Monthly Archives: November 2009

The Sephardic Music Festival Asefa and Yair Dalal

Sephardic Music Festival

Asefa, Yair Dalal and Michelle Webb
@ Union Hall
702 Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Monday, December 14, 2009, 7pm | $10

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Full ensemble performance with Yoshie Fruchter (oud/guitar), Noah Jarrett (bass/guimbri), Yaaki Levy (drums/percussion). If you haven’t been to Union Hall, this is a great music spot in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

A special treat will be the bill sharing by the legendary Yair Dalal, in town from Israel for one night only…don’t miss it!

Fern Lindzon, Bill McBirnie, Neil Swainson & Nick Fraser @ Chalkers!

Saturday, December 5 at 6:00pm.
Event: Fern Lindzon, Bill McBirnie, Neil Swainson & Nick Fraser @ Chalkers!
“one fabulous night!!”
Where: Chalkers Pub
247 Marlee Ave
Toronto, ON

Come and see what all the fuss is about at Chalkers Pub and why it is a favorite venue for so many of Toronto’s top jazz performers. The club has a lovely Yamaha piano, great sound, fabulous food and a comfortable and intimate environment for listening to music.

Coming up on Saturday, December 5 from 6-9PM will be the Fern Lindzon Jazz Quartet. Jazz pianist and vocalist, Fern Lindzon, is gearing up to record her sophomore jazz CD in early 2010 and she has a lot of new and exciting material. Fern’s highly original style include her own compositions, wonderful arrangements of unusual jazz standards and even some klezmer/yidddish music which Fern has arranged in a contemporary jazz setting.…

Israel Composers League Celebration of Mark Koptyman

יום הולדת למלחין מרק קופיטמן בהגיעו לגבורות, בשיתוף המכון למוסיקה ישראלית ואיגוד הקומפוזיטורים הישראלי

מוסיקה מאת קופיטמן ויצירות חדשות שמקדישים לו שלושה מתלמידיו

איל אדלר: בכורה

ארי בן-שבתאי: בכורה

מיכאל וולפה: בכורה

קופיטמן: יצירה חדשה לבסון סולו בכורה
קנטוס II,
לשלישיית מיתרים

טריפטיך, לפסנתר

מעגלים, לקול, קלרנית, צ’לו ופסנתר

אנסמבל מיתר

עמית דולברג, פסנתר

רואי אמוץ, חליל

גלעד הראל, קלרנית

נדב כהן, בסון

משה אהרונוב, כינור

ענת אנגלמאיר, צ’לו

הרכב ייחודי, בראש מעייניו ביצוע מוסיקה קאמרית ישראלית ומוסיקה המבוססת על נושאים ועל רעיונות יהודיים. האנסמבל נוסד בשנת 2004 בידי עמית דולברג, מנהלו לאורך שנות פעילותו. האנסמבל מתמחה בביצוע מוסיקה ישראלית עכשווית, וככזה הוקדשו לו יצירות רבות בידי מיטב המלחינים בארץ. עוד מתמקד האנסמבל ברפרטואר חברי האגודה למוסיקה יהודית של סנט פטרבורג מתחילת המאה העשרים; מלחינים כגון גנסין, אנגל, וופריק ואחרון, בחלקו בנגינת בכורה ישראלית.

A Cultural Journey Through Jewish India

Scholar’s Shabbat:
A Cultural Journey Through Jewish India
with Rahel Musleah

Tikvat Israel Congregation
2200 Baltimore Road
Rockville, MD 20851

December 4-5, 2009
Please note deadline for reservations
Friday, Dec. 4
6 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat
Dinner (reservations required)
8 p.m. Lecture: “Jewish Calcutta Through Music and Memory”
(free, open to the community)

Saturday, Dec. 5 (Parshat Vayishlach)
9:30 a.m. Shacharit: Rahel will be chanting Torah and Haftorah in the
style and will discuss differences in the liturgy.
Lecture: “A Taste of Shabbat, Calcutta Style”
12:15 p.m. Dessert kiddush and Q&A with Rahel, followed immediately by
6 p.m. Ma’ariv and havdalah
6:30 p.m. A Taste of India: Vegetarian Dairy Indian Repast (reservations
8 p.m. Melave Malka: “Masala: A Bazaar of Spice, Song and Story”
(free, open to the community)

Shabbat Dinner: $18 adults/$8 students
A Taste of India: $10 adults/$5 students (Adults registered for both meals,
RSVP: or call the synagogue office at 301-762-7338
by Nov.…

Saturday Night Party klezmer concert and jam

“Saturday Night Party: klezmer concert and jam”
on Saturday, December 5 at 8:00pm.

Event: Saturday Night Party: klezmer concert and jam
“Cookie decorating competition, Hanukkah sing-along and Yiddish dancing. So
much Jewish fun in one night! Is it possible?”
What: Fundraiser
Start Time: Saturday, December 5 at 8:00pm
Where: Brooklyn, NY
details and RSVP, follow the link below: (facebook)
To see more

Pey Dalid “Open Eyes” CD Release Party at Brooklyn Bowl Dec. 24 2009

Pey Dalid Concert PosterThursday, December 24, 2009 at 6:00pm
Location: Brooklyn Bowl
Brooklyn, NY
Brooklyn Bowl’s First Annual Matzah Bowl
61 Wythe Ave Brooklyn, NY 11211
Call 718-963-3369
Date: Dec 24th
Time: 6PM Doors 8:15 Bands
Pey Dalid – 10PM (At the door tell them your there to see Pey Dalid!)
Tickets 12/Adv 15/D.O.S.
To buy tickets online –
Other acts: Six Point StarDov (Rosenblatt of Blue Fringe) — Days Like Months (From Israel) — Describe and Diwan

Habrera Hativeet at Zappa Herzliya

Date: Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Time: 8:30pm – 11:50pm
הרצליה, רח’ מדינת היהודים 85

הברירה הטבעית – חוגגים 30 שנה בזאפה הרצליה
ממשיכים את הסדרה והפעם אורחת : מירי מסיקה

Habrera Hativeet – Zappa Herzliya with special guest : Miri Mesika

Idelsohn Society Blog and more

The new Idelsohn Society for Musical Preservation has a website that includes a blog, a wiki and information about old recordings.
While some may believe that much of this music deserves to be lost –and for good –, others are thrilled with the revival of the Jewish music of this era. Well, with the new generation, what is old is always new again. Take a look at what your grandma listened to when she was your age… and make up your own mind.

