April 29, 2015

Neshama Carlebach Live!


May 3, 7PM
Neshama Carlebach and Josh Nelson in Concert
Leo Baeck Temple
1300 N Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA, 90048
For further info please visit jewishwisdomandwellness.org

May 7, 7PM
Washington DC JCC
1529 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Neshama is honored to be opening the Washington Jewish Music Festival Series with her band, Reverend Milton Vann, members of The Glory to God Singers and special Guest Appearance by Josh Nelson.
For further information please visit wjmf.org/neshamacarlebach
Posted by jmwc at 12:04 AM

March 16, 2015

Dance Workshops with Steve Weintraub, March 17-19 2015

Dance in Berkeley, CA with Steve Weintraub!
Tuesday, March 17 - Thursday, March 19, 7:30pm, Steve Weintraub, Magician of Jewish Dance, presents three workshops:
Tuesday, Raising the Roof: Jewish Stunts, Moves and Styles (Part 1). Dancing at a simkheh is not only a pleasure, it is also a mitzveh and a gift to those celebrating. Learn to show off with the Bottle Dance, and be part of a Human Roulette Wheel and the Crushing Walls!

Wednesday, Make 'Em Dance, for musicians and bands. Musicians will take turns dancing. Learn correct tempos and feeling for each dance style. Improved playing guaranteed!

Thursday, Raising the Roof: Jewish Stunts, Moves and Style (Part 2). It's Yiddish barn dancing! Including the Jewish square dance called the sher, and a variety of other fun and social dances with ballroom roots.

Presented in association with KlezCalifornia. Tickets: $15/workshop, $25 for two, $39.99 for all three. Box office: 800.838.3006. More info: jewishmusicfestival.org.
Posted by jmwc at 10:57 PM

August 16, 2013

Rock & Roll Shabbat

Friday night, August 16th at 8:15pm
Rock & Roll Shabbat
Music of Hendrix, Stein, Fifty Shekels and the King featuring the Hazzanettes!!
And the Band—Justin Stein; Troy Dexter; Avi Sills and ZZ Cohen
(plus a sneak preview of our Beatles Shabbat coming up in December)

Temple Aliyah
6025 Valley Circle Blvd
Woodland Hills. Calif. 91367
818 346 3545 ext 105
Posted by jmwc at 10:56 AM

July 17, 2013

Klez California Events Coming Soon!

NEW: Saturday, July 20, 4:00pm, Anthony Russell presents The Sidor Belarsky Songbook. Part of JCC San Francisco's Oneg Shabbat, 2:00-5:00pm. Similar events are taking place every Saturday, through August 24. Many activities for all ages. No charge. More info: 415.292.1286 jccsf.org/onegshabbat.

Saturday, July 20, 7:30-10:00pm, Mama Loshn in "A Mit-Zumer Nakht Cholem," A Mid-Summer Night's Dream Dance Party. Yiddish, Ladino, and English-language music. Mama Loshn will welcome other musical guests, including Reb Irwin Keller, Laurie Le'ah Lippin, and dance leader Bruce Bierman. At Congregation Ner Shalom, Cotati. Wine and beer available for purchase. Tickets: $20 advance /$25 door. More info: 707.528.5538, jccsoco.org .

Sunday, July 21, 6:00pm (music begins 6:30pm) Klezmer Night with Saul Goodman's Klezmer Band, featuring Mike Perlmutter (clarinet), Dave Rosenfeld (mandolin, violin, percussion), and Jack Hanly (poyk, mandolin). Dancing led by Bruce Bierman. Incorporating post-immigrant sounds rooted in klezmer tradition, Saul Goodman's music moves the spirit and the dance! At Tannourine Restaurant, San Mateo. $10 cover + order off the regular menu of delicious Lebanese food. Co-sponsored by KlezCalifornia. More info: 650.638.1960, tannourinecuisine.com.

NEW: Monday, July 22, 6:00-8:00pm, Klezmer Mondays at Saul's, featuring Orchestra Euphonos. At Saul's Restaurant & Delicatessen, Berkeley. Entertainment free with minimum $10 purchase. More info: 510.848.3354, Facebook.com/SaulsDeli/events.

NEW: Wednesday, July 24 - Sunday, July 28, The Resonant Rogues on tour. Their own compositions, plus traditional Balkan & klezmer, Gypsy & hot jazz, and old-time mountain standards. One night gigs at venues in Sacramento, Santa Rosa, San Francisco, Oakland, and San Francisco. More info: theresonantrogues.com.

NEW: Sunday, July 28, 10:00am, "An American Tail" film screening. At the Castro Theatre, San Francisco. This animated film tells the story of Fievel Mouskewitz and his family of Jewish mice, who escape from Russia in the late 1800s and immigrate to the U.S. At the time of its release in 1986, it became the most successful non-Disney animated feature Part of S.F. Jewish Film Festival and co-presented by KlezCalifornia. Tickets: Individual tickets: $11-$12. More info: 415.621.0523, sfjff.org.

NEW: Sunday, July 28, 12:00pm, "Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy" film screening. At the Castro Theatre, San Francisco. From Rodgers and Hammerstein to the Gershwins, Leonard Bernstein to Stephen Sondheim, the roll call of composers who defined musical theater reads like a synagogue board of directors' list. An documentary about the Jewish composers who essentially invented the Broadway musical. Part of S.F. Jewish Film Festival and co-presented by KlezCalifornia. Individual tickets: $11-$12. More info: 415.621.0523, sfjff.org.

Monday, July 29, 6:00-8:00pm, Klezmer Mondays at Saul's, featuring the Red Hot Chachkas. At Saul's Restaurant & Delicatessen, Berkeley. Entertainment free with minimum $10 purchase. More info: 510.848.3354, Facebook.com/SaulsDeli/events.

NEW: Tuesday, July 30, 5:30pm and throughout the evening, Orchestra Euphonos. At the Oakland Athletics Jewish Heritage Night, O.co Coliseum, Oakland. The band will be near the clubhouse bar before the game and in the stands performing between innings. The baseball game begins at 7:00pm. Special Plaza Infield seating area, Jewish Heritage yarmulkeh and a traditional food item for those purchasing a ticket HERE for $26. More info: 510.563.2205, jfeinberg@oaklandathletics.com.

Posted by jmwc at 03:10 PM

July 19, 2012

Klezmer in Berkeley

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

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

Posted by jmwc at 03:50 PM

May 22, 2012

Across the Blue Sea

A concert of Israeli, Armenian, Greek and Turkish songs of the Mediterranean Sea Come to Sing and Dance with The Yuval Ron Ensemble LIVE

Who: The Yuval Ron Ensemble featuring the powerful voice of Hagai Batzri and special guests the Gypsy Roma musicians of Istanbul. The concert will include musicians Norik Manoukian (woodwind), Virginie Alimian (kanoun), Jamie Papish (percussion), David Martinelli (percussion), Yuval Ron (Oud and musical director) and the Gypsy Roma musicians: Master clarinet virtuoso Ferit Benli and percussionist, Ali Durac (darbuka).

Where: Temple Emanuel 8844 Burton Way, Beverly Hills, CA 90211
When: Thursday July 5th at 8:00 PM
Admission: Advance tickets online are $20 at
http://www.maticenter.com/ and tickets are $30 at the door.

Across the Blue Sea features music of the Mediterranean area, specifically Israeli Armenian Greek and Turkish folk and sacred songs. In addition to the musicians in the Yuval Ron Ensemble, the concert will feature singer Hagai Batzri, a powerful Iraqi Jewish vocalist and rabbi who specializes in Middle Eastern style singing. The program will also feature two master gypsy musicians, Ferit Benli and Ali Durace, who specialize in Gypsy Roma Turkish music for their only appearance in Los Angeles. Additionally, the program will include dancer Maya G. Karasso who has danced with Sting on his desert rose concert tour.

Formed in 1999, The Yuval Ron Ensemble endeavors to alleviate national, racial, religious, and cultural divides by uniting the music and dance of the people of the Middle East into a unique mystical, spiritual and inspiring musical celebration. The ensemble unites Jewish, Christian and Muslim artists who have been actively involved in creating musical bridges between people of various faiths and ethnic groups worldwide. The ensemble unties the sacred musical traditions of Judaism, Sufism (Islamic mystical tradition) and the Christian Armenian Church into an unusual musical celebration. Bringing together artists from Arabic, Jewish and Christian ancestry the Yuval Ron Ensemble is dedicated to fostering an understanding of Middle Eastern cultures and religions.

The ensemble was invited by King of Morocco to present the Judeo-Arabic Andalusi music at the International Fez Festival of Sacred Music in June 2009. In April of 2008, the Ensemble was invited to headline the benefit concert for Seeds of Compassion the Dalai Lama s conference in Seattle, WA. In 2002 and 2005, the ensemble was featured at the World Festival of Sacred Music in Los Angeles and was honored to be the first American- based Middle Eastern Ensemble to perform at an International Peace Festival 05 in South Korea. In addition, the Ensemble was chosen by the Mid-Atlantic Foundation and the national Endowment for the Arts to represent the United States and it s cultural diversity at the International Folk Music Festival in Lublin, Poland in 2005. In 2006 the Ensemble was the first to introduce the music of the Middle East to Chihuahua, Mexico at the International Chihuahua Festival and in 2007 it was featured in the International Oud Festival in Jerusalem, Israel.

Composer and Oud master, Yuval Ron works across different media and styles, actively seeking new forms of interchange and collaboration between musicians and other artists. His compositions have served as soundtracks for television programs and films such as Oliver Twist (UPN Newtork) and To Life (a CBS special), to dance works with the innovative dancer/choreographer Oguri (with music from these collaborations recorded on tow CDs, In Between the Heartbeat and In The Shadows), to concert works fro chorus, orchestra, and cello. He has also served as an impresario, helping to organize concerts at the UCLA Hammer Museum highlighting the diversity of musical styles to be found in the Los Angeles area.

But for many, Yuval is known for his deeply moving pan-Middle Eastern music. This group at once unites the music and peoples of the Middle East, incorporating elements of Armenian, Levantine, Arabic, Bedouin, Sephardic, and other stylings to create a fusion that is at once deeply traditional and still boldly innovative. His recordings include One and One Truth (with renowned Turkish Sufi musician Omar Faruk Tekbilek), Under the Olive Tree: Sacred Music of the Middle East, featuring the spectacular young Arabic singer Najwa Gibran, Tree of Life and Seeker of Truth also featuring Najway Gibran.

For more information, please contact 818-505-1355 or
info@yuvalronmusic.com. Yuval Ron can be reached directly 818-505-1355 or yuval@yuvalronmusic.com.
Posted by jmwc at 10:10 PM

March 13, 2012

Veretski Pass and Choral Music in CA

San Francisco: Sat, Mar 17, 8 PM
St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 1111 O'Farrell St.
Click here to buy online at brownpapertickets.com

Oakland: Sun, Mar 18, 4 PM
Temple Sinai, 2808 Summit St.
Click here to buy online at brownpapertickets.com

The concerts showcase a variety of new and standard Klezmer music, and a wealth of choral music by Jewish composers, including richly scored six-part Shir Hama'alot by 17th century Italian composer Salamone Rossi, beloved works by Darius Milhaud and Felix Mendelssohn, a lush piece by 19th century composer David Nowakowsky called Hashkivenu #2, Sylke Zimpel's arrangement of the familiar folk tune Tumbalalaika, and compelling psalm settings by contemporary composers George Rochberg, Malcolm Singer, and Karen Tarlow.

For this program local composer Tina Harrington and Composer-Not-in-Residence Matt Van Brink each created new works that feature the two ensembles. Using energetic rhythms, Harrington's Vest Oysforn draws on the tradition of Eastern European folk music. The unique characters of two Romanian dances, the Doina and the Hora, are featured Matt Van Brink's work They Disappear.

Tickets are on sale now!
Advanced Purchase: $12 Student/$22 Senior/$25 General
At the Door: $15 Student/$28 Senior/$30 General
About Veretski Pass

Taking its name from the mountain pass through which Magyar tribes crossed into the Carpathian basin to settle what later became the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Veretski Pass offers a unique and exciting combination of virtuosic musicianship and raw energy that has excited concertgoers across the world. The trio plays Old Country Music with origins in the Ottoman Empire, once fabled as the borderlands of the East and the West. In a true collage of Carpathian, Jewish, Romanian and Ottoman styles, typical suites contain dances from Moldavia and Bessarabia; Jewish melodies from Poland and Romania; Hutzul wedding music from Carpathian-Ruthenia; and haunting Rebetic aires from Smyrna, seamlessly integrated with original compositions. Veretski Pass recently performed at the Concertgebouw concert hall in Amsterdam, and their CDs have repeatedly been on the 10- best recording lists of journalists. For biographies of individual members of Veretski Pass, please visit: www.veretskipass.com

About the Choral Artists

Nationally-recognized San Francisco Choral Artists has achieved renown through innovative programs and stunning performances presenting new works and masterworks of the last 600 years. Specializing in the music of living composers, SFCA has premiered over 175 works and collaborated with The Alexander String Quartet, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Composers Inc, The Whole Noyse, and others. Magen Solomon, Artistic Director since since 1995, avidly cultivates engagements with living composers to bridge the gulf between audience, composer, and performer. Active as a guest conductor, adjudicator and clinician, she has worked with many noted conductors.

Posted by jmwc at 03:55 PM

January 11, 2012

Veretski Pass with Benjy Fox Rosen Trio

Veretski Pass is joined by the perky Benjy Fox Rosen Trio , (Michael Winograd, Pat Farrell and Benjy), for a dance party extraordinaire at Ashkenaz Music and Dance Community Center,
1317 San Pablo Ave
Berkeley, California 94702
Doors at 7:00 pm
Dance Lesson at 7:30 pm with Dave Rosenfeld
Show at 8:30 pm, $10
Sweat it to 2 generations of great dance players!
Posted by jmwc at 10:42 AM

December 20, 2011

Klezmer Brass & Orkestar Bez Sali

Klezmer Brass & Orkestar Bez Sali
Thursday December 22, 2011 9 PM
Subterranean Arthouse
2179 Bancroft, downtown Berkeley
$15-$30 suggested donation
no one turned away for lack of funds
co-sponsored by KlezCalifornia

Light Chanukah candles (bring your own Chanukiah), nosh, and dance to klezmer brass and then Turkish-Romani/Bulgarian music by Orkestar Bez Sali. Celebratory ferments by Max Cadji & other delectables by Shayna Marmar (of Honeypie Cooking).

Klezmer Brass
Mike Perlmutter - alto saxophone/clarinet
Noah Levitt - trumpet
Peter Bonos - euphonium
Andrew Cohen - helicon
Sean Tergis - percussion
Aharon Boltsa - percussion
Posted by jmwc at 06:20 PM

October 18, 2011

Master Klezmer Class with Clarinetist David Krakauer

Master Klezmer Class with Clarinetist David Krakauer
Monday, November 14, 7:00-10:00pm
Jewish Community Center of the East Bay
1414 Walnut Street, Berkeley.

