Monthly Archives: June 2004

David Chevan on Radio

David Chevan of the Afro-Semitic Experience will be giving two radio interviews that can also be heard via the internet. The first interview will be on WPKN 89.5 FM in Bridgeport at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 9 on Phil Bowler’s Jazz Explorations show. The second interview will be on WLIU 88.3 in Southampton, Long Island, between 9:00 and 10:00 a.m. the next morning on Thursday, June 10, 2004.

Kavehoyz in NYC features Rantz and Siegel

Thursday, June 10, at 700 PM. Admission 5.00 includes kosher coffee and pastry. Kavehoyz featuring the folksingers Nitsa Rantz and Miriam Siegel. Nitsa Rants was born in Poland in the 1920s and has been singing at Yiddish cultural gatherings for many years. Miriam Siegel is a younger Yiddish folksinger who specializes in rarely sung Yiddish folk gems. Concert sponsored by the Congress for Jewish Culture, 25 E. 21st NYC. between Park and Broadway, in Manhattan.
info: 212-505-8040

Metropolitan Klezmer FREE at Museum Mile Festival

New York City. Tuesday, June 8 at The Jewish Museum, for Museum Mile Festival, Metropolitan Klezmer will perform. This year is the JM’s centennial, with a special presentation from the mayor’s office to begin the festival at The Jewish Museum. 92nd St @ Fifth Avenue, 5:45pm til 9pm… all museums free! Fifth Ave becomes a pedestrian mall for the evening. In case of inclement weather, the band moves into the auditorium. Info: 212.423.3200


One year ago, the Chevy Chase, Maryland-based organization devoted to
finding and sharing new Jewish liturgical music didn?t even exist.
Today, it is relishing the task of selecting the best from among 169
pieces of music written by composers from 5 countries and 19 U.S.

?We are absolutely thrilled,? said Dr. Norma Brooks, vice president
of Shalshelet: The Foundation for New Jewish Liturgical Music. ?A
festival highlighting new music for congregational singing was just
an idea, a dream. Where would the music come from? How would
composers find us? Well, they did, in a very big way,? she said,
pointing to a three-inch-thick stack of submitted sheet music and the
four accompanying review CDs.

Voices for Israel CD and Video

Voices For Israel: Chazak Amenu double CD/video has been released. Proceeds go to relieve the victims of terror in Israel. The CD contains the Solidarity Anthem, “CHAZAK AMENU: WE STAND AS ONE” and “SHIR LISMOACH (MALKI’S SONG),” written by Malki Roth, an Israeli teenager
who was killed in the Jerusalem Sbarro suicide bombing. OVER 50 JEWISH MUSIC ARTISTS are on the album singing on behalf of Israel. In the video you will recognize the faces of Jews from the Reform, Conservative, and Orthodox branches of Judaism. The album contains more than 30 SONGS on the themes of Israel, Jewish unity, and the enduring hope for peace with arrangements by “Yehuda!” This is truly a solidarity effort. To get information to order the recordings, This recording, and its charitable effort, is endorsed by JMWC.


Shpatzirin is a new organization in NYC devoted to new Jewish music. It’s created a series of events raising awareness of Jewish culture and the avante garde. Thursday, June 10th @ 7:00PM – “Hip-Hip Machers”
Roosevelt Park-Hester St. between Chrystie St. & Forsyth St.
– B/D to Grand; or 6 to Canal; or J/Z to Bowery
Performances by Akil Dasan and Vanessa Hidary, followed by a screening
of Joey Garfield’s “Breath Control: A History of the Human Beatbox”
VERY IMPORTANT: check the website for last minute site changes!

Matisyahu: Thurs, June 17th @ Southpaw
125 5th Avenue, Park Slope Brooklyn, 18+, 8PM doors
Matisyahu brings it back to Brooklyn Thurs, June 17th with Dub is a
Weapon. Tickets on sale now –; $10 advance, $12 day
of show.…

On the Paths CD Released

On The Paths: Yiddish Songs With Tsimbl by Rebecca Kaplan & Pete Rushefsky is a unique album of vocal music accompanied by tsimbl, or Jewish hammered dulcimer. The enclosed booklet contains lyrics in Yiddish, Phonetic Yiddish and English. Becky Kaplan is an emotive interpreter of Jewish song and Pete Rushefsky has emerged as one of the nation’s premiere tsimblists. The CD is available through Yiddish Land Records:
and is on sale at Hatikvah Music

“Pearls and Rubies”: An Evening of Yiddish and Ladino Song”

Features the Sephardic music ensemble ALHAMBRA with mezzo Isabelle Ganz, baritone Elliot Z. Levine, Cantor Rebecca Joy Fletcher of Hebrew Tabernacle Congregation and pianist Sylvia Kahan will present familiar and unfamiliar solos, duets and trios in Judeo-Espanol and Yiddish on Thursday June 10th at 7:30 p.m. at Hebrew Tabernacle of Washington Heights, 551 Ft. Washington Avenue at 185th St. Tickets are $12/$7.50 for students. This event is part of the Washington Heights Arts Stroll program. It is made possible, in part, by a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency. For more information, go to

Yefim Bronfman at 92nd St Y

Soloists from the New York Philharmonic

Sun, June 6, 3pm. Widely regarded as one of today’s most talented virtuoso pianists, Yefim Bronfman’s program features the beloved quintets of Beethoven and Brahms. New York Philharmonic musicians include Glenn Dicterow, violin; Sheryl Staples, violin; Cynthia Phelps, viola; Carter Brey, cello; Robert Langevin, flute; Joseph Robinson, oboe; Sherry Sylar, oboe; Stanley Drucker, clarinet; Mark Nuccio, clarinet; Judith LeClair, bassoon; Philip Myers, horn; Erik Ralske, horn.

Ladino Music with Sarah Aroeste

Vocalist Sarah Aroeste and her band of some of the hottest musicians
combine traditional Ladino Mediterranean music with contemporary rock,
blues and jazz.
Center for Jewish History, NYC
Wednesday, June 2nd
7 PM
15 West 16th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues)
Complimentary for contributors to the Jack Calderon Memorial Fund for
the Sephardic Arts
Tickets: $15 ($12 advance, seniors, students, and for members of ASF/SH
and Shearith Israel)
To make reservations: Box Office (917) 606-8200
or for information, call (212) 294-8350
For more information: