March 31, 2008

"Metropolitan Klezmer @The Museum at Eldridge Street"

Wednesday, April 9 at 7:00pm.
Eve says, "It's a wonderful venue, this is their re-opening season. Some rare movie excerpts plus our eight-piece musical adaptations...".

Event: Metropolitan Klezmer @The Museum at Eldridge Street
"Music of Yiddish Celluloid: Live band & film clips!"
What: Concert
Host: Eve Sicular
When: Wednesday, April 9 at 7:00pm
Where: Museum at Eldridge Street (landmark restored synagogue!)
12 Eldridge Street, New York City
Posted by jmwc at 02:47 PM

March 26, 2008

The Great East End Treasure Hunt

London --The Great East End Treasure Hunt: A quest for a long lost past Sunday 6th April from 2pm

Stumble around the East End and watch the Jewish history of this area unfurl with musicians, treasure clues, actors and bagels. Sign up in groups to discover some stories, fall upon soup kitchens, bump into klezmer players and search for disappearing synagogues.

We'll scatter signposts, clues, artists including performer Judy Batalion, live musicians and hidden items along the roads of the East End, taking you on a two hour tour around a Jewish world that has all but vanished.

The afternoon will finish at Corbett Place for tea, drinks and live music from She'koyach.

Produced by YaD Arts for the JCC for London

Meet at the Cable Street Mural, painted on the side of St. George's Hall, Cable Street E1

Group charge £40/ individuals £9 - Book in a group of five, for larger groups enquiries and bookings call 0207 431 9866

The Other Seder with Hofesh Shechter, Joshua Sofaer, Judy Batalion and The Destroyers
Thursday, 10th April 2008, from 7:30pm

A night of contemporary dance, performance and live music with HofeshShechter, Joshua Sofaer, Judy Batalion, DJ Max Reinhardt and The Destroyers.

Contemporary Dance choreographer HofeshShechter, who wowed audiences with Uprising and In Your Rooms in 2007 at the Place, South Bank and Sadlers Wells and whose work on C4's Skins credits can currently be seen all over your televisions, will create a specially commissioned new piece of work around the theme of the Plagues.

Performance artist Joshua Sofaer will also present a new commission, turning the obligation to ask Questions at Passover into a Seder Chatshow.

And to finish off the evening, the 15-piece anarchic gypsy punk orchestra The Destroyers, host Judy Batalion and DJ Max Reinhardt will set a party vibe to bring down Wiltons' crumbling roof.

Produced by YaD Arts for the JCC for London

Wiltons Music Hall Gracey Alley,off Ensign Street E1

£12 in advance or £15 on the door - book online or call 0207 431 9866


Coming soon...

Semitica: Noa and The Idan Raichel Project Monday 26th May, 7:30pm
Musical leading lights from the Middle East perform in 3 ancient Semitic languages, Hebrew, Arabic and Amharic for an evening presented by the new JCC for London. International sensation Idan Raichel, whose self-titled first album sold record numbers of copies in Israel, will perform for the first time in central London with the fabulous Ethiopian and Arabic Israeli musicians who have inspired and influence his music. Israeli star Noa, who wowed audiences in 2001 at the Barbican, will return to London for this show. Noa is Yemeni by origin and brings these ethnic roots into her beautiful jazz and singer-songwriter lyrics.

Daphna Sadeh and The Voyagers will play a pre-show gig in the foyer at the Queen Elizabeth Hall from 6.30pm. Daphna's music is inspired by Jewish, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cultures, with added influences of Jazz, Klezmer and Sephardic traditions.

Produced by YaD Arts for the JCC for London
Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank Centre, Belvedere Road SE1

£22, £20, £17.50, £15 (concs 50% off with limited £12 availability) - book online at or call 0871 663 2500

Posted by jmwc at 10:47 PM

New releases from London's Jewish Music

Noa announces new releases from Jewish Music March 2008 and many Passover (and Purim) recordings on JMD website
The Barry Sisters Sing
Re-mastered in 2007, this reissue of the Barry Sisters' classic Cadence Records 1960's release makes a great set of tracks available in a high-quality format, with great sound quality, a nice collection set of photos, and new and interesting liner notes.
Track list:
Beltz ; Shein Vi Di Levonne ; My Yiddishe Momme ; Romania Romania ;Vie Iz Dus Gesele ; Roshinkes Und Mandlin ; Abi Gezunt ; Otchi CHarnia ; Ay Ay Hora ;Der Alter Tziegeuner ; My Mother's Sabbath Candles ; Intrigue (from the film "Foreign Intrigue") ; CD £14.50
Order code: 240030

Anthology of a Yiddishe Mama - Myriam Fuks, Roby Lakatos and others.
What Myriam offers is simply the fruit of a life spent immersed in Yiddish culture. Yiddish - her mother tongue - is her way of life. Her life has been a voyage, often alone, but with a myriad of memories, jokes, suffering, and joy . in short, A Life. And her music reflects the depth of her experience.
vvv The disc also includes the first ever recording by the now internationally acclaimed violinist, Roby Lakatos, then only 16 years old as well as 2 bonus tracks, one of them previously unreleased. All in all, this disc is a unique tribute to the Yiddish culture, performed by the leading contemporary Yiddish vocalist and booklet with translations.
A Nigendl in Yiddish; Roumania; Margaritkelech; Yiddish; Papierossen; Fin a Shtein Geboirn; Belz; Yankele; far nile nouch nile; A Yiddish Mame (a yddishe mame); vous is gevein is gevein; ich bin a fartiker; mein meidele; ny platch mama; what can you machen sis America; Giter brider Itzik; Leibdich Freilech; Houdel mitn strudel.; Bonus tracks: Schmile; Neshumele.
CD £14.99, Order code: Coda541470610282