7:00-8:00pm: Lecture/demo by internationally-acclaimed klezmer and classical clarinetist David Krakauer, who will demonstrate klezmer technique and share personal stories and insights prior to the hands-on portion of the workshop.

8:00-10:00pm: Master class for "high intermediate to professional level" musicians. Participants will play (alone or with a pre-formed group) and will receive constructive feedback and coaching.

Registration fee:
* Individuals who play for Mr. Krakauer: $50/person
* Groups that play: $35/person
* Listeners ("auditors"): $20/person.
A limited number of reduced price scholarships will be available. Inquire at info[at]klezcalifornia.org.
Registration process:
Please reserve your space via phone (415.789.7679) or email (info[at]klezcalifornia.org). Tell us your name, email, and telephone and whether you will listen only OR play a solo OR play with a group of a specific number of people. Ask others in your group to make a reservation as well.

You may pay in advance with a credit card (at klezcalifornia.org/about/gift, click "donate" and indicate the Krakauer workshop) or send a check to KlezCalifornia at 1728 Allston Way, Berkeley 94703. At the door, you may pay with cash or check only. More info: info[at]klezcalifornia.org.

Posted by jmwc at 10:20 PM

October 02, 2011

Soul of Spain

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011 at 4:00 PM
World Festival of Sacred Music in LA presents:
The Soul of Spain
Sephardic Jewish music meets Gypsy Flamenco

Oscar-winning composer and oud master Yuval Ron leads a fiery evening of music and dance, bringing gypsy flamenco and Sephardic Jewish traditions from Andalusia to Santa Monica and the Westside. The 499-seat Broad comes alive with spinning flamenco dancers, undulating belly dancers, passionate singing, and the lightning- fast fingers of Spanish guitar - a night of musical virtuosity in an intimate setting. Featuring gypsy flamenco singer Jesus Montoya, dancer Briseyda Zarate, guitarist Jose Tanaka and the Yuval Ron Ensemble:

Maya Haddi - vocals, Norik Manoukian - woodwind, Jamie Papish - percussion, David Martinelly - percussion, Maya Karasso - Middle Eastern dance, Yuval Ron - oud and artistic director
Location: Broad Stage: 1310 11th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Admission: $47 - $75 Broad Stage members receive 10% off their order.
More Info and Box office: Tel: 310-434-3200 or http://thebroadstage.com/show_info.php?show_id=11
Posted by jmwc at 01:57 PM

July 21, 2011

Klezmer Dance Concert - "A Kum Shvits"!

Klezmer Dance Concert - "A Kum Shvits"!
Start Time: Saturday, July 30 at 8:00pm
End Time: Saturday, July 30 at 11:00pm
Folk Dance Center at Dancing Unlimited
4569 30th Street
San Diego, California
Tickets and information: 619-281-5656
Yale Strom, Elizabeth Schwartz & Lou Fanucchi: Back by popular demand, this high-energy trio will present klezmer and Balkan dance music. Easy instruction by master dancers as well as seating for happy listeners

Nisht bloyz zetsn oyfn tukhes ober tantsn oyfn fis!!! (Don't just sit on your derriere - dance on your feet)

Posted by jmwc at 06:11 PM

March 24, 2011

KlezCalifornia This March

Afternoon of Song and Dance

Nigunim Concert 3/26/11
Saturday, March 26, 4:00pm, Afternoon of Song and Dance,
presented by the Nigunim Chorus.
Nigunim Chorus performance: A tribute to singer/songwriter Debbie Friedman, and other gems in Yiddish, Ladino and Hebrew.
· Spring-time Sing-Along: Old favorites and a few less-familiar songs, with lyrics provided.
· Klezmer and Israeli dancing: Easy-to-follow circle and line dances led by dance leader Bruce Bierman.
· After the show, walk to Saul's Deli for a free dessert with purchase of an entree and presentation of a ticket to the Afternoon of Song and Dance.
At JCC East Bay. Tickets: $10 at the door. Co-sponsored by KlezCalifornia. More info: 510.528.8872, mail[at]nigunim.org, www.nigunim.org.

Beyond the Pale in Berkeley and San Francisco

Beyond the Pale
Saturday, March 26, 8:00pm & Sunday, March 27, 9:00pm.

For more than a decade, Toronto's Beyond the Pale has been making its distinctive brand of boundary-busting Euro-folk fusion. Mixing Klezmer, Balkan, and Romanian styles with an eclectic range of North American influences, the band members' diverse musical and cultural backgrounds intersect in a shared impulse to push the boundaries of contemporary acoustic roots music into new realms.

Beyond the Pale has performed at festivals, theatres, and clubs across Canada, the U.S., and Europe, including New York's famed Carnegie Hall, and the Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow, Poland. The group is in the Bay Area on the way to its first tour to Australia.

Two performances, both co-sponsored by KlezCalifornia:

Saturday, March 26, 8:00pm, At Subterranean Arthouse, Berkeley. $15 suggested donation. No-one turned away. Tickets at brownpapertickets.com/event/158450. More info: subterraneanarthouse.org.

Sunday, March 27, 9:00pm. At Amnesia Bar, San Francisco. Tickets: $10. More info:
amnesiathebar.com, 415.970.0012.
Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire Commemoration

Triangle demonstration
Sunday, March 27, 1:00-3:00pm,
Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire: A Centennial Commemoration in Words and Music.

In this program commemorating the fire's centennial, Judy Baston will explore the Jewish responses to the tragedy, and Sonoma State University Professor Elaine Leeder will discuss the dramatic life of Rose Pesotta and the influence of other Jewish women, such as Rose Schneiderman, in the labor movement. Jill Tallmer will lead the audience in Yiddish labor songs of the era, including Dos Lid Funem Trayengl-Fayer (Ballad of the Triangle Fire) and Arbeter-Froyen (Working Women).

At BJE Jewish Community Library, San Francisco. Co-sponsored by KlezCalifornia. No charge. More info: www.bjesf.org/adults_events.htm, 415.567.3327.

Klezmer Brunch with The Gonifs Sunday, March 27, 1:00-3:00pm, Klezmer Brunch with The Gonifs.

Reservations are recommended to hear The Gonifs (Jeanette Lewicki, Peter Jaques, Daniel Fabricant, Darren Johnston) play rocking klezmer music & Yiddish songs about love, justice and potatoes.

At Porto Franco Art Parlor, an intimate, all-ages space in San Francisco. Second floor; no elevator. Admission and vegan/vegetarian food for sliding scale donation, $0-$100. Tickets: portofrancoart.com. If you want to attend but are not able to pay, drop a message to sergei[at]portofrancorecords.com. More info: madamlewicki.com.

Posted by jmwc at 12:14 PM

February 15, 2011

Let My People Sing

Online Poster and website for AshkeNafard
March 11-12 2011
at Temple Sinai,
24 hours of music, dance and art featuring over 20 artists from around the world.
All events take place at
Sinai Temple
10400 Wilshire Blvd LA CA 90049

Posted by jmwc at 03:05 PM

January 28, 2011

The Bay Area's 26th Annual Jewish Music Festival

Yemen Blues, the band National Geographic called "...the coolest thing in WOMEX 2011." will be kicking off the festival, which runs from March 5th-13th. The schedule is as follows:

03/05/2011, Sat
Berkeley, CA
Yemen Blues
Freight & Salvage Coffee House @ 2020 Addison St.
Tix: $25.50 adv/$30.50 door, Show: 8:00 pm
# Ph: 510.644.2020

03/06/2011, Sun
Berkeley, CA
Ger Mandolin Ensemble, 2011
Freight & Salvage Coffee House @ 2020 Addison St.
Tix: $20.50 adv/$25.50 door, Show: 2:00 pm

03/06/2011, Sun
Berkeley, CA
Veretski Pass Freight & Salvage Coffee House @ 2020 Addison St.
Tix: $18.50 adv/$22.50 door, Show: 8:00 pm

03/08/2011, Tue
Berkeley, CA
Noah Bendix-Balgley
Crowden Music Center @ 1475 Rose Street
Tix: $15 adv/$20 door, Show: 7:30 pm
# Ph: 510.559.6910

03/09/2011, Wed
San Francisco, CA
Noah Bendix-Balgley
SF Public Library @ 100 Larkin St.
Show: 6:00 pm
# Ph: 415.557.4400 . Tix: FREE.

03/10/2011, Thu
Berkeley, CA
Noah Bendix-Balgley
Jewish Community Center of the East bay @ 1414 Walnut St.
Tix: $10 adv/$15 door, Show: 2:00 pm
# Senior Matinee Show. Ph: 510.848.0237

03/12/2011, Sat
Berkeley, CA
David Buchbinder's Odessa/Havana Thrust Stage, Berkeley Repertory Theater @ 2025 Addison St.
Tix: $18 adv/$22 door, Show: 8:00 pm
# Ph: 510.647.2900

03/13/2011, Sun
Berkeley, CA

Tickets: www.jewishmusicfestival.org or 866.558.4253
Festival information: 510-848-0237

Additional Festival Related Events

02/23/2011, Wed
Berkeley, CA
Don Byron Plays the Music of Mickey Katz Freight & Salvage @ 2020 Addison St.
Tix: $22.50-24.50, Doors Open: 7:00 pm, Show: 8:00 pm

02/27/2011, Sun
Berkeley, CA
Yiddish Culture Festival with JCC Sonoma County's Simcha Sunday
KlezCalifornia @ 1728 Allston Way
Tix: $5.00, Show: 12 pm
Ph: 415.789.7679

03/25/2011, Fri
Berkeley, CA
Beyond the Pale
Subterranean Art House @ 2179 Bancroft Way
Ph: 510.981.

03/27/2011, Sun
San Francisco, CA
Beyond the Pale
Amnesia Bar @ 853 Valencia Street
Ph: 415.970.0012

04/02/2011, Sat
Berkeley, CA
Trinity Chamber Concert Series with McGuiness, Pankonin, Garner
Trinity Chapel @ 2320 Dana Street
Tix: $10-15, Show: 8 pm
Ph: 510.549.3864

Festival Finale Dance Party
Jewish Community Center of the East bay @ 1414 Walnut St.
Tix: $$10 adv/$15 door, Show: 4:00 pm
# Ph: 310.848.0237

It started with a knock on Festival Director Eleanor Shapiro's door. There stood Avner Yonai, an Israeli businessman who had searched record bins and archives from Buenos Aires, Warsaw, and Jerusalem in search of the repertoire his grandfather had played in a Polish Jewish mandolin orchestra before World War II.

"Avner came to me out of the blue," explains Shapiro. "He was a long-time fan of the Festival and wanted his project to be part of it. The Ger Mandolin Ensemble, 2011 (March 6; Freight and Salvage Coffee House)unites almost a dozen of the country's strongest mandolin players, directed by Mike Marshall, whose masterful playing has left its imprint on bluegrass, classical, and jazz, with Avi Avital, whose classical performances The New York Times called "exquisitely sensitive." Avital is a 2011 Grammy-nominee in the soloist with an orchestra category, the first time a mandolin player has received such an honor. Other players include Eric Stein (Beyond the Pale), Jeff WarschauerRadiim Zenkl and Chris Acquavella.

(Strauss/Warschauer Duo),
"The Opening Night group Yemen Blues also wanted their Bay Area premiere to be with us, on their first U.S. tour," Shapiro continues. "It speaks to our role as a leading platform for Jewish arts, and our emphasis on paying creative homage to tradition."

Known for its embrace of edgy and worldly takes on Jewish roots, the Festival has become the go-to venue for global music inspired by the deep past: artists from the charismatic groove of Yemen Blues and the klezmer cubano of Odessa/Havana, artists breathing new lifeinto the lost repertoires of Romanian villages, Russian Jewish composers, and Polish folk orchestras.

Led by vocalist Ravid Kahalani's striking voice (formerly of the Idan Raichel Project), Yemen Blues (March 5; Freight and Salvage) stole the show at this year's international World Music Expo (WOMEX). Taking the Yemenite chants he learned growing up and powered by brassy Afrobeat-tinged funk, blues, jazz and wild oud (Middle Eastern lute), Kahalani and his nine-piece band have a genre-bending drive that swings from the sublime to the ecstatic.

Veretski Pass (March 6; Freight and Salvage), named for the Carpathian native region of violinist Cookie Segelstein's parents, honors the past by creatively reframing its music. Drawing on the rich melodies and rhythms that flourished where the Balkans and the Ottoman Empire met, Veretski Pass ' virtuosic players craft elegant arrangements and innovative original works, such as "Klezmer Shul." This recent piece reimagines secular instrumental traditions for a religious context, creating stirring liturgical music with klezmer roots.

A Laureate of the prestigious Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels, emerging international star violinist Noah Bendix-Balgley will (March 8 and 10; Crowden School / JCC East Bay) highlight music of the St. Petersburg Society for Jewish Music, a group inspired by Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov that drew on Jewish folk songs to create gorgeous early 20th-century art music. Raised on klezmer and conservatory trained in Europe, Bendix-Balgley is the perfect interpreter for these forgotten gems.

Sometimes playing with the past can get truly rambunctious, as David Buchbinder's Odessa/Havana (March 12; Berkeley Repertory Theater) demonstrates. Taking a cue from the Jewish masters of the 1950s mambo craze, two major figures in their respective Canadian scenes-klezmer trumpter David Buchbinder (The Flying Bulgars) and Afro-Cuban percussionist Hilario Durán-have cooked up a project as fun-loving and musically distinct as the two ports of call invoked by the group's name.

The Festival, while attracting world-class artists, never neglects its own roots, the West Coast wing of the klezmer revival born in Berkeley. This year's events are concentrated in Berkeley's new arts district, with easy access to BART. And in keeping with tradition, the Festival offers a free performance by Bendix-Balgley (March 9; San Francisco Public Library), as well as a Festival-related free Shabbat celebration with members of Yemen Blues (March 4; Temple Beth Sholom, San Leandro).

The all-ages Finale Dance Party (March 13; JCC East Bay) will include Bendix-Balgley, Veretski Pass, Jeff Warschauer, and David Buchbinder, as well as dance lessons by Erik Bendix, who has spent decades researching the line, circle, and partner dances of Jewish communities, giving festival goers a chance to kick up their heels.

"Our vision is to bring new music to our audience, music by artists who have a profound respect for tradition but also have a strong contemporary sensibility," explains Shapiro. "Yemen Blues does this via West African music and funk, while the composers of the Jewish Folk Music Society did the same thing using European art music before the Russian Revolution. They show how the past can make the future swing."

Tickets: www.jewishmusicfestival.org or 866.558.4253
Festival information: 510-848-0237
Posted by jmwc at 01:51 PM

January 24, 2011

Cantor Unplugged

Saturday, January 29 · 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Location Congregation Sha'ar Zahav
290 Dolores St. (corner of 16th & Dolores)
San Francisco, CA

Join Cantor Sharon Bernstein and friends Carolyn Reiser, Cantor Leigh Korn, and Henry Carrey, as she throws off her cantorial persona and wanders through the (American) (Jewish) (Gay) songbook.

$10 members; $15 non-members; children 12 and under free
Congregation Sha'ar Zahav 415/861-6932
Posted by jmwc at 09:48 PM

November 05, 2009

Klezmer en Buenos Aires

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

October 19, 2009

Solo Piano Concert by Lilia Valitova

SOLO PIANO CONCERT BY LILIA VALITOVA, COMPOSER AND PIANIST Lilia Valitova, will perform the music of Mozart, Beethoven, and Debussy; piano compositions based on Jewish folk and liturgical melodies; and newly composed original Baha i-inspired piano songs. The event will take place on Saturday, November 21, at 7 pm, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley (in Kensington) , One Lawson Road, Kensington CA 94707. Adult general admission, $18; children 13 and under, free. CDs will be available for purchase. For more information, please visit www.LiliaValitova.com
Posted by jmwc at 11:59 PM

September 23, 2009

Jack Curtis Dubowsky Ensemble in Berkeley

The Jack Curtis Dubowsky Ensemble, a groundbreaking new music ensemble led by classical and film composer Jack Curtis Dubowsky, combines acoustic instruments, electronic hardware, composed material and structured improvisation. The Ensemble treats analog synth as a rare and unpredictable performance instrument. The Ensemble's contemporary electroacoustic music, abstract, calm, spacious, free form, and transcendental, is performed and recorded live with no overdubs or sequencing.

DATE: Saturday, November 7, 2009, 8:00 pm
VENUE: Trinity Chapel
2320 Dana Street, Berkeley, CA 94704 One Block from UC Berkeley Campus. 15 minute walk from BART.
Telephone: 510 549 3864
TICKETS: $12 general, $8 students/seniors/disabled (suggested donation)
No one turned away for lack of funds.
BOX OFFICE: Tickets are available at the door.
EVENT WEBSITE: www.trinitychamberconcerts.com
About Trinity Chamber Concerts

In its 36th year, Trinity Chamber Concerts mission is to present solo and small ensemble works from ancient to modern by Bay Area performers. Trinity is dedicated to cultivating a diverse program of performances that expands the possibilities of what is considered chamber music, and in doing so have included familiar works from the established Baroque, Classical, Romantic and 20th Century repertoire alongside seldom-performed works from the past and works of contemporary composers and improvisers.
Jack Curtis Dubowsky Ensemble Member Bios

Keyboardist and bassist Jack Curtis Dubowsky is an active composer, conductor, writer, educator, and filmmaker. Dubowsky has composed four chamber operas and scored five feature films including That Man Peter Berlin, Rock Haven, and Redwoods. The short film NYC Dilemma about this working composer premiered 2006 at BFI in London. Dubowsky's choral music has been performed internationally by groups including San Francisco Choral Artists, Desert Voices, Lesbian/Gay Chorus of San Francisco, and Mount Eden Chorus. His orchestral music has been performed by Castro Valley Chamber Orchestra. His chamber music has been performed by Classical Revolution, Snopea Chamber Ensemble, Organic Sound Experiment, Collaborata, and Paradigm Brass. Dubowsky has received grants from Meet the Composer, Zellerbach Family Fund, Friends of San Francisco Public Library, and American Composers Forum. Dubowsky produced recordings by The Winsome Griffles, Glen Meadmore, and the Virgin Whore Complex. Dubowsky s award winning Mr Jones parody is a highlight of the Momus album Stars Forever. Dubowsky attended the Aspen School, and received his MM in Composition from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Dubowsky studied composition with David Conte, Conrad Susa, Elinor Armer, and Michael Czajkowski. Dubowsky recently received a 2009 Subito Grant from American Composers Forum for a choral opera, Halloween in the Castro, commissioned by the Lesbian/Gay Chorus of San Francisco, which will premiere in October 2009. Dubowsky will be resident composer at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in November 2009.

Percussionist Fred Morgan received his BM in percussion performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music under the study of Jack Van Geem and his MM from the New England Conservatory under the tutelage of Will Hudgins. Fred currently studies timpani with San Francisco Timpanist David Herbert. Other teachers have included Andrew Lewis, James Lee Wyatt, and Alan Hall. Fred played William Kraft's first timpani concerto with the Oakland East Bay Symphony in 2003 as a winner of the orchestra's Young Artist Competition. Fred was a member of the San Francisco Youth Symphony from 1997- 2002. Fred has performed as a timpanist and percussionist in the Hong Kong Philharmonic, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and Kansas City Symphony. Fred performs with SF Symphony brass and boys choir at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco and has subbed with the Midsummer Mozart Festival. Fred participated in festivals of Spoleto USA, Schleswig-holstein, Music Academy of the West, Jeunnesses Musicales, National Orchestral Institute, and the Aspen Music Festival. Contemporary engagements include work with the Sprocket Ensemble and performances and recordings of the music of Erling Wold. Locally Fred subs with the Oakland East bay Symphony and the Santa Rosa Symphony. Fred has received a percussion chair in the Stockton Symphony.

Trombonist Hall Goff received his BA from Oberlin College and MM from the Yale University School of Music, where his principal teacher was John Swallow. Other teachers include Tom Cramer, Douglas Edelman, Tyrone Breuninger, and Ned Meredith. Hall has been a member of the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra since 1977, the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players since 1979, and the Paradigm Brass since 2002. Hall has performed locally with orchestras in Santa Rosa, Monterey, Oakland, Napa, Marin, the San Francisco Symphony and San Francisco Opera, nationally with the Eastern Brass Quintet, the Wall Street Brass Quintet, Paul Lavalle s Band Of America, the New York City Ballet, and internationally at the Spoleto Festival and the Macerata Opera of Italy. Raising his bell in the popular realm, Hall has performed with Frank Zappa, Ella Fitzgerald, Bob Hope, Nelson Riddle, Diane Carroll, Linda Ronstadt, Vic Damone, John Pizzarelli, and The Manhattan Transfer. Recordings include Prokofiev s Romeo and Juliet, Paul Chihara s The Tempest, Tchaikovsky s Nutcracker with the San Francisco Ballet, music by Earle Brown and Morton Feldman with the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, and recordings for film and TV.

Posted by jmwc at 10:06 PM

August 16, 2009

Sway Machinery's Musical Extravaganza "Hidden Melodies Revealed: A Secret Celebration of Rosh Hashanah"

The Night Before Rosh Hashonah.....
September 17th at the Wilshire Boulevard Temple
"The Sway Machinery Makes The Ancient Modern And The Mythological Real"
- Village Voice

On the heels of their successful New York City events in 2007 and 2008, JDub Records Presents America's only indie rock/Jewish cantorial music group, The Sway Machinery www.swaymachinery.com
bringing one of the most unique celebrations of the Jewish new year "Hidden Melodies Revealed - a Secret Celebration of Rosh Hashanah" to Los Angeles for 2009. This multi-media concert event celebrates Rosh Hashanah in a presentation that is part ritual, part rock concert. The performance is scheduled for the night before Rosh Hashanah, on September 17. "Hidden Melodies Revealed" will also include storytelling and compelling animated films.

The event will take place at 9:00pm

at the Wilshire Boulevard Temple
3663 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles
and admission is free.
An Open Bar Reception including wines from Wente Vineyards, will be held in the courtyard of the temple prior to the concert at 8:00PM.

The Sway Machinery's unique musical vision re-contextualizes Ashkenazic Jewish spiritual music, the soulful vocal Cantorial style most often heard in American Jewish synagogues, into the broader spectrum of world music. The band finds inspiration for new versions of Cantorial classics in African popular music, Eastern European folk music and American blues. Their ever rotating line-up features an incredible roster of musicians for the Los Angeles event; led by blues guitarist Jeremiah Lockwood of Balkan Beat Box, along with John Bollinger of Barbez on drums, noted tenor sax player Matt Bauder, Kelly Pratt of the Beirut and Arcade Fire horn sections (and his own acclaimed project Plan B) on trumpet, and touring member of The Arcade Fire and frequent Tom Waits collaborator Colin Stetson on bass saxophone. Other exciting musical guests are expected and will be announced as they are confirmed.

Hidden Melodies Revealed will also feature a screening of Guggenheim fellow Shawn Atkin's animated short film depicting the dawn of monotheism, The Akeidah.

Rabbi Steve Leder of Wilshire Boulevard Temple is pleased to welcome The Sway Machinery to this historic Temple campus noting, "Along with our ambitious renovation and expansion that symbolize the reversal of the Jewish exodus from the eastern part of Los Angeles, we are pleased to host events like Hidden Melodies Revealed to connect with and welcome the young, indie, Jewish and multicultural audiences from the hip eastside neighborhoods we are expanding to serve such as Hollywood, Hancock Park, Los Feliz, Silver Lake and Echo Park."

The Sway Machinery's sound stems from Lockwood's rich musical relationships with his grandfather Cantor Jacob Konigsberg, and with his mentor, the renowned blues player Carolina Slim, who fondly guided Lockwood's musical development. Konigsberg, one of the last great exponents of Cantorial singing, led Lockwood into an understanding and love of the soulful and ancient heritage of Synagogue music. Lockwood's deeply personal relationship to these two musical traditions helped him to forge a unique musical language of his own, as he learned to move from singing in his grandfather's study to playing with Carolina Slim in New York City subway stations. The Sway Machinery was borne out of this dichotomy.

Though The Sway Machinery carefully cultivates Lockwood's deeply felt relationship to his musical roots, his accomplished colleagues bring to the table the sounds of afro-beat horns, unassailable rock beats and an astutely contemporary musical sensibility. Lockwood layers the haunting notes of his Cantorial-influenced vocals over the energetic, celebratory rhythms of afro-pop, hard-hitting drums and the blues. "Hidden Melodies Revealed" showcases pieces based on mystical texts taken directly from the Jewish High Holiday prayers and reconfigures them in a startlingly new musical landscape. Lockwood's ambitious melding of styles results in what The Village Voice has called a most "joyful synthesis."

About the Presenters and Sponsors:
JDub is a non-profit dedicated to innovative Jewish music, community, and cross-cultural dialogue. JDub artists include Sway Machinery, Balkan Beat Box, Soulico, and Michael Showalter. www.jdubrecords.org, http://www.myspace.com/jdubrecordings

Made Possible with Support From:
The Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles: Established in 1954, the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles is the largest manager of charitable assets and the leader in planned giving solutions for Greater Los Angeles Jewish philanthropists. In 2008, The Foundation and its nearly 1,200 donors distributed more than $65 million in grants to hundreds of organizations with programs that span the range of philanthropic giving.

Reboot: Reboot is a catalyst to catalysts - a growing network of thought-leaders and tastemakers who work toward a common goal: to "reboot" the culture, rituals, and traditions we've inherited and make them vital and resonant in our own lives. 10Q is the brainchild of two rebooters: filmmaker, Nicola Behrman and New Yorker editor, Ben Greenman, who make Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur meaningful with their online series of questions, one a day for ten days at www.renewyear.com .

Nextbook Inc.: Nextbook Inc. is a nonprofit organization that promotes the discovery and discussion of Jewish literature, culture, and ideas. Through Nextbook Press, it produces the Jewish Encounters book series with Schocken/Random House, and it also operates Tablet Magazine, a daily online magazine about Jewish life.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles: For nearly a century, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles has been fulfilling the sacred mission of tikkun olam, the repair of the world, by supporting and funding organizations which serve the ever-changing needs of the community.

Six Points Fellowship for Emerging Jewish Artists: The Six Points Fellowship supports individual artists developing new projects with a Jewish focus, theme or element, and is a partnership of JDub Records, Avoda Arts, and the Foundation for Jewish Culture, made possible through funding from UJA-Federation of New York. Hidden Melodies Revealed was originally created as a Six Points Fellowship Project.

Wilshire Boulevard Temple: Founded in 1862, Wilshire Boulevard Temple is a Reform Jewish congregation in Los Angeles that values both tradition and innovation. Temple operations span three campuses and include an elementary school, early childhood centers, a religious school and summer camps in addition to worship services. Its landmark sanctuary is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. For more information, visit www.wbtla.org .

MySpace Music: MySpace Music includes a vast catalog of premium and promotional content, a wide selection of user-to-user sharing tools, and e-commerce opportunities for artists. MySpace Music aims to empower artists to monetize their content through multiple revenue streams by allowing the MySpace community to stream premium content in an ad-supported environment, purchase MP3s and ringtones, create and share playlists, and purchase merchandise, concert tickets, and other digital and physical goods. MySpace Music also connects artists and fans in the offline arena through various concert series and live events including Secret Shows, MySpaceLIVE!, Transmissions, The Release, Front to Back and The List.

Wente Vineyards: The country's oldest continuously operated family-owned winery, Wente Vineyards is led today by the fourth and fifth generations of the Wente family. More than 125 years of committed stewardship to the land has led to the development of Wente Vineyards' Farming for the Future, a system of sustainable viticultural practices designed to produce the best quality wines with the least environmental impact. This philosophy extends to all aspects of winery operations, where energy efficiency, waste reduction, recycling and social responsibility are all integral to the culture. In 2007, Fifth Generation Winemaker Karl Wente spear-headed the launch of "Discover The Wine, Discover The Music," an innovative promotional partnership with breaking artists, providing wine/music fans experiences not possible with conventional sponsorship. Located just east of San Francisco in the historic Livermore Valley, Wente Vineyards is recognized as one of California's premier wine country destinations, featuring wine tasting, fine dining and championship golf. For more information, visit www.wentevineyards.com.

Posted by jmwc at 08:15 AM

March 22, 2009

Pharaoh's Daughter at Skirball CC

Pharoah's Daughter Pharoah's Daughter will perform at the
Skirball Cultural Center
Thursday, March 26, 2009
8:00pm - 9:30pm
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA
For details:
Posted by jmwc at 09:48 AM

February 06, 2009

Cantor Unplugged II

Saturday, February 21, 2009
Time: 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Congregation Sha'ar Zahav
290 Dolores Street (corner of 16th and Dolores)
San Francisco, CA
Phone: 415-861-6932
Email: cantorconcert@shaarzahav.org
Posted by jmwc at 02:33 PM

February 01, 2009

Jack Curtis Dubowsky Ensemble Performs Live Music to Experimental Film

Dubowsky Ensemble Performs Live Music to Experimental Film
DATE: Friday February 20, 2009, 8pm
Artists Television Access (ATA)
992 Valencia Street San Francisco CA 94110
(415) 824-3890
COST: $6
PHOTOS: http://www.destijlmusic.com/jcde.html
The Jack Curtis Dubowsky Ensemble, a groundbreaking new music ensemble led by classical and film composer Jack Curtis Dubowsky, performs live musical soundtracks to experimental films including Jean Genet s underground classic Chant d Amour (shot by Jean Cocteau), works by Derek Jarman, and new works by Phil Maxwell (UK), Hazuan Hashim (UK), Ben Coopersmith (NYC), and Samara Halperin (SF).

The Jack Curtis Dubowsky Ensemble specializes in abstract, spacious, free form, transcendental, electro-acoustic contemporary music. Dubowsky has scored four feature films including That Man Peter Berlin and Rock Haven. Dubowsky has received grants from Meet the Composer, Zellerbach Family Fund, Friends of the SF Public Library, and this year from the American Composers Forum.

Posted by jmwc at 11:00 AM

January 15, 2009

Zalmen Mlotek with Adrienne Cooper in Ghetto Tango

Friday in Encino, CA

Ghetto Tango

Friday, January 16, 2008


8:00 p.m. in Lopaty Chapel

Led by Cantor Herschel Fox

Kabbalat Shabbat & Festive Oneg

Adrienne Cooper and Zalmen Mlotek
In the Jewish ghettos of Poland and Lithuania during World War II, a world of
dislocation, terror and death, cabaret music thrived. Jewish audiences gathered
in makeshift clubs and theaters to hear newly-created Yiddish songs, rooted in
Jewish folk and liturgical music as well as European operetta, American ragtime
and Argentine tango. .Jewish performers tuned these cosmopolitan songs in a
local key: satirical and elegiac, political and personal, angry and heartsick.
Together they created something rare, scarcely conceivable: art at the edge
of the abyss.

Adrienne Cooper, one of the world’s most acclaimed singers of Yiddish vocal
music, and Zalmen Mlotek, a leading figure in Yiddish musical theater, here
present ghetto songs collected during and after the war.

Posted by jmwc at 11:27 PM

November 24, 2008

From Italy to Broadway in SF

Sharon Bernstein and pianist Jonathan Schwartz will perform a concert
"From Italy to Broadway" on Thursday, December 11 at 7:30pm.
Jewish Community Library, San Francisco
Start Time: Thursday, December 11 at 7:30pm
Jewish Community Library
1835 Ellis Street
San Francisco, CA

A program by Jewish composers of art songs and standards, with pianist Jonathan Schwartz: sonnets from Dante's "La Vita Nova" set by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Emily Dickenson poems set by Aaron Copland, Ladino folk songs set by Alberto Hemsi, and Broadway tunes by Kurt Weill, George and Ira Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Harold Arlen, and, of course, Leonard Bernstein.

Posted by jmwc at 02:36 PM

November 09, 2008

A Test of Faith

A Test of Faith, a One-Act Opera
Erev Shabbat
Friday, November 21st, 2008 - 8:00 PM
Free to the Public
Valley Beth Shalom, 15739 Ventura Blvd, Encino, CA

"Test of Faith" is an award-winning one-act opera based on of the Bible's most dramatic stories, the story of the Akedah, the near-sacrifice of Isaac. Renowned opera stars Jonathan Mack and Ron Li-Paz will take the roles of God and Abraham; Jonathan Zur is Isaac. Lawrence Goldberg, the composer, will conduct.

Following the performance, Rabbi Edward Feinstein, Senior Rabbi at Valley Beth Shalom, will engage the composer and the performers in a discussion of the opera and the story of the Akedah, and its impact on world religions.
Posted by jmwc at 12:53 PM

September 27, 2008

The Lost Soul of Spain. Music and Dance of the Sephardic Jews

The Yuval Ron Ensemble featuring two stunning guest performers: Israeli-Tunisian singer Smadar Levi and Israeli-Moroccan dancer Maya Karasso. With Jamie Papish- Percussion, David Martinelli- Percussion, Norik Manoukian – Woodwinds, Vergine Alumyan – Kanoun, Carolyne Aycaguer – Harmonium.

Where: Brentwood Presbyterian Church.
12000 San Vicente Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90049

When: Sunday, November 2, 2008 at 7 PM
Tix: $20 at the door.
Info: info@yuvalronmusic.com or Calendar page at www.yuvalronmusic.com
tel: (818) 505-1355

Oscar winning composer. World music producer and artist Yuval Ron (Oud and Saz) presents a preview concert of the music, his international ensemble will perform for the King of Morocco, at the International Sacred Music of Fez in June 2009. The program will feature Hebrew and Ladino songs from Morocco, Andalusia, Bosnia, and Israel. Woven in between the songs are travel stories, kabalistic interpretations, and personal anecdotes of the life and culture, out of which grew the fruit of the Sephardic music.

The Yuval Ron Ensemble unites the sacred musical traditions of Judaism, Sufism (Islamic mystical tradition) and the Christian Armenian Church into an unusual musical celebration. Bringing together artists from Arabic, Jewish and Christian ancestry the Yuval Ron Ensemble is dedicated to fostering an understanding of Middle Eastern cultures and religions

In April of 2008, the Ensemble was invited to headline the benefit concert for "Seeds of Compassion" - the Dalai Lama's conference - in Seattle, WA. In 2002 and 2005, the ensemble was featured at the World Festival of Sacred Music in Los Angeles and was honored to be the first American-based Middle Eastern Ensemble to perform at an International Peace Festival ’05 in South Korea. In addition, the Ensemble was chosen by the Mid-Atlantic Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts to represent the United States and its cultural diversity at the International Folk Music Festival in Lublin, Poland in 2005. In 2006 the Ensemble was the first to introduce the music of the Middle East to Chihuahua, Mexico at the International Chihuahua Festival, and in 2007 it was featured in the International Oud Festival in Jerusalem, Israel.

Composer and Oud master Yuval Ron works across different media and styles, actively seeking new forms of interchange and collaboration between musicians and other artists. His compositions have served as soundtracks for television programs and films such as Oliver Twist (UPN Network) and To Life (a CBS special), to dance works with the innovative dancer/choreographer Oguri (with music from these collaborations recorded on two CDs, In Between the Heartbeat and In The Shadows), to concert works for chorus, orchestra, and cello. He has also served as an impresario, helping to organize concerts at the UCLA Hammer Museum highlighting the diversity of musical styles to be found in the Los Angeles area.

But for many, Yuval is known for his deeply moving pan-Middle Eastern music. This group at once unites the music and peoples of the Middle East, incorporating elements of Armenian, Levantine, Arabic, Bedouin, Sephardic, and other stylings to create a fusion that is at once deeply traditional and still boldly innovative. His recordings include One and One Truth (with renowned Turkish Sufi musician Omar Faruk Tekbilek), Under the Olive Tree: Sacred Music of the Middle East, featuring the spectacular young Arabic singer, Najwa Gibran and most recently Tree of Life also featuring Najwa Gibran.

www.yuvalronmusic.com www.myspace.com/yuvalronensemble www.myspace.com/yuvalron
Posted by jmwc at 07:19 PM

July 20, 2008

Middle Eastern Music and Dance Retreat

Imagine - a week long, all day and all night, music and dance with master musicians and dancers in a magical red wood forest:

August 17 - 24, 2008

Middle Eastern Music and Dance Retreat
Omar Faruk Tekbilek
Yuval Ron
Naser Musa
Souhail Caspar
Dror Sinai
and many more world music artists of Middle Eastern music and dance.

Location: Mendocino, CA
Registration and more information: http://www.middleeastcamp.com/

Posted by jmwc at 07:49 PM

February 24, 2008

HOT, HIP AND HEYMISH with the Queen of Yiddish Soul

Congregation Sinai presents
Piano Accompaniment byGRANT STURIALE
Sunday, February 24th
at 2:00 PM
at Congregation Sinai, 1532 Willowbrae Avenue in San Jose, California

Join Tony Award Nominee Eleanor Reissa for a celebration of the vitality of Yiddish music and humor. You don't need to understand Yiddish to appreciate the joy and warmth of this unique soulful language. The show seamlessly blends passionate folk songs, classics of the Second Avenue Theater, and stirring expressions of love, piousness, and protest.

Tickets are only $36.00 $25.00 for Seniors 65 and over $18.00 for Kids 18.00 and under $75.00 for Supporters (includes a CD and preferred seating) $500.00 for Patrons (includes a CD, preferred seating, and a party at the home of Maureen Ellenberg with a performance by Miss Reissa in a warm, intimate setting)
For reservations please call
(408) 264-8542

- Sheldon Harnick, lyricist of Fiddler on The Roof

- 1010 WINS Radio

-The New York Daily News
"Eleanor Reissa To Perform at Congregation Sinai
San Jose, Calif., January 10, 2008?Congregation Sinai, a Jewish synagogue located in the Willow Glen neighborhood, announced that Eleanor Reissa will bring her highly-praised Off-Broadway show, Hot, Hip, and Heymish directly from a sold-out run at the Houseman Theater in New York to Congregation Sinai on Sunday, February 24th at 2:00PM. Eleanor Reissa is one of the world s most renowned interpreters of Yiddish music, as well as a Tony-nominated director, and award winning theatre artist. Born and bred in Brooklyn, Eleanor is a proud product of the New York City public school system. Eleanor s parents were Holocaust survivors, which accounts for Eleanor s fluency in Yiddish and love of Yiddishkeit.

Join Eleanor and her piano accompanist, Grant Sturiale, for a delightful afternoon celebrating gems of Yiddish music and humor. You don't need to understand Yiddish to appreciate the joys and warmth of this unique, soulful language. The program seamlessly blends passionate folk songs, classics of the Second Avenue Theatre, and touching expressions of love, piousness and protest. You'll laugh, cry and realize you understand more than you thought. Those who attended her previous concert here raved about her singing and comedy.

Steven Dick, current president of Congregation Sinai, who does not speak or understand Yiddish, said, "I had a wonderful time. The concert was filled with great music and a lot of funny moments. I highly recommend this concert to anyone regardless of their Yiddish background."

For concert admission fees, reservations and more information, please contact the Sinai office (1532 Willowbrae Avenue, San Jose or 408-264-8542). CDs will be available for purchase at the concert as well. Reservations required by February 22nd.

Posted by jmwc at 06:26 PM

February 03, 2008

Israeli Extravaganza in San Francisco

Saturday, February 9th 7:00 - 9:30 p.m.
Congregation Beth Israel-Judea
625 Brotherhood Way,
near Highway 280 and Lake Merced,
San Francisco 94132-2992

Enjoy live Israeli folk music with Achi Ben Shalom, leader of the band Adama, who is also musical director of the Nigunim choral ensemble and the East Bay Jewish Folk Chorus. Guided Israeli folk dance instruction will be provided by Bruce Bierman, artistic director of the Jewish Dance Theatre. Lyrics to the songs in the first set will be projected onto a screen so non-dancers can sing along if they like.

In the second music set, experience the new sound of young Israeli music as performed by the popular Israeli Band Kol Creation, with Lior Ben-Hur and Yaniv Assouline. You can have a natural henna tattoo applied by Darcy, of the Henna Lounge, and there will be refreshments, informational tables, Israeli-made items for sale, and a big raffle drawing at the end of the evening.

This event in honor of Israel @ 60 is co-sponsored by the Consulate General of Israel, San Francisco Hillel, the Israel Center of the Jewish Community Federation, TZAVTA, the Jewish Community Relations Council, JIMENA, B nai B rith and BBYO. Everyone - young and old, dancers or not -- is encouraged to attend. Schmooze, tap your feet to the music, eat, dance, drink and have a great time at the biggest community bash we ve had in a long time!

For more information, contact Sonya Hicks, Chair of Adult Education at Congregation Beth Israel-Judea (415)678-0327 or go to www.bij.org

Posted by jmwc at 01:27 PM

A Time for Peace in LA

What: A Time for Peace - An Inspirational evening of sacred Sufi music from the Turkish and Pakistani traditions and devotional music from the Moroccan-Jewish and Yemenite-Jewish music heritages.

Who: The Yuval Ron Ensemble, featuring Najwa Gibran, vocal soloist, with appearance by Whirling Dervish of the Melevi Order- Aziz.

Where: Islamic Center of Southern California 434 S. Vermont Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90021. The Location of the Concert is a sacred space! The public is asked to attend dressed in a manner, which is respectful and appropriate for a place of worship.

When: Sunday, February 17, 2008 at 7:30pm

Money: tickets are $20 at the door, no advanced sales.

Info: Tel: 310-415-6747 info@yuvalronmusic.com or Calendar page at www.yuvalronmusic.com

The Yuval Ron Ensemble unites the sacred musical traditions of Judaism, Sufism (Islamic mystical tradition) and the Christian Armenian Church into an unusual musical celebration. Bringing together artists from Arabic, Jewish and Christian ancestry the Yuval Ron Ensemble is dedicated to fostering an understanding of Middle Eastern cultures and religions

In 2002 and 2005, the ensemble was featured at the World Festival of Sacred Music in Los Angeles and was honored to be the first American-based Middle Eastern Ensemble to perform at an International Peace Festival 05 in South Korea. In addition, the Ensemble was chosen by the Mid-Atlantic Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts to represent the United States and its cultural diversity at the International Folk Music Festival in Lublin, Poland in 2005. In 2006 the Ensemble was the first to introduce the music of the Middle East to Chihuahua, Mexico at the International Chihuahua Festival.

Composer and Oud master Yuval Ron works across different media and styles, actively seeking new forms of interchange and collaboration between musicians and other artists. His compositions have served as soundtracks for television programs and films such as Oliver Twist (UPN Network) and To Life (a CBS special), to dance works with the innovative dancer/choreographer Oguri (with music from these collaborations recorded on two CDs, In Between the Heartbeat and In The Shadows), to concert works for chorus, orchestra, and cello. He has also served as an impresario, helping to organize concerts at the UCLA Hammer Museum highlighting the diversity of musical styles to be found in the Los Angeles area.

But for many, Yuval is known for his deeply moving pan-Middle Eastern music. This group at once unites the music and peoples of the Middle East, incorporating elements of Armenian, Levantine, Arabic, Bedouin, Sephardic, and other stylings to create a fusion that is at once deeply traditional and still boldly innovative. His recordings include One and One Truth (with renowned Turkish Sufi musician Omar Faruk Tekbilek), Under the Olive Tree: Sacred Music of the Middle East, featuring the spectacular young Arabic singer, Najwa Gibran and Tree of Life also featuring Najwa Gibran.

