Monthly Archives: October 2006


Song of the Lodz Ghetto in Yiddish, with English Supertitles
SUNDAY, DEC 3, 2:30 PM
36 Battery Place, New York, NY
Tickets: (646) 437 4202
World-renowned New Jewish Music quartet Brave Old World, the super group of the Klezmer revival, brings forth a breathtakingly original program combining the soulfulness of Yiddish tradition, the finesse of classical music and the vitality of jazz. Virtuoso musicians Michael Alpert, Alan Bern, Kurt Bjorling and Stuart Brotman join together to bring us a uniquely constructed theatrical evening exploring the beautiful and haunting Jewish melodies composed in the Nazi Ghetto of Lodz, Poland from 1941-1944. Featuring original Lodz Ghetto street songs and Jewish music of prewar Poland, interwoven with Brave Old World’s own arrangements and compositions, this is music of hope, redemption and the power of the human spirit.…

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

Kleztet Events Lineup

A number of exciting things going on in the next week or two for Kleztet fans.
On Monday, November 6, Kleztet will be giving another free concerts at
the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. This time it will be in the Dance Studio
(B28) from 7 until 9 pm. The studio is pretty hard to find, so your best
bet is just to get to Peabody, and then ask security (or a student) for

Another event: Kleztet will be at the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference, or NERFA, in Monticello, New York at 9:45 pm on the evening of Saturday, November 11., 2006.

KlezKamp 22 – Hasidish Yiddish

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

The entire catalogue and registration materials are available online at
If you would like Living Traditions to mail you a catalogue or
would like them to do so in the future, please email your current contact
information, email:

Psalms of Joy and Sorrow

On October 17, the Milken Archive of American Jewish Music released the 48th CD in its pioneering recording series that documents music related to the Jewish experience in America. Titled Psalms of Joy and Sorrow, this new disc reflects the varied responses of twelve 20th- and 21st-century composers to some of the most affecting and enduring of all biblical texts-the Psalms.

Common to the liturgies, histories, and spirit of both Judaism and Christianity, the biblical Book of Psalms is one of the most widely familiar and most frequently quoted books of the Hebrew Bible. The Psalms’ sentiments and teachings, expressed in a singular blend of majestic grandeur and poignant simplicity, give them a uniquely universal resonance.

Encompassing virtually every human emotion and mood from exaltation to alienation, hope to despair, these texts have inspired musical interpretation since Jewish antiquity, with notated musical settings dating back more than ten centuries.…

Art Bailey’s Orkestra Popilar at Stain

ABOP performs at Stain Bar on Wed, Nov 1, 2006. 7-9pm.
Admission is by donation at the event.
766 Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY (By Subway: take L to Grand, 1 block west)
718-387-7840 | for more directions and information.

Art Bailey’s Orkestra Popilar new CD is now available! Branch from the Tree features fresh
interpretations of rarely heard material first recorded by Romanian-born
cymbalom master and Lower East Side restaurateur, Joseph Moskowitz. On this
debut cd, the band also explores early 20th century Jewish fiddle pieces,
improvisation, newly composed music, and pieces from the klezmer and
Eastern European repertoire. Learn about the CD, listen to clips, or purchase it online at

Helfgot Sings at the Met

Sunday, December 3, 2006 at 7:30pm. Acclaimed Cantor Yizchak Meir Helfgot will sing cantorial classics at the Metropolitcan Opera House in New York as part of a Cantors World presentation. Cantor Helfgot is cantor at the Park East Synagogue. He will be accompanied by members of the New York Philharmonic with Dr. M. Sobol conducting a choir. General seating is $50, VIP $100, Friend $180, Family $250 and Supporter $500. There are other seatings as well. For more information see or call 718-851-3226.

MUSICA ANTIGUA DE EDUARDO PANIAGUA playing around Canada this Fall

MUSICA ANTIGUA DE EDUARDO PANIAGUA, a group dealing with Spanish medieval music, will perform soon in Canada. On October 26th at the Outaouais Festival de Musiques Sacrées with the program “Three Cultures (Jewish’, Muslim’ and Christiian’ Spanish medieval music and song)”. and on Oct. 28th
at the Quebec Festival de Musiques Sacrées with the program “Sefarad in Al-Andalus
(music and poetry from Hispano-Jewish Golden Age)”.

On November 4th the group will play the
“Three Cultures” program at Givatayim Theater (Tel-Aviv, Israel), and on Nov 6th at
the Jerusalem International Oud Festival, with the program “The Andalusian Oud”.