Yism'chu Celebration Shabbat in song
Rabbi Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah and Andy Cable, Brighton and Hove progressive synagogue Beautiful singing of traditional songs for the Shabbath. Brighton and hove progressive synagogue was founded in 1935 and is a constituent of Liberal Judaism. Committed to cherishing and celebrating the Jewish Heritage, Liberal Judaism is also actively engaged in reinterpreting Jewish tradition in the light of contemporary insights . Proceeds from the sale of the CD will go to the Disabled Access appeal of Brighton and Hove progressive synagogue.
Tracks include
Niggun; Lchu Nrannah (psalm 95: 1-2); Shiru Ladonai (Psalm 96); Lcha Dodi; Tov Lhodot (Psalm 92: 2-3); Yshamru; Yismchu; Eloheynu veylohey avoteynu vlmoteynu; ydid nefesh; Tzur mishello; Azamer bishvachin; Hashiveinu; Oseh Shalom; Od Yavo; Eli Eli; Hinneh Mah tov (Psalm 133:1); Mi Ha Ish (Psalm 34:13-15); Shalom Aleychem; Eshe Chayyil; Erev Shabbat Kiddush; Birkat Ha mazon; Havdalah; Torah Blessings; Haftarah Blessings.
CD £12.99
Order code: Yismchu

Klezmer fun brunen aroys! Glik
In this theatre piece Night time on the Old market the Yiddish writeL Peretz describes the return of the dead and the wandering souls among the living for a night. Amongst them the Klezmer musicians. The Music is based on Klezmer tunes collected in Ukraine by Beregovski, Fantastic musicians, lively and interesting recording.
CD £13.99
Order code glik-0001

Zun Mit a RegnZun mit a regn (Sun and Rain) is a metaphor for 'laughter and tears' and a fitting motto for a program dedicated to the three Russian composers and friends Mieczslaw Weinberg, Veniamin Basner and Dmitre Shostakovich who supported each other even in the worst of times. World war Two and the reign of terror in the Soviet Union had a deep impact on the composers. The horrors of war were important themes in their work and the music of the persecuted Jewish people was a source of inspiration for them. At a time when Jewish culture was taboo and open pronouncements could have fatal consequences, this was an act of courage. It was often years before the works could be premiered, some scores never left the composers desk drawers or remained buried in archives. This recording includes unknown scores by Winberg and Basner.
Performed by the Sovali Consort: Soprano, violin, cello and piano.
Weinberg: Jewish songs first cycle; sonata for cello solo; Jewish songs second cycle; Shostakovich: Prelude and Fugue no 8 in F sharp minor for piano; Four songs from 'From Jewish Folk Poetry'; Basner : Poem for violin and piano; Three fragments from the musical 'Jewish Luck' for voice and piano trio
CD £14.99
Order code JMPCD001

Yiddish Preludes
Rami Bar David Piano, Ole Mathisen Sax. Instrumental arrangements to Yiddish loved songs
Tracks include:
Tumbalalaika; Mazl; Kshe Yibone Beyt Hamikdash; Oif'n veg shteyt a boym; Die Greene Koseene; Abi Gezunt; Oif'n Pripetshik; Dona Dona; Rozhinkes mit Mandlen; Belz
CD £13.99
Order code BarDavid-0001

To see these recordings and more including Passover and Purim recordings, please visit our website on or call us free on 0800 7811 686
You can now find us on, easy to remember and easy to find.

Here are a few of our gifts offer for Passover, You will find all these and more on our sister website at


Jewish Holidays recipes on our website. Here is a free Pesach recipe for our mailing list members

Light 'as a feather' Kneidalach
2 eggs, size 2
3 Tbsp. chicken fat or oil (light olive or peanut)
4 Tbsp. cold water
6 Tbsp. medium grind matzo meal
Salt & pepper
Beat eggs and mix all ingredients together. Cover and allow the mixture to rest, ideally in the fridge for at least 2 hours.

Shape into small balls and cook in boiling soup or salted water for 20 -30 minutes or until the dumplings float to the top, drain.

Posted by jmwc at 12:21 AM

March 25, 2008

Colorado Hebrew Chorale

Colorado Hebrew Chorale
"The Colorado Hebrew Chorale was organized in September 1993 by its Music Director, Carol Kozak Ward, to preserve, promote, perform and celebrate the richness of Hebrew choral music throughout the Rocky mountain region. Since its inception, this highly dedicated volunteer chorus, whose membership draws from all areas within greater Denver, has literally given voice to the legacy and culture of the Jewish experience through song. Now entering its fourteenth season, the Colorado Hebrew Chorale retains its commitment to communal service as its raison d’être." Their website has very nice pictures, lists of concerts, program offerings, a calendar and contact information.
Posted by jmwc at 11:30 PM

Amsterdamse Muziekgebouw International Jewish Music Festival 2008

Van 9 tot en met 11 mei 2008 zal in het Amsterdamse Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ een driedaags concours van Joodse muziek worden gehouden. Kaartverkoop is net van start gegaan.