Aziz is a authentic Sufi Dervish. and a member of the Mevlana Sufi Order both in Turkey and the US. He was born in the Us for parents who were Sufis and he followed the Sufi path since his childhood. He has studied with the leaders of the Mevlavi order in Kunia and Istanbul in Turkey and with the head of the US Sufi Mevlana order in Northern California. He is a master whirler who performed with The Yuval Ron Ensemble in the World Festival of Sacred Music in LA in 2002 and in many other concerts in the US, most recently in the concert Sacred Soul in LA For Aziz, Sufi Whirling and Whirling as a way of life, are a way of worship and a way of Prayer.

Posted by jmwc at 12:22 PM

Southern California Choral Symposium and Concert

Micael Isaacson Sunday, March 9th, 2008
Symposium: 3:00 p.m.
Concert: 7:00 p.m.

Presentations and discussion by leading Los Angeles scholars and clergy exploring the significance of Angels in contemporary civilization – followed by a concert featuring music inspired by Angels through the ages.

The evening Concert (7:00 p.m.) conducted by Dr. Nick Strimple, Director of Music at BHPC and member of the faculty of The Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California, will feature the Choral Society of Southern California, the LA Zimriyah Chorale and the BHPC Chancel Choir. Noted vocal soloists include baritone Cale Olson, mezzo-soprano Catherine Cooper, and Cantor Ira Bigeleisen. Music for the extraordinary evening are works inspired by Angels in classical and contemporary compositions by Handel, Tchaikovsky, Rothblum, Isaacson and Strimple.

Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church
505 N. Rodeo Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210.

Cost of the Symposium is $25.00 which includes a Kosher Dairy dinner

Registration for the Symposium/Dinner must be made in advance by Friday, February 29, 2008.
Cost for the Concert at 7:00 p.m. is $10.00 with payment at the door
For reservations and more information call 818.623.1000
Posted by jmwc at 12:05 PM

January 17, 2008

Three Hip Performers and One Timeless Culture

On Saturday, January 19, 2008, 8 PM, at Sinai Temple, Los Angeles, three
acclaimed klezmer musicians in a rare West Coast appearance, Michael Alpert (Brave
Old World) and the Strauss/Warschauer Duo will entertain with great music and
share their experiences of rekindling Yiddish creativity in the Old Country and

Sharing the spotlight will be Sinai's own Cantor Arianne Brown and a special guest
from Warsaw, Daniel Strehlau, award-winning filmmaker and founding director of the
Warsaw Jewish Film Festival (which recently had its 5th Edition).
Enjoy this unique evening of beautiful music and stimulating

General Admission: $18; CIYCL Members: $15; Students: $8

Seating Limited. Reservations recommended at 310-745-1190 or

Venue Address: Sinai Temple, Kohn Chapel, 10400 Wilshire Blvd. (at Beverly Glen),
Los Angeles. Free Parking in the Sinai Temple garage.

Brought to you by The California Institute for Yiddish Culture & Language (CIYCL)

www.yiddishinstitute.org in association with Sinai Temple

Posted by jmwc at 05:35 PM

October 21, 2007

Yuval Ron Music Coming up in California

Yuval Ron Ensemble writes about some upcoming shows:

Saturday, October 27 2007 two shows: 1:45 – 2:30PM 4:00 – 4:45 PM
The Getty Villa
Yuval Ron
Oud Prayers - Sacred and Folk Music of the Middle East
with percussionist Jamie Papish
Location: Inner Peristyle at the Getty Villa in Malibu 17985 Pacific
Coast Highway Pacific Palisades, California 90272
Reservations and information: Call (310) 440-7300
E-mail: visitorservices@getty.edu

Saturday, November 3, 2007
The Wechsberg Educational Foundation of Congregation Ner Tamid
A Los Angeles Jewish Symphony Concert " A Musical Odyssey"
The Yuval Ron Ensemble
Admission: For tickets contact Ticket Alternatives at
www.ticketalternative.com or call (877) 725-8849
Posted by jmwc at 03:34 PM

July 10, 2007

Yuval Ron with LA Jewish Symphony

See the Yuval Ron Ensemble performing with a FULL SYMPHONY and dancers in a spectacular production under the stars!
East meets West: A Special Concert of The Yuval Ron Ensemble with the LA Jewish Symphony

Conductor: Dr. Noreen Green

The Ensemble will perform (in the second half of the program only!) traditional songs of the Middle East and Andalusia with new symphonic arrangements by Yuval Ron plus Canciones Sefardi - a symphonic work by Yuval Ron based on Andalusi songs of Morocco and...... the first public performance of a symphonic medley from the Oscar winner film "West Bank Story".

singers Maya Haddi and Barak Marshall, guitarist Kenton Youngstrom and dancers Maya Karasso and Melanie Kareem
Please note: the concert at the Ford will be taped for future broadcast on TV channel 36!
Location: Ford Ampitheatre, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd East, Los Angeles, CA 90068
Admission: $36, $25; Students and Children $12,
Buy Tickets To purchase tickets please call the Ford Box Office at 323-461-3673 or visit www.FordTheatres.org . Call Bunny Getz at 888-780-9345 for %15 discount for groups for 8 or more. Or, you can purchase tickets online at http://www.fordamphitheater.org On site parking is available for $5.
Please see the Ford Amphitheater website for more information on additional parking needs and other accommodations. More upcoming events of Yuval Ron:
Saturday, July 28, 2007, 7:30pm
Farmlab presents
World Premier of Yuval Ron's New Composition
MAYA - Variations for Earth Harp, woodwinds and electronics
William Close on Earth Harp (a stunning hugh harp which will be wired down from the Spring Street bridge in Downtown LA)
Yeghish Manukyan on Woodwinds
with Images by David Lebrun from his new film "Breaking the Maya Code"
Event produced by Roxanne Steinberg
Location: Farmlab - 1745 N. Spring Street #4, Los Angeles, CA
90012 .
Admission: FREE - Reservations required to: info@farmlab.org
For more information: Phone: 323 226 1158 email: info@farmlab.org web: www.farmlab.org
Posted by jmwc at 09:32 PM

June 05, 2007

A Tribute to John Rauch

This Sunday June 10th 2007 at 3:00pm
Yuval Ron Music and the Center for Jewish Creativity present
In Memoriam:
A Tribute to John Rauch
The late President of the Center for Jewish Culture and Creativity

with the artists:
Russel Steinberg, Vanessa Paloma, Sam Glaser, Yuval Ron Ensemble, Nabil Azzam, Stephen Macht, Sha-Rone Kushnir, Yehuda Hyman, Ofer Ben-Amots, Yale Storm, Elizabeth Schwartz, Stacie Chaiken and Bryna Weiss
Artistic Director: Yuval Ron

Script: Yehuda Hyman
Art exhibition curator: Peter Handwerker
Event Producer: Kerry Cobuccio
Sound: Sean Faye-Cullen
Produced by Yuval Ron Music (www.yuvalronmusic.com)

Where: Temple Isaiah, 10345 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064
Admission: A suggested minimum donation of $15.00 - All proceeds benefit the Center for Jewish Culture and Creativity. Keep art alive.
Info and advance tickets: by phone at.: (323) 658-5824 Or email at: mtarbut@jewishcreativity.org ____________________________________________________________________ Up Coming events: July 15 - Ford Amphitheater in Hollywood: The Yuval Ron Ensemble with a symphony orchestra: . ____________________________________________________________________ Saturday, August 11, 2007 at 3pm Magdalene Cultural Arts Center presents: Music as a Catalyst for Sacred Prayer and Ecstasy A Workshop on the subject of Divine Ecstasy in Sufi and Hassidic Music facilitated by Yuval Ron Location: Magdalene Cultural Arts Center - 4822 Vineland Avenue North Hollywood, CA 91601 Admission: $25 For more information: Please call 818-760-0531

Posted by jmwc at 01:22 AM

May 17, 2007

Klezmer on the Bay Dinner Cruise

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

Klezmer, Music with Soul in Santa Rosa

"Klezmer, Music with Soul" -- Concert and Dance Party, May 27th

Absolute Music
Co-sponsored by KlezCalifornia, The Red Hot Chachkas and Bruce Bierman (Yiddish dance teacher) will be presenting their program, "Klezmer, Music with Soul" in Santa Rosa.
Led by Julie Egger and comprised of multi-talented performers on violin, clarinet, mandolin, accordion, bass, and drums, the group plays traditional Eastern European dance tunes, ranging from frenzied to tranquil tantsn (dances), plus original compositions and improvisions building on the klezmer tradition.

Absolute Music
the Friedman Center brings master musicians and presents classical, jazz, folk and klezmer music to the Jewish Community Center of Sonoma County.
The Friedman Center
4676 Mayette, Santa Rosa, CA 95405
May 27th, 2:00 - 4:00pm ~ Tickets: $15
Posted by jmwc at 04:17 PM

May 14, 2007

Honoring John Rauch in LA

What: An Afternoon of Joyous Musical Celebration honoring the life and creative vision of John H. Rauch

Who: Ofer Ben-Amots, Nabil Azzam, Stacie Chaiken, Sam Glaser, Yehuda Hyman Sha-Rone Kushner, Stephen Macht, Vanessa Paloma, Yuval Ron Ensemble, Russell Steinberg, Yael Strom, Bryna Weiss.
Where: Temple Isaiah, 10345 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064
When: Sunday, June 10th, 2007, 3:00 PM

Admission: A suggested minimum donation of $15.00.
All proceeds benefit the Center for Jewish Culture and Creativity. Keep art alive.

Info: contact C.J.C.C by phone at.: (323) 658-5824
Or email us at: mtarbut@jewishcreativity.org

The Center for Jewish Culture and Creativity presents a special concert celebrating the life and legacy of the Center’s president and co-founder John Rauch. The event is a tribute to John Rauch in the way he would have loved best: an exciting and eclectic gathering of award-winning Center-affiliated artists performing contemporary classical, Jazz, Sacred and World Music from the various Jewish traditions. Additionally, an inspiring exhibition of art and video will be presented in the lobby.

“...He built and supported, cell by cell, a wonderful beehive of Jewish creators....John’s tireless and loving work is what gives Jewish artists of our time the possibility to reach their full potential. We are all blessed by him.”
Osvaldo Golijov, composer

“Dear Mr. Rauch, The program of the Center seems to me to be wide and deep and eminently worthwhile, with the potential for making a significant contribution to the culture of the world. How may I be of help to you?
Chaim Potok”

About the Jewish Culture and Creativity: The Center for Jewish Culture and Creativity was founded in Tel Aviv in 1990 by leading Israeli and North American artists, scholars and entrepreneurs who recognized that creative talent is a major resource of the Jewish people and that persons gifted with these attributes should be identified, mobilized and bonded by the Center into an activist movement devoted to sustaining Jewish identity.

A non-profit educational institution in both the United States and Israel, the Center functions as a global fellowship of creative and performing artists, scholars and benefactors committed to evolving the dynamic national Jewish culture envisioned by Zionist philosopher Ahad Ha'am. To preclude the fossilization of Jewish culture, the Center stimulates and facilitates the creation of serious new cultural works from a Jewish perspective and the dissemination of the resulting artistic expression in respected public venues, thereby broadening the horizons of Jewish culture and ensuring an ongoing Jewish contribution to universal civilization.

The Center is neither a building nor primarily a funder but the vibrant hub of an international league of successful affiliated artists and scholars, who receive nurturing, comradeship and collaborative opportunities. While maintaining strategic relations with many institutions, The Center is totally independent and embraces the spirit of K'lal Israel.

Posted by jmwc at 08:04 PM

March 18, 2007

VIKLARBO Chamber Ensemble

DATE: Wednesday, April 25, 2007
TIME: 7:30 PM
LOCATION: Valley Beth Shalom
ADDRESS: 15739 Ventura Boulevard, Encino 91436
WEBSITE: www.jmcla.org
www.jmcla.org DESCRIPTION:
The Jewish Music Commission of LA presents the elite Los Angeles-based VIKLARBO Chamber Ensemble in a program that includes new American Jewish music by David Lefkowitz and Maria Newman. Both of these young Los Angeles-based musicians are in great demand as composers, performers and educators. Also on the evening program are works by Leonard Bernstein and Robert Schumann.

The ensemble features Maria Newman, Violin; Scott Hosfeld, Viola; Sebastian Toettcher, cello; Wendy Prober, piano; and Amanda Walker, clarinet.

Tickets are $10 in advance; $15 at the door. For reservations and information, call Valley Beth Shalom (818) 788-6000 or E-mail jmcla@socal.rr.com

Posted by jmwc at 12:17 PM

February 26, 2007

22nd Jewish Music Festival California around the San Francisco Bay Area

Wow. What a a lineup of artists... Wish I was there! Soooo!! you WestCoasters will have a great time...because you can be there... if you're anywhere near San Francisco, you will not want to miss this incredible group of artists. --JMWC


The 22nd Jewish Music Festival is almost here. It's being held around the San Francisco Bay Area
This year’s Festival will be held from March 8-25 and feature concerts throughout the Bay Area. Performers include Aires de Sefarad; Michael Alpert; Peter Apfelbaum; Avi Avital; Steven Bernstein; Dan Cantrell; Kitka; Klezmer Buenos Aires; Pharaoh’s Daughter and more! OPENING NIGHT of The Jewish Music Festival San Francisco Bay Area

Musical Fortunes: New music based on Jewish and Romani (”Gypsy”) Routes.
A premiere of new music based on a history of rich collaboration; a tradition mined by Oakland composer/performer Dan Cantrell with Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble, Michael Alpert, Rumen Shopov, Dusan Ristic and dancers Rachel Brice and Elizabeth Strong.
First Congregational Church of Berkeley
2345 Channing Way, Berkeley
Thursday, March 8, 7:30 pm
Co-sponsored by the Creative Work Fund, The East Bay Community Foundation – Fund for Artists, The MAP Fund – a project of Creative Capital, and Leonard Kurz, in memory of Ursula Sherman

Klezmer Buenos Aires/Lerner Moguilevsky Duo:
Surrender yourself to the ecstatic joy of this virtuosic duo, coming direct from Argentina with their stellar blend of klezmer, Argentinean folk music, tango and jazz improvisation. Their lightning transitions between flutes, clarinet, harmonica, accordion, piano and percussion leave audiences clamoring for more.
Thrust Stage / Berkeley Repertory Theatre
2025 Addison St., Berkeley
Saturday, March 10, 8:00 pm
Produced in association with La Peña Cultural Center of Berkeley

Tales From Terezin: A Musical Journey.
In memory of Sylvie Braitman
Violinist Randall Weiss and The Bridge Players present music originally performed at Terezín concentration camp. Congregation Sha’ar Zahav, 290 Dolores Street (at 16th), San Francisco, Sunday, March 11, 4:00 pm
To order tickets: 415.861.6932 × 310
or email programs@shaarzahav.org
Co-sponsored by Congregation Sha’ar Zahav