On Nov 22th the group travels to Germany where they will present “Sefarad in Al-Andalus” at the Cervantes Institute of Munich, as part of the “Jüdische Kulturtage”.
Contact Klezmer Sefardi.…


51st Annual Concert of the Zemel Choir
Cantors and Choristers
Sunday 12th November 2006, 7.30pm
Belsize Square Synagogue
51 Belsize Square , London NW3 4HX, UK

Now in its 51st year, Britain’s leading mixed voice Jewish choir,
presents a mixed bag of choral goodies at a concert at Belsize
Square Synagogue on November 12th.

The concert follows Benjamin Wolf‘s appointment as choirmaster
at the synagogue, and includes a performance by a new male-
voice quartet comprising young soloists Marc Finer, Eliot
Alderman and Benjamin Seifert, joined by Benjamin Wolf
. Finer,
Alderman and Seifert are already well known to Jewish audiences
as cantors and cantorial soloists.

With music ranging from Yiddish opera to close-harmony, and
including jazzy arrangements of Chanukah tunes, this promises
to be a fun concert not to be missed.…

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
, 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.…


Neshama Carlebach in NY. The charismatic Neshama Carlebach, whose voice and enthusiastic presentation
energizes audiences of all ages whether she is singing popular Hebrew and Israeli
songs or liturgical music, will appear in a concert on Sun., Nov. 19th, at 3 P.M.,
at the Conservative Synagogue Adath Israel, Henry Hudson Parkway East and West
250th Street, The Bronx, NYC. Modern, traditional and original songs will be featured.
The Hebrew Institute of Riverdale Choir, a community-based group that performed at the recent Jewish
Heritage Night at Shea Stadium, also will appear.
Tickets are: adults-$20 in advance, $25 at door; seniors-$15 and $20; students-$10
and $15.
Take Exit 19 on Henry Hudson Parkway. No. 1 Subway to 231st Street, then No. 7 or
10 buses. BxM 1 or BxM 2 express buses from Manhattan.…

Concerts at the Museum of Jewish Heritage NYC

Sunday, November 12, 1:30 P.M.
Museum of Jewish Heritage-A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
36 Battery Place
New York, NY 10280
Jewish Composers: Jerusalem to Broadway
With featured artists Guy Mannheim, tenor, and Shirit-Lee Weiss, soprano

Join Israeli soprano Shirit-Lee Weiss and Israeli tenor Guy Mannheim, a
soloist with the New Israeli Opera, for an exciting musical journey from
the streets of Jerusalem, through the shtetls of Eastern Europe and the
cities of Western Europe after WWII, to the sparkling lights of
Broadway. In a true celebration of the Jewish spirit, the program will
include the music and lyrics of world-renowned artists such as
Bernstein, Sondheim, and Weill, along with Israeli music by Naomi
Shemer, Zohar Argov, and others.

Tenor Guy Mannheim has performed with the New Israeli Opera, the New
York Chamber Opera, and in concerts and recitals in Israel, Germany, and
New York.…

Mofa Theater Zionist Play Looking for Venues

Yaara Guy, the Manager of Marketing and Public Relations for the
Mofa Theatre writes to JMWC about their Zionist play “We need a homeland”.
If you are interested in a play about the period in Israel from the day the UN decided to divide the land between the Jews and the Arabs (November 28th) until David Ben Gurion declared Israel a state (May, 1948), you may wish to look into this production. The play is targeted for children ages ten and up. Call him at 972-9-7442292
or 972-57-7300072. Email:

Helene Engel Sings Yiddish in Lausanne, Switzerland

Les oiseaux reviennent avec le printemps au Quebec et Hélène Engel revient chanter
avec l’automne en Suisse… et en yiddish (mais pas seulement!) avec le groupe

Le 4 Novembre à 20h30
CPO à Lausanne (Centre Pluriculturel et social d’Ouchy)
Beau-Rivage 2 Lausanne
Prix d’entrée: entre 14 et 22 Fs
Réservations: 004121 616 26 72 ou

Le 5 Novembre à 10h30
Maison du Prieur à Romainmôtier Brunch-Concert
tel: 004122 366 01 53
prix 55 Fs (brunch gastronomique inclus)

De belles musiques en perspective… nous nous réjouissons de vous y rencontrer!