Uit 16 landen zijn inmiddels 25 ensembles uit uiteenlopende genres gekozen om deel te nemen. Zij zullen volks- en popmuziek, klezmer, klassiek en balkanmuziek ten gehore brengen. De vertegenwoordigde landen zijn Wit-Rusland, Servië, Duitsland, Frankrijk, België, Italië, Engeland, Israël, Argentinië, Griekenland, Venezuela, Chili, Mexico, de Verenigde Staten en natuurlijk ook Nederland. De deelnemers aan het concours strijden niet alleen om prijzengeld, maar ook om een concerttournee en een professioneel cd-opnamecontract met Universal Records. Met deze prijzen heeft het festival niet alleen amateurs aangetrokken, maar ook de doorgewinterde bands en ensembles.

Het concours is onderdeel van een groots festival, met o.a. workshops Jiddisj zang en Joodse gospel, een masterclass klezmermuziek, een uitgebreid kinderprogramma in de klezmerklankspeeltuin, een informatiemarkt voor Joodse cultuurorganisaties, en een prachtige kunstinstallatie. En 'last but not least' sluit het festival groots af op maandagavond 12 mei (tweede Pinksterdag) in de Grote Zaal waar Grammy Award-winnaar The Klezmatics hun eerste concert in Nederland sinds 5 jaar geven.

Actuele informatie over het festival vindt u op en kaarten zijn te bestellen op of telefonisch via 020 788 2000.

Met vriendelijke groet,

International Jewish Music Festival 2008
Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Amsterdam
9 t/m 12 mei 2008


Ticket sales have begun for the International Jewish Music Festival! 25 ensembles from 16 countries have been invited to participate in a 3-day competition of Jewish Music: diverse groups will present everything from folk and pop to klezmer and classical music. They'll be competing for a chance at a recording contract and a concert tour - prizes which have drawn not just amateurs but experienced professionals as well.

To close the festival, the Grammy Award winning The Klezmatics will give their first concert in Amsterdam in five years. And there are many other exciting things planned. See the most up-to-date information about the festival online at Tickets can be ordered via or by telephone: +31 20 788 2000.

All the best,

International Jewish Music Festival 2008
Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Amsterdam
9-12 May 2008

Posted by jmwc at 11:19 PM

Eyn Velt Brian Bender and Little Shop Of Horas

Eyn Velt There's a great review of Brian Bender's new CD Eyn Velt on "Klezmer Podcast Blog". Brian is bending the boundaries beautifully... of klezmer, that is. So take a peek here and read all about it:
And when you finish reading the review, check out Brian Bender's Little Shop of Horas at
Posted by jmwc at 11:10 PM

Adrianne Greenbaum at Fairfield Theatre

Adrianne Greenbaum brings her Flutes and klezmer band to Fairfield Theatre Company. 2 SHOWS: Klezmer Concert and Dance Party
Put Your Klezmer Funk On!

Sunday, May 18, 2pm & 7:30pm
Dance Party: 4-5pm
Buy Tickets: $22 | $17 FTC Members
Doors open half hour before event.

National treasure, Klezmer flutist Adrianne Greenbaum, brings her band playing vintage instruments to FTC StageOne and the Warehouse. Greenbaum bring this infectious eastern European Jewish music to life in concert and at the Klezmer dance party. Beginners welcome.
Fairfield Theatre Company 70 Sanford St., Fairfield, CT 06824
Posted by jmwc at 11:02 PM

Judith Shatin Premiere in Minnesota

Judith Shatin's upcoming premiere of the orchestrated version of Songs of War and Peace, will take place on Sunday, May 4 at 3 p.m.
at St. Mary's Cathedral
25 8th Ave. So,
St. Cloud, MN.
Songs of War and Peace is a setting of four powerful Israeli poems on the topic, in outstanding translations by American and Israeli poets. The new version was commissioned by the Minnesota Center Chorale. The premiere performance will be conducted by J. Michele Edwards.

Another performance of the composer's work, the Chai Variations on Eliahu HaNavi
with pianist Jose Lopez, will take place
on May 4, at 3:00 p.m.
Bass Museum
2121 Park Ave.
Miami Beach, FL.
Posted by jmwc at 10:53 PM

Seminaries Join in Choral Concert in NY

The student cantorial choirs of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion School of Sacred music and the Jewish Theological Seminary's H.L. MIller Cantorial School will perform lush, rich Jewish choral music, cantorial solos, ensemble pieces, and much more. Under the baton of Joyce Rosensweig and Hazzan JoAnn Rice.

Tuesday April 1, 2008.
Suggested donation $18.
The program will be held at the
Stephen Wise Free Synagogue
30 W. 68th St. New York City
Posted by jmwc at 10:02 PM

CHASANUT CONCERT in Basel, Switzerland

CHASANUT CONCERT and presentation of the new CD EJTZ CHAIJM, Sunday April 6, Basel, Switzerland. Performing: the Choir of The Great Synagoge Basel with chasanim Issachar Helman, Basel, Jaakov Motzen,Toronto and Gedalya Alexander, London. Concert on April 6, 2008 at 5pm in the concert hall Stadt-Casino, Basel, Switzerland (where Herzl had his meetings). Admission Swiss Francs 40 and Swiss Francs 30 (2 categories). Promotion sale of the new CD at Swiss Francs 20 See also
Posted by jmwc at 09:59 PM

March 24, 2008

THE CANTOR'S SON film screening

On Sunday, March 30 at 4:15 pm The National Center for Jewish Film will screen the newly-restored 1937 Yiddish feature film THE CANTOR'S SON, starring Moishe Oysher, with new English subtitles. The screening is part of JEWISHFILM.2008 NCJF's 11th Annual Film Festival running from March 29-April 13.