Ensemble Lucidarium:
“Pure energy on period instruments” – one of Italy’s premier early music ensembles makes their Bay area debut with “La Istoria de Purim,” a program devoted to the music and poetry of the Jews in Renaissance Italy that has delighted audiences and critics from Paris to Budapest. This ensemble of eight won an award in 2004 from the European Association for Jewish Culture for the CD production of this richly-nuanced, rarely heard repertoire.
First Congregational Church of Berkeley
2345 Channing Way, Berkeley
Thursday, March 15, 7:30 pm

The Symbolic Power of Jewish Music:
A conversation with vanguard musicians of John Zorn’s Tzadik Radical Jewish Culture CD label, including Ben Goldberg, John Schott, Basya Schechter, and Steve Bernstein, and others. Moderated by Myra Melford, UC Berkeley
The Jazzschool
2087 Addison Street, Berkeley
Saturday, March 17, 2:00pm
Produced in association with The Jazzschool in Berkeley

Pharaoh’s Daughter:
Blending psychedelic sensibility and pan-Mediterranean sensuality, Basya Schechter leads her band through Hasidic chants and Mizrachi and Sephardi folk-rock, with spiritual styling filtered through percussion, flute, strings and electronica.
Thrust Stage / Berkeley Repertory Theatre
2025 Addison St., Berkeley
Saturday, March 17, 8:00 pm

Steven Bernstein with Peter Apfelbaum and Friends presents Diaspora Blues:
From Berkeley, these now New York-based cutting edge composer/ performers are stretching the definition of Jewish music. Diaspora Blues is based on the work of legendary cantor Moshe Koussevitsky, and was originally recorded in 2002 with the Sam Rivers Trio. This is the West Coast premiere.
Thrust Stage / Berkeley Repertory Theatre
2025 Addison St., Berkeley
Sunday, March 18, 7:30 pm

Poetry Slam on the Theme of Diaspora:
For rules and complete information, please visit:
www.berkeleypoetryslam.com. The three finalists will have the opportunity to showcase at Community Music Day for additional monetary prizes. Details to follow on the Community Music Day event page
Starry Plough Pub
3101 Shattuck Ave.
at Prince Street, Berkeley
Wednesday, March 21, 8:30 pm
Tickets are first-come, first-serve, at venue only

Israel’s leading international concert and recording artist dazzles audiences with songs inspired by Yemenite roots infused with jazz, classical and rock have created a unique sound, not to be missed.
3200 California St. (at Presidio), SF
Wednesday, March 21, 8:00 pm
Call 415-276-1511 for tickets.
Co-sponsored with the Eugene & Elinor Friend Center for the Arts, Jewish Community Center of San Francisco
Avi Avital:
This young Israeli mandolin master will showcase contemporary Israeli composers; he recently won first prize in the international competition for plucked strings “Città di Voghera” (Italy); and has played solo with the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Milano and others.
1414 Walnut St., Berkeley
Thursday, March 22, 2:00 pm
Produced in association with the Consulate of Israel

Aires de Sefarad with Jorge Liderman:
Born in Argentina, trained in Israel and the US, this now-Berkeley based composer brings a highly original twist to Sephardic music. The music will be performed by Duo46. The concert will open with the mandolin master, Avi Avital.
Congregatin Beth El
1301 Oxford St., Berkeley
Thursday, March 22, 2007. 8:00 pm
Produced in association with Congregation Beth El in Berkeley

Community Music Day:
Poetry Slam Finals, interactive workshops, children’s concert, Instrument Petting Zoo, and performances throughout the day showcasing high quality local artists. Guaranteed to bring out your inner musician.
1414 Walnut St., Berkeley
Sunday, March, 25, 11-5 pm
Produced in association with Freight and Salvage Coffee House. Co-sponsored by Taube Foundation for Jewish Life and Culture (JCEF) and the Anisman/Sherman Family and Julie Sherman

See http://www.jewishmusicfestival.org/ for all the details.

Posted by jmwc at 10:34 AM

February 02, 2007

Lorin Sklamberg in California in Feburary

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

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

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

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

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

October 31, 2006

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

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

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

October 25, 2006

Beverly Hills Concert Music and the Holocaust: Survival, Resistance and Response

"Music and the Holocaust: Survival, Resistance and Response" is a concert of rarely heard music composed in hiding, before deportation, and in Nazi concentration camps and ghettos.

The Concert features Choral Society of Southern California, Los Angeles Zimriyah Chorale, USC Thornton School of Music Chamber Choir and student soloists, members of the Los Angeles Vocal & Instrumental Ensemble ( la vie ), Cantor David Cane, and recordings made in the camps. The program will include works from various composers in hiding, concentration camps and ghettos, including:

-- Cantor David Cane's performance of songs he was forced to sing in Auschwitz.
-- A Jewish composer's eight-minute choral work, written in the Kreuzburg Civilian Internment Camp as a gift to Christian inmates who protected him and several other Jewish inmates.
-- Short recordings made during the war in Kreuzburg.
-- Commentary by Nick Strimple, Holocaust music scholar and USC faculty member.
WHEN: November 2, 2006 at 8:00 P. M.
WHERE: Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church
505 N. Rodeo Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

WHO: Sponsored by the American Musicological Society, the Jewish Music Commission of Los Angeles and the Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church. Conducted by Magen Solomon and Nick Strimple, both USC Thornton School of Music faculty members.

TICKETS: $18 adult, $10 student. Reservations at 310.271.5194, ask for Emily.
Posted by jmwc at 06:27 PM

October 12, 2006

Trios from Terezin in San Francisco

Performed by The Bridge Players
Thursday, January 11, 2007, 7:30 pm. Free and open to the public.

BJE Jewish Community Library
1835 Ellis St.
San Francisco, CA 94115
415-567-3327 ext. 703

Terezin, the "model concentration camp" established by the Nazis outside Prague, became for a short time the meeting place for many of Europe's finest musicians. Violinist Randall Weiss will be joined by cellist Victoria Ehrlich and violist Natalia Vershilova in performing string trios and duos by Gideon Klein, Hans Krasa, and Zikmund Schul.

Posted by jmwc at 05:36 PM

September 18, 2006

Save the Date--Trios from Terezin

Trios from Terezin
Performed by The Bridge Players
Thursday, January 11, 2007, 7:30 pm. Free and open to the public.

BJE Jewish Community Library
1835 Ellis St.
San Francisco, CA 94115
415-567-3327 ext. 703

Terezin, the "model concentration camp" established by the Nazis outside Prague, became for a short time the meeting place for many of Europe's finest musicians. Violinist Randall Weiss will be joined by cellist Victoria Ehrlich and violist Natalia Vershilova in performing string trios and duos by Gideon Klein, Hans Krasa, and Zikmund Schul.
Posted by jmwc at 03:10 PM

May 05, 2006

Los Angeles Jewish Symphony and More

Three upcoming events for folks in California are coming up with the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony at the center of things. Starting next weekend is Event No. 1:

Shirat Hayam -- Song of the Sea
A fundraiser for the Malibu Jewish Center & Synagogue.
Saturday, May 13, 2006, 8:00 PM

Malibu Jewish Center & Synagogue
24855 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA

An extraordinary event in our new synagogue featuring Cantor Marcelo Gindlin, Cantor Mariana Gindlin & the MJC&S Choir in concert with the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony conducted by Dr. Noreen Green. Dessert reception to follow.
For tickets, call (310) 456-2178
General Admission $65; Sponsorship $1,800 and $1,000
More LAJS events:

3rd Annual Post Golf Tournament Concert and Dinner Reception Silent Auction and Raffle Drawing
Los Angeles Jewish Symphony, Dr. Noreen Green, Artistic Director/Conductor
Guest Artist -- Yuval Ron, oud player, specializing in the exotic sounds of the Middle East.

Woodland Hills Country Club
21150 Dumetz Rd.
Woodland Hills, CA 91364

Monday, June 26, 2006

5:00 PM Silent Auction
6:00 PM Dinner Reception
7:00 PM Concert
7:45 PM Grand Raffle Prize Drawing

$50 per person (inclusive)
For reservations call (818) 728-1923

AND also:

The Los Angeles Jewish Symphony presents
Ahava, From Israel With Love
Featuring Chen Zimbalista
Sunday July 9, 7:30pm


Ford Amphitheatre
just off the 101 (Hollywood) freeway across from the Hollywood Bowl and south of Universal Studios.
For tickets call (323) 461-3673

Experience Israel's dynamic musical culture: classical and pop selections influenced by folk sounds of Eastern Europe, the Mediterranean and the Middle East. The "totally charismatic" (Jerusalem Post) Chen Zimbalista guest stars on marimba. Alon Reuven solos on french horn.
Tickets: $36, $25
Full-time students and children 12 & under $12

For more information about any of these events, contact: Los Angeles Jewish Symphony Email: lajewishsymphony@sbcglobal.net or Tel: (818) 728-1923 or Fax: (818) 995-0526
Posted by jmwc at 03:55 PM

April 06, 2006

San Diego Jewish Music Festival

The 7th Annual Jewish Music Festival will take place in San Diego, California throughout the month of May.
Violinist Zina Schiff in Recital: Music Played in Terezin, Monday, May 15, 7:30pm
Varian Fry Assignment: Rescue, May 15–June 4
FATHOM: The Body as Universe, Partner's Celebration Performance, Thursday, May 18 @ the Stephen and Mary Birch North Park Theatre
Celebrating Shostakovich, Celebrating Shostakovich Wednesday, May 24, 7:30pm
Danny Maseng: Wasting Time with Harry Davidowitz, Saturday, May 27, 8:00pm
Cuarteto Latinoamericano, Cuarteto Latinoamericano Tuesday, May 30, 7:30pm
Klezmer in the Park at the Organ Pavilion, Balboa Park, Thursday, June 22, 6:15pm
For more information, visit the festival website at http://sdcjc.lfjcc.org/sdjmf/2006/
Posted by jmwc at 01:43 PM

March 30, 2006

Let My People Sing

April 4-16, 2006. Los Angeles, California.
For nine days Los Angeles will gather to rejoice in the glory of Passover, the “Festival of Freedom.” The latest brainchild of celebrated musician/producer Craig Taubman, and sponsored by major Los Angeles area Jewish Organizations, Let My People Sing will run through the Passover week holiday at venues throughout the Greater Los Angeles area. For more information about performers and venues visist www.letmypeoplesing.com Let My People Sing Schedule:

Faith Jam ‘06
Christian Jewish and Muslim
Comedy, Music & Spoken Word
Islamic Center of Southern California

Sister Stories from Egypt to Darfur
Shabbat with Rabbi Nina Bieber Feinstein
Cindy Paley & Debbie Friedman
Valley Beth Shalom


A Seder for Darfur
Rabbi Harold Schulweis, Danny Glover, Mare Winningham
Ed Asner, Jon Voight, Dave Koz and Rev. Cecil Murray
Benefiting Jewish World Watch
UCLA Hillel


The Man Seder
A powerful evening of fraternity and song with
Rabbis Yosef Kanefsky, Dan Moskovitz, Perry Netter & Hazan Mike Stein
University of Judaism


Friday Night Live
Jewish gospel sensation Joshua Nelson and his band rock this Westside Shabbat happening
Sinai Temple


Tears, Laughter and Spirit
A celebration of freedom with Joel Chasnoff,
clergy, cantors and choirs
Stephen S. Wise Temple

Raise The Roof
The Rick Recht band performs in concert
Benefiting Jewish World Watch
Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center


Let My People Rock
A sun and fun-filled Freedom Walk and performances by
Israel supergroup Hadag Nachash, Rick Recht, Kings of Klezmer
Kesher Chaim Dance Ensemble and more
The Braindeis-Bardin Institute
Posted by jmwc at 09:22 AM

January 25, 2006


MARCH 4-26, 2006!
Tickets and Info: 415-276-1511 or
Concerts throughout the San Francisco Bay Area
Group, Senior and Student Discounts available

Opening Night March 4th for a rare Bay Area appearance of the heroically nutty, genre-bending NEW ORLEANS KLEZMER ALLSTARS, New Orleans' top world music band.
Of Special Interest:

FROM ISTANBUL TO JERUSALEM: 3/19 - Direct from Turkey- Yahudice: Sephardic music from an ensemble of Turkey's finest musicians with Israeli Ladino singer Hadass Pal-Yarden. Thrust Stage/ Berkeley Repertory Theatre

Other Highlights:

I-TAL-YA: 3/5 - Italian Jewish music and song with Francesco Spagnolo, Sharon Jan Bernstein and Michael Alpert, of Brave Old World

BAGELS AND BONGOS: 3/11- Septeto Rodriguez and special guest Irving Fields in a riotous fusion of Havana, Harlem and the Catskills

TRADITIONS AND TRANSFORMATIONS: 3/12 - Cantors Alberto Mizrahi and Jack Mendelson, with pianists Anthony Coleman, Tova Morcos and others

JEWISH FRINGES: 3/16 - World premieres of New Music by top Bay Area composers: Paul Dresher, Daniel David Feinsmith, Amy X Neuburg and John Schott

BEYLE SCHAECHTER-GOTTESMAN 3/23 - America's leading Yiddish poet and songwriter, honored this year by the NEA as a national treasure

THREE YIDDISH DIVAS 3/25 - Joanne Borts, Theresa Tova and Adrienne Cooper pour passion and artistry into Yiddish jazz, cabaret and theater songs.

COMMUNITY MUSIC DAY 3/26 - hosted by the hilarious Josh Kornbluth, featuring an exotic Instrument Petting Zoo, workshops and performances all day for all ages.
A program of the Berkeley Richmond Jewish Community Center.
The complete Festival program follows: OPENING NIGHT: New Orleans Klezmer Allstars, a "genre-crossing, heroically nutty ensemble [with] a raucous, wild spin on the popular Eastern European revival." (Billboard) Saturday, March 4, 8:00 pm, 1st Congregational Church, 2501 Harrison Street, Oakland $26 General Admission / $22 Students/Seniors/BRJCC members.

I-Tal-Ya A taste of Passover from the 2000 year old Jewish community of Italy, with Francesco Spagnolo, leading authority on Italian Jewish music, Cantor Sharon Bernstein and Michael Alpert of the internationally acclaimed group Brave Old World. Includes brunch. Limited Seating. Get your tickets early! Sunday, March 5, 11:30 am, Caffe Venezia, 1799 University Ave., Berkeley. $36 one price for all.

Bagels & Bongos: Septeto Rodriguez brings the influences of Havana, Miami and New York together in a brilliant alchemy of Cuban sounds and klezmer. Special Guest: Irving Fields, 90-year-old creator of the now classic, recently re-released Jewish-Latino fusion record, Bagels and Bongos, (1959). (He still has a weekly piano gig in NY) MC: Chuy Varela: Music Director, KCSM. Sat., March 11, 8:00 pm, 1st Congregational Church, Oakland $26 / $22 2501 Harrison Street, Oakland

Traditions and Transformations Cantors Alberto Mizrahi (of the PBS special "The Three Cantors" and Jack Mendelson (of the film "The Cantor's Tale) take liturgical singing of Ashkenazi and Sephardic traditions to new heights. With NY jazz pianist Anthony Coleman, Tova Morcos and others. Presented in association with Temple Sinai. Sunday, March 12, 7:30 pm, Temple Sinai, 2808 Summit Street, Oakland $26 / $22, including Temple Sinai members.

