Monthly Archives: July 2006

A JOURNEY OF SPIRIT comes to Massachusetts

Even while you and the family enjoy the sun and surf of Cape Cod, you can learn something about Jewish music. Next month on August 12, 2006, Ann Coppel, producer of “A Journey of Spirit,” a documentary about Debbie Friedman, will show the documentary in Hyannis, MA at Cape Cod Synagogue. Check the synagogue website for more info:

A JOURNEY OF SPIRIT has been traveling the country, coast to coast, the past
couple of months including screenings in Minneapolis at Shir
Tikvah, the Manhattan JCC (which Debbie attended to lead the post-film discussion), Falmouth
Jewish Congregation in Massachusetts and Beth Am in Los Altos Hills, California. Now it’s returning to Cape Cod and you can see it there August 12.
Call for time and more information.…

The Young Composers Award Competition

The Guild of Temple Musicians Announces
The Young Composers Award

The requested 2007 work is a set of 3 pieces performable as separate
pieces OR as a unit, with or without narrator. The work should be 10-12
performing minutes for cantor, SATB volunteer choir, piano and a single
instrument obligato (i.e., flute, violin, violoncello or other
instrument approved by chair before submission). The work should be in
Hebrew, using texts from Jewish liturgy, Bible, Jewish poetry or prose,
or a combination of the foregoing.

Deadline: Friday, January 5, 2007 (postmarked).
Eligibility: Jewish composers from any country born on or after January 1, 1972.
Scores submitted to: Chairman Ben Steinberg, Composer-in-Residence, Temple
Sinai Congregation 210 Wilson Avenue, Toronto, ONTARIO M5M 3B1 CANADA.
TEL.: (416) 487-4161. FAX: (416) 487-5499.…

Alicia Svigals’ Klezmer Fiddle Express, live in Somerville!!

Alicia Svigals, violin
With Mimi Rabson, violin
Jim Guttman, bass
Pete Rushefsky, tsimbl

Thursday Aug 3, 9 p.m.
Johnny D’s
17 Holland St, Davis Square, Somerville, MA 02144, (617) 776-2004

Before the big klezmer bands of the new world arose with their brass and
drums, there were the archetypical Jewish orchestras of the old world, led by
the fiddle and bourne aloft by the otherworldy sounds of the harp-like
‘tsimbl’, or Jewish hammered dulcimer. Renowned violinist Alicia Svigals, a founder
of the Klezmatics and one of the world’s foremost klezmer fiddlers, presents a program
of those ancient and ecstatic Jewish melodies, accompanied by the scene’s
top players on fiddle, tsimbl and string bass: Mimi Rabson, Pete Rushefsky and
Jim Guttman.

Telophaza by Bat Sheva Company at Lincoln Center Festival

Thursday July 20; Friday, July 21; and Saturday July 22, 2006
8:00pm at New York State Theater
“Telophaza” was choreographed by Batsheva’s artistic director, Ohad Naharin.
Israel’s Emanuel Gat Dance Company will be performing Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring as part of the Festival as well Saturday July 15, 2006
9:00pm at LaGuardia Concert Hall.< br/>
Check the Lincoln Center website for more information:

Nine Luminaries of Jewish Liturgical Song published by Klezmershack

Cantor Sam Weiss has published a series of articles called “Nine Luminaries of Jewish Liturgical Song” on the Klezmershack.
This articles outline biographical sketches of some famous cantors along with song leaders –all together “the biographies tell the story of how the role of cantor in American public life has changed over the century, and of the new musical influences on the Shaliach Tsibur leading traditional prayers.”

Radio Gagarin: Experiments in Sunday Socialism

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

After a run of successive roadblocks, Radio Gagarin is back with the latest
in a series of regular Gypsy Balkan Russian Klezmer mash-ups at the NHAC.

The Commissar continues to pledge exclusive new music from your hosts the
Gagarin Allstars, plus special guests, internationally renowned, Mama Matrix
with Daz Dolczech, poetry from Tim Cumming, performance from Friends of
Gagarin, Marxist-Leninist alienation from art/animation/video installations
for the Proletariat from state artists Adrian Philpott & Cathy Gale; frozen
vodka & rakiya galore and resident DKs (Dancefloor Komissars) Max Reinhardt
& Misha Maltsev sweating it out in the Gypsy Diskoteka til’ the road of
excess has led us to the place of wisdom.…

Women musicians Needed

Yoheved Friedland, (, a Jewish woman songwriter in N. Miami Beach, Florida would like to create a Jewish women’s musical group with other singers and songwriters. Please contact her if you would like to join this sort of women’s music ensemble. Please contact her directly at the email address.

Leeds Hopkele

Hopkele III – the summer Klezmer Keilidh

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

Jewish National and University Library Digitized Books includes Song Books

The Jewish National and University Library’s Digitized Books
Repository continues to grow and now contains 340 titles of rare and
out-of-print books.
Among the items added this week:
mi-zimrat ha-arets : American national songs in Hebrew / [translated by
Gerson Rosenzweig] (New York, 1898) which contains the songs: “America,
or My country tis of thee” (le-artsenu mizmor shir), “Columbia, the
gem of the ocean (adom, lavan u-tekhelet), and “The Star spangled
banner” (degel ha-kokhavim), along with notes for singing them in

The Digital Repository can be accessed via the Library homepage at:
or directly at:

It may be noted that this software to view the items works in Internet Explorer, but won’t work with Mozilla or Firefox browsers.…