Restoration of the film was made possible by her friends through the Miriam Saul Krant Preservation Fund, and by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Pritzker Pucker Family Foundation, the National Foundation for Jewish Culture & the Eastman Kodak Company, with support from Brandeis University & the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

The restored version of THE CANTOR'S SON had its world premiere at the Jerusalem Film Festival in July 2006 and its American premiere at the New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center in January 2007. The March 30th screening at JEWISHFILM.2008 will be the film's New England premiere.

We hope to see you at the screening of THE CANTOR'S SON on Sunday March 30 at 4:15 pm at Wasserman Cinematheque at Brandeis University.

For more information visit or call 781.736.8600. A flyer announcing the screening is attached below. Restoration of THE CANTOR'S SON honors the memory of MIRIAM SAUL KRANT, The National Center for Jewish Film's co-founder and associate director for 30 years. Mimi passed away two years ago last month.
Posted by jmwc at 09:04 PM

Jewish Music Festival SF Bay Area

The 23rd Annual Jewish Music Festival SF Bay Area March 22 - 30, 2008 There will be more than a full week of tremendous concerts and unique programs in multiple venues throughout the Bay Area. Check your calendar one last time, and make sure you take in as much of this annual Bay Area treasure as you possibly can. All the details are available at
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Klezmer Ensemble & Band Workshops
If you want to learn to play klezmer in groups, and already know how to play your instrument, there are upcoming opportunities to do so at several bay area locations. David Rosenfeld, of Kugelplex (mandolin/violin), is a multi-instrumentalist, ethnomusicologist, and composer who has been playing stringed instruments for over 25 years, and teaching for almost as long. He will be conducting workshops shortly in both Berkeley and Palo Alto.

JCC East Bay (click here for directions) Tuesdays, April 1 - May 27 (skipping 4/22), 7:30pm - 9:00pm
$100 general, $80 members (for all eight classes)

Albert L. Schultz JCC (click here [] for directions)
Thursdays, April 3 - May 22, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
$85 general, $75 members
Cubberley Campus, Modular Classroom A
Contact: Heidi Stein, 650-852-3505
To find out more, and assure that you receive notice of upcoming workshops, contact
David Rosenfeld at 415-407-7162, or []. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Wex []Michael Wex
Scholar-In-Residence Weekend
April 11-13, 2008
Congregation Shomrei Torah - Santa Rosa, CA
Yiddish National Treasure, bestselling author of "Born to Kvetch" and "Just Say Nu," novelist, playwright, lecturer, performer and authority on Yiddish language and literature will be joining the Santa Rosa Jewish community for a Shabbat in April. You can too!
For directions, click here
[]. For carpooling, post a message on KlezCalifornia's Message forum here

Friday, April 11, 7:30pm Shabbat evening services followed by Michael Wex's lecture: "I'm Becoming a Penitential Chicken for You, Pussy-Cat: Yiddish and the Liturgy"

Saturday, April 12, 10:30am Shabbat morning services and lecture: "Daytsh Aftselakhis (German in Spite of the Germans): The Jewish Roots of Yiddish"

Saturday, April 12, 7:30pm Lecture, discussion and book signing "Don't Knock Me a Teakettle: Strange Yiddish Expressions and How They Got That Way"

Sunday, April 13, 8:30am Brunch with Michael Wex, and a final lecture: "It Should Happen to my Enemies: The Yiddish View of Life" ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Special Shabbat Program Yiddish Culture, Eastern European History, and Klezmer Music with Yale Strom and Elizabeth Schwartz
April 5, Congregation Kol Emeth, Palo Alto
Yale Strom is a pioneer among klezmer revivalists. Since 1981, he has conducted extensive field research in Central and Eastern Europe and the Balkans, focusing on all aspects of Roma and Jewish culture. He is a director, composer, musician, photographer and writer. Elizabeth Schwartz has been called the "Piaf of Yiddish song" and has performed across North America and internationally. She is also an independent filmmaker and former Hollywood film executive. For details of the program, click here For directions to Kol Emeth, click here

Posted by jmwc at 11:26 AM

March 23, 2008

Choral Music Publishing

Looking for choral music for your group? ECS Publishing npw has a division that publishes Jewish choral music. It is edited by Dr. Stanley Hoffman, a composer and Chief music editor. The catalog is growing. Currently it includes works by Robert Applebaum, Judith Zaimont, Stanley Hoffman, Bella Gottesman, Vladimir Heyfetz, Mark Zukerman (Sutzkever, Olshansky, Bugatch and more). Dr. Stanley Hoffman, an editor at ECS publishing, has enlarged the Jewish choral composition catalogue at ECS. The catalogue is growing and is available online. ECS Publishing is the parent company of E. C. Schirmer Music Company, Galaxy Music Corporation, Highgate Press, Ione Press, and the record label, ARSIS Audio. ECS incorporated in 1993 in Boston, Massachusetts. ECS Publishing is the exclusive American distributer for Édition Delrieu, Gaudia Music and Arts, Vireo Press, Dunstan House, and Randol Bass Music. ECS is also a non-exclusive distributor of many Stainer and Bell Ltd. products. E. C. Schirmer Music Company remains one of a few American independent classical music publishers in business today.
Posted by jmwc at 06:45 PM

March 19, 2008

Out Of Darkness

Out Of Darkness featuring Liz Lerman Dance Exchange and Special Guests Sayat Nova
Tickets on sale now or 800-432-7250
$35 / $45 / $55

MARCH 22, 2008
7:30 PM
Cutler Majestic Theater
219 Tremont Street, Boston

The world-renowned Liz Lerman company boasts a 30-year international history of art-making, exploring the role of engaging the everyday individual in art-making processes, and the function of dance as a memory device.

The internationally treasured Armenian music and dance troupe Sayat Nova has since 1986 performed around the world in an effort to express the pride and indomitable spirit of the Armenian people, and foster friendship across communities worldwide. "... frantic and triumphant, with wailing melodies and a frenzied, rolling drum beat." -- Watertown Tab, 2006

In Out of Darkness the two groups perform together for the first time. They will provoke and inspire us, with probing explorations of mass violence in our time and a healing reflection on the scope of human compassion.

Posted by jmwc at 10:57 PM


TREASURES OF THE YIVO SOUND ARCHIVES Instructor: Lorin Sklamberg (Max and Frieda Weinstein Archives of Sound Recordings) A fascinating survey of YIVO¹s audio holdings. Examples will include rare commercial and private audio and video recordings of Yiddish folk, theater and art songs, cantorial and klezmer music.
Class conducted in English.

3 Wednesdays, 7:00-8:30 P.M.
March 19-26, April 2
Tuition: $90 / $75 (YIVO members)

Entrance at 15 West 16 Street (bet. 5th & 6th Aves.)

For further information and to register, please leave your name and contact information at 212-294-6139.
Posted by jmwc at 04:31 PM

Klezmer & Hassidic Trio

Klezmer & Hassidic Trio will be performing a concert in the JCC Jewish Music Festival at
Temple Shalom
223 Valley Rd,

*Sunday, March 23rd*, 4 PM $8 ($5 for members of the JCC or Temple Shalom)

Fishel Bresler & Shelley Katsh - Klezmer & Hassidic Music
at the Brooklyn Coffee & Tea House in Providence
Saturday Mar. 29
8:30 - 10ish PM - Admission $9

209 Douglas Ave

Very easy to get to, the Brooklyn Coffee & Tea House is at 209 Douglas Ave, 5 minutes from the Providence Marriot: Right on Orms, across the bridge over 95 , first right onto Douglas Ave. We're one half mile down on the right, just past the 95S entrance. For more specific directions go to or call 575-2284 weekday mornings.
Posted by jmwc at 04:26 PM

March 16, 2008

Jorge Liderman died in California

Jorge Liderman, a well-known composer, died at age 50 in California in February 3, 2008. Liderman, born in Argentina in 1957, went to Israel and received musical training at the Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem. He came to the United States and studied at the University of Chicago. He worked at the music department of the University of California, Berkeley since 1989. Liderman became known as a composer of modern classical music, and also wrote many pieces on Jewish themes. A recording of of his composition of 46 Spanish songs "Aires de Sefarad" was recently reviewed by this author for the Association of Jewish Libraries Newsletter. [Albany Records TROY829]. He had many works commissioned by major organizations such as the Israel Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players and the London Sinfonetta.
Posted by jmwc at 10:36 AM

March 13, 2008


5e concert du 'Cycle russe' de l'AMJ
Elisaveta BLUMINA (piano) & Emil ROVNER (chant & violoncelle)

dimanche 16 mars à 17h
Centre musical Robert Dunand, 9 rue du Marché, Carouge (Genève, Suisse)

Deux virtuoses d'origine russe rendent hommage à ce compositeur méconnu, compagnon de route et ami de Dimitri Shostakovitch.


Mieczyslaw Weinberg: De la poésie de Vasili Zhukovski op. 116 (1976) pour basse et piano
Mieczyslaw Weinberg: Sonate pour violoncelle solo N° 1 op. 72 (1960, première suisse)
Maurice Ravel: Chanson juive : "Meyerke mayn sun" (1910) pour voix et piano
Ernest Bloch: Prière "De la vie juive" n° 2 (1925) pour violoncelle et piano
Mieczyslaw Weinberg: Children's notebook , book 1, op. 16 (1944) pour piano
Ernest Bloch: Méditation hébraïque (1925) pour violoncelle et piano
Chants hébraïques et chants séfarades arr. pour voix et violoncelle par Emil Rovner

Elisaveta BLUMINA (piano)

Née à St-Petersbourg, Elisaveta Blumina est reconnue comme l'une des plus remarquables pianistes de sa génération. Après le Conservatoire de St.-Petersbourg, elle poursuit ses études à la Musikhochschule de Hambourg et au Conservatoire de Berne. Parmi ses maîtres, on compte András Schiff et Bruno Canino.
Très appréciée dans un grand nombre de pays, elle a remporté plusieurs compétitions internationales, notamment en Russie, en Allemagne, en Belgique, en Italie et en Espagne, ainsi que le prix de la meilleure pianiste accompagnatrice au Concours International Pfitzner de chant et au Concours International Sarasate de violon.
Hôte de prestigieux festivals, tels que le Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, le Festival de Colmar, le Verbier Festival & Academy, etc., ses récitals à Anvers, Hambourg, Milan, Berlin, New York ont remporté un grand succès auprès du public et de la critique. Elle a été invitée en tant que soliste par plusieurs orchestres, dont l'Orchestre symphonique de St.-Petersbourg, le Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hambourg, la Dresdner Philharmonie, la Sinfonia Varsovia, les Virtuoses de Moscou, sous la direction -entre autres- de Yuri Temirkanov, Vladimir Spivakov et Gerd Albrecht. De nombreux récitals ou concerts transmis par la télévision et la radio ont élargi sa réputation. En outre, Elisaveta Blumina a fondé le trio «Eremitage» et parmi ses partenaires réguliers, on compte Pierre Amoyal, le quatuor Artemis, Martin Ostertag, Eduard Brunner et des solistes du théâtre Bolchoï de Moscou. Elisaveta Blumina a enregistré huit disques compacts.

Emil ROVNER (violoncelle et chant)
Né en 1975 à Nizhny Novgorod (Russie), Emil Rovner est probablement le seul artiste du moment qui poursuit parallèlement deux carrières internationales: Il donne des concerts comme soliste, chambriste et également en tant que chanteur de concert et d'opéra.
Il débute son activité de concertiste à l'âge de dix ans avec le Glinka Philharmonic Orchestra et se perfectionne jusqu'en 2001 auprès de Boris Pergamenschikov à la Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler à Berlin. Afin de compléter sa formation musicale, il suit des cours de chant à la Schola Cantorum Basiliensis avec Ulrich Meissthaler. Invité en tant que soliste par l'Orchestre Philharmonique de St.-Petersbourg, l'Orchestre Philharmonique de la République Tchèque, le Berliner Symphoniker, l'Orchestre Symphonique de Moscou, il a ainsi eu l'occasion de jouer dans les plus grandes salles. Emil Rovner a obtenu de nombreux prix à divers concours internationaux pour violoncelle, entre autres un 1er prix au Concours J. Brahms, en Autriche (1996), un 1er prix au Concours Jost, à Lausanne (1997), ainsi que le 1er prix et deux prix spéciaux au Concours J. S. Bach, à Leipzig (1998).
Emil Rovner est co-fondateur et directeur artistique du Resonanzen-Festival de Saint-Moritz.

Posted by jmwc at 06:23 PM

March 05, 2008

Fishel Bresler's Klezmer & Hassidic Trio

Fishel Bresler's Klezmer & Hassidic Trio will be performing concert # 3, (out of 4) in the multi-site JCC Jewish Music Festival at Temple Shalom 223 Valley Rd, Middletown Sunday, March 23rd, 4 PM $8 ($5 for members of the JCC or Temple Shalom
Posted by jmwc at 11:30 PM

Nashirah in Philly

Nashirah Concert Poster 2008 Nashirah, the Jewish Chorale of Philadelphia is having a concert March 30 at 3:00 P.M. at Congregation Rodeph Shalom, 615 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA. The name of the concert is "Im Tir'zu: If You Will It". Further information, a contact telephone number and directions are available at Nashira website:
Posted by jmwc at 11:21 PM


Isle of Klezbos & The Lascivious Biddies together at Drom NYC
Wednesday, March 12th
Dynamic double bill of women's bands, back by popular demand!

8:00pm - ISLE OF KLEZBOS klezmer sextet

9:30pm - The LASCIVIOUS BIDDIES cocktail pop quartet

$12 for both sets + club minimum
Drom: World Music/jazz nightclub & restaurant
85 Avenue A (near 6th St), East Village
Isle of Klezbos & The Lascivious Biddies join forces once again, premiering at Drom after their exciting musical pairing at Comix last fall. Tag-team girl-band rematch, guest Klezbian vocals by Mira Stroika!

::: Newsflash ::: Isle of Klezbos are 2008 NYSCA/LMCC Grant Award recipients from the Fund for Creative Communities! Supporting our June 9th KlezBiGay Pride show in El Sol Brilliante community garden, East Village NYC. (Please scroll down for full schedule and more info.)

Formed in 1998, Isle of Klezbos has toured North America & Europe, playing concerts from Vienna to Vancouver with many festival reprises. Their music has enjoyed world-wide airplay, OutMusic awards, critical acclaim, and appearances on Showtime's "The L Word," PBS' "In The Life," CNN "Worldbeat," and live radio from WFMU to NPR.

Among Klezbos bandmates are graduates of Juilliard, Eastman, and Manhattan Schools of Music as well as Harvard and Yale. Their individual performance resumes include onstage appearances and/or recording sessions with artists such as Rufus Wainwright, David Krakauer, Indigo Girls, Arrow, Natalie Merchant, Natalie Cole, and Bonnie Raitt, as well as experience in styles from samba to Balkan to funk, and reggae to classical to Latin jazz.

In the thrilling November 2007 double bill debut by Isle of Klezbos with The Lascivious Biddies at Comix, creative collaborations included Klezbos players sitting in on prog-rock original "Celestial Delight" by Biddies pianist/vocalist Diedre Rodman; and Biddies onstage to join in on Klezbos' grooving Latinesque Yinglish version of "Comes Love."

"Comes Love" is also the Klezbonus track on Metropolitan Klezmer's new live concert album TRAVELING SHOW, named Best of 2007 by Jewish Week and papers from coast to coast, and praised for "originality, expert musicianship and a keen world music sensibility" by All About Jazz. Isle of Klezbos' own hit CD, the OutMusic Award-nominated GREETINGS FROM THE ISLE OF KLEZBOS, prompted the UK's Phat Planet to call the sextet "one of the finest young klezmer bands ever to appear on the block." All Isle of Klezbos and Metropolitan Klezmer CDs are distributed internationally by Stern's Music (New York & London), released by Rhythm Media Records.

Isle of Klezbos "tests the elasticity of the genre" (The New Yorker), and offers "talent is as strong as its name is provocative" (Courier News). The group recently played their triumpant return engagement for Vienna's KlezMORE Festival (2007 & 2004), as well as Seattle's Bumbershoot, St Louis' Edison Theatre with Cowboy Envy, NYC's Merkin Hall with the Stonewall Chorale, Joe's Pub, BAM Cafe, Brooklyn Museum's First Saturdays, Jewsapalooza with Pharaoh's Daughter, Southpaw with Golem and Metropolitan Klezmer, The Knitting Factory with Marga Gomez' Groundhog Spectacular, and with guest star Bitch (aka Capital B) for downtown Purim shows. They are perennial favorites at Michigan Womyn's Music Festival and the National Yiddish Book Center.

ISLE OF KLEZBOS at Drom NYC, Wednesday March 12th

Pam Fleming (Hazmat Modine, Burning Spear, RadioDread) - trumpet & flugelhorn Debra Kreisberg (Los Mas Valientes, D'Tripp) - clarinet & alto saxophone Saskia Lane (The Lascivious Biddies, Dan Zanes) - upright bass Eve Sicular (Voodoobillies, Mazeltones) - drummer & bandleader with special guest Klezbians... Patrick Farrell (Panorama Jazz Band, Staggerback Brass, Veveritse) - accordion & Klezbos guest debut by singer Mira Stroika!

Wednesday, March 12: dynamic double bill of womens bands... Isle of Klezbos & The Lascivious Biddies, rematch by popular demand! Drom NYC - Klezbos (vocalist Mira Stroika), 8pm; Biddies cocktail pop quartet, 9:30pm

• Wednesday, April 9: live octet & original arrangements, plus archival sound film clips! Metropolitan Klezmer's "Music of Yiddish Celluloid" Michael Farkas (Wiyos) vocals The Museum at Eldridge Street, NYC 7pm

• Sunday, April 13: Parents Weekend show Isle of Klezbos with vocalist Judith Berkson Vassar College, Poughkeepsie NY, 3pm til 5pm

• Thursday, April 24: Special Pesakh show, followed by NY Gypsy All-Stars Seventh night of Passover! Drom NYC, 7:30pm Metropolitan Klezmer with vocalists Melissa Fogarty & Judith Berkson

• Tuesday, June 3: Rain or shine, outdoors if weather permits - our 13th year here... Metropolitan Klezmer at Museum Mile Festival Free at The Jewish Museum on Fifth Avenue 6pm - 9pm

• Monday, June 9: Tenth Annual show, and NYC Pride Month tradition! Isle of Klezbos - KlezBiGay Pride, supported by The Fund for Creative Communities: funding from New York State Council on the Arts & Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Free & open to the public, El Sol Brilliante garden: E. 12th St, Ave's A/B, East Village

• Thursday, June 19: Lunchtime set Metropolitan Klezmer at Abe Lebewohl Park NYC rain or shine! Free & outdoors, front of St Mark's Church, East Village 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Also coming up... • Sunday, March 23: Eve Sicular, Yiddish Celluloid Closet film clips/lecture National Yiddish Book Center, Amherst MA 2pm

• Eve Sicular is an award recipient of NYC's Department of Cultural Affairs & LMCC for "J. Edgar Klezmer & Songs from My Grandmother's FBI Files" at Dixon Place, late '08

International CD reviews. Metropolitan Klezmer's TRAVELING SHOW... • "A fun-filled live recording with lots of great klezmer tunes and wonderful Yiddish songs. Guys & Dolls and Bagels is an interesting attempt to make klezmer accessible to a non-klezmer literate audience." - fROOTS Magazine, UK ('thumbs up' rating)

• Traveling Show CD: "Best of 2007!" LISTS: Jewish Week NYC, Jewish Journal LA, Detroit Jewis News, Boston Jewish Chronicle

Posted by jmwc at 11:57 AM


Downtown Music Productions
mimi stern-wolfe, artistic director

St Marks in the Bowery 10th street 2nd avenue



Downtown Chamber & Opera Players:
PAULA KIMPER, Restless Yearning (premiere) (Perry Brass, poet); (String Quartet and Counter Tenor); Marshall Coid, counter-tenor and Quartet;
MADELEINE DRING (Trio for oboe, flute & piano); Andrew Bolotowsky, flute; Jeffrey Hale, oboe;
MARY CAROL WARWICK (premiere) (Viola Sonata); (Song: (Imagination) (Ilsa Gilbert ) Dan Strba (vla); & Mimi Stern-Wolfe, piano
MEIRA WARSHAUER (Aecha) with Downtown Chamber Trio (Rieko Kawabata, vl; Daniel Barrett, cel;)
LAURA WOLFE , vocals and guitar with DAVE EGGAR:, cello; (Original songs);
MIRA SPEKTOR, (Turn Around);Songs: Maeve Hoglund, soprano;
suggested donation: $10, 15;
212 477 1594
Posted by jmwc at 11:52 AM


The JEWISH PEOPLE'S PHILHARMONIC CHORUS conducted by BINYUMEN SCHAECHTER presents a concert of great Yiddish choral music
Sunday, June 1, 2008 @ 4 PM
performing works by
Sholom Aleichem, Avrom Goldfaden, Maurice Rauch, Avrom Reisin, Jacob Schaefer, Wolf Younin, Mark Zuckerman
Sung in Yiddish. English translations provided.

