April 06, 2016

Lexicon of Klezmer Terminology

The jewish Music Research Centre at Hebrew University of Jerusalem now hosts a free dictionary of terms relating to klezmer music online. The lexicon is in English. This new "Lexicon of Klezmer Terminology" or LKT lists terms in alphabetical order. The LKT "compiles a wide array of source materials that shed light on the historical and contemporary state of knowledge about klezmer music. Each entry includes a number of citations from primary and secondary sources that include or refers to the term in question. It also indicates whether musical notation or sound recordings are included in the source."
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January 09, 2016

Brothers Nazaroff Band releases Smithsonian Recording

A new recording has sparked a story on NPR about klezmer music.
Posted by jmwc at 12:58 PM

December 25, 2015

Klezmer Guide

Allen Lutins has created a very useful cross listing of Klezmer tunes with recordings and places to find scores for that song. It's a great starting place for anyone wishing to find out where to either listen to a klezmer tune or to see the sheet music if you already know the names of the songs you want. KlezmerGuide: www.klezmerguide.com
Posted by jmwc at 04:20 PM

November 03, 2015

21st Century Masters of the Klezmer Violin

Tuesday night, November 3, 7PM - Center for Traditional Music and Dance is pleased to copresent Fidl-21st Century Masters of the Klezmer Violin at the beautiful Museum at Eldridge Street in NYC. ?Featuring Alicia Svigals, Deborah Strauss and Jake Shulman-Ment who will tell their personal stories of how they became intimately involved in the revival of the klezmer violin tradition. Moderated by ethnomusicologist Amanda Scherbenske. Click below for more information....http://www.eldridgestreet.org/event/concert-fidl-21st-century-masters-of-the-klezmer-violin-and-jam/
Co-presented with the Center for Traditional Music and Dance
$20 adults; $14 students and seniors
12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002 Museum Site: 212.219.0302
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June 12, 2015

David Chevan Playing Klezmer On the Green

Klezmer on the Green Thursday, June 18 at 6-7pm in New Haven, CT
David is playing with the Nu Haven Kapelye http://nuhavenkapelye.com/ Thursday night, June 18, on the New Haven Green as a part of the International Festival of Arts and Ideas http://artidea.org/nuhavenkapelye

David is excited about this because it's fun to make music, especially music that is Klezmer and Yiddish song with a big band (they'll be about 20-30 pieces) and been rehearsing so the group sounds great and also because most of the performance will be his original arrangements. Bring a picnic!
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April 21, 2015

Susan Leviton & Lauren Brody at New York Klezmer Series

Tues. April 28, 2015
NY Klezmer Series Proudly Presents: Susan Leviton & Lauren Brody

The New York Klezmer Series
Tuesdays at Stephen Wise Free Synagogue
30 W. 68th Street, NY NY 10023

All Concerts & Dance Parties begin at 7:30pm; $15. Jam sessions follow Klezmer Instrumental Music Workshop 5:30-7pm $25
Full night pass – $35 (includes class, concert & jam sesson)

Tickets: $15 at door
Doors open at 7pm.
For more info go to www/aaronalexander.com/wp

Renowned performers Susan Leviton and Lauren Brody will be opening a world of Jewish music and some of its related Eastern European roots on Tuesday night, April 28, 2015 at 7:30pm, as part of The New York Klezmer Series, at the Stephen Wise Synagogue. For decades Susan and Lauren have been on the forefront of bringing the culture alive to audiences of all ages, and their collaboration brings the finest of two brilliant voices and repertoires together, along with Lauren’s extraordinary piano and accordion skills.

Susan is one of the few people to embrace the tradition of women’s unaccompanied singing, but she is also a seasoned performer who has been on featured with bands such as the Old World Folk Band, and performers including members of the Klezmatics, Michael Winograd, Zalmen Mlotek, Jeff Warschauer and Deborah Strauss, and countless others. She’s recorded stunning music that garners rave reviews around the world.

Lauren, a founding member of both Kapelye and Mikve, is one of the world’s foremost experts in traditional Bulgarian music, and her singing and accordion-playing in Yiddish performances is legendary. She travels the world as a bearer of Yiddish musical tradition. Lauren will be both accompanist, instrumental soloist, and vocalist for this very special concert, which brings together voices that blend like sisters’, in a range of music chosen to delight, surprise, and encourage an ongoing exploration of our musical roots.

Upcoming at the NY Klezmer Series

May 5 Yale Strom’s Hot Pstromi w/David Licht
May 19 Jeff Warschauer/Sarah Myerson Graduation Concert & Dance Party
May 26 Arnold Hammerschlag Group w/Sam Bardfeld, Wil Holshouser
June 2 Zingeray -Yiddish Song - w/Itzik Gottesman & Friends
June 9 TBA
June 16 Tantshoyz w/Avia Moore-Dance Leader, Aaron Alexander Klezmer Kapelye w/Michael Winograd, Patty Farrell & the Workshop Band

questions? newyorkklezmer@gmail.com
Aaron Alexander - Artistic Director

Tickets: $15 at door
Doors open at 7pm.
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March 03, 2015

Itzhak Perlman: "In the Fiddler's House" Anniversary

Carnegie Hall
Presented by National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene [NYTF]
Performance Tuesday, March 31, 2015 | 7:30 PM
Itzhak Perlman: "In the Fiddler's House"
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage

Maestro and violinist Itzhak Perlman joins the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene (NYTF) for its centennial gala concert presentation of "In the Fiddler's House.” The performance features Klezmer musicians Michael Alpert, Alan Bern, Kurt Bjorling, Judy Bressler, Frank London, Hankus Netzky, Lorin Skamberg, Andy Statman, and The Klezmer Conservatory Band, along with special guests. Performers

Itzhak Perlman, Violin
Michael Alpert, Vocals, Guitar, Accordion, and Violin
Alan Bern, Piano
Kurt Bjorling, Bass Clarinet and Tsimbl
Judy Bressler, Vocals and Percussion
Frank London, Trumpet
Hankus Netzky, Music Director, Saxophone, and Piano
Lorin Skamberg, Vocals and Accordion
Andy Statman, Clarinet and Mandolin
The Klezmer Conservatory Band

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August 27, 2014

End of an Era: Forward on the Last KlezKamp

The Forward ran a short story on the upcoming "last Klezkamp".
. It's the end of an era, to say the least. Adrienne Cooper z"l and Henry Saposnik were leaders in recognizing you have to teach the next generation to keep things going. Music is such an important identity marker for Jewish young people. It would be great if more of the Jewish community institutions recognized that as well and put more music into practice!
. http://forward.com/articles/204724/after--years-first-klezmer-festival-founder-says/
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January 27, 2014

New York Klezmer Series on Tuesday

Tomorrow night, Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 7:30 PM, Amanda (Miryem-Khaye) Seigel will be opening the New York Klezmer Series with the Dave Levitt Trio, featuring Mike Cohen (clarinet), Christina Crowder (accordion) and Dave Levitt (trombone). It's a wild mix of original and revived material, including songs from the repertoire of Marty Levitt and Harriet Kane. Come hear songs you won't hear anywhere else!

Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W. 68th St., NYC
Concert: $15. Jam session afterward.
Klezmer Instrumental Music Class, 5:30-7pm. $25 per class.
Full night pass – $35 (includes class, concert & jam session)
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May 16, 2013

Yiddishkeit Klezmer Ensemble

Sunday, May 26, 2013
11:00am until 2:00pm

at City Winery 155 Varick St, NYC
The Yiddishkeit Klezmer Ensemble (from the Pioneer Valley of Central/Western Massachusetts) will perform a concert of original and traditional Klezmer music. Brian Bender - trombone, accordion, vocals, piano, poyk
Anna Sobel - fiddle, poyk, dumbek, piano, vocals, storytelling, puppetry
Special Guests:
Sruli Dresdner - clarinet, accordion, poyk, vocals
Lisa Mayer - fiddle, vocals
Tickets are $10.
Food is available at the venue.
www.citywinery.com/newyork/yiddishkeit-klezmer-ensemble-5-26.html The Yiddishkeit Klezmer Ensemble has recently released a CD entitled "A Freylekhs Far Ale". More info at: www.yiddishkeitklezmer.com/sound%20clips.html
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March 11, 2013

New York Klezmer Series: ALL NEW MUSIC

The New York Klezmer Series
at Stephen Wise Free Synagogue
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 7:30pm
Alicia Svigals' evening of all new klezmer!
Location: 30 W. 68th St., New York, New York 10023
With Michael Winograd, clarinet; Patrick Farrell, accordion; Don Godwin, tuba.
A whole evening of only all new klezmer tunes! With compositions by Alicia Svigals, Michael Winograd, Patrick Farrell, Aaron Alexander, Pete Rushefsky, Zev Feldman, and possibly more...like Joshua Waletzky, Sarah Gordon, and maybe a surprise or two. Nothing old! Nothing borrowed!

Steve Weintraub will be teaching the dance workshop before- learn to improvise with your body.
The New York Klezmer Series (formerly East Village Klezmer Series) has been bringing wonderful Klezmer Music and Yiddish Dance to NYC since 2010. Originally The East Village Klezmer Series, we have a new home in the Upper West Side – at the historic Stephen Wise Free Synagogue – beginning in February 2013. We will present concerts, music and dance workshops and open jam sessions in an intimate and beautiful setting. Founded and curated by Aaron Alexander (at the invitation of Rabbi Greg Wall) and inspired by the week-long Yiddish Culture events, Klez Kamp, and Klez Kanada, the NYKS aspires to present the music in a respectful setting and allow the artists freedom to present their vision. The series consistently presents world class artists in an intimate setting, in addition to providing education and a place for all to come and participate in this wonderful and often neglected part of Jewish and American Culture.

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January 25, 2013

Jewish Music Day at Alyth Gardens Synagogue

Sunday 17 February - Jewish Music Day at Alyth Gardens Synagogue, London,
Choose from 30 Jewish music sessions throughout the day, including a klezmer workshop with Ilana Cravitz at 10.30am. Booking forms at www.ilanacravitz.com/events.htm. North Western Reform Synagogue, Alyth Gardens, NW11 7EN
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December 19, 2012

Metropolitan Klezmer in NYC

Metropolitan Klezmer at The Museum of Jewish Heritage
Tuesday, Dec 25, 2012, 1pm
The Museum of Jewish Heritage
36 Battery Place, NYC
For tix and info: www.mjhnyc.org
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December 18, 2012

"Sholem-Aleichem Yiddish Klezfest"

"Sholem-Aleichem Yiddish Klezfest"
Sunday Dec. 30th, 1:30 - 5:00 PM
with Frank London and friends:
Aaron Alexander, Ron Caswell...)
Jake Shulman-Ment, fiddle kapelye
Andrea Pancur and Ilya Shneyveys: Bavarian Klezmer Oompah music
Dancemaster Steve Weintraub
Psoy Korolenko, host and performer;
Bring an instrument for concluding jam
Sholem Aleichem Cultural Center,
3301 Bainbridge Avenue@208th Street. Bronx NY
information: 917-930-0295
admission $10
D train to 205th st station, 4 train to Mosholu Parkway.
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December 14, 2012

The London Klezmer Quartet

LKQ gigs coming up:
Visit www.londonklezmerquartet.com/gigs.html for more information
16 December – Golders Green, London: Hanukah Hopkele
22 January – Colchester Riverside Theatre: ‘Klezmer – A Living Tradition’
23 January – Cambridge: ‘Sholem Aleykhem Comrades’ programme
24 January – Newington Green, London: LKQ in Concert
28 January – CD official release date
30 January – Liverpool Street, London: Holocaust Memorial Event
31 January – Green Note, Camden: LKQ concert
Feb 27-April 2 – Australia tour
April/May – Album launch tour in London, Dorset, Norwich, Cambridge

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December 10, 2012

Metropolitan Klezmer plays The Emelin (Westchester Hanukah matinee) - Mamaroneck!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Klezmer octet concert for eighth day of Hanukah!
Metropolitan Klezmer plays Mamaroneck NY:
The Emelin Theatre's wonderful Westchester stage. http://emelin.org/event/great-traditions-all-music/metropolitan-klezmer
Emelin Theatre
153 Library Ln, Mamaroneck, New York 10543

Metropolitan Klezmer's full eight-piece lineup:
Debra Kreisberg, clarinet & alto sax
Pam Fleming, trumpet & flugelhorn
Reut Regev, trombone
Melissa Fogarty, vocals
Ismail Butera, accordion
Karen Waltuch, viola
David Hofstra, bass & tuba
Eve Sicular, drummer |bandleader

Great new tunes & fabulous favorites alighting.
Tickets are selling fast for this show (please spread the word).

Tickets $32. Info & group rates:
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December 03, 2012

December Klezmer Events in London

Friday 7 December, Pages of Hackney, 7pm
Winter Warmer with the London Klezmer Quartet. Mulled wine, mince
pies, CDs, books etc. www.londonklezmerquartet.com
Reserve a seat on 020 8525 1452. Tickets: £7
Pages Bookshop, 70 Lower Clapton Road, London E5 0RN

Sunday 9 December, Calthorpe Arms, Kings Cross
Klezmer workshop and monthly jam session
Workshop with Susi Evans 1-2pm; jamming 2-4. Entry: £5 on the door.
Download tunes ( http://www.ilanacravitz.com/music&sound.htm )
Upstairs room, Calthorpe Arms, 252 Gray's Inn Rd, London W1X 8JR
Tuesday 11 December, Cafe Mostra, London, 8pm
Enjoy the London Klezmer Quartet and a reasonably priced Turkish meal
Book a table on 020 7249 8582, or just turn up. £5 added to your bill
Café Mostra, 86 Stoke Newington High St, London N16 7PA.

Sunday 16 December, Golders Green, doors open 5.30pm
The Chanukah Hopkele - dance fun for all the family from 6pm with Guy
and the Hopkele House Band
Tickets: £15 adults; £12 under-16s; £30 for a family ticket (4 people). Booking: 020 8457 8795 or email viv@alyth.org.uk
North Western Reform Synagogue, Alyth Gardens, London NW11 7EN

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November 26, 2012

London Klezmer Quartet & Pie & Wine

LONDON --7 December 2012, Pages of Hackney, 7pm
Annual Winter Warmer with the London Klezmer Quartet. Mulled wine, mince pies etc. www.londonklezmerquartet.com
Reserve a seat on 020 8525 1452. Tickets: £7
Pages Bookshop, 70 Lower Clapton Road, London E5 0RN
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September 08, 2012

London Klezmer Quartet

Upcoming Performances of The London Klezmer Quartet

Sunday 9 September, Klezmer in the Park, 2pm
Regents Park Bandstand, Regents Park, London NW1 4NR.
The event runs 1-5pm.
Event info ( http://www.jmi.org.uk/event/klezmer-in-the-park/ )

Monday 8 October, Bookmarks Bookshop, 6.30pm
Sholem Aleykhem Comrade! Music and words portraying Jewish life in revolutionary times presented by LKQ with David Rosenberg and Julia Bard of Jewish Socialist Magazine.
Bookmarks Bookshop, 1 Bloomsbury Street, London WC1B 3QE

Wednesday 31 October, The Red Hedgehog, 7.30pm
An evening of Yiddish song and music, with LKQ and Yuri Vedenyapin. In association with the Spiro Ark ( http://www.spiroark.org/events ). The Red Hedgehog, 255 - 257 Archway Road, Highgate, London N6 5BS
Event info ( http://www.spiroark.org/events/828/london-klezmer-quartet/ )
Book tickets at http://www.spiroark.org/events/tickets/267%20/london-klezmer-quartet
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July 19, 2012

Klezmer in Berkeley

Monday, August 20, 2012
6:00pm until 8:00pm in PDT
Saul's Restaurant and Deli
1475 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, California 94709

New York based Dmitri Zisl Slepovitch will join Dave Rosenfeld for a special klezmer Monday. Dmitri is not only an accomplished klezmer clarinetist, but also a composer, Yiddish singer, and has earned a PhD studying eastern European Jewish music. Dmitri performs extensively in New York, but tonight is a rare chance to catch him on the West Coast. Preview some of his music here:

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June 13, 2012

East Village Klezmer Series

Wednesday, June 13 at 08:00 PM
East Village Klezmer Series
Concert/Dance Party and Open Klezmer Jam
With the world-renowned Strauss/Warschauer Duo
Special Guest Star, Patrick Farrell
Come hear, dance with and jam with the Strauss/Warschauer Duo in a rare NYC concert appearance!

We'll be playing selections from our upcoming CD "Once I Had a Fiddle" (to be released in Europe in late June, and in North America later this summer).

Joining us will be special guest Patrick Farrell (accordion) who is featured on the new CD.
After the concert set, Deborah with teach and lead Yiddish dancing (no previous experience necessary), and there will be an open klezmer jam session co-led by Aaron Alexander and the Duo.

Bring your instruments and get ready to have a great time!
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 Strauss/Warschauer Duo with Special Guest Patrick Farrell
9:30 - 11PM Dance Party (with instruction and leading by Deborah Strauss) and Klezmer Jam Session, led by Aaron Alexander and the Strauss/Warschauer Duo Special Guest Patrick Farrell
Patrick Farrel is a Brooklyn-based accordionist and composer who specializes in klezmer, new-music, various East-European folk musics, and brass bands. His current projects include the avant-garde klezmer group Michael Winograd Klezmer Trio, chamber-folk ensemble Ljova and the Kontraband, strange and unusual duets with trumpeter Ben Holmes, and Serbian-style brass band Veveritse. He is also a member of the mighty Panorama Brass Band of New Orleans, LA, his former home, and until recently led and composed for the circus/new-music group Stagger Back Brass Band. He has studied accordion in Macedonia, Serbia, Hungary and Romania, and has played in clubs, concert halls, streets, and serenades all over Europe and N. America. He can be found at www.pattysounds.com.

For over 25 years, Deborah Strauss (violin, accordion, vocals, dance) and Jeff Warschauer (guitar, mandolin, vocals) have been at the forefront of the international klezmer and Yiddish music scene. They were both long-time members of the Klezmer Conservatory Band, one of the premiere groups of the klezmer revival, and have performed with legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman on film and in concert.

As the Strauss/Warschauer Duo, they have performed to overwhelming acclaim in such diverse venues as the Philadelphia Folk Festival, Great Britain's Fiddles on Fire, the Jewish Culture Festival in Cracow, Poland, and the Art of Yiddish in Los Angeles with actor and singer Theodore Bikel. Deborah and Jeff are Yiddish speakers, and have researched and collected Yiddish and Hebrew songs and instrumental melodies since the 1980s. They lead some of the most popular klezmer music, Yiddish song and traditional dance workshops throughout North America, and Eastern and Western Europe.

Jeff is Founding Artistic Director and Senior Artistic Advisor of the KlezKanada Institute for Yiddish/Jewish Culture and the Arts, is on the faculty of Columbia University in New York, and is a graduate student in cantorial music and modern Jewish studies at the Jewish Theological Seminary. Deborah has been Arts and Programming Director of two New York Yiddish afternoon schools for children. She studied violin at Rutgers University and ethnomusicology at the University of Chicago. Both are on the faculty of KlezKamp: The Yiddish Folk Arts Program and KlezFest at the University of London.

Full evening pass $35 (includes Workshop or Yiddish Class, Concert, Dance Party/Jam Session & one drink!) Info: http://sixthstreetsynagogue.org/special-events/eastvillageklezmer/ www.klezmerduo.com
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April 04, 2012

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
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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

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March 19, 2012

Sy Kushner Jewish Music Ensemble

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at the Sixth Street Community Synagogue in NYC
events from 6:00pm until 11:00pm
Wednesday, Mar 21 at 08:00 PM - The Sy Kushner Jewish Music Ensemble East Village Klezmer Series
.6 - 7:30PM Klezmer Workshop led by special guest, Bassist Brian Glassman!! $25
8 – 9:15PM The Sy Kushner Jewish Music Ensemble $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!)

The Sy Kushner Jewish Music Ensemble
featuring Sy Kushner (accordion), Aaron Kushner (alto sax), Jeremy Brown (violin,) and Marty Confurius (bass) and special guest Ken Maltz on clarinet

On a mild July evening, seven years ago [1960], on a semi-lit stage in Camp Hi-Li, three musicians (who were to become known as The Mark 3) met and played their first note together. To all present, it was obvious that they were witnessing the birth of a sound-a sound that was to bring to Israeli and Chassidic music a depth which it had never before known. - Excerpt from the liner notes of the original 1966 Mark 3 recording which was re-released in 2009. That album was to become the seminal opus: an album that was to influence the course of Jewish music for years to come. And Sy Kushner was one of its founders and musical director. It was the beginning of a long and varied career for Sy, taking him through Chassidic, Israeli folk, klezmer, and most recently newly composed Jewish music. His CDs of original works have received rave reviews.

This disc[Arise!] embodies the idea that klezmer is a living and viable genre…. Kushner’s klezmer music integrates non-klezmer sounds, but so smoothly that the result is more like stirred paint, in which each new added element changes the color of the whole. – Paul Wieder, Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation.

Sy Kushner is a klezmer lifer, a leading figure on accordion as well as a composer since his Mark 3 days in the ’60s…… highly refined musical gold. - George Robinson…..Jewish Week 2009

What a wonderful day you gave us. Your music brings me warm memories of a time long ago. Thanks. - Joan Levine and Jonah Berman commenting on a 2009 City Winery performance.

Kushner’s authority, clarity, and grace on the accordion makes this album very special.….The way Kushner plays, you feel as though you can tell what is really happening. - Ari Davidow’s review of KlezSqueeze(CD)

The CD (KlezSqueeze) impresses with its simplicity and virtuosity. In many respects, I wondered, how is it possible to play like that? ….For myself, it is one of the best records ever. - Andreas, from Virtual Klezmer(Germany)

The Kushners are the great biblical begots of klezmer music. - Jonathan Mark, Associate Editor, Jewish Week

Accordionist Kushner has been making excellent klezmer since his hits with the Mark 3 Orchestra back in the 1960s. He has only gotten better and deeper. - Ari Davidow-Klezmer Shack

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March 08, 2012

Michael Winograd Klezmer trio en Concert Exceptionnel

Thursday, March 15, 2012
8:30pm until 10:30pm

L'UEJF Art et Culture t'invite en exclusivité au premier Concert à Paris du Michael Winograd Trio tout droit venu de NYC pour Toi!

Musique Klezmer d'exception, ambiance de folie et prix cassé pour ce Concert mémorable!

Le Michael Winograd trio (Michael Winograd - Clarinette ; Patrick Farrell - Accordéon ; Benjy Fox-Rosen - Contrebasse) réunit trois des meilleurs musiciens Klezmer de la scène New Yorkaise. Mêlant des mélodies traditionnelles puissantes à de nouvelles compositions, de somptueux arrangements de musique de chambre à des improvisations à couper le souffle, ce nouveau trio montant est en passe de redéfinir le son de la musique Klezmer contemporaine. A écouter d'urgence!

Réservation au : 01 43 31 93 60 ou en nous envoyant un mail facebook avec tes nom, prénom et nombre de places.
Espace rachi, Rue Brocha, (Off Boulevard de Port-Royal)
Paris, France
Artistiquement vôtre
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Old World/New World Klezmer with Hot Pastromi

Sunday, March 18, 2012
3:00pm until 5:00pm

As part of our 125th Anniversary celebrations, Yale Strom and his band Hot Pstromi will put a new spin on traditional klezmer music, updating Lower East Side sounds that were all the rage when the 1887 Eldridge Street Synagogue first opened.

$20 adults; $15 students and seniors
Co-sponsored by The Workmen's Circle - In Memory of George Schein
Museum at Eldridge Street
12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002
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January 30, 2012

Michael Winograd Klezmer Trio at the Kennedy Center

Video from the Kennedy Center concert:

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Concert de Mashke aux Trois Arts

Concert de Mashke aux trois arts
Saturday, February 18 at 9:00pm
Location: café des trois arts, 21 rue des rigoles, métro jourdain
Mashke (chant yiddish et musique klezmer)
Chant et accordéon : Violaine Lochu
Clarinettes : David Zouker
Guitare, Bouzouki, Mandoline : Loïc Audry
Percussions : Nicolas Durolin

Mashke c’est la rencontre de quatre musiciens aux origines et univers différents. Tous sont animés par l’envie d’injecter dans le répertoire traditionnel des musiques juives d’Europe centrale leur propre réalité, d’autres sonorités. Mashke c’est la volonté de mêler les mots et les langues, d’allier cultures et territoires hétérogènes, de revisiter et réinterpréter ces magnifiques mélodies. Mais c’est avant tout une invitation au partage, à la danse et au chant tout autant qu’au rêve, à l’émotion et à la réflexion.

Mashke s'est agrandi!
Notre nouveau musicien, Loïc Audry, saura vous faire voyager du bout des doigts.Chaleur méditerranéenne à la mandoline, sonorités mystiques au bouzouki et rythmes manouches effrénés à la guitare sont au rendez vous. Venez découvrir ces nouvelles couleurs intimistes mais aussi endiablées lors de ce prochain concert!

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January 29, 2012

Klezmatics 25th Anniversary and CD Release

Sunday, February 26, 2012
4:00 & 7:00 PM
Gary and Laura Maurer Concert Hall
4544 N. Lincoln Ave.
< /br> $25 General Public/$23 Old Town School Members/$21 Seniors & Children

Grammy winners The Klezmatics erupted out of New York City's East Village in 1986 and revitalized klezmer for the new century with music that is steeped in Eastern European Jewish tradition and spirituality, while incorporating contemporary themes such as human rights and anti-fundamentalism with eclectic and danceable musical influences including Arab, African, Latin and Balkan rhythms, jazz and punk.


Posted by jmwc at 01:23 PM

January 04, 2012

The Klezmatics Present: An Evening of World Music

Monday, January 9, 2012
Time 8:00pm until 11:00pm
Where Highline Ballroom, 431 West 16th Street, New York, New York
Join the Klezmatics and their guests, the legendary Irish band Lúnasa and New York’s French swing ensemble Les Chauds Lapin, for an unforgettable evening of world music at NYC’s Highline Ballroom.

Posted by jmwc at 01:13 PM

December 08, 2011

Ramzailech- Live at the Ozen Bar

Sunday, January 1, 2012
Time 8:30pm until 10:00pm

אנחנו מגיעים לאוזן בר כחלק מסיבוב הופעות בארץ ובעולם. הארדקור כלייזמר וגוד וייבס מובטחים יחד עם אורחים והמון המון שמחה. בואו לחגוג איתנו את השנה החדשה!

ההופעה תתחיל בזמן - 20:30!

כרטיסים: 40 ש"ח בקופות, 30 ש"ח דרך אתר האוזן בר - www.third-ear.com

מוזמנים להפיץ את הבשורה ולהצטרף למשפחה לשאר עדכונים: www.facebook.com/ramzailech
Posted by jmwc at 11:20 AM

November 29, 2011

Naftule's Dream at the Lilypad

Naftule's Dream at the Lilypad
Friday, December 2 at 6:00pm
Location: The Lily Pad
Inman Square
1353 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA
After nearly 5 years of silence, Naftule's Dream is back!!! Playing our hits from the past like "Job," "The Sitting Man" and that family favorite, "Free Klez." Join us for a great end of the week concert at our favorite performance venue.

Glenn Dickson, clarinet; Gary Bohan, trumpet, Michael McLaughlin, accordion; Andrew Stern, electric guitar; Jim Gray, tuba; and Eric Rosenthal, drums.
Posted by jmwc at 09:52 PM

Elaine and Susan at Philadelphia Folklore Project

Klezmer Concert: The Philadelphia Folklore Project presents award-winning drummer Elaine Hoffman Watts and her daughter, acclaimed vocalist and trumpeter Susan Lankin Watts in an evening of klezmer music devoted to saying good riddance to all the mishegas (Yiddish for craziness or insanity ) in our world today. Klezmer is the celebratory music of Eastern European Jews. Goodnight Mishegas is a line in the Hoffman family s Goodnight Waltz, composed close to a century ago, with words recently penned by Susan. The Folklore Project invites people to sing along at the concert and, in celebration of family and community traditions, to reflect on possibilities for turning our woes into joy. Visit www.folkloreproject.org for music and words!

Presenter: Philadelphia Folklore Project (PFP)
Date: December 11, 2011
Location: Calvary United Methodist Church, 801 S. 48th Street, Philadelphia
Time: 7:30 pm
Tickets: $20 general admission / $15 PFP members / $5 children under 12
Call 215.726.1106 or visit http://crossroadsconcerts.org/
Posted by jmwc at 09:44 PM

November 03, 2011

LKQ @ Rich Mix

LKQ @ Rich Mix
Start Time: Sunday, November 6 at 7:30pm
End Time: Sunday, November 6 at 10:30pm
Location: Rich Mix

Tickets £12 adv / £15 door.
Box Office: 020 7613 7498

Posted by jmwc at 02:25 PM

September 25, 2011

Tatiana Fleischmann at Klezmer Brunch

klezmer brunch Oct, 2, 2011
Every Sunday Morning, combining live music and food in a fresh, cultural environment, City Winery’s Klezmer brunch series pairs some of the greatest musicians in the world with delicious lox, bagels and other tasty fare on our brunch menu on Sunday mornings from 10am to 2pm. **Please note that the live music is played from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a short break in the middle.

Tickets are just $10 to cover for live music and does not include food or drink. Children 13 and under are free for the music. We have a full brunch menu available upon request.

On select weekends we welcome Rabbi Dan Ain from The New Shul to lead thoughtful discussion on theology, spirituality and the movements of the cosmos. The Rebbe's table to open to all to attend.


The lead singer of the trio – TATIANA FLEISCHMANN – sings in English, Yiddish, Russian, Ladino, Gypsy, French, Spanish, and mingles the Klezmer style, European chanson, Gypsy traditions and modern Russian art singing with added elements of jazz, rock, flamenco, exploring every dramatic opportunity of these genres.

Born in Moscow, Russia, Tatiana has had a distinguished career as a theater performer and singer. She was a member of the award-winning theater companies "Na Krasnoj Presne", “O.Tabakov Studio” and “The Nikitsky Gate”. As a prominent Eastern European song performer she is perhaps best known for her role as lead singer in Loyko, the renowned Gypsy/Klezmer group who achieved international fame in the 90’s.

Later she sang with the virtuoso violinist/guitarist Oleg Ponomarev, was part of a celebrated trio "BIS", enchanting audiences around the world with the innovative heady cocktail of soulful and heart-wrenching Klezmer music spiced with gypsy tunes.

Her guitar dates back to the 19th. Century and is an authentic piece by a celebrity craftsman who produced the best-sounding Gypsy guitars for the Royal band.

With her original style, Tatiana offers a unique interpretation of the songs and lets the audience hear the pieces performed as they have never heard them before. Her soft and colorful vocals, as well as mastery of both the piano and guitar have won her fans and critical acclaim all over the world.

Andrew Yegorov – Guitar Solo
Victor Smirnov – Accordion, Piano, Wind Instruments
Tatiana Fleischmann – Vocals, Guitar, Piano

Posted by jmwc at 11:18 AM

September 02, 2011

Best Hits of Klezmer Music & Prince of Kosher Gospel

Gala Evening
Sunday, September 4 · 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Rolf-Liebermann-Studio des NDR, Oberstraße 120, 20149 Hamburg.
So. 04. September 2011, 19:00 Uhr: GALA-Abend, Rolf-Liebermann-Studio des NDR, Oberstraße 120, 20149 Hamburg.
Einziges Konzert in Hamburg mit der Star-Besetzung der Klezmer-/Jazz /Gospel-/Musical-Szene
Leon Gurvitch Project feat. Special Guests aus den USA: Kantor Joshua Nelson „The Prince of Kosher Gospel“, Musical-Star Ethan Freeman

Das Ensemble um Komponisten und Pianisten Leon Gurvitch entwirft ein neues Bild des zeitgenössischen Jazz in Europa in einer originellen Synthese von osteuropäischer Folklore und Einflüssen der modernen Improvisationskunst. Die fünf Ausnahmemusiker gastieren regelmäßig auf renommierten Festivals und sind mehrmals mit dem Programm „Klezmer meets Jazz“ auf Tour gewesen.

Afroamerikanisch-jüdischer Kantor Joshua Nelson verbindet die klassische jüdische Liturgie mit dem Gospel- Stil und der Rhythmik, aber auch mit den Jazz- und Blues-Elementen der afroamerikanischen Tradition. Nelson ist in der jüdischen Community der USA und in Israel ein Star, der nicht nur Synagogen, sondern Konzertsäle füllt.

Bekannt durch zahlreiche Rollen in Musical-Produktionen wurde der in New York geborene Ethan Freeman von den Lesern der Fachzeitschrift „musicals“ zum besten Darsteller des Jahres 1999 gekürt. Als Solist in Konzerten, Liederabenden und Fernsehshows ist er in 10 Ländern aufgetreten, u.a. in der New Yorker Carnegie Hall und bei den Londoner „Proms“.

Joshua Nelson – Vocal
Ethan Freeman - Vocal
Chad Thorne – Vocal

Leon Gurvitch – Klavier, Melodica, Arrangement
Inna Vysotska – Vocal
Vladimir Karparov – Saxophone, Klarinette
Omar Rodriguez Calvo – Kontrabass
Dimitris Christides – Schlagzeug, Percussion

Eintritt: € 20,- (erm. € 15,-)
Karten an der Abendkasse & im Vorverkauf: Konzertkase GERDES, Rothebaumchaussee 77, 20148 Hamburg.
Tel. 040/45 33 26 oder 040/44 02 98.

Mehr Info:
Posted by jmwc at 05:15 PM

July 29, 2011

Klezmer in London, Sussex, Hampshire and Edinburgh

Late Summer Schedule for klezmer in London, Sussex, Hampshire and Edinburgh
ilana cravitz For more klezmer info and resources e-mail
, or visit www.ilanacravitz.com

Tuesday 2 August
Hackney, London
LKQ Summer Cooler @ Pages of Hackney
70 Lower Clapton Road, London E5 0RN

The ever-popular London Klezmer Quartet returns to Pages with a Summer Cooler event. Enjoy live music, Pimms and strawberries while you shop for your holiday reading with 10%discount at Clapton's independent bookseller.
Entry £5 on the door

Wednesday 3 August
Eastbourne, E. Sussex
LKQ @ The Lamb Folk Club, Eastbourne
The Lamb Inn, High Street, Eastbourne BN21 1HH

LKQ on the south coast. Enjoy exuberant and passionate performances featuring violin, clarinet, accordion and cello. Bring your dancing shoes!
Entry £6

More information at http://www.lambfolkclub.freeuk.com/

Sunday 14 August
Kings Cross, London
Klezmer Session
The Boot, 116 Cromer Street, Kings Cross,
London, WC1H 8BS
Monthly London Klezmer Session

Come along and play your favourite klezmer tunes, and pick up more from fellow enthusiasts. Children welcome. Info and tunes are online at www.ilanacravitz.com/play.htm and www.ilanacravitz.com/resources.htm.
NB There will be no workshop this month.
Jam 2-4pm Free
Transport: Kings Cross/St. Pancras tube

Thursday 8 September
Doors open 7pm
Concert starts 9pm
Camden, London
London Klezmer Quartet @ The Green Note
Camden Parkway, London NW1

After a sell-out CD launch, the London Klezmer Quartet returns to the Green Note to play favourites from the album and new tunes.
Come early and dine at this fine vegetarian cafe and music venue!
Tickets On sale soon @£10 from
Transport: Camden Town tube

3-4 September Sussex Festival of JimNr Lewes

Event celebrating the life of accordionist Jim Marcovitch in music and performance art.
Info http://www.dirtyoldtown.moonfruit.com/#/festival-of-jim/4543799029

Friday 16 September
Bursledon, Hants

Klezmer Keilidh Greyladyes Arts Foundation, Bursledon, Southampton, Hampshire SO31 8BX

Fun for all the family, with Ilana calling the dances and the LKQ providing the music.
Part of the Hampshire Hog the Limelight rural touring scheme.
Tickets and info 023 8040 4649, susanosmond@hotmail.com

Monday 19 September
for 7 weeks6.30-8pm
Kings Cross, London
London Klezmer OrchestraOne KX, 120 Cromer Street, London WC1H 8BS

The London Klezmer Orchestra meets to practise repertoire and arrange music in a relaxed environment. All instruments and levels welcome. More info ( http://www.ilanacravitz.com/klezmerorchestra.htm ) and tunes ( http://www.ilanacravitz.com/music&sound.htm )
Please call 0782 551 0881 or email klezmer@hotmail.co.uk if you would like to attend.

Advance registration is now open for the autumn Klezmer Orchestra season (September to December fortnightly on a Monday). 7 classes @ £50 for the term if paid in advance, or £9 per session to drop in. Contact klezmer@hotmail.co.uk to book your place.

Location: corner of Judd Street, off the Euston Road directly opposite St Pancras/British Library

24-25 September
Edinburgh, Scotland
KlezEd! Edinburgh
The JMI Klezmer Caravan hits Edinburgh for a klezmer weekend!
Info Watch www.ilanacravitz.com/events.htm for updates or email klezmer@hotmail.co.uk to be kept informed.

Buy London Klezmer Quartet CDs via the website: click here for CDs or click here to go direct to PayPal
Download the album or individual tracks from http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/LondonKlezmerQuartet

Posted by jmwc at 10:57 AM

Klezmer Brunch - Margot Leverett and the Klezmer Mountain Boys 8/7 at City Windery Brunch

Margo Leverett at City Winery

10:00am Seating / 11:00am Show

Every Sunday Morning, combining live music and food in a fresh, cultural environment, City Winery’s Klezmer brunch series pairs some of the greatest musicians in the world with delicious lox, bagels and other tasty fare on our brunch menu on Sunday mornings from 10am to 2pm. **Please note that the live music is played from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a short break in the middle.

Tickets are just $10 to cover for live music and does not include food or drink. Children 13 and under are free for the music. We have a full brunch menu available upon request.

On select weekends we welcome Rabbi Dan Ain from The New Shul to lead thoughtful discussion on theology, spirituality and the movements of the cosmos. The Rebbe's table to open to all to attend.


Klezmer clarinetist Margot Leverett joins forces with today's stars of klezmer and bluegrass to explore the shared musical spirit of two genres literally worlds apart. Appalachian and southern fiddle tunes by Bill Monroe meet klezmer melodies from pre-war Russia and Eastern Europe, some newly discovered. The resulting medleys and improvisations are at once raw, funny, soulful and footstomping.


Posted by jmwc at 10:39 AM

July 21, 2011

Klezmatics at HighLine Ballroom NYC

The Klezmatics

Wednesday, Sep 14, 2011 8:00 PM EDT (6:00 PM Doors)
HighLine Ballroom,
431 W. 16th Street
New York, NY 10011

Posted by jmwc at 05:09 PM

July 10, 2011

Heartland Klezmorim @ Meridian Summer Concert Series

Wednesday, July 20 · 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Location Meridian Historic Village
5113 Marsh Rd, Okemos, MI 48864
Phone(517) 347-7300
More Info Bring chairs and water, bug repellent, etc.
Posted by jmwc at 11:29 AM

Klezmer Conservatory Band with Susan Watts in Concert in Amherst

Wednesday, July 13 · 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Location: National Yiddish Book Center, campus of Hampshire College
1021 West Street
Amherst, MA 01001
A rare western Massachusetts appearance by one of the pivotal bands of the klezmer revival. The Klezmer Conservatory Band has toured internationally since 1980, collaborating with such artists as Robin Williams, Joel Grey, Itzhak Perlman, Claire Barry, and Le Boutine Souriante. They bring their high-energy brand of Klezmer and Yiddish music to the Book Center in a new program featuring extraordinary vocalist and trumpet virtuoso Susan Watts. Reservations suggested.
Posted by jmwc at 10:50 AM

Goylem! in Geneve

Vendredi 15 juillet 2011 à 6h (oui! oui! c'est bien à 6h du mat, avec un lever de soleil magique!)
"Concert de l'Aube" aux Bains des Pâquis, Quai du Mont-Blanc 30, 1201 Genève.

Musique klezmer avec Michel Borzykowski (saxophones), Bianca Favez (violon), Patrice Mugny (accordéon) et David Morhain (percussions).
Entrée libre
Informations: T. 022 732 29 74 www.bains-des-paquis.ch
Posted by jmwc at 10:44 AM

July 07, 2011

The Adventures of Mazel and Schlimazel at the Toronto Fringe Festival

Palmerston Library Theatre
560 Palmerston Ave.
Toronto, ON
Mazel and Schlimazel is an all-original musical adaptation of a folkloric children's tale of Yiddish/Jewish origin. Lorie and her band of spirited Klezmer musicians provide live music to this classic tale while it is presented, full of humour, suspense and surprise, by an expert storyteller.

The spirits of good luck and bad luck are at it again; only this time, the life of Tam, a young peasant lad, is on the line. In this music...al adventure, join the debonair Mazel and the wicked Schlimazel as they try to take control of Tam's destiny while he tries to capture the heart of the king's daughter.
This event is co-sponsored by the Ashkenaz Foundation
"The Adventures Mazel and Schlimazel" at the Fringe Festival!
Friday July 8th, 2:45pm-3:45pm
Sunday, July 10th, 4:00pm-5:00pm
Monday, July 11th, 6:00pm-7:00pm
Tuesday, July 12th, 7:30pm-8:30pm
Wednesday, July 13th, 1:00pm-2:00pm
Thursday, July 14th, 11:00am-12:00pm
Friday, July 15th, 4:30pm-5:30pm
Sunday, July 17th 12:00-1:00pm

Ticket Prices:
Children (12 and under): $5.00
Adults: $10.00

Ticket Sales:
Online: www.fringetoronto.com
By phone: (416) 966-1062
In person: 34 Lennox Ave. (parking behind Honest Ed's)
July 6th-17th, 12:00 pm-8:00 pm

Ashkenaz Website: www.ashkenazfestival.com
Posted by jmwc at 01:00 PM

May 18, 2011

Shpilkes Klezmer Band in Framingham May 28

Shpilkes Klezmer Band plays the lively, living melodies of the Jewish people, from the playful tunes and Yiddish songs of Klezmer to the passionate rhythms and Ladino songs of Sephardic music. SKB plays with shpilkes; an energy that makes it hard to sit still and encourages audiences to sing along with familiar melodies and even dance in the aisles. You can hear them at The Amazing Things Arts Center in Framingham on Saturday, May 28, 2011 at 8:00 PM.
The Amazing Things Arts Center
160 Hollis St
Framingham MA 01702
Contact: 508-405-ARTS (2787). Tickets: $15, student/senior $14, member $12.
Posted by jmwc at 04:55 PM

April 28, 2011

Klezmer Concert Features Music of Dave Tarras

Yale Strom, one of the leading artists of klezmer culture, will perform the music of the "Benny Goodman of Klezmer", Dave Tarras - many of these Tarras' melodies have never been published or recorded before now.
Thursday, May 5 · 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Dweck Center, Brooklyn Public Library
1 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY

Hot Pstromi clarinet virtuoso NORBERT STACHEL (Pink Floyd, Freddie Hubbard, Diana Ross, Roy Hargrove, Tower of Power, Boz Scaggs, Sheila E and many other world-class bands) will bring new exciting artistic interpretation to Tarras's tunes.

Strom will also discuss his new book, Dave Tarras:The King of Klezmer (Or-Tav), a Tarras-family authorized biography. Tarras is considered the most influential klezmer musician of the twentieth century. Even the great be-bop artists Charlie Parker and Miles Davis traveled to the Catskills to study the technique of this complex and compelling virtuoso. The book includes never-before published photos, music and biographical details.

Concert lineup: Norbert Stachel - reeds, Peter Stan - accordion, Sprocket - bass, David Licht percussion and Yale Strom - violin.

1 Grand Army Plz # 1
Brooklyn, NY 11238-5681
(718) 230-2100
Subway: Eastern Pkwy - Brooklyn Museum
Posted by jmwc at 10:57 AM

Di Tsvey

Thursday, May 12 · 7:30pm - 10:30pm
Congregation Tifereth Israel
1354 E Broad St
Columbus, OH 43205
Steven Greenman
The "Di Tsvey in May Tour" continues with a fabulous concert at:
Congregation Tifereth Israel – Cultural Arts Concert
Steven Greenman and Pete Rushefsky will be joined with special guests:
Cantor Jack Chomsky – Tifereth Israel
Cantor Star Trompeter – Tifereth Israel
Gail Rose - Temple Beth Shalom

Tickets: $10
Phone: 614-253-8523, x. 115
Contact email: CantorJC@aol.com
Posted by jmwc at 10:54 AM

March 18, 2011

Klezmer Conference at University of Montreal

Henri Oppenheimer will be leading a conference on klezmer music
. at University of Montreal at 7:30
3200, Rue Jean-Brillant, Montreal
The event occus this Monday, March 21 2011.
. This conference is designed for non-specialists, and covers some basic elements of the history of Jews in Europe, an overview of the different instruments, different origins of the repertoire, discussion about what makes the "Jewish sound" (and, 'is there a "Jewish sound"?), a segment about "klezmer orchestration". There will also be a review of main bands and artists in the world. Since some members of the group Magillah will attend, there will probably be a few pieces at the end.

For information contact Henri Oppenheim (514) 272-8635 in Canada.
Posted by jmwc at 12:41 PM

February 15, 2011

Join London Klezmer Orchestra Practice

Monday 21 Feburary 2011
London Klezmer Orchestra
One KX, 120 Cromer Street, London WC1H 8BS
(Corner of Judd Street, off the Euston Road directly opposite St Pancras/British Library)

The London Klezmer Orchestra meets to practice repertoire and arrange music in a relaxed environment. All instruments and levels welcome.
Session £5

Future dates: March 7 & 21
Friday 25 Feburary Evening
Hampshire Hopkele
Itchen Abbas & Avington Village Hall, Main Road, Itchen Abbas, Nr Winchester, Hampshire SO21 1BQ

Guy Schalom leads a hop with the London Klezmer Quartet. For more details email klezmer@hotmail.co.uk

Posted by jmwc at 02:42 PM

February 08, 2011

Shpilkes Klezmer Band on February 19

Time: Saturday, February 19 · 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Location: The UnCommon Coffeehouse
24 Vernon Street
Framingham, MA

Go for an evening of the lively, living melodies of traditional Yiddish and Sephardic folk music that sing of the human experience. Tickets are $7 ($4 for children under 14) and will be sold at the door. More information can be found at http://www.myspace.com/shpilkes or http://www.uuframingham.org/uch/.
Posted by jmwc at 01:51 PM

January 13, 2011


East Village Klezmer Series Returns - January 18th, 8:30pm with a wonderful double bill: Adrianne Greenbaum's Fleytmusik - featuring Pete Rushevsky, and Zevy Zions - solo accordion. EAST VILLAGE KLEZMER SERIES

Klezmer and Yiddish Music returns to the East Village, where it once was king, at a new series curated by Aaron Alexander at the Sixth Street Community Synagogue, 325 E. Sixth Street | New York, NY 10003. The lineup for the winter/spring series includes a fantastic lineup including wonderful klezmorim from New York and faraway places such as Montreal, Berlin, Boston, and the UK. We are lucky to have such a great group of musicians contributing to this endeavor. Please come out and support the series!

The series are co-sponsored by Workmen?s Circle/Arbeiter Ring of NY, All shows start at 8.30 and cover is $15 (drink included) unless otherwise noted.

Cover: $15 (includes a drink).


Prior to the existence of the larger klezmer ensemble or kapelye that included brass and clarinets, the flute ? a popular instrument of all varieties throughout world history ? was often part of the smaller klezmer band; as one of the quieter instruments allowed in religious settings, it was an obvious partner with the violin and cimbalom. Early photos of larger bands show one or more flutes. These flutes were generally of the multi-keyed variety, a few Boehm-system, but mostly simple-system and/or what we now sometimes refer to as transitional.

Flutes played an important role taking the high melodic lines and fills in the early American bands of Art Shryer, Harry Kandel, and Abe Schwartz, to name but a few. Shloymke Kosch and Israel Chazin, employing exemplary tones and technical facility, are among the unfortunately all-too-few recorded flute soloists.

Adrianne performs on vintage wood instruments, returning the flute to its rightful place in the traditional small klezmer ensemble.


Opening the night will be accordion virtuoso Zev Zions performing a solo set of music drawn from his 3 solo accordion CDs. Zevy is a master of the accordion. He grew up in the Orthodox world of The Bronx and Brooklyn, listening to the likes of Rudy Tepel and the Epstein brothers in his childhood, and old 78s on his record player or on WEVD. He has been involved in Klezmer and Jewish music his whole life, working in the top wedding bands in New York, including Neshoma, Neginah and many others. He recorded an instructional klezmer DVD with Andy Statman in the 1980s, and has been in important part of the the NY klezmer group, ?Klezmerfest!? since 1995, including co-producing their CDs and contributing original material. He began a project to record Accordion Classics, and has completed 3 CDs to date to much acclaim. These can be sampled at his website www.oliveblossoms.com.

He has an interesting day job; he is a practicing professional Mohel. You can find out all about that at www.rabbizions.com.

Upcoming Dates:

Jan. 25th -- The Kleztraphobix - featuring Mike Cohen - clarinet, Jordan Hirsch - cornet, Pesachya Septimus - Accordion, Yoshie Fruchter - bass, Rich Huntley - drums
Feb. 1 - tba
Feb. 8 - Ben Holmes/Patrick Farrell - duo
Feb. 15 - The Levitt Legacy
Feb. 22 - Double Bill: From Berlin!- Christian Dawid w/ Zev Zions & Aaron Alexander and from Boston! - Klezwoods - with Flip Kessler.
Mar. 1 - Encore Concert: Margot Leverett & the Klezmer Mountain Boys
Mar. 8 - from Montreal! - SHTREIML, featuring Jason Rosenblatt
Mar. 15 - tba
Mar. 22 - tba
Mar. 29 - tba
Apr. 5 - Isle of Klezbos - featuring Eve Sicular
Apr. 12 - Avram Pengas Ensemble
May 24 - Meron Music Festival featuring Breslov Bar Band, Aaron Alexander's Meron Mish Mosh & Joey Weisenberg
June 14 - Klezmerfest!
Posted by jmwc at 01:56 PM

October 25, 2010

Klezbos plays Brooklyn Museum

Klezbos plays Brooklyn Museum/First Saturday (FREE!)
First Saturday - Fred Tomaselli & lots more! (Even if you're not in NYC Nov 6th, please tell your friends: this is really fun & FREE.)

Start Time: Saturday, November 6 at 9:00pm
Location: The Brooklyn Museum of Art
200 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn, New York 11238-6052
2 or 3 line --Eastern Parkway/Brooklyn Museum
For entire lineup: http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/

Posted by jmwc at 10:21 AM

August 10, 2010

Klezmer Klimax!

Wednesday 11th August 2010 · 7:00pm - 11:00pm
Location The Union Chapel, Compton Avenue, London N1 2XD

More Info Frank London of the Klezmatics and an impressive line-up of American, European and British klezmer stars bring the rhythms and excitement of Eastern European party music to the heart of London. With Michael Alpert, Deborah Strauss, Jeff Warschauer, Merlin Shepherd, Andreas Schmitges, Ilana Cravitz, Ros Hawley, Paul Tkachenko, Guy Schalom, Emma Stiman, Stewart Curtis and Maurice Chernick. Concert is presented by the Jewish Music Institute (JMI) as part of KlezFest London.

* Doors: 7:00 pm
* Price: £17.50 adv + booking fee, £20 on the door
* Entry: All Ages
* Room(s): Chapel

Posted by jmwc at 09:55 AM

July 30, 2010

Alicia Svigals' Klezmer Fiddle Express on Cape Cod

Alicia Svigals' Klezmer Fiddle Express concert/dance party This Thursday night, the Payomet Performing Arts Center presents Alicia Svigals with accordionist Evan Harlan, bassist Jim Guttman and drummer Grant Smith, in a program of unplugged and unleashed klezmer fiddle frenzy!

First Parish Brewster
1969 Main St.
Brewster, MA 02631
(not at the Payomet venue in North Truro!)
Thursday, August 5, 8:15 PM

For tix:
866-811-4111 or call Payomet Box Office (open 4:30-9 daily), 508.487.5400
Click here for Payomet website

For a preview, check out Alicia's band on Youtube
Posted by jmwc at 11:21 AM

July 23, 2010

The Other Europeans 1st USA & Canada Tour

A band called "The Other Europeans" is offering a series of concerts on a tour through the Northeast and Canada this summer. For those that love klezmer or roma music, it's a "must" concert for the summer. They will be at: Aug 15-22, Klezkanada; Aug 25-26, National Yiddish Book Center (Amherst, MA); Aug 27-29, American Folk Festival (Bangor, ME); Aug 31, Johnny D's (Boston, MA); Sep 1, Montreal Jewish Music Festival; Sep 4-6, Ashkenaz (Toronto). To learn more about the band and see concert details: http://other-europeans-band.eu/7-0-Tourdates.htsml .

Here's what their website says about the band: "The Other Europeans Band is an international gathering of 14 leading klezmer (Yiddish) and lautari (Roma) musicians. Created and directed by Alan Bern, this new intercultural supergroup is creating powerful, deeply emotional and virtuosic music that restores a centuries-old cooperation between two groups who cohabited the same space in present-day Moldova before being torn apart by war, holocaust and immigration.

Bringing together some of the most distinguished soloists from seven countries, the Other Europeans Band is building new cultural relationships between two peoples who are often considered marginally European, but have played a major role in creating and transmitting European musical traditions.

Much has been said about the Jews and the Roma. Now musicians from both worlds have joined, researching and demystifying their connected cultures to create a new heritage, an exciting contribution to a shared new European and Cosmopolitan identity.

The Other Europeans Band was first produced by other music e.V. Weimar, as part of the the EU-funded Other Europeans Project in cooperation with the Cracow Festival of Jewish Culture and the Klezmore Festival Vienna, with help of the Culture Fonds of the European Union. "
Posted by jmwc at 09:48 AM

July 21, 2010

KlezKanada 2010!!!

The KlezKanada full brochure is online and ready to download! Check out this astounding program, and run, don't walk, to register! www.klezkanada.org KlezKanada is a full week of summer music camp for an individual or an entire family. With a setting in the midst of the Laurentians, with lakes, scented pines, and lots of freylakhs, dancing, singing, crafts, arts, jamming, performing, observing, enjoying, kvelling, joining & belonging. Don't miss it.
Posted by jmwc at 08:26 PM

December 20, 2009

Metropolitan Klezmer Dec 25 Klezmer Special

Jewish Museum: Dec 25 Klezmer Special on Friday, December 25 at 12:30pm.
Eve says, "Metropolitan Klezmer plays that special day next week in NYC:
Friday 12/25 at The Jewish Museum.
Very special guests too.
Kids FREE, 12:30pm & 2pm sets... Santa Klez is coming uptown!
Event: Jewish Museum: Dec 25 Klezmer Special
"Santa Klez is coming uptown!"
Start Time: Friday, December 25 at 12:30pm
Where: The Jewish Museum (on 92nd St) NYC
Posted by jmwc at 06:17 PM

December 06, 2009

London Klezmer Orchestra

Monday 7 December 2009
London Klezmer Orchestra
The Cross Kings, 126 York Way, London N1

The London Klezmer Orchestra meets to practice repertoire and arrange music. This is the last chance to join in time for the party on 16 December.
Tunes and set list are online at http://www.ilanacravitz.com/Klezorchestra.html
Information: William Millis on 020 8969 7019. Entry £5
Posted by jmwc at 03:47 PM

November 14, 2009

Krakauer Plays with Detroit Symphony

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Leonard Slatkin will give the premiere performance of the Clarinet Klezmer Concerto, by Wlad Marhulets. The featured clarinet soloist is David Krakauer, one of the foremost musicians of the vital new wave of klezmer. The concerts will take place at the Orchestra Hall in Detroit on December 10th - 13th, 2009.
Max M. Fisher Music Center
3711 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48201
Box Office Phone: (313) 576-5111
Box Office Fax: (313) 576-5109
Posted by jmwc at 10:07 PM

November 08, 2009

London Klezmer Orchestra

Wednesday 11 November
London Klezmer Orchestra
The Cross Kings, 126 York Way, London N1

The London Klezmer Orchestra meets to practise repertoire and arrange music. For further information call William Millis on 020 8969 7019. Tunes online. Next session: Monday 23 November, 7.30-9.30pm at the same venue.

Entry £5

Saturday 14 November
3pm - 2am
Freylekh Klezmer Dance Band
The Cross Kings, 126 York Way, London N1

Peace House 50th Anniversary Celebration & Benefit. A riot of entertainment to celebrate 50 years of Houseman's peace activities.

Freylekh Klezmer Dance Band (Jess Cohen - oboe; Ilana Cravitz - violin; Sarah Moore and Kath Moore - saxes; Martina Schwarz - accordion) plays at 10pm. Also on the bill: Ian Saville (magician), Leon Rosselson (folk singer).

Tickets £9 or £8.50. To purchase tickets or for more info please call: 020 7837 4473 or visit
Posted by jmwc at 11:51 AM

November 05, 2009

Klezmer en Buenos Aires

Klezmer Buenos Aires
Part of Klez California Fall Festival
Saturday, November 14, 2009
JCC San Francisco, CA
The Lerner Moguilevsky Duo has been wowing audiences around the world for over a decade, playing with an intensity and originality that makes believers of everyone who hears them. This is klezmer mixed with hints of tango and other Latin American rhythms. Fabulous! Public $35, JCC members $32, students $30.
Tickets at www.jccsf.org/arts, 415/292-1233 or in person at the JCCSF box office.
Stop by KlezCalifornia's information table!
Posted by jmwc at 04:36 PM

October 20, 2009

Klezmer Shpil Orchestra

The ''Klezmer Shpil'' orchestra by Berl Portnoy (Israel) was founded in 1991 in Petrozavodsk (Russia). Between 1992 and 1995 the orchestra traveled intensely, appearing at numerous festivals and concerts in Russia, Finland, Sweden and Norway.In 1993 the Klezmer Shpil's first solo CD was produced and marketed in Finland. The orchestra's second recording was produced in Sweden in 1995.In 1996 the orchestra re-located to Israel, where it soon became a well-recognized feature of the local klezmer scene. Today the ''Klezmer Shpil'' orchestra is known not only in Israel but also around the world. It boasts multiple appearances at concerts, events, and other Jewish music venues. The ''Klezmer Shpil'' orchestra promotes traditional Klezmer music, Yiddish folksongs and the songs of the Yiddish theater.

Posted by jmwc at 12:34 AM

September 07, 2009

Joel Rubin at KlezKanada 2009 -- Dance Set I

If you missed the fun at KlezKanada this year, then "gib a kuk" at this video and have some fun. The performers include Joel Rubin, clarinet; Jake Shulman-Ment, violin; Josh Dolgin, accordion; Susan Hoffman Watts Lankin, trumpet; Dan Blacksberg, trombone and Stuart Brotman, cello.
Posted by jmwc at 06:36 PM

September 03, 2009

Klezmer in the Park London

Sunday 6 September 2009
Klezmer in the Park, featuring Hopkele Productions
Regents Park, London
An opportunity to dance with Ilana Cravitz and Guy Schalom all afternoon to the UK's foremost klezmer bands. See
http://www.jewishculture.org.uk/klezmerinpark2009.html for more details.
Free event
For more events....read on
Sunday 13 September
Klezmer Workshop
12.15 - 1.15pm
Klezmer Session
2 - 4pm
The Cross Kings, 126 York Way, London N1
The monthly London Klezmer Session. Come early for the workshop and learn a tune and something about klezmer style. Come for lunch at 1, or for playing (we generally start around 2pm): bring an instrument and a tune, or just come to shmooze & booze. The pub does great food and has comfy sofas, too. Children welcome.

Info and tunes at www.ilanacravitz.com/jams.html. Next date: Sunday 11 October Workshop £5; Jam £1

Wednesday 23 September
London Klezmer Orchestra
The Cross Kings, 126 York Way, London N1
The London Klezmer Orchestra meets to practise repertoire and arrange music. For further information call William Millis on 020 8969 7019.
Tunes online at http://www.ilanacravitz.com/Klezorchestra.html.
Next session: Wednesday 14 October, 7.30-9.30pm at the same venue.

Sunday 4 October
Lantana Ensemble
Concert of baroque music
St Mary's Church, Stoke Newington Church Street, London N16
A concert of music by Monteverdi and his contemporaries for voice and 5-part strings, directed from the keyboard by Peter Holman.
Performed by: Rebecca Hickey (soprano); Judy Tarling, Ilana Cravitz (baroque violin); David Brooker, Zen Edwards (baroque viola); Amelie Addison (baroque cello).
Tickets £10 (concs £8). Online booking opens soon.

Other fun things coming up
Guy Schalom & The Baladi Blues Ensemble,
Thursday 10 September
Egyptian urban blues, with special guests Camille Malaawy (voice), Sara Kahan and Meret Gabra (dance)
Ahmed El Saidi (Sax), Magdy Tewfik (Accordion), Adam Warne (Duff, Riq, Mazhar) and Guy Schalom (Darabuka).
Guest Musicians: "Sheik" Taha (Accordion) and Aly El Minyawi (Tabla, Duff)
Venue: Jackson’s Lane Theatre, 269a Archway Road, London N6.
Tickets and info: http://www.guyschalom.com/

She’Koyokh Klezmer Ensemble,
Friday 11 September
The popular band feature tunes from their new CD. Followed by Orkestra del Sol.
Venue: The Tabernacle Live, Powis Sq, Notting Hill, W11, London
Tickets and info at http://www.myspace.com/shekoyokh
Posted by jmwc at 09:07 PM

July 18, 2009


July 25 6:00 p.m. the AFRO-SEMITIC EXPERIENCE, GM Theater, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, 315 East Warren Ave, Detroit, MI 48201 For more info about the event or to order tickets please visit: https://www.maah-detroit.org/afro-semitic/index.php Or call the museum: 313.494.5800

Sunday, July 26 the AFRO-SEMITIC EXPERIENCE, Bicentennial Park in Olympia Fields, Illinois, under a huge tent, 3-6 pm for more information please call 708-799-4364 or send e-mails to info@jazzintheparkforcharity.com. Please visit the web site for more info: http://www.jazzintheparkforcharity.com/

Tuesday, August 4, 7:30 p.m., the AFRO-SEMITIC EXPERIENCE, Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown, Massachusetts for more information please call 617-923-0100 or visit http://www.arsenalarts.org
Posted by jmwc at 03:04 PM

KlezKanada 2009 Full Brochure Now Available

KlezKanada 2009 Full Brochure Now Available for Download!

We have an unbelievably exciting, diverse program planned. Read the brochure, share it with your friends and family, and then come to KlezKanada 2009! See you there! Download the brochure here: http://www.klezkanada.org/
Posted by jmwc at 02:52 PM

July 06, 2009

London in August IZ YIDISH UN KLEZ

REMINDER!!! Sunday 2 – Friday 7 August
Ot Azoy! This is the way – to Speak, Read and Write Yiddish in a week!
JMI famous crash course in Yiddish language and culture for beginners to advanced students SOAS, University of London
Details and Registration www.jmi.org.uk 020 8909 2445 yvonne@jmi.org.uk
Presented by the Jewish Music Institute


Sunday 9 – Friday 14 August
JMI KlezFest London

A week-long intensive, inspiring and fun-packed Summer School of traditional Eastern European Jewish music, song and dance for professionals and amateurs (grade 5 and above) of all ages and backgrounds. Focus on how to teach klezmer music and dance; playing in ensembles and learning by ear. Students can mix and match between playing, dancing and singing. Performances led by students and professionals at SOAS, Kings Cross Station, the Jazz Café and local bars. Free handbook by Ilana Cravitz /or free songbook.

‘A heart-warming, unstoppable, week - exhausting, fantastic and fun!!!’
SOAS, University of London
Details and Registration www.jmi.org.uk 020 8909 2445 yvonne@jmi.org.uk
Presented by the Jewish Music Institute
Posted by jmwc at 11:06 AM

July 05, 2009

Women's Klezmer Summit (Not for Women Only!)

Come for a day, or come for the week! July 5-10 At Circle Lodge, Workmen’s Circle’s famed adult lodge adjacent to historic Camp Kinder Ring in Hopewell Junction, Dutchess County NY.

Featuring leaders of the klezmer and new Yiddish song revivals: violinist Alicia Svigals, vocalist Adrienne Cooper, trumpeter Susan Watts, drummer/film historian Eve Sicular, vocalist Shauna Kanter, and more.

To reserve call 845.221-2771 ext. 110, check out the link at www.circle.org or email office@campkr.com

Each day begins with a voice workshop conducted by Shauna Kanter of the famed Voice Theater Workshop. Catch daily lectures, panels, concerts, and hands-on workshops and coaching on klezmer history and making new Yiddish music personal – from Eve’s J. Edgar Klezmer and her famed Yiddish Celluloid Closet lec/dem on the gay subtext in Yiddish film to Alicia’s Klezmer Unfettered, amazing collaborations and road stories, to Susan Watt’s wild tales of klezmer family life, and Adrienne’s legendary Memoir of Gluckl of Hameln and her Every Mother’s Son antiwar song concert. Everything from traditional to the frontiers of Jewish music. And then there’s great food, great lake, swimming, boating. Great rates! Reserve now – mention that you came from Alicia’s mailing list for special offer.

Click here for Circle Lodge brochure and registration form http://klezmerbyaliciasvigalsllc.c.topica.com/maanblYabQ7WUbIFEx6eafpQav/

For more about Alicia, visit her website www.aliciasvigals.com http://klezmerbyaliciasvigalsllc.c.topica.com/maanblYabQ7UpbIFEx6eafpQav/
Posted by jmwc at 10:57 PM

June 16, 2009

London KlezFest coming up

Klezmer and Balkan Music Workshop in Devon 21 June. Visit http://www.ilanacravitz.com/devon.html

Upcoming is the London KlezFest, 9-14 August. Visit http://www.jmi.org.uk/ for details.
Posted by jmwc at 02:30 PM

KlezKanada presents NOZEN at the Montreal Yiddish Theater Festival

KlezKanada at the Montreal Yiddish Theater Festival
June 18 - June 25, 2009 @ 10PM

June 18, 2009
Time: 10:00 PM
Organization: KlezKanada/The Segal Centre
Categories: Concerts
Location: 5170, Chemin de la Côte-Ste-Catherine H3W 1M7
Open to public
JUNE 18, 2009: NOZEN
Steeped in the chassidic and klezmer musical traditions and percolating with the avant-garde, Nozen’s influences range from John Coltrane to John Zorn’s Massada and from old style klezmer players like David Tarras and Naftuleh Brandwein to Frank London and David Krakauer. Anxious, curious, eclectic. Damian Nisenson (saxophones and composition), Jean-Felix Mailloux (doublebass), Ziya Tabassian (percussion), Luzio Altobelli (accordion).

KlezKanada in conjunction with The Montreal Yiddish Theater Festival presents a week-long program of Jewish music. From June 18th to June 25th KlezKanada brings its long-standing tradition of late-night KlezKabarets to the Segal Centre. The program will explore the diversity that exists in the ever-growing Jewish music world. And of course each night's featured act will be followed by an open mic jam session, so bring your instruments and voice. See below for the schedule and description of acts.

Posted by jmwc at 02:16 PM

May 14, 2009

KlezMITron at MIT

Sunday May 17 2009, 8 -- 11 pm
MIT Student Center, Sala de Puerto Rico (2nd floor)
84 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA

KlezMITron, the MIT klezmer band, will play for dancing at the MIT international folk dance! Yaron Shragai will teach and lead some easy klezmer dances, including the hora, freylahks, buglar, and chusidl. Beginners welcome.
Admission is by donation.

For more information, see http://mit.edu/fdc and http://klezmitron.mit.edu
Posted by jmwc at 11:32 AM

March 18, 2009

Klezmer All-Star Bash at Carnegie Hall

Thursday, April 2, 8 pm, Klezmer at Carnegie Hall, with Alicia Svigal’s all-gal supergroup Mikveh. Also on bill: David Krakauer, So-Called, the Klezmatics, Brave Old World, Michael Wex, and more. Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage. Super cool. Check it out athttp://www.carnegiehall.org/article/box_office/events/evt_11251.html?selecteddate=04022009

Program Details
David Krakauer, Artistic Director
David Krakauer's Klezmer Madness!
The Klezmatics
Brave Old World
Frank London & Lorin Sklamberg Nigunim Trio with Rob Schwimmer
Socalled, Sampler, Piano and Vocals
Katie Moore, Vocals
Michael Wex, Emcee
World renowned clarinetist David Krakauer has put together an evening of some of the most important and influential talents of the klezmer world today. Together they will present a retrospective of the creativity and artistry in klezmer music over the last twenty years.
Posted by jmwc at 10:35 PM

February 01, 2009

Klezmer Company Orchestra CD Release Beyond the Tribes

Posted by jmwc at 01:52 PM

Shirim in Cambridge at the Lilypad

Sunday, February 8, 2009
2:00pm - 4:00pm
The Lilypad
1353 Cambridge St., Inman Square
Cambridge, MA

Shirim Klezmer Orchestra, masters of the klezmer universe, perform a fun and infectious concert of klezmer and beyond on Feb. 8, 2:00pm at the Lilypad, 1353 Cambridge St., Inman Square, Cambridge, MA . Suggested donation, $10, $7/kids. Bring the kids, bring your grandmother! Be ready to move. This is music for the soul.

Shirim has performed all over the U.S., Canada and Europe. They have collaborated with Maurice Sendak (Pincus & the Pig), Ellen Kushner (The Golden Dreydl) and played with the Philly Pops and on the soundtrack of Woody Allen’s “Deconstructing Harry.” They are traditional and new and alive at the same time. Come see them, you won’t regret it in this intimate venue. After over 25 years of playing, they are a Boston institution.
Posted by jmwc at 10:42 AM

January 15, 2009

Hopkele Klezmer Keilidh – a 21st Century Yiddish Barn Dance

Sunday 25 January 2009 at Cecil Sharp House, NW1 Doors open 7.15 for first dance at 7.45pm

Beat those winter blues with this post-festive season dance event for the whole family.
Marking the third anniversary of Hopkele Productions, Klezmer Dance "Kaller" Guy Schalom will lead East European Yiddish circle, square and chain dances, including freylekhs, sher, hora and bulgar along with a few surprises!
Klez-fiddler Ilana Cravitz and the Hopkele House Band (Ros Hawley, Yair Shleider, Paul Moylan) will put that extra spring in your step with the Jewish party music known as Klezmer.

Tickets £12 or £10 advance/concs. Venue: Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regents Park Road LONDON NW1 7AY (Camden Town / Chalk Farm Tubes)

BOOK ONLINE: http://www.ilanacravitz.com/hopkele.htm or for postal bookings (up to 22 Jan) Call: 0771 494 5971 or Email: hopkele@hotmail.co.uk.

Posted by jmwc at 11:59 PM

January 05, 2009

Workmen's Circle Klezmer Ensemble

The Workmen's Circle Klezmer Ensemble will be holding a free open house
on Tuesday, January 6, 2009 at 7 PM.
Led by famed klezmer musician Jeff Warschauer
Play wonderful music while making new friends and having a great time!
Free Open house: Tuesday, January 6, from 7-9 PM
Six paid sessions, Tuesdays at 7 PM:
January 13, 20, 27, February 3, 10, 24 (no class Feb 17).
* Open to all instrumentalists who play and read music at at least an intermediate level
* Study with an internationally recognized master instructor
* Learn tunes from the diverse klezmer tradition
* Develop tools for improvisation
Single session class fee: $30. Discount for Workmen's Circle members and/or those attending all six sessions: $150.
Sessions will take place at the Workmen's Circle, 45 East 33 Street, Manhattan (between Park and Madison).
For more information, please contact Dana Schneider at 212 889-6800 x 271 or email:

Posted by jmwc at 08:02 PM

December 07, 2008

Hadassah Magazine Features Klezmer

Veretzki PassA terrific picture by Jean Fruth of Cookie Segelstein, klezmer violinist, graces the front cover of Hadassah Magazine this month with a feature article on traditional klezmer music, written by George Robinson. There are lots of photos including Cookie, Josh Horowitz, Stu Brotman, Andy Statman, Alicia Svigals, Pete Rushefsky, Joel Rubin, Michael Winograd, Yale Strom, and others. George does a good job of explaining the branch of klezmer that focuses on traditional folk and how it differs from other groups. Cookie, Josh and Stu have a group called Veretzki Pass, which is an amazing group, especially to hear in person. It might be noted, as his article touches on the topic of sources, that we owe a debt of gratitude to klezmer musicians such as Josh Horowitz and Bob Cohen for years and years of dedicated research in Europe on recovering as much authentic music as possible. Josh has also transcribed some of his findings in a book which was briefly reviewed on this site Sephardisches Liederbuch (The Sephardic Songbook): 51 Judenspanische Lieder (51 Judeo-Spanish Songs) back in 2002. [ http://www.jmwc.org/jmwc_bookandscore_reviews.html. ] George also gives a "must haves" listing for this style of klezmer music in the article. To find out even more details about recordings and klezmer music and the musicians in this Hadassah Magazine feature, visit the Klezmershack. http://www.klezmershack.com, the world's premiere website devoted to klezmer music with over 12 years of materials, commentary and reviews of recordings, listings of bands, articles and just about anything one would like to know about klezmer music.

If you're not a member of Hadassah and don't get the magazine at home, you can find out about subscription inquiries to get a copy at 800 664-5646 or look at the Hadassah website at http://www.hadassah.org
Posted by jmwc at 11:34 AM

July 11, 2008

Alicia live at Battery Park

Alicia Svigals' Klezmer Fiddle Express at River to River Festival
Alicia's band, with pianist Marilyn Lerner, bassist Brian Glassman and drummer Grant Smith, closes out the Emma Lazarus Birthday Celebration, a Yiddish/klezmer concert presented by the Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter-Ring as part of Yiddishfest 2008. Also on the bill: Pharaoh's Daughter and the Three Yiddish Divas.

Time: 7:00pm
Date: July 16, 2008
Location: Battery Park
Price: Free
Phone: 212.683.7816

Click here for more info http://klezmerbyaliciasvigalsllc.c.topica.com/maal3o9abIMZzbIFEx6eafpQav/
Posted by jmwc at 04:03 PM

July 08, 2008

Leon Blank z"l

Leon Blank, known in Yiddish circles for teaching dance and music, died this past week. His funeral is in Stockholm. Here is a video from the Ashkenaz festival 2006 in Harbourfront Centre in Toronto showing Leon leading dance.

Video courtesy Leon Balaban.
Posted by jmwc at 10:29 AM

July 02, 2008

Klezmer Klimax Concert

Jewish Music Institute
Time and PlaceDate:
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Time: 7:30pm - 10:45pm
Location: West London Synagogue
Street: 33 Seymour Place
City/Town: London, United Kingdom

Phone: 02078984307
Email: info@jmi.org.uk
A chance to see a spectacular lineup of the top Klezmer musicians, singers and dancers from USA, Europe and Israel in the gorgeous surroundings of West London Synagogue.

Featuring: Grammy award winner Frank London (US), Moshe Berlin (Israel), Steve Weintraub (US), Josh Horowitz (US), Cookie Segelstein (US), Shura Lipovsky (Netherlands), Joanne Borts (US), Jeff Warschauer (US), Deborah Strauss (US), Merlin Shepherd (UK), Polina Shepherd (UK), Mark Rubin (US) and Andreas Schmitges (Germany), with guest Klezmer Fusion band “Andralamoussia” from Israel.

Klezmer Klimax is the only major event during KlezFest this year as KlezFest in the Park could not take place due to Tisha B'av. It will be back next year though.

Posted by jmwc at 11:04 AM

June 24, 2008

CHALLAHPALOOZA Music Festival in the Berkshires

SUNDAY JULY 13, 2008
Lenox, MA

CHALLAHPALOOZA, the third annual Klezmer music festival in the Berkshires (Western Massachusettes, USA), offers an evening of music and inspiration with the Yiddishkeit Klezmer Ensemble and Sruli and Lisa.

Brian Bender - trombone, melodica, vocals, bandleader
Christina Crowder - accordion, vocals
Miamon Miller - fiddle
Jim Guttmann - double bass
Grant Smith - drums

Sruli Dresdner - clarinet, drums, vocals
Lisa Mayer - fiddle

Call to order tickets: $22/$36/$100(sponsor)
7:00 PM
Duffin Theater
Lenox High School
197 East Street
Lenox, MA
(413) 499-9899
Posted by jmwc at 07:10 PM

Yiddishkeit Klezmer Ensemble at NYB

Sunday, August 10, 2008
2PM Concert
National Yiddish Bookcenter
Amherst, MA, USA
Admission $10

Brian Bender - trombone, melodica, vocals, bandleader
Christina Crowder - accordion, vocals
Miamon Miller - fiddle
Jim Guttmann - double bass
Grant Smith - drums

Seth Rogovoy calls Yiddishkeit "one of the top Klezmer bands on the East Coast."

The National Yiddish Bookcenter
Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Building
1021 West Street
Amherst MA 01002
Phone 413-256-4900
Fax 413-256-4700

Posted by jmwc at 07:05 PM

June 11, 2008

Klezmer in London this June

Lunchtime Klezmer at QMC with FDT Klezmorim – Tuesday 10 June, 1-2pm

Klezmer from Old World to New, and back again. A journey beyond the borders of time and space with a programme of old and new ‘traditional’ klezmer music crossing the boundaries between Orient and Occident. Featuring Ilana Cravitz (fiddle), Susi Evans (clarinet), Jim Marcovitch (accordion), Matt Bacon (bazouki/guitar), Guy Schalom (drums), Paul Tkachenko (bass).

Free entry
The Curve, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS

Freylekh Klezmer Dance Band – Saturday 21 June, 3-4.30pm

Enjoy up-beat klezmer from the all-women band plus much more.
Free entry

http://friendsofarnoldcircus.wordpress.com/ Download Klezmer Tunes: http://www.ilanacravitz.com/Kleztunes.html
Posted by jmwc at 10:24 PM

April 22, 2008

Philadelphia Folklore Project Presents Elaine Hoffman Watts & Susan Watts

The Philadelphia Folklore Project Presents: Elaine Hoffman Watts & Susan Watts PLAY KLEZMER!

Sunday May 11, 2008, doors open at 6 pm
World Cafe Live (www.worldcafelive), 3025 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA
Tickets $20, or special price of $16 for PFP members through PFP
www.folkloreproject.org; 215-726-1106.

This special concert promises an unforgettable Mother’s Day celebration, featuring the outstanding Elaine Hoffman Watts & Susan Watts mother-daughter team, and their band of klezmer stars from the east coast and Canada. The concert will feature never before heard songs from a book compiled in 1927 by Susan’s great-grandfather, Joseph Hoffman, including his compositions, songs by his son Jake Hoffman, and other rarely performed Philly tunes in brand-new arrangements by Susan Watts. The concert will be followed by a Q&A discussion with the artists.

PFP will be filming for its documentary on Elaine Watts at this event; come be a part of the project. Elaine was the first woman percussionist to graduate from the Curtis Institute of Music, and is a recent winner of a prestigious National Heritage Award from the National Endowment for the Arts (one of just a handful of Pennsylvania artists to be so honored).

This project occurs with the support of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Philadelphia Music Project (funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts and administered by the University of the Arts), the PA Humanities Council, the PA Historical & Museum Commission, and Philadelphia Folklore Project Members.

For more info: Philadelphia Folklore Project, 735 S. 50th St., Phila., PA 19143. 215-726-1106. info@folkloreproject.org, www.folkloreproject.org. PFP is a 21-year-old independent public interest folklife agency committed to cultural equity: we work to sustain diverse Philadelphia vernacular traditions as real resources for vital local communities. Give a listen!

Posted by jmwc at 10:01 AM

Alicia at Riverdale Y

Thursday April 24, 2008

Klezmer Reimagined: Alicia Svigals with bassist Nicki Parrott and pianist Uli Geissendorfer
A forward-looking collaboration between the world’s greatest klezmer violinist and two top jazz players. Nicki and Uli’s imaginative responses to Alicia’s klezmer fiddling will offer a fresh perspective on this ancient and beautiful tradition.

Date: Thursday, April 24
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Riverdale Y, 5625 Arlington Avenue, Bronx, NY 10471,
(718) 548-8200
Tickets: $18 ($9 for children)
Pre-show kosher-for-Passover dinner available at the Unleavened Cafe.
Posted by jmwc at 09:26 AM

April 15, 2008

Go Van Gogh

A klezmer group with a website and mp3s. Mixes Klezmer with Hawaiian, Gypsy, Western Swing, Jazzy Ethiopian, Surfing Ska and more. http://www.govangogh.net/
Posted by jmwc at 12:20 PM

March 25, 2008

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: http://klezmerpodcast.wordpress.com/2008/03/07/review-eyn-velt/
And when you finish reading the review, check out Brian Bender's Little Shop of Horas at www.littleshopofhoras.com
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

February 14, 2008

Pete Rushfesky Traditional Klezmer in Flushing, NY

Traditional Jewish Klezmer Music
Mr. Pete Rushefsky
Queens Library - International Resource Center
Sunday, March 16, 2008
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Location:Flushing Library - Auditorium (Lower Level)
41-17 Main St.
Flushing, NY
Posted by jmwc at 10:23 PM

February 12, 2008

Clarinet Forum

Merlin Sheperd is moderating a brand new section of the Greek and Turkish clarinet forum, dedicated to Klezmer clarinet. http://www.gtc-music1.com/ Subjects currently under scrutiny include: Ornamentation, Phrasing, Tonality, Timbre and general technical section Vocal Ornaments transferred to instrumental playing Repertoire, Genres and Crossover. Merlin
Posted by jmwc at 08:29 PM

February 07, 2008

Yiddishe Cup’s Spring Schedule

Be on the lookout. Your cup might overflow... Here's where the Yiddishe Cup band will be:
March 20 Park Synagogue, Cleveland 7:15 p.m. www.parksyn.org

April 5 College of Wooster (Ohio) 9:30 p.m. http://www.wooster.edu/Hillel/

May 7 Israel Independence Day, Cleveland 8 p.m. www.yiddishecup.com

You should be so lucky to be there....
Posted by jmwc at 11:31 PM

January 28, 2008

Klezmer in Charlottesville, VA

internationally acclaimed clarinetist Joel Rubin and tsimbalist Pete Rushefsky will be offering a rare evening of klezmer and hasidic duets Tues., Jan. 29, 2008, 7:00 pm, at the Gravity Lounge in Charlottesville.

The duo will perform Eastern European Jewish instrumental klezmer music and hasidic nigunim (religious melodies of spiritual elevation), including material from Midnight Prayer, recorded in Budapest with the 8-piece international Joel Rubin Jewish Music Ensemble for the New York label, Traditional Crossroads (2007), the forthcoming Nign of Reb Mendel Futterfass, and other projects.

For more information, see http://www.gravity-lounge.com/
Posted by jmwc at 09:37 AM

January 25, 2008

Metropolitan Klezmer's new video clip

Metropolitan Klezmer's new video clip, with trumpeter Pam Fleming soloing on her kudu horn. This is a 'shofar' from an African antelope... Full band backing -- a lush, grooving glimpse: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FtXMg7ZIbxY
Posted by jmwc at 11:19 AM

January 17, 2008

Klezmer & Hassidic Music in Providence

KlezEnsembleMlgs Fishel Bresler & Shelley Katsh
Klezmer & Hassidic Music at the Brooklyn Coffee & Tea House in Providence
Three more shows, the last Saturdays of the Months
Jan. 26, 2008, & Feb. 23, 2008 -- 8:00pm - 10 PM
Mar. 29, 2008 show starts at 8:30-10:30
Admission $9

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 www.BrooklynCoffeeTeaHouse.com
or call 575-2284 weekday mornings.
Posted by jmwc at 05:42 PM

January 13, 2008

Shma features Alicia Svigals article

shma logo Shma magazine online featured an article on the klezmer scene by Alicia Svigals. http://www.shma.com/dec_07/queen_klezmer.htm
Posted by jmwc at 11:12 PM

The Mike Eisenstadt Band Website

The Mike Eisenstadt Band is a party band in the southeast, based in Florida. They travel extensively in the eastern US. Although it is often referred to as a 'klezmer' band, the music that is performed goes beyond klezmer. It is an eclectic mix of Hebrew, Yiddish, Israeli, Rumanian, old, new, traditional, and not-so-traditional. The band plays unique adaptations of Jewish standards, utilizing a variety of styles, including Latin, funk, swing, jazz, smooth, and whatever else may seem right at the time to band members. The band's latest CD, Chazak, was released in early 2005 to excellent reviews around the US. The band website is www.eisenstadtband.com and also www.MySpace.com/eisenstadtband

Chazak represents all sides of the band, from traditional to original, all done with love and ruach (spirit) from Mike, who passed away in September, 2005. The band is led by Kevin Frye, the group s trumpeter of since 1992. Kevin strives to continue the tradition of excellence that Mike instilled for so many years. Kevin can be reached at (813) 789-5058 or kevin@baysideagency.com.

Posted by jmwc at 02:30 PM

January 12, 2008

Chicken Soup for the Ears

Sunday January 13, 2008 & Sunday February 10, 2008 1- 4pm
Come and join the London Klezmer Collective’s second-Sunday jam at the Cross Kings, between 1 and 4pm.

While you’re playing (don’t forget to bring a tune to share) or listening, eat lunch, have a coffee, booze, shmooze or just relax in the deep sofas and convivial atmosphere of this great central London pub. There might even be a bit of dancing and singing… Out-of-towners particularly welcome!

Klezmer, the celebratory and soulful music of the Jews of eastern Europe, is the flavour of the month. Anyone interested in playing or listening to klezmer is welcome to come along; no experience is necessary. Join skilled professionals, keen amateurs, home-grown talent and perhaps even some international visitors. For more klezmer information and sheet music for tunes we might play visit "http://www.ilanacravitz.com/jams.html" Entry: £1 donation towards publicity costs.

The Cross Kings is at 126 York Way, London N1 0AX, a 10-minute walk from Kings Cross station with local parking. Visit http://www.thecrosskings.co.uk/ for details.
Posted by jmwc at 11:32 PM

October 21, 2007

Chicken Soup for the Ears?

Come and join the London Klezmer Collective’s monthly second-Sunday jam at the Cross Kings. Next session: Sunday 11 November between 1 and 4pm. Out-of-towners particularly welcome!

The capital’s first regular klezmer session has found a home: the Cross Kings. While you’re playing or listening, eat lunch, have a coffee, booze, shmooze or just relax in the deep sofas and convivial atmosphere of this great central London pub. There might even be a bit of dancing… The Cross Kings is at 126 York Way, London N1 0AX, a 10-minute walk from Kings Cross station with local parking. Visit http://www.thecrosskings.co.uk/ for details.

Anyone interested in playing or listening to klezmer is welcome to come along; no experience is necessary. Join skilled professionals, rank amateurs, home-grown talent and perhaps even some international visitors. For more klezmer information and sheet music for some of the tunes we might play visit www.ilanacravitz.com/jams.html

Posted by jmwc at 03:44 PM

October 05, 2007

Sunday October 7 Alicia Svigals at 92nd St Y

With accordionist Patrick Farrell and vocalist Inna Barmash
Lost and Found: Musical Treasures of the Jewish Ukraine
On Sunday, October 7, Alicia Svigals, the world's leading klezmer fiddler and founder of the Grammy-winning ensemble The Klezmatics, presents lost musical treasures of the Jewish Ukraine. Drawing on the fieldwork of Moshe Beregovsky, a Soviet-Jewish ethnomusicologist, Svigals brings to life, through music and conversation, tunes recorded on wax cylinders before World War II. This incredible collection disappeared when Beregovsky was exiled to Siberia but was recently rediscovered in a dusty archive. Come help resurrect this beautiful old culture -- singing and dancing welcome!

Sun, Oct 7, 2007, 4:00pm
3:30 Russian Tea Reception

Tickets $30
92nd Street Y,
Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street, NYC
Buttenwieser Hall

Posted by jmwc at 01:17 PM

August 20, 2007

KlezKanada 2007 Starts Tonight

KlezKanada, in Lanier, Quebec Canada is starting tonight, Monday August 20th. This is the 12th year of the annual camp program. This year, the all star faculty is amazing, the students are superb, and the excitement is palpable. If you're not here this year, make sure to mark this week on your calendar for next. Looks like the first newsletter, by Ari Davidow, greeted the attendees as they arrived. Each day of camp, there's a camp newsletter published in 3 languages which might be any combination of Yiddish, English, French, Spanish, German or Russian. You never know who will get around to writing an article and each are published in the native language. KlezKanada is a music camp for families or individuals. There's a tremendous amount of talent present and we're hearing it already. If the internet connectivity holds up, perhaps the JMWC will do more reports from here. You can view materials about the camp at their website. http://www.klezkanada.com
Posted by jmwc at 10:49 PM

July 11, 2007

KlezKanada 2007 in Quebec

KlezKanada 2007 will take place from Monday, August 20 through Sunday, August 26, 2007.
Go to www.klezkanada.com for updated information, and to download the KlezKanada brochure and Hands-On Workshop listings and registration.
Posted by jmwc at 12:47 AM

July 10, 2007

Svigals-Rushefsky in "Mahler's World: Jewish Music in the Hapsburg Empire"

Klezmer violin superstar Alicia Svigals returns to the Maverick on July 14 at 8:00 p.m. with tsimblist Pete Rushefsky.

Ms. Svigals and Mr. Rushefsky brought down the house last summer at Maverick, and this year¹s concert is called "Mahler¹s World: Jewish Music in the Hapsburg Empire." The concert is part of Maverick¹s season-long celebration of the centenary of Gustav Mahler¹s arrival in America to lead the Metropolitan Opera and the New York Philharmonic.

Classical concerts are Saturday evenings at 6:00 and Sunday afternoons at 3:00, with jazz, world music, and klezmer on selected Saturday nights at 8:00. Young people¹s concerts are Saturday mornings at 11:00.

The box office opens an hour before each concert; the hall opens half an hour before curtain time. Except for the last weekend of the season, ticket prices are $20 for adults and $5 for students. Books of ten tickets, to be used in any combination at any regular concert throughout the season, may be purchased at the box office for $150 or by writing to Maverick Concerts, P.O. Box 9, Woodstock, NY 12498. Children under 12 are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Donors of $50 or more to the sustaining fund of the series may attend the season-closer Friends of Maverick Concert.

Tickets are general admission with no reserved seating, and a special ³rock bottom² area provides pay-what-you-can seating. The Maverick Concert Hall is accessible to persons with disabilities.

The Maverick Concert Hall is located on Maverick Road, near Woodstock, approximately one mile from the road¹s junctions with either Route 375 or Route 28. For additional information, visit www.maverickconcerts.org , call the Maverick¹s recorded message line at 845-679-8217, or send e-mail to maverickmuse@aol.com. Klezmer is the traditional, celebratory music of eastern European Jewry, played in the old world and the new at weddings, bar mitzvahs, and other simkhes, or happy occasions. Euphoric, ecstatic, and heart-wrenching, its beauty and high emotion have made it a worldwide phenomenon, as electrifying on the concert stage as it is joyful to dance to with family and friends. Klezmer music in this country has typically been jazzy brass bands led by clarinets, but earlier Eastern European klezmer ensembles were string bands led by violins accompanied by the tsimbl. A stringed instrument played like a xylophone, the tsimbl is played with mallets padded with cotton or leather. The multiple strings at each pitch give the tsimbl its rich and haunting sonority. It was a popular instrument in klezmer bands across Eastern Europe from the 1600's through the first decades of the twentieth century. The instrument is still quite popular in parts of Eastern Europe and Balkans and is often associated with Rom (gypsy) musicians. Gustav Mahler was a towering figure in the artistic and intellectual hotbed that was Vienna at the end of the 19th Century. Mahler used, in his symphonies and vocal works, music from both ³high² and ³low² culture to a degree unknown before this. He was born to Jewish parents in what is now the Czech Republic and, to a great extent, the klezmer music of eastern Europe was a root source of melodic and harmonic material for him. Violinist/composer Alicia Svigals, a founder of the Klezmatics and of the all-women band Mikveh, is considered by many to be the world's foremost klezmer fiddler. During the past decade, she almost singlehandedly revived klezmer fiddle playing, which came close to extinction in the last century; traditional klezmer violin style is now being played again by hundreds of her students, including most of today's best professional players. She taught and toured with violinist Itzhak Perlman, who recorded her compositions as duets with Ms. Svigals accompanied by the Klezmatics. Pete Rushefsky is a leading revivalist of the tsimbl. He is also executive director of the Center for Traditional Music and Dance, a New York not-for-profit dedicated to preserving and nurturing the performing arts traditions of immigrant and ethnic communities. He is a well-known performer and lecturer on klezmer and other traditional musics and has a number of published articles to his credit. Maverick Concerts, near Woodstock, New York, is the oldest continuous summer chamber music series in America. The Maverick Concert Hall was built by hand in 1916 in the pristine Catskill woodland, and now it is a multi-starred attraction on the National Register of Historic Places. Presenting concerts by nationally and internationally known performers at affordable prices, Maverick continues the vision of Hervey White, founder of the collaborative 101-year-old Maverick Art Colony.

Yamaha is The Official Piano of Maverick Concerts; the C7 grand piano on the Maverick stage appears through the generosity of Yamaha Music Corporation of America.

Maverick Concerts, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, is supported by The Maverick Endowment Fund, Friends of Maverick, public and private foundations, local businesses, the Towns of Woodstock and Hurley, and by public funds from The New York State Council on The Arts, a state agency. The commissioning and performance of the chamber orchestra version of ³Final Alice² is supported by the New York State Music Fund, established by the New York State Attorney General at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.

Posted by jmwc at 11:37 PM

June 05, 2007


KLEZKAMP is taking the show on the road, and going to a location near, well, in the Poconos. There will be buses from various locations around New York to take you there.
July 25-August 1, 2007
Block & Hexter Vacation Center, Poyntelle, PA (Poconos)
featuring KK faculty including Henry Sapoznik, Michael Wex, Steve Weintraub, Susan Leviton, Cookie Segelstein & Mark Rubin
For more information, click here: http://www.livingtraditions.org/docs/KlezKampRoadshow2007A.pdf

Posted by jmwc at 09:51 AM

May 17, 2007

Klezmer on the Bay Dinner Cruise

Sunday, June 10th
Join fellow Klezmer lovers for an unforgettable evening of music, dinner and dancing onboard the beautiful Royal Prince ferry. Price includes kosher-style dinner, cruise, entertainment and first drink.
The ferry boards from two locations: Sausalito passengers board at Golden Gate Ferry at 5:45 pm (return at approx. 8:15pm).
All other passengers board at Pier 43 1/2 in San Francisco at 6:45 (return at approx 9 pm).
Details here http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?t=u6di84bab.0.eovx84bab.c7ol6vbab.714&ts=S0254&p=http%3A%2F%2Ftinyurl.com%2Fysr7fe, or call (650) 212-PJCC (7522)
Posted by jmwc at 04:23 PM

May 06, 2007


The Center for Jewish Music of the Jewish Community Center of St. Petersburg is proud to announce "KlezFest St. Petersburg 2007," an international seminar on the traditional music of Eastern European Jewry, to be held July 8-12, 2007 in St. Petersburg, Russia.

"KlezFest St. Petersburg," now in its 11th year, is the oldest klezmer seminar in Russia. The 2007 festival will include master-classes on Yiddish folk songs and klezmer music, workshops on Yiddish folklore and Yiddish dance, lectures, concerts, and two excursions: "Jewish St. Petersburg" and "Rivers and Canals of St. Petersburg." Our staff will include world-famous musicians -- from New York, the violinist, accordion player, vocalist, ethnomusicologist and the world's leading expert on Yiddish dance, Michael Alpert; also from New York, the vocalist from the famous Klezmatics group, Lorin Sklamberg; from Zaporozhie, Ukraine, the Yiddish folk poet and singer Arkady Gendler, and others.

"KlezFest St. Petersburg," dedicated to bringing klezmer music and Yiddish culture back to the land of their birth, includes Jewish musicians from the vibrant centers of the Jewish renaissance throughout the former Soviet Union.

This year again we are pleased to announce a special program for lovers of Yiddish music and culture from other parts of the globe. We are asking for a contribution of $550. This sum will include food and lodging in St. Petersburg for 5 days and the entire seminar program, including interpreters when needed, concerts and two excursions. Participants will pay for their own transportation to St. Petersburg.

For more information, please contact the Jewish Community Center of St. Petersburg via e-mail or visit our site <www.klezfest.ru>.

For advice on travel and visa arrangements, contact our American sponsor, the Jewish Community Development Fund in Russia and Ukraine, a project of the American Jewish World Service (New York), via telephone: (+1-212) 792-2916, or e-mail: <jcdf@ajws.org>.

Join us at "KlezFest St. Petersburg" this summer! If you haven't been on the Neva River during White Nights with Russian klezmorim, you haven't lived!

Posted by jmwc at 12:40 PM

March 11, 2007

Alicia Svigal: It Would have Been Enough, But it Wasn't. Now there's More in April at John Zorn's Stone place

At the Stone in NYC, 2nd St. and Ave C, www.thestonenyc.com Violinist Alicia Svigals, a founder of the Grammy-winning Klezmatics and the world's best-known klezmer fiddler, is the curator for the month of April at the Stone, John Zorn's performance space on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

John Zorn, the composer who was recently awarded a MacArthur genius grant, opened the Stone to provide a venue for the most creative new music in New York. Each month he selects a different musician to curate the series, and for April he asked Svigals to put together a lineup that would tap into her eclectic and offbeat musical worlds.

The fifty acts Svigals booked revolve around three themes: Jewish music, virtuoso female instrumentalist/improvisers/composers, and all kinds of string music, traditional and contemporary. From an electronic violist turning Bartok on his head to the lightning speed of traditional Bulgarian fiddling; from a master of the traditional klezmer clarinet to spontaneous 21st century keyboard explorations of those ancient melodies, the month is a feast of the most interesting music coming out of New York and beyond.

Svigals' own shows are Saturday night April 7 and Friday night April 27; she'll also be sitting in with a number of the artists throughout the month. The week of the 9th spotlights klezmer and a dozen great women artists take the stage from the 21st on.

For more information, see www.thestonenyc.com or contact Svigals at 1 212 222 2746 or www.aliciasvigals.com

P.S. For more about Alicia, visit her website www.aliciasvigals.com http://klezmerbyaliciasvigalsllc.c.topica.com/maafZmLabw2OBbIFEx6eafpQav/ April 2007 at the Stone -- curated by Alicia Svigals

4/1 Sunday
8 pm
The Carmen Staaf Quintet
Carmen Staaf (piano) Dana Sandler (voice) Dan Blake (tenor sax, soprano sax) Kendall Eddy (bass) Austin McMahon (drums)
The NYC debut of the Carmen Staaf Quintet will feature Latin-jazz-influenced originals, new takes on swing and bebop tunes, free conversations and other explorations.

10 pm
Ben Goldberg: New Music for Quintet
Carla Kihlstedt (violin) Rob Sudduth (tenor saxophone) Devin Hoff (bass) Kenny Wollesen (drums) Ben Goldberg (clarinet, composition) angle and particle.

Tuesday 8 pm
Olivier Manchon's Orchestre de Chambre Miniature Olivier Manchon (violin) John Ellis (clarinet, sax) Alan Hampton (bass) Beth Meyers (viola) Christopher Hoffman (cello)

10 pm
Pamela Martinez (violin, vocals, piano) Brian Hamilton (piano, keyboards) John Somers (guitar, electronics) Textural Instrumentals and Visceral songs, www.teletextile.com

4/4 Wednesday
8 pm
Jim Matus (vocals, laouto, saz) Jill O’Brien (vocals) Joe O’Brien (bass, vocals) Mike Keys (drums) Bill Buchen (tabla, percussion) Record release party for MAWWAL’S new CD “Black Flies” on Ancient Record. MAWWAL (formerly PARANOISE) performs original World Fusion and arrangements of traditional Middle Eastern music in what has been called “a new genre” by Progression Magazine.

10 pm
Violin-Clarinet Multi-Night
Mari Kimura (violin) Kinan Azmeh (clarinet) multi-cultural, multi-media duos and solos

4/5 Thursday
8 pm
KJ Denhert—Lucky 7, The New CD Concert
KJ Denhert (guitar, vocals, songwriter) Mamdou Ba (bass) Ray Levier (drums) ATN (keys) plus special guests from the CD! Urban folk and jazz artist KJ Denhert makes her first NY appearance in 2007 with a brand new CD called Lucky 7. All CDs one night only to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of KJ’s label and her seventh release

10 pm
Steve Sandberg and friends
Steve Sandberg (voice)
Spoken word, raga-influenced vocals, breath-controlled keyboard, loops plus friends tba - "music from a country I've never been to but always wanted to visit."

4/6 Friday
8 pm
Noriko Ueda Jazz Orchestra
Noriko Ueda (composition, bass) 16 piece band

10 pm
Ivan Milev Band
Ivan Milev (accordion) Entcho Todorov (violin) Maria Koleva (vocals) Panagiotis Andreou (bass) Vasko Angelov (guitar) Seido Salifovski (drums) Monster accordionist Ivan Milev and his band perform
Bulgarian-Balkan folk music. Check out:

4/7 Saturday
8 pm
John Zorn Improv Night—a Stone Benefit
John Zorn (sax) and many surprise guests Come out and support The Stone! Twenty Dollars

10 pm
Alicia Svigals and Uli Geissendorfer, with special guest Iliya Magalnyk—a Stone Benefit
Alicia Svigals (violin) Uli Geissendorfer (piano) Iliya Magannyk (accordion) Musicians from three points on the globe take a sidelong look at klezmer. A Benefit for the Stone!

4/8 Sunday
8 pm
Songs Your Grandmother Might Know, If Your Grandmother is Hip: The Matt Glaser Quintet.
Matt Glaser (violin) Matt Munisteri (guitar) Sonny Barbato (accordion) Heather Masse (vocal) Jim Whitney (bass)

10 pm
Pablo Aslan's "Anda Cantale
Pablo Aslan (bass)and his ensemble
The Argentine bassist explores the repertoire of the great tango singer Carlos Gardel.

4/10 Tuesday
8 pm
Alex Kontorovich's Deep Minor
Aaron Alexander (drums) Brandon Seabrook (guitar/banjo) Reuben Radding (bass) Alex Kontorovich (clarinet, sax, compositions) All original music from Kontorovich (sideman to Frank London's Klezmer Brass All-Stars and Aaron Alexander's Midrash Mish Mosh) mixes downtown klezmer, jazz, and other influences.

10 pm
Michael Winograd's Infection
Michael Winograd, Jessica Lurie, Petr Cancura, Jeremy Udden (reeds) Daniel Blacksberg (trombone) Jon Singer (xylophone) Brandon Seabrook (guitar) Jorge Roeder (bass) Jason Nazary (drums) Patrick Farrell (accordion) Frank London (trumpet)

4/11 Wednesday
8 pm
Michael Winograd's Klezmer Ensemble
Michael Winograd (clarinet, alto clarinet) Daniel Blacksberg (trombone) Carmen Staaf (piano, accordion) Joey Weisenberg (mandolin) Nick Cudahy (bass) Richie Barshay (percussion)

10 pm Susan Watts (of Hoffman Klezmer Dynasty) and Rob Schwimmer (of Polygraph Lounge) Rob Schwimmer (piano) Susan Hoffman Watts (voice, trumpet) Erotic Jewish Night Dreams:Inspirational Explorations.

4/12 Thursday
8 pm
Ghetto Tango
Adrienne Cooper (voice) Zalmen Mlotek (piano) Adrienne Cooper and Zalmen Mlotek bring electrifying theatricality to the unknown satiric, down and dirty, and heartbroken repertoire of World War II European Jewish cabarets—from Yiddish to Weill & Eisler.

10 pm
Socalled and guests
Socalled (accordion, mpc, melodica, piano, vocals) Susan Hoffman-Watts (trumpet) Allen Watsky (guitar, bass) Micheael Winograd (clarinet) and Special Guests. Josh Dolgin aka Socalled and his rag tag group of friends, will raise the Stone's roof with a klez-funk party unlike anything else. www.socalledmusic.com ww.myspace.com/socalled

4/13 Friday
8 pm
Lily White and Follicle
Lily White (saxes) Rob Garcia (drums) Greg Jones (bass) Crazy music from the mind of saxophonist Lily White in her most compact group yet. www.lilywhitemusic.com

10 pm
Cynthia Hilts & Lyric Fury
Cynthia Hilts (composer, piano, voice) Jack Walrath (trumpet) Lily White (tenor and alto sax) Lisa Parrott (baritone and soprano sax) Debra Weisz (trombone) Martha Colby (cello) Ratzo Harris (bass) Gene Jackson (drums) New jazz that nods at the traditions,swings like hell and searches the deepest harmonic zones. Howls and lullabies, ice and predators are all in there, the perfect answer to a listener's natural raving desire for organic and furious lyricism.

4/14 Saturday
8 pm
Beth Bahia Cohen: Traditional Arabic Music
Beth Bahia Cohen (violin and other bowed string instruments) and friends

10 pm
Midnight Prayer
Joel Rubin (clarinet) Pete Rushefsky (tsimbl/hammered dulcimer) World renowned klezmer clarinetist Joel Rubin gives a rare NY performance of duets with leading tsimbl revivalist Pete Rushefsky from their new CD Midnight Prayer (Traditional Crossroads).

4/15 Sunday
8 pm
Mimi Rabson and Bruno Raberg
Mimi Rabson (violin) Bruno Raberg (bass) Compositional Improvisation and Improvised Compositons

10 pm
The Ingrid Jensen Quartet
Ingrid Jensen (trumpet and electronics) and band

4/17 Tuesday
8 pm
Greg Wall's Later Prophets
Greg Wall (saxophones) Shai Bachar (keyboards) David Richards (bass) Aaron Alexander (drums) Simultaneously Straddling the Gates of the Ancient and the Avant-garde.....

10 pm
Quartetto Cui Bono
Art Bailey (accordion, piano) Peter Van Huffel (sax) Ernesto Cervini (drums) Michael Bates (bass) special guest Alicia Svigals (violin) An evening of new music.

4/18 Wednesday
8 pm
Mark Sganga and Friends
Mark Sganga (guitar) and friends Acoustic improvisations with a Brazilian accent. www.marksganga.com

10 pm
Stephane Wrembel Acoustic
Stephane Wrembel (guitar) Jared Engel (bass) David Langlois (washboard) Monster Guitarist Stephane Wrembel and his band perform the music of Django Reinhardt in their own special way, blended with compositions and colors from India and Africa; each show is a different trip! http://klezmerbyaliciasvigalsllc.c.topica.com/maafZmLabw2LibIFEx6eafpQav/

4/19 Thursday
8 pm
Michael Winograd Quintet
Michael Winograd (clarinet, alto clarinet) Kristin Slipp (voice) David Bryant (casio keyboards) Michael Bates (bass) Michael Evans (drums)

10 pm
Bangalore Breakdown
Uli Geissendoerfer (piano, keys, percussion) Premik Russel Tubbs (sax, flute, windsynth) Gino Sitson (vocals) Beat Kaestli (vocals) Steve Sandberg (leadsynth, vocals) Naren Budhakar (tabla) Gilad Dobrecky (percussion) Nathan Peck (bass) Lev Zhurbin (viola)

4/20 Friday
8 pm
Juanito Pascual and Friends
Jonathan "Juanito" Pascual (flamenco guitar) Rohan Gregory (violin) Stan Strickland (flute, soprano sax, vocals) Jerry Leake (world percussion). Flamenco guitar virtuoso Jonathan "Juanito" Pascual presents an evening of original flamenco music and beyond, with his quartet featuring 3 of the East Coast's finest improvisational and world-music players. "One of the hottest flamenco guitarists to emerge in recent years" -National Public Radio http://klezmerbyaliciasvigalsllc.c.topica.com/maafZmLabw2LjbIFEx6eafpQav/

10 pm
Stephane Wrembel Electric
Stephane Wrembel (guitar) Jared Engel (bass) Mathias Bublath (organ) Julien Augier (drums) Monster Guitarist Stephane Wrembel and his new electric band presents the music of Django Reinhardt and his compositions in a totally new way, blending their unique Gypsy jazz touch with a psychedelic world rock sound. http://klezmerbyaliciasvigalsllc.c.topica.com/maafZmLabw2LibIFEx6eafpQav/

4/21 Saturday
8 pm
Jessica Lurie Ensemble
Jessica Lurie (sax, accordion, vocals) Erik Deutsch (piano, electric keyboard) Brandon Seabrook (banjo, guitar) Todd Sickafoose (bass) Marc Dalio (drums)

10 pm
Aaron Alexander (drums) David Licht (drums) Fima Ephron (bass) Jay Vilnai (guitar) Alex Kontorovich (clarinet) Greg Wall (tenor sax, clarinet) Rob Henke (trumpet) Curtis Hasselbring (trombone)

4/22 Sunday
8 pm
Susan Pereira and Sabor Brasil
Susan Pereira (vocals, piano, percussion), Vanderlei Pereira (drums), Rodrigo Ursaia (sax, flute), Cliff Korman (piano), Itaiguara (bass)

10 pm
Edison Woods
“Truly beautiful, slowly meandering soundscapes... A beautiful voice and a talent for melodies.” -- Rolling Stone Strange, haunting, and romantic, Edison Woods revels in luscious, sad songs. Singer Julia Frodahl’s heavenly vocals layered on the bands’ moody chamber pop create “a beautiful cross between the sounds of Elysian Fields and the sentiments of David Lynch” (Flavorpill NYC). Live, their musical passages, spoken word, and discreet gestures sweep the audience into their dreamlike world.

4/24 Tuesday
8 pm
Martha Mooke's VIOLA X-TREME
Martha Mooke (electric violas/violins) Randolph A. Hudson, III (electric guitars) Jim Mussen (electronic drums) Music for Strings, Percussion and .... Rollover Bartok! Support the future of music at The Stone!

10 pm
The Lisa Parrott Trio
Lisa Parrott (saxophones) Chris Lightcap (double bass) Gerald Cleaver (drums)
Lisa & Chris have been performing in NY together for over 10 years, playing harmolodic inspired original improvised music. Their Stone debut! www.parrottmusic.com

4/25 Wednesday
8 pm
The Sheryl Bailey 3
Sheryl Bailey (guitar/pen) Brian Charette (organ) Shingo Okudairu (drums)
The Sheryl Bailey 3 carries on the tradition of the Hammond B3/Guitar trio into modernity with a contemporary harmonic approach and a captivating pulse.

10 pm
Adrienne Cooper, Friends and Relations
Adrienne Cooper (voice) Michael Winograd (clarinet, piano) Dan Blacksberg (trombone)
Vocalist Adrienne Cooper is joined by clarinetist Michael Winograd, trombonist Dan Blacksberg, Yiddish Princess Sarah Gordon and others for an intergenerational Yiddish intervention.

4/26 Thursday
8 pm
Lerner/Alexander Quartet
Marilyn Lerner (piano) Aaron Alexander (drums) Greg Wall (sax) Jim Guttman (bass)
Premiere performance of this all-star jazz/jewish ensemble…

10 pm
Ingrid Gordon (xylophone, marimba, percussion) Ljova (viola) Demetrius Spaneas (reeds) and others
This unlikely instrument combination cooks up a set of xylo-powered, wind-driven world fusion featuring tunes by überviolist Ljova, along with assorted balkan and klez faves.

4/27 Friday
8 pm
Alicia Svigals and Marilyn Lerner: Klezmer Unfettered
Alicia Svigals (violin) Marilyn Lerner (piano) Alicia Svigals is klezmer's most celebrated violinist; Marilyn Lerner is a jazz keyboard virtuoso who resides in Canada. They join forces at the Stone to take on the klezmer tradition and twist it into shapes hitherto unimagined, spinning symphonies on the fly out of sounds from the Eastern European Jewish past.

10 pm
Shake My Heart Like a Copper Bell-the poetry of Anna Margolin Adrienne Cooper (voice) Marilyn Lerner (piano) with special guests Lerner’s song cycle to amazing Yiddish poet Margolin, translations and vocals by the legendary Adrienne Cooper with everything from lieder to freeform...

4/28 Saturday
8 pm
Andy Biskin and friends
Andy Biskin (clarinet, compositions) with special guests

10 pm
Terry Dame's Electric Junkyard Gamelan
Terry Dame, Lee Frisari, Mary Feaster, Kim Garey, Julian Hintz (invented instruments)
Original rhythm driven music on invented instruments. Funky basslines, searing modal melodies and layers of interlocking rhythms played on musical contraptions such as the Rubarp, Sitello, Kacapitar and the Big Barp. It's far out and in the pocket! www.terrydame.com

4/29 Sunday
8 pm
Romanian Bent—Yale Strom & Hot Pstromi featuring Elizabeth Schwartz Yale Strom (violin) Sprocket (bass) Peter Stan (accordion) David Licht (drums) Elizabeth Schwartz (vocals)
Schwartz is fresh from her concert tour of Romania and Hungary (singing with Muzsikas), which was filmed for an upcoming documentary by Radu Gabrea.

10 pm
Lou Grassi (drums) Ken Filiano (bass) Marilyn Lerner (piano)
Visit the Stone's website, www.thestonenyc.com

P.S. For more about Alicia, visit her website www.aliciasvigals.com http://klezmerbyaliciasvigalsllc.c.topica.com/maafZmLabw2OBbIFEx6eafpQav/
Posted by jmwc at 02:19 PM

March 02, 2007

Klezmatics in Concert at MFA in Boston

The MFA Concert Program and The Boston Jewish Film Festival are delighted to present The Klezmatics in concert on Sunday, March 11, 7:30pm. The Boston Jewish Film Festival has screened several films over the years for which scores have been written by the Klezmatics, including Jonathan Berman’s The Shvitz (1995 and 1999 Festivals), Pearl Gluck’s Divan (2003 Festival), and Eric Greenberg Anjou's A Cantor’s Tale (2005 Festival).

Ticket prices: Members, BJFF members, seniors, students $20; nonmembers, general admission $25. Front-of-house seating, available for an additional $5 at each price level. Front-of-house seating guarantees general admission seating within the first three rows of Remis Auditorium. To purchase tickets in advance with a credit card, go to www.mfa.org or call the Box Office at least one day in advanceat 617-369-3306.

Posted by jmwc at 12:09 PM

February 26, 2007

New Klezmer Podcast website

There is a new website that is offering podcasts about klezmer music. It's called Klezmerpodcast and so far has two features. http://klezmerpodcast.com/
Posted by jmwc at 08:34 PM

Have Yiddishecup, Will Travel

The Yiddishe Cup Klezmer Band announces some of their schedule:
March 3 Park Synagogue, Cleveland 7:15 p.m.
For information: www.parksyn.org
March 19 Mt. Union College, Alliance, Ohio 8 p.m.
For information: http://www.muc.edu/campus_events/campus_events

April 22 Israel Independence Day, Cleveland 8 p.m.
Posted by jmwc at 07:39 PM

February 21, 2007

Dan Blacksberg Ensemble featured in Philly Series

Diaspora Series - "celebrates Purim with a special show featuring some of the most innovative musicians in Klezmer and Jewish-inspired music."
Sunday March 4
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
8 p.m. FREE All Ages
West Philadelphia Orchestra
Dan Blacksberg Ensemble
Dan Blacksberg, Trombone
Michael Winograd, Clarinet
Jon Barrios, Bass
Jason Nazary, Drums

Posted by jmwc at 03:58 PM

February 20, 2007

Klezmer Cruise

Information about a Klezmer Cruise Apr 29-May 11, 2007 with Arkady Gendler. The website has all the information. http://www.magma.ca/~klezmercruise/
Posted by jmwc at 02:34 PM

February 02, 2007

Lorin Sklamberg in California in Feburary

Lorin Sklamberg Monday February 12 at 8pm
Coffee Gallery Backstage
2029 North Lake
Altadena, CA 91001
Solo show!

Thursday February 15 at 8pm
Red Yiddish Salon
6522 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Informal talk about the YIVO Sound Archives and the Klezmatics with recorded and live music.

Saturday February 17 7:30pm
Acoustic Music San Diego
4650 Mansfield Street
San Diego, CA 92116
Solo show!

Sunday February 18 at 10am
Congregation Shaarei Torah
550 South Second Avenue
Arcadia, CA 91006
Solo show!

For updates, go to www.myspace.com/lorinsklamberg
Posted by jmwc at 04:17 PM

Yiddishe Cup in Mid-West Swing

Yiddishe Cup concerts in Michigan and Ohio are:
Ann Arbor, Mich.
Sat. Feb. 3
8 p.m.
The Ark
316 S. Main St.

Peninsula, Ohio (Akron area)
Sat. Feb. 10
8 p.m.
Happy Days Visitor Center,
Cuyahoga Valley Nat'l Park Ass'n
Posted by jmwc at 04:14 PM

Verestski Pass at Univeristy of Chicago Folk Festival

<Veretski Pass2 hour Yiddish dance workshop at the University of Chicago Folk Festival on Sunday 4 March from 2 to 4 pm. Accompanying the class will be the wonderful Verestski Pass (Cookie Segelstein, Josh Horowitz, and Stu Brotman) who will also be appearing in concert Saturday and Sunday nights, and giving a free klezmer music workshop earlier on Sunday. http://www.uofcfolk.org/New/home.html
In Eastern Europe, the roots of "world music" go back centuries: historically, Jews, Christians, Moslems, Rumanians, Ukrainians, and Roma played music together in this multicultural area where professional musicians had to know as many musical styles as the diverse peoples among whom they lived. Veretski Pass, a trio of veteran klezmer artists, plays Old Country Music that ranges from melodies of Medieval Poland and dances from Bessarabia, Ruthenia, and Bukovina to music originating in the Ottoman Empire -- much of which they learned from field recordings they themselves gathered.

Cookie Segelstein (Budowitz, New Haven Symphony Orchestra), Joshua Horowitz (Budowitz), and Stuart Brotman (Ellis Island Band, The Klezmorim, San Francisco Klezmer Experience, Brave Old World) synthesize raw energy and polished musicianship to produce music of unusual depth and power on a variety of traditional instruments, including violin, viola, button accordion, bass, bassetl (three stringed bass), basy (three stringed Polish folk cello), baraban (Jewish style drum), and tsimbl (hammered dulcimer).
Posted by jmwc at 04:12 PM

February 01, 2007

Joel Rubin Ensemble in NYC

New York City:
Joel Rubin Ensemble with Kálmán Balogh
Special guest: Pete Rushefsky
Wednesday, February 7, 7pm
Location: Steinhardt Building, 35 West 67th Street
The Steinhardt Building (35 West 67th Street) is located on the north side of 67th Street, between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue.
http://www.92y.org/shop/event_detail.asp?productid=T%2DMM5PF13 On the New York and DC concerts, the ensemble will be performing "Midnight Prayer," a suite of Joel Rubin's arrangements of Russian Jewish instrumental klezmer and hasidic music. Clarinetist and ethnomusicologist Rubin is the new Director of Music Performance in the McIntire Department of Music at UVA and an internationally acclaimed interpreter of the klezmer tradition. He studied with Richard Stoltzman and Kalmen Opperman, attended the California Institute of the Arts and received a BFA in performance from the State University of New York at Purchase. Rubin holds a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from City University (London). He has been the founder and clarinetist of some of the most internationally respected klezmer ensembles, including the pioneering revival group Brave Old World. Rubin has concertized throughout Europe, North America and Asia, appearing at the Berlin Philharmonic, the Leipzig Gewandhaus, the Beethoven-Haus in Bonn, Cité de la Musique in Paris, the Tonhalle in Zürich, and Lincoln Center.
Posted by jmwc at 04:23 PM

January 25, 2007

Alicia Svigals' Party Band at Celebrate Showcase

Alicia Svigals

Free! Come dance the hora with dance leader Steve Weintraub and Alicia's klezmer party band!
Sunday, January 28, 12 to 5 p.m.

Big hora at 2 p.m! Come dance with us, and check out the band for your wedding or bat/bar mitzvah. Before and after the big hora, we'll be playing for and teaching klezmer and Israeli folkdancing in a more intimate setting. Its free, and its part of the Celebrate! Party Showcase featuring hundreds of party vendors.

Celebrate! Party Showcase
Teaneck Marriott at Glenpointe
100 Frank W Burr Boulevard
Teaneck, New Jersey 07666 USA
Phone: 1-201-836-0600
For showcase information and directions:
http://klezmerbyaliciasvigalsllc.c.topica.com/maafB44abv8DhbIFEx6eafpQav/ or call Flora at 1-203-322-2840

Read about Alicia Svigals at www.aliciasvigals.com

Visit the JCC website for more info: www.jccmanhattan.org

Posted by jmwc at 12:00 PM

January 19, 2007

Alicia Svigals' Party Band at Celebrate Showcase

Free! Come dance the hora with dance leader Steve Weintraub and Alicia's klezmer party band!
Sunday, January 28, 12 to 5 p.m.

Big hora at 2 p.m! Come dance with us, and check out the band for your wedding or bat/bar mitzvah. Before and after the big hora, we'll be playing for and teaching klezmer and Israeli folkdancing in a more intimate setting. Its free, and its part of the Celebrate! Party Showcase featuring hundreds of party vendors.

Celebrate! Party Showcase
Teaneck Marriott at Glenpointe
100 Frank W Burr Boulevard
Teaneck, New Jersey 07666 USA
Phone: 1-201-836-0600
For showcase information and directions:
http://klezmerbyaliciasvigalsllc.c.topica.com/maafz5Jabv0eMbIFEx6eafpQav/ or call Flora at 1-203-322-2840 Read about Alicia at www.aliciasvigals.com http://klezmerbyaliciasvigalsllc.c.topica.com/maafz5Jabv0cHbIFEx6eafpQav/ Visit the JCC website for more info: www.jccmanhattan.org http://klezmerbyaliciasvigalsllc.c.topica.com/maafz5Jabv0cGbIFEx6eafpQav/

Posted by jmwc at 01:26 PM

January 17, 2007

Shtreiml on the Move this Winter '07

Shtreiml in Ardmore, PA w/Susan Watts
Thursday February 1, 2007 7PM
Milkboy Coffee
2 E. Lancaster Ave.
Armore, PA

Shtreiml in Ottawa, ON w/Ismail Fencioglu, Susan Watts, Michael Winograd
Saturday March 10, 2007 8PM
Soloway JCC
21 Nodolny Sachs Pr.
Ottawa, ON


Posted by jmwc at 05:03 PM

Free Synagogue of Flushing features Joel Chernet Quartet

The Free Synagogue of Flushing invites you to share an afternoon of music with:
**The Joel Chernet Klezmer Quartet**
**Pete Sokolow**
Sunday January 21, 2007 at 2:00 p.m.
The Free Synagogue of Flushing
41-60 Kissena Boulevard
Flushing (Queens), New York 11355
Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door
Children 12 and under: $10
Discounts available for groups of 10 or more
Call 718-961-0030 for more information and ticket purchase
Free onsite parking
3 blocks away from the #7 Flushing Line subway
Handicapped accessible
Posted by jmwc at 12:14 PM

Next Generation in Philly

Klezmer: The Next Generation
at Society Hill Synogogue
Saturday, January 27th 8:00 p.m.
$10, by phone (215) 922-6590 or at the door

Society Hill Synagogue's own Dan Blacksberg brings his trombone and friends Michael Winograd, clarinet, and Carmen Staaf, accordion, for an evening of klezmer music at Society Hill Synagogue, 418 Spruce St, Philadelphia, Saturday January 27th at 8:00 PM. Second to none among the new generation of klezmer players, Dan, Michael and Carmen offer traditional and original music drawn from the heritage of Eastern European Jewry. A magical combination of years of experience (already) on the world's klezmer stage, the sanctuary's excellent acoustics and superb musicianship will bring us to our feet, joined in spirit by those who once called the Synagogue's building "Die Groyse Rumeyneshe Shul. (The Great Rumanian Shul)"

Michael Winograd leads the New York-based Klezmer band, Khevre, is music director of Folksbiene Theater's popular children's production, Kids & Yiddish, teaches at KlezKamp and KlezKanada and has appeared in concert with the Klezmatics and Klezmer Conservatory Band and many of the best of today's klezmer musicians..

Carmen Staaf, in addition being a member of Khevre, has appeared with Susan Watts and the Klezmer Conservatory Band. As well as being a wonderful klezmer player, she is a virtuoso jazz pianist performing all over the world and serving on the faculty of the Berklee College of Music.

Dan Blacksberg, has inhabited Society Hill Synagogue since birth, and is now one of the world's leading klezmer trombonists. Featured among an all-star klezmer band at the 2006 Jewish Music Festival in Cracow, Poland, Daniel has been seen on stage with members of the Klezmatics, Brave Old World and the Klezmer Conservatory Band. He has performed with Aaron Alexander's Midrash Mishmosh in New York and at the Ashkenaz Jewish Music Festival in Toronto.

Posted by jmwc at 12:08 PM

January 10, 2007

Veretski Pass in Connecticut

Branford Folk Music Society
Veretski Pass Jan. 20, 2007

Playing in an unbound, energetic "village style", the trio Veretski Pass presents a concert of historical klezmer music of Eastern Europe; pre WWII melodies from Ukraine, Carpathian-Ruthenia, Bessarabia and Rumania played on violin, accordion tsimbl, basy and baraban. With unique arrangements and compositions, this group of veterans carries on the ancient tradition of klezmer musicians, playing music of all kinds, but with a recognizably Jewish sound.
Branford Folk Coffeehouse
First Congregational Church of Branford
1009 Main Street, Branford, CT
Admission: $15 nonmembers, $13 members, $3 children
Posted by jmwc at 08:37 PM

A Tickle in the Heart at MFA

A Tickle in the Heart
Thursday, January 11, 6:30 pm
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Part of the Series, "Swiss Films with Rhythm"
Tickets: $9 general admission; $8 for memberes of The Boston Jewish Film
Festival, the MFA, students, and seniors
On Sale at MFA Box Office Only (Please call the Box Office at 617 369 3306 for advance ticket orders.)

A Tickle in the Heart
Director: Stefan Schwietert
Country: Germany, Switzerland, released 1996
Duration: 90 min., Video
Language: English, Yiddish
w/subtitles Film image
The Epstein Brothers were the kings of klezmer, the traditional music of Eastern European Jewry, for more than 60 years. Beginning in the 1930s, they played their joyous, sentimental blend of tangos, horas, Russian folk dances and Gypsy drinking songs throughout New York. Today, as klezmer music enjoys an upswing in popularity from Manhattan to Berlin, they live and continue to play their memory-laden melodies in America's retirement paradise, Florida. The music is the star of Stefan Schwietert's documentary about The Epstein Brothers' 1995 European tour.
Posted by jmwc at 03:31 PM

November 20, 2006

The Strauss/Warschauer Duo in Berlin

Dienstag, 21. November 2006, 21 Uhr

Ort: Maschinenhaus in der Kulturbauerei, Knaackstr. 97
Eintritt: VVK: 12,- Euro (zzgl. VVG) // AK: 15,- Euro
Karten unter: 030 – 44 31 51 51
Beginn: 21 Uhr

The Strauss/Warschauer Duo

Eben klagt und weint sie noch - und im nächsten Moment hüpft sie fröhlich davon und rennt, getrieben von purer Lebensfreude, immer schneller, die Violine von Deborah Strauss, gefolgt von der federleichtfüßigen Gitarre Jeff Warschauers. Die Musiker aus Brooklyn sind - konzertant und pädagogisch - Koryphäen in Sachen Klezmer und Yiddish Music. Sie waren Mitglieder der Klezmer Conservatory Band und haben mit Itzhak Perlman musiziert. Manche Lieder dieser wunderbaren, leisen CD singt Jeff Warschauer, der auch begnadeter Mandolinist ist, alleine - mit hellem traurig-frohen Tenor. Wenn Deborah Strauss singt, dann ist es filigran, behutsam, hört bei Duettpassagen genau auf ihren Partner hörend. Aber kaum sind Tränen und Schwermut von den Saiten gewischt, tanzen die Instrumente - wie beiläufig aus dem Handgelenk geschüttelt, hochvirtuos.

Posted by jmwc at 10:41 PM

November 12, 2006

Metropolitan Klezmer and Isle of Klezbos in East Village

Metropolitan Klezmer and Isle of Klezbos perform together at Nuyorican Poets Cafe, an East Village cultural landmark for 30 years!
Tuesday, November 21st
8pm double bill, $8 cover charge
as part of the club's monthly Women Take the Bandstand series
236 East 3rd Street (between Avenues B & C), NYC
hotline: 212-505-8183


Metropolitan Klezmer octet and the Isle of Klezbos sextet are internationally-acclaimed NYC-based bands treating tradition with irreverence and respect. Savoring a panorama of Yiddish-based music while subverting stereotypes, both groups specialize in fabulous arrangements of lesser-known gems found in hidden archival niches such as obscure vintage feature soundtracks and Soviet Yiddish theater newsreels, as well as composing genre-defying originals. Both groups include vibrant versions of rollicking folk dance, melodic trance, hard-swinging Yiddish classics and tango in their repertoire, while each creates exuberant, eclectic covers such as a Balkan-driven "Pick a Pocket or Two," a Yiddish/boogaloo-styled "Comes Love," and even the cantorial/klezmer versions of hits from Guys & Dolls.

Metropolitan Klezmer and Isle of Klezbos have released four award-winning CDs on Rhythm Media Records to date, with several more releases currently in post-production. The bands have appeared in broadcasts on CNN Worldbeat, PBS In The Life, the German network ARD's Rhythms of New York, as well as on radio stations worldwide, in soundtracks and soundscapes from Showtime's The L Word to the SITI Theatre Company's Score Off-Broadway to Covent Garden's Royal Ballet, as well as at concert halls, nightclubs, college campuses and music festivals internationally since 1994.

Isle of Klezbos has toured from Vancouver BC to Vienna Austria. Metropolitan Klezmer plays Yiddish music from all over the map on an astonishing array of instrumentation; bandmate backgrounds range from Albanian to Zydeco. Both groups are led by drummer Eve Sicular, bringing together the best of New York's downtown and World Music scenes for a collaborative adventure in sounds from delightfully rambunctious to ethereally exquisite. Versatile and virtuosic, their CDs thus far: 'Yiddish For Travelers,' 'Mosaic Persuasion,' 'Greetings from the Isle of Klezbos,' and 'Surprising Finds.' The two latest releases include studio cuts as well as live tracks from shows at Joe's Pub, The Knitting Factory, and Tonic. Other bonus tracks include home-audio excerpts of tenor Phillip Karpel, grandfather of MetroKlezmer/Klezbos vocalist Deborah Karpel. Latest projects also include live band performance in the multi-media program, The Celluloid Closet of Yiddish Film.

ABOUT METROPOLITAN KLEZMER: "Anything but stereotypical, and nothing but terrific... one of the best klezmer bands in the world today" - Shaun Dale, Cosmik Debris

"Influences that range from old school Arabic music to Latin Jazz to Motown... not only exuberantly eclectic but also very danceable. Expect an eccentric cultural lesson from these modern-day purveyors of time-honored traditions." - J. Bachman, flavorpill

"One of the best traditional klezmer bands around" - George Robinson, Jewish Week

These women will make you shake your tushies.” - Richard Gehr, Village Voice “Talent as strong as its name is provocative” - Bob Makin, Courier News “Isle of Klezbos tests the elasticity of the genre” - The New Yorker “Great ears and great hearts” - Catherine Madsen, Der Pakn Treger, National Yiddish Book Center

Metropolitan Klezmer and Isle of Klezbos bandmate bios include performance, touring and/or recording with the likes of Rufus Wainwright, The Microscopic Septet, Indigo Girls, Amy Sedaris, Jimmy Scott, Toshi Reagon, Natalie Merchant, Natalie Cole, Burning Spear, David Krakauer, Sarah MacLachlan, Bill Frisell, Robert Palmer, Charming Hostess, Arrow, Andy Statman, Maxi Priest, Hot Keys, and Bruce Springsteen, among many others. Various members are graduates of The Eastman School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, and the American Institute of Musical Studies, and other individual studies include teachings from masters from Mohammed El Akkad to Licia Albanese.

Posted by jmwc at 04:39 PM

November 10, 2006

Ruby Harris Klezmer band around Chicago

Thursday, December 7, 7pm
Ruby Harris Klezmer band
At the Chicago Public Library
Budlong Woods, Lincoln at Bryn Mawr

The Ruby Harris Band
With Even Shesiyah
Sunday, Dec. 17, 7 pm
At the Schaumburg Lollapajewza
At the Prairie Center for the Performing arts

On Guitar,Violin, Mandolin, & Vocals
Ruby Harris:

Voted "entertainer of the year" by Wild Chicago. Ruby is an annual fixture at the Chicago Blues Festival with Fruteland Jackson. Ruby has performed at sold-out concerts at The Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center in New York, at Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall. He has performed before President Clinton and the Democratic National Convention. He opened shows for Ray Charles, Little Feat, the Big Wu and Leftover Salmon.

Posted by jmwc at 03:52 PM

Woody Guthrie's Happy Joyous Hanukkah Tour

The Klezmatics will be in conert for a Woody Guthrie music performance to bring Happy Hanukkah music to Washington state.
When: December 12, 7:30pm
Where: Kirkland Performance Center
350 Kirkland Avenue
Kirkland, WA 98033
Info: Adult $36 Senior $32.50 Youth $15 Group $32
All tickets subject to a $1.00 service fee
(Youth is 25 and younger; Senior is 62 and older)
For information call Kirkland Performance Center at (425) 893-9900 or visit www.kpcenter.org
Taking advantage of a rare opportunity, Kirkland Performance Center welcomes The Klezmatics to their 2006-2007 line-up midseason. The Klezmatics will perform Woody Guthrie's Happy Joyous Hanukkah Tour at KPC December 12. The Klezmatics will be presenting a contagious celebration of Hanukkah, marrying their soulful and ebullient Jewish roots to Woody Guthrie's poignantly mesmerizing and newly discovered lyrics. This program highlights their two most recent CD releases: the multi-cultural folk sounds of "Wonder Wheel" and the ecstatically danceable, hoe-down worthy "Woody Guthrie's Happy Joyous Hanukkah."
Posted by jmwc at 03:06 PM

October 31, 2006

Just Put it on Your Calendar Now: KlezCalifornia in January, 2007

Coming soon in San Francisco:
KlezCalifornia at the JCCSF
Saturday, January 6th, 2007 · 7:30 - 10:00 pm
Concert with the award-winning
European band BUDOWITZ
Dancing taught by MICHAEL ALPERT
Sunday, January 7th, 2007 · 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
A full day of participatory workshops
Learn the klezmer style (all instruments, levels) with BUDOWITZ musicicans
Dancing taught by MICHAEL ALPERT
Yiddish theater, language, literature, songs, history, and crafts
Special programs for teens and youth

Tickets will be available at JCCSF Box Office
415-292.1233 or jccsf.org/arts
Posted by jmwc at 06:17 PM

KlezKamp 22 - Hasidish Yiddish

KlezKamp 22 - Hasidish Yiddish KlezKamp is almost here again! It's being held December 24-29, 2006, at the Hudson Valley Resort and Spa in Kerhonkson, New York for a week of Yiddish music and culture.

