Monthly Archives: June 2008

Andy Statman Live in Chicago

Coming on June 30th, 2008
“Andy Statman is the real thing – a musician’s musician.” –The New Yorker
“It’s the music of Jewish mystics” – The New York Times
“A fascinating & moving mixture” – Jazz Times

WHAT: Andy Statman will be performing live at “The Song & The Spirit”
WHEN: Monday, June 30, 2008 7:30 PM
WHERE: North Shore Center for the Performing Arts,
9501 Skokie Blvd. Skokie, IL
TICKET PRICES (in advance) $25, $36, $60
Purchase tickets online at:

For more information call Megan Ensign at 773-262-2770

CHALLAHPALOOZA Music Festival in the Berkshires

SUNDAY JULY 13, 2008
Lenox, MA

CHALLAHPALOOZA, the third annual Klezmer music festival in the Berkshires (Western
Massachusettes, USA), offers an evening of music and inspiration with the
Yiddishkeit Klezmer Ensemble and Sruli and Lisa.

Brian Bender – trombone, melodica, vocals, bandleader
Christina Crowder – accordion, vocals
Miamon Miller – fiddle
Jim Guttmann – double bass
Grant Smith – drums

Sruli Dresdner – clarinet, drums, vocals
Lisa Mayer – fiddle

Call to order tickets: $22/$36/$100(sponsor)
7:00 PM
Duffin Theater
Lenox High School
197 East Street
Lenox, MA
(413) 499-9899

Yiddishkeit Klezmer Ensemble at NYB

Sunday, August 10, 2008
2PM Concert
National Yiddish Bookcenter
Amherst, MA, USA
Admission $10

Brian Bender – trombone, melodica, vocals, bandleader
Christina Crowder – accordion, vocals
Miamon Miller – fiddle
Jim Guttmann – double bass
Grant Smith – drums

Seth Rogovoy calls Yiddishkeit “one of the top Klezmer bands on the East Coast.”

The National Yiddish Bookcenter
Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Building
1021 West Street
Amherst MA 01002
Phone 413-256-4900
Fax 413-256-4700

Strauss/Warschauer Duo in St. Petersburg 2008

The Strauss/Warschauer Duo will be performing in St. Petersburg, Russia this Wednesday
night, June 25, 7 PM as part of KlezFest St. Petersburg:

Beloselsky-Belozersky Palace
Nevsky Prospekt, 41

For tickets please contact the Jewish Community Center of St. Petersburg Rubinshteina
Street, 3
Tel: (812) 713-38-89, 571-64-40

Judith Shatin Compositions — Upcoming Performances

JudithShatin Chai Variations on Eliahu HaNavi, for solo piano, will be
performed by noted pianist Jose Lopez at the Bass Museum in
Miami on 8/17/08 at 3:00 p.m. The address is 2121 Park Ave.,
Miami Beach. For more information, visit

A new version of Chai Variations on Eliahu HaNavi, for string
quartet, has been commissioned by the Cassatt Quartet. It will
be premiered by them on 10/2/08 at 8:00 p.m. at the Thalia
Theatre of Symphony Space (Broadway and 9th St), in New York
City. For more information visit

And for more information on the composer, who frequently
composes on Jewish topics, visit

Teruah Blog about Jewish Music

I’m so happy there are a slew of new Jewish music blogs out there…. They are letting us all know about all sorts of aspects of Jewish music that’s happening. One blog has listings of other blogs, –which is very helpful to anyone who likes to check things out online—… more and more happenings in Jewish music and more and more sound and video online as well. You can subscribe to many by RSS feeds and get info when there’s something new afoot. They even get the news about us at JMWC!

Teruah is one most everyone will want to take a look see.

Judaica Sound Archives at FAU Features Legendary Yiddish Entertainment Family on its Website

The Judaica Sound ArchivesR (JSA) at Florida Atlantic University
Libraries has obtained the rights to offer on its website a major collection
of performances by the Bursteins, one of the most enduring family names in
Yiddish entertainment.

The JSA, located on FAU’s Boca Raton campus, created the collection
from holdings that had been donated to the archives at different times and
from different sources. It includes 33 albums and features the combined
works of Pesach Burstein, who produced musicals for audiences worldwide in
the 1920s; his wife, Lillian Lux, who joined his troupe when she was 17; and
their twins, Susan Burstein-Roth and Mike (Burstein) Burstyn. One can listen
to the Burstein family audio collection and read about the family’s
accomplishments at

Songs from Bukovina

Sunday, June 22, 1:30 PM Emily Socolov and Itzig Gottesman will
speak in Yiddish, on their recent trip
to the Ukraine, and in particular the Bukovina. They will show many
slides. After the talk Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman, and Itzig
will sing 6 or 7 songs from Bukovina, including older folksongs, and Beyle’s
interwar Chernovitz-based repertory and original songs. Also possibly, a song that was sung at Gimpel’s Yiddish Theater in Lviv/Lemberg in the early 1900s. The talk is entitled “On the Trail of Our Yesteryears” and takes place at the Sholem Aleichem Cultural Center
3301 Bainbridge Avenue
Bronx NY, corner 208th st.
one block from Montefiore Hospital.

information 917-930-0295 admission: $3.50

Rochelle Zucker Winnipeg Jewish Radio Show

Jewish Radio Show
Sunday June 22, 2008
English – 1:30 to 2:00 PM CDT
Yiddish 2:00 to 2:30 PM CDT (3:00-3:30 PM EDT)
CKJS 810 Winnipeg
online live streaming (click on Listen Live)

or if you have a problem with popup blockers you can try this direct link


On June 22, Rochelle is hosting both the English and Yiddish parts of
the show.

For the English part is guest Ivan Sifrim, a young Jewish
musician and composer who immigrated to Winnipeg from Buenos Aires with
his family about 10 years ago. As well as talking to Ivan and featuring
several of his compositions, the show will also play several songs (not
necessarily Jewish music) by Argentinean Artists who happen to be


Usdan Center For the Creative and Performing Arts (, America’s
premier summer arts day camp, will present its annual Festival Concerts, private
30-minute educational performances, just for Usdan students, at its on-site
1,000-seat McKinley Ampitheater, beginning Monday June 30.

A unique event this season will be the July 17 Concert of Remembrance and
Celebration; 60th Anniversary of Israel, hosted by the international concert
presenter and programmer Caroline Stoessinger. The concert will include excerpts
from Brundibar, the children s opera first performed in the Terezin concentration
camp, and since World War II, sung continually in Israel and throughout the world.
The Usdan Center Junior Chorus will perform.…

Strauss/Warschauer Duo in Prague and Amsterdam

The Strauss/Warschauer Duo will be performing Strauss/Warschauer Duo in Prague June 18
at 7 PM as part of the Nine Gates Festival. Information:
(Czech only).
Jeff and Deborah will be in Amsterdam next Sunday afternoon, June 22 at 2 PM, at
de Burcht. Information:
or telephone 020-6241166.…

CD Release for Teach My Lips a Blessing: The Music of Erik Contzius

Erik Contzius Teach My Lips a Blessing
“Teach My Lips a Blessing: The Music of Erik Contzius” makes its
debut at Temple Israel of New Rochelle on June 20, 2008. Recorded
with the Amor Artis Chamber Choir under the baton of Maestro Johannes
Christopher Creaghan, organist, guest cantors Helene Reps and
Hayley Kobilinsky, tenor Jacob Meiner and the Youth Choir of Temple
Israel, Cantor Erik Contzius lends his baritone voice and
compositional style to this CD of twenty works for the synagogue.
This collection highlights the grandeur of the Reform prayer service
as well as several of the Psalms and other liturgies. Contzius’
composition, “And Hannah Prayed,” featured on this recording was
recently selected as a finalist at Shalshelet’s Third International
Festival of New Jewish Liturgical Music in Wisconsin.

“Teach My Lips a Blessing” is available through digital distributors
such as iTunes and, and is available as a physical CD at

what a Jewish gal was singing 50 years ago or so

Everyone knows YouTube. Occasionally you find real gems. Here is Dinah Shore and Peggy Lee singing a medley as swinging jazz.

Dinah Shore, born Frances Rose, who grew up in Winchester, Tennessee (and later, Nashville) was a daughter of Jewish immigrants. Her mother was a contralto and her father a merchant. She suffered from polio, but was not hampered in her educational pursuits to go on to Vanderbilt University. From there she went to New York to be a singer. She cut her first recording in 1940, and from there went into radio and later television.Her first live engagement was with Ed Wynn on NBC. She remained with that network for most of her tv career.