For More Info:
Michel Borzykowski
site klezmer:
site AMJ:

Daniel Pearl Memorial Concert in Springfield, MA

Daniel Pearl Memorial Concert
Sunday, October 22nd , 2006
Rivers Memorial Building
Western New England College
1215 Wilbraham Road
Springfield, MA

On Sunday, October 22nd at 3pm there will be a FREE concert commemorating
the “Daniel Pearl Music Day” of Peace and Harmony. The concert will take
place in the Rivers Memorial Building at Western New England College, 1215
Wilbraham Road, Springfield, MA. For more info please contact Steve
Roulier at 413-782-1520 (

The musical groups performing will be:

– The Yiddishkeit Klezmer Ensemble
Ilene Stahl, clarinet
Brian Bender, trombone
Christina Crowder, accordion
Grant Smith, drums
Genevieve Rose, bass

– The Children’s Choruses of the Community Music School of Springfield

– Western New England College Campus Chorus

– The Presto String Ensemble

– Tehilah, adult gospel choir, from St.…


Yair Dalal:
WHEN: Saturday, November 4, 2006 at 7:30 PM

WHERE: Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York City
A unique performance in the four-day program
Back to Babylon: 2600 Years of Jewish Life in Iraq, November 2-5, 2006,
Exploring the venerable and multifaceted culture of Iraqi Jewry< During the first half of the 20th century, Jews were virtually the only instrumentalists in the Iraqi musical scene. All the musicians from Iraq who attended the first Arabic music congress in Cairo in 1932 were Jewish (but one). With the exile of the Jewish community in the 1950’s, many famous Iraqi Jewish musicians immigrated to Israel. Their legacy is still strong today, both in the preservation of the traditional Iraqi Maqam, and in its influence on contemporary Israeli music.


Kristallnacht Commemorated with the Glorious Music of Salomon Sulzer and Louis Lewandowski

New York. Congregation Rodeph Sholom’s Senior Cantor,
Rebecca Garfein, and Cantorial Intern, Jennifer Strauss-Klein will
commemorate Kristallnacht-the Night of Broken Glass, with the music of
renowned Viennese Cantor, Salomon Sulzer and Berlin composer, Louis
Lewandowski at 6p.m., Friday, November 3, 2006 during Shabbat services.
Guest Cantor, Dr. Bruce Ruben, newly appointed Director of the Hebrew
Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion’s School of Sacred Music will
also participate in this special service. Rodeph Sholom’s Organist, Dr.
John Schuder and augmented professional choir, will accompany the
cantors. This event is free of charge and the entire community is
invited to attend. Rodeph Sholom is located at 7 West 83rd Street (off
Central Park West.) For more information, please call (212) 362-8800, extension 1337.

From Kinehora to Kuni-Ayland

The Fulton Public Library, winner of 2005 & 2006 National Endowment for the Humanities / American Library Association “We the People” Bookshelves on Freedom and Becoming American, and in cooperation with the Safe Haven Museum and Education Center < http://www.oswegohaven.orgwill present the last pair in a series of musical presentations entitled: “FREEDOM SONG!”

The pair of events are scheduled for Wednesday, October 18, 2006 at 1:30 pm in Fulton, NY at the David E. Vayner Branch Library of the Fulton Public Library, 365 West First Street (in the CYO Building) and at 7:00 pm in Oswego, NY at Safe Haven, 2 East Seventh Street (on the grounds of Fort Ontario).

The concerts, performed by 11 year-old Reyna and her father, Binyumen Schaechter are entitled “From Kinehora to Kuni-Ayland: Snapshots of the History of Jewish Life in North America (1654-2005).” A musical revue in Yiddish and English with translations provided.…

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.

Journey of Spirit Travels to TV

The world premiere of A Journey of Spirit, the award-winning independent
documentary on wsinger/songwriter Debbie Friedman, will air on two
consecutive Sundays, October 15th and 22nd at 7 a.m. ET/PT (6 a.m. CT)
on Hallmark Channel. A Journey of Spirit which won the best film award
from the National Council for Jewish Women, and the Detroit Jewish Film
Festival award for best new Jewish film
, among others, chronicles the
inspirational story of Ms. Friedman and how she has affected
contemporary Jewish music. Check your local times and listings.

Afro-Semitic Experience in Boston

The Afro-Semitic Experience is making its Boston debut this Wednesday,
October 11 at 6:30 p.m. They will be playing at Cathedral High School, 74 Union Park Street, Boston.

At 2:30 Baba Coleman and Babafemi Alvin Carter, Jr. will be presenting a
drumming workshop for the students and then at 6:30 will be the

Joining this concert will be special guests Art Blakey,
alumnus Kalim Zarif on piano (Warren is in Nepal!!) and Paradox Trio’s very
own Matt Darriau on clarinet and sax. Admission is free, but seating is
limited. For more info please call 617-542-2325.

Tell your friends and invite them to join in, as this is a low key (but hi-energy) event.

di bostoner klezmer around for the holidays

Thursday, October 12th at 7:30 P.M. at the Stoughton Public Library.
Join “di bostoner klezmer” for a free, freylekh concert on Boston’s
South Shore. Accordionist Matt Wulf’s original pieces will be
featured, along with a new Terkisher by trombonist/melodicaist Brian Bender.
The library is located on 84 Park Street on the corner of Walnut
Street and Park Street (a.k.a. Route 27). For directions, call the library at
781-244-3711 or go to

Shabes October 14, 2006
Temple Emanuel in Worcester for a morning musical service starting at 9:30 A.M.
(address is 280 May Street, phone: 508-755-1257)

Motzi Shabes, October 14, 2006 in the evening – from about 6:30 to 9:00 P.M. – at the
always-lively service at Temple Beth Zion (Moshe Waldok’s shul) at 1566 Beacon Street, Brookline.…

Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska offers Jewish Music Symposium

A two-day academic symposium called “‘I Will Sing and Make Music’: Jewish Music and Musicians Throughout the Ages” will be held October 29-30, 2006. It is The Nineteenth Annual Klutznick-Harris Symposium being held in Omaha Nebraska. This year’s theme on Jewish music has as keynote speaker Josh Jacobson of Northeastern University.
Presenters include:

Theodore Albrecht
Kent State University
“Beethoven’s Quotation of Kol Nidrei? A Circumstantial Case for Sherlock Holmes”

Paul Eisenstein Baker
University of St. Thomas (Houston)
“Leo Zeitlin and the Early Twentieth Century Society for Jewish Folk Music”

Emily A. Bell
University of Florida
“Revitalizing the Synagogue Ritual: Cantor David Putterman’s Annual Service of New Music at New York’s Park Avenue Synagogue”

Dan W. Clanton, Jr.
University of Denver
“‘From Biblical Times to Lyrical Rhymes’: The Assertion of Jewish Identity in Music as Cultural Resistance”

Marsha Bryan Edelman
Gratz College
“What Do You Mean, ‘It Doesn’t Sound Jewish?’: Debunking Myths and Defining Models for Extra-Liturgical Music”

Anat Feinberg
College of Jewish Studies Heidelberg
“To Play or Not to Play: Jewish Musicians in Germany After 1945”

Susan M.…

Sharon Bernstein at Kavehoyz

Sharon Bernstein will perform a concert of Yiddish songs of angels and streets, accompanying herself on the piano,

Thursday, October 19, 7pm
Congress for Jewish Culture
25 E. 21st St., Manhattan (between Park and Broadway, take the “6” train to 23rd street)
$7 admission includes coffee, tea and pastries.
For more information, call 212-505-8040

“ZUN MIT A REGN” (Sun and Rain) in St. Petersburg

The Amsterdam Jewish Music Projects Foundation will be taking part in
the Russian Centennial Celebration for Dmitri Shostakovich with the
programme “Zun mit a regn” (Sun and Rain) that is to be performed at the
Shostakovich Conferences in St. Petersburg on 12 and 13 October. The
programme, which premiered in the Netherlands, includes chamber music and
songs composed by Shostakovich himself and by his friends Mieczyslaw
Weinberg and Veniamin Basner. The central source of inspiration for the
works on the programme is the music of the Jewish people, oppressed in
Russia during the Stalin regime. The works will be performed by singer
Sovali (soprano), violinist Grigory Sedukh, cellist Alexander Oratovski and
pianist Paul Prenen. The performances are supported by the Wilhelmina E.
Jansen Fund.



Thursday, Oct. 26, 2006
92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue @ 92nd Street

Michael Alpert, artistic consultant.
Yiddish musicperformed by a blockbuster crew, with Michael Alpert: vocals, drums, violin,
Sharon Bernstein: vocals, Adrienne Cooper: vocals,
Rebecca Kaplan: vocals, Janet Leuchter: vocals,
Miryem-Khaye Seigal: vocals, Paula Teitelbaum: vocals,
Deborah Strauss: violin, Marilyn Lerner: piano, Peter
: cimbalom
To purchase tickets 212-415-5500
JMWC Recommendation: “Not to be Missed”!

7th International Conference on Music Information Retrieval

The 7th International Conference on Music Information Retrieval, ISMIR 2006, will be held at the Fairmont Empress Hotel in Victoria, Canada, from Sunday October 8th to Thursday October 12th, 2006.

The annual ISMIR Conference is the first established international forum for those involved in work on accessing digital musical materials. It reflects the tremendous growth of music-related data available either locally or remotely and the consequent need to search this content and retrieve music and musical information efficiently and effectively.

LP Camp or True Americana?

The ‘History of Jewish music’ told through LP album covers is ready for perusal and additions.
Josh Kun and Roger Bennett, calling themselves “Hippocampus,” have entered the entertaining world of Jewish camp. It’s hard to say whether this is more a dedication to a really bad advertising ideas at Capitol and Decca Records in the 50s or actual Jewish sensibilities. Neverthess, their blog says it all: or will, eventually.