September 28, 2008
Talia Applebaum Flashes in the Darkness AlbumSeveral times in the last year (or so) there have been concerts for women based on the album by Talia Applebaum Flashes in the Darkness. It deserves another look for the humour, fun, a bit of blues, a little jazz, a bit of funk, but mostly American folk. Talia is writing about the stuff of her chosen life with the Breslov Hassidmi, and the way religious devotion permeates her life, blended into 'the everyday.' The music gives a window into that world --that Talia obviously relishes-- for the rest of us. All music and lyrics are by Talia, including blending English and Hebrew with an all female accompaniment. Occasionally the melody and words don't quite make it, but most often they do, and music cleverly wraps into the lyric.The best piece, (or maybe better to say, the one more universally related to all Jews' experience), is "Perservere" with arrangement and piano by Shana Friedman, which could fit into any Jewish denomination's repertoire. The CD is labeled "for women only." Clips are available through CD Baby: http://cdbaby.com/cd/talia. To contact Talia directly, email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kol Halev Choir from Ann Arbor MichiganThanks to Kol Halev Choir, led by Cantor Annie Rose for sending JMWC a copy of their video of their 2004 Eastern European Tour. It's a delightful 16 minute film showing the joy of Jewish community members hearing the choir sing in Yiddish, Hebrew, Ladino, and trying out Bulgarian and Romanian. Kol Halev went on a tour of Romania, Bulgaria and Greece singing to very appreciative audiences. The filmmakers share a short chat, also included in the DVD. Kol Halev is also planning to release a DVD of their journey to Argentina. This film shows once again that Jewish music carries in it the seeds of joy, community, memory and bonding. Their website is located at: http://www.kohalevfilms.org.
Eight Nights of Joy from Live ConcertAn early-bird Chanukah album reached JMWC even before Rosh Hashonah! The Maxwell Street Klezmer Band teamed up with Rabbi Joe Black to create a great Chanukah show for Temple Sholom in Chicago. Now you can join in the fun. It's more than a children's album, although there are some great pieces for the kids, especially the new ones composed by Joe Black. He has a great ear for combining lyrics with the American folk and country sound which work well and sound great for kids. There are also some fantastic jazz arrangements with Maxwell Street. Joe Black also has some moving pieces that are for the parents too, such as "Faith is Not A Flag". Lori Lippitz has such a wonderful voice as everyone knows from over twenty years in previous albums,-- and she's featured in "Chanukah Lights." Kimber Leigh Nussbaum, a lead singer with the group, is also terrific in "Abi Gezunt", a song that has been done so many times, it takes a lot of energy to make it fresh. Great instrumentals fill in the album along with the traditional blessings and Chanukah favorites in a sing-along medley. For information on ordering the album, email email@example.com or by visiting the website at http://www.klezmerband.com/index.html. For more info, there's a link for the album at www.eightnightsofjoy.com
Shmoozin' Just Hits the SpotA new album, called simply, Shmoozin', has been released by our friends from 'down under' -- Australia-- The group is Klezmania and they have produced an album that just hits the spot. Give it to all your girlfriends, honey. Freydi Mrocki is the vocalist. She does a nice job that keeps the album in a even mood. David Breytman, bayan (a Russian type of button chromatic accordian); David Krycer, double bass and guitars; and Lionel Mrocki on clarinet, saxophone, guitar, percussion, didgeridoo, (this is an Australian album after all!) and vocals. There are a lot "standards" on this album, but there are some differences. They start with Leonard Cohen's "Dance Me to the End of Love" but add some Yiddish verse by Doodie Ringelblum. The fantastic cover art must be mentioned since you can see it's a special piece. It's by Eva Hannah and reflects the spirit of the album, friendly, comfortable, relaxed and folks you want to be with. Visit http://www.klezmania.com.au/ for more information.
September 27, 2008
The Lost Soul of Spain. Music and Dance of the Sephardic JewsThe Yuval Ron Ensemble featuring two stunning guest performers: Israeli-Tunisian singer Smadar Levi and Israeli-Moroccan dancer Maya Karasso. With Jamie Papish- Percussion, David Martinelli- Percussion, Norik Manoukian – Woodwinds, Vergine Alumyan – Kanoun, Carolyne Aycaguer – Harmonium.
Where: Brentwood Presbyterian Church.
12000 San Vicente Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90049
When: Sunday, November 2, 2008 at 7 PM
Tix: $20 at the door.
Info: firstname.lastname@example.org or Calendar page at www.yuvalronmusic.com
tel: (818) 505-1355
Oscar winning composer. World music producer and artist Yuval Ron (Oud and Saz) presents a preview concert of the music, his international ensemble will perform for the King of Morocco, at the International Sacred Music of Fez in June 2009. The program will feature Hebrew and Ladino songs from Morocco, Andalusia, Bosnia, and Israel. Woven in between the songs are travel stories, kabalistic interpretations, and personal anecdotes of the life and culture, out of which grew the fruit of the Sephardic music.
The Yuval Ron Ensemble unites the sacred musical traditions of Judaism, Sufism (Islamic mystical tradition) and the Christian Armenian Church into an unusual musical celebration. Bringing together artists from Arabic, Jewish and Christian ancestry the Yuval Ron Ensemble is dedicated to fostering an understanding of Middle Eastern cultures and religions
In April of 2008, the Ensemble was invited to headline the benefit concert for "Seeds of Compassion" - the Dalai Lama's conference - in Seattle, WA. In 2002 and 2005, the ensemble was featured at the World Festival of Sacred Music in Los Angeles and was honored to be the first American-based Middle Eastern Ensemble to perform at an International Peace Festival ’05 in South Korea. In addition, the Ensemble was chosen by the Mid-Atlantic Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts to represent the United States and its cultural diversity at the International Folk Music Festival in Lublin, Poland in 2005. In 2006 the Ensemble was the first to introduce the music of the Middle East to Chihuahua, Mexico at the International Chihuahua Festival, and in 2007 it was featured in the International Oud Festival in Jerusalem, Israel.
Composer and Oud master Yuval Ron works across different media and styles, actively seeking new forms of interchange and collaboration between musicians and other artists. His compositions have served as soundtracks for television programs and films such as Oliver Twist (UPN Network) and To Life (a CBS special), to dance works with the innovative dancer/choreographer Oguri (with music from these collaborations recorded on two CDs, In Between the Heartbeat and In The Shadows), to concert works for chorus, orchestra, and cello. He has also served as an impresario, helping to organize concerts at the UCLA Hammer Museum highlighting the diversity of musical styles to be found in the Los Angeles area.
But for many, Yuval is known for his deeply moving pan-Middle Eastern music. This group at once unites the music and peoples of the Middle East, incorporating elements of Armenian, Levantine, Arabic, Bedouin, Sephardic, and other stylings to create a fusion that is at once deeply traditional and still boldly innovative. His recordings include One and One Truth (with renowned Turkish Sufi musician Omar Faruk Tekbilek), Under the Olive Tree: Sacred Music of the Middle East, featuring the spectacular young Arabic singer, Najwa Gibran and most recently Tree of Life also featuring Najwa Gibran.
www.yuvalronmusic.com www.myspace.com/yuvalronensemble www.myspace.com/yuvalron
Klezmer Fiddle new book publishedIlana Cravitz announces the publication of her new book, Klezmer Fiddle. This is a how-to guide. It is a new tutor book, published by Oxford University Press and is available through an introductory offer at: http://www.ilanacravitz.com/bookoffer.html The book contains 16 tunes in treble clef with chords above the stave for easy accompaniment. Currently in use by clarinet players, oboeists, viola and bass players, and cellists, the melodies, accompaniments, and tips on playing have appeal and application well beyond violinists.
* Each tune has a ‘workshop’ on playing in traditional style.
* There’s also a CD with the complete set of tunes, historical recordings of a selection of the melodies, plus backing tracks you can play along to.
* The package contains two pull-out booklets with bandstand-style parts for sekund and bass players.
Jewish India new CD and websiteRahel Musleah announces her website devoted to the music of Jewish India. www.rahelsjewishindia.com Rahel is a musician and writer, who has spoken widely on the topic of this music. Her new CD, Hodu: Jewish Rhythms from Baghdad to India, features ancient texts, authentic melodies and contemporary rhythms. Her songbook, B’Kol Arev: Songs of the Jews of Calcutta, compiled more than 50 songs for Shabbat, holidays and special occasions (Tara Publications); an accompanying cassette featured 18 selections.
"Rahel Musleah was born in Calcutta, India, the seventh generation of a Calcutta Jewish family that traces its roots to 17th-century Baghdad. Through her multi-media song, story and slide programs, she shares her rare and intimate knowledge of this ancient community’s history, customs and melodies."
JACK CURTIS DUBOWSKY ENSEMBLEJACK CURTIS DUBOWSKY ENSEMBLE With Amar Chaudhary
DATE: Thursday October 16, 2008, 8pm
VENUE: Luggage Store Gallery New Music Series
1007 Market Street (at Sixth), San Francisco CA 94103
TICKETS: $6 - $10
BOX OFFICE: Tickets are available at the door.
The Jack Curtis Dubowsky Ensemble performs in concert at the Luggage Store Gallery New Music Series. This groundbreaking new music ensemble, led by classical and film composer Jack Curtis Dubowsky, performs abstract, spacious, free form, transcendental, electro-acoustic contemporary music. The Jack Curtis Dubowsky Ensemble I album was performed and recorded live with no overdubs; no pre-recorded music is used in concert either.
Also performing is Amar Chaudhary, a longtime composer and performer specializing in contemporary and electronic music, as well as a developer of advanced software for sound synthesis and music composition.
The Luggage Store Gallery New Music Series is the longest standing experimental music series in the Bay Area, with weekly Thursday night shows since 1991. Founded by LSG Gallery Directors Laurie Lazer and Darryl Smith, the series has been curated by several Bay Area musicians. Since 2002 the New Music Series has been curated by Outsound Presents and local improvisers/sound artists Rent Romus and Matt Davignon. They present a wide cross section of sound artists from every experimental genre.
Thursdays 8-10pm Admission $6-10 sliding scale
All ages welcome, no one refused for lack of funds.
the luggage store
1007 Market Street (nr. 6th St.)
San Francisco, CA 94103 USA
The series is an artist-run, grass-roots DIY effort that relies on volunteers. Please join us in setting up chairs, curtain, lights, sound once a week, and contact Outsound Presents to get involved in marketing and project coordination. The Luggage Store Gallery is a non-profit corporation funded by the City of San Francisco, grants, and your contributions. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, Noon to 5pm. For gallery information call 415-255-5971. Jack Curtis Dubowsky Ensemble Member Bios
Composer, keyboardist, and bassist Jack Curtis Dubowsky received his MM in Composition from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and also studied at the Aspen School. Jack studied conducting with Sonja Neblett, and composition with David Conte, Conrad Susa, Elinor Armer, and Michael Czajkowski. Jack has composed three chamber operas, music for four feature films, television, and concert performance. Jack s choral music has been performed internationally by groups including the San Francisco Choral Artists, the Lesbian/Gay Chorus of San Francisco, and the Mount Eden Chorus. Jack s orchestral music has been performed by the Castro Valley Chamber Orchestra. Jack s chamber music has been performed by the Snopea Chamber Ensemble, the Organic Sound Experiment, Collaborata, and the Paradigm Brass. Jack has received grants from Meet the Composer, Inc., the Zellerbach Family Fund, and the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library. Jack has produced recordings by The Winsome Griffles, Glen Meadmore, and the Virgin Whore Complex. Jack s award winning Mr Jones parody is a highlight of the Momus album Stars Forever.
Percussionist Fred Morgan received his BM in percussion performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music under the study of Jack Van Geem and his MM from the New England Conservatory under the tutelage of Will Hudgins. Fred currently studies timpani with San Francisco Timpanist David Herbert. Other teachers have included Andrew Lewis, James Lee Wyatt, and Alan Hall. Fred played William Kraft's first timpani concerto with the Oakland East Bay Symphony in 2003 as a winner of the orchestra's Young Artist Competition. Fred was a member of the San Francisco Youth Symphony from 1997- 2002. Fred has traveled abroad recently subbing as a timpanist and percussionist in the Hong Kong Philharmonic, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and Kansas City Symphony. Fred also does concerts with SF Symphony brass and boys choir at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco and has subbed with the Midsummer Mozart Festival. Fred participated in the festivals of Spoleto USA, Schleswig-holstein, Music Academy of the West, Jeunnesses Musicales, National Orchestral Institute, and the Aspen Music Festival. Contemporary engagements include work with the Sprocket Ensemble and performances and recordings of the music of Erling Wold. Locally Fred subs with the Oakland East bay Symphony and the Santa Rosa Symphony. Fred has received a percussion chair in the Stockton Symphony.
Trombonist Hall Goff received his BA from Oberlin College and MM from the Yale University School of Music, where his principal teacher was John Swallow. Other teachers include Tom Cramer, Douglas Edelman, Tyrone Breuninger, and Ned Meredith. Hall has been a member of the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra since 1977, the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players since 1979, and the Paradigm Brass since 2002. Hall has performed locally with orchestras in Santa Rosa, Monterey, Oakland, Napa, Marin, the San Francisco Symphony and San Francisco Opera, nationally with the Eastern Brass Quintet, the Wall Street Brass Quintet, Paul Lavalle s Band Of America, the New York City Ballet, and internationally at the Spoleto Festival and the Macerata Opera of Italy. Raising his bell in the popular realm, Hall has performed with Frank Zappa, Ella Fitzgerald, Bob Hope, Nelson Riddle, Diane Carroll, Linda Ronstadt, Vic Damone, John Pizzarelli, and The Manhattan Transfer. Recordings include Prokofiev s Romeo and Juliet, Paul Chihara s The Tempest, Tchaikovsky s Nutcracker with the San Francisco Ballet, music by Earle Brown and Morton Feldman with the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, and recordings for film and TV.
Amar Chaudhary Bio
Amar Chaudhary studied composition first with Ruth Schonthal at the Westchester Conservatory of Music in New York from 1983 to 1991, and then at Yale University from 1991 to 1995. Amar had his music performed internationally and has received several honors for his musical work, including a 1992 premier of his clarinet quartet Conversational Impromptu at Weill Recital Hall in New York and the 1990 NGCSA Young Composers Award for Earth Songs. Amar received his PhD in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley in 2001. While at Berkeley, Amar was a researcher at the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT) and developed advanced software for music composition and performance, including Open Sound Edit, an advanced 3D graphical editor for sound representations and Open Sound World, a programming environment for real-time music and audio applications. He has published several research papers related to these and other projects. Amar remains actively involved in local electronic and experimental music in the San Francisco Bay Area, and performs regularly. His recent music involves experimentation with new sounds and sound-synthesis/processing techniques and new modes of musically expressive performance. He is also interested in the use of folk instruments and toy instruments in electro-acoustic music. In addition to his musical work, Amar maintains a deep interest in modern and contemporary art in several media as a creator, consumer and supporter.
September 23, 2008
Me La Amargates Tú Presents 3 concerts of "Sephardic Music"Me La Amargates Tú
Presents “Sephardic Music” in the following concerts:
October 5, 2008. “Oud Woelwijck”, Essenlaan 5,Voorschoten 15:30 hs. (Fully booked)
October 9, 2008. “Instituto Cervantes”, Domplein 3, Utrecht 19:00 hs.
October 12, 2008. “Delft's Synagogue”, Koornmarkt 12, Delft 15:00 hs
Doret Florentin- recorders
Tulio Rondón- viola da gamba
Sarah Ridy- baroque harp
Cristian Gutiérrez- baroque guitar
Juan Martinez- percussion
Nani nani- Lullaby, Lullaby
Quando el rey Nimrod- When the king Nimrod
Νo vo comer ni vo bever- I am not going to eat or drink
Avre tu puerta cerrada- Open your closed door
La rosa enflorece- The rose blooms
Povereta muchachica- Poor young girl
D. Ortiz- Recercada Ottava (from the second book) for viola da gamba and basso continuo
Two Villancicos (Spanish dances) from “Cancionero Musical de Palacio” (Spain 15ος-16ος c.)
Alonso- La tricotea San Μartín la vea (St. Martin was looking at her) for three voices
Francisco de la Torre- Dime triste coraçón (Tell me sad heart)
Yo m’enamorí d’un aire- I fell in love with s breeze
La vida do por el raquí- My life I give for a raki
La Serena- The Mermaid
Mi Suegra la Negra- My mother-in-law, the black
El Rey de Francia- The king of France
Morena me llaman – They call me Brunette
Luys de Narváez
- La Canción del Emperador (The song of the emperor), based on the Madrigal "Mille Regretz" (A thousand sorry) by Josquin des Prez
- Passeávase el Rey Moro (As the Moorish king was walking) - Spanish romance for voice and vihuela Anonymous- Tarambote for three voices
Durme durme hermozo hijico- Sleep, sleep, my beautiful son
Una matica de ruda- A spring of rue
Adío Querida- Goodbye my beloved
A la una nací yo- At one (o'clock) I was born
Contact person: Doret Florentin, email@example.com
Tel: 00972-544-744901, 0031-64-1176656
Shining Through Broken GlassShining Through Broken Glass
An Ecumenical Concert of Memory and Hope, 70 Years after Kristallnacht
Noted actor and director Leonard Nimoy will narrate a concert to commemorate Kristallnacht in a one-night only performance called SHINING THROUGH BROKEN GLASS, to be held on Sunday, November 9, 2008 at 7 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Providence, Rhode Island.
Tickets: $25, $50, $75, $100 (discounts for seniors and students)
SHINING THROUGH BROKEN GLASS, a historic concert of memory and hope exactly 70 years to the day after Kristallnacht, that infamous night in 1938 when the Nazi regime unleashed terror of epic proportions throughout Germany and Austria. SHINING THROUGH BROKEN GLASS is a dramatic and choral concert that will expand appreciation of the achievements of 1000 years of Jewish music, culture and art, and give meaning to the lessons learned from the Holocaust. This concert will feature an ecumenical adult and youth choir of over 200 voices from synagogues, churches, schools and colleges in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut, four cantorial soloists and a 40-piece professional orchestra. The beautifully restored, historic Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Providence, Rhode Island will be the venue for this very special performance.
Produced by Temple Emanu-El of Providence, Rhode Island, in partnership with the Holocaust Education and Resource Center of RI, “This concert has been in the making for 10 years,” says Cantor Dr. Brian Mayer of Temple Emanu-El. “I knew we needed some spectacular way of paying tribute to the millions of Jews, gays and lesbians, gypsies and anyone not considered to be ‘Aryan enough,’ who perished in the Holocaust.” With more than 30 historical musical selections, including the music of renowned Viennese cantor, Salomon Sulzer and Berlin composer, Louis Lewandowski, the concert will take the audience from the time of the Middle Ages up to the 1930’s. Composer Arnold Schoenberg’s “Survivor of Warsaw” which demonstrates the horrors of the Holocaust will be performed by Mr. Nimoy, the orchestra and an all-male choir. The final section of the performance will use music to celebrate contemporary life, and to exemplify the message of Psalm 133: "How good it is for brothers and sisters to dwell together in harmony"
The premier and only performance of Shining Through Broken Glass is definitely not to be missed. Tickets are available from the Veterans Memorial Auditorium Box Office (401-421-ARTS) or on line at www.vmari.org
Date and Time: Sunday, November 9, 2008. 7:00 p.m.
Place: Veterans Memorial Auditorium
1 Avenue of the Arts, Providence, Rhode Island
Tickets: $25, $50, $75, $100 (discounts for seniors and students)
September 21, 2008
And Sarah Danced CD ReleaseEmil Skobeloff and Or Chadash have released an album of all new tunes to liturgical music called "And Sarah Danced.: The album is thoroughly American in concept, and takes the listener on a walk through fifty-plus years of American popular styles, attached to Jewish liturgical texts. Skobeloff succeeds in creating some good tunes and some are quite catchy. So for those fond of American style music for Jewish worship, check out this album. Several of the successful songs are the "Magen Avot", "Ma Tovu" and "Ashrei". Skobeloff has a myspace page at: www.myspace.com/emilskobeloff Emil's MySpace page gives this bio: "Emil Skobeloff is a native of the Philadelphia area. He received his vocal training from Mary Romig deYoung, who was a mainstay on the faculty at the Philadelphia College of the Performing Arts. Under her direction, he developed his vocal skills, and performed live, and on local television for years. Emil received cantorial training as a protégé to Cantor Sigmund Blass, a Hungarian survivor of the Holocaust. Cantor Blass' passionate style opened the door to emotional and spiritual interpretations of liturgical music. While attending the Beth Jacob Hebrew Day School in Philadelphia, Emil was exposed to Gospel music in South Philadelphia on Sunday mornings, coming to and from choir practice. He was captivated by the passionate, visceral intensity of Gospel music. Combining the fervor of Cantor Blass' lessons and the poignant intensity of Gospel music, Emil began his quest for musical styles and interpretations that expose the core of human passions, experiences and frailties."
The Lori Cahan-Simon Ensemble at Ohio State UniversityThe Lori Cahan-Simon Ensemble at Ohio State University
Monday, September 22nd, 2:00pm
at On the oval in front of Hagerty Hall
at Ohio State University
Building 037 1775 College Rd
David Buchbinder with special guests Daddo and Marilyn LernerDavid Buchbinder's with special guests Daddo and Marilyn Lerner
Sunday, September 21st, 8:00pm
at Al Green Theatre Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre
750 Spadina Avenue
3 Choirs Come together for 40th AnniversaryZamir Chorale of Boston announces that there will be a performance with the Jerusalem Academy Choir at Northeastern's New Fenway Center in a special three-choir concert at on October 26 at 7:30 p.m.
Artistic Director Joshua Jacobson, who is also Director of Choral Activities at Northeastern, will conduct sets by NU's choir and Zamir, followed by a performance by the Jerusalem Academy Chamber Choir (JACC), considered one of the finest musical groups in Israel. For the finale, all three choirs will share the stage. The JACC, comprised of 30 music students and led by Stanley Sperber, is also celebrating its 40th anniversary. Sperber, founded the Zamir Chorale in 1960 in New York and inspired Jacobson to form the Zamir Chorale of Boston in 1969. The JACC has performed with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, and the Israel Chamber Orchestra.
For ticket information, click here.
Open Sing Back by Popular Demand
On Sunday, December 7 at 3:00 p.m., don't miss the third annual Open Sing at Temple Reyim in Newton. This year, in addition to favorite choruses from Handel's glorious Judas Maccabaeus, we will sing great synagogue motets by Renaissance master Salamone Rossi. Maestro Jacobson will offer fascinating historical background on this prolific composer. Singers of all abilities and listeners welcome! Vocal scores will be provided.
Tickets available at the door only: Adults, $10; Students and Seniors, $8.
Zamir Choral of Boston announces 2 women as conductorsZamir Chorale of Boston announced that two women will be involved with their organization as conductors. Lidiya Yankovskaya will be this season's Assistant Conductor and Hinda Tzivia Eisen will be the 2008-09 Mary Wolfman Epstein Conducting Fellow.
Read more... The Zamir Chorale newsletter announced that: "Lidiya graduated from Vassar College in May with a bachelor's in music and is working toward her master's degree in conducting at Boston University. She recently attended the Conductors' Institute at Bard College, studying with Maestro Harold Farberman; and Yale University's Norfolk Music Festival Choral Conducting Workshop, with Simon Carrington. An accomplished musician and recipient of numerous awards and honors both in her native Russia and here in the U.S., Lidiya is a mezzo-soprano who, in addition to conducting, also plays percussion, violin, and piano."
"Hinda is a senior at Boston University, majoring in religion, and is beginning her third season singing alto with Zamir. An alumna of HaZamir in New York, Hinda is the alumni coordinator for international HaZamir and conducted the a cappella choir at Camp Ramah in the Berkshires and Wisconsin.
Of the internship opportunity, Hinda says, "Much of my spirituality within Judaism is very much oriented in the music I produce with others, and as such I have often felt like I wanted to craft my own 'midrash' with the music I sing." When she's not musically engaged, Hinda volunteers as a clown for many appreciative children! The Mary Wolfman Epstein Conducting Fellowship was established in September 2000 by Scott Offen to train conductors in the area of Jewish choral music.
Daniel Abrams at Mannes College in NYCA concert by acclaimed pianist/composer Daniel Abrams will take place on
Wed. Oct 15 at 8 pm
at the MannesCollege of Music,
150 West 85 St, NYC
No charge: seating begins at 7:30 pm
The program includes the American premier of Abrams' "Musical Portraits from Wagner's 'ing' (from Abrams' "Opera For Piano" series)
More information: www.Daniel-Abrams.com/Opera-For-Piano The program also includes ABRAMS' Chaconne on "Dido's Lament" from Dido And Aeneas , Variations on "Voi Che Sapete" from The Marriage of Figaro, and Variations on "Ein Engel Leonora" from Fidelio. Opera For Piano retains each pieces original style, preserving its complex moods and subtle powers -- as if the composers themselves had written the operas as piano music. They are not transcriptions, but music that Abrams' deeply loves and wished to be able to play on the piano. Abrams considers this series his most important legacy to music and feels that Opera For Piano is adding some glorious music to the performing pianist's repertoire.
DANIEL ABRAMS has been internationally acclaimed as both a pianist and as a composer. He had a double Fulbright in piano & composition (which was renewed for a second year) to the Royal Academy of Music, and performed extensively throughout Europe as an American Cultural Ambassador. His highly heralded New York debut at Town Hall in 1957 brought him major management and years of concertizing. Also, appearances on many TV and radio shows (including The Today Show, the Mike Wallace show, Joe Franklin, Pegeen Fitzgerald, etc.) In 1962, shortly after surviving a plane crash while on a concert tour in S. America, Abrams accepted a teaching position at Goucher College and The Johns Hopkins University. While in Baltimore, he founded and, for sixteen years, conducted The Goucher/Hopkins Community Symphony. He has continued to perform as soloist with orchestras and in recitals, but has restricted his appearances to the area in which he lives. Recently, Martha Argerich heard some of Abrams' music and included it in her Lugano Piano Festival.
Following is an excerpt from The New York Herald Tribune review for the first concert (of his four concert cycle) of the Mozart piano sonatas at the Kaufman Y : Mr. Abrams, as has been noted before, is born to the piano; he cannot help but make beautiful sounds and he brings to whatever he tackles not only musicianship, technique and interpretative prowess, but a very special kind of intellectual radiance that quite sets him apart. In short, the five sonatas heard contained a veritable galaxy of refinements--indeed, the sort of refinements that seem slowly to be creeping out of contemporary piano playing. We urge you to attend."
More information: www.Daniel-Abrams.com/Opera-For-Piano
FDT Klezmorim at 'Across the Street, Around the World', KensingtonWednesday 1 October 2008
1 - 1.30 pm
FDT Klezmorim at 'Across the Street, Around the World', Kensington
Kensington Central Library, Phillimore Walk, W8 7RX
A lunchtime set with the band playing trad klezmer – old and new.
Ilana Cravitz (violin), Susi Evans (clarinet), Jim Marcovitch (accordion), Guy Schalom (drums), Paul Tkachenko (bass), Matt Bacon (guitar).
Free open-air event.
Thursday 2 October 2008
1 - 2 pm FDT Klezmorim at Queen Mary, University of London
The Curve, Queen Mary, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS
If you missed them in west London on Wednesday, catch them in the east!
Ilana Cravitz (violin), Susi Evans (clarinet), Jim Marcovitch (accordion), Guy Schalom (drums), Paul Tkachenko (bass), Matt Bacon (guitar).
Free open-air event.
Tuesday 7 October 2008
7 - 9 pm
Klezmer class at SOAS, University of London
Room G3, SOAS, Thornhaugh Street London, WC1H 0XG
Weekly class begins. Come and learn about a the klezmer tradition, including tunes, dances, accompaniment styles, and history. A weekly course (half-term break on 4 November). For details contact the Jewish :firstname.lastname@example.org?subject=Klezmer%20classes%20at%20SOAS> Music Institute.
Sunday 12 October 2008
11.45am - 1pm
London Klezmer Session
1 - 4pm
The Cross Kings, 126 York Way, N1
London klezmer session every second Sunday of the month. Bring an instrument and a tune, or just come to shmooze & booze. Info and tunes
Public launch of Ilana’s new book ‘Klezmer Fiddle – a how-to guide’, and an opportunity to purchase (signed?!) copies.
Workshop £5; Jam £1.
Monday 13 October 2008
7.30 - 9.30pm
NEW London Klezmer Orchestra
Inn on the Green, 3 Thorpe Close, Ladbroke Grove, London W10 5XL
If you`re interested in joining a Klezmer Orchestra rehearsing in Central London... Next dates: 3, 24 November, 15 December.
Info: William Millis: email@example.com; 020 8969 7019
Sessions £4 each, or £15 for all 4.
From Ladbroke Grove tube: cross over & walk under the motorway to your left-then turn right into Thorpe Close. Look for a balcony & come upstairs. Buses: 7, 15, 23, 52, 295 & 452.
Saturday 18 October 2008
Klezmer Klub play Cork Festival of Jewish Culture
7.15-8.15 Klezmer dance & Yiddish song workshop
Main Restaurant and Boole Lecture Theatre 1 at University College Cork
A two-day event celebrating Jewish culture and the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue in Cork. Also includes: Performances by The Fireflies, North Strand Klezmer Band Yurodny; lectures; films.
Concert tickets €10 for one night or both nights for €15.
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
September 19, 2008
New Center for Arts and Culture features Buchbinder's Odessa/Havana and Brian Bender & Little Shop of HorasNew Center for Arts and Culture
Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Inaugural Celebration
October 4, 2008 (rain date, the 5th)
New Center is Coming Together 12-4pm
On October 4th, 2008 the Rose F. Kennedy Greenway Conservancy will celebrate the official inauguration of the Greenway parks in Boston with free live concerts, classes, rides, and food from all around the world. Once a highway and now a series of parklands throughout the downtown core, the Greenway will host this once-in-a-lifetime opening featuring local and international artists, highlighting Boston's rich cultural heritage and celebrating a vision of city life & sustainability completed. The New Center for Arts and Culture will present New Center is Coming Together-an exciting program with performances by David Buchbinder's Odessa/Havana and Brian Bender & Little Shop of Horas. To be held on a stage across from the Boston Harbor Hotel, these diverse and dynamic performers will entertain with a range of musical styles - appealing to audiences of all ages and backgrounds. This will be a lively and fun program that will entertain, delight, and educate. For more information, please visit the New Center for Arts and Culture website at www.ncacboston.org.