For more information on Dinah Shore, see Wikipedia or the Dinah Shore Fan Club website at

Amaseffer “Slaves for Life” CD Release

Amaseffer, a band from Israel has release a new CD “Slaves for Life” which features everthing from rock, metal to sounds of the Middle East. The recording is part of a planned trilogy that tells the history of the Israel people. In a way, it feels a bit like a rock opera or the score to a film, but the music can’t be pinned down to one style. However, the recording is quite compelling. Considering that this reviewer is not a heavy metal fan that’s saying a lot. The album shifts mood with each scenario presented. Members of the b and are Hanan Avramovich (guitars), Yuval Kramer (Guitars), Erez Yohanan (drums, percussion and narration). Also appearing on the album are Mats Leven (lead vocals), Kobi Farhi (all eastern vocals), and Special Guest Angela Gossow.…

Play, Dance, Sing in London this August

Frank London tooting horn for Klezfest London 2008
Another Reminder! Klezfest London 2008 is schedule for August 10-22, 2008. You’ll have a great time because there’s plenty to do. August 10-15 there’s the KlezFest: Music Song and Dance at the West London Synagogue, W1. On Wednesday, August 13 is Klezmer Klimax Concert at August 17-22 is the Ot Azoy! Yiddish Crash Course at the SOAS, University of London WC1. For complete information, contact or look at their website at: or call +44 (0)20 89092445

Spirit of Sepharad: From Casbah to Caliphate

World premiere
June 25, 2008 at 7pm at the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to
the Holocaust

Written & conceived by Gerard Edery
Directed by Henning Rübsam

A soul-stirring musical journey, “Spirit of Sepharad: From Casbah to
Caliphate” traces the unique migration of Sephardic music from medieval
Spain, across North Africa, to the Middle East. Combining music, dance and
illuminating projections, this dynamic mixed-media performance brings to
life all the rich cultural strains that influenced Sephardic/Mizrahi Jews.
Featuring an array of virtuoso musicians from multiple disciplines, the
program includes songs of secular and liturgical origin, spanning many
centuries to the present and many continents from Ancient Persia (present
day Afghanistan and Iran), Spain, Morocco, Algeria, Greece, Syria, Turkey,
The Balkans, Jerusalem and Kurdistan (then, as now, part of Iran, Turkey and

Sound and Light Cinematic Duo

From the friends of Jewish music in Geneva:

Chers amis,

Vous avez aimé le premier ciné-concert l’an passé? Vous l’avez manqué? Dans les deux
cas, vous allez adorer le deuxième ! En effet, l’AMJ et Ciné-Versoix sont fiers
d’inviter à nouveau -et en première mondiale- le

Film D'Ukraine with Polina and Merlin Shepherd
Sound and Light Cinematic Duo

pour un spectacle exceptionnel présentant un long métrage ukrainien (1h43′), réalisé
en 1926 par A.D. Anoshenko, et qui sera accompagné “live” par 2 musiciens klezmer

Merlin Shepherd (clarinettes) et Polina Shepherd (piano).

Synopsis: L’amour naît entre un aristocrate polonais et une humble femme juive,
arrivée à Kiev avec son vieux père. La bonne société polonaise condamne cette union
et tente de l’empêcher. Tous les ingrédients de l’intrigue shakespearienne sont
réunis dans des scènes d’une force visuelle percutante où se succèdent corruption,
calomnie, trahison, bal masqué, réunion secrète, condamnation à mort et exil.…

Klezmer in London this June

Lunchtime Klezmer at QMC with FDT Klezmorim – Tuesday 10 June, 1-2pm

Klezmer from Old World to New, and back again. A journey beyond the borders
of time and space with a programme of old and new ‘traditional’ klezmer
music crossing the boundaries between Orient and Occident. Featuring Ilana
(fiddle), Susi Evans (clarinet), Jim Marcovitch (accordion), Matt
(bazouki/guitar), Guy Schalom (drums), Paul Tkachenko (bass).

Free entry
The Curve, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS

Freylekh Klezmer Dance Band – Saturday 21 June, 3-4.30pm

Enjoy up-beat klezmer from the all-women band plus much more.

Free entry