April 24, 2012

World's Oldest Holocaust Survivor is Musician

7 Life Lessons
Posted by jmwc at 04:42 PM

A Cappella Choral Blast

The JPPC / Jewish People's Philharmonic Chorus with
Conductor Binyumen Schaechter
perform in New York City!
Concert: 6th Street Sundays presents "A Cappella Choral Blast"
When: Sunday, April 29, 2012, 3:00 PM
Where: Sixth Street Community Synagogue,
325 E. Sixth St. (betw. 1st & 2nd Ave.), New York City, 10003
Who: The Jewish People's Philharmonic Chorus / JPPC
with Conductor Binyumen Schaechter, and two other choruses: Cantigas Women's Choir, and the NYU Madrigal Singers.

Each chorus has a 30-minute a cappella set. The JPPC is the 2nd chorus to perform, ending the first half. Soloist: Temma Schaechter of Di Shekhter-tekhter
Tickets: $15, which includes a free beverage; $10 kids aged 5-12.
Cash only, at the door. There will be an intermission.
Posted by jmwc at 03:11 PM

April 23, 2012

Prayer for State of Israel

The Prayer For the State of Israel - IDF Chief Cantor Ltc. Shai Abramson Accompanied by the S.F.Y. Philharmonic Orchestra & Choir, Conducted by Dr. Mordechai Sobol Child Soloist: Micha Schachat. Sol Zim, an American cantor, is the composer of the music. ,

Arrangement & Music Production: Ofir Sobol, Engineering & Mix: Zohar Zaltz Recorded at "Eshel" Studios - Tel Aviv - June 2011
Posted by jmwc at 10:46 AM

April 20, 2012

Isle of Klezbos at Cornelia Street Cafe

Isle of Klezbos sextet hometown show! 

Cornelia Street Cafe

Sunday, April 22

8:30PM (two sets)

29 Cornelia St, NYC 10014


$10 music charge + $10 food or drink minimum

Full band bios & new high-resolution photos at our NEW website:

Dinner also available upstairs pre-show.

Debra Kreisberg: clarinet & alto sax
Pam Fleming: trumpet & flugelhorn
Melissa Fogarty: vocals
Shoko Nagai: accordion & piano
Saskia Lane: acoustic bass
Eve Sicular: drums | bandleader

Soulful, fun-loving powerhouse all-gal klezmer sextet Isle of Klezbos returns to Cornelia Street Cafe for the group’s first full-band NYC show since their California Bay Area debuts this winter. Isle of Klezbos continues to premiere new repertoire, including both long-lost folkloric and neo-traditionally refreshed popular Yiddish tunes, as well as original compositions, from jazz-inflected Yiddish waltz to klezmer reggae, Soviet Yiddish drinking ditty and haunting alms chant: a new Klezbos CD is in the works.

Formed in 1998, Isle of Klezbos has toured from Vienna to Vancouver. Klezbos bandmates are alumnae of Juilliard, Eastman, and Manhattan Schools of Music, as well as Harvard and more. The group has been seen and heard on broadcasts from CBS Sunday Morning to The L Word. Other recent projects have included studio sessions commissioned by the Scissor Sisters; bandleader/drummer Eve Sicular’s musical documentary theater piece J. Edgar Klezmer: Songs from My Grandmother’s FBI Files; and KlezBiGay Pride Show (14th annual this June!) Joint efforts have included collaborations with Jennifer Miller (Circus Amok), Latina lesbian comedy star Marga Gomez, NYC's Stonewall Chorale, artist Kiki Smith (for her stained glass window “opening” celebration at The Museum at Eldridget Street), and Isle of Klezbos’ sibling octet Metropolitan Klezmer.

Individual Isle of Klezbos bandmate credits include performing, touring, and/or recording with the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Beyonce, Burning Spear, David Del Tredici, Hazmat Modine, Indigo Girls, John Zorn, Lascivious Biddies, Los Mas Valientes, Natalie Merchant, New York City Opera, Rufus Wainwright, Seattle Baroque, and Sanda Weigl, among many others. The band’s music is also heard on American and Australian independent film soundtracks. They return to Cornelia Street’s West Village stage for the first time in nearly a decade.

Posted by jmwc at 01:45 PM

April 11, 2012

North American Jewish Choral Festival

Registration is open for the North American Jewish Choral Festival to be held in July 15-19 2012 in the Hudson Valley Resort and Spa, Kerhonkson, NY. For Festival Brochure, : click here

To register, visithttp://wizevents.com/register/landing.php?id=1235
Posted by jmwc at 06:58 PM

Flash Mob Hora Jerusalem

Posted by jmwc at 06:37 PM

Winter Edition Weimar --in springtime

April 9 at 9:30am until April 15 at 5:00pm
Ottmar Gerster Musikschule (Music School), Weimar, Germany
Join an incredible, innovative workshop on music improvisation and network with musicians from around the world. Conducted orchestral improv, small group improv, drum circles, Feldenkrais, concerts and more. With Alan Bern, Cesar Lerner, Marcelo Moguilevsky, Michael Schründer and more. For details: www.winteredition.eu
Posted by jmwc at 05:24 PM

Atlanta Jewish Music Festival


For 5 days in May, people of Atlanta will be able to participate, play, listen and attend Jewish music events around the city. The website lists the events, performers, venues and times. More and more cities have Jewish Music Festivals -- Try it, you'll like it!!
Posted by jmwc at 05:19 PM

Mira Awad at the Metropolitan Room

Monday, April 30, 2012
Mira Awad returns to NY April 30 with her own Arabic Fusion concert. With a special guest: Jordanian-Spanish singer Farah Siraj. If you heard Mira during the just completed tour with Noa, you know this is an extraordinary talent. $20 cover, 2 drink minimum.
http://metropolitanroom.com/show.cfm?id=74054&cart About Mira Awad: Singer, songwriter and actress. Born in Rama village in the Galilee, to Palestinian father-Anwar, and Bulgarian mother-Snejanka, currently living in Tel-Aviv.
She studied at the Rimon School for Jazz and Contemporary Music.

Mira has collaborated with a wide range of world-famous musicians, from Noa (Achinoam Nini) on her album "Now", Idan Raichel on his second album "Mema'amakim", with Greek singer George Dalaras, hip hop artist Guy Mar and international star Andrea Bocelli. Mira worked as an actress with the Tel-Aviv Cameri Theatre, she also was the Eliza Doolittle in the renown musical "My fair lady", and stars on the TV series "Arab Labor" (seasons 1,2 and 3). She featured in the movie "The Bubble", directed by Eytan Fox and recorded the theme songs for the films "Forgiveness" by director Udi Aloni, and "Lemon tree" by Eran Riklis. She participated in the 5th season of the Israeli version of "Dancing with the stars" and won 4th place. She participated in the Eurovision song contest 2009 alongside Noa with the song "There must be another way" from their duet album carrying the same name, released by Universal Music. Her debut solo album "Bahlawan-Acrobat" was released in May 2009, and was produced by famous guitarist Amos Ever-Hadani. She was signed as a Sony Spain artist in 2011 and released her second album "All my faces" with musical producer Carlos Jean.

Mira is very much identified with the agenda of dialogue and co-existence among people and towards the environment, raising a call for human solidarity everywhere in the world.
Posted by jmwc at 05:12 PM

Klez at the Merc post-Passover!

Hal Aqua and The Lost Tribe return to the Mercury Cafe on Saturday, April 14, 8 pm, playing klezmer music infused with rock, reggae, ska, hip-hop and funk. This post-Passover party includes renowned singer/songwriter Rabbi Joe Black and hot klezmer ensemble The Bloomers, featuring Katie Glassman. For people observing Passover, this will be the first chance in 8 days to have bread, pasta, Mexican food…and beer! (The Merc serves dinner from 5:30-11 pm.) Tickets $10, cash only at the door. 2199 California Street, Denver, 303-294-9281.
Posted by jmwc at 04:55 PM

Dance Silhouette Story of Passover

Dance Silhouette that tells the story of Passover, from a competition in 2011. Quite well done.
Posted by jmwc at 10:47 AM

April 10, 2012

Vira Lozinsky nominated for Independent Music Award

Vira Lozinsky has been nominated for an Independent Music Award 2012 in the World/Traditional category for her new album of Yiddish songs Wunderweg -- Wondrous Way. Winners will be determined by a panel of 77 influential artist and industry judges including Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan, Suzanne Vega, Joshua Redman, Tori Amos, Michael Franti, Bettye LaVette, Del McCoury. The results will be announced soon, in April 2012.
Posted by jmwc at 08:57 PM

Lenka Lichtenberg Breathing Walls Project

You can view this project here.


Posted by jmwc at 08:52 PM

Michal Tal & Yoni Farhi - Through Foreign Ears

Israel Conservatory, Tel Aviv
Saturday, April 21, 2012

Debussy – Sounds from Wondrous Worlds
Piano Recital Series in Celebration of Debussy’s 150th Anniversary
Concert No. 3:
Through Foreign Ears – Spain, the Far East, Childhood and Jazz

Pianists: Michal Tal & Yoni Farhi

Chabrier: Habanera
Debussy: La soirée dans Grenade (from Estampes)
Ravel: Alborada del gracioso (from Miroirs)
Debussy: Pagodes (from Estampes)
Ravel: Ma mère l'oye, for piano four hands
Debussy: Children’s Corner
Debussy: Le petit nègre
Satie: Le Piccadilly; La Diva de l'empire
Satie: Trois morceaux en forme de poire, for piano four hands
Milhaud: La création du monde (version for piano four hands)

85-115 NIS
Young persons up to 21 years old: Free admission
Young persons 22-34 years old: 35-55 NIS

Reservations: 03-5466228
Posted by jmwc at 10:17 AM

Ayn Sof Arkestra and Bigger Band, Special Passover Edition

Tuesday, April 10 2012
Sixth Street Community Synagogue, 325 East Sixth Street, NYC

Ayn Sof Arkestra is the hottest new Big Band in New York! The strange Jewish love child of Charles Mingus and Sun Ra, Ayn Sof is the Big Band that personifies Radical Jewish Culture. The Band was founded by Grammy Award winning Trumpeter and Composer Frank London and NYC's Jazz Rabbi, Greg Wall.

The Band features some of the most dynamic members of the NY Jazz scene, including Pam Fleming, Art Baron, Eyal Maoz, Frank and Greg, Rob Henke, Mike Cohen, Paul Shapiro, and Jessica Lurie. The repertoire is all original tunes or arrangements from the collective pens of the Arkestra, and reflects the diversity of todays NYC Jazz scene.

Ayn Sof Arkestra:
Saxes- Greg Wall, Mike Cohen, Jessica Lurie, Paul Shapiro, Zach Mayer, and Marty Fogel Trumpets- Frank London, Rob Henke, Jordan Hirsch, and Pam Fleming Trombones- Art Baron, Ben WIlliams, Jacob Garchik Rhythm- Uri Sharlin, Aaron Alexander, Bran Glassman, Eyal Maoz

$15.00 cover
Posted by jmwc at 10:13 AM

April 09, 2012

Heather Klein - Shifreles Portret CD Release Concert

Heather Klein’s Inextinguishable Trio
CD Release Concert of Shifreles Portret
JCC of the East Bay 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley, CA 94709
$10 – Doors open at 7:00pm
Posted by jmwc at 10:02 PM

April 04, 2012

Golem and Conspiracy of Beards @ Glasslands

Golem and Conspiracy of Beards @ Glasslands
One of the world's most beloved klezmer-rock band, Golem, teams up with San Francisco's Conspiracy of Beards, a 30-member bearded male choir singing the works of Leonard Cohen. It doesn't get more punk rock than that!
Tickets $10
Note: this is an early show and everyone will turn into a pumpkin at 11:30pm sharp, so get there on time!

Saturday, April 28 at 8:30pm
Location: Glasslands Gallery
289 Kent Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11211
Posted by jmwc at 02:40 PM

Duo Lerner-Moguilevsky in Osnabrück, Germany

Duo Lerner-Moguilevsky
Klezmer-Improvisation from Buenos Aires
Friday, April 6, 2012
at 8:00pm in UTC+02 at Felix Nussbaum Haus
Osnabrück, Germany
Posted by jmwc at 02:34 PM

Arcady Goldenstein & Benjy Fox-Rosen in Concert at Sixth Street Synagogue

Wednesday, Apr 4 at 08:00 PM
East Village Klezmer Series
Arcady Goldenstein & Benjy Fox-Rosen in concert!

Arcady will be accompanied by Deborah Strauss: violin, Jeff Warschauer: guitar, Benjy Fox-Rosen: bass, and Tyshawn Sorey: drums. Plus! The NYC premier of Benjy Fox-Rosen's new Gebirtig song cycle.

4:30-6:00PM Yiddish Class taught by Dmitri Slepovitch $25
6 - 7:30PM Klezmer Workshop led by Aaron Alexander and various esteemed guests $25
8 - 9:15PM Benjy Fox-Rosen and Arcady Goldensteyn $15 (includes a drink)
9:30 - 11PM Klezmer Jam Session, led by Aaron Alexander and guests
Full evening pass $35 (includes Workshop or Yiddish Class, Concert, Jam Session & one drink!)
For more information:

Arcady Goldenstein is the nephew of our dear friend and mentor, the late German Goldenshteyn, z"l. He grew up playing with his uncle, and this is a rare opportunity to hear Arcady play in NYC.

Arcady Goldenstein was born in Mogilev-Podolsk on the border of Ukraine and Moldova in 1963 and grew up in Moldova. He has lived in Israel since 1990. Goldenstein has played klezmer on the clarinet since childhood, and performed regularly in affairs of the Jewish community during the Communist era, which was in those days a somewhat risky venture. He has participated in many festivals in Israel and abroad, most recently the KlezKanada Festival and has toured in England and Germany. His ensembles have been awarded prizes at the Safed and Raanana Klezmer Festivals in Israel. He currently conducts the Haifa Klezmer Orchestra, and teaches clarinet in conservatories and in the public school system.

Benjy Fox-Rosen's Quintet presents an arresting synthesis of Yiddish folk songs, art songs, Klezmer music, and original compositions. Band leader Fox-Rosen - singer, composer, and bassist - is joined by some of the most compelling klezmer musicians in New York City. Together, they focus on the poetry of beloved Krakow songwriter Mordechai Gebirtig, presenting his poems as alluring and engaging art songs. Featuring: Benjy Fox-Rosen: voice, bass, Michael Winograd: clarinet, Patrick Farrell: accordion, Avi Fox-Rosen: guitar, and Tyshawn Sorey: drums

Posted by jmwc at 02:13 PM

April 01, 2012



A scholarship in the name of Isaac Stern, the violinist, educator, humanitarian, and savior of Carnegie Hall, will soon be presented to a violin student at Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts (www.usdan.com). The scholarship has been funded by a generous grant from the Linda and Isaac Stern Charitable Foundation. Usdan¹s faculty will hold auditions this spring in order to identify the winning student.


Virtuoso violinist Isaac Stern was one of the twentieth century¹s most renowned, beloved, and recorded musicians, as well as the teacher and mentor to many of today¹s leading performers. Mr. Stern made his recital debut at the age of fifteen, and by the age of twenty-two he had performed at Carnegie Hall, the institution that he later saved and then served as President for thirty years. From the late 1940¹s until his death in 2001, Isaac Stern toured on every continent, performing 200 concerts each year. Whether in personal interactions with students and friends, or in his role as an international cultural ambassador, Isaac Stern received scores of awards and honors around the world. Dale Lewis, Executive Director of the Usdan Center, together with the Center¹s Board of Trustees, recently announced the new scholarship: ³We are thrilled to have this opportunity to award a scholarship in the name of Isaac Stern, and we are indebted to the Foundation¹s Trustees, who have made it possible for one of our students to have a transformative summer of study in his honor. What a privilege it is to be entrusted with a scholarship in the name of this legendary artist. We look forward to announcing its winner this spring.²

Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts has introduced the arts to more than 70,000 children since its founding in 1968. The Center is open to all young people who are interested in the arts, from age 6 to 19. Alumni have performed with the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and many other major orchestras and ensembles. Alumni have won Grammy Awards for classical music producing, have achieved fame in jazz (Jane Monheit), and on Broadway, Television, and Film. (Actors Natalie Portman, Olivia Thirlby, and Lisa Gay Hamilton; Sirius radio host Seth Rudetsky; Playwright Michele Lowe).

Usdan¹s curriculum includes more than 40 programs in music, art, dance, theater, writing, nature & ecology, and chess. Admission is based on an expression of interest in the arts, and one third of Usdan students attend on scholarship. During the Center¹s summer season, 1,600 young people travel to its 100-acre Long Island campus on buses that serve most towns in the New York metropolitan area. Although Usdan¹s mission is for every child to establish a lifetime relationship with the arts, the unique inspiration of the Center has caused many to go on to careers in the arts. Usdan alumni regularly appear with major orchestras such as the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic, in Broadway shows, and in major dance companies such as New York City Ballet, and American Ballet Theater. The Center¹s daily concerts have presented such visiting artists as the Tokyo String Quartet, Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax, André Watts, Canadian Brass, James Galway, and hundreds of others. Usdan also offers special opportunities for advanced high school- age performing and visual artists. These include Music Staff Internships, a Summer Ballet Intensive, and a program of immersion in the visual arts and college preparation for selected high school age a students. Further information is available on the Center¹s website, www.usdan.com. Usdan Center is an agency of the UJA-Federation of New York.

Posted by jmwc at 07:46 PM