Me La Amargates Tú — Sephardic Music

Me La Amargates Tú :
Esteban Manzano, voice
Doret Florentin, recorders
Tulio Rondón, viola da gamba
Sarah Ridy, baroque harp
Cristian Gutiérrez, baroque guitar
Juan Martínez, percussion

November 18th at 12:45 hs, Kloosterkerk (Lange Voorhout 4)
The Hague, Holland

November 19th at 20:00 hs, Cultural Centre of Schoten (Verbeerstraat 3)
Schoten, Belgium

November 20th at 20:00 hs, Cultural Centre Ter-Dilft of Bornen
(Amandsesteenweg 41-43)
Bornen, Belgium

November 22nd at 15:00 hs, Cultural Centre of Zwijndrecht (Kerkplein 1)
Zwijndrecht, Belgium

November 29th at 17:00 hs,Salle de la Cité Bleue (46, Avenue de Miremont)
Genéve, Switzerland

New Muslim Cool

Thursday, December 10, 2009
7:30 p.m.
Hebrew College, Berenson Hall
$10 advance registration; $15 general admission, free for students with valid ID
The School of Jewish Music presents
A Jewish Music Forum
Music of a Nation, Music of a People:
Is Israeli Art-Music Jewish?
Ronit Seter
Respondant: Klára Móricz
Co-sponsored by the Jewish Music Forum of the American Society for Jewish Music

For information, please contact Renée Tepper, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; 617-559-8622.

What defines a particular genre of music as the voice of a people? of a nation? And what if the two are intrinsically intertwined? For the founders of Israeli art music—Paul Ben-Haim, Alexander Boskovich, Oedoen Partos, Mordecai Seter and Josef Tal—the goal was to separate people and nation, to create a national “style” of music that was unique to Israel, rather than identified with Jewish music of the Diaspora.…

Barry Serota Z”l

Barry Serota

Barry Serota, a practicing attorney and executive director of the Institute for Jewish Sound Recording, died suddenly November 16, 2009 on a plane flight between New York and Madrid on the way to Israel.

Serota, widely known for his deep knowledge of Jewish music, had produced more than 100 recordings of Jewish sacred and secular music. Serota’s output at the Institute, based in Chicago, included choral, instrumental, folk and art music. Serota was especially known a promoter of chazzanut. Starting in 1969, he issued many esoteric Jewish music recordings under the imprint of Musique Internationale.

Serota, an advisor to the Milken Foundation, worked on their large project of the Library of American Jewish Music, the recordings which were published under the Naxos label.…

Krakauer Plays with Detroit Symphony

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Leonard Slatkin will give the premiere performance of the Clarinet Klezmer Concerto, by Wlad Marhulets. The featured clarinet soloist is David Krakauer, one of the foremost musicians of the vital new wave of klezmer. The concerts will take place at the Orchestra Hall in Detroit on December 10th – 13th, 2009.
Max M. Fisher Music Center
3711 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48201
Box Office Phone: (313) 576-5111
Box Office Fax: (313) 576-5109

Marhulet “DYBBUK” String Quartet Premiere

The string quartet Dybbuk by Wlad Marhulet was written for the New York based “J.A.C.K.” quartet. The piece is inspired by Jewish folklore, in which a Dybbuk is a malicious possessing spirit, believed to be the dislocated soul of a dead person. The piece depicts two aspects of Dybbuk – its wild and aggressive nature, as well as its memories from the past life full of suffering and tears.

The premiere is going to take place November 30th at 8:00pm.
in Paul Hall, Julliard School, NYC
60 Lincoln Center Plaza, Broadway (at 65th St)
Upper West Side
Subway: 1 to 66th St–Lincoln Ctr

Tekeeyah Concerto for Shofar/Trombone and Orchestra World Premiere

Haim Avitsur World Premiere Performances of Meira Warshauer’s Concerto for
Shofar/Trombone and Orchestra
on November 15 in Brevard, NC and November
17 in Columbia, SC

Composer Meira Warshauer’s Tekeeyah (a call) – Concerto for
Shofar/Trombone and Orchestra
, will be given Premiere performances with
the Brevard Philharmonic on November 15 –
3 PM at
Porter Center for the Performing Arts of Brevard College,
1 Brevard College Dr. in Brevard, North Carolina

with the University of South Carolina Symphony Orchestra
on November 17 –
7:30 PM at
the Koger Center for the Arts
1051 Greene St. in
Columbia, South Carolina.

Shofar/trombone virtuoso Haim Avitsur will be soloist at both performances.

Cyro Baptista & Beat The Donkey, Edom, and More

Cyro Baptista & Beat The Donkey
Record Release Party for Infinito – Out now on Tzadik Records
EDOM, the group led by one of the new guitar heroes of modern avant-jazz EYAL MAOZ will also be celebrating the release of their new album Hope and Destruction – out now on Tzadik Records.

Saturday, November 14, 2009
Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Le Poisson Rouge
158 Bleecker Street, NYC
New York, NY

In Memory Of… Strom Finds ‘Lost Romanian Jewish