Jewish Fringes Celebrated Bay Area composers of New Music: Paul Dresher, Daniel David Feinsmith, Amy X Neuburg and John Schott premiere original works for a post-modern world.Thursday, March 16, 7:30 pm, Berkeley Repertory Theatre. 2025 Addison St., Berkeley $26 / $22

>From Istanbul to Jerusalem: Yahudice Sephardic music from an ensemble of Turkey's finest musicians with Israeli Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) singer Hadass Pal Yarden. Sunday, March 19, 7:30 pm, Berkeley Repertory Theatre 2025 Addison St., Berkeley $26 / $22.

Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman : an intimate afternoon of original Yiddish songs with Beyle Schaechter- Gottesman: Yiddish songwriter, singer, poet and recipient of the 2005 NEA National Heritage Fellowship Award. She will appear with international Yiddish singer Theresa Tova. Thursday afternoon, March 23, 2:00 pm, BRJCC 1414 Walnut Street at Rose, Berkeley $15/ $12

Three Yiddish Divas with Joanne Borts, Adrienne Cooper and Theresa Tova. A new generation of stars pours passion and artistry into Yiddish jazz, cabaret and theater songs, including the timeless repertoire of the Yiddish theater greats who inspired modern Broadway. Saturday, March 25, 8:00 pm, JCCSF $25/ $23, including JCCSF members JCCSF, California and Presidio Sts., SF

Community Music Day
Hosted by irrepressible comedian and TV personality Josh Kornbluth. Instrument Petting Zoo, interactive workshops, and performances throughout the day showcase Bay Area artists including a Family Concert with Ira Levin, Charming Hostess, the Instant Klezmer Mandolin Orchestra, members of Kitka, Gary Lapow & Songs from Coney Island, and Klezmer/Roma Dance Extravaganza. Guaranteed to bring out your inner musician. For all ages! Sunday, March 26, 11-5 pm, BRJCC, 1414 Walnut Street at Rose, Berkeley $24 Family pass (up to two adults and two children) / $10 General Admission / $7 students, seniors, BRJCC members, and children under 5

Related Events:
~ Sunday February 26, 4:00 pm Protest Songs in Yiddish and Italian Sharon Jan Bernstein and Michael Alpert, of the band Brave Old World, The Dance Palace Pt. Reyes Station Tickets: 415-663-1075

~ Monday, February 27, 7:30 pm Dan Cantrell: A Klezmer / Roma Mix Ristorante Raphael 2132 Center St, Berkeley 510-644-9500

~ Thursday, March 2, 6:30 pm John Schott on New Jewish Music Judah L. Magnes Museum 2911 Russell Street, Berkeley 510-549-6950

~ Tuesday March 7, 6:00 pm Daniel Feinsmith and John Schott On Composing New Music. San Francisco Public Library Civic Center, SF 415-557-4400

~ Friday, March 10, 8:00 pm A Taste of Cuban Klezmer With Roberto Rodriguez Temple Beth Sholom 642 Dolores Avenue San Leandro 510-357-8505

~ Friday, March 10, 7:30 pm Shir HaShirim Ashkenazi, Sephardi & Mizrahi musical liturgy BRJCC 1414 Walnut Street Berkeley 510-848-0237

~ Tuesday March 14, 2006 The Hub @ JCCSF presents Golem A nouveau klezmer-rock band At 12 Galaxies, 2565 Mission Street, SF Tix: 415.292.1233 or www.jccsf.org/arts

~ Monday, March 20, 7:30 pm. Lehrhaus Workshop: Urban Ladino Music of Turkey Hadass Pal Yarden, of Yahudice. $15/ $12, BRJCC 1414 Walnut Street, Berkeley 510-848-0237

~ April 29 and 30 KlezCalifornia Albert L. Schultz JCC Contact (415) 789-7679 www.klezcalifornia.org

~ April 30 Zimriya: The Bay Area Jewish Choral Festival Temple Emanu-El. Info: 415-751-2535

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January 18, 2006

Duo46 perform Aires de Sefarad in San Rafael

Violinist Beth Ilana Schneider-Gould and guitarist Dr. Matt Gould, better known as Duo46,will perform "Aires de Sefarad" by award winning compsoer Jorge Liderman on Saturday ,February 4, 2006 at the Osher Marin JCC in San Rafael California .The 46 Sephardic song cycle, about an hour of of music, is based on 500 year old Jewish folk Music from the Mediterranean. The concert will begin at 8:00pm with remarks by the composer. For tickets call (415) 444-8000 or visit http://www.marinjcc.org/ For information about the artists ,visit website http://www.duo46.com

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December 16, 2005

Art of Yiddish song and dance in LA

The Strauss/Warschauer Duo will be teaching Yiddish song and Yiddish dance classes and performing in LA all next week (starting this Sunday, Dec. 18, 2005), as part of "The Art of Yiddish."

Heroes of the Yiddish World:
Knights, Mystics, Partisans & Scribes
December 18 – 24, 2005

A joyful and enriching opportunity to connect with a global legacy. No previous knowledge of Yiddish needed.

Presented by the California Institute for Yiddish Culture & Language (CIYCL) in association with Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles.

For details visit www.yiddishinstitute.org, call 310-745-1190,
or email miriam@yiddishinstitute.org
Visit the Strauss/Warschauer Duo's website: www.klezmerduo.com
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September 20, 2005

A One-Woman Show with Sylvie Braitman

A Story of Reconciliation Between Generations touched by the Holocaust. In honor of Daniel Pearl. Interweaving stories, theater, and Yiddish, Hebrew, French and Russian songs, Bay Area mezzo-soprano Sylvie Braitman presents a unique show based on her father's story of survival during the Holocaust. Through acting, music and humor, she has created a powerful vehicle for transgenerational healing.
The concert will take place Sunday, October 9, 2005, 4 - 6 pm at the Berkeley Richmond Jewish Community Center, 1414 Walnut Street, Berkeley, in association with the 21st Jewish Music Festival.
Please call 510-848-0237 or
visit www.brjcc.org for more information. Admission is $12.

Sylvie Braitman, born in Paris to Jewish Polish parents, grew up speaking and singing in Yiddish. A graduate from the prestigious Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris, she moved to San Francisco in 1990. She earned her BA at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and is a scholar and performer of music of the Holocaust. Ms. Braitman has an extensive repertoire of songs from the period that she has shared with various survivors' groups. She is the creator of "Shtille Licht, From Folk Songs to Art Songs, Yiddish and Ladino Music," presented as part of the musical series of A Traveling Jewish Theater in San Francisco. Long Live Life: Theresienstadt 1941-1945, produced with Betty Grandis, was presented as part as the 2001 Jewish Music Festival. The concert, including a cast of ten musicians and actors, showcased music performed in the infamous Theresienstadt ghetto. In addition, she has premiered opera roles for Berkeley Symphony with Maestro Kent Nagano, and the Sonoma Opera. She also performs French cabaret music of her native France. www.sylviebraitman.com

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May 13, 2005


Work of forgotten Jewish composer heard at last

By Richard Scheinin
reprinted here with the kind permission of the San Jose Mercury News

Last Sunday afternoon, in a Saratoga church, the newly reconstructed piano concerto of a largely forgotten Jewish composer named Eric Zeisl was given its world premiere. This was a major and unlikely event, for Zeisl, born 100 years ago this month, had been a formidable composer, a refugee from Nazi-occupied Vienna who made his way to Los Angeles, raised a family, wrote prolifically -- everything from film music to opera -- and then died in 1959 of a heart attack after teaching a night class at Los Angeles City College. Igor Stravinsky was among those who grieved his passing, a testament to Zeisl's standing among composers in Los Angeles, where Stravinsky was an migr. Yet few of Zeisl's works were performed in his lifetime and not a single one had been given a premiere since his death at age 53. And now, out of the blue, Jason Klein, a conductor with an addiction for rare repertory, was about to lead the Saratoga Symphony, a spirited little orchestra filled with devoted amateurs, in a performance of Zeisl's Piano Concerto in C Major, completed 53 years ago and relegated to a dusty drawer in Los Angeles. (more... to read the complete article...)

Recovering a voice
``The first performance ever awaits you in a few minutes,'' Klein, a gabby maestro with a knack for creating excitement, told his 250 or so listeners at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, the orchestra's base of operations. Zeisl's daughter, Barbara Zeisl Schoenberg -- she is married to Ronald Schoenberg, son of Arnold Schoenberg, the composer, who also was a refugee in Los Angeles -- had driven up from Southern California for the big event and was seated in the ninth row. So was Malcolm S. Cole, a retired UCLA musicologist and Zeisl's biographer, whom Klein now introduced as ``the world's leading expert on the music of Eric Zeisl.''

Loud applause broke out as Cole, very much the rumpled professor, got up and told the audience about Zeisl's ``odyssey'': barely escaping Vienna in November 1938, the day after Kristallnacht, the Nazi pogrom, and moving to Paris, then New York and finally Los Angeles, where he wrote the piano concerto in three movements that are ``spacious, technically demanding and hauntingly beautiful.''

A tingly excitement filled the church as Cole described the detective work involved in resurrecting the music: Zeisl had left two messy, handwritten versions that needed to be transcribed and cleared of ``gremlins,'' the wrong notes and other miscues that inevitably sneak into a score before it comes to life in rehearsal. And this piece had never been rehearsed by an orchestra until last month. Still, ``the recovery of the voice behind these notes'' is well under way, Cole assured the audience, proudly describing the concerto's ``soaring melodies, irresistible dances, intense modal harmonies and intricate counterpoint -- you are sharing Zeisl's journey from exile to sanctuary.'' And then Klein blessed the music's maiden voyage: ``May this concerto have a long life,'' he said, calling out the soloist, pianist Daniel Glover of San Francisco, who has a history of learning prodigiously difficult music in short amounts of time.

A youthful 47-year-old in a black tuxedo, Glover, smiling shyly, sat down at the piano and, following Klein's downbeat, launched into Zeisl's forgotten concerto. A dignified sadness Wow! Immediately, there was a wonderful tunefulness, a unison melody for strings and piano -- and it was soaring, gorgeous, the piano part now shadowed, a little shakily, by one of the horns. Amid trumpet fanfares and flying violins -- out of tune, but spirited, these string players -- Glover, not shaky at all, rocketed through the big melodies, adorned with all sorts of opulent trills and tumbling flourishes, and broke out into massive cadenzas.

``This guy really plays,'' Cole murmured after the lengthy first movement, which had been filled with sharply percussive dancing passages and ecstatically clanging chords in the keyboard's upper regions. The glinty brilliance of the music, and its way of putting the piano in dialogue with the orchestra, was reminiscent of Bartk. Its playfulness recalled Prokofiev. Clearly, Zeisl had his influences, but also, as Cole had been saying, his own voice: In the second movement, it was heard in the haunting tunefulness, the piano painting notes against a soft backdrop of teeming strings. In the third movement, the mood turned grave, spikier and more dissonant, with a whirling danse macabre and then a Semitic melody, dressed up like Rachmaninoff, but still expressing a dignified sadness.

The audience sat rapt as Glover, an incisive, exciting and apparently tireless player, drove the music toward its big chiming finish. Then the audience burst into applause. What an event! ``Bravo!'' shouted Zeisl-Schoenberg. Standing, she looked at Cole, seated next to her, and, with a big smile, said, ``Well, that was a thrill.'' ``Oh,'' answered the beaming Cole, obviously beside himself, ``that was exciting.'' ``He's terrific,'' Zeisl-Schoenberg, still applauding, said of Glover. ``He discovered the voice behind the notes,'' Cole said, nodding. ``They all did.''

Zeisl-Schoenberg, a retired professor of German language and literature at Pomona College, seemed happily overwhelmed by the experience: In a way, it had brought her father to life. She could recall so much about him: his piano playing, teaching and composing in the family's West Hollywood home. She even recalled living room rehearsals for the piano concerto with Eda Schlatter Jameson, the intended soloist for a performance in Vienna that never materialized.

Odyssey of a concerto
A melancholy man who missed his country of birth, Zeisl never returned to Vienna. How odd: Here in Saratoga, in an Episcopal church, 46 years after his death, the concerto finally was born: ``The second movement had a wistfulness, a sadness that reflected what my father was like,'' Zeisl-Schoenberg said. ``My father was full of melody.'' Broadly speaking, the rediscovery of Zeisl's piano concerto is part of the renewed interest in music by Jewish composers who were persecuted by the Nazis. Some of these composers were forever silenced: Viktor Ullmann was gassed at Auschwitz in 1944; Erwin Schulhoff died of tuberculosis in a Bavarian concentration camp in 1942. Others escaped, some landing in Los Angeles, which became sanctuary to an entire community of Jewish migr composers: Schoenberg, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Alexandre Tansman, Hanns Eisler, Ernst Toch, Nathaniel Shilkret.

Zeisl -- who barely knew Schoenberg, by the way, though his daughter eventually would carry Schoenberg's name -- was among the youngest and least well-known of the bunch. He had fled Vienna at age 33, before his musical reputation was firmly established. Living in West Hollywood with his wife, Gertrud, a Viennese lawyer who became a Los Angeles schoolteacher, he went to work for MGM, scoring music for ``Lassie Come Home,'' ``Baton'' and other films, but never received an on-screen credit.

He turned to teaching (one of his students at City College was Jerry Goldsmith, who became a distinguished Hollywood film composer). And encouraged by composer friends in California, including Darius Milhaud, he turned exclusively to classical composition: operas, ballet music, choral music, all sorts of chamber works and orchestral opuses, including a cello concerto, which he never heard. It was performed at his memorial service. There have been occasional recordings of Zeisl's compositions through the years, as well as a handful of performances. Last November, his Requiem Ebraico, written in 1944 after he learned his parents had perished in the camps, was performed at Stanford University. But the piano concerto -- this was a mystery.

Luckily, there lives in Saratoga a Stanford engineering professor named Robert Feigelson, an aficionado of forgotten composers, who once studied piano with a niece of Shilkret's. Two years ago, Feigelson assisted Sterling Records, a small Swedish label, in the release of a CD containing music by one of his heroes, the pianist and composer Franz Xaver Scharwenka. Coincidentally, he learned, Klein was about to mount a Saratoga Symphony performance of a Scharwenka concerto, with the Russian-born, Fremont-reared piano prodigy Natasha Paremski as soloist. But Klein needed money to stage the event, so Feigelson began to raise it, receiving help from another lover of obscure music, Jim Semadeni of Kansas City. It was Semadeni who mentioned the Zeisl concerto to Feigelson, suggesting that the composer's family might have a manuscript.

And so the Eric Zeisl project was born, on the cusp of the composer's centenary. Feigelson mentioned it to Klein who, naturally, was enthused at the chance to introduce his Saratoga audience to more glorious music from the margins of history. Glover, a natural for this sort of hyper-virtuosic challenge, was enlisted.

So was a Stanford music undergraduate named David Nunez, who transcribed the handwritten music into a printed score. One thing led to the next and soon Zeisl-Schoenberg and Cole were embroiled in the plot. The professor had been studying Zeisl's music since the late '60s, when one of Zeisl's nephews, enrolled in one of Cole's classes, said ``he wanted to write a paper on his uncle, who happened to be a composer,'' Cole recalled after Sunday's performance. ``I said, `Who's that?' '' ```Eric Zeisl.'' ``That got the ball rolling,'' Cole said. He began visiting Gertrud Zeisl, who lived within walking distance of the UCLA campus: ``Friday was our day.'' He set down an extensive oral history, helped establish the Eric Zeisl Archive at UCLA and, with Barbara Barclay, a colleague, co-authored ``Armseelchen: The Life and Music of Eric Zeisl'' (Greenwood Press), published in 1984. 'Armseelchen' is German for ``poor little soul'' and also is the name of a song written by Zeisl as a young man. ``Zeisl felt it was symbolic of his life,'' Cole said. Eventually, Cole and Zeisl-Schoenberg hope there will be more performances of the concerto and a professional recording. It isn't likely that the Saratoga Symphony will be involved: After all, its tympanist counts out loud; its string players are not intonation specialists. But the doctors, lawyers and computer engineers who play in the gutsy little orchestra sure put themselves into Sunday's performance. It was imperfect but, more importantly, it got inside Zeisl's lyricism, his melancholy, his spirit. Afterward, dozens of listeners lingered, congratulating Klein, Glover, Zeisl-Schoenberg and Cole. ``Well, we were all part of a first,'' the professor said. Glover was among the last to leave. ``I'm honored to have been involved in a project like this,'' he said. ``Everyone's thanking me and my feeling is -- what a feather in my cap.''

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March 29, 2005

The Klezmatics with Joshua Nelson

Yiddishkayt Los Angeles & Spaceland Productions
The Klezmatics with Joshua Nelson
Monday, April 4 at 8:00 PM (doors open at 7:00 PM)
Barnsdall Gallery Theatre
4800 Hollywood Blvd. (between Vermont and Edgemont)
Hollywood, CA 90027
General Admission: $25

Only in America could Jewish slaves in Egypt inspire White Southern Christians who in turn stirred Black Christians to sing about emancipation who in turn inspired an African-American Jewish gospel singer named Joshua Nelson.

The Klezmatics, known for their unique blend of melodic mysticism and improvisational activism, have once again turned their music inside out, exposing the complexity of Jewish identity, Black identity, and human identity. Brother Moses Smote the Water, their March 2005 release on Piranha Musik (distributed by Harmonia Mundi), teams them with Nelson and jazz singer/organist Kathryn Farmer. This first live Klezmatics recording alternates between age-old Hebrew Passover songs, Nelson's own brand of kosher gospel, and traditional Yiddish Klezmatic anthems.

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March 13, 2005

20th Annual Jewish Music Festival Berkeley California

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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October 21, 2004

Neil Sedaka Yiddish Concert

In Los Angeles Dec 4 & 5. Neil Sedaka will appear at the Wilshire Theater Saturday, December 4th at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 5th at 2:00 p.m. Tickets on sale at Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at (213) 480-3232 or (714) 740-2000, or online at www.ticketmaster.com.

Shoyn Tsayt! (It's about time) -- In his first Los Angeles concert performance in more than two years, Neil Sedaka will leave the audience "kveling" with a unique mix of favorites in two very different languages. The legendary singer/songwriter will appear at the prestigious Wilshire Theatre for two shows on Saturday December 4th and Sunday December 5th featuring songs from his latest CD "Brighton Beach Memories," a sentimental foray into traditional Yiddish music along with classic hits from his distinguished career spanning more than five decades. Inspired by the recent revival of the Yiddish language and culture, Sedaka has returned to the songs of his childhood in Brooklyn, recording and now performing his favorite Yiddish tunes with a traditional Klezmer band. The Los Angeles performance is the fourth in a series of sold out concerts including Carnegie Hall in New York, The Mann Center For Performing Arts in Philadelphia and Ravina Festival in Chicago

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September 29, 2004

Second Annual Interfaith Symposium of Music

A Symposium of Psalms < /br>< /br> Join the Jewish Music Commission of Los Angeles and the Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church on November 7 2004 at the second annual city-wide interfaith symposium devoted to music. This year the Workshop (3:00 p.m) will explore the role of the Psalms, a fertile source of spiritual and cultural inspiration in the Jewish, Protestant and Catholic faiths with presentations and panel discussions by leading Los Angeles clergy, scholars and composers. < /br>< /br> Registration is required for the 3:00 p.m. Workshop and seating reservations are highly recommended for the 7:30 p.m. Concert. For more information, call 310.271.5194 or visit www.jmcla.org... more info...

Conducted by Dr. Nick Strimple, the Concert (7:30 p.m.) will feature appearances by Cantors Joseph Gole and Jonathan Grant, the LA Zimriyah Chorale, and the Southern California Choral Society. The program will include Psalms drawn from Gregorian chant through modern-day sacred compositions.

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May 18, 2004

"Celebrating Jewish Music Series"

May 17th - Monday, 7:30 pm
La Jolla, CA
San Diego Center for Jewish Culture
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre
For Tickets (858) 362-1348

June 6th -Sunday, 5:30 pm
Brentwood, CA
Wadsworth Theatre
Theodore Bikel: The First 80 Years
An evening of song, dance and spirit in his honor
Featuring Divahn and
legendary performers including:

Peter Yarrow - Leonard Nimoy
The Klezmatics - Mike Burstyn
Larry Miller - Ed Asner
Billy Jonas - Mare Winningham
Ornili Azulay - Pastor Andrae' Crouch
All proceeds benefit
Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem. Tickets and info: http://www.bravobikel.com/index.html
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March 30, 2004


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

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

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March 21, 2004

Jerusalem Lyric Trio performs Denburg World Premiere

The Jewish Music Commission of Los Angeles presents The Jerusalem Lyric Trio in their World Premiere performance of Moshe Denburg�s �In the End of Days�, (B�Aharit Hayamim). This piece was made possible by a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts.
WHEN: Thursday, March 25, 2004
7:30 PM

WHERE:Valley Beth Shalom, 15739 Ventura Boulevard, Encino, CA 91436

Tickets $20. Call (818) 788-6000.
More info...

Musicians Amalia Ishak (Soprano), Wendy Eisler-Kashy (Flute) and Allan Sternfield (Piano), form a unique Israeli ensemble that highlights the religious and cultural heritage of the Jewish people. Since 1995, they have represented Israel through imaginative, dramatic programs worldwide.

The Jewish Music Commission of Los Angeles (JMCLA) was founded in 1982 to create new opportunities for the performance of Jewish music, to encourage the composition of new Jewish music, to bring Jewish music to new audiences, and to educate those composers who wish to enhance their knowledge to write authentic new Jewish music. JMCLA is a non-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization. For more information please visit: http://www.jmcla.org

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February 26, 2004

Hasidic Cappella

Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, CA
Sunday, March 21
at 4:00pm
The Moscow Male Jewish Choir, "Hasidic Cappella"
General admission seats are only $25 ($18 for seniors and students). Premier seating and entrance to the champagne reception with the artists are only $45. For more information and tickets, call the Canyon Club 818-879-5016. administration@adatelohim.com

Making their Southern California debut, the Moscow Male Jewish Choir, "Hasidic Cappella" will perform at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, Sunday, March 21st at 4:00pm. This extraordinary group of highly educated musicians, known for their vast range of musical styles, has been delighting audiences throughout Russia and Europe since their inception in 1991. Thanks to Cantor Peter Halpern and Temple Adat Elohim, audiences in Southern California will get their first chance to hear their engaging group.

Among the Choir's repertoire are compositions of world classics and songs of peoples of the world. Their range is enormous, expertly performing pees of classical Jewish liturgy to humorous American folk. They've even been known to toss in Temptations-like dance movements. It is this mix of seriousness and reverence that has captivated audience world-wide.

Consisting of all professional musicians, the Choir seeks to revitalize Jewish choral music, based on both the deep roots of ancient tradition and contemporary culture. They are particularly dedicated to giving a second chance to music from the 19th century from Eastern Europe and Western Russia that has been inaccessible since the 1917 revolution.

Well known throughout Russia and Europe, especially for their honored annual appearances at the Great Hall of the Moscow Tchaykowskiy Conservatory, Hasidic Cappella's appearances in Southern California is definitely not to be missed. General admission seats are only $25 ($18 for seniors and students). Premier seating and entrance to the champagne reception with the artists are only $45. For more information and tickets, call the Canyon Club 818-879-5016.

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February 25, 2004

Autry National Center

Scenes of Worship: A Musical Celebration of Passover Sunday, March 21 6:30 p.m. Autry National Center 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Celebrate Passover and Womens History Month through music and song with performances by trained cantors and musicians. Cantors Alison Wissot, Judy Greenfeld, Beth Wasserman Rosenfeld, Mike Stein, and soloist Nancy Linder will present this once-in-a-lifetime event! Ari Perelmuter, a cantor from Temple Menorah in Redondo Beach, is the programs musical director, and David Kamenir will provide the music. General admission is $8 for museum members, $18 for nonmembers. Special VIP tickets are $27 for museum members, $30 for nonmembers. VIP tickets include preferred seating at the show; a post-show wine, cheese, and dessert reception; and a 20% discount on the purchase of a museum membership. Space is limited! Call TicketWeb for reservations at 866.468.3399, or visit www.ticketweb.com. For information visit www.autry-museum.org or call 323.667.2000, ext. 354.

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February 04, 2004


Linda Yelnick runs an agency that books Jewish musicians and comedians. It's called GIGZ and operates from 520 South El Camino Real, Suite 320, San Mateo CA 94402. She is open to representing more artists. For more information.... Phone/Fax 650 692.1763 leahhaifa@usa.net http://gigz.yelnickusa.com Phone/Fax 650-692-1763 Email: leahhaifa@usa.net Website: http://gigz.yelnickusa.com Linda Yelnick is an agent for Jewish performers in the worlds of music and comedy. Her agency is GIGZ, based in California, which represents about eighteen performing artists in the United States, the UK and Israel. Linda was the only person to submit Proposals to the National Academy of Performing Arts and Sciences (NARAS) to establish a Jewish music category for its Grammy Awards. She currently sits on the Board of Governors of the San Francisco Chapter of the Recording Academy. Before finding her "spark," Linda had been in Jewish education for almost 20 years as both teacher and administrator. Linda knows how important it is to bring "gigz" to communities everywhere, those with both large and small Jewish populations.
Posted by jmwc at 02:09 PM

January 07, 2004

Aminadav Aloni Music Foundation

A website dedicated to the music and life of composer Ami Aloni. Information about scholarship funds to encourage young composers of Jewish music is also available. http://alonimusic.org/.

Israeli born Aminadav Aloni left a legacy of music. A catalogue of his works searchable by title and keyword is on the website.

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January 05, 2004

A Musical Celebration of Passover

Los Angeles, CA. Autry Museum of Western Heritage. Passover already?, No, but ... Celebrate Womens History Month by featuring a cast of female Cantors. Sunday, March 21...

Cantors Allison Wissot (Temple Judea of Tarzana and West Hills), Judy Greenfeld (Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills), Cantor Beth Wasserman Rosenfeld, soloist Nancy Linder (Temple Beth David of Westminster, Orange County), and Hazzan Mike Stein (Temple Aliyah of Woodland Hills) will present event Cantor Ari Perelmuter (Temple Menorah in Redondo Beach) serves as the programs musical director. This program will take place at 7:30 p.m. outside in the museum Plaza. Special V.I.P tickets are $27.00 for museum member; non-members are $30.00 (These tickets include preferred seating at the show, apost-show wine, cheese and dessert reception, and a 20% discount on the purchase of a museum membership). General admission is $8.00 for museum members; non-members are $18.00. Call Ticket Web for reservations at (866) 468-3399, or visit www.ticketweb.com. For information visit www.autry- museum.org or call (323) 667-2000, extension 354. Autry Museum of Western Heritage 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA 90027

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December 31, 2003


A 5-day celebration of Klezmer Music, Yiddish Language, Literature, Dance, and Folk Arts ... with evening events and a full children's program ....

June 20th to 25th 2004. Where: At the Jewish Community High School of the Bay 1835 Ellis Street, San Francisco
After a wonderful inaugural program in June of 2003, planning is in process for program 2004. Course offerings, teachers, registration instructions and other details will be posted on the website as they are developed. In the meantime, mark your calendar, TELL YOUR FRIENDS, and check out the details of last year's program (including pictures) at:
www.klezcalifornia.org For more information, you can e-mail or call: E-mail: info@klezcalifornia.org or Phone: 415-789-7679

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Kinetic Klezmer Jam

Septuagenarian klezmer legend Elaine Hoffman Watts (percussion) and her daughter Susan (trumpet) are the 3rd and 4th generations of a musical dynasty that goes back to 19th century Ukraine....

With Josh Dolgin (accordion), they will teach the musical styling of traditional klezmer through samples of their family's historic repertoire. Thurs. March 25 7:30 pm BRJCC, Walnut at Rose St., Berkeley

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Ronnie Gilbert: A Radical Life with Songs

The daughter of a Yiddish-speaking union activist, Ronnie became a folk music icon as an original member of the world-famous Weavers, when....

Ronnie Gilbert: A Radical Life with Songs Sun. March 21 3:00 pm
BRJCC, Walnut at Rose St., Berkeley
The daughter of a Yiddish-speaking union activist, Ronnie became a folk music icon as an original member of the world-famous Weavers, when their Hebrew single Tzena/ Tzena soared to the top of the hit parade in 1951. Her inspiring one-woman show celebrates her life as a singer, actor, writer and community activist.

Posted by jmwc at 07:37 PM

David Krakauer's Klezmer Madness!

Jazz and klezmer collide in a dazzling display of clarinet virtuosity matched by a stellar ensemble....

David Krakauer's Klezmer Madness! w/ guest artist DJ So-Called Sat. March 20 8:00 pm Wheeler Auditorium, UC Berkeley. Jazz and klezmer collide in a dazzling display of clarinet virtuosity matched by a stellar ensemble. With hip-hop DJ So-Called, aka Josh Dolgin, a creative young musician on the Jewish music scene.

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