September 30, 2014

CALL FOR PAPERS: Magnified and Sanctified: the Music of Jewish Prayer

Conference: Magnified and Sanctified: the Music of Jewish Prayer
University of Leeds, UK
Tuesday 16 - Friday 19 June 2015

For the first time in Britain an International Academic Conference is being devoted to the music of Jewish prayer. Internationally acclaimed scholars in Jewish liturgical music will lead the programme presented jointly by the School of Music, University of Leeds and the Academic Wing of the European Cantors Association.

CALL FOR PAPERS (see more)... The conference is organised in association with the international research project Performing the Jewish Archive, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

* Professor Emeritus Eliyahu Schleifer, Professor of Sacred Music and Director of the School of Sacred Music at HUC-JIR/Jerusalem
* Professor Mark Kligman, Professor of Jewish Music University of California, Los Angeles
* Professor Rabbi Jeffrey Summit, Research Professor, Tufts University, near Boston

CALL FOR PAPERS

The English music scholar Percy Scholes wrote in the Oxford Companion to Music: 'Throughout the ancient history of the Jewish people we find music mentioned with a frequency that perhaps exceeds that of its mention in the history of any other people. Music not only impresses itself on the daily life of the Jewish people through religious observance, but it is a dominant feature of the Jews' cultural expression of their own milieu over centuries and more recently of the wider community in which they live. Music for the Jews is an indelible part of their existence'.

This conference will explore recent research into aspects of Jewish liturgical music. This could include Hebrew Psalmody, Cantillation, Jewish modes and melodies, Piyyutim, Missinai Tunes and synagogue composition, both cantorial and choral in areas where Jewish communities have flourished across the globe and through the centuries. It will also examine current trends and issues and the interface between Jewish liturgical music and the musics of the wider Christian, Muslim and other societies.

Proposals for 20-minute papers with 10 minutes for discussion (which may include relevant musical presentations) are invited. Papers that make use of original archival sources, or that reinterpret known sources, will be particularly welcome, though all relevant areas of investigation will be considered. We also invite suggestions for round table sessions of c.60 or 90 mins.

THE OFFICIAL LANGUAGE OF THE CONFERENCE IS ENGLISH. It is envisaged that selected papers will be published in a volume of proceedings.

PLEASE SEND AN ABSTRACT OF up to 300 WORDS by 10 November 2014, to the Conference Director, Dr Stephen Muir S.P.K.Muir@leeds.ac.uk. Your proposal should include the title of your presentation, your name and institutional affiliation and contact details, and a biography of up to 150 words. Please indicate whether your presentation includes live or recorded musical illustrations, and the technical support required.

THE PROGRAMME COMMITTEE will make its decisions by 10 December 2014, and contributors will be informed soon thereafter.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, please contact the Conference Director Stephen Muir S.P.K.Muir@leeds.ac.uk (Information about the programme, registration fees, travel and accommodation will be announced by the end of December 2014). Bursaries covering all or part of the conference fee may be offered to students.

CONFERENCE COMMITTEE

Dr Stephen Muir Senior Lecturer in Music, School of Music University Leeds
Dr Alexander Knapp Head, ECA Academic Wing. Research Associate, Department of Music SOAS University of London (retired Joe Loss Lecturer in Jewish Music, SOAS),

Dr Malcolm Miller Associate Fellow of the Institute of Musical Research, University of London
Geraldine Auerbach MBE Conference coordinator
INTERNATIONAL ADVISORY BOARD INCLUDES
Keynote speakers:
Professor Emeritus Eliyahu Schleifer - Jerusalem
Professor Mark Kligman - Los Angeles
Professor Rabbi Jeffrey Summit - nr Boston
and Professor Philip Bohlman - Chicago
Professor Edwin Seroussi - Jerusalem
Geraldine Auerbach MBE
T: 020 8907 1905 M: 07971 818 262
geraldine.auerbach@gmail.com
Posted by jmwc at 09:16 AM

July 14, 2014

London Klezmer Quartet in Clapham

LKQ's concert and Summer Tea Dance in Clapham http://www.omnibus-clapham.org/events/london-klezmer-quartet-tea-dance is Sunday 13 July at 4.30pm

LKQ album launch http://www.vortexjazz.co.uk/event/the-london-klezmer-quartet/ is Weds 20 August at 8pm
Posted by jmwc at 11:49 PM

August 16, 2013

Ayelet Rose at The Forge --London

Wednesday, September 11, 2013
7:30pm in UTC+01
A rare London performance by international vocalist / composer Ayelet Rose Gottlieb, as she passes through, en-rout to New York, where she will perform at the Metropolitan Museum with composer John Zorn's Mycale quartet.

Get Tickets:www.forgevenue.org

Originally from Jerusalem, tonight Ayelet will be singing in Hebrew and English. Her lush, individual sound, combining Jazz, Jewish and Middle-Eastern music is enhanced by percussionist Guy Schalom - one of London's most prominent musicians - leader of The Baladi Blues Ensemble.

Forge Music and Arts Venue
3-7 Delancey Street, NW1 7NL
London, United Kingdom
Posted by jmwc at 11:21 AM

August 13, 2013

Klezmer in the Park in London

Sunday 1 September 2013, 1-6pm
Regents Park bandstand, London
http://www.jmi.org.uk
Bands all afternoon, and a new kids' zone! Ilana Cravitz and Vivi Lachs lead dancing. Featuring: Los Desterrados, Hamsa, The Turbans, Frank London’s UK Klezmer Allstars, Yiddish Twist Orchestra

Be there!

Posted by jmwc at 10:45 PM

London Klezmer Quartet at Jamboree

Wednesday 21 August, 8.30pm, Jamboree, London
http://www.jamboreevenue.co.uk/
London Klezmer Quartet gig, followed by jam session as part of the Klezmer Karousal series at the Cable Street venue. Other events in the series include Daphna Sadeh Trio (7 August), Don Kipper (14 August). 566 Cable Street, Cable Street Studios Courtyard, London E1W 3HB
Posted by jmwc at 10:43 PM

July 15, 2013

Alexander Massey on the web

Alexander Massey, a British based musician and composer features a new set of books called "Sing-a-gogue" which contain his new compositions. He has sound clips of the music on his website and links to buy the sheet music. A CD called "Nachamu, Nachamu" has samples from his books.
http://www.lashon-hakodesh.co.uk/
Posted by jmwc at 01:16 PM

February 24, 2013

2013 European Cantors Convention

The European Cantors Association is delighted to announce the next European Cantors Convention.

It will take place in London, at Central Synagogue, from Monday 17 to Thursday 20 June 2013, followed by a Shabbaton 21/22 June. The convention will open with a concert on Monday 17 June.

The Guest cantors will be the incredible composer, practitioner and educator Sol Zim from New York, and the outstanding teacher / practitioner who proved so excellent and popular last year Yehezkel Klang from Israel.

This convention is for practicing prayer leaders of all backgrounds, for choirmasters and choristers and for congregants – and for anyone interested in the music of the synagogue. The subject will be Shabbat Unwrapped: We will be working in small groups with our guest teachers to uncover everything you need to know about the music of Shabbat services.

The registration form is attached – more details are on the website http://www.cantors.eu/8thConvention.html

There is a £15 early booking discount. Please book early and spread the word so we have a good crowd attending to benefit from these wonderful teachers and practitioners.

The convention is supported by the Jewish Music Institute and Central Synagogue

More news about ECA the new organisation for the future of synagogue music and what it stands for on the website www.cantors.eu . Or contact convention@cantors.eu
Posted by jmwc at 12:05 PM

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.
www.londonklezmerquartet.com


Sunday 16 December, Golders Green, doors open 5.30pm
The Chanukah Hopkele - dance fun for all the family from 6pm with Guy
Schalom
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


Posted by jmwc at 02:28 PM

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
Posted by jmwc at 10:56 PM

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
Posted by jmwc at 11:23 PM

August 24, 2012

European Cantors Association Report

Against the backdrop of the distinct possibility that chazanut and Jewish liturgical music will become a fading remnant of a once traditional world within Anglo Jewry, European and UK cantors assembled in Manchester for the 7th Annual European Cantors Convention. This took place from 2 - 5 July 2012, and hosted the launch of the European Cantors Association (ECA).

This new platform gave young cantors fresh resolve to engage with the challenges they face. Working ECA Groups are being established in the North, in London and in Europe to deal with local issues. A study day on the High Holidays has been held in Manchester. The 2013 Convention is being planned for London possibly with Dudu Fisher as guest. There is a growing group of rabbinic supporters. There may be a lost generation - but time is of the essence to reach future generations in order to safeguard the future of Jewish liturgical music.

There is a full report of the Convention organised by Alex Klein with pictures on the new website www.cantors.eu. This site also gives the evolving mission and aims of ECA. You can see its activities; join the Association (£10 a year) and join the Facebook pages for ECA from the homepage. There are also reviews and articles that were formerly on the JMI Cantorial Branch website. Your comments and feedback will be welcome.

Interested cantors and others are invited to attend the London Group meeting on Wednesday 31 October at 5.30pm at Central Synagogue, 40 Hallam Street, W1N 6NW, which will be followed after refreshments by a talk by Professor Joseph Levine of Philadelphia (the editor of the Journal of Synagogue Music). Register your interest by emailing convention@cantors.eu and further details will be sent to you and posted on the www.cantors.eu website in due course.

Alex Klein, ECA Convenor alex@cantors.eu
Steven Leas London Group Convenor leasuk@yahoo.co.uk
Barbara Rosenberg and Geraldine Auerbach MBE, ECA Exec geraldine@cantors.eu
Posted by jmwc at 11:42 AM

December 09, 2011

She'Koyokh in London

10th December, 7.30pm (doors 6.45)
St Ethelburga's Centre, 78 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AG
Tickets: £12.00

St. Ethelburga's are delighted to welcome back She’Koyokh once again. This fabulously gifted Klezmer band, at ease performing in any environment. Inspired by the confluence of Eastern Europe’s musical cultures and traditions, this international ensemble have forged a sound straight from London’s melting pot - an exceptionally diverse repertoire of exhilarating, soulful Eastern European Jewish, Balkan, Turkish and Gypsy music.

Tel: 07776136609
email: music@stethelburgas.org

She'Koyokh final Cafe Mostra appearance of 2011 next Thursday:
15 December, 8pm
Cafe Mostra, 86 Stoke Newington High Street
She'Koyokh http://www.shekoyokh.co.uk/
Posted by jmwc at 03:36 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
35 - 47 BETHNAL GREEN ROAD,
LONDON, E1 6LA

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

http://www.facebook.com/LondonKlezmerQuartet
Posted by jmwc at 02:25 PM

August 16, 2011

First International Terezin Music Conference

Leeds College of Music (UK) is proud to announce it first International Terezin Music Conference in February 2012, and the launch of the Terezin Music Hub. For more information, call for papers, booking, draft programme, etc, please visit: http://www.lcm.ac.uk/research-enterprise-conferences-terezin-music-conference.htm

Feel free to contact terezinmusic@lcm.ac.uk for further details, and follow the Hub on Twitter: @TerezinMusicHub
Posted by jmwc at 10:08 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
klezmer@hotmail.co.uk
, or visit www.ilanacravitz.com

Tuesday 2 August
7pm
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
MORE EVENTS:

Wednesday 3 August
8.30pm
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
http://www.wegottickets.com/evenue/480
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
7.30pm
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

April 10, 2011

Join Zemel Choir for Sephardi Choral Workshops and Concert

Spread over two Sundays, 12 June and 26 June culminating in a final public concert on 26 June, the Zemel Choir invites you to take part in the annual event called "Celebrate with Song". This year the music will be Sephardi, from France, Italy Spain and the Middle East. There will be professional vocal coaches to teach singing techniques and a brief lecture on the history of Sephardi music will be given. The event is open to everyone who ever fancied singing, or who already does sing, whether in a choir or in the bath. For more information and an application form please contact cws@zemelchoir.org

The Zemel Choir is the UK's leading mixed voice Jewish choir. For more information about the workshops, visit: http://www.zemelchoir.org/
Posted by jmwc at 07:11 PM

February 15, 2011

Join London Klezmer Orchestra Practice

Monday 21 Feburary 2011
6.30-8pm
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

London Klezmer Quartet album launch

Thursday 17 February 2011
8pm
London Klezmer Quartet album launch
Green Note, 107 Parkway, Camden, London NW1 7AN

Join the band and special guests for a celebration of klezmer.

Hear tracks and buy the new LKQ CD from http://www.londonklezmerquartet.com/
Tickets £10 on the door, or available in advance. Book via http://www.greennote.co.uk/

Posted by jmwc at 02:37 PM

February 08, 2011

Hopkele - Klezmer Keilidh

Time Sunday, February 13 · 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Location Cecil Sharp House
2 Regents Park Road, London NW1 7AY
The Hopkele Klezmer Keilidh phenomenon returns to London this winter. Old style Jewish ceilidh featuring circle, square and chain dances. No experience necessary.

Klezmer dance leading by Guy Schalom with live klezmer music from the Hopkele House Band lead by Ilana Cravitz.

Book online here: http://ilanacravitz.com/shop2.htm
Or Call: 077149 45971
Posted by jmwc at 02:17 PM

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

June 08, 2010

June in London

some Jewish music events of interest in London are:
Saturday 12 June
4-5pm
Hopkele Klezmer Keilidh
Bermondsey Carnival, Southwark Park, London
Join us for revelry in the dance tent as part of the day's festivities at this free event. More information:
http://www.southwark.gov.uk/events/event/196/
Getting there:
* Bus: 1, 47, 78, 188, 255, 381, C10, P12
* Tube: Canada Water, Bermondsey
* Rail: South Bermondsey, Surrey Quays


Sunday 13 June
2-5pm
Klezmer workshop in Cambridge
The Hut, Fletcher's Terrace, Cambridge

Back by popular demand! Similar to previous workshops with Ilana Cravitz, there will be a chance to learn a tune and some accompaniment, and look at some of the modes and style elements that make Klezmer so haunting and joyful. Tickets £15 for the 3-hour workshop (includes tea and biscuits!).
Book in advance by emailing klezmerworkshop@benorganizzato.com


Sunday 13 June
6.30pm

Sunday 27 June
3pm
Flamenco Con Tres
The Cross Kings, 126 York Way, London N1 0AX

Steve Homes and Jeff Rodrigues (guitars) play a programme of flamenco-inspired original works and a sprinkling of Judeo-Spanish favourites, with Ilana Cravitz on violin.
Tickets £5
Posted by jmwc at 04:42 PM

December 06, 2009

London Klezmer Orchestra

Monday 7 December 2009
7.30-9.30pm
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 13, 2009

'YALLA!' featuring Kavona and Poetic Pilgrimage at Artifice

An evening of visual art, music, video, spoken word, graffiti and dialogue about culture, faith and identity. Artists from different traditions using different forms of expression taking over and transforming a space.
The event is FREE and open to all.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Time: 6:30pm - 10:30pm
Location: BASH
65 - 71 Scrutton Street
London, United Kingdom
Posted by jmwc at 03:18 PM

November 08, 2009

London Klezmer Orchestra

Wednesday 11 November
7.30-9.30pm
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
www.housmans.com/peacehouse.php
Posted by jmwc at 11:51 AM

October 28, 2009

Sephardic Songs Workshop

New North London Learning
Wednesday 4th of November 2009 at 8.00 pm
Sephardic Songs Workshop
Learn Folk Songs and tunes for Shabbat and Channukah at the New North London Synagogue.
register via the NNLS office to reserve your place: office@nnls-masorti.org.uk or 020 8346 8560
Posted by jmwc at 10:45 PM

July 15, 2009

Ilana Cravitz workshop in Cambridge

Sunday 19 July
2-5pm
Klezmer Workshop
Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge
Ilana Cravitz (fiddle),teaches klezmer tunes and style, including modes, ornamentation and accompaniment, and even few dance steps.
Cost: £13
To register email Marc Jackson on marccj@hotmail.com or call him on 07846 379 370

9-14 August

KlezFest London SOAS, Vernon Square campus, Kings Cross, London

A fantastic week of playing, singing and dancing. Includes workshops, jams, a tribute evening on 10 August for Jim Marcovitch (see http://www.ilanacravitz.com/jim.html) and a concert at the Jazz Cafe (12 August). See www.jmi.org.uk for more details.

Sunday 6 September
1-6pm
Simcha in the Park
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
Posted by jmwc at 01:34 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

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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

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

April 02, 2009

Levontin 7 in London

Levontin 7 in London
Tuesday 12th May, from 7pm
Tel Aviv's hippest live music, Levontin 7, visits London for one night only in residence at the Barfly in Camden. Come and listen to some of the best and most adventurous sounds from London-based Israeli musicians Koby Israelite and Noam Inbar, Oy Division and HaBiluim, and singer-songwriter Lail Arad.
Barfly, 49 Chalk Farm Road NW1
£10
Book online on JCC for London
or call 020 7431 9866
Posted by jmwc at 08:33 PM

March 22, 2009

The Other Seder Songs

The Other Seder Songs
Thursday 26th March, 7:30pm
Oi Va Voi,Yiddish Twist Orchestra and Los Desterrados will rock out the JCC London's Other Seder. For the third consecutive year, we present our unique take on the Seder, as each band performs a song inspired by the after-dinner songs as the launching point for their set.

London's superfly klezmer / punk / gypsy outfit Oi Va Voigive us a sneak preview of their forthcoming third album, Traveling the Face of the Globe. The JCC's own creation, the fabulous Yiddish Twist Orchestra, will set the dance floor swinging with their hard-dancing, pulp fiction style 50s and 60s Yiddish surf twist!

Six-piece Los Desterrados, who released their third album, Miradores at the end of 2008, bring their mix of ladino, flamenco, Moorish and Gypsy flavours to the Seder.
Hosted
by Judy Batalion and accompanied by the tunes of DJ Max Reinhardtand visuals by imagician Miki Shaw, The Other Seder Songs returns to the beautiful Wilton's Music Hall for a night of music and dance.
Wiltons Music Hall, 1 Graces Alley, London E1 8JB
£12 in advance, £15 on the door
Book online at JCC for London

Posted by jmwc at 12:44 PM

March 09, 2009

Zemel Choir in Celebration with Song

The 'Celebration with Song' event will be held on the 31 May and concluding in a concert on the evening of 14 June 2009 at St John's Smith Square London SW1. This is the third year Zemel is participating, and the chorus is planning something a little bit different. Their concert will be celebrating the output of Jewish music from a single country, the United States of America. On the first date Zemel will be running a guest workshop focusing on voice technique and other aspects of choral singing. This year Zemel's guest workshop leader will be the BBC's Suzi Digby an experienced voice coach and conductor and well known to television audiences from her appearances on 'Last Choir Standing' and the BBC's 'Choir of the Year'. For further details contact: celebratewithsong@hotmail.com
Posted by jmwc at 11:12 AM

February 02, 2009

Strings at Witney

7/8 February 2009
Strings at Witney program is part of
Hands-On Music presents a weekend of workshops in Oxfordshire. Styles you can study include American old-time, Eastern European, Irish, Klezmer, and Scottish. Improvisation and accompaniment will also be covered.

Tutors include: Mairi Campbell, Pete Cooper, Matt Cranitch, Ilana Cravitz, Dave Francis, Gill Redmond, Joe Townsend.
Instruments welcome: violin, viola, cello, double bass, guitar, mandolin, banjo.
More information: http://www.whitecottagewebsites.co.uk/homweekends/
The weekends are held at HENRY BOX SCHOOL in Witney, a pleasant market town twelve miles west of Oxford, just off the A40 and with good public transport links. http://www.whitecottagewebsites.co.uk/homweekends/map.htm Monday 9 February 2009
7 - 9.30pm

Klezmer Workshop
7 - 8pm
London Klezmer Orchestra
8 - 9.30pm
The Klezmer Hoyz, @ Hampstead Synagogue, Dennington Park Road, London NW6 1AX
Join the Klezmer Orchestra that meets every couple of weeks. From trad klezmer to eclectic doyne-ish - you get to choose the repertoire and help arrange the music.
Info: William Millis: e-mail: williamillis@hotmail.com;
020 8969 7019
Sessions £6/4 each
For other events at the Klezmer Hoyz, a new initiative of the Jewish Music Institute, visit www.jmi.org.uk
Posted by jmwc at 10:19 PM

January 16, 2009

The Other Seder Songs

Thursday 26th March, 7:30pm
Los Desterrados, Oi Va Voi and the Yiddish Twist Orchestrawill rock out the JCC's Other Seder. For the third consecutive year, we present our unique take on the Seder, as each band performs a song inspired by the after-dinner songs as the launching point for their set.
Cualos son los uno Six-piece Los Desterrados,
who released their third album, Miradores at the end of 2008, bring their mix of ladino, flamenco, Moorish and Gypsy flavours to the Seder. "Los Destake the Medieval music of the Sephardic Jews, with its strong Latin influences, and drag it effortlessly into the 21st Century with lashings of Spanish folk and Balkan Soul to deliver a series of rousing, melancholic songs that pulse with rhythm and feeling" (London Metro) Adir Hu
London's superfly klezmer / punk / gypsy outfit Oi Va Voi give us a sneak preview of their forthcoming third album, Traveling the Face of the Globe. "Kudos, culture, vision.Oi Va Voi. Remember the name"
(Evening Standard)
Chad Gadya
The JCC's own creation, the fabulous Yiddish Twist Orchestra, will set the dance floor swinging with their hard-dancing, pulp fiction style 50s and 60s Yiddish surf twist!
Hosted
by Judy Batalion and accompanied by the tunes of DJ Max Reinhardt and
visuals by imagician Miki Shaw, The Other Seder Songs returns to
the beautiful Wilton's Music Hall for a night of music and dance.
Wiltons Music Hall, 1 Graces Alley, London E1 8JB
£12 in advance, £15 on the door

Book online at JCC for London
Posted by jmwc at 12:05 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

December 30, 2008

Spiro Ark's TZAVTA Hosts Steve Homes & Monica Acosta

Event: Steve Homes & Monica Acosta
"Sephardic Love Songs"
What: Concert
Host: Spiro Ark's TZAVTA
Start Time: Sunday, January 25 at 7:30pm
End Time: Sunday, January 25 at 9:30pm
Where: The Spiro Ark Centre

Flamenco guitarist Steve Homes, percussionist Ulises Diaz and singer Monica Acosta will be performing some beautiful Sephardic Love Songs.
This concert is the third in a series of four over the coming months (to March 2009). Each concert will focus on a specific theme.
3. Sephardic Love songs
Sunday 25th January 2009 7:30 p.m.
4. Sephardic Wedding songs
Songs about Weddings and Mothers in law
Sunday 8th March 2009 7:30 p.m.
All concerts will take place at The Spiro Ark Centre
Tube: Marylebone
Tickets £12/£10 conc-members
More info:
www.spiroark.org
www.monicaacosta.com
Posted by jmwc at 09:12 AM

December 19, 2008

Winter Happenings in London

Klezmer Workshop
Sunday 21 December 2008
12 - 1pm
London Klezmer Session
1 - 4pm
The Cross Kings, 126 York Way, N1

A festive version of the London klezmer session, which is once a month on a Sunday afternoon. Bring an instrument and a tune, or just come to shmooze & booze. The pub does great food and has comfy sofas, too... Info and tunes are at http://www.ilanacravitz.com/jams.html.
Next date: Sunday 18 January.
Workshop £5; Jam £1.


NEW London Klezmer Orchestra
Monday 19 January 2008
7.30 - 9.30pm
Inn on the Green, 3 Thorpe Close,
Ladbroke Grove, London W10 5XL

Join the Klezmer Orchestra that meets every couple of weeks in Ladbroke Grove. From trad klezmer to eclectic doyne-ish - you get to choose the repertoire and help arrange the music.
Info: William Millis: e-mail:williamillis@hotmail.com; 020 8969 7019
Sessions £4 each
From Ladbroke Grove tube: cross over & walk under the motorway to your left-then turn right into Thorpe Close. Look for a balcony & come upstairs. Buses: 7, 15, 23, 52, 295 & 452.

Sunday 25 January 2009
Doors open 7.15pm. First dance at 7.45pm

Hopkele!

Klezmer dance with live band
Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regents Park Road, London NW1 7AY
Dancing! Doughnuts! Live klezmer!! The popular klezmer keilidh returns for its third annual jamboree. Guy Schalom leads and teaches Yiddish dances, with Ilana Cravitz on fiddle and the Hopkele House Band: Ros Hawley (clarinet), Yair Schleider (accordion), and Paul Moylan (bass). See the Hopkele Productions Homepage: http://www.ilanacravitz.com/hopkele.htm
Tickets £12 full price; £10 concs and advance booking. Online booking with e-tickets is at http://www.ilanacravitz.com/shop.html, or you can book by post via 0771 494 5971.
http://www.ilanacravitz.com/hopkele.htm
Posted by jmwc at 01:27 PM

November 04, 2008

Hop to Klezmer Workshops in London

Sunday 9 November 2008
Klezmer Workshop
12 - 1pm
London Klezmer Session
1 - 4pm
The Cross Kings, 126 York Way, N1
London klezmer session every second Sunday of the month. Bring an instrument and a tune, or just come to shmooze & booze. The pub does great food and has comfy sofas, too...
Info and tunes http://www.ilanacravitz.com/jams.html .
Next date: Sunday 21 December (NB DATE IS THIRD SUNDAY OF THE MONTH!)
Workshop £5; Jam £1.


Sunday 23 November 2008
5.30 - 9pm
Klezmer Barn Dance
Amersham Common Village Hall, 24 White Lion Road, Amersham HP7 9JD

Come along and dance your socks off at this fun event for grown-ups, kids and all those in-between. With dance leading from Ilana Cravitz and live music from the Hopkele House Band: Susi Evans (clarinet), Matt Bacon (guitar) and Paul Moylan (bass).
Information and bookings: 07879 625850.
Tickets £14 adults, £6 for children under 12; £30 for family (2 adults + 2 children under 12)
First dance: 6pm; food from 6.45pm.
Getting there: http://maps.google.co.uk to Amersham Common Village Hall

Monday 24 November 2008
7.30 - 9.30pm
NEW London Klezmer Orchestra
Inn on the Green, 3 Thorpe Close,
Ladbroke Grove,
London W10 5XL
Join a Klezmer Orchestra that meets every couple of weeks in Ladbroke Grove. Next date: 15 December.
Info: William Millis: e-mail:-williamillis@hotmail.com; 020 8969 7019
Sessions £4 each

From Ladbroke Grove tube: cross over & walk under the motorway to your left-then turn right into Thorpe Close. Look for a balcony & come upstairs. Buses: 7, 15, 23, 52, 295 & 452.

Wednesday 3 December 2008
from 7pm

Winter warmer: klezmer, mulled wine and new books at Pages of Hackney
Pages of Hackney, 70 Lower Clapton Road, London E5
Pop in to Hackney's newest independent bookshop and enjoy live klezmer music with Ilana Cravitz (violin) and James Siverly (accordion), hot drinks and an opportunity to browse the latest titles and buy presents in a convivial environment. Buy Ilana's book and support your local bookseller at the same time!
Free entry



Sunday 25 January 2009
Doors open 7.15pm. First dance at 7.45

Hopkele!
Klezmer dance with live band
Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regents Park Road, London NW1 7AY
The popular klezmer keilidh returns for a third annual jamboree. Guy Schalom leads and teaches Yiddish dances, with Ilana Cravitz on fiddle and the Hopkele House Band. See Hopkele Productions homepage

Tickets £12 full price; £8 concs. Online booking with e-tickets, or postal booking via 0771 494 5971 opens 15 November 2008.

Posted by jmwc at 12:44 PM

September 21, 2008

FDT Klezmorim at 'Across the Street, Around the World', Kensington

Wednesday 1 October 2008
1 - 1.30 pm
FDT Klezmorim at 'Across the Street, Around the World', Kensington
Kensington Central Library, Phillimore Walk, W8 7RX
A lunchtime set with the band playing trad klezmer – old and new.
Ilana Cravitz (violin), Susi Evans (clarinet), Jim Marcovitch (accordion), Guy Schalom (drums), Paul Tkachenko (bass), Matt Bacon (guitar).
Free open-air event.
More events....
Thursday 2 October 2008
1 - 2 pm FDT Klezmorim at Queen Mary, University of London
The Curve, Queen Mary, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS
If you missed them in west London on Wednesday, catch them in the east!
Ilana Cravitz (violin), Susi Evans (clarinet), Jim Marcovitch (accordion), Guy Schalom (drums), Paul Tkachenko (bass), Matt Bacon (guitar).
Free open-air event.

Tuesday 7 October 2008
7 - 9 pm
Klezmer class at SOAS, University of London
Room G3, SOAS, Thornhaugh Street London, WC1H 0XG
Weekly class begins. Come and learn about a the klezmer tradition, including tunes, dances, accompaniment styles, and history. A weekly course (half-term break on 4 November). For details contact the Jewish :info@jmi.org.uk?subject=Klezmer%20classes%20at%20SOAS> Music Institute.

Sunday 12 October 2008
Klezmer Workshop
11.45am - 1pm
London Klezmer Session
1 - 4pm
The Cross Kings, 126 York Way, N1
London klezmer session every second Sunday of the month. Bring an instrument and a tune, or just come to shmooze & booze. Info and tunes . Next date: Sunday 9 October.
Public launch of Ilana’s new book ‘Klezmer Fiddle – a how-to guide’, and an opportunity to purchase (signed?!) copies.
Workshop £5; Jam £1.

Monday 13 October 2008
7.30 - 9.30pm
NEW London Klezmer Orchestra
Inn on the Green, 3 Thorpe Close, Ladbroke Grove, London W10 5XL
If you`re interested in joining a Klezmer Orchestra rehearsing in Central London... Next dates: 3, 24 November, 15 December.
Info: William Millis: williamillis@hotmail.com; 020 8969 7019
Sessions £4 each, or £15 for all 4.
From Ladbroke Grove tube: cross over & walk under the motorway to your left-then turn right into Thorpe Close. Look for a balcony & come upstairs. Buses: 7, 15, 23, 52, 295 & 452.

Saturday 18 October 2008
8.30-9.45pm
Klezmer Klub play Cork Festival of Jewish Culture
7.15-8.15 Klezmer dance & Yiddish song workshop
8.30-9.45pm Concert
Main Restaurant and Boole Lecture Theatre 1 at University College Cork
A two-day event celebrating Jewish culture and the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue in Cork. Also includes: Performances by The Fireflies, North Strand Klezmer Band Yurodny; lectures; films.
Concert tickets €10 for one night or both nights for €15.
For more information contact corkjewishfestival@gmail.com

Posted by jmwc at 11:54 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

Rona Kenan Workshop

Rona Kenan Workshop

"An intimate session of music and talk."

This event is planned to start at 6:00 pm on Jul 8, 2008 at SOAS.



an Israeli Singer/Songwriter on Tuesday 8th July (6 - 9pm) in a workshop all about her songs and the Israeli music scene. Plus there will be a jam afterwards so bring your instruments. Singer Songwriters all welcome!


Room G3, SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, London WC1H 0XG

Posted by jmwc at 11:01 AM

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

May 28, 2008

Studying Jewish music at SOAS

SOAS University of LondonThe Music Department runs BA, MMus and PhD degree programmes; all focus on world music, with the opportunity to specialize in regional traditions including Jewish musics, and to receive high-level training in performance. In the BA, Music can be combined with language studies, Development Studies, Anthropology and many other academic disciplines, while PhD projects can be practice-led, fieldwork-based, or theoretical.

Scholarship support is available for Jewish Music studies at SOAS via the recently inaugurated JMI Mildred Loss Studentships. Please contact Abigail Wood for application details. Specialist research resources include the JMI library, housed at SOAS.

BA Music Studies

Jewish music course options currently include:
· Aspects of Jewish Music (2nd/3rd year)
· Popular Music and Politics in Israel (2nd/3rd year)
· Klezmer music: roots and revival (2nd/3rd year)
· Performance options: klezmer (1st year); free choice of performance study (2nd and 3rd yars).
· Independent study projects on topics in Jewish music

Jewish music is also covered within survey courses including
· Sounds and cultures (1st year)
· Gender and music (2nd/3rd year)

Single-subject BA Music students have the option of taking courses from other departments, which include Hebrew language, and courses on Judaism and Jewish texts and courses on Israeli culture and history.

MMus Ethnomusicology/Music Performance

MMus students specialise either in ethnomusicology or performance. Taught course options include many of the above. In addition, the student will prepare a dissertation and/or performance(s) in an area of their choice.

PhD studies

PhD studies in Jewish Music are available at SOAS; contact Abigail Wood in the first instance to discuss options.
Informal studies

The JMI klezmer classes, held at SOAS on Tuesday evenings, are open to all – students and non-students. For further details, contact Laoise Davidson: laoise@jmi.org.uk

Abigail Wood, Joe Loss Lecturer in Jewish Music
Posted by jmwc at 07:56 AM

April 15, 2008

Klezmer workshop and concert in Leeds

Sunday April 27, 2008
Workshop 10am-1pm
Performance 3:00pm

Klezmer music and Yiddish dance workshop, led by Ilana Cravitz and Guy Schalom, with members of FDT Klezmorim and guests
10:00am Workshop for all and introduction to the afternoon’s concert performance

Participants and observers will learn about the historical background and cultural context of this Jewish music and the associated dances. They will then have the opportunity to gain hands-on (or feet-on!) experience, choosing either to study the music (style, ornamentation, accompaniment) in more depth, or to learn some of the dances with experienced dance leader and drummer Guy Schalom, with live music from members of the band. No previous knowledge of klezmer music or dance required. Instrumentalists should be grade 4 equivalent or above.

3:00pm Afternoon Concert: FDT Klezmorim - Bessarabia – London – Philadelphia: 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’ Jewish music crossing the boundaries between Orient and Occident. Featuring Ilana Cravitz (fiddle), Susi Evans (clarinet), John Bone (accordion), Matt Bacon (bazouki/guitar), Guy Schalom (drums), Paul Tkachenko (bass).

Tickets: £12 adult (£8 concessions); £3 students and young people.
Information and booking form:
http://www.ilanacravitz.com/calendar.html
Posted by jmwc at 11:42 AM

March 26, 2008

The Great East End Treasure Hunt

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Wiltons Music Hall
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£12 in advance or £15 on the door - book online http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=0014BJAjTfE60JqIwd3cyb7wW7HlhEjMbiZRdd2X3TRghsdCwKp4i8QcZ0UJogt7pOPvA_tE2KdRsFydaMO1oe9qQ1_qzFkvjaUGsGIJ8DZUqO7qXwNBtTkZg== or call 0207 431 9866

SEE A PREVIEW OF HOFESH SHECHTER ON BBC 2'S CULTURE SHOW THIS SATURDAY 29TH MARCH, 7:10PM
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Coming soon...

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

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

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

£22, £20, £17.50, £15 (concs 50% off with limited £12 availability) - book online at www.southbankcentre.co.uk
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Posted by jmwc at 10:47 PM

February 07, 2008

New Live Music -- Silent Film

http://www.yadarts.com/

Sunday 17th February 2008 at 4pm
SCORE: East and West with live music from Lemez Lovas, Rohan Kriwaczek and Moshikop
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS
£8.50/£6 conc/£4.50 under 15s from the Barbican ticket office: 0845 120 7527 or
http://www.barbican.org.uk/film

Part of the Barbican’s silent film / live music series, Lemez Lovas, formerly of Oi Va Voi, directs guest musicians Moshikop and Rohan Kriwaczek in an irreverent live performance of a score for East and West – especially prepared for the JCC – that played to sell-out audiences in 2005 and 2006.

In Sidney M. Goldin and Ivan Abramson’s silent movie (1923), streetwise New Yorker Mollie (Molly Picon) travels to her demure cousin’s wedding in a traditional Polish shtetl. Lovas, Moshikop and Kriwaczek’s cheeky new score takes us from traditional klezmer to contemporary electronica, from liturgical melancholy to party pop kitsch and from vaudeville to breakbeat. As love blossoms between East and West, and the musical narrative unfolds, traditional and modern worlds are brought into collision.

http://www.jewishcommunitycentre.org.uk/Arts_Score.html Produced by Yad Arts for the JCC http://www.jcclondon.org.uk/ for London and the Barbican Sunday 16th March 2008 Radio Gagarin: Experiments in Sunday Socialism Notting Hill Arts Club, 21 Notting Hill Gate, London W12 6pm – 1a.m. £5 on the door.

London’s only Balkan/Russian/Baltic/Gypsy/Klez/Mash/Thrash/Trash/KULTURKlash!!!

‘The Arts Club's most adventurous and anarchic night (and that's saying something)’ Time Out

The Commissar continues to pledge:

Live: ROHAN KRIWACZEK and Angelina and her Gypsy Soul Punk and more to be confirmed….

PLUS performance from Friends of Gagarin, poetry from Tim Cumming, Marxist-Leninist alienation from art/animation/video installations for the Proletariat from state artists Adrian Philpott & Cathy Gale; frozen vodka & rakiya galore and resident DKs (Dancefloor Komissars) Max Reinhardt & Misha Maltsev sweating it out in the Gypsy Diskoteka til’ the road of excess has led us to the place of wisdom. Early evening come to feed your soul with wintery home-cookin in the Kitschen and take a rest from your fight for Revolutionary Determinism for a few moments in the Kinodrom with new and classic shorts from Eastern Europe.

Radio Gagarins’ bi-monthly Experiments in Sunday Socialism sessions fill Notting Hill Arts Club to overflowing with a tundra melting mix of live music, digital DJ prowess, performance art, east European cinema, poetry, puppetry, poverty, latkes, blinis and vodka. Live acts have included Gogol Bordello's Eugene Hutz, Oi Va Voi, DJ Shantel, Sophie Solomon, Nayekovichi, Mukka, London Sevdah, Martin Green & Joe Townsend, London Bulgarian Choir, Graham Lewis (Wire) with Scifi Kane, Luminescent Orchestrii, Geoff Berner, The Destroyers, Mammatrix, Emunah & Ghetto Plotz. Co-Produced by YaD Arts / Adrian Philpott/ Oi Va Voi / The Shrine

Sunday 30th March 2008 at 8.30pm
SPIEL: Holocaust on film with John Hurt, Tracy Ann Oberman, Joanna Newman and Jason Solomons.
ICA, The Mall, London SW1
£12 http://www.jcclondon.org.uk/Arts_Spiel.html online or 0207 431 9866

Actress and co-writer of Three Sisters on Hope Street, Tracy Ann Oberman, BAFTA award-winning John Hurt, star of countless films including Alien and Shooting Dogs, and Dr Joanna Newman, co-author of Holocaust and the Moving Image, join host and Observer film critic Jason Solomons to look at the shifting portrayal of the Holocaust in film.

Over the evening, we’ll be considering the change in representation from 80s award-winning films Europa Europa and Au Revoir Les Enfants, through Schindler’s List to 2007’s European films Black Book and The Counterfeiters and recent portrayals of other genocides, including Shooting Dogs and Hotel Rwanda.

Produced by YaD Arts for the JCC London

Sunday 6th April 2008 from 2pm
The Great East End Treasure Hunt: A quest for a long lost past Meet at the Cable Street Mural, painted on the side of St. George’s Hall, Cable Street, E1
Group charge £40/ Individuals £9. "http://www.jcclondon.org.uk/Arts_The_Great_East_End.html Book in a group of up to five people. If your group needs to be a different size, call 0207 431 9866.

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

We’ll scatter signposts, clues, artists including comedian Judy Battalion, live musicians and hidden items along the roads of the East End, taking you on a two hour tour around a Jewish world that has all but vanished. The afternoon will finish at Corbett Place for tea, drinks and live music from She’koyach.

Produced by YaD Arts for the JCC London

Thursday 10th April 2008, from 7:30pm The Other Seder with Hofesh Shechter, Joshua Sofaer and The Destroyers Wiltons Music Hall, Graces Alley, Off Ensign Street, London E1 £12 in advance online or
0207 431 9866. £15 on the door.

A night of contemporary dance, performance and live music with Hofesh Shechter, Joshua Sofaer and The Destroyers

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

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

And to finish off the evening, the 15-piece anarchic gypsy punk orchestra The Destroyers and djs will set a party vibe to bring down Wiltons’ crumbling roof. Produced by YaD Arts for the JCC London

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February 05, 2008

Music, Oppression and Exile Conference

Music, Oppression and Exile: The Impact of Nazism on Musical Development in the 20th Century
International Conference, Senate House, University of London, 8-11 April 2008

'Hitler tore a gaping hole in European culture and the damage has not yet been repaired'. Nick Kimberley, The Observer, 2002.

With four days of papers from across the world this conference is set to be one of the most significant symposia ever held on the subject. It will also include sessions with families of the composers affected and presentations from archives where their material is housed.

There will be films introduced by the makers We Want the Light on Music in Germany by Christopher Nupen and Music in Terezin by Simon Broughton.

The conference at the University of London will be followed on 12 and 13 April by two days of concerts, films and public lectures on Music in Exile, presented by the Artists of the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto at the Cadogan Hall.

To see details of Conference fees, speakers and to register on line http://music.sas.ac.uk/imr-events
or the JMI Website www.jmi.org.uk
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February 03, 2008

CELEBRATE WITH SONG 2008

Zemel Choir Zemel Choir Do you enjoy singing? Come and Celebrate...
Come and Sing 10 Centuries of Jewish Music
Join us for workshops and a concert at St John’s, Smith Square
Open to Intermediate and Experienced Choristers
Sponsored by the Zemel Choir and The Spiro Ark
Sunday 1st June 2008: Workshops and voice-training
Sunday 15th June 2008: Workshops and Concert
Price £30 (to include entry to concert)
Price £25 if booked before April 30th
To register, or for further information, call 020 8236 0317
(evenings), or email celebratewithsong@hotmail.com
Sponsored by the Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation And with the support of The Jewish Music Institute


Come and share with us in the joy of Jewish choral music. www.the-zemel-choir.org e-mail: celebratewithsong@hotmail.com www.spiroark.org The workshop leaders: ...read more.... Benjamin Wolf is Musical Director of the Zemel Choir. He has performed with the choir at major London venues, on tour in Europe and for the BBC. He regularly conducts a number of other choirs in and around London, as well as composing music for theatre and the concert hall. As a pianist he performs in both the UK and abroad. As an orchestral conductor he has performed for the BBC Proms, as well as conducting the Wallace En-semble - a young, professional chamber orchestra.

Malcolm Singer is Director of music at the Menuhin School, Professor of Composition at Guildhall School of Music and Drama and a former Musical Director of the Zemell Choir. He has worked with the BBC Singers and other professional ensembles.

Gareth Roberts is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music and former member of the BBC singers. He is a professor of singing at the Royal Academy of music, and former tutor at the City Lit. He has given masterclasses In the UK and abroad, and worked for the Royal Opera House and other institutions.

Background information on Celebrate With Song 2008

In the past ten centuries Jewish texts have been set to plainsong and polyphony, and used in motets, cantatas and oratorios, Jewish composers have written in styles ranging from the late-Renaissance to the contemporary. This music provides the focus for the Zemel Choir’s second ‘Celebrate with Song’ event in collaboration with The Spiro Ark. It will culminate in a concert at St John’s, Smith Square on June 15th 2008. This is a unique opportunity to celebrate our rich choral heritage. We welcome singers and audience members, Jews and non-Jews – anyone, in fact, with a love of music and a desire to experience music both old and new.

‘Celebrate with Song’ was launched in 2007 to enhance the profile of mixed-voice Jewish choral music. It is aimed at two groups of people: singers and audiences. We ex-tend an invitation to anyone with experience of choral singing (however limited) to come and sing with us. We will be holding workshops for groups of Intermediate and Advanced choral singers on the 1st of June and the morning of the 15th of June, and all these singers will participate in the grand concert on the 15th. Our workshops are led by experienced choral directors, and also feature an opportunity to brush up on vocal technique with a trained, professional vocal coach.

Audiences are invited to come to our concert on June 15th. For those who usually experience Jewish music in synagogue, this is an opportunity to hear something different. For those who love listening to choral music in the concert hall, but are a little tired of Bruckner, this is an opportunity to hear music by composers such as Rossi and Sulzer, Grossi and Bernstein. The concert will feature performances by the Zemel Choir and the choir of JFS, as well as special performances by our workshop participants. The 2007 ‘Celebrate with Song’ was met with great acclaim, from both audiences and partici-pants. Spurred on by this, we have arranged a second event for 2008.

Zemel Choir Zemel Choir
The Spiro Ark
25-26 Enford Street
London W1H 1DW
Telephone 020 7723 9991
Email: education@spiroark.org
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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.
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December 16, 2007

Chicken Soup for the Ears in London

Chicken Soup for the Ears –
Sunday 9 December, Sunday 13 January, Sunday 10 February, 1- 4pm
Come and join the London Klezmer Collective’s second-Sunday jam at the Cross Kings, between 1 and 4pm.
The capital’s regular klezmer session has found a home at the Cross Kings pub. 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 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 some of the tunes we might play visit http://www.ilanacravitz.com/jams.html

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

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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

June 05, 2007

The Zemel Choir Celebrates in Song

CELEBRATE WITH SONG– The Zemel Choir, in association with Jewish Music Institute and the BBC "Play it Again" campaign

Do you enjoy singing?
Would you like to sing in a choir?
Join The ZEMEL Choir together with Pandemonium and the JFS Choir for workshops 10 June (:& a concert 17 June St John's, Smith Square 7.30pm. They specially welcome people who have experience of singing, but have never had the opportunity to join a choir – also experienced choristers - both Jewish and non-Jewish - who would like to experience the rich tradition of Jewish choral music. If you would like to sing in one of these groups, and to experience the pleasure of singing Jewish choral music, please enrol 020 8236 0317 (evenings), or e-mail celebratewithsong@hotmail.com

Workshops:
10 June 10am-5.45pm
Dragon Hall, 17 Stukeley Street, London WC2B 5LT
Workshops for Intermediate and Experienced choral groups Massed choir workshop Vocal workshop with acclaimed choral conductor Mike Brewer Cost for Workshop participants: £30 (including concert ticket)

Concert
17th June 2007 7.30pm
St John’s, Smith Square, London SW1P 3HA
Featuring performances by the Zemel Choir, Pandemonium (a choir for young adults) and the JFS Choir. It will also feature performances by choral groups formed specially for the occasion, and by a massed choir consisting of all the workshop participants and other choristers. Concert Tickets £8 - £17 £8. £12, £17 (concessions -10%) from the Box Office, 020 7222 1061.

Visit our website at www.the- zemel-choir.org or phone our membership secretary on +44 (0)20-8868 8423.

Celebrate with Song is a new venture by the Zemel Choir, promoted in association with JMI and the BBC "Play it Again" Campaign. It aims to encourage participation in Jewish choral music amongst adults of all ages, and of varying experience. Supported by the Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation

The Zemel Choir, established in the UK by Dudley Cohen in 1955, is proud of its international reputation as one of the world s finest mixed voice Jewish choirs. Our wide ranging repertoire embraces all the traditional Jewish cultures, Ashkenazi, Sephardi, Yiddish and Israeli. ZC regularly performs in major venues throughout the U.K. and overseas, and besides singing well known favourites, are particularly proud to present new music, often specially commissioned, from contemporary composers.

TV and Radio appearances in the UK include:

2005- BBC1 TV Songs of Praise Holocaust Day broadcast.
2001- Radio 4 s Holocaust Day edition of Sunday Worship
1990-The Expressions of Reconciliation and Hope service in York Minster.
1986- Live television and radio broadcast of Kaddish for Terezin from Canterbury Cathedral.

Over the years the Zemel Choir have made many recordings, the most recent of which The English Tradition of Jewish Choral Music conducted by Robert Max with Cantor Moshe Haschel was described as a fascinating and beautifully performed selection of synagogue music from the 19th and 20th centuries .

The Zemel Choir have recently completed a European Tour and have in the past performed in the U.S.A., Canada, Israel, and Eastern and Western Europe, and in 1993 participated in the Polish Holocaust Memorial ceremonies in Warsaw and Treblinka to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. At the 1996 Zimriyah Choral Festival in Jerusalem the Choir was invited to sing at the opening ceremony concert which was broadcast live on Israel Radio.

Plans for the near future include 3 concerts in London before the end of 2006 and beyond that a possible tour of Western Europe in the spring of 2007.

The Choir has maintained its reputation as a result of professional musical direction, and a strong commitment to rehearsals by its members. We come together not only to sing, but to be part of a warm and friendly social group. We are always happy to welcome new members, and to find out more about us, visit our website at www.the- zemel-choir.org or phone our membership secretary on +44 (0)20-8868 8423.

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May 10, 2007

Second European Cantors Convention, London

JMI Choral and Cantorial Section and Central Synagogue present the Second European Cantors Convention, London
Tuesday June 19 -- Thursday June 21, 2007

An unrivalled opportunity for practising and aspiring cantors from the UK, Europe and further afield to share expertise and experience, learn new melodies and be inspired by some of the greatest cantors in the world who will be our honoured guests:

- Asher Hainowitz, Yeshurun Synagogue, Jerusalem
- Arie Subar, Congregation Beth Ora, Montreal
- Moshe Haschel, St John's Wood Synagogue, London
- Stephen Glass, Director of Music, Congregation Shaar Hashomayim, Montreal
- Alexander Knapp, former Joe Loss lecturer in Jewish Music, London University

The Cantors Convention will begin with a Concert 'Chazanut ? Back to the Future' on Monday night 18 June and will be officially opened by the Chief Rabbi, Sir Jonathan Sacks The programme, as last year, will provide stimulating lectures, debates, masterclasses and discussion on matters relevant to both practicing chazanim and ba'alei t'fila.

This convention is a "must attend" for anybody leading services. It is also suitable for choirmasters and choristers as well as lay congregants and all who wish to further their understanding and appreciation of the best of synagogue music today. There will be opportunities to hear the faculty and delegates presenting some of their favourite music. .

Come and meet colleagues, compare notes, learn/ brush-up/ refine//develop/ broaden/ increase your skills and learn some new music that is guaranteed to enhance the services in your synagogue.

It takes place at Central Synagogue, 40 Hallam Street, London, W1N 6NN. Following last years programme focused on Shabbat, this year it will be centred on the nusach and melodies of the Shalosh R'galim.

L210 for the three days concessions L120 Included in the price is breakfast and lunch each day and a ticket for the concert on Monday night. Accommodation is extra. A list of hotels in the area will be provided on request

Download the Registration Form at Website www.jmi.org.uk

To enrol for the Convention please complete the Registration From and send with your remittance by email to y.glass@jmi.org.uk or print out and post to 2nd Cantors Convention, Jewish Music Institute,
PO Box 232, Harrow, HA1 2NN
or call +44 (0) 208 909 2445 for more details.

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March 21, 2007

Study Jewish Music at SOAS

The School of Oriental and African Studies, part of the University of London, offers unique opportunities for the study of Jewish musics.

The SOAS Music department runs BA, MMus and PhD degree programmes; all focus on world music, with the opportunity to specialize in regional traditions including Jewish musics, and to receive high- level training in performance. In the BA, Music can be combined with language studies, Development Studies, Anthropology and many other academic disciplines, while PhD projects can be practice-led, fieldwork-based, or theoretical.

SOAS is the only university in the UK with a dedicated lectureship in Jewish music, established in memory of the late Jewish bandleader Joe Loss z"l. Course options include a survey of Jewish musics, specialised units in klezmer and in Israeli pop, individual research projects, and Jewish performance options. Students can also take courses from the wider Hebrew and Jewish studies syllabus. Further, in partnership with the Jewish Music Institute, Jewish music learning at SOAS continues outside the formal classroom, including weekly klezmer classes, new Jewish music workshops, concerts and of course Klezfest. SOAS students have access to the JMI library, housed at SOAS, in addition to the wide holdings in Jewish music within the SOAS library.

For further information, contact Dr Abigail Wood, Joe Loss Lecturer in Jewish Music at SOAS:

Department of Music
SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street
London WC1H 0XG, England

Tel: +44-(0)20-7898 4243

Email: aw48@soas.ac.uk (replace 'at' with @ symbol)

http://www.soas.ac.uk/music/

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March 11, 2007

SOCALLED SEDER and more

Thursday 22nd March

SOCALLED SEDER: Socalled, Sophie Solomon, Bukky Leo, Max Reinhardt, Boujemaa Bouboul
The Grand Hall, The Cobden Club, 170 Kensal Road, London W10 5BN (nearest tube: Westbourne Grove)
Doors Open: 8pm Tickets: £8
Book online at www.jcclondon.org.uk or email us to reserve your ticket. Door Policy at the Cobden Club requires your names in advance.
The Slave Trade was made illegal in Britain in 1707. To mark these 200 years of equality in the UK the JCC invites you to a blistering Passover affair of live funk and hiphop, visual artistry and performance you will never forget:
Featuring:
SO CALLED: conducting a symphony of hip hop beats and old Jewish record samples
SOPHIE SOLOMON: Europe’s most charismatic fiddler.
BUKKY LEO: Fela Kuti and Tony Allen’s afro-pioneering horns player.
MAX REINHARDT - legendary Austrian theatre wizard cum world music DJ
PLUS SPECIAL GUESTS: Gnawan multi-instrumentalist BOUJEMAA BOUBOUL, WILL FARQUARSON on bass and digital imagician MIKI SHAW
Produced by YaD Arts for the Jewish Community Centre

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February 26, 2007

SOCALLED SEDER in London

Thursday 22nd March, 2007
SOCALLED SEDER: Socalled, Sophie Solomon, Bukky Leo, Max Reinhardt, Boujemaa Bouboul

The Grand Hall, The Cobden Club, 170 Kensal Road, London W10 5BN (nearest tube: Westbourne Grove)
8pm. £8
Book online at www.jcclondon.org.uk to reserve your ticket. Door Policy at the Cobden Club requires your names in advance.
The Slave Trade was made illegal in Britain in 1707. To celebrate these 200 years of equality in the UK the JCC invites you to a blistering Passover affair of live funk and hiphop, visual artistry and performance you will never forget:

Featuring:
SO CALLED: conducting a symphony of hip hop beats and old Jewish record samples
SOPHIE SOLOMON: Europe’s most charismatic Jewish fiddler.
BUKKY LEO: Fela Kuti and Tony Allen’s afro-pioneering horns player.
MAX REINHARDT - legendary Austrian theatre wizard cum world music DJ
PLUS SPECIAL GUEST: Gnawan multi-instrumentalist BOUJEMAA BOUBOUL

Produced by YaD Arts for the Jewish Community Centre
www.jcclondon.org.uk
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January 17, 2007

Solomon Sisters in London

The SOLOMON SISTERS are set to warm up the crowd for Steven Berkoff's new play 'Sit and Shiva' starring Berkoff himself. Mon 29th Jan at 6.30pm
HACKNEY EMPIRE - Marie Lloyd Bar
291 Mare Street E8 1EJ
London, UK
020 8510 4500
(Free entry to the bar)
www.myspace.com/solomonsisters
http://www.hackneyempire.co.uk/show_details.php?show=37
Posted by jmwc at 11:54 AM

October 12, 2006

Jewish Community Centre for London presents

Thursday 19th October 7.45pm
SCORE @ the South Bank Centre and the Jewish Community Centre for London
Purcell Room, South Bank Centre, London
SE1 8XX
Price: £12 Call 08703 800 400 or online at www.rfh.org.uk

Lemez Lovas of Oi Va Voi will direct guest musicians Moshikop and Rohan Kriwaczek in a live performance of a specially devised new score for East and West. In Sidney M. Goldin and Ivan Abramson’s silent movie (1923), streetwise New York flapper Mollie (Molly Picon) travels to her cousin’s wedding in a traditional Polish shtetl.

Lovas, Moshikop and Kriwaczek’s new score takes us from traditional klezmer to contemporary electronica, from vaudeville to breakbeat. As love blossoms between East and West, and the musical narrative unfolds, traditional and modern worlds are brought into collision. Score is irreverent and highly entertaining. A night not to be missed.

There will be an open rehearsal for students and young people in the day on 19th October. Please contact the JCC for more information.
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September 06, 2006

Simcha on the Square at Trafalgar Square, London

A Celebration of British Jewish Culture in the presence of deputy Mayor of London, Nicky Gavron. Marking 350 years of British Jewish life. All welcome. Admission Free. Bring a Shofar to Grafalgar Square for a mass Shofar blast at around 2pm. Sunday, Spet. 17, 2006 1:00pm-7:00pm.
Hear Danny Shine's Neshama Jewish Wedding Band, Three Cantors, The London Jewish Male Choir, She'Koyakh's top tapping klezmer, Mor Karbasi, The Ronnie Scott's Legacy Quartet in a jazz tribute, Los Desterrados, The Sophie Solomon Band's world music, Merlin and Polina Shepherd with special guests, Rivers of Babylon Iraqi Jewish music, and featuring Jewish Lad's and Girls Brigade, and the Jewish Youth Choir, Oranim and Ntzanim dance troupes and more. Deliciou food and lots of exhibitions of Jewish history and culture.
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July 09, 2006

Radio Gagarin: Experiments in Sunday Socialism

Sunday 16th July 6pm – 1am
Radio Gagarin: Experiments in Sunday Socialism
Notting Hill Arts Club, 21 Notting Hill Gate, London W12
6pm – 1a.m. £5.

After a run of successive roadblocks, Radio Gagarin is back with the latest in a series of regular Gypsy Balkan Russian Klezmer mash-ups at the NHAC.
The Commissar continues to pledge exclusive new music from your hosts the Gagarin Allstars, plus special guests, internationally renowned, Mama Matrix with Daz Dolczech, poetry from Tim Cumming, performance from Friends of Gagarin, Marxist-Leninist alienation from art/animation/video installations for the Proletariat from state artists Adrian Philpott & Cathy Gale; frozen vodka & rakiya galore and resident DKs (Dancefloor Komissars) Max Reinhardt & Misha Maltsev sweating it out in the Gypsy Diskoteka til’ the road of excess has led us to the place of wisdom. Early evening come to feed your soul with summer home-cookin in the Kitschen and take a rest from your fight for Revolutionary Determinism for a few moments in the Kinodrom with new and classic shorts from Eastern Europe.

Co-Produced by Adrian Philpott/ Oi Va Voi / Taskovski Films / YaD Arts / Ziggurat.
www.yadarts.com
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Leeds Hopkele

Hopkele III - the summer Klezmer Keilidh

Whether you're in London or Leeds you can dance the summer night away to live klezmer music-- Leeds Hopkele
When? Wednesday 12 July. Doors open 7.15pm
What? Yiddish barn dance with Steven Weintraub calling
Where? Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Community Centre, 311 Stonegate Road, Leeds LS17 8AZ (no. 71 bus)
Tickets? £9/£7 concs. Call Tracy Bickler on 0113 218 5824 or hopkele@hotmail.co.uk


Love to dance? Steven Weintraub, Chicago?s Yiddish Fred Astaire, will be showing you the steps to fantastic eastern European Jewish traditional dances. In London you can also come and learn some extra moves in advance at our special Yiddish dance workshop

Can?t dance, won?t dance? Then come along, listen, and watch those dancers shvitz while you shmooze! There?ll be snacks, drinks and live klezmer music all night (except when we?re on our break, of course) from the Hopkele House Band: John Bone (accordion), Ilana Cravitz (fiddle), Ros Hawley (clarinet), Guy Schalom (drums) and Paul Tkachenko (bass)

London Hopkele
When? Sunday 16 July
What? Afternoon dance workshop and evening dance with Steven Weintraub calling When exactly? Dance workshop: 4-6pm. Evening dance: doors open 7.15pm Where? West London Synagogue, 33 Seymour Place, London W1 (Marble Arch tube) Tickets? Workshop or dance: £10/£8 concs. Both events: £17/£13 concs if booked in advance. Call Ilana on 020 8985 3724 or hopkele@hotmail.co.uk

Presented by Hopkele Productions
020 8985 3724 ● hopkele@hotmail.co.uk
Posted by jmwc at 10:43 PM

May 18, 2006

First European Cantors Convention, London

First London Cantors Convention
Sunday 25 - Wednesday 28 June 2006
Central Synagogue, 36 Hallam Street, W1W 6NW
An unrivalled opportunity for practising and aspiring cantors from the UK, Europe and further afield to share expertise and experience, learn new melodies and be inspired by some of the greatest cantors in the world who will be our honoured guests. Please read more!

Great Cantors present at the convention will include:
Joseph Malovany, Fifth Avenue Synagogue and Distinguished Professor of Liturgical Music, Yeshiva University New York, as well as Dean of the Academy of Jewish Music, Moscow; Alberto Mizrahi , Chief Cantor, Anshe Emet Synagogue, Chicago and on the faculty of the HL Miller Cantorial School, New York, Anshe Emet Synagogue, Chicago; Arie L Subar, Chief Cantor, Beth Ora Synagogue, Montreal and on the Board of the Cantorial Council of America; Shmuel Barzilai Chief Cantor, Jewish Community, Vienna

With leading British cantors they will present workshops, illustrated talks, round table discussions and masterclasses on selections from the Sabbath liturgy. They will share great congregational melodies and matters of concern to the practicing chazan. There will be informal singing and discussion sessions in the evenings.

The convention is presented by the Jewish Music Institute in collaboration with Central Synagogue, London a under the direction of Stephen Glass, Director of Music at Congregation Shaar Hashomayim, Montreal

Attendance at the Cantors Convention includes a free ticket to the opening concert: Cantors in Concert
Sunday 25 June
8.00pm
Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
Fourteen cantors will exemplify the art of the cantor with the gentlemen of the Choir of London accompanied and introduced by Stephen Glass. (Public booking at www.rfh.org.uk or 08703 400 800)

Convention information and on-line registration www.jmi.org.uk
Or telephone the Jewish Music Institute on +44 (0)20 8909 2445

Sunday 3.00pm rehearsal 8.00pm (concert)
Monday and Tuesday 9.30 am - 10.00pm
Wed 9.30am - 6.00pm
full rate £165, student rate £120
daily rate £45, student daily rate £35
(includes light lunch - suppers will be provided at a small extra cost Accommodation not included - a list of hotels at all prices in the area on request)

"Words are the language of the mind, but song is the language of the soul.. The renewal of Jewish synagogue music in our time is one of the most exciting and moving developments in recent years. I welcome this first London Cantors Convention and the untiring work by Stephen Glass and JMI in collaboration with Central Synagogue. I feel sure it will give all our cantors renewed vigour and increase their ability to inspire. I send my blessing and hope that you will find the experience enriching and exhilarating".
--Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks

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Cantorial Summer School Progressive Tradition 2006

The Sabbath in the Progressive Tradition
L'chu N'ran'nah L'Adonai - Come let us sing to the Eternal One!
A four-day intensive course for synagogue musicians, worship leaders, choir directors, and all lovers of Jewish music.
Course Director, Cantor Josee Wolff (New York)
Sunday 18 June - Wednesday 21 June 2006
Daily 10.30am - 5.30pm
West London Synagogue, 33 Seymour Place, London, W1
Full rate: £165 students rate £120. Daily rate: £45
Registration and more details Tel: 020 8909 2445
e-mail: jewishmusic@jmi.org.uk
Website: www.jmi.org.uk

Josée Wolf the charismatic cantor of New York returns by popular demand to look intensively at the Sabbath in the progressive tradition. She says: During this course we will:

* Study the history and structure of Shabbat liturgy
* explore the use of traditional synagogue modes in contemporary worship
* learn congregational melodies for the Kabbalat Shabbat service
* discuss integration of choirs into the services
* experience how music can be midrash
* and much more...

Come and refine your skills, share your experience and learn some new music that is guaranteed to enhance the services in your synagogue.
A must for anyone leading services on Shabbat.
Full rate: £165 students rate £120. Daily rate: £45
Registration and more details Tel: 020 8909 2445
e-mail: jewishmusic@jmi.org.uk
Website: http://www.jmi.org.uk/

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April 17, 2006

SP!EL @ the Hampstead Theatre London

Sunday 23rd April 7pm – 11pm
Tracy Ann Oberman, Maureen Lipman, David Aaronovitch, Norman Lebrecht, Max Wigram and more…
SP!EL @ the Hampstead Theatre and the new Jewish Community Centre for London
Hampstead Theatre, Eton Avenue Swiss Cottage, NW3 3EU
Price: £12 /£11 concessions
Book on 0207 722 9301 or online at www.hampsteadtheatre.com

At SP!EL, four guests including Maureen Lipman, Tracy Ann Oberman, Norman Lebrecht and Max Wigram with host David Aaronovitch will chew the fat over contemporary cultural events, surrounded by sneak live previews of new albums, plays, performance and books by visiting bands, actors and contemporary dancers.

We will feature a performance from Three Admirers, a newly commissioned piece from the works of Isaac Bashevis Singer, adapted by the award-winning Samuel Adamson and directed by Mark Rosenblatt plus dj Max Reinhardt in the bar after the show.

Discussion includes Andy Warhol’s Ten Portrait Of Jews at the National Portrait Gallery, the new novel Journey to the land of No by Roya Hakakian and Ushpizin, showing at Screen on the Hill and the Odeon Swiss Cottage.

Produced by YaD Arts for the Jewish Community Centre www.hampsteadtheatre.com & www.jewishcommunitycentre.org.uk
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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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December 20, 2005

Central in Song at Wix Hall, Central Synagogue in London

Wednesday 21 December
Central in Song at Wix Hall, Central Synagogue
Address: 36 Hallam Street, London, W1N 6NN,
7.30pm
Phone:020 7580 1355.

Music at Central presents music written for the synagogue performed by its cantor Steven Leas and the choirs of Central Synagogue and the Choir of London at Central Synagogue on Wednesday 21 December, at 7.30pm.

This exciting collaboration sees Steven Leas and the Choir of Central Synagogue, who performed before the Queen last year at Westminster Palace, joined by the men of the highly acclaimed Choir of London, an ensemble of some of the UK's finest choral singers who are particularly noted for their innovative cross-cultural projects, and who performed in Jerusalem and Ramallah last year.

The programme, accompanied and introduced by Stephen Glass, includes settings of prayers and psalms, from Renaissance polyphony to modern arrangements. Of particular interest are joint performances of Hebrew and Yiddish works by Meir Finkelstein and Stephen Glass, two of the most dynamic figures in the contemporary world of Jewish cantorial and choral music, born in Britain but living and working in North America.

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October 26, 2005

Balkan Beat Box with OI VA VOI

Thursday 3rd November 8pm
@ DASH 05 Scala, 275 Pentonville Road, Kings Cross, London N1 9NL
All tickets 10 online www.dasharts.org.uk
or 08700 600 100.
TICKETS ARE SELLING FAST BOOK NOW!

An electric circus of beats and live music from around the Mediterranean. Balkan Beat Box bring electronic sounds and samples mixed with wild live music from North Africa, the Middle East, the Balkans and Eastern Europe. It combines an international 8-piece house band with guest slots from over 15 UK and visiting musicians. Surrounding the audience and using every inch of Scala, the night will feature a live set from Oi Va Voi, Londons own bastard Balkan klezmer electro-pop rock band. Also appearing are artists from the Bollywood Brass Band, London Bulgarian Choir, Fantazia, belly dancers and DJS Max Reinhardt and Lemez Lovas.
Produced by Dash Arts in co-production with YaD Arts. This is a part of DASH 05 a new season of art, music, theatre and visual art across London. Check the DASH website www.dasharts.org.uk

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June 22, 2005

SPIEL @ the ICA

Sunday 26th June 7pm 11pm
Jonathan Freedland, Howard Jacobson, Patrick Marber, ZOHAR live, Tracy Ann Oberman, Lisa Appignanesi, Andrew Renton and more SPIEL @ the ICA and the new Jewish Community Centre for London Institute of Contemporary Art, London,
SW1
Price: 12 /11 concessions /10 ICA members.
LAST REMAINING TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE ICA BOX OFFICE ON 020 7930 3647

At SPIEL, four guests Howard Jacobson, Tracy Ann Oberman, Lisa Appignanesi, Andrew Renton, with host Jonathan Freedland, will chew the fat over contemporary cultural events with Jewish content, surrounded by sneak live previews of new albums, plays, performance and books by visiting bands, actors and contemporary dancers.
We will feature the live premiere of Patrick Marbers new play Hoop Lane, performed by Trevor Peacock, Marcia Warren and Rory Kinnear, a sneak preview of ZOHARs forthcoming album Do You Have Any Faith? plus dj Lemez Lovas (Resonance FM / Oi Va Voi) in the bar after the show.
Discussion includes Tate Moderns forthcoming solo show of the work of Frida Kahlo, Jonathan Safran Foers new book Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and the film Paradise Grove showing at the Everyman Cinema in Hampstead, accompanied by visuals and short film screenings.
Produced by YaD Arts
www.ica.org.uk &
www.jewishcommunitycentre.org.uk
Sunday 24th July 6pm 1am Oi Va Voi and friends present Radio Gagarin: Experiments in Sunday Socialism Notting Hill Arts Club, 21 Notting Hill Gate, London W12 6pm 1a.m. 5.

After another total roadblock, Radio Gagarin is back with the next in a series of regular Gypsy Balkan Russian Klezmer socialist shakedowns at the NHAC. The Commissar pledges exclusive new music from Oi Va Voi plus special guests, performance and djs. Co-Produced by Adrian Philpott/ Oi Va Voi / Taskovski Films / YaD Arts / Ziggurat. www.yadarts.com
PLUS check out Taskovski Films award-winning Czech Dream, showing at the ICA from this weekend. Czech Dream follows two film students who used a state grant to promote the opening of an entirely fictitious big-box mega-market in a Prague field. The resulting scandal, alternately hilarious and discomfiting, illuminates the waking nightmare of consumerism in a country still adjusting to the strengths and pitfalls of the concept. www.sodapictures.com + www.ica.org.uk

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June 09, 2005

World Music Summer School at SOAS listings

KlezFest London and Jewish Song Summer School
Jewish music and song course
Sunday 10Friday 15 July 2005 (daily 9.15am11.00pm)
Frank London and the Klezmatics and other inspirational teachers: Michael Alpert, Josh Dolgin, Merlin Shepherd, Sophie Solomon, Deborah Strauss and Jeff Warschauer, present six days of intensive klezmer experience: singing, dancing, instrumental and ensemble workshops and masterclasses in the style, ornamentation and repertoire of Eastern European Jewish music, for amateur and professional musicians no previous experience needed. Runs parallel with a six-day Jewish Song School exploring the repertoire, interpretation and pronunciation of Jewish songs in many directed by Shura Lipovsky, of Amsterdam with Jacinta from Paris, Lorin Sklamberg, Michael Alpert (New York) and Polina Achkenazi Shepherd (Brighton) for leisure and professional singers. Includes Concert: Klezmer Klimax III The ultimate klezmer performance by the Klezmatics and some of the worlds most acclaimed performers as above. Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank Centre
Wednesday 13 July 2005, 7.45pm
Concert Box Office 08703 800 400
Full rate 285, Student rate 185 includes refreshments, lunches and dinners and concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall 13 July.
Some scholarships available
T 020 8909 2445 or jewishmusic@jmi.org.uk
Register online at www.jmi.org.uk

Ot Azoy! Yiddish Language and song
Sunday 17Friday 22 July 2005 (daily 9.30am6.30pm)
Ot Azoy means This is the way - to learn Yiddish, quickly and easily, and with lots of fun in a warm friendly environment, right in the heart of London. Intensive language tuition by international experts and also Yiddish song and film. For complete beginners to intermediate standards. Directed by Dr Khayele Beer of University College London with Pesakh Fiszman (New York) and Sonia Pinkasuvitch (Brussels).
Full rate 285, Student rate 185 includes refreshments and lunches Some scholarships available
T 020 8909 2445 or jewishmusic@jmi.org.uk
Register online at www.jmi.org.uk

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JMI presents two Cantorial Summer Schools and a Choral Festival 26 30 June 2005

JMI in LONDON presents two Cantorial Summer Schools and a choral Festival 26 30 June 2005
Director Stephen Glass
International Advisory Board
Cantor Naftali Herstik, Great Synagogue, Jerusalem
Cantor Alberto Mizrahi, Anshe Emet Synagogue, Chicago
leading Yamim Noraim services in the Orthodox tradition, bringing fresh insights on interpreting the texts and new melodies all designed to help you prepare for the coming High Holy Days led by Stephen Glass (Montreal)
Cantor Arie L Subar (Montreal)
And internationally recognised cantors from the UK
Full rate: 130 students rate 90. Daily rate: 30

10.30am 5.30pm (Except Sunday afternoon) Central Synagogue, 36 Hallam Street W1

The High Holy Days in the Orthodox tradition Sunday 26 Thursday 30 June A five-day intensive programme for professional Cantors and all those 'Stephen Glass's contribution to Jewish liturgical music has been immense. I have no doubt that every individual who will be leading services in our synagogues over the Yamim Nora'im would benefit from this imaginative and stimulating course.'-- Peter Sheldon, President of the United Synagogue GB
Registration and more details Tel: 020 8909 2445
e-mail: jewishmusic@jmi.org.uk Website: www.jmi.org.uk

The High Holy Days in the Progressive Tradition
A four-day intensive for Synagogue Musicians: solo singers, choral directors, choir members and accompanists. With the charismatic cantor Josee Wolf Hebrew Union College, New York, ( the first woman from the European continent to be invested as cantor), teacher of synagogue music and worship throughout the progressive Jewish world, you will explore liturgy and music for the Days of Awe, topics will include: Liturgical texts, congregational melodies and choral repertoire as well as the basic unaccompanied chant (Nusach) for the High Holy Days Texts uses will be from the various progressive machzorim (RSGB, ULPS, Masorti, and others).

Monday 27 Thursday 30 June
10.30am 5.30pm

Leo Baeck College, The Sternberg Centre,
80 East End Road, London, N3

we welcome this initiative of the JMI, which will enrich and enhance the music of our Synagogues.-- Jonathan Magonet, Principal. Leo Baeck College Centre for Jewish Education.
Full rate: 130 students rate 90. Daily rate: 30
Registration and more details Tel: 020 8909 2445
e-mail: jewishmusic@jmi.org.uk Website: www.jmi.org.uk

Monday 27 June Sunday 3 July
JMI Barry Weinberg Jewish Choral Festival
Director, Stephen Glass
Coordinators, Vivienne Bellos, Dan Jacobs
British and International choirs will gather each evening for massed choir rehearsals and masterclasses conducted by Stephen Glass and hosted by Londons leading choirs in venues across London, culminating in Choirs in Concert, two concerts at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on 3 July 4.00pm and 8.00pm. This course is guaranteed to enrich and inspire participants. It is an excellent opportunity to learn new and interesting repertoire, enhance your vocal and choral technique, build your confidence, make new friends and network with choristers and musical directors The Choral Festival is free for choirs. Advance registration is essential.
To join call Viv Bellos on 07956 912 567 e-mail v.bellos@jmi.org.uk
or register online at the JMI Website www.jmi.org.uk

(Concert)
Sunday 3 July 4.00pm and 8.00pm
Choirs in Concert
Two concerts featuring, the leading Jewish Choirs from the UK and abroad individually and combined, introduced and directed by internationally acclaimed, composer, arranger and choirmaster, Stephen Glass of Montreal

4.00pm Great Choirs of Today. Hear the contrasting styles and repertoire of Londons choirs as well as visitors from Israel, Europe, the USA and South Africa.

8.00pm Voices in Harmony: Special traditional and modern repertoire will bring hundreds of singers together in Massed Male Voices and Massed Mixed Voices. This concert introduces for the first time to the Queen Elizabeth Hall stage, the London Massed Teenage Choir, all conducted by Stephen Glass.
The culmination of the 3rd JMI Barry Weinberg Jewish Choral Festival 2005. (see www.jmi.org.uk)
Royal Festival Hall Box office 08703 800 400 or www.rfh.org.uk
Each concert 19.50, 16.50, 12.50
Special price for both concerts 29,50 26.50, 19.50

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June 03, 2005

Orthodox Choir to Sing in Wales

The Welsh Valleys will echo to the sound of traditional Jewish music in July 2005, when the first Orthodox choir from Israel participates in the 56th Llangollen International Eisteddfod. The Ramatayim Mens Choir of Jerusalem has been invited to participate in thisprestigious international choral competition before, but the dates have usually prevented their attendance. For more information about Ramatayim, contact Sarah Manning: sarah@globalvisionsisrael.com MORE...

The reason they weren't able to attend before is that they cannot participate during the traditional Three Weeks of Mourning for the Destruction of the Temple. This being a Jewish leap year, however, they are coming to the UK to represent Israel, along with competitors from more than 50 other countries.
The Eisteddfod is a world-renowned festival dedicated to the promotion of peace and friendship through music, as well as the pursuit of choral excellence, explains Ramatyims Muscial Director Richard Shavei-Tzion. We believe that we are the first orthodox Jewish mens choir to participate, and we are delighted to be able to bring our repertoire of classical Chazanut, Chassidic and Israel songs to Wales, to compete alongside the worlds best choirs. The Ramatayim Mens Choir takes its name from the Ramot suburb of Jerusalem where it first started 10 years ago. Its 30 members originate from Israel, the UK, South Africa, Australia and the USA, and they have performed together in concert halls and synagogues around Israel with some of the worlds leading Chazanim. While in Britain they will be giving concerts in Wembley for Spiro Ark and at Birminghams Israel Cultural Centre in aid of Magen David Adom.
Ramatayim has just released its debut CD, entitled 400 Years of Synagogue Music, comprising a seletion of music composed by famous composers from the 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.

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April 18, 2005

Leeds Jewish International Theatre Festival

Leeds Jewish International Theatre Festival which takes place 17th 21st July at Leeds Grammar School. It has been described as the "new cultural fringe festival" of Leeds. The Festival will offer back to back performances over a five day period, purely for the publics entertainment. The Leeds Grammar School site will be turned into a buzzing Theatre Village with 3 theatres being used simultaneously. This is a unique opportunity for all to come and enjoy Jewish related Performing Arts and Music. The Festival Website is www.ljtf.org.

Highlights include: Ivor Dembina, last years prize winners, Rose Bruford Drama College, London & Stuart Curtiss K-groove with music from their hit album Smoked Salmon Salsa . For classical music lovers Benjamin Frith, protge of Dame Fanny Waterman will perform with Sagi Hartov, world class Israeli Cellist. These are only a few of the amazing line-up for the Festival. If you wish to find out more about the Festival, e-mail leedsmakor@hotmail.com .

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March 30, 2005

Shlepping Mishpacha klezmer band

A British band has a new website: www.shleppingmishpacha.com A lot of them studied at the Royal Academy of Music. By the sounds of things, they're having a great time with the klezmer music.
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March 16, 2005

Radio Gagarin: Experiments in Sunday Socialism

Sunday 20th March 4pm - 1am
Oi Va Voi and friends present
Radio Gagarin: Experiments in Sunday Socialism
Notting Hill Arts Club, 21 Notting Hill Gate, London W12
4pm - 1a.m. Free before 6pm, 5 after.
www.yadarts.com

Oi Va Voi & friends proudly present the first in a series of regular Gypsy Balkan Russian Klezmer shakedowns at the NHAC. Exclusive new music from Oi Va Voi plus the Rohan Theatre Band live on stage, special guest musicians, sound/art/poetry/circus/puppet theatre/video installations for the Proletariat featuring state artists Moshikop, Adrian Philpott, Zoe Klinger and Anita Rickwood; frozen vodka & rakiya galore and resident DKs (Dancefloor Komissars) Lemez Lovas, Max Reinhardt, Starets & special Siberian guest DK Heretic sweating it out in the Gypsy Diskoteka til the phat politburo sings. Early evening come to feed your soul with borscht 'n' blinis in the Soviet kitschen, explore Marxist dialectic over the chess boards and escape the capitalist running dogs for a few revolutionary moments in the Kinodrom with award-winning Czech, Russian and Bosnian shorts plus a feast of new and classic animation in the legendary Jan Svankmajer style... and it's free before six...
Co-Produced by Adrian Philpott/ Oi Va Voi / Taskovski Films / YaD Arts / Ziggurat. www.yadarts.com

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March 10, 2005

Lucie Skeaping & the Burning Bush

Princes Road Synagogue
A world centre for Jewish Music
presents the UK's No. 1 Klezmer and Jewish Folk Band
Lucie Skeaping & the Burning Bush

The Burning Bush combines foot-tapping dances of the Klezmer bands of Eastern Europe with mystical ballads of the Jewish ghetto
Sunday 10th April 2005
Princes Road Synagogue, Liverpool at 7.30pm
Tickets 12.50
For tickets and further information please telephone +44 0151 709 3431
or email tickets@princesroad.org

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January 04, 2005

'The Whitechapel Windmill' and A Seminar on Jewish Boxers of London's East End

Tuesday 29 March 2005
A Seminar on Jewish Boxers of London's East End
And excerpts from a brand new opera
'The Whitechapel Windmill'
by Howard Frederics
The opera deals with the life of the famous Jewish boxer from the East End Jack 'Kid' Berg (born Judah Bergman) covering aspects of his fascinating life. and 2 lectures on the history of Jewish boxing in Britain.
7.30pm Bloomsbury Theatre, 15 Gordon Square, London WC1
e-mail blooms.theatre@ucl.ac.uk 020 7388 8822
details from Clive Bettington 07941 367 882 c.bettington@jeecs.org.uk
supported by the Kessler Foundation. The Jewish Institute (University College London), Kingston University and is part of the International Forum for Yiddish Culture project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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Jewish Music in London

January 2005 LONDON
Holocaust related events:
January is Holocaust Memorial month in the UK and we have several exquisite musical events that throw a special light and poignancy on those times. See listing sheet and flyers for events at the Barbican, Wigmore Hall and in the Jewish East End. Please book your tickets directly with the venues.

Wednesday 12 January 2005 6.15 8.00pm (Holocaust Commemoration)
Thwarted Voices: Music Suppressed by the Third Reich
Soloists and Chamber Groups from the Yehudi Menuhin School, Director of Music: Malcolm Singer, perform music by composers who were banned, exiled or murdered by the Nazi regime. Programme includes: Franz Schreker: Intermezzo; Vilm Tausky: Coventry (string quartet) written on entering the bombed Coventry Cathedral; and The Twin Towers (string quartet) written by young pupil Oscar Perks when he was twelve years old, at the time of the atrocity.
Barbican Art Gallery, Silk Street, London EC2
Concert free to same-day ticket holders for the exhibition
Open daily 11am -8.00pm (except Tuesday and Thursday closes 6.00pm)
Exhibition: 8 Concessions 6 0845 121 6826
JMI in association with the Barbican Art Gallery


More concerts:
Sunday January 16 "Homage to Szymon Laks"
Sunday January 23 "We want the light"
Sunday January 23 "Songs of Praise"
Wednesday January 26 "Entartete Musik"
Thursday January 27 "Holocaust National Broadcast" Sunday January 30 "Sephardi Celebration by Candlelight"

Sunday 16 January
Homage to Szymon Laks (1901 1983)
Jacqueline Cole piano
Szymon Laks studied in Warsaw and Paris and after deportation, survived though his music becoming violinist and conductor of the Auschwitz II Mens Orchestra. This concert will present two UK Premieres of Laks works for solo piano written almost immediately after his liberation and return to political exile in Paris 1945 and also works by Haas, Chopin, Ullmann, Schul, Messiaen 5pm, Wigmore Hall
36 Wigmore Street, London W1U 2BP, 020 7935 2141
Victor Ullmann Foundation in association with JMI
Sponsors: Clive M Marks FCA and the Polish Cultural Institute, London UK

Sunday 23rd January
We Want the Light A special screening of a film about how music was affected by the Holocaust with an interview with 100 year old Terezin inmate the concert pianist, Alice Herts Sommer. Introduced by film-maker Christopher Nupen. 12:45 - 14:15 Mile End Genesis Cinema, Mile End Road, E1 (nr tube Stepney Green)
Tickets are free but must be reserved. To book: 08700 606 061 or go to www.genesis-cinema.co.uk.

Sunday 23 January BBC1 early evening
Songs of Praise, Watch the Holocaust special edition on BBC 1, featuring The Zemel Choir

Thurs 27 January BBC4
Holocaust National Broadcast, on 27 January from the national event in the presence of The Queen, will include the choir of Great Portland Street Synagogue with Cantor Steven Leas.

Wednesday 26 January
Entartete Musik
An evening of dark and subversive cabaret and song, celebrating the lyrics and music of artists who struggled under the shadow of the Third Reich: Spoliansky, Eisler, Tucholsky, Brecht, Hollaender. Written and directed by Jude Alderson, Musical direction Julian Dawes, with Micaela Leon, Jenni Lush, Sarah Niles and Kieran Buckeridge of the Amazonia Music Theatre Company. Last seen at the Drill Hall where it played to capacity houses.
7.00pm Stepney Community Centre, Beaumont Grove, Stepney Green E1 Free tickets 020 7364 7907 or artsevents.lbth@dial.pipex.com


30 January
Sephardi Celebration by Candlelight
Norman Lebrecht, Compre Adam Musikant Chazan and Choir of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews Congregation conducted by Maurice Martin, and also featuring Gemma Rosefield, cello with Yvonne Behar Piano. A repeat of the sell-out concert in December, 20, 15, 7.50 7.30pm Bevis Marks Synagogue 0870 420 3065

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November 04, 2004

The London Jewish Male Choir (LJMC)

The London Jewish Male Choir (LJMC) is delighted to announce a pre-Chanukah 2004 concert featuring the LJMC and SHIR - a London based quartet specializing in Jewish music from Eastern Europe and Israel - at the Artsdepot, the new theatre at Tally Ho Corner, Finchley on Wednesday December 1st. 8pm The concert will feature a mixture of Klezmer, Yiddish, Cantorial, Ladino, Chassidic and Israeli music performed by two of London's top Jewish musical acts. This will be the first major performance conducted by the LJMC's new Musical Director Michael Etherton. The Artsdepot is a state of the art 400 seat theatre and "cultural centre" which opened in September 2004. Tickets are available from the box office 020 8449 0048. Priced 15 (pounds) more information on the LJMC at www.ljmc.org.uk more information on Shir can be found at www.shirmusic.co.uk more information on the Artsdepot can be found at www.artsdepot.co.uk
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October 21, 2004

The Sound and Light Cinematic Duo

The Sound and Light Cinematic Duo (Merlin Shepherd/ clarinet, bass clarinet and Polina Shepherd / piano) are performing new and traditional Jewish music to accompany the Yuri Morozov Jewish Film Archive (Kiev).
and as part of the UK Jewish Film Festival

17th October, London, the Screen on the Hill
14th November, Birmingham, Mac
18th November, Manchester, The Cornerhouse
28th November, Nottingham, Broadway Cinema
also as part of the Brighton Festival of Jewish Music

5th December, Brighton, Sallis Benny Theatre
for more information http://www.ukjewishfilmfestival.org.uk/

The unique UK Premiere of the Yuri Morozov archive contains some of the earliest cinematic representations of east European Jewish communities and more. Black and White silent films as early as 1910 depict the Jews of Ukraine and their daily lives in both narrative and documentary forms. Many of these films have never been seen outside of Ukraine and some have not been screened for over 80 years. Merlin and Polina Shepherd represent two nations although their families come from very close geographical locations. At the end of the 19th Century, Merlin's great-grandparents emigrated from Ukraine and Romania to escape pogroms and seek a better world in the west. Polina's grandparents escaped from the Sho'ah (Holocaust) by fleeing from Kiev/Odessa to Siberia. The different and yet vital sustenance of his western Jewish upbringing and her eastern one have brought them to a unique closeness in musical, creative and spiritual terms. Their playing acts as the perfect foil for these amazing historic documents. With their deep training, musical experience and by using tradition musical pieces and stylistically accurate new compositions, these films are magically brought back to life almost a century after their first screenings. By transportation backwards in time with this historically accurate visual and aural experience, these two world class musicians bring their audiences forward to a deeper understanding of present and latter day Yiddishkeit.
The films:

L'chaim, Dir A. Mietr and K. Ganzer, 1910 9 mins.
Sore's Grief Dir A. Arkatov, 1913, 13 mins.
Jews and the Land, Dir. Abram Room, 1927, 17 mins.
Against Fathers' Will (Mabul) Dir Evgeny Ivanov-Barkov, 1926, 43 mins.

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September 23, 2004

"Muwashshahaat" concert at SOAS

SOAS, London, [Brunei Gallery Theatre]. Saturday 9 October at 7.30pm. University of London, Thornhaugh Square, London WC1 [tube: Russell Square] < /br> Admission is free. However in order to reserve a place you have to send your name (s) by e-mail to: ee11@soas.ac.uk so that they can be put onto the list.

The concert is going to include a shadow theatre performance showing the roots of Karaghiozis in medieval Cairo in 1310!.< /br> Full details of the Concert [and the Conference of which it is part] can be found at < /br> www.geocities.com/Muwashshah
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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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Something Jewish in UK

from London, England and Leslie Bunder is now running a number of Jewish websites including SomethingJewish.co.uk and Jewish.net She is launching a dedicated Jewish music site covering all types of Jewish music (of course where there are clearlyJewish influences and content withni them). They are also broadcasting a weekly Jewish music show called the SomethingJewish Radio Show and have featured, played and interviewed people from The Klezmatics through to Jewish rapper Remedy Ross.
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February 19, 2004

Moshikop at YaD Arts

A mesmerizing blend of acoustic and electronic sounds, along the lines of Morcheeba or the Gotan project, with a Middle Eastern slant!

--LONDON-- Monday 8 March: Costa Urbana at the Notting Hill Arts Club, 21 Notting Hill Gate, London W11 3JQ Free before 8pm, 5 after, 3 concessions First 3 people to email maria@yadarts.com get in for free, next 10 on concession list Tuesday 16 March, 8:30pm Private showcase at Momo, Heddon St - Guests only. First 5 people who email maria@yadarts.com will be put on the exclusive guest list. Saturday 27March, 8.00pm Supporting Celloman at the Spitz, 109 Commercial St. Old Spitalfields Market. London. E1 6BG Tickets 12/10 adv 2 free tickets to be given out to first two to email maria@yadarts.com YaD has entered 2004 with a whole host of things up our sleeves Further to our successful Movement of the People series at the end of last year, we are planning to continue these events in 2004, bringing exciting acts from around the globe to a London stage. Watch for dates and line-up including Israels Idan Reichel, Gogol Bordello, Oi Va Voi, Frank Londons Klezmer Allstars and Victoria Hanna, plus theatre and art shows.

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