WHERE: Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, near 95 St., New York, NY 10025, USA

ADMISSION: $25, $15

TICKETS: click "Buy Tickets", then "June"; listed first or call 212-864-5400

Posted by jmwc at 11:49 AM

“Beyond Boundaries: Music and Israel @ 60”

Beyond Boundaries Poster Image“Beyond Boundaries: Music and Israel @ 60” looks at the Present-Day Complexities of Israeli Music

View Beyond Boundaries Brochure On Friday, March 28, “Beyond Boundaries: Music and Israel @ 60,” a symposium of the Center for Jewish Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center, will explore the complex diversity of musical styles, cultures, religions and ethnicities that is Israel today. The daylong event will present papers, discussions, and musical performances from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM in the Baisley Powell Elebash Recital Hall on the first floor of the Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue (at 34th Street).

In the morning, three speakers will present papers on a variety of topics significant to our understanding of the present-day climate for music in Israel. In the afternoon, from 1 to 3 P.M., there will be a concert by two performance groups: the renowned contemporary New York-based chamber ensemble Continuum, with a program of Israeli art music with pieces by Tzvi Avni, Betty Olivero, and Benjamin Yusupov; and Galeet Dardashti’s all-woman band Divahn, with a program of ethnic and popular Mizrahi music. Dr. Marsha Dubrow, Musicologist and Resident Scholar at the Center, will serve as the moderator for the day. “Beyond Boundaries: Music and Israel @ 60”
Among the speakers in the morning session:

At 9:45 A.M., Dr. Ronit Seter of the Hebrew University will present a paper entitled, “National Identities Playing Musical Chairs: Israeli Art Music, 1948-2008”. In her paper, through a discussion of Israeli art music composers over the past sixty years, she will argue that in Israel, given its origins as a society of immigrants, multiple national identities have become a seminal hallmark of the complex Israeli Identity in music. She will make references to first, second, and third generation composers and the continuously broadening of the national identity mix over time, with special focus on Tzvi Avni, Betty Olivero, and Benjamin Yusupov, whose works will be performed in the afternoon concert..

At 10:30 A.M.., Dr. Benjamin Brinner of UC, Berkeley will speak on “Beyond Ethnic Tinge or Ethnic Fringe: The Emergence of New Competences in Israeli/Palestinian Musical Collaborations”. His remarks will be centered around field study conducted in Israel for his forthcoming book from Oxford University Press, Playing Across a Divide: Musical Encounters in a Contested Land, as well as theoretical frameworks he developed for the study of musical competence and interaction reflected in his book, Knowing Music, Making Music. Dr. Brinner’s analysis will also reflect aspects of social network theory. His presentation will support the notion that cultural collaborations can serve as bridge-builders enhancing understanding and deepening positive relationships between peoples.

At 11:15 A.M., Galeet Dardashti, both a scholar and performer, will present a paper on the subject, “The Piyut Craze: The Popularization of Religious Mizrahi Songs in the Israeli Public Sphere”. Ms. Dardashti will examine how new popular forms of traditional, Judeo-Arabic religious poetic songs are contributing to a reconfiguration of previously essentialized identities of Israeliness. According to Ms. Dardashti, “Israelis of all types are signing up for classes that teach them to sing Mizrahi piyutim: the new age spiritual seekers, the young third-generation Mizrahim seeking the roots they previously shunned, and both secular and devout Mizrahim and Ashkenazim of varied ages.” Dardashti has conducted several years of fieldwork in Israel, She notes, “Not only is it notable that the wider public is interested in Mizrahi culture, but until recently, the boundary between those who self-describe as secular and religious in Israel was more defined.”

This symposium is the first public program to be offered by the Center for Jewish Studies’ Initiative in Jewish Music. Begun last fall by scholar, performer, composer and producer Marsha Dubrow, a Princeton-trained musicologist, this initiative is an attempt to fill a gap in the availability of strong Jewish music program offerings at secular colleges and universities. “Beyond Boundaries” is co-sponsored by the D.M.A./Ph.D. Program in Music, the Barry S. Brook Center for Music Research and Documentation and the Center for the Humanities. “The Symposium will be the first of many unique and interesting offerings in the realm of Jewish music at the CUNY Graduate Center’s Center for Jewish Studies,” Dubrow said.

The Graduate Center is the doctorate-granting institution of The City University of New York (CUNY). An internationally recognized center for advanced studies and a national model for public doctoral education, the school offers more than thirty doctoral programs as well as a number of master’s programs. Many of its faculty members are among the world’s leading scholars in their respective fields, and its alumni hold major positions in industry and government, as well as in academia. The Graduate Center is also home to more than thirty interdisciplinary research centers and institutes focused on areas of compelling social, civic, cultural, and scientific concerns. Located in a landmark Fifth Avenue building, the Graduate Center has become a vital part of New York City’s intellectual and cultural life with its extensive array of public lectures, exhibitions, concerts, and theatrical events. Further information on the Graduate Center and its programs can be found at

Posted by jmwc at 11:30 AM