January 29, 2006

Meira Warshauer Works To Be Performed by Slovak Radio Orchestra

Meira WarshauerThree major works by American Jewish composer Meira Warshauer, Ahavah (Love), Shacharit (Morning Service) and Like Streams in the Desert, will be performed in “Music of the Jewish Heart,” a concert by the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Slovak Philharmonic Choir, soprano Jennifer Hines, mezzo soprano Stephanie Gregory and tenor Michael Hendrick, all under the direction of Maestro Kirk Trevor on Thursday, February 2 – 7:00 PM at The Concert Hall of Slovak Radio in Bratislava, Slovakia. For more about these works, visit http://home.sc.rr.com/meirawarshauer/#Compositions.

You can follow Ms. Warshauer’s trip to Bratislava online through her new blog at http://www.sequenza21.com/warshauer.html.
Ahavah and Shacharit both address a universal respect for life as human and spiritual values. “After the Holocaust, there is a great need for healing, reconciliation, and mutual understanding,” writes Ms. Warshauer. Ahavah communicates the message of love and justice essential for preserving life in the earth. Shacharit journeys through the prayers and chants of the synagogue morning service and ends with a prayer for universal peace. Like Streams in the Desert, was commissioned in honor of the 50th anniversary of the state of Israel, was inspired by Psalm 126, whose theme is the return of exiles to Zion.

For more about these works, visit http://home.sc.rr.com/meirawarshauer/#Compositions. They are being performed in preparation for a CD recording by the same performers in the days immediately following the concert.
For more about Maestro Kirk Trevor, visit
For more about Jennifer Hines, please visit
and for more about Michael Hendrick, log on to
Stephanie Gregory has been soloist in a wide variety of works by Stravinsky, Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Puccini, Verdi and many others She has been featured in concerts with symphonies including the Bridgeport Symphony and has presented recitals throughout the eastern and southern U.S. Ms. Gregory was the 2001 winner of the Jenny Lind competition, and was awarded an extensive recital tour of Sweden. More about the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra at
http://www.slovakradio.sk/sosr/index.php?page=orchestra_e&menu=menu_e&head=head_sosr_e&title=orchestra and more about the Slovak Philharmonic Choir at

Meira Warshauer’s compositions have been performed and recorded to critical acclaim throughout the United States and in Israel, Europe, and Asia. A graduate of Harvard, New England Conservatory of Music, and the University of South Carolina, Dr. Warshauer studied composition with Mario Davidovsky, Jacob Druckman, William Thomas McKinley, and Gordon Goodwin. She has received numerous awards from ASCAP as well as the America Music Center, Meet the Composer, and the South Carolina Arts Commission, which named her Artist Fellow in music composition in 1994 and 2006. In 2000, she received the first Art and Cultural Achievement Award from the Jewish Historical Society of S. Carolina.
,br /> Ms. Warshauer is an Associate Music Faculty member at Columbia College, Columbia, South Carolina . Her CDs include the soundtrack to the documentary “Land of Promise: The Jews of South Carolina” and "Spirals of Light", chamber music and poetry (by Ani Tuzman) on themes of enlightenment, on the Kol Meira label and "Revelation" for orchestra, included on the MMC CD “Robert Black Conducts”. Her music is published by Oxford University Press, MMB Music, World Music Press, and Kol Meira Publications. You can find much more about her at - http://home.sc.rr.com/meirawarshauer/
,br /> For more information about Meira Warshauer, please contact Jeffrey James Arts Consulting at 516-586-3433 or jamesarts@worldnet.att.net.

Posted by jmwc at 07:27 PM

Alexandria Kleztet Releases new CD

The Alexandria Kleztet announces the release of their new CD "Close Enough for Klezmer". Samples and purchase info on their website at http://www.kleztet.com/.
Posted by jmwc at 07:23 PM

Klezmer Brass All Stars release Carnival Conspiracy

Frank London is interviewed for World Music Central about the new album Frank London's Klezmer Brass All Stars. Carnival Conspiracy: In the Marketplace All Is Subterfuge. http://www.worldmusiccentral.org/article.php/20060116111349755 The album is available, of course, through amazon.
Posted by jmwc at 07:16 PM

Klezmer in the South of France this Summer anyone?

Along withbig band jazz, gospel and vocal jazz, you could register for klezmer music lessons this summer in the south of France from 19th to the 26th of August at ECOLE DE MUSIQUE. Information on the website: http://musique-ensemble.com/. or contact Arielle Zajde Tel: 33 1 43 61 52 88.

Posted by jmwc at 07:06 PM

String Quartets by Milhaud, Zorn, Secunda, Schonthal and Binder Released on CD by Milken Archive

String Quartets The Milken Archive of American Jewish Music Releases Its 40th CD-- Jewish String Quartets by Darius Milhaud, Sholom Secunda, John Zorn, Ruth Schonthal and Abraham Wolf Binder on Naxos American Classics.
Jewish String Quartets [8.559451]
is a unique collection of Judaically inspired, 20th-century string quartets. Written by five highly individual and stylistically diverse composers, this latest CD features the imaginative intersection of Jewish melodies, motifs or historical sensibilities with one of the cornerstone genres of the Western musical canon, the string quartet. This intimate medium has historically been a prism for a composer's most personal musical statements, and that tradition is upheld in the pieces heard on this new disc.
Compositions by Darius Milhaud, Sholom Secunda, John Zorn, Ruth Schonthal and Abraham Wolf Binder with performances by the Juilliard String Quartet, the Bochmann String Quartet, the Bingham String Quartet, and a quartet formed specially for the Zorn composition.
To read more > about this CD

Posted by jmwc at 06:26 PM

KlezFest London 2006 alongside a Jewish Song School this summer

KlezFest London 2006 Sunday 13-Friday 18 August
Jewish Song School Sunday 13-Friday 18 August
Ot Azoy! Yiddish Course Sunday 6-Friday 11 August

KlezFest London is a hands-on learning experience with luminaries of the Klezmer revival from Europe and America, focusing on the style, ornamentation, rhythm and repertoire of Eastern European Jewish music, song and dance. It is an inspirational and life-enhancing experience for amateur and professional instrumentalists and singers. In 2006, KlezFest includes a special parallel strand for professional klezmer players as well as the parallel Song School. KlezFest is preceded by a fantastic one-week Yiddish course ideal for complete beginners and for singers but catering also for advanced language students. Booking is now open and details and registration can be found on Web www.jmi.org.uk

FrankLondon Daily schedules: All the students of KlezFest and Song School, work together each morning till tea break - learning the Shers and Bulgars - the dances of old Europe to a live band led by Merlin Shepherd and singing Chassidic nigunim. After parallel sessions for instrumentalists and singers everyone comes together again in the last session to join in vocal ensembles. Meals and evening entertainment are included and taken together (except on Wednesday which is a free afternoon).

KlezFest, Song School and Ot Azoy! will be held this year again at
West London Synagogue,
33 Seymour Place, London, W1,
and KlezFest and Song School will end with KlezFesters invited to participate with their voices and instruments in a moving service welcoming the Sabbath in the sanctuary and optional partaking of a meal with the community on Friday 18 August.

KlezFest London 2006 --Sunday 13-Friday 18 August

'Dr Klez' himself (AKA Joshua Horowitz - the renowned performer and scholar of klezmer music of Budowitz and other fame), will be a principal guest at the JMI's 6th annual KlezFest London in 2006. Frank London, who created an outstanding programme last year with the Klezmatics will again be the Programme Director and this time has invited Josh to bring his new ensemble Veretski Pass to be the resident band. This means that not only will we have Joshua Horowitz, an expert on button accordion and tsimbl, but we will have the exciting fiddler Cookie Segelstein for the first time on the violin faculty, and Stuart Brotman will be back dealing with bass instruments. Other returnees are of course Deborah Strauss (fiddle), Jeff Warschauer (plucked strings), Merlin Shepherd and Christian Dawid (clarinets), Sanne Moerike (accordion), Guy Schalom (percussion), Ilana Cravitz (fiddle assistant) and Andreas Schmitges dance-leader assisted by Helene Domergue. Also special to JMI KlezFest London is a contingent of outstanding musicians and singers from the Former Soviet Union.

New to KlezFest London this year, in addition to the work with amateurs, is a special strand for professional klezmer players. Professional bands will have a chance to perform at KlezFest in the Park on the opening day, and in our showcase of Klezmer: The Next Generation organised by Guy Schalom. Professionals will have special lectures and hands-on workshop sessions as well as individual and ensemble masterclasses with Josh Horowitz, Frank London and others on composition and ensemble arrangements. There will be sessions on professional development with music industry leaders on how to make a demo and get a record deal; how to get gigs, how to present yourselves on stage, how to manage being a live performer and how to teach Klezmer.
Read what students at KlezFest and Jewish Song Summer School had to say about the experience they had in 2005. See the pictures of KlezFest 2005 all at Website www.jmi.org.uk

Jewish Song School ---Sunday 13-Friday 18 August
Alongside KlezFest, with joint classes with instrumentalists in dance and ensembles will once more be the Jewish Song School. Here amateur and professional singers led by Shura Lipovsky of Amsterdam explore the joys of Jewish song in many languages and styles, with special emphasis on Yiddish song.. She will be assisted by Jacinta on Yiddish and Sephardi songs. Polina Shepherd will be the accompanist and vocal ensemble director assisted by Judith Silver.

Ot Azoy! Yiddish Crash Course --Sunday 6-Friday 11 August
KlezFest is preceded by Ot Azoy! (6-11 August). Ot Azoy' means 'This is the way' and it really is the way for beginners to advanced students to learn to read, write and speak Yiddish quickly and easily in only one week in a fun and friendly atmosphere. Includes intensive tuition and conversation sessions with expert tuition from Peysakh Fiszman of New York, Sonia Dratwa-Pinkusowitz of the Buber Institute in Brussels and Lily Kahn under the Direction of Helen (Khayele) Beer of University College London. Learn Yiddish also through song with exquisite Yiddish Singer Shura Lipovsky from Amsterdam and through Yiddish films selected and introduced by Barry Davis of London. For complete beginners to advanced students in four levels. Beginners will be taken through the Hebrew-Yiddish alphabet (much easier than it looks), will learn some every-day vocabulary and a generous helping of grammar, so that by the end of the week you will be able to string together your first sentences in Yiddish! Intermediate and advanced Yiddish speakers will be given more challenging texts and grammatical lessons and will get lots of opportunities to converse in this extraordinary language. Who says Yiddish is Kaput? This will be the 5th JMI Yiddish Crash course. Details of fees and registration forms are now available: Full fees are £285; Students £185. There is an early booking discount of £15 if booked by 15 April and paid in full by 31 May. Further discounts if attending with an ensemble and if booking for Ot Azoy! as well as KlezFest or Song School. Some scholarships are available, to apply fill in a registration form and send with deposit and letter describing the need for financial assistance and the reason you want to do the courses. Book soon and have the benefit of the early booking discount at www.jmi.org.uk

JMI KlezFest London, the Song School and Ot Azoy! are part of the European Yiddish and Klezmer Academy 2006 for the Transmission of the Yiddish cultural heritage. Four European institutions in London, Paris, Weimar and Vilnius give you the chance to learn Yiddish language and song and Klezmer music. This programme is supported by the Culture Program 2000 of the European Union. Participate in one course or in several. Some European scholarships are available. See the website for details of each European Academy course: http://www.yiddish-klezmer.net/

JMI KlezFest London, the Song School and Ot Azoy! are also part of a World Music Summer School organised by the Department of Music at SOAS University of London www.soas.ac.uk/summermusic

Posted by jmwc at 06:06 PM

Professional Position: Lectureship in Jewish Music at SOAS

University of London

Lectureship in Jewish Music
Department of Music
£26,486 - £39,093 p.a Inclusive of London Allowance
Vacancy No: 100097
Applications are invited for a Lectureship in Jewish Music based within the Department of Music, Faculty of Arts and Humanities. The appointee will lecture on Jewish music to BA and Master's students, will contribute to the Department's teaching in the field of ethnomusicology, undertake normal administrative duties, supervise PhD students, and contribute to the research activity of the Department. Applicants should have a relevant PhD; those about to complete a PhD will also be considered. The post commences on September 1st 2006.

Applicants who wish to discuss the position may contact the Head of Department, Dr David Hughes (mailto:dh6@soas.ac.uk). For further information about the Department, see http://www.soas.ac.uk/music.

Annual leave is 30 days per year plus statutory and bank holidays. USS pension scheme will be available.

An application form and further particulars can be downloaded from www.soas.ac.uk/jobs. Alternatively, write to the Human Resources Department, SOAS, University of London, Thornhaugh Street, London WC1H OXG, fax no: +44-(0)20-7074-5129 or e-mail: recruitment@soas.ac.uk stating your name, address and the vacancy reference number. CVs will only be accepted when accompanied by an application form. No agencies.

Closing date: 3 March 2006

SOAS values diversity and aims to be an equal opportunities employer

Posted by jmwc at 05:57 PM


Inaugural volume in book series on Jewish Cultural Studies, edited by Simon J. Bronner, Distinguished University Professor, The Pennsylvania State University, USA

Publisher: Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, Oxford, UK

Format and Guidelines: 8,000-word essays in English, prepared electronically in Word, following Oxford Guide to Style (humanistic style with endnotes)
Deadline: May 1, 2006

Contact: Professor Simon J. Bronner, School of Humanities, The Pennsylvania State University, 777 West Harrisburg Pike, Middletown, PA 17057-4898, USA, sbronner@psu.edu

Papers are sought for an exciting new book series, JEWISH CULTURAL STUDIES, published by Littman Library of Jewish Civilization (see http://www.littman.co.uk). The inaugural volume will be on "Jewish Cultural Studies: Past, Present, and Future." The editorial board seeks contributions that explore Jewish culture as a subject of inquiry. Topics of interest for the volume include, but are not limited to, historiography of Jewish cultural studies with social psychological interpretations of figures and movements such as Yiddish nationalism, identity politics, and Jewish cultural revitalization; connections and breaks between cultural studies, religious studies, folklore and ethnology studies, and Jewish studies; uses of folklore and ethnology in the intellectual construction of Jewish culture in different countries and historic periods; models for interpreting emergent Jewish cultural movements in the twenty-first century; ideas of race, gender, and class in the perception and iconography of Jewish culture; relations between folk and popular culture, textual and visual culture, and domestic and public culture in conceptualization of Jewish culture.

The purpose of the series is to present thematic volumes interpreting Jewish cultures ethnographically and historically around the globe, and exploring the idea of Jewish culture as it has been constructed, symbolized, produced, communicated, and consumed in diverse contexts. Themes of volumes will be interdisciplinary, drawing particularly on research in folklore studies, anthropology, and cultural history and sociology. Future volumes being planned include themes of Jewish memorialization and museology, ritual and festival, consumerism and traditional culture, bodylore, and domestic Jewish life. The format of the volumes will be similar to the successful book series Polin, also published by Littman (see http://www.littman.co.uk/polin/). It typically contains 10 to 12 essays of 8000 words anchored by an introduction addressing the theme, and a section (usually 3 or 4 essays) called "New Views" of original research on Jewish studies not on the theme. Unlike many publications on Judaica studies, the Jewish cultural studies series will be exploring the secular as well as religious spheres, and the intersections of the two, with attention to the diversity of traditions and customs in the Jewish world—and particularly their significance and meaning. The publication is sponsored by the Jewish Folklore and Ethnology Section of the American Folklore Society in cooperation with the Council on the Anthropology of Jews and Judaism of the American Anthropological Association.

Essays will be peer-reviewed by an international editorial board, including:

Haya Bar-Itzhak, Haifa University, Israel
Dan Ben-Amos, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Matti Bunzl, University of Illinois, USA
Mikhail Chlenov, State Jewish Maimonides Academy, Russia
Sander Gilman, Emory University, USA
Harvey Goldberg, Hebrew University, Israel
Karl Grözinger, University of Potsdam, Germany
Ruth Ellen Gruber, Independent Scholar, Italy
Felicitas Heimann-Jellinek, Jewish Museum, Vienna, Austria
Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, New York University, USA
Mikel Koven, University of Wales, UK
Suzanne D. Rutland, University of Sydney, Australia
Joachim Schlör, University of Potsdam, Germany
Laurence Sigal, Museum of Jewish Art and History, Paris, France
Steven Siporin, Utah State University, USA
Edward van Voolen, Jewish Historical Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Jonathan Webber, University of Birmingham, UK
Jenna Weissman Joselit, Princeton University, USA

Littman Library of Jewish Civilization has been publishing books in Jewish studies since 1965 and has acquired a reputation as a leader in scholarly publishing in the field. Based in Oxford, England, Littman exhibits its publications in conferences all around the world and markets its books globally. Littman's books are published at a high standard of production, and prides itself on publishing works that are definitive and well written. Registered as a charitable foundation, profits from sales are reinvested into the production of new titles.

Members of the Jewish folklore and ethnology section of the American Folklore Society receive volumes as a benefit of membership. For more information, see http://www.afsnet.org/membership/membership.cfm

For more information, contact the editor Simon J. Bronner at sbronner@psu.edu.
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January 25, 2006


MARCH 4-26, 2006!
Tickets and Info: 415-276-1511 or
Concerts throughout the San Francisco Bay Area
Group, Senior and Student Discounts available

Opening Night March 4th for a rare Bay Area appearance of the heroically nutty, genre-bending NEW ORLEANS KLEZMER ALLSTARS, New Orleans' top world music band.
Of Special Interest:

FROM ISTANBUL TO JERUSALEM: 3/19 - Direct from Turkey- Yahudice: Sephardic music from an ensemble of Turkey's finest musicians with Israeli Ladino singer Hadass Pal-Yarden. Thrust Stage/ Berkeley Repertory Theatre

Other Highlights:

I-TAL-YA: 3/5 - Italian Jewish music and song with Francesco Spagnolo, Sharon Jan Bernstein and Michael Alpert, of Brave Old World

BAGELS AND BONGOS: 3/11- Septeto Rodriguez and special guest Irving Fields in a riotous fusion of Havana, Harlem and the Catskills

TRADITIONS AND TRANSFORMATIONS: 3/12 - Cantors Alberto Mizrahi and Jack Mendelson, with pianists Anthony Coleman, Tova Morcos and others

JEWISH FRINGES: 3/16 - World premieres of New Music by top Bay Area composers: Paul Dresher, Daniel David Feinsmith, Amy X Neuburg and John Schott

BEYLE SCHAECHTER-GOTTESMAN 3/23 - America's leading Yiddish poet and songwriter, honored this year by the NEA as a national treasure

THREE YIDDISH DIVAS 3/25 - Joanne Borts, Theresa Tova and Adrienne Cooper pour passion and artistry into Yiddish jazz, cabaret and theater songs.

COMMUNITY MUSIC DAY 3/26 - hosted by the hilarious Josh Kornbluth, featuring an exotic Instrument Petting Zoo, workshops and performances all day for all ages.
A program of the Berkeley Richmond Jewish Community Center.
The complete Festival program follows: OPENING NIGHT: New Orleans Klezmer Allstars, a "genre-crossing, heroically nutty ensemble [with] a raucous, wild spin on the popular Eastern European revival." (Billboard) Saturday, March 4, 8:00 pm, 1st Congregational Church, 2501 Harrison Street, Oakland $26 General Admission / $22 Students/Seniors/BRJCC members.

I-Tal-Ya A taste of Passover from the 2000 year old Jewish community of Italy, with Francesco Spagnolo, leading authority on Italian Jewish music, Cantor Sharon Bernstein and Michael Alpert of the internationally acclaimed group Brave Old World. Includes brunch. Limited Seating. Get your tickets early! Sunday, March 5, 11:30 am, Caffe Venezia, 1799 University Ave., Berkeley. $36 one price for all.

Bagels & Bongos: Septeto Rodriguez brings the influences of Havana, Miami and New York together in a brilliant alchemy of Cuban sounds and klezmer. Special Guest: Irving Fields, 90-year-old creator of the now classic, recently re-released Jewish-Latino fusion record, Bagels and Bongos, (1959). (He still has a weekly piano gig in NY) MC: Chuy Varela: Music Director, KCSM. Sat., March 11, 8:00 pm, 1st Congregational Church, Oakland $26 / $22 2501 Harrison Street, Oakland

Traditions and Transformations Cantors Alberto Mizrahi (of the PBS special "The Three Cantors" and Jack Mendelson (of the film "The Cantor's Tale) take liturgical singing of Ashkenazi and Sephardic traditions to new heights. With NY jazz pianist Anthony Coleman, Tova Morcos and others. Presented in association with Temple Sinai. Sunday, March 12, 7:30 pm, Temple Sinai, 2808 Summit Street, Oakland $26 / $22, including Temple Sinai members.

Jewish Fringes Celebrated Bay Area composers of New Music: Paul Dresher, Daniel David Feinsmith, Amy X Neuburg and John Schott premiere original works for a post-modern world.Thursday, March 16, 7:30 pm, Berkeley Repertory Theatre. 2025 Addison St., Berkeley $26 / $22

>From Istanbul to Jerusalem: Yahudice Sephardic music from an ensemble of Turkey's finest musicians with Israeli Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) singer Hadass Pal Yarden. Sunday, March 19, 7:30 pm, Berkeley Repertory Theatre 2025 Addison St., Berkeley $26 / $22.

Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman : an intimate afternoon of original Yiddish songs with Beyle Schaechter- Gottesman: Yiddish songwriter, singer, poet and recipient of the 2005 NEA National Heritage Fellowship Award. She will appear with international Yiddish singer Theresa Tova. Thursday afternoon, March 23, 2:00 pm, BRJCC 1414 Walnut Street at Rose, Berkeley $15/ $12

Three Yiddish Divas with Joanne Borts, Adrienne Cooper and Theresa Tova. A new generation of stars pours passion and artistry into Yiddish jazz, cabaret and theater songs, including the timeless repertoire of the Yiddish theater greats who inspired modern Broadway. Saturday, March 25, 8:00 pm, JCCSF $25/ $23, including JCCSF members JCCSF, California and Presidio Sts., SF

Community Music Day
Hosted by irrepressible comedian and TV personality Josh Kornbluth. Instrument Petting Zoo, interactive workshops, and performances throughout the day showcase Bay Area artists including a Family Concert with Ira Levin, Charming Hostess, the Instant Klezmer Mandolin Orchestra, members of Kitka, Gary Lapow & Songs from Coney Island, and Klezmer/Roma Dance Extravaganza. Guaranteed to bring out your inner musician. For all ages! Sunday, March 26, 11-5 pm, BRJCC, 1414 Walnut Street at Rose, Berkeley $24 Family pass (up to two adults and two children) / $10 General Admission / $7 students, seniors, BRJCC members, and children under 5

Related Events:
~ Sunday February 26, 4:00 pm Protest Songs in Yiddish and Italian Sharon Jan Bernstein and Michael Alpert, of the band Brave Old World, The Dance Palace Pt. Reyes Station Tickets: 415-663-1075

~ Monday, February 27, 7:30 pm Dan Cantrell: A Klezmer / Roma Mix Ristorante Raphael 2132 Center St, Berkeley 510-644-9500

~ Thursday, March 2, 6:30 pm John Schott on New Jewish Music Judah L. Magnes Museum 2911 Russell Street, Berkeley 510-549-6950

~ Tuesday March 7, 6:00 pm Daniel Feinsmith and John Schott On Composing New Music. San Francisco Public Library Civic Center, SF 415-557-4400

~ Friday, March 10, 8:00 pm A Taste of Cuban Klezmer With Roberto Rodriguez Temple Beth Sholom 642 Dolores Avenue San Leandro 510-357-8505

~ Friday, March 10, 7:30 pm Shir HaShirim Ashkenazi, Sephardi & Mizrahi musical liturgy BRJCC 1414 Walnut Street Berkeley 510-848-0237

~ Tuesday March 14, 2006 The Hub @ JCCSF presents Golem A nouveau klezmer-rock band At 12 Galaxies, 2565 Mission Street, SF Tix: 415.292.1233 or www.jccsf.org/arts

~ Monday, March 20, 7:30 pm. Lehrhaus Workshop: Urban Ladino Music of Turkey Hadass Pal Yarden, of Yahudice. $15/ $12, BRJCC 1414 Walnut Street, Berkeley 510-848-0237

~ April 29 and 30 KlezCalifornia Albert L. Schultz JCC Contact (415) 789-7679 www.klezcalifornia.org

~ April 30 Zimriya: The Bay Area Jewish Choral Festival Temple Emanu-El. Info: 415-751-2535

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January 23, 2006

Charlie Bernhaut hosts "The Voice of Jewish Soul"

Started January 19th and now every Thursday from midnight to 1:00am EST a radio program "The Voice of Jewish Soul" hosted by Charlie Bernhaut, will air on 620am and Satellite: TelstarT7 Audio Channel 1 Left. Segments of the program can also be heard by Cantors World members on www.CantorsWorld.com. .Call 718-851-3226 for more information.
Posted by jmwc at 05:27 PM

January 19, 2006

KlezCalifornia 2006 in Palo Alto

KlezCalifornia 2006 will take place this spring at the Kehilla Jewish High School in Palo Alto. An exciting program is planned in collaboration with The Albert L. Schultz JCC. Program Highlights include:

SATURDAY NIGHT - 8:00 pm, April 29th - Concert and Dance Party
at Cubberley Auditiorium. VERETSKI PASS, world renowned klezmer band, will be featured.

SUNDAY - 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, April 30th - Classes and Workshops
in: Klezmer music, Yiddish dancing, Yiddish Literature, Folk Arts, as well as a children's and teen program.

- Josh Horowitz, Stu Brotman, Cookie Segelstein (Veretski Pass)
- Steve Weintraub: Yiddish Dance Teacher
- Chayale Ash: Yiddish Theater Diva
- Youth Orchestra
- Master Classes for Instrumentalists
- Master Class for Singers

For more information visit www.klezcalifornia.org

Posted by jmwc at 09:29 AM

January 18, 2006

Duo46 perform Aires de Sefarad in San Rafael

Violinist Beth Ilana Schneider-Gould and guitarist Dr. Matt Gould, better known as Duo46,will perform "Aires de Sefarad" by award winning compsoer Jorge Liderman on Saturday ,February 4, 2006 at the Osher Marin JCC in San Rafael California .The 46 Sephardic song cycle, about an hour of of music, is based on 500 year old Jewish folk Music from the Mediterranean. The concert will begin at 8:00pm with remarks by the composer. For tickets call (415) 444-8000 or visit http://www.marinjcc.org/ For information about the artists ,visit website http://www.duo46.com

Posted by jmwc at 01:47 PM

A Sunday with Mieczyslaw Weinberg: program in Paris

Sunday, January 22nd 2006, 3pm
"A Sunday with Mieczyslaw Weinberg"
Concert programme: Sonate No 4 op.56, Sonatine op.46 for violin and piano, Chants juifs op.13, String Quartett No 8, Notturno
Round table: Weinberg, a musician to discover
With Olia Weinberg, Frans Lemaire (musicologist), Reinhard Flender (editor)
Further Information:
L'Assocation internationale Dimitri Chostakovitch www.devinci.fr/chostakovitch
Le Musée d'art et d'histoire du Judaisme Paris www.mahj.org
Posted by jmwc at 01:33 PM

Asefa new CD is 'Jewish Poly-ethnic Fusion'

Asefa's new CD by Samuel Thomas is available on CDbaby.com. It's getting lots of rave reviews. The Jerusalem Post called it "new-school Jewish poly-ethnic fusion at its best." It's definitely east meets west in an entertaining way if you like clarinet with oud. http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/samuelthomas

Posted by jmwc at 12:25 PM

Diversity and Unity: North African Musical Traditions at CUNY

An upcoming engagement of ASEFA on Feb. 8, 2006 in NYC-- "Diversity and Unity: North African Musical Traditions"
Samuel Thomas with Yoel Ben-Simhon and Dudu Bohbot as Asefa, present a performance/ presentation on the music of the Maghrebi at the CUNY Graduate Center.
Segal Theater, 6:30pm
365 Fifth Ave, NYC
$10 donation at door
This event is co-sponsored by the Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center, the Center for Jewish Studies, and the Ph.D Program in Ethnomusicology. See flyer for more details http://www.jatm.org/files/Asefa_020806.pdf http://www.jatm.org/ASEFA

Posted by jmwc at 12:13 PM

Israeli pop culture blog

It's not all music but there's a lot of tidbits onIsraeli and American pop culture through the Sha blog at Shaister.com archives. http://www.shaister.com/archives/cat_friday_miscellaneous_pop_culture_entries.html
Posted by jmwc at 11:29 AM

DEVORAH HASOFER sings at OU in Jerusalem

The Orthodox Union Jerusalem World Center presents:
A Gala Night of Jewish Women's Music
Featuring international singing star: DEVORAH HASOFER
Australian born musical sensation. Devorah Hasofer's music speaks to Jewish women of all ages and of all backgrounds. She touches upon Judaism's contemporary and classic music with sweet lyrics that reach the hearts and souls.
This concert is on Sunday, January 29, at the Israel Center,
22 Keren Hayesod, Jerusalem, at 8 p.m.
OU members: 30 shekel
Non members: 35 shekel
Gush Katif evacuees: free
Posted by jmwc at 10:05 AM

January 17, 2006

Klezmer for Kids! in Seattle

It's in Seattle -- at Hertzl-Ner Tamid --(2 concerts): Klezmer for Kids!
With the Strauss/Warschauer Duo
Sunday, January 22
11 AM to 12 PM
Admission $5.00 per person

Klezmer for Kids!
A fun and participatory introduction to the world of klezmer music and Yiddish culture for school audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Students sing, dance, and ask and answer questions.

And later that same day:

The Strauss/Warschauer Duo in Concert
An interactive experience of klezmer music, Yiddish song and culture.
January 22. 2006
2 to 3:30 PM
$10/adults; $7/kids & seniors

Both concerts will take place at Herzl-Ner Tamid, Mercer Island, 3700 East Mercer Way.
For more information: 206 232-8555 or email tzachi@h-nt.org

Deborah Strauss and Jeff Warschauer are two of the most beloved performers and teachers in the international klezmer and Yiddish music scene. They were both long-time members of the Klezmer Conservatory Band, and have performed with violinist Itzhak Perlman on film and in concert. As the Strauss/Warschauer Duo, they have performed to overwhelming acclaim in such diverse venues as the Philadelphia Folk Festival, the Jewish Culture Festival in Cracow, the Folksbiene Yiddish Theater in New York City, and the Art of Yiddish in Los Angeles with Theodore Bikel. They lead workshops and classes throughout North America and Europe, are on the faculty of KlezKamp, KlezKanada and KlezFest at the University of London, and are curators of the Columbia University Series on Klezmer Music & Yiddish Song.

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Portland (Thursday, January 19)
7:30 pm Mississippi Studios, 3939 N. Mississippi
(503.288.3895) Tickets $10, available at the box office
(Tues-Fri 2-6 pm), www.ticketweb.com, or at the door.

A rare opportunity to hear a world-class klezmer and Yiddish performance in an intimate acoustic setting.

Posted by jmwc at 10:12 PM

January 16, 2006

Matisyahu at the Avalon Ballroom in Boston

Matisyahu, the Hasidic reggae singer, whose lyrics reflect his religious views, but is still making the cross overto the mainstream. He's appearing on David Letterman on Monday, Jan. 16, but will be live in Boston, Sunday Feb. 12, 2006 at 7pm at the Avalon Ballroom in Boston. Matisyahu has recently been causing a huge stir, following the press at:http://www.matismusic.com/.

(617) 262-2424

Directions to Avalon

* Take I-90 East to Exit 18 (Allston-Cambridge) left hand exit
* Stay to left off exit to Cambridge St.
* Go 4 traffic lights to Harvard St.
* Take left on Harvard for 1 block.
* Take left on Brighton Avenue
* Go 1 _ miles to Kenmore Square (huge Citgo sign.)
* Take right on Brookline Avenue (Pizzeria Uno on right Store 24 on left)
* Go over turnpike and take 1st left. That's Lansdowne St
. * Club is 2/3 of the way down the street

Posted by jmwc at 05:21 PM

David Berkeley at Club Passim on Feb. 1

David Berkeley will appear at Club Passim in Cambridge, MA on Feb. 1 at 8pm, Joe's Pub in New York on Feb. 2 and The Tin Angel in Philadelphia on the 3rd. Berkeley is an American singer-songwriter, with a voice compared by The New York Times as "lustrous, melancholy voice with shades of Tim Buckley and Nick Drake." He's is a Harvard University graduate about whom Hillary Meister wrote in the Atlanta Jewish Times on January 2, 2004, is influenced by synagogue services, and that in particular," a cantor with a beautiful voice "kept me going to synagogue" while growing up in New Jersey" He has several CDs, including Live from the Fez (2005), After the Wrecking Ships (2004), The Confluence (2002). The Confluence, was reviewed in Billboard magazine and Rollingstone which called him a "Sixties-esque troubadour with songs to swoon by and a voice sweeter than incense and peppermints." Berkeley reported to Meister a couple of years ago that the music coming out of silent prayer was always the most powerful for him. "I think the whole value that I place on expression for a connection and for healing is at least consistent with Judaism if not inspired by it." he said in the interview. "Once you're exposed to that kind of genre you look for people who say something that makes an emotional impact that requires something of the listener; not just candy," he said. I'm always absorbing the world around me whether it's the music, newspaper or poetry." Berkeley, who spends most of his time writing and playing music, has performed with Shawn Mullins, Ben Folds and Marshall Crenshaw and is currently on the road promoting his new releases. His website includes photos, clips and a tour schedule.
Posted by jmwc at 04:20 PM

Fifth Jewish Choral Festival in Indianapolis this February

Indianapolis will host the Fifth Jewish Choral Festival at various venues throughout the city this February. Cantor Don Gurney of Wilshire Boulevard Temple in Los Angeles.will explore the theme "Music of Israel." The complete schedule of events is posted on the festival website http://www.indychoralfest.org/index.html

Schedule for Indianapolis Jewish Choral Festival. See websites for further details.
Thursday, February 16, 2006

7:30 p.m. Optional rehearsal with Scholar in Residence Cantor Don Gurney
There is no cost to participate but participation is limited to those individuals or groups who are registered for the Festival.

The Rehearsal will be held at:
Bureau of Jewish Education
Smulyan-Stolkin Education Center
6711 Hoover Road
Indianapolis, IN 46260
(317) 255-3124

Friday, February 17, 2006
6:00 p.m. Cantor Don Gurney Shabbat Lecture at Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation
"Where Word Meets Melody"
(optional/free to the public)

The Shabbat lecture will be held at:
Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation,
6501 North Meridian Street,
Indianapolis, IN 46260
(317) 255-6647

Saturday, February 18, 2006
10:00 a.m. Cantor Don Gurney Shabbat Lecture at Congregation Beth-El Zedeck
Tradition vs. Modernity: The Challenge of Creating Meaningful Prayer

(optional/free to the public)

The Shabbat lecture will be held at:
Congregation Beth-El Zedeck,
600 West 70th Street,
Indianapolis, IN 46260
(317) 253-3441

12:30 p.m. Cantor Don Gurney Shabbat Lecture at Congregation Shaarey Tefilla TBA
(optional/free to the public)

The Shabbat lecture will be held at:
Congregation Shaarey Tefilla,
5879 Central Avenue,
Indianapolis, IN 46220
(317) 253-4591

3:00 p.m. Roundtable discussion on issues affecting Israel today Laikin Auditorium, Jewish Community Center
Open to the public
6:00 p.m.
7:15 p.m.
Rehearsal Festival Dinner and Adult Workshop/Rehearsal
Following dinner, all adult festival participants (individuals and featured choir members) will have an opportunity to work with Scholar in Residence Cantor Don Gurney as we prepare for our Sunday afternoon concert. Join us in song (and food!)

Cost: Included with registration fee

The Adult Dinner and Workshop/Rehearsal will be held at:
The Arthur M. Glick Jewish Community Center
Laikin Auditorium
6701 Hoover Road
Indianapolis, IN 46260

Sunday, February 19, 2006

** All Sunday events will be held at:
The Arthur M. Glick Jewish Community Center
Laikin Auditorium
6701 Hoover Road
Indianapolis, IN 46260

10:30 a.m. - Noon Children's Workshop/Rehearsal
This is a chance for our younger participants to work on the festival repertoire with Cantor Don Gurney. Open to children in grades 3rd-8th. High school students may choose to participate in either the adult or children's festival choir.
Cost: Included with registration fee
Noon - 2:00 p.m.
Lunch Break
2:00 p.m. Final Concert Preparation
All festival participants (adults, children, and featured choirs) should arrive at the Jewish Community Center in preparation for the Festival Concert.

3:00 p.m. Israel: The Fifth Jewish Choral Music Festival
Final Concert with Scholar in Residence and Guest Conductor Cantor Don Gurney

The final Festival Concert is free and open to the public, however donations would be greatly appreciated.

The festival is sponsored by Bureau of Jewish Education and Arts in Indiana.

As a graduate of the Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion, School of Sacred Music, Cantor Gurney served the Emmanuel Synagogue of West Hartford, Connecticut, from 1986 to 1994. He joined the faculty of the Hebrew Union College as an instructor of Liturgical Music and 19th Century Synagogue Music and was Director of the School of Sacred Music Chorus from 1985 until 1999. In 1995, he made his Lincoln Center conducting debut at the International Choral Festival. He is recorded on the CDs "One Voice" and "Meditations of the Heart."

Posted by jmwc at 01:39 PM

Beyond The Pale to Perform Mozart on CBC

Beyond the Pale, a folk, roots, and klezmer group from Toronto, will try something a little different... They will play MOZART for CBC Radio on, Jan 26 & 27. They'll be performing in a unique musical event on January 26 at Glenn Gould Studio as part of CBC Radio Two's "Mozart 250" celebrations. The show A New World of Mozart will feature "an evening of creative musical homage to Mozart" featuring Beyond the Pale, the Dunhuang Chamber Ensemble (traditional Chinese), The Creaking Tree String Quartet (modern bluegrass), and Autorickshaw (South Asian jazz fusion). The show will be recorded and broadcast on CBC Radio Two's "In Performance, The World,"the following evening January 27 (actually Mozart's 250th birthday). CBC Radio Two is 94.1 FM in Toronto.

Beyond the Pale consists of musicians Eric Stein (mandolin, cimbalon--Eric is of KlezKanada fame), Bret Higgins (bass), Martin Van de Ven (clarinet), Milos Popovic (accordian), Bogdan Djukic (violin, percussion), and Alexsandar Gajic (violin). For more information see: http://www.beyondthepale.net/index.php

Posted by jmwc at 12:46 PM

Mike Boxer CD Erev Chaim

Pianist/singer/songwriter and public school music teacher, Mike Boxer released Erev Chaim as a way to introduce Jewish music to teens not familiar with any. Boxer hopes that it results in some Jewish youth who emerge more enthusiastic about the music of their faith. This "independently marketed concept album brings the face of cutting-edge mainstream pop to today's Jewish music." The track list contains -- heimish, liturgical-oriented classics like Shalom Aleichem, Bilvavi, and Acheinu -- but a good portion of the music features sounds typically from the forefront of modern pop, rock and R and B. Seven songs are revamped covers; seven are Boxer's own original material.

Boxer, who grew up in Spring Valley, NY and attended Binghamton University where he served as music director of Kashkeshet, a collegiate Jewish a cappella group,-- has perfect pitch and plays a myriad of instruments. He went on to work for Open Studios in Vestal, NY, and then started his own company, Halfway Coherent Productions. He also sings with a group Six13 a cappella group and teaches middle school in NYC. The website contains purchase information.
Posted by jmwc at 12:19 PM

Courses in Boston with Yelena Neplok

New England Conservatory, 241 St. Botolph Street, Boston, presents two ten week courses with Instructor Yelena Neplok. "Eastern European Jewish Musical Traditions" runs on Wednesdays, February 15-May 3, 2006, from 7:00 -8:30 p.m. and "The Art of Russian Piano Music" runs on Tuesdays, February 14-April 25, 2006, from 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Registration starts on January 10th.
Financial Aid available/*/ (call 617-585-1125 to apply)
For more information, contact the instructor at 617-566-7969 or email:
Tuition for NEC School of Continuing Education is $325 - for non credit, and $450 for the credit.

For information or registration contact: 617-585-1125 or 617-585-1130
Eastern European Jewish Musical Traditions
10 Tuesdays: 7:00-8:30 PM
Spring: February 15 --May 3, 2006

This course introduces the unique musical heritage stemming from Jewish composers and their communities in pre-war Eastern Europe. Students will become aware of the uniqueness of Jewish folk music, connection between Jewish traditional and art music, Russian Jewish musical culture, famous cantors of the "Golden Age", and great East European Jewish performers. The course repertory includes different genres of Jewish traditional instrumental music, Jewish folk songs in Yiddish and Hebrew, Synagogue music, and art songs and significant instrumental pieces by the most prominent Russian Jewish 19^th and 20^th century composers.

Each class includes a lecture -demonstration by the instructor Yelena Neplok, the critically acclaimed, award - winning pianist, artist-in-residence at Hebrew College, and the founder and artistic director of the renowned Nigun Chamber Ensemble. Students have the opportunity to perform in class and participate in a closing concert. Vocalists, instrumentalists, and all interested public are welcome.

The Art of Russian Piano Music
10 Tuesdays: **7:00-8:30 PM
Spring: February 14 - April 25, 2006

This course will describe Russian musical culture and piano music from the end of the 18th century through the mid-20th century: the formation of a Russian piano school, the development of a nationalist musical culture, traditions of Russian piano performance and pedagogy, and famous interpretations by great Russian pianists. Students will discover the music and piano style of Glinka, Anton Rubinstein, the "Mighty Five" (Balakirev, Cui, Mussorsky, Borodin, and Rimsky-Korsakov), Tchaikovsky, Liadov, Scriabin, Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, and Shostakovich. Each class will include lecture-demonstrations by concert pianist Yelena Neplok, analyses of selected popular repertoire, and in-class discussion. There will also be reading and listening assignments.

Posted by jmwc at 10:11 AM

January 15, 2006

Third Annual Interfaith Symposium of Music in LA

Third Annual Interfaith Symposium of Music - "In the Beginning" - The Music, Theology, Art History and Astrophysics of Creation
Date: Sunday, 2/12/2006
Start Time: Symposium 2:30 PM
The free evening concert (7:00 p.m.) will feature music of the Creation story drawn from the many traditions of our time and of times past.
Location: Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church
Address: 505 N. Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Registration and Info: 818.623.1000 or jmcla@socal.rr.com

Announcing the third annual city-wide interfaith symposium exploring spiritual themes. In cooperation with the Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church (BHPC), the Los Angeles Catholic Archdiocese and the Jewish Music Commission of Los Angeles (JMCLA) we will explore the opening chapters of Genesis in Jewish, Protestant and Catholic thought, liturgy, science, art history and music.

Participants in the afternoon symposium (2:30 p.m.) include: Rabbi Edward M. Feinstein, Valley Beth Shalom; J. Paul Getty Museum art historian Jeremy Glatstein; UCLA astrophysicist Dr. Brad Hansen; Dr. Kikanza Nuri Robins, BHPC; Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis, Valley Beth Shalom; Reverend Dr. Vahe H. Simonian, BHPC; and The Right Reverend Alexei Smith, Los Angeles Catholic Archdiocese.

The free evening concert (7:00 p.m.) will feature music of the Creation story drawn from the many traditions of our time and of times past. In addition, winning entries in the First Annual Student Art Contest will be on display along with more than 200 works of art by Los Angeles students (K - 12) depicting creation themes, including the "Big Bang Theory."

Space for both symposium and concert is limited. Advanced reservations are required. Deadline: February 6, 2006.

Posted by jmwc at 04:09 PM

Lincoln Center Presents “The Passion of Osvaldo Golijov”

January 22-February 22, 2006

A festival dedicated to the evocative, exuberant work of this contemporary Argentine-American composer. Osvaldo Golijov was born in 1960 and grew up in an Eastern European Jewish household in La Plata, Argentina. With a piano teacher mother and physician father, Golijov was raised surrounded by classical music, Jewish liturgical and klezmer music, and the new tango of Astor Piazzolla. After studying piano and composition at the local conservatory he moved in 1983 to Israel, where he studied with Mark Kopytman at the Jerusalem Rubin Academy and immersed himself in the colliding musical traditions of that city. Upon moving to the US in 1986, Golijov earned his Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied with George Crumb. Upon naming him its composer of the year for 2006, Musical America declared “The 45-year old Argentine composer Osvaldo Golijov has emerged as one of the leading figures of contemporary music, with a multicultural style of exuberant dance rhythms and raw emotion that connects instantly to a wide range of audiences.”

In addition to performances of Golijov’s major works, Lincoln Center’s “The Passion of Osvaldo Golijov” features three late-night concerts in the Allen Room, including a performance by David Krakauer’s Klezmer Madness!

For tickets and details about the “The Passion of Osvaldo Golijov” festival at Lincoln Center, call 212.721.6500, click here, or visit osvaldogolijov.com.

Posted by jmwc at 01:57 PM

Transcontinental Music has new Music Editor

Transcontinental Music has recently hired two new staff:
Mike Boxer will be Administrative Director of Transcontinental Music. He has a rich background in business, education, and music arranging and producing, and has a special love of Jewish a cappella music. Most recently Mike has been working as a middle school chorus teacher, while also running his own music production company. Mike has a B.A. in Music, a B.S. in Management and Marketing, and an M.A. in Adolescent Education.

Jayson Rodovsky Engquist will be the new Music Editor. Jayson has a long history serving as music director, choir conductor, and organist at various synagogues, including a position at Central Synagogue in New York City, and is active in the GTM (Guild of Temple Musicians) and the American Guild of Organists. In addition, Jayson has extensive experience in editing and arranging. Jayson holds a B. Mus. degree in choral conducting and organ performance, and M. Mus from Yale University School of Music.

Posted by jmwc at 12:44 PM

January 12, 2006

Jazz with Piano in the Center-- Anat Fort Trio

Friday, January 20th at 10pm
The Opera House in Tel Aviv (aka Hamishkan le'omanuyot habama)

Anat Fort, piano/Gary Wang-bass
Roland Schneider-drums
Jonatan Keren-violin
Yuval Messner-cello
The Contemporary Israeli quartet (Har'vi'ia HaIsreaelit Ha'achshavit)
Special guest-Ayelet Gottlieb-voice.
Posted by jmwc at 10:28 PM

Metropolitan Klezmer Events

Metropolitan Klemer will be performing at:
Sunday, Jan 22 Hilton NYC (20 mins, free/full octet)
Arts Presenters conference, 1335 Sixth Ave, Trianon Ballroom

Wednesday, Feb 1st - Mo Pitkins, East Village NYC ~!!
34 Avenue A (btw E. 2nd/3rd St's), 9:30pm $12
Judeo-Latino cuisine, full bar, upstairs stage, 8-piece band
New tunes aplenty... atmosphere galore, all ages
www.mopitkins.com 212-777-5660
212-475-4544 for more info.
Posted by jmwc at 04:39 PM

January 09, 2006

Harvey Sheldon Jewish American Music Video Research Library at UPenn

If you haven't already noticed, the Unviersity of Pennsylvania has a finding aid for its Harvey Sheldon Jewish American Music Video Research Library. This is "part of the University of Pennsylvania Library's Judaica collections, which is one of the largest and most distinguished in the world. In particular, the Sheldon collection complements Penn's reknown Robert and Molly Freedman Jewish Music Archive". This has VHS and DVD formats which include works by renowned Jewish composers and performances by some of America's outstanding singers. There is an entire section devoted to Broadway/Hollywood Musicals composed by Jewish Composers and lyricists , or performers and arrangers, ranging from such works as Annie Get Your Gun to Showboat.
Even if you can't make it to UPenn, your local public library may have many of the same items. It's an interesting mix and speaks to the increasing recognition of Jewish composers' contributions to American music in the twentieth century.

Posted by jmwc at 10:25 PM

Adash Women's Hebrew Choir of Czech

A wonderful sounding women's choir has contacted me at JMWC announcing their presence.... They sing exclusively Jewish music, and you can hear samples on their website-- Here you'll definitely find something to delight in. Two of their CDs are devoted to Hebrew songs, but they sing liturgical pieces and Yiddish and Russian lanugage songs on their other two CDs which include many solos for folk music as well as choral works : Visit Adash Women's choir at: http://www1.osu.cz/adash/index-eng.php.

Posted by jmwc at 06:38 PM

Sarah Nadav Singer-Songwriter

Sarah Nadav has a new blog with some audio clips, links to some of the hip hop music, jewlicious, and a lot more. She seems to be linking to the newest and coolest. Sarah's been writing her own music and has a CD Sarah Dahlia. available at CD baby and elsewhere. http://www.sarahnadav.com/?page_id=33
Posted by jmwc at 05:56 PM

Yiddishe Cup Schedule

Yiddishe Cup sends a Schedule:
See websites for details
Jan. 21 The Ark, Ann Arbor, Mich. 8 pm www.theark.org.
March 13 Park Synagogue, Cleveland Hts. Ohio. Purim. 7:15 p.m. www.parksyn.org
April 23 Brooklyn (NY) Center for the Performing Arts. 2 p.m. http://www.brooklyncenter.com/calendar/april/april.html
Posted by jmwc at 05:49 PM

Amid the Jasmine CD Release

The Gerald Edery Ensemble's
newest recording, Amid the Jasmine is finished and will be available on the website,
www.sefaradrecords.com, on February 9th, 2006.

The Ensemble will be in the New York/New Jersey area, on Saturday, February
11, 2006. There will be a CD release concert at the Jewish Community Center of
Greater Monmouth County in Deal Park, New Jersey. The event will feature The Gerard
Edery Ensemble performing music from the new release as well as appearances by guest
Cantors. You can expect an evening filled with a multi-cultural spirit conveyed
through an eclectic mix of songs in Ladino, Spanish, Arabic and Hebrew from the
Sephardic and Middle Eastern traditions, as well as original songs by Gerard Edery.

The concert starts at 8:00 p.m. and tickets are $25, $20 for seniors and students.
To order tickets or for more information, call Lisa Goldfarb at (732) 531-9100 Ext.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
February 17th through February 19th President s Day weekend

The weekend-long event features concerts, dance parties, lectures and classes with the renown Klezmer performing artists.
Schedule of Events:
Friday, February 17th, 6:30pm:
Freylekhe Shabbes Concert & Dance Party featuring a 'danced' Kabbalat Shabbat service followed by a potluck vegetarian dinner (7:00) and a short concert (7:30) by our featured musicians Adrianne Greenbaum & Margot Leverett. accompanied by ABQ's favorite Klezband The Rebbe's Orkestra, concert segues into dancing lead by our featured dance artist Steve Weintraub & Nahalat Shalom s Yiddish dance troupe Rikud ($10.00 -suggested donation).

Saturday, February 18th Events:
9:30-10:45am: Yiddish and Eastern European dance class with Steve Weintraub ($18 adults, 17 and under $10).

11:00am-12:15pm: Klezmer music class with Adrianne Greenbaum or Margot Leverett ($18 adults, 17 and under $10).

12:30-1:30pm: Saturday afternoon lunch n lecture presenter Steve Weintraub The use of pageantry in Jewish culture ($5-10 donation).

2:00-3:15pm: Music class Adrianne Greenbaum or Margot Leverett OR Dance class Steve Weintraub ($18 adults, 17 & under $10) choose one.

7:00pm: Concert/dance party with Adrianne Greenbaum & Margot Leverett accompanied by the intergenerational Nahalat Shalom Community Klezmer Band and Saturday students. Dances lead by Steve Weintraub, Rikud and student dancers ($10 free for Saturday students/17 and under).

Sunday, February 19th:
12:00-1:15pm: Music class - Adrianne Greenbaum or Margot Leverett OR Dance class - Steve Weintraub ($18 adults, 17 and under $10).

DISCOUNT PRICE FOR ALL EVENTS: $60 for 2 parties, lunch/presentation, & 4 classes if paid BEFORE Friday eve. Feb.18th. Individual classes and events can also be paid for at time of class/event. Discounts for students, seniors, and fixed/low income inquire with event coordinator.

All events held at Nahalat Shalom, 3606 Rio Grande Blvd. NW (between Candelaria & Griegos), ABQ, New Mexico
Phone: (505) 343-8227,
E-mail: nahalatshalom@earthlink.net
WEB: www.nahalatshalom.org --- Klick on Klezmerquerque 2006
E-mail: cohenedmunds@netzero.net
Ph: (505) 243-6276

Adrianne Greenbaum: nationally acclaimed classical and klezmer flutist - founder and leader of the ensembles FleytMuzik and "The Klezical Tradition", which was featured in the ABC-TV documentary A Sacred Noise. Adrianne has been on the faculties of KlezKamp, KlezKanada and Boxwood and directs three student klezmer ensembles throughout the year. FleytMuzik has performed in Vienna s KlezMORE Festival, in New York City s Tonic and Satalla clubs, and in synagogues and colleges throughout the US. As a classical musician Greenbaum has performed in New York s Mostly Mozart Festival, the Berlin Ballet at the Met, the Period Orchestra of the Fairfield Academy, and the New York City Ballet Orchestra. Adrianne received her Bachelors in Music from the Oberlin College Conservatory, her Masters degree from the Yale School of Music, has held faculty positions at Wesleyan and Yale Universities, Smith College, and is currently Associate Professor of flute at Mount Holyoke College. She has reco rded on the Koch International, CBS Masterworks, Nonesuch, and EMC labels.

Margot Leverett: world-renown virtuoso klezmer clarinetist, saxophonist, bandleader and one of the foremost of the new generation of klezmer clarinetists. Studied with the famed klezmer clarinetist Sid Beckerman and classically trained at Indiana University School of Music, Leverett was a founding member of The Klezmatics in 1985, Mikveh in 1999, and founded Margot Leverett and the Klezmer Mountain Boys" in 2001. Her solo CD, "The Art of Klezmer Clarinet," was released in 2001 on Traditional Crossroads label to glowing reviews. Margot tours around the world, performing and teaching traditional and original klezmer music at festivals and workshops. Because of her popularity at Klezmerquerques 2004 & 2005, we are delighted to have Margot return this year.

Steve Weintraub: traditional Jewish dance master. A choreographer, performer and teacher, Steve is one of few dancers who specialize in traditional Eastern European Jewish dance. Steve received his dance training in Manhattan with Alvin Ailey and Erick Hawkins, among others. He has worked with choreographers Felix Fibich and Shula Kivel, and has performed the work of Fred Berk. He choreographed a production for the Joseph Papp Yiddish Theater, and has choreographed and performed dances based on Jewish themes including the annual Workman s Circle Third Seder in New York. In Atlanta, he choreographed Kuni Leml for the Jewish Theater of the South and Something s Afoot for Georgia Ensemble Theater. Steve has been on the faculty of KlezKamp, KlezCanada, KlezClifornia, he has taught at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival and he also lectures on the history of Jewish dance.

Posted by jmwc at 05:26 PM

Free Klezmer Workshop with Jeff Warschauer!

Free Open House Tuesday, January 10, 2006 from 7-9 PM

Followed by a 6-week session - Tuesdays - January 17, 24, 31,
and February 4, 14, 21

Hands-On Workshop

- Study with an internationally recognized master instructor

- Learn tunes from the diverse klezmer tradition

- Work in ensembles with other instrumentalists

- Develop tools for improvisation

- Guest instructors from the cutting edge of the contemporary klezmer scene

- Open to players of any instrument who play and read music at least an

intermediate level.

The open house and all sessions will take place at the Workmen's Circle, 45
East 33rd Street (between Park and Madison), Manhattan.

Members $140; per session $25

Non-members $170; per session $30

For more information contact:

Karina Weinstein

Workmen's Circle

45 E. 33rd Street

New York, NY 10016

212-889-6800 x215

212-532-7518 - fax



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January 08, 2006


Wondering what to do with all that Chanukah gelt in the way of gift certificates or cash?... JMWC can recommend a few musical solutions, one sest for the classical repertoire and one for YIddish.

Paul Ben-Haim, Vol. 2 on Centaur CRC 2766 and Piano Music of Paul Ben-Haim on Centaur CRC 2506 Gila Goldstein, piano, Yehonatan Berick, violin, Inbal Segev, cello and Alexander Fiterstein, clarinet are featured on the 2766 and Gila Goldstein is soloist for 2506. The works are (2766) Music for Piano 1957, op 53, Variations on a Hebrew Melody for Piano, Violin and Cello, Chamsin for Piano solo, Pastorale Variee for Clarinet and Paino, op. 31b and Music for Piano 1967, op. 67. The works for 2506 are: Sonatina, op. 38; Melody and Variations, op 42, Suite No. 1, op. 20a, Suite No. 2, op. 20b, Sonata, Op. 49 and Five Pieces, Op. 34. This repertoire is not as widely known in the United States as it should be. The pieces reflect Ben-Haim's efforts to create an Israeli national style while retaining the influences of his European background and training. These works for solo piano and those small chamber ensembles will be the perfect background to snowy afternoons or evenings this winter and beyond. These works are available through Amazon and elsewhere.

Af Di Gasn Fun Der shtot by Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman
This collection of recently composed Yiddish songs reviewed earlier on JMWC:
Featuring: Michael Alpert, Sharon Bernstein, Adrienne Cooper, Margot Leverett, Frank London , Peter Rushefsky, Binyumin Schaechter, Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman, Lorin Sklamberg, Deborah Strauss, and Theresa Tova. In addition, special care was obviously taken to match the song with the performer, because each of the voices is especially fitted and suited to that selection, in their timbre, mood, and interpretations of the songs. Having heard numerous albums by each of the performers, I was highly impressed by the tight fit of selection to singer. New to me is the delightfully clear voice of Sharon Jan Bernstein. Adrienne Cooper and Theresa Tova were perfect in every nuance. This "all star cast" included Michael, Margot, Frank, Deborah and Lorin as listed above. The composer, Beyle Shaechter-Gottesman also sings her ballad to September 11th. With all the insight and weight of the Yiddish community's enormous losses, this song became especially poignant with the simple rendition of this memorial. One remembers that thousands of Americans attempted to express their feelings about this event in song, so it is fitting that a Yiddish song becomes such an effective conveyance to express the grief of New York. Of special note also is the maturity in Peter Rushefsky's playing. It's a pleasure to witness the growth of this rising artist in several recent albums. This album insert includes texts in Yiddish, transliteration and English translation. For more information: http://www.yiddishlandrecords.com/
Posted by jmwc at 12:37 PM

January 02, 2006

KFAR away in Chicago, the music rocks

If you haven't visited the website of KFAR, a Jewish Arts Center... located in Chicago do so...It's an independent, inclusive, pluralistic not-for-profit organization organization. It is not aligned with any religious movement, political organization or central agency. But the thing is, they have the hippest music and play the coolest bands for the young crowd. Wish we had one in Boston. If you want the music contact: http://booking.kfarcenter.com/ featuring rising bands like Blue Fringe or to find out what's going on http://www.kfarcenter.com/. The website needs some work.
Posted by jmwc at 02:47 PM


DANCING ON THE EDGE OF A VOLCANO, (which was released a couple of years ago) is currently being sold olnline by Cedille Records at https://www.cedillerecords.org/ with a sale through mid January. (for $12) Some people who want to add this to their collections for a relatively inexpensive price, may want to know.
Jewish Cabaret, Popular, and Political Songs 1900-1945
CDR 90000 065 (2 CD set)
New Budapest Orpheum Society
Philip V. Bohlman, Artistic Director
Ilya Levinson, Music Director & Arranger
Stewart Figa, baritone -- (SF)
Julia Bentley, mezzo-soprano -- (JB)
Deborah Bard, soprano -- (DB)
Ilya Levinson, piano
Peter Blagoev, violin
Stewart Miller, bass
Hank Tausend, percussion
Elizabeth Ko, flute
Jon Steinhagen, American lyrics
There's more to traditional Jewish popular music than klezmer clarinet and Broadway-style fiddling on the roof. Dancing on the Edge of a Volcano revives the lively genre of Jewish cabaret and music hall songs from early twentieth-century Vienna and other vibrant centers of Jewish life.
Based on new scholarship from the University of Chicago, the CD entertains with songs of self-deprecating humor, political and cultural commentary, and social idealism (made all the more poignant by the unthinkable catastrophe soon to unfold).
You'll discover unfamiliar works by familiar names -- Weill, Milhaud, and even Schoenberg -- plus gems by once-prominent songsmiths such as Friedrich Holländer, a cabaret compatriot of Weill in the intimate cellar nightspots of Weimar Germany, and the inventive and gifted Hanns Eisler, closely associated with the cutting-edge political theater of Bertolt Brecht.
The songs offer vivid storytelling set to music drawn from varied sources including waltz, tango, and jazz. Featured singers are two Chicago cantors, exuberant soprano Deborah Bard and idiomatic baritone Stewart Figa, and mezzo-soprano Julia Bentley, a sublime and highly sought interpreter of 20th century music. Cabaret-jazz accompaniment is by the (all-American) New Budapest Orpheum Society, an ensemble of violin, double bass, piano, and percussion.
"Philip V. Bohlman (Artistic Director) is Professor of Music and Jewish Studies at the University of Chicago. An ethnomusicologist whose fieldwork has taken him to Jewish communities in central and eastern Europe, and in Israel, Bohlman undertook the research responsible for uncovering much of the repertory for Dancing on the Edge of a Volcano. His diverse scholarly projects concentrate on recovering forgotten or destroyed Jewish musical traditions. When the New Budapest Orpheum Society goes on the road, he plays the role of "Herr Ober." The author or editor of many books, Bohlman has most recently published The Folk Songs of Ashkenaz (with Otto Holzapfel, A-R Editions, 2001) and World Music: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2002)."
Posted by jmwc at 02:30 PM

Journey to Jerusalem will make Toronto Debut in 2006

On the occasion of its 10th anniversary, JOURNEY TO JERUSALEM, "the Jewish people's oratorio", will make its Toronto debut in April, 2006. Conducted by the Canadian composer, EYAL BITTON. Journey to Jerusalem is an' epic and majestic oratorio' by EYAL BITTON recounting the 5000-year journey of the Jewish people. Composed for Jerusalem's 3000th anniversary, it premiered in 1996 as an Official Jerusalem 3000 Event under the auspices of Israeli Consul General Daniel Gal. It was performed by a 25-piece orchestra and a 175-person choir at Salle Claude-Champagne. The Toronto production with feature CANTOR TIBOR KOVARI ...Tenor and MICHELE TREDGER ...Soprano. Eyal Bitton is currently the Choir Director of Toronto's Beth Tikvah Synagogue Choir, formerly conducted by Srul Irving Glick. For more information about the upcoming production view the website at: http://www.kahinaproductions.com/
Posted by jmwc at 01:43 PM

Italian Music Judaica 20-CD on Holocaust music

Musica Judaica is a twenty CDs containing the music written from 1933 (when camps such as Dachau and Börgermoor were opened) to 1945 in all concentration, internment, extermination and POW camps, both of the Axis' and Allies' countries. It is the result of a 10-year, huge historical and musicological work by the Italian pianist and conductor Francesco Lotoro.

Musica Judaica represents a "Musical Dictionary" of concentration camp music during WWII. It contains all the music written in Terezin by Gideon Klein (Piano Sonata, Strings Trio, Czech and Russian Folk Songs, etc.), Viktor Ullmann (5th, 6th, 7th Piano Sonatas, the unknown Don Quixote tanzt Fandango, the opera The Emperor of Atlantis, etc.), Pavel Haas (4 Songs on texts from Chinese Poetry, Studio for Strings Orchestra), Rudolf Karel (Pankràc's Musicbook, Nonet, the opera The 3 Hairs of the Wise Old man), Ervin Schulhoff (Piano score of 8th Symphony) Hans Kràsa (Rimbaud-Songs, the famous children opera Brundibàr), Karel Berman, Zikmund Schul, Jiri Kummermann, Szymon Laks, Frantisek Domazlicky, Ilse Weber, etc. Musica Judaica contains the Chansons written in the Westerbork and Terezin by Otto Skutecky, Karel Svenk, Martin Roman, Adolf Strauss, etc, more than 200 Songs from Auschwitz, Buchenwald, Mauthausen, Sachsenhausen, Treblinka (an authentic Mankind heritage) written by Jozef Kropinski and Alexandr Kulisiewicz, music from Puppets' theatre in Dachau, the precious music scores written in the Star Camp of Bergen-Belsen by Josef Pinkhof (Hebrew religious Songs) and Robert Heilbut, the famous Quatuor pour la fin du temps written by Oliver Messiaen in the POW Camp of Goerlitz and all the music written in many unknown Camps of French, Italy, Lattvia, Lituania, Nederland, Ucraine, URSS, etc., and an anthology of Songs from the Ghettos (Krakow, Kovno, Vilna, Warsaw, Lodz, etc.).

Musica Judaica also contains music written by Berto Boccosi, an Italian officer, in the French Camp of Saida (Algeria), Jewish Songs from the camps of the collaborationist government of Vichy, the beatiful transcriptions for female choir of famous classical pieces (Ravel's Bolero, 3rd movt from Dvorak's Symphony From the New World, etc.) by Dutch prisoners in Japanese Camp of Belalau (Sumatra) and performed in the movie Paradise Road (with Glenn Close), the Mass written by Zdenko Karol Rund for the Catholic prisoners in the Camp of Targoviste (Rumania), the Hymn Fest Steht written in Sachsenhausen by Eric Frost and the Songs of Gypsies.

Contact for information about (sales, dossiers about the project, collaborations, etc.) at the following mail info@musicajudaica.it or visit the website www.musicajudaica.it (the website is in Italian)
Posted by jmwc at 12:56 PM

Kalan Website carries Judeo Turkish music

For those interested in obtaining music from the Jews of Turkey or the Judeo-Sufi connection, the Kalan music website at http://www.kalan.com carries several recordings of Jewish music interest. Recordings such as Jewish religious music, in the Turkish Jewish traditions, Rabbi Isaac Algazisinging Ottomon Jewish music, or such as or Janet and Jak Esim Antik Bir Huzun Judeo-Espanyol Ezgiler folk music are just a few examples. The JMWC has no experience in purchaing items from this website.
Posted by jmwc at 12:35 PM

January 01, 2006

Funny, It Doesn't Sound Jewish

A book review of Jack Gottlieb's new book published in association with The Library of Congress: Funny, It Doesn't Sound Jewish: How Yiddish Songs and Synagogue Melodies Influenced Tin Pan Alley, Broadway, and Hollywood now appears on The Jewish Music WebCenter at http://www.jmwc.org/jackgottlieb.html
Posted by jmwc at 10:39 AM