The entire catalogue and registration materials are available online at http://www.livingtraditions.org/docs/index_kk.htm If you would like Living Traditions to mail you a catalogue or would like them to do so in the future, please email your current contact information, email: info@livingtraditions.org

August 17, 2006

Mikveh in Philly

Mikveh, Philadelphia, PA, Saturday, October 28,2006, Mikveh at the Tin Angel in Philadelphia
One reader of JMWC says: 'You're not goin' to get klezmer better'n this.'
'Supergroup' Mikveh features the top women in Klezmer, including renowned Yiddish singer Adrienne Cooper, Klezmatics founder Alicia Svigals on fiddle, charismatic trumpeter Susan Watts of the Hoffman klezmer dynasty, ethnic accordion wizard Lauren Brody and jazz bass phenomenon Nicki Parrott. Together, they rock out with sizzling dance music and riveting Yiddish/English songs, both ancestral and brand new. Directions: http://www.tinangel.com/directions.html
Posted by jmwc at 11:36 AM

June 05, 2006

Live Music at Museum Mile Festival at the Jewish Museum

Metropolitan Klezmer Octet
Tuesday, June 13th
Museum Mile Festival at the Jewish Museum
6pm-9pm FREE!! & outdoors (if weather permits, or in museum auditorium).
The Jewish Museum
Fifth Ave @ 92nd St, NYC
Info: 212-423-3200 or museummilefestival.org
Rain or shine... full eight-piece band
Latest photos at EPK: http://metropolitanklezmer.com
Contact Eve Sicular at sicular@gmail.com
This is Metropolitan Klezmer's eleventh consecutive year playing for The Jewish Museum at this annual event which transforms Fifth Avenue into a car-free cultural promenade for the evening, each second Tuesday in June -- with admission to all museums FREE! We will perform various very new pieces and original arrangements of traditional and farflung music, from Yiddish sources and beyond.
~Ismail Butera, accordion
~Brian Drye, trombone
~Pamela Fleming, trumpet & fluegelhorn
~Michael Hess, violin & ney flutes
~David Hofstra, bass & tuba
~Deborah Karpel, vocals
~Debra Kreisberg, clarinet & alto saxophone
~Eve Sicular, drums & bandleader
Posted by jmwc at 06:54 PM

May 18, 2006


Eleonore Biezunski and The Klezmographers will be performing at the Barbes this Sunday May 21st at 7:00pm
Featuring Pete Rushefsky - tsimbl; Samuel Maquin - clarinet; Eleonore Biezunski - fiddle and special guest Laurent d'Aumale - voice
BARBES is located 376 9th St. (corner of 6th Ave.) Park Slope, Brooklyn 718.965.9177

Posted by jmwc at 04:45 PM

April 04, 2006

Yiddishe Cup at Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts

2 p.m. Sun., April 23, 2006
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts
(at Brooklyn College)
Walt Whitman Theatre
Posted by jmwc at 03:45 PM

February 12, 2006

A Rare Evening of Klezmer Tsimbl

Zev Feldman, Pete Rushefsky and Alicia Jo Rabins Performing: "A Rare Evening of Klezmer Tsimbl (Cimbalom/hammered dulcimer)": Live at The Stone (www.thestonenyc.com/)
John Zorn, Artistic Director
Basya Schechter, Curator for February series
Date: Wednesday, February 15, 2006
Location: Corner of Ave. C and 2nd St., Lower East Side of Manhattan, NYC
Time: Two sets: 8PM and 10PM
Admission: $10

A special night of music featuring the tsimbl-- also known as the cimbalom or Jewish/Eastern European hammered dulcimer. A string instrument played like a xylophone, the tsimbl employs over 100 strings to create a mystical harp-like sonority. It was a popular instrument in Jewish klezmer ensembles across Eastern Europe from the 1500's through the first decades of the twentieth century.

Walter Zev Feldman (tsimbl) was a true musical pioneer when he revived the tsimbl's use in klezmer in the 1970's. He continues to be a leading performer and researcher of Jewish music and dance as well as a leading authority on Ottoman and other Central Asian/Near Eastern musics. His Khevrisa ensemble's recording European Klezmer Music was released in 2000 by Smithsonian Folkways. When not performing, Feldman also serves as Artistic Director for the 92 St.Y's Jewish music concert series and holds faculty/fellowship appointments at Bar-Ilan University and Hebrew University. Feldman recently co-directed the successful application for Turkey resulting in UNESCO naming the Mevlevi Dervish tradition as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

Pete Rushefsky (tsimbl) was first turned on to the tsimbl when he heard Feldman's seminal 1979 album Jewish Klezmer Music with mandolinist/clarinetist Andy Statman. He performs regularly with some of the leading performers of the klezmer scene, such as Adrianne Greenbaum, Steven Greenman, Rebecca Kaplan, Joel Rubin and Alicia Svigals. A veteran faculty member of KlezKamp and KlezKanada, Pete also serves as Executive Director of the Center for Traditional Music and Dance, a NY-based non-profit dedicated to preserving the performing arts traditions of ethnic and new immigrant communities.

Alicia Jo Rabins (violin) is a rising star on the New York music scene. She has performed across Europe and North America as a member of the klezmer ensemble Golem. Additionally, Rabins is well-known as a virtuoso of Old-Time music, having performed or recorded with the Mammals, Underbelly, Jay Ungar, Pete Seeger, Cliff Eberhart. Her acclaimed solo album Sugar Shack was released in 2003.

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February 09, 2006


Saturday, February 11, 8:00 pm
Doors open at 7:30
At the Workmen’s Circle, 1762 Beacon Street, Brookline
TICKETS: WC Members: $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Non-members: $15 in advance, $18 at the door.
For more information contact the Workmen’s Circle at 617-566-6281 or circle@workmenscircleboston.org

Mail check (payable to the Workmen’s Circle) to the Workmen’s Circle 1762 Beacon St., Brookline, MA 02445, or call for credit card payment. Advanced payment must be received at the WC office by 5pm on the Thursday prior to the concert.
Deborah Strauss and Jeff Warschauer are two of the most beloved performers and teachers in the international klezmer and Yiddish music scene. They were both long-time members of the Klezmer Conservatory Band, and have performed with violinist Itzhak Perlman on film and in concert. As the Strauss/Warschauer Duo, they have performed to overwhelming acclaim in such diverse venues as the Philadelphia Folk Festival, the Jewish Culture Festival in Cracow, the Folksbiene Yiddish Theater in New York City, and the Art of Yiddish in Los Angeles with Theodore Bikel. They lead workshops and classes throughout North America and Europe, are on the faculty of KlezKamp, KlezKanada and KlezFest at the University of London, and are curators of the Columbia University Series on Klezmer Music & Yiddish Song.
“Terrific” “Phenomenal”
The New York Times Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland
After the concert set, Deborah Strauss will teach and lead traditional Yiddish dances — freylekhs, khosidls and more — with live musical accompaniment. No previous experience needed!

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January 29, 2006

KlezFest London 2006 alongside a Jewish Song School this summer

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

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

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

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

KlezFest London 2006 --Sunday 13-Friday 18 August

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

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

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

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

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

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

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January 17, 2006

Klezmer for Kids! in Seattle

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

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

And later that same day:

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

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

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

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

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

Posted by jmwc at 10:12 PM

January 09, 2006

Yiddishe Cup Schedule

Yiddishe Cup sends a Schedule:
See websites for details
Jan. 21 The Ark, Ann Arbor, Mich. 8 pm www.theark.org.
March 13 Park Synagogue, Cleveland Hts. Ohio. Purim. 7:15 p.m. www.parksyn.org
April 23 Brooklyn (NY) Center for the Performing Arts. 2 p.m. http://www.brooklyncenter.com/calendar/april/april.html
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November 30, 2005


un concert AMJ tout à fait original à Genève:
Marcelo Moguilevsky: clarinettes, flûtes, harmonica, voix
Cesar Lerner: piano, accordéon, percussions
dimanche 4 décembre à 17h à l'Alhambra, 10 rue de la Rôtisserie, Genève
Organisation: les Amis de la Musique Juive www.amj.ch.
Informations: http://www.amj.ch/WPR051204.htm
Réservations: amj@amj.ch ou tel: 0(041)22 320 86 28
entrée: 25.- / AVS, chômeurs, étudiants, etc: 15.- Réduction supplémentaire de 5.- aux membres AMJ

Depuis une vingtaine d'années, Cesar Lerner et Marcelo Moguilevsky apportent une innovation et une ouverture à la musique populaire instrumentale juive. Petits-enfants d'immigrants russes et polonais arrivés en Argentine en 1900, ils contribuent avec virtuosité à la renaissance du style klezmer en développant un langage personnel, basé sur l'improvisation et des éléments issus du folklore argentin, du tango, du jazz et des musiques contemporaines.

Ne manquez sous aucun prétexte ces deux multi-instrumentistes virtuoses argentins! A tout bientôt!

Michel Borzykowski
Homepage AMJ: http://www.amj.ch
Geneva klezmer page: http://borzykowski.users.ch

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October 08, 2005

Festival Klezmopolitan

Festival Klezmopolitan has quite a hot lineup of events planned for this month-- check it out: les 20, 21, 22 et 23 octobre 2005 la Cigale et la Boule Noire, PARIS. Quatre jours de musiques juives actuelles! Une affiche exaltante, des projets originaux avec plus de 100 musiciens des 4 coins du monde! Programme et extraits sonores: www.klezmopolitan.com Rservations: 0(033)892-707-507 et FNAC www.fnac.com

- le 20 octobre: Jennifer Charles et Oren Bloedow du groupe Elysian Fields, La Mar Enfortuna, rinterprtation des plus belles chansons du rpertoire sfarade. En 1re partie, la nouvelle cration lectro klezmer d'Olaf Hund

- le 21 octobre, le clbre clarinettiste Don Byron rencontre le Cracow Klezmer Band de Cracovie, David Krakauer & Klezmer Madness aiguisera sa clarinette au contact de la violoniste tchque Iva Bittova

- le 22 octobre: les Klezmatics, pionniers du revival Klezmer New-York avec en 1re partie le grand orchestre d'un hautboste danois autour d'un projet de dialogue interculturel autour des rpertoires juif et arabe

- le 23 octobre, la chanteuse yiddish Talila rencontre le grand percussionniste cubano-new-yorkais Roberto J. Rodriguez autour de mlodies yiddish latino, aprs le cin-concert de Merlin et Polina Shepherd sur des archives cinmatographiques du dbut du sicle

........................................................................................ LES AFTERS DE LA BOULE NOIRE:

ShrineSynchroSystem's Klezmaniax : Max Reinhardt, Rita Ray, Sophie Solomon de Oi Va Voi, Kobi Isralite, et surprises ! +Fenugrec beat et Lasco Super World8 + Dj Tagada! Fusion du klezmer avec l'afrobeat faire tomber les murs de Jricho

SoCalled, Hip Hop Hoodios, S-Tel & guests...
Aux commandes de cette soire ddie au hip hop, au rap, au dub et au groove klezmer, un jeune maestro au look de Mickey gar dot d'une verve oratoire la Lenny Bruce . SoCalled ! Un trio djant, rponse latino/ladino aux Beastie Boys, les HHH ! Ou encore, une jeune violoniste et son groupe dtonnant o fusionnent lectro et mlodies slaves et orientales avec ple-mle accordon, rappeur, chanteuses orientales, khazan etc., S-Tel !

Programme et extraits sonores: www.klezmopolitan.com Rservations: 0(033)892-707-507 et FNAC www.fnac.com

Posted by jmwc at 06:30 PM

Klezmer Field Work

Shane Solow has put together a webpage as part of "Lost Trails" with some sound clips of field recordings done in Romania of klezmer music. He recorded musicians in northern Romania that play "archaic melodies" that are a prototype for Klezmer music. They learned the melodies from Jewish musicians who lived in this region before the second world war. They are some of the last performers who know this tradition in that area. The musicians on the CD are:
Constantin Lupu, violin
Constantin Negel, cobza
Anton Mitica Stefan, drum
The music is available for sale.
Posted by jmwc at 05:44 PM

September 19, 2005

DONA-FEST in Moscow

DONA-FEST, March 12-17, 2006

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

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

The seminar programme includes:

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

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

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"Yiddish Celluloid Closet" with 7-piece MetroKlezmer

At Jewish Music & Heritage Festival Wednesday, 9/21 at 8pm
"Yiddish Celluloid Closet" with 7-piece MetroKlezmer lineup
at Makor 35 W 67th, NYC $15
212-601-1000 www.makor.org
Dazzling archival film clips/talk plus live band,
cultural insights and subtexts galore!
With lush reinterpretations of soundtrack tunes...
Classics, lesser-known gems & even Soviet Yiddish newsreel
Info on Eve Sicular's lecture: metropolitanklezmer.com/celluloid.html

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

Posted by jmwc at 10:30 PM

Art Bailey's Orkestra Popilar at Astoria Center

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

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

Posted by jmwc at 12:52 AM

September 14, 2005

Jewish Music Forum features Dr. Hankus Netsky in September

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

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

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

Posted by jmwc at 10:19 AM

May 03, 2005

Klezmer Music for Bands

KLEZMER FOR BRASSN WOOD is available from JACK MUSIK, the Swiss online music publisher. http://www.klezmer.ch/BrassWood/seiten_e/intro_e.asp These may be appropriate for high school concert bands or other groups. Sample score pages online and also sound files. Music can be ordered directly online. Tunes include:
01 Frejlech Sol Sajn
02 Kolomejke
03 Klezmer-Tunes
04 Frejlach Tantz
05 Papirosn
06 Sibn-Ferzik
07 Hawdala
08 Hopkele
09 Husid'l
10 Zwei Nigunim und Frejlach
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March 13, 2005

Di bostoner klezmer Plus Kaplan and Rushefsky

Shed those winter blues at a lively concert on the first day of spring, Sunday, March 20, 2:30 P.M. at the intimate concert space at the Zeitgeist Gallery, 1353 Cambridge St. in Inman Square, Cambridge, MA (617-876-6060)

In a double bill of dynamic klezmer music and Yiddish song, two up-and-coming groups will present material from their new CDs. Di bostoner klezmer is the dynamic trio which plays rarely-heard and newly composed music, including a suite for melodica written by Brian Bender. Their accordionist, Christina Crowder is a former member of the world-famous di naye kapelye. Hankus (Klezmer Conservatory Band) Netsky says the group "breathes new life into traditional, old-country klezmer!"

The acclaimed duo Kaplan and Rushefsky bring to life rarely heard gems of traditional and original Yiddish song accompanied by the tsimbl and balaban. Rushefsky has played and recorded with some of the leading lights of the klezmer revival including Alicia Svigls, Joel Rubin, and Steve Greenman.

Suggested admission is $8/$5 for seniors and kids. For more information, see www.zeitgeist-gallery.org. For sound samples of dbk go to www.yiddishmusic.com; for K & R go to http://cdbaby.com/cd/rushefsky. The gallery can be reached by busses #69, 91, & 83 from Harvard Sq/Lechmere, Sullivan Station/Central Square, and Central Square/N. Cambridge respectively.

Artists bios are:
Christina Crowder, started playing accordion in college at the behest of her Finnish grandmother, throwing many years of classical piano lessons out the window. After being swept off her feet by an exuberant Hungarian Czardas in 1990, she lived in eastern Europe for almost10 years performing with the world-renowned Budapest-based klezmer ensemble Di Naye Kapelye, and spent two years doing field work on contemporary and archival Jewish music in Romania as a Fulbright scholar from 1999-2001.

Brian Bender, trombone, keyboard, melodica, composer, has performed klezmer music at Carnegie Hall, the Presidential Inauguration of Bill Clinton, and in Israel, Alaska and Egypt. A graduate of New England Conservatory of Music, former instructor at KlezKamp, and a much-sought-after performer, Brian heads his own jazz band and plays regularly with world music, Celtic, contradance and Dixieland bands.

Rebecca Kaplan (voacals, piano, buben/drum) has created a vibrant performance style for Yiddish folk song. She holds degrees in music from the University of Rochester and Indian University and has performed with many klezmer bands.

Pete Rushefsky is a leading revivalist of the tsimbl, or Jewish hammered dulcimer. He performs and records with some of the finest practitioners of traditional klezmer music. A popular instructor at KlezKamp and KlezKanada including Joel Rubin, Alicia Svigls, and Steven Greenman

Dena Ressler, clarinet & bandleader is an instructor at KlezKamp, and has taught at the summer Klezmer Institute at the New England Conservatory of Music, and a seminar about klezmer history.

Posted by jmwc at 05:04 PM

20th Annual Jewish Music Festival Berkeley California

March 19- April 3, 2005
The largest festival of Jewish music in the US celebrates its landmark anniversary in Berkeley, San Francisco and Marin. Highlights include members of Israel's East West Ensemble with the Omar Faruk Tekbilek Ensemble, Theodore Bikel with Hankus Netsky, the Klezmatics with Joshua Nelson, Community Music Day with an Instrument Petting Zoo, Hebrew hip-hop, and workshops for all ages; Judith Cohen, a leading scholar of Sephardic music, and Emil Zrihan, an extraordinary Israeli counter-tenor and cantor of the Moroccan tradition in a sneak preview of a new work with America's leading, San Francisco based new music string quartet.
Tickets and Info: 415-276-1511 or www.brjcc.org
15% discount for groups of 10 and more.
A project of the Berkeley Richmond Jewish Community Center

Opening Night: Members of Israel's East West Ensemble and Omar Faruk Tekbilek & Ensemble A tour de force that brings together 14 top world music artists in an unforgettable blend of Jewish and Muslim mystical musical traditions and improvisation. Presented in association with the Consulate General of Israel

SATURDAY, 8:00 PM, March 19 - Wheeler Auditorium, UC Berkeley, Berkeley
Theo! with special guest Hankus Netsky Legendary, award-winning singer and actor Theodore Bikel, with the founder of the internationally acclaimed Klezmer Conservatory Band. Presented in association with Congregation Emanu-EL.

SUNDAY, 4:00 PM, MARCH 20, TEMPLE EMANU-EL, 2 Lake Street, San Francisco
From Fiddler on the Roof to Beatbox in the 'Hood: Music in Contemporary Jewish Culture A conversation with Theodore Bikel, Hankus Netsky, DJ SoCalled, and Jewlia Eisenberg, moderated by Professor Naomi Seidman. Presented in association with the Taube Center for Jewish Life, JCCSF

MONDAY, 7:30 PM, MARCH 21, JCCSF, 3200 California Street at Presidio St.,San Francisco
Purim Matinee with members of Shtreiml Classical klezmer with some of the hottest young musicians of Canada's Jewish music scene: Jason Rosenblatt(harmonica); Josh Dolgin (aka DJ SoCalled) accordion; Rachel Lemisch(trombone); Susan Watts, of the Hoffman klezmer dynasty (trumpet).

THURSDAY, 1:30, MARCH 24, BRJCC, 1414 Walnut Street, Berkeley
Family Concert with Gary Lapow The Bay Area's favorite children's performer brings his wit to new Jewish songs. "Gary's kids' stuff is great!" Whoopi Goldberg

SUNDAY, 11 AM, MARCH 27, BRJCC, 1414 Walnut Street, Berkeley
Community Music Day Visit the Instrument Petting Zoo, hear Hebrew hip-hop, and more! 15 interactive workshops and 9 performances for all ages, highlighting innovative Bay Area artists.

SUNDAY, 12:30-5:30 PM, MARCH 27, BRJCC, 1414 Walnut Street, Berkeley
Judith Cohen: Music in Sephardic and "Marrano" Life Song, story and commentary by a renowned Sephardic music scholar, with her daughter Tamar Cohen Adams. Decades of fieldwork in Spain and Portugal have provided Judith and Tamar with a rich body of rare and precious folklore and music.

MONDAY, 7:30 PM, MARCH 28, BRJCC, 1414 Walnut Street, Berkeley
Emil Zrihan with Surprise Special Guests San Francisco premiere of a stunning counter-tenor, an Israeli cantor of the Moroccan tradition, in a sneak preview of a new collaboration with America's premiere, San Francisco-based new music string quartet. Co-sponsored with the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco.

THURSDAY, 8 PM, MARCH 31, JCCSF, San Francisco Emil Zrihan also appears 8:00 PM, Saturday, March 26, with Za'atar, the Bay Area's own Middle East Jewish music ensemble, followed by a Purim Party

SATURDAY, 8:00 pm, March 26, Osher Marin JCC, San RafaelFor tickets and information for this event only, call 415-444-8000.
Klezmatics with special guest Joshua Nelson The gutsy band that definesklezmer's edge, with a special guest artist who sings Black Jewish soul that recalls Mahalia Jackson in the West Coast premiere of their latest CD.

Finale Dance Party with members of the Klezmatics and Friends with internationally acclaimed meister of traditional Jewish dance, Steven Weintraub.

SUNDAY, 7:30 PM, APRIL 3, BRJCC, 1414 Walnut Street., Berkeley Tickets and Info: 415-276-1511 or www.brjcc.org
15% discount for groups of 10 and more.
A project of the Berkeley Richmond Jewish Community Center

Posted by jmwc at 04:13 PM

February 01, 2005

workshop with German Goldenshteyn

Thursday, Feb 3, 2005, the Congress for Jewish Culture will sponsor its monthly Kavhoyz - a Klezmer Dance Workshop with the band: Matt Temkin on drums, German Goldenshteyn on clarinet, Joey Weissenberg on guitar.

In Temple Beth Elohim, (Garfield Temple)
274 Garfield Pl. Corner 8th ave. in BROOKLYN.
7:45 PM.
$7.00 includes coffee and cake
take the 2 or 3 trains to Grand Army Plaza.
info: 212-505-8040

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December 23, 2004


A Southwestern celebration of Klezmer music and dance into the 21st century: a weekend of concerts, dance parties, and classes featuring the music and dance of the Eastern European Jewish People. FEBRUARY 18th through FEBRUARY 20th, 2005 (President's day weekend). Presented by Congregation Nahalat Shalom (Inheritance of Peace congregation) - a non-profit, tax-exempt organization in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. For details....

This year's featured performers/teachers:

MARGOT LEVERETT, world-renown virtuoso Klezmer clarinetist, saxophonist, and bandleader is one of the foremost of the new generation of klezmer clarinetists. Studied with the famed klezmer clarinetist Sid Beckerman and classically trained at Indiana University School of Music, Margot was involved in avant-garde music when she first heard klezmer, the dynamic East European music traditionally played at Jewish weddings. Leverett was a founding member of the Klezmatics in 1985 and Mikveh in 1999. She started her own band "Margot Leverett and the Klezmer Mountain Boys" in 2001. Her solo CD, "The Art of Klezmer Clarinet," was released in 2001 on the Traditional Crossroads label to glowing reviews. Margot tours around the world, performing and teaching traditional and original klezmer music at festivals and workshops. Because of her popularity at last year's event, we are excited to have Margot return to Klezmerquerque this year.

SULIM (SHULIM ZALTMAN), choreographer, dancing master, Born in 1938 in Belz, Moldova and now residing in Fulda, Germany. At the age of nine, Sulim Zaltman was a member of the "Folkstantz"- ensemble of Belz. At 17 he became the leader of the folklore dancing chorus "Bukuria," participating in countless festivals all over the former Soviet Union. Under Mr. Zaltman's leadership, the dancing chorus won many national and international competitions in the field of "Folklore Dancing". Specializing in Moldavian, Ukrainian, Russian, Rumanian, Bulgarian and Jewish dances, Sulim's mastery of Eastern-European folk dances is sought after throughout Europe and the former Soviet Union. He has taught at many festivals in Moscow, Leningrad, Kiev, Odessa and Chishinau. His many decorations, diplomas and medals show the quality of his artistic oeuvre; In 1977 Sulim and his ensemble won the first prize at the "Festival of Folk-Art of Nations". Before he emigrated to Germany in 1997 he spent many years as a choreographer and dancer at the Belz Jewish Theatre, directed by the famous writer Michael Felsenbaum. Since 1997, Sulim has been teaching Jewish folk dances in the Jewish community of Fulda, Germany and at various Jewish festivals throughout Germany. This is Sulim's first visit to the U.S., and he speaks Yiddish, Russian and German fluently. Please come to welcome and honor him - and most of all - dance with him.

Schedule of Events:

Friday, February 18th, 6:30 pm:
Freylekhe Shabbes (Joyous Sabbath) featuring a 'danced' Kabbalat Shabbat service followed by a potluck vegetarian dinner (7:00) and a short concert (7:30) by our featured guest artist Margot Leverett accompanied by ABQ's favorite Klezmer band: The Rebbe's Orkestra, concert segues into dancing led by Sulim Zaltman & Nahalat Shalom's Yiddish dance troupe: Rikud ($10.00- suggested donation).

Saturday, February 19th Events:
10-11am: Yiddish and Eastern European dance class with Sulim Zaltman ($18).
11:15am-12:15pm: Klezmer music class with Margot Leverett ($18).
12:30-1:30pm: Saturday afternoon lunch 'n lecture - presenter TBA ($5-10 donation).
2:00-3:30pm: Music class - Margot ($18) OR Dance class - Sulim ($18) choose one.
7:00pm: Concert/dance party with Margot Leverett accompanied by the 18-plus piece intergenerational Nahalat Shalom Community Klezmer Band and Saturday students. Dances lead by Sulim Zaltman, Rikud and student dancers ($10 - or free for Saturday students).

Sunday, February 22nd,
12:00-1:30pm: Music class - Margot ($18) OR dance class - Sulim ($18).
Event price: $60 for 2 parties, lunch/presentation, & 4 classes payed BEFORE Friday eve. Feb. 18th.
Individual classes and events can be payed for at time of class/event.
Discounts for students, seniors, and fixed/low income - inquire.

Lodging: Hotels and B&B's within 1/2 to 2miles - call/e-mail coordinator for info. Close to Historic Old Town, museums and Rio Grande Nature Center and trails. World-class ski areas: Santa Fe (1.5 hours); Taos, Angelfire & Red River (2.5-3.5 hours); Sandia Peak (40 mins. ABQ)

All events held at Nahalat Shalom, 3606 Rio Grande Blvd. NW (between Candelaria & Griegos), ABQ, NM 87107
Phone: (505) 343-8227, E-mail: nahalatshalom@earthlink.net
WEB: www.nahalatshalom.org --- Klick on "Klezmer"
Event coordinator: Beth Cohen, E-mail: cohenedmunds@netzero.net , Ph: (505) 243-6276

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November 21, 2004

The Columbia University Series on Klezmer Music and Yiddish Song

The Columbia University Series on Klezmer Music and Yiddish Song Presents Three Monday Evening Events: November 22, November 29 and December 13, 2004, 8:00 PM Curated by Deborah Strauss and Jeff Warschauer of the Strauss/Warschauer Duo, this series is dedicated to presenting performances and lectures that reflect the finest current research and creativity in the fields of klezmer music and Yiddish song. The 2004 series begins on November 22 with THE FROG AND THE WOODCUTTER: Yiddish Story, Song and Klezmer Narrations presented by renowned Yiddish teacher and storyteller Peysakh Fiszman in a special collaboration with the Strauss/Warschauer Duo. On November 29 acclaimed Jewish music scholar Dr. Mark Kligman will join the duo in THE SOUL YOU PLACED WITHIN ME: The Essence of Eastern European Khazones , Yiddish Song and Klezmer Music. The series closes on December 13 with THE COLUMBIA KLEZMER BAND AND THE STRAUSS/WARSCHAUER DUO: Concert and Dance Party, featuring traditional and original klezmer music and Yiddish songs, followed by dance instruction and a dance party. All three events are free and open to the public, and will take place at Deutsches Haus, 420 West 116th Street (between Amsterdam Avenue and Morningside Drive) in New York City. For more information, please contact Jeff Warschauer at 718 399-1147 or warschauer@aol.com
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November 05, 2004

The Columbia University Series on Klezmer Music and Yiddish Song

Three Monday Evening Events on November 22, November 29 and December 13, 2004, 8:00 PM

Curated by Deborah Strauss and Jeff Warschauer of the Strauss/Warschauer Duo, this series is dedicated to presenting performances and lectures that reflect the finest current research and creativity in the fields of klezmer music and Yiddish song.

The 2004 series begins on November 22 with THE FROG AND THE WOODCUTTER: Yiddish Story, Song and Klezmer Narrations presented by renowned Yiddish teacher and storyteller Peysakh Fiszman in a special collaboration with the Strauss/Warschauer Duo.

On November 29 acclaimed Jewish music scholar Dr. Mark Kligman will join the duo in THE SOUL YOU PLACED WITHIN ME: The Essence of Eastern European Khazones, Yiddish Song and Klezmer Music.

The series closes on December 13 with THE COLUMBIA KLEZMER BAND AND THE STRAUSS/WARSCHAUER DUO: Concert and Dance Party, featuring traditional and original klezmer music and Yiddish songs, followed by dance instruction and a dance party.

All three events will take place at Deutsches Haus, 420 West 116th Street (between Amsterdam Avenue and Morningside Drive) in New York City.

For more information, please contact Jeff Warschauer at 718 399-1147 or warschauer@aol.com, and visit www.klezmerduo.com

Deborah Strauss and Jeff Warschauer of the Strauss/Warschauer Duo are two of the most astonishing and popular performers and teachers in the international klezmer and Yiddish music scene. They were both long-time members of the Klezmer Conservatory Band, and have performed with violinist Itzhak Perlman on film and in concert. As the Strauss/Warschauer Duo, they have they have performed to overwhelming acclaim in such diverse venues as the Philadelphia Folk Festival, the Amsterdam International Yiddish Festival, the Jewish Culture Festival in Cracow, the Ashkenaz Festival in Toronto, and the Folksbiene Yiddish Theater in New York City. They lead workshops and classes throughout North America and Europe, are on the faculty of the KlezKamp and KlezKanada Yiddish culture programs, and are frequent instructors for the Jewish Music Institute/SOAS at the University of London.

Deborah Strauss (violin, accordion, vocals, dance) is one of the finest of the contemporary klezmer instrumentalists and a true musical descendent of the most eloquent traditional Jewish violinists. She has appeared on numerous recordings and was a long-time member of the Chicago Klezmer Ensemble. Deborah is also a much-loved teacher of Yiddish music and dance to students of all ages. She studied violin at Rutgers University and ethnomusicology at the University of Chicago.

Jeff Warschauer (guitar, mandolin, vocals) is internationally renowned as a mandolinist, guitarist, Yiddish singer and teacher. He is a member of the faculty at Columbia University, and is a program director for KlezKanada. Jeff is also a composer whose music has been heard in films and theater productions, on Public Radio International and on HBO. Jeff's solo CD, The Singing Waltz: Klezmer Guitar and Mandolin, has received widespread critical acclaim.

THE FROG AND THE WOODCUTTER: Yiddish Story, Song and Klezmer Narrations
Yiddish culture has a rich storytelling tradition. Whether told in words, sung, or expressed instrumentally, these stories provide a unique window into Jewish thought, culture and spirit. Master storyteller and Yiddish teacher Peysakh Fiszman, Deborah Strauss (violin, accordion, vocals) and Jeff Warschauer (guitar, mandolin, vocals), present an evening, in Yiddish and English, of stories, songs and klezmer music. Through gesture, translation and music, the stories come to life for listeners of all backgrounds, Yiddish and non-Yiddish speakers alike.

Pesakh Fiszman is one of the most important and beloved Yiddish teachers of our time. A native of Argentina, he received his Yiddish education from the Jewish Teachers? Seminary in Buenos Aires, Chaim Greenberg Institute in Jerusalem, and the YIVO Institute. In addition, Peysakh received his MA from the Universidad de Buenos Aires. Peysakh has taught Yiddish in Argentina, Canada, the Oxford Yiddish Summer Program in England, the Moscow State University and the Kiev Pedagogical Institute. In the U.S., he has taught at Hunter College, the State University of New York at New Paltz, the YIVO Institute, 92nd Street Y, Columbia University and the Workmen?s Circle. Most recently, Peysakh has returned from a widely acclaimed story telling concert tour of Germany with the outstanding German klezmer band, Tickle In the Heart. A gifted speaker and master teacher, Peysakh uses techniques in story telling and folklore to make the spirit and beauty of Yiddish come alive.

THE SOUL YOU PLACED WITHIN ME: The Essence of Eastern European Khazones, Yiddish Song and Klezmer Music
In an evening of lecture, discussion and performance, Dr. Mark Kligman, Deborah Strauss (violin, accordion, vocals) and Jeff Warschauer (guitar, mandolin, vocals) will explore the deep connections between khazones (Eastern European Jewish cantorial music), klezmer music and Yiddish song. Dr. Kligman will describe the period known as ?The Golden Age of the Cantorate? (1880-1930). Using audio and video excerpts, he will focus on several of the pre-eminent exemplars of liturgical artistry and spiritual expression, including Yossele Rosenblatt and Pierre Pinchik. Deborah Strauss and Jeff Warschauer will perform and discuss examples of cantorial recitatives, as well as stylistically related klezmer instrumental pieces and Yiddish songs.

Mark Kligman, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Jewish Musicology at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York where he teaches in the School of Sacred Music. He was educated at the University of Michigan and New York University; he earned his doctorate at NYU in 1997. He specializes in the liturgical traditions of Middle Eastern Jewish communities. Dr. Kligman is a frequently requested speaker and teacher at universities and congregations throughout the United States. His research extends to historical trends in the liturgical music of Ashkenazic and Sephardic traditions. His work has been published in The Encyclopedia of Judaism (2000), Worship Music:A Concise Dictionary (2000), the American Jewish Yearbook 2001, Jews of Brooklyn (Brandeis University and University Press of New England, 2001), and The Jews of the Middle East and North Africa in Modern Times, which also includes a CD he compiled for the publication (Columbia University Press, 2003). In the spring of 2001, Dr. Kligman was Research Fellow & Visiting Professor at the Center for Judaic Studies, University of Pennsylvania. He lives with his family in Highland Park, NJ.

Join us for an evening of traditional and original klezmer music and Yiddish songs, followed by dance instruction and a dance party.

The Columbia Klezmer Band is a group of talented musicians from Columbia University who have come together to study and perform traditional klezmer music. Founded in 2000, the Columbia Klezmer Band has performed in many cities throughout the Northeast, in venues ranging from Columbia?s Rennert Hall to Rockefeller Center?s Rainbow Room. The CKB has performed for concerts, festivals, dance parties, fundraisers, and other celebrations.

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October 21, 2004

'Oyfn Sheydveg' & more

The release of, 'Oyfn Sheydveg,' a new CD by the Boston-based KHEVRE is happening now.
To celebrate the new recording, Khevre will be playing a show in New York.
Sunday, October 24th.
Lefrak Concert Hall, Queens College.
Admission is $10.
Opening, is comedian 'Modi,' who's a riot.
You can pick up tickets by visiting the Colden box office, or by phone:
You can also visit: http://qcpages.qc.edu/Jewish_Studies/
michael winograd- reeds, flutes
dana sandler- vocals
eylem basaldi- violin
carmen staaf- piano, accordion
jorge roeder- bass
richie barshay- drums, percussion
For more information on KHEVRE, please read out latest review by Ari Davidow at :
For our fans in boston, KHEVRE will be playing a Halloween show, with a number of other bands. MORE INFO BELOW:
Khevre Halloween event will take place at the Zeitgeist Gallery in Cambridge
(http://www.zeitgeist-gallery.org) on Halloween
Sunday, October 31st
starting at 7:30pm
On the bill are:
" like watching the Jefferson Airplane on the tiny Matrix stage back in 1966 in San Francisco."- ari davidow (http://www.klezmershack.com/archives/001625.html#001625)
-SMACKIN' THE BRASS (NEC Balkan Brass Band)
-and more!!!

Admission is $15 (dontation,) $10 for students
help the zeitgeist!! all procedes to help this great venue
cheerfully fun refreshments will be served
please come in costume!
limited seating! doors open at 7:10pm

zeitgeist gallery
1353 Cambridge street
Inman Square

for more information on "Halloween Festival of Jewish Music",
visit: http://www.klezmershack.com/calendar/001542.php#more
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Golem blog CD release

Please check out the Golem blog ("the megillah") at http://www.golemrocks.com/html/megillah/ Counting down to CD release show on Sunday, Oct 24th at the Knitting Factory, with Juez, the Sarah Aroeste Band and special guest Frank London sitting in with Golem. 8pm - don't miss it!
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September 30, 2004

KlezKamp 20

At: The Hudson Valley Resort and Spa, Kerhonkson, New York 2004 marks the 20th edition of KlezKamp: The Yiddish Folk Arts Program. And while this is our birthday celebration, KlezKampers are the ones who receive the gifts. Our theme, Doyres/Generations, explores how Yiddish culture and KlezKamp is passed through generations featuring KlezKamp doyres: Chana Mlotek and son Zalmen, mother/daughter Elaine Hoffman-Watts and Susan Watts, Anita Norich and father Isaac, Pearl Sapoznik and son plus others. Our anniversary gives us a chance to dip into our archives to show rare classroom videos of beloved KlezKamp teachers no longer with us, and to also issue a special commemorative 2-CD anthology highlighting 20 years of our incomparable staff concerts. more....

We are pleased to offer this year, expanded vocal music and Yiddish language programs and welcome new staff including choral director Eleanor Epstein, Parisian Yiddish language instructor Yitskhok Niborski, Canadian-Yiddish author Chava Rosenfarb and actor Hy (Khayim) Wolfe who will be interviewing and performing with Yiddish theater greats Mina Bern, Shifra Lerer and David Rogow. And as always, we honor the great klezmer masters of our generation German Goldenshteyn, Paul Pincus and Pete Sokolow. < /br>< /br> A change is our new home: the fully restored classic Catskill resort, the Granite Hotel in Kerhonkson, New York. Now called the Hudson Valley Spa and Resort(http://www.hudsonvalleyresort.com), a $30 million renovation has created the seemingly impossible: Hilton quality in a heymish Catskill location, a hotel, as my mother would say, mit ale pistshefkes (with all the extras), including wireless internet access, full health club, spa, indoor pool and luxuriously appointed guest and classrooms. The kitchen, headed by Executive Chef /Culinary Institute of America graduate Edward Kelly, produces abundant traditional regional favorites with attention given to vegetarian and children' menus, all under the strict supervision of Rabbi Gershon Kreuser of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America. < /br>< /br> While much has changed, what has not is our commitment to creating an inspiring cornucopia of all things Yiddish: our full instrumental, vocal and dance program, klezmer jams, multi-tiered language sessions, history, literature, translation workshops, plus our unbeatable children and teen program. Evening events many of which are open to the public and broadcast on local public radio outlet WJFF (90.5 FM/ http://www.wjffradio.org) include after dinner family activities, concerts, cabarets, and dancing to live music until all hours. < /br>< /br> Since 1985, thousands of participants from around the world have made the pilgrimage to KlezKamp. This year, why not you? Come to the Capitol of Yiddishland.

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September 29, 2004

SIMSBURY PUBLIC LIBRARY Celebrates with Klezmer Music

The SIMSBURY PUBLIC LIBRARY as part of it's celebration of the Isaac Bashevis Singer Centennial presents a Celebration of Klezmer Music with Members of the Wholesale Klezmer Band October 3, 2:00 PM Family event Free admission Boy Scout Hall Simsbury, Connecticut Contact: Jackie Hemond Jives98@hotmail.com. (860) 658-7663, (860) 658-6732 (fax) Members of the Wholesale Klezmer Band will be appearing at Boy Scout Hall in Simsbury on Sunday, October 3rd at 2:00 p.m. The concert will be for families and will last about an hour.

View our complete calendar at:< /br> http://www.WholesaleKlezmer.com/calendar.html< /br> Click reload on your browser to be sure you see the most recent version.< /br> Directions:< /br> View a map at: http://www.simsbury.lib.ct.us/map.gif< /br> The Simsbury Public Library is located on Routes 10/202. It is the third building on the LEFT northward past the intersection of Route 167. Boy Scout Hall is very close to the Simsbury Public Library on the same side of the road. It is just south (actually the next building to the library, but set back from the road). It is between the Simsbury Public Library and the large white Congregational Church which is on the corner of Rtes. 10 & 202 and 167. Boy Scout Hall shares the same driveway as the large white church. < /br>< /br> Via I-91: Take Exit 35, Bissell Bridge. Turn onto West Wolcott Avenue (a RIGHT turn from I-91 South, a LEFT turn from I-91 North). Follow West Wolcott Avenue to the intersection of Route 185, and turn RIGHT onto Route 185. Follow Route 185 to the intersection of Routes 10/202, and turn RIGHT onto intersection of Routes 10/202, and turn RIGHT onto Routes 10/202. < /br>< /br> Via I-84: Take Exit 39, Route 4, Farmington. Follow Route 4 to the intersection of Routes 10/202 (Waterville Road), and turn RIGHT onto Routes 10/202 North. At the intersection of Route 44, turn LEFT onto Route 44 West. Continue a short distance, and turn RIGHT onto Routes 10/202 North (Hopmeadow Street).

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September 02, 2004

NY Jewish Music & Heritage Festival Week

2 1 2 - 5 7 6 - 1 1 5 5
Tuesday, September 07, 2004

Sephardic Music

Admission $12
With lyrics in Greek, Spanish, Hebrew and Moroccan, SMADAR performs Moroccan Gypsy music with a unique Middle-Eastern sound. They will perform material from their brand-new release, "Smadar." Members of the band are: Smadar Levi (vocals); Uri Sharlin (piano, accordion); Harel Shachal (saxophone); Pedro Da Silva (sitar, Portuguese guitar); Emanuel Mann (bass); Tomer Tzur (drums), and Ramzi El-Idlibi (darbuka).

The Matt Temkin's Yiddish Jam Band Featuring Ashira
Admission $12
Hip version of songs in English written by Jews, rocking versions of Yiddish songs written about Jews, and soulful versions of Hebrew songs written for Jews - all sung by the stunning voices of the female vocal trio ASHIRA (Arianne Slack, Laura Lenes, and Leah Moss), and backed by the swinging MATT TEMKIN'S YIDDISHE JAM BAND (Dan Cousin, musical director). Bringing together musical influences from all the 350 years that Jews have been residing in America, this is an experience that can be had only one way: in person and live!

Wednesday, September 08, 2004
NY Jewish Music & Heritage Festival Week

Middle Eastern and Sephardic Music

Admission $12
DIVAHN's Middle Eastern/Sephardic grooves were home-grown in Austin, Texas! This bold all-lady ensemble infuses traditional Jewish songs with sophisticated harmonies and funky arrangements. The group has engendered a national following with their riveting live shows including instruments such as tabla, cello, violin, didgeridoo, doumbek, and banjo and glowing vocals spanning Hebrew, Judeo-Spanish, Persian, Arabic, and Aramaic. Through their music, the group underscores common ground shared between diverse Middle Eastern cultures and religions. Join Divahn for a special performance at Satalla celebrating the 350th anniversary of Sephardic immigration to the U.S.
The Klez Dispensers
Klezmer: The Next Generation
Admission $12
Formed in 1998 and considered one of the best of the new generation of klezmer bands, the KLEZ DISPENSERS perform a diverse repertoire spanning traditional klezmer, a wide variety of jazz styles, and original compositions. They are currently a 7-piece band, comprised of Alex Kontorovich (clarinet); Ben Holmes (trumpet); Amy Zakar (violin); Audrey Betsy Wright (alto & tenor saxophone); Adrian Banner (piano); Julian Rosse (bass), and Gregg Mervine (drums).

Thursday, September 09, 2004
The Village Klezmer Quintet
Old World Klezmer
NY Jewish Music & Heritage Festival Week
Admission $12
The youthful, vibrant sound of the VILLAGE KLEZMER QUINTET brings the Old World melodies and rhythms of the Eastern European Jews to todays cafes, clubs, and celebrations all around NYC and beyond. Among the most seasoned musicians on the local scene, the band's members are: Jake Shulman-Ment (violin); Jeff Perlman (clarinet, bass clarinet); Ben Holmes (trumpet); Joey Weisenberg (mandolin, guitar), and Travis DiRuzza (bass).

Saturday, September 11, 2004
Sally Fingerett of The Four Bitchin' Babes
Musical Comedy - Jewish Festival Contemporary Musical Review

NY Jewish Music & Heritage Festival Week
Admission $15
"One of the best lyricists on the singer/songwriter circuit. Her song 'Home Is Where The Heart Is' ought to be required listening." THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE "A thoughtful, tuneful collection of keenly observed narratives, poignant ballads, giddy lovestruck odes." THE WASHINGTON POST
SALLY FINGERETT, a self-proclaimed "Mental Yentl," and founding member of the Funny Female Folkestra, The FOUR BITCHIN' BABES, performs selections from her one-woman show "Faces on the Wall." Take Joan Rivers & Nora Ephron, Bette Midler & Carol King, Victor Borge & Jackie Mason, put them all in a microwave, blow them up, realign their molecular structure, re-do the nose and - voila! - SALLY FINGERETT, one quirky Jewish Diva.

Sunday, September 12, 2004
Klezmer/Ska Music
NY Jewish Music & Heritage Festival Week
Admission $12, Children Under 12 years of age $7
Maximum of $40 per family

Each member of KLEZSKA! a virtuoso in his or her own right, as a group they have created a totally original, powerful and perfect union of Klezmer with traditional Jamaican Ska and Reggae music. Just returning from their first Israeli tour, the band will perform their rocking repertoire, along with some new tunes that they have prepared for this special all-ages show.

featuring Alicia Svigals,Susan Watts, Nicki Parrott & Lauren Brody
The Women of Klezmer
5 pm

NY Jewish Music & Heritage Festival Week
Admission $12
Supergroup MIKVEH features the top women in Klezmer, including renowned Yiddish singer Adrienne Cooper, Klezmatics founder Alicia Svigals on fiddle, charismatic trumpeter Susan Watts of the Hoffman klezmer dynasty, ethnic accordion wizard Lauren Brody, and soulful bass player Catherine Popper. Together, they rock out with sizzling dance music and riveting Yiddish/English songs, both ancestral and brand new.

Monday, September 13, 2004
NY Jewish Music & Heritage Festival Week

An Evening of YIDDISH SOUL starring Joanne Borts w/
Howard Leshaw and the Golden Land Orchestra
Jewish Festival

Admission $12
One of this generation's Yiddish superstars, JOANNE BORTS has starred in "The Golden Land," "On Second Avenue" and "Those Were the Days"; has appeared on Broadway and in national tours of "Fiddler On the Roof" and "Hello Dolly," and has directed the hit revue "Kids & Yiddish." HOWARD LESHAW is a world-renowned band leader and woodwind vituoso. Yiddish Soul is a talent- and charisma-filled feast of favorites from theater, vaudeville, and cabaret.

Reuben Hoch & the Chassidic Jazz Project
Judeo-Cuban Jazz Fusion

Admission $12
Based out of Miami, THE CHASSIDIC JAZZ PROJECT is dedicated to bringing the music of the Jewish people to a larger audience by utilizing jazz as a vehicle for musical expression. Led by drummer and composer Reuben Hoch, the group includes jazz guitarist Tom Lippincott, violist Marie Randel, cellist Barbara Corcillo, Cuban saxophonist Felipe Lamoglia (Arturo Sandoval), bassist Ed Schuller (Joe Lovano), and percussionist Bobby Thomas Jr. This will be the group's debut N.Y. performance!

Tuesday, September 14, 2004
NY Jewish Music & Heritage Festival Week

Naftule's Dream
Avant-Jewish Jazz

Admission $12
After emerging in the 1990's as a major force in the Radical Jewish Music movement out of New York, NAFTULE'S DREAM continues to break new ground, to attract new fans and to amaze large and diverse audience worldwide with their unique blend of modern composition, freely improvised rock fusion and Jewish roots music. Weaving fiery improvisation into complex arrangements in a style reminiscent of Mingus, informed by Threadgil, the Boston-based band has created an instrumental music which has been called "startlingly original and audacious." (Bill Milkowski, Jazz Times)
Contemporary Klezmer Music

Admission $12
While firmly entrenched in tradition, the KLEZTRAPHOBIX draw on the diverse musical experiences of the band's members to create a fresh, vibrant expression of the art of Klezmer. Their somewhat unusual instrumental lineup makes this group one of the most exciting bands on the contemporary Klezmer scene. Individually and collectively, they have played every type of music imaginable, from the NYC Opera to Funk to Big Band Swing to Bluegrass to Modern Jazz to Rock and Roll to Zydeco to Cantorial, and of course, Klezmer. They are committed to creating new Klezmer music, and often feature the original compositions of the members of the band. The Kleztraphobix are: Psachya Septimus (accordion); Rich Melnikoff (percussion); Ron Caswell (tuba); Michael Cohen (clarinet), and Jordan Hirsch (trumpet).

Sunday, September 19, 2004
Klezmer Music

Admission $12
The New York Times says: Of the many klezmer bands, the one that comes closest to the ideal is Kapelye. Kapelye, now in its 25th year of recording and touring worldwide, is one of the original bands responsible for the renewed interest in klezmer music. Kapelyes popular appeal over the years has won it a brand new audience as teens and college age fans of alternative rock and folk music have found a kindred spirit in the bands passionate, often highly spirited performances.
The Washington Post says: Anyone would be hard pressed to keep his toes restrained while listening to the sounds of this talented ensemble.
Kapelyes fusion of Old World traditions with New World influences creates a unique brand of entertainment that reaches out to each member of the audience. An evening with Kapelye will be one that you will remember for a long time.
Netherlands Jewish Week says: .a great success. A wildly enthusiastic audience called Kapelye back for three encores.
Kapelye is made up of Eric Berman, tuba/bass
Ken Maltz, clarinet
Peter Sokolow, keyboard/vocal

Sunday, September 26, 2004
Klezmer Music

Admission $12 Klezmerfest! celebrates the great tradition of Yiddish instrumental music-from the shtetls of the old country to the contemporary sounds of today's Lower East Side revival. Freylachs, bulgars, doynas and chassidls, along with old favorites from the days of Yiddish theater make for an enjoyable, heart warming and foot stomping evening of music for the whole family. Klezmerfest! has been delighting audiences for years at such venues as the Museum of Jewish Heritage, the Eldridge Street Project, the Knitting Factory, and synagogues and schools throughout the Northeast. Their latest CD is entitled "Party Music".
Klezmerfest! is well know for their award winning "Klez for Kidz program". The group is made up of leading players from the New York City scene: Greg Wall, clarinet (from Hasidic New Wave, Later Prophets, Neshama Carlebach, and other downtown projects); Jordan Hirsch, trumpet (of the famous Neshoma Orchestra); accordionist Zev Zions (you've seen him on Andy Statman's instructional video); bassist Brian Glassman (of Neshama Carlebach's band and Statman) and the masterful drummer Aaron Alexander (Hasidic New Wave, Klezmatics, Frank London's Klezmer Brass Band, Mazeltones). Let Klezmerfest bring you back to the days when klezmer was Jewish wedding music, and Jewish wedding music was............. PARTY MUSIC!

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July 28, 2004

"On the Paths: Yiddish Songs with Tsimbl"

On Thursday August 5, 2004 the "Kavehoyz" of the Congress for Jewish Culture will host a CD release concert for Rebecca Kaplan and Pete Rushefsky's new recording, "On the Paths: Yiddish Songs with Tsimbl".

Rebecca Kaplan sings rare Yiddish folksongs in an authentic folk style and Pete Rushefsky is one of the best tsimblers on the Jewish music scene today.
7:00 PM at 25 E. 21st. St. in Manhattan, between Park and B'way.
Information: 212-505-8040. Coffee and kosher pastries will be served.

To purchase this wonderful CD go to:

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July 25, 2004

Yiddish songs and dances in Regents Park London

When JMI KlezFest London opens on Sunday 8 August, all London hears about it - as the biggest UK klezmer band will assemble round the bandstand at Regents Park (its too big to be ON the bandstand) last year there were 69 players, this year we expect to break that record. If you are in or near London please bring your instruments and join us in the 'Inner Circle' (this is a Road Direction as well as an emotional state) from 3.00-6.00pm ...more!...

This picnic in the park comes after we have completed an intensive week's Yiddish course Ot Azoy! directed by Khayele Beer and with Pesakh Fiszman and Sonia Pinkusowitz which takes place at SOAS University of London, and at the very beginning of KlezFest London a week of intensive Music making, singing and dancing with the usual suspects. Over 100 musicians are registered, including 20 singers in our dedicated Jewish Song Summer School who will be studying with both Adrienne Cooper and Shura Lipovsky as well as other experts in the field of sephardi, Baghdadi, Hebrew and Art songs.

We follow this up in the autumn with weekly classes at SOAS in Jewish song, Klezmer music and also liturgical music, and Yiddish language. (you can also do under-grad and post-grad studies in Jewish music here at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (SOAS) as SOAS has I believe (please correct me if I am wrong) the only fulltime lecturer in Jewish music anywhere in the world in a mainstream University Department of Music.

For more details of all these see on the Jewish Music Institute Website www.jmi.org.uk OR e-mail jewishmusic@jmi.org.uk .

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May 27, 2004

Klezmer Festival in Vienna, Austria

Coming July 2nd - July 11th, 2004
For Information about this klezmer festival, see: www.klezmore-vienna.at
Lots of American and European klezmer bands including the Strauss/Warshauer Duo, Klezmokum, Klezmatics, Streiml, Isle of Klezbos, Di Naye Kapele, Meshuge Klezmer Band, Gojim, Fleytmusik and more. Schedule at: http://www.klezmore-vienna.at/klezmore.pdf

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May 18, 2004

Jason RosenIblatt and Adrianne Greenbaum of Shtreiml and FleytMuzik

Jason RosenIblatt and Adrianne Greenbaum of Shtreiml and FleytMuzik hope that y'all will come down to Satalla and spend a blast of an evening with us on May 23 at 7:00. Dancing to be sure, we promise! And CD's a-plenty....

Located at:
37 West 26th St.

Parking is fairly easy for the patient, and not so difficult for the not-so-patient... Visit www.satalla.com for further info. Only $12 cover for the entire evening! (+ a minimal food/drink cover as well...)

Two Internationally known super-groups of klezmer: FleytMuzik and Shreiml! Both on the same night! A rare opportunity to hear both traditional and new klez at its very best!

The incredible flutist, Adrianne Greenbaum on vintage instruments, with monster tsimblist Pete Rushefsky, phenomenal fiddler, Lisa Gutkin and multi-talented bassist Paul Morrissett, begin the double bill with "FleytMuzik", the freshest, traditional klezmer currently rocking both the flute and klezmer scene! "Adrianne's flute playing is inspired. It rocks.This is the sort of playing that makes clear how much of a difference amazing musicianship makes." FleytMuzik is fresh, marvelously joyous and soulful at once - it's everything the best klezmer music, and the best music per se, should be; music that not only the ears listen to but the heart as well, and music that delights both." http://www.klezmerflute.com

While firmly in touch with the roots of Klezmer music, Shtreiml performs an electric mix of the centuries old genre. The group features, Jason Rosenblatt on diatonic harmonica, the inimitable Josh Dolgin (aka SoCalled) on accordion, Philly's queen of the slide trombone, Rachel Lemisch, and batteur extraordianire Thierry Arsenault. Shtreiml showcases Jason Rosenblatt's unique ability to play chromatically on the 10-hole diatonic harmonica or "blues harp." Rosenblatt, a Howard Levy protege, bends, twists and coaxes all manner of Jewish-inflected sounds from the instrument most often associated with the blues. http://www.shtreiml.com

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Maxwell Street Klezmer Band Free Summer Concerts

Starting in June, and going through August:

Sun., June 13, 45 min. between 11:30-1:30, TBA
Greater Chicago Jewish Folk Arts Festival
Saint Paul Woods, s. of Dempster at Lehigh, Morton Grove

Thurs., June 17, 6:00-6:45 PM, Children's Concert
Chicago Children's Museum, Navy Pier - 700 E. Grand Avenue

Friday, June 18, 1:00-1:45 PM, Children's Concert, Chicago Children's Museum
Navy Pier - 700 E. Grand Avenue

Thurs., June 24, 7:30 PM, Concert and Dinner Dance
Zhivago Restaurant, 9925 Gross Point Rd., Skokie, IL (847) 982-1400
$16 PP minimum order, no cover charge, reservations recommended

And still more venues in later summer:
Sun., July 4: Two parades on Independence Day:
10:00 AM Highland Park
2:00 PM Evanston

Sun., July 18, 3:00-4:00 PM, Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival
Dawes Park, Sheridan Rd. at Church Street, Evanston

Wed., July 28, 7:30-9:00 PM, Village of River Grove Summer Concert
Gazebo at River Front Park, 8600 W. Grand

Thurs., Aug. 5, 7:00-9:00 PM, Summer Concert, Village of Hoffman Estates,
Prairie Stone, 59 and 1-90

Sun., Aug. 29, 6:00-7:30 PM, Lincolnwood Summer Concert Series, Proesel Park,
Lincoln and Kostner Avenues

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May 06, 2004


Cookie Segelstein: Violin, scordatura violin, viola
Joshua Horowitz: Chromatic button accordion, tsimbl
Stuart Brotman: Bass, basy, baraban

Golden Horn Records is proud to announce its release of Veretski Pass, Traditional East European Jewish Music by the trio of the same name made up of klezmer veterans Cookie Segelstein, Joshua Horowitz and Stuart Brotman. Much of the music on this recording comes from and near the region of the Veretski Pass (after which the group is named) in the Transcarpathian region of what is now Ukraine, the main crossroads through which the Jews traversed the Carpathian Bow. Some melodies were passed on to Cookie by her father who was born in the town of Nizhni Veretski, at the base of this pass. Others were collected by the members themselves in their travels throughout Eastern Europe. Much of the music on this CD is recorded for the first time. The instruments used on this recording are largely 19th Century versions of the violin, viola, 3 stringed bass, basy (3 stringed polish folk cello), bayan (early chromatic button accordion), tsimbl (Jewish hammered dulcimer) and baraban (Jewish bass drum). Website: www.goldenhorn.com more about Veretski Pass...

There is a stunning suite of Crimean Tatar music which is both haunting and virtuosic. The Crimean Tatars are considered one of the three indigenous peoples of the Crimean Peninsula. Hoping to strip the Crimean Tatars of their ethnicity, Stalin eliminated close to half of their population and decimated their cultural institutions. The Tatars therefore viewed the German occupation of Crimea as their last hope of survival. The Nazis in turn saw this as a unique opportunity to turn other Russian minorities against Stalin, so they declared the Tatars a people and recorded their folk music on 78 r.p.m discs. These recordings were made available to Verestki Pass by Prof. Martin Schwartz (from the collection of Dr. Zev Feldman) and reappear here for the first time in a new interpretation.
There is also a rare Karaite song, followed by improvisations and a pyrotechnic fiddle song performed on a scordatura violin. The Karaite Jews accept only the written word of the Old Testament and reject the rabbinical Oral Commentaries. As a people, they have also been brutally subjugated by their neighbors and spurned by the Jewish Community at large. Their music has been kept close to their culture.
There are also original compositions, a suite with a bass and viola duet, traditional Jewish and Ukrainian dance tunes all accompanied by booklet with rich photographs and finely wrought essays by each of the members of the trio, making this album a treasure trove of sound and word. This is truly a creative and powerful use of a small group of players who make music reminiscent of raucous and confident village musicians, nothing short of a redefinition of the genre we now call klezmer.
GOLDEN HORN RECORDS is a World Music and Jazz label established in 1995 and based in California.
For more information on Veretski Pass, please contact GOLDEN HORN RECORDS.
Golden Horn Records
P.O. Box 5776, Walnut Creek, CA 94596
1-925-930-7184, Fax: 1-925-938-8447
E-mail: info@goldenhorn.com
Website: www.goldenhorn.com

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May 01, 2004

KHEVRE live @ Zeitgeist Gallery

KHEVRE live @ zeitgeist gallery, Cambridge, MA
Thursday, May 6th
10pm, $5
michael winograd- reeds
dana sandler- vocals
eylem basaldi- violin
carmen staaf- piano/accordion
jorge roeder- bass
richie barshay- drums

Khevre invites you all to KHEVRE's show Thursday, May 6 at the Zeitgeist Gallery in Cambridge, MA. The last show there was such a success they will be playing new material, including even more 20th century Yiddish poetry set to music. They will also be performing music from the upcoming record.

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di bostoner klezmer in central MA

Jacob Edwards Library, in Southbridge, MA:
236 Main St.
Telephone: 508-764-542
directions are at http://ci.southbridge.ma.us/LIB-directions.html
Concert starts at 6 P.M.
If you're near central Mass. this coming Thursday, come catch one of di bostoner klezmer's spirited concerts! (and introduce yourself!) It's near the Sturbridge exit of the Mass Pike and not too far from CT.

We promise you good listening, a seldom-heard suite,
With selections of freylekhs that sure can't be beat!

Directions to the Jacob Edwards Library, in Southbridge, MA:
Take Mass Pike to Exit 9, Sturbridge. Take first exit after tollbooth. Make a left at the first light, Route 131 East to Southbridge. Go four miles on Rt. 131 to Main Street, Southbridge. The library is on the Main Street in the center of town, immediately after the brick [lehavdil] Baptist Church. Turn left onto Foster Street to the parking lot behind the library.

or take the Auburn exit (Exit 10) off the Mass Pike to Route 20 West and then Route 169 south to Southbridge. Follow Route 169 six miles. After the Southbridge Police Station (on your right), go past the green, turn right at the rotary to Main Street, Southbridge. The Library is on Main Street at the corner of Foster Street to the parking lot behind the library.

Dena Ressler
di bostoner klezmer
P.O. Box 400331
Cambridge, MA 02140
phone and fax: 781-643-1957
email: klezmer@yiddishmusic.com
website: www.yiddishmusic.com
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Lag B'Omer in Ithaca, NY

Ithaca: On Saturday, May 8th, promptly at 10 pm (after Shabbat), the Carriage House Caf will present an evening of Jewish instrumental Klezmer music and Hasidic song as a part of the 'Crossing Borders' multi-cultural radio concert series, soon to be aired regularly on WVBR. Featured artists include Joel Rubin (clarinet, musical direction), Pete Rushefsky (tsimbl -- Eastern European Jewish hammered dulcimer), Rabbi Eli Silberstein (song and story) and The Cornell Klezmer Ensemble. The concert will be in honor of the Jewish festival of Lag Ba'Omer, which begins at sundown on that day. Lag Ba'Omer marks the 33rd day of the seven-week partial mourning period between the holidays of Pesach (Passover) and Shavuot, and is only day during this period where weddings, dancing and public performances of music are allowed to take place according to traditional Judaism.

Joel Rubin is currently a Mellon Humanities Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Music Department at Cornell University. For over two decades he has been one of the leading figures in the klezmer movement as performer, scholar, author and educator. Rubin directs the internationally acclaimed Joel Rubin Jewish Music Ensemble, and was a founder of Brave Old World. He has documented the music of traditional musicians such as the Epstein Brothers, recipients of the prestigious National Heritage Fellowship from the NEA in 1998, and Moshe Berlin, Israel's most prominent klezmer clarinetist, performing together with them. Rubin studied with Richard Stoltzman and Kalmen Opperman and holds a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from City University (London).
Rubin is joined by Pete Rushefsky of Syracuse and Rabbi Eli Silberstein of Ithaca in a performance of Eastern European klezmer music and hasidic nigunim. Rushefsky is a leading revivalist of the tsimbl. Rabbi Silberstein has played an integral role in Ithaca's spiritual life for over two decades, and is an acknowledged expert on hasidic nigunim. Also featured on the program will be the newly formed Cornell Klezmer Ensemble under Rubin's direction. The ensemble, made up of Cornell students, staff and faculty, Ithaca College students, and other members of the Ithaca community, will be performing music representing the New York and Philadelphia klezmer traditions, drawing on repertoire as it was performed there during the 1910s and 1920s.
The performance begins promptly at 10 PM (after sunset) and will be recorded for a future broadcast of "Crossing Borders", a multi-cultural concert series that will begin airing weekly in June on 93.5FM, WVBR. The series will take place at the newly renovated Carriage House Caf and will eventually be broadcast live. Denice Karamardian is the host of the series. Radio personality Aron Gutman will co-host for the Klezmer presentation.
The Carriage House Caf will officially open for business in September of 2004. The mission of the Caf is to promote multi-cultural exchange and awareness by providing hospitality and entertainment to the local and international community through cultural presentation of arts, music, cuisine and educational programming (often in collaboration with various community, corporate and university partners). The Carriage House Caf is located at 304 Stewart Avenue, Ithaca.
Contact: Denice Karamardian, (607) 275-0021

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"Music of our Heritage - from Classics to Klezmer"

Kerem Shalom in Concord, MA will be featuring their annual concert "Music of our Heritage - from Classics to Klezmer" Sunday, May 2 , at 7:30 P.M. Featured will be Rosalie Gerut along with Hankus Netsky, Ilene Stahl and Andy Blickenderfer. Congregation Kerem Shalom, 659 Elm Street, Concord, MA. Tickets for the event are $15 ($10 for children under 13) and are available only at the door. More detailed directions can be found at: http://www.keremshalom.org/direction.htm

"Music of our heritage", Concord, MA, May 2 Four of greater Bostons best-known Klezmer musicians Rosalie Gerut, Hankus Netsky, Ilene Stahl, and Andrew Blickenderfer will come together for a concert titled Music of Our Heritage: From Classics to Klez on Sunday, May 2 at 7:30 pm. The concert is being sponsored by and is being held at Congregation Kerem Shalom, which is located at 659 Elm Street in Concord, near the Concord rotary on Route 2.

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Casco Bay Tummlers in Cambridge

If you're in the Boston area and looking for a fun Jewish dance/music event this Sunday afternoon, come check out the Casco Bay Tummlers, Maine's premier klezmer band, at the All Asia Cafe in Central Square, Cambridge. they'll be doing a lively combination of klezmer standards, original compositions, and Balkan and Israeli dance tunes.
All Asia Cafe
334 Mass Ave, Cambridge
2:00 - 4:30
$5 (suggested)
For more info: (617) 497-1544 (cafe)
Web site: www.cascobaytummlers.com
Listen to us at: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/cbtummlers

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April 30, 2004


KlezKanada's website at www.klezkanada.com has been updated for this year's session. Klezkanada is located in Lantier Quebec, just north of Montreal.Sessions for musicians take place August 23-29. For everyone else, camp takes place August 25-29.

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Margot Leverett and the Klezmer Mountain Boys

Margot Leverett and the Klezmer Mountain Boys
Sunday, May 2 3pm Jewish Center of Jackson Heights, 37-06 77th St. Jackson Heights, NY 718-429-1150

Thursday, May 6 Benefit concert for The Dwelling Place, Homeless shelter in Norfolk VA with Tim O'Brien. www.thedwellingplaceva.org

Friday, May 7 The Prism Coffehouse, 214 Rugby Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22903, (434) 97-PRISM www.theprism.org

Saturday, May 15 8 pm The Arden Club, 2126 The Highway, Arden, DE. Tickets and information: (302) 475-3126 www.ardenclub.com/concerts.htm

Sunday, May 30 6 & 7:30pm Satalla, 37 West 26th St. (6th/Broadway)NYC, 212.576.1155 www.Satalla.com
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March 30, 2004


The faculty is now announced for the KLEZ CALIFORNIA program in June, including: Stu Brotman | Adrienne Cooper | Corey Fisher | Josh Horowitz | Peter Jacques | Eli Katz | Kevin Mummey | Steve Saxon | Naomi Seidman | Cookie Segelstein | Claire Sherman | Deborah Strauss | Gerry Tenney | Harvey Varga | Jeff Warschauer | Steve Weintraub.
June 20th to the 25th, 2004
Info: 415-789-7679

Classes, Schedules, Teacher bios, Logistical info .... it's all there, including the registration form. (If you've still got questions, call 415-789-7679). Plus, if you have DSL or Cable internet access, be sure to look at the VIDEO from 2003. If you have dial-up, there are lots of photos. You'll see why people said: "KlezCalifornia ... s'iz geven a fargenign!" (It was a real pleasure ... a delight!)

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March 21, 2004

Albuquerque Academy Klezmer Camp

June 28-July 2, 2004
Set in the foothills of the Sandia Mountains on the lush 300+ acre campus of Albuquerque Academy, this weeklong workshop features Veretski Pass, including tsimbalist and accordianist Josh Horowitz, fiddler Cookie Segelstein, and Stu Brotman on bass. This year we are offering optional afternoon classes including 2 sessions of Yiddish dance, a lecture and slide show on 18th and 19th C. Yiddish life, and a film screening and discussion. You can also hike on our private wilderness tract and on the many acres of public land nearby. Or you may want to explore the cultural resources of the Albuquerque/Santa Fe area. More info....

This class is open to anyone who can play simple tunes on their instrument. You do not have to read music or be familiar with Klezmer style. We encourage both solo players and existing ensembles to participate. Class will run daily from 9 AM until noon with optional afternoon programs as describged above. $210.
The week will conclude with a student concert, and a concert by Cookie, Josh and Stu on Friday evening.
This weeklong workshop could be a great start or end to a southwestern summer vacation or a vacation unto itself.
For more information contact Danny Packer at (505) 828-3361, or packer@aa.edu. To register, contact the Albuquerque Academy Summer session at (505) 858-8811.

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March 14, 2004

Jerusalem Express Klezmer Orchestra

A 6-member klezmer group in Budapest led by Laszlo Szirtes. Laszlo arranges the klezmer and Yiddish music. The website is in Hungarian. It is kept current with dates and places of gigs and performances, and with photos of the group, and contact information. E-mail: szibill@hotmail.com

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February 25, 2004


February 29, 2004
The GROYSER KONCERT is coming to Montreal.
A popular feature of the KlezKanada Festival of Yiddish/Jewish Music and Culture held annually in the Laurentians, the GROYSER KONCERT is relocating to Montral and the first concert will take place Sunday, February 29 at the Monument National Theatre, 1182 Boulevard Saint-Laurent. ...

Three internationally acclaimed groups will headline the program: New York-based Brave Old World , which has stood at the forefront of the Klezmer revival around-the-world for over two decades; Beyond the Pale, a Toronto group that has been winning raves across North America for its contemporary approach to traditional Klezmer music; and Montreals Shtreiml , just back from a successful European tour that won raves for its Klezmer, gypsy and jazz music.

Broadway singing star Joanne Borts and Yaela Hertz, violinist and concertmaster emerita of the McGill Chamber Orchestra, will also be featured. Michael Wex, the celebrated author, raconteur and itinerant teacher of Yiddish, will be the MC.

Jointly sponsored by KlezKanada, the YM-YWHA Montreal Jewish Community Centres and the Saidye Bronfman Centre for the Arts, the GROYSER KONCERT signals the beginning of a collaborative relationship between the organizations, with the intent of creating a permanent base for Klezmer music in Montral. Proceeds help support KlezKanadas unique youth scholarship fund and the cultural programming of Saidye Bronfman Centre for the Arts.

Patron tickets at $250 and Supporter tickets at $100 are available with partial tax receipts. General admission (Balcony seats) is $36 and tickets are on sale at the Saidye Bronfman Centre Box Office, 5170 Cte Ste-Catherine Road, or by telephone at (514) 739-7944.

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"Di Tsvey" ("The Duo")

Steven Greenman, violin and Pete Rushefsky, tsimbl (cimbalom/hammered dulcimer) Thursday, March 4, 8:15 PM Ford Hall-- Whalen Center Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY Visiting guest recital by world-renowned klezmer violinist Steven Greenman and tsimbl (cimbalom / hammered dulcimer) player Pete Rushefsky playing a program of original and rarely heard klezmer pieces.

STEVEN GREENMAN Violinist Recognized internationally as one of the finest practitioners of traditional East European Jewish Klezmer violin, Steven Greenman is a seasoned performer of "Klezmer" music as well as a serious composer of traditional Klezmer music, a teacher, musical arranger and lecturer. His current project, "The Dream of Stempenyu" involves a CD recording of his own original Jewish and Klezmer violin compositions, a series of concerts of the music and a future publication of the material. One of the first American born klezmer violinists to create a program and performance style based entirely on the repertoire of European Klezmer violin music, Steven co-founded the Khevrisa ensemble together with the cimbalist, Walter Zev Feldman in 1998. Steven has performed internationally with Khevrisa and other notable klezmer ensembles such as the Klezmatics, Budowitz, the Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band and Kapelye. His own ensemble, the Steven Greenman Klezmer Ensemble is dedicated to performing his o! wn compositions and the transitional Jewish/Moldavian Klezmer repertoire. As a teacher of Klezmer music Steven received a grant to be the first recipient of the Louis E. Emsheimer Memorial Artist in Residence Program in Cleveland, Ohio (2002) for which he lead Klezmer workshops for classical string players and lectured on Klezmer music. He has taught Klezmer violin and led string ensembles at the KlezKanada festival, Living Traditions KlezKamp, and KlezFest London. Working with educators Mitchell Korn and Amy McClellan of the Cleveland Orchestra educational departments "Learning Through Music" program Steven was selected as a "Teaching Artist" and developed a childrens program combining story telling and klezmer music. Steven has collaborated with New York dancer/choreographer David Dorfman and the Cleveland State Dance ensemble as musical director in Dorfmans "Moving Histories", a modern dance piece dealing with Jewish identity, and performed with members of the Klezmatics in their 1997 performance of Tony Kushners adaptation of S. Anskys "Dybbuk." Steven has lectured and performed at the Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow, Poland and has been a regular performer with various ensembles at Torontos Ashkenaz-A Festival of New Yiddish Culture. In addition to his involvement with Klezmer music Steven is an accomplished performer of urban Gypsy violin styles, in particular, Hungarian "Nota", Romanian "Lautari" music and Slovak folk music. Steven has devoted his life to the study of these styles learning East-European violin style and ornamentation from professional Gypsy and folk musicians from Slovakia, Romania, the Ukraine and Hungary in addition to transcribing and arranging hundreds of tunes. As a concert soloist, Steven has been a regular guest soloist with the Cleveland Pops Orchestra performing his own arrangements of traditional East European Gypsy violin music. Steven will be featured on a forthcoming CD of urban Romanian Gypsy violin music together with the cimbalist, Alexander Fedoriouk. As a classical violinist Steven received both his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in Violin Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music studying with Linda Sharon Cerone, Dr. Eugene Gratovich and the l! ate Bernhard Goldshmidt. Steven has also performed as a member of the Canton and Akron Symphony Orchestras and has participated in the National Repertory Orchestra, the National Orchestral Institute and the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. Steven is lead performer, producer and the composer of the music of his upcoming Klezmer violin CD project, "The Dream of Stempenyu". Together with Walter Zev Feldman, Steven co-produced and is featured on the recording Khevrisa-European Klezmer Music on the Smithsonian Folkways label. Steven is also featured on the following recordings: Budowitz "Mother Tongue"; as violinist and musical producer/arranger with Yiddish vocalist Lori Cahan-Simon with "Songs My Bubbe Should Have Taught Me" (Vol. 1) and lead violinist on "Vessel of Song-The Music of Mikhl Gelbart". In addition Steven has recorded with Alicia Svigals and with "The Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band". PETE RUSHEFSKY Tsimblist Pete Rushefsky (tsimbl) is a leading revivalist of the tsimbl, or Jewish hammered dulcimer. He performs with some of the finest practitioners of traditional Yiddish and klezmer music including Steven Greenman, Rebecca Kaplan, Joel Rubin and Alicia Svigals. He won much critical acclaim for his CD with violinist Elie Rosenblatt entitled "Tsimbl un Fidl: Klezmer Music for Hammered Dulcimer & Violin" (Hatikvah Music) and he appears with Michael Alpert and Deborah Strauss on Yiddish poet/songwriter Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman's CD "Af di gasn fun der shtot - On the Streets of the City" (Yiddishland Records). His upcoming Yiddishland Records release with Rebecca Kaplan is entitled "Oyf di vegelekh / On the Paths: Yiddish Songs with Tsimbl." Pete is also the author of a pioneering instructional book on adapting the American 5-string banjo for klezmer.

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February 19, 2004

Five-Week Klezmer Workshop with Jeff Warschauer

The Workmen's Circle announces Five-Week Klezmer Workshop with Jeff Warschauer Free Open House Tuesday, February 24 at 7:00 PM Five-week paid session starts the following Tuesday, March 2, and continues through March 30, 7:00 PM. Study with an internationally recognized master instructor Learn tunes from the diverse klezmer tradition Work in ensembles with other instrumentalists Develop tools for improvisation Guest instructors from the cutting edge of the contemporary klezmer scene More info...

Open to players of any instrument who play and read music at least an intermediate level Course Fee: Member: 5 week session $115; per session $25 Non-member: 5 week session $140; per session $30 For more information or registration call: 212-889-6800 x270

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The Center for Jewish Music of the Jewish Community Center of St. Petersburg is proud to announce "KlezFest St. Petersburg 2004," an international seminar on the traditional music of Eastern European Jewry, to be held June 12-16, 2004 in St. Petersburg, Russia.

"KlezFest St. Petersburg," now in its eighth year, is the oldest Klezmer seminar in Russia. The 2004 festival will include master-classes on Yiddish folk songs and Klezmer music, workshops on Yiddish folklore and Yiddish dance, lectures, concerts, and two excursions: "Jewish St. Petersburg" and "Rivers and Canals of St. Petersburg." The staff will include world-famous musicians -- the world's leading expert on Yiddish dance, violinist, accordion player, vocalist, and ethnomusicologist Michael Alpert from New York, the outstanding Klezmer clarinetist from Berlin, Christian Dawid, and others. "KlezFest St. Petersburg," dedicated to bringing Klezmer music and Yiddish culture back to the land of their birth, includes Jewish musicians from the vibrant centers of the Jewish renaissance throughout the former Soviet Union. This year again there is a special program for lovers of Yiddish music and culture from other parts of the globe. The festival is asking for a contribution of $550. This sum will include food and lodging in St. Petersburg for 5 days and the entire seminar program, including interpreters when needed, concerts and the two excursions. Participants will pay their own transportation to St. Petersburg. For more information, please contact the Jewish Community Center of St. Petersburg via fax at (+7-812) 314-5117, or e-mail . For advice on travel and visa arrangements, contact our American sponsor, the Jewish Community Development Fund in Russia and Ukraine, a project of the American Jewish World Service (New York), via telephone: (+1-212) 273-1642, or e-mail: . Join us at "KlezFest St. Petersburg" this summer! If you haven't been on the Neva River during White Nights with Russian klezmorim, you haven't lived!

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January 30, 2004

Jerusalem Express Klezmer Orchestra

It's a "Budapester, professional klezmer band, playing traditional jiddish and Jewish songs arranged by Laszlo Szirtes..." Jerusalem Express Klezmer Orchestra would love to place outside Hungary. You can see the website www.szirtes-jeko.hu and get an idea about the band.
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January 15, 2004

Film & CD "Shalom Ireland",

Ceilizemer did the musical soundtrack. The film will be playing at this year's New York Jewish Film Festival. For screening schedules coming up: New York Jewish Film Festival screenings of "Shalom Ireland": Jan. 28, 2004 6:00pm Jan. 29, 2004 1:00pm and 6:00pm The Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theatre www.jewishmuseum.org/home/page.php?id=filmfest Jan. 31, 2004, 5:00pm Feb. 1, 2004, 3:00 pm (this screening will be followed by a discussion with Rabbi David Rosen) Feb. 2, 2004, 5:00 pm Feb. 4, 2004, 5:00 pm The Jacob Burns Theatre, Pleasantville, NY www.burnsfilmcenter.org
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January 14, 2004

Ghetto Tango

Adrienne Cooper, one of the great vocal interpreters of Yiddish music, Dan Rosengard, pianist/arranger, late of Saturday Night Live, & Frank London, famed trumpetter/Klezmatics/ All-Star Brass Band bring to life the extraordinary cabaret music of war-time Eastern Europe.

Sunday, January 18, 2004 8 pm Admission $15 at S A T A L L A 37 West 26th St. NYC 212-576-1155 http://www.satalla.com/ In the Nazi-mandated ghettos during World War II, audiences gathered in makeshift clubs and theaters to hear newly-created songs, rooted in Jewish folk song, European cabaret, American jazz and Argentine tango. Jewish performers tuned these cosmopolitan songs in a local key: satirical and elegiac, political and personal, angry and heartsick, creating something scarcely conceivable: art at the edge of the abyss.
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