than 60 events presented throughout New York City over 10 days from September 13 to 25. Wednesday, September 14, 8 p.m. New York Jewish Music and Heritage Festival Rose Theater of Frederick P. Rose Hall Dave Brubeck Quartet Dave Brubeck, piano Bobby Militello, alto saxophone Michael Moore, bass Randy Jones, drums Kevin Deas, bass baritone Cantor Alberto Mizrahi, tenor Providence Singers 14-piece brass and percussion ensemble Russell Gloyd, conductor Program Jazz works by the Dave Brubeck Quartet The Commandments (world premiere) The Gates of Justice For information and tickets to the September 14 Dave Brubeck concert in the Rose Theater at Frederick P. Rose Hall at Columbus Circle, please call 212-608-0555 or visit

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September 09, 2005

CELEBRATION CONCERT: Jack Gottlieb at 75

Cantor Ida Rae Cahana, Cantor Richard Botton, Cantor Jonathan Comisar; The Professional and Congregational Choirs of Central Synagogue with Jayson Rodovky, organist, Brass Sextet and others.
September 18, 2005, 5 PM
All are welcome. Free admission.
Central Synagogue, Lexington Avenue at East 55th Street
New York, New York

Transcontinental Music is proud to be a part of the many performances honoring renowned artist and composer Jack Gottlieb in anticipation of his 75th birthday on October 12th.

I. The Music of Jack Gottlieb is available through our Transcontinental web site at:
The Voice of the Lord in the Storm (1985, Organ solo based on a Sephardic melody)
Quiet Nigun (2004, from Two Nigunim for Two-Part Singing, NYC premiere)
Hashkiveinu (1977)
It is Evening (1977)
Hatsi Kaddish (1976, from Two Affirmations)

II. A Sephardic Suite (2005, premiere) Jonathan Comisar

III. Music of Jack Gottlieb
In the Palace of Time (2004, premiere)
Sh'ma Koleinu (2002)
Tsur Yisrael (1976, from Two Affirmations)
American Nign (2004, from Two Nigunim, words by the composer, NYC premiere)
Blessed Be the Name (1975, Hymn)
Judge of the World (1975, Organ solo based on an Ashkenazic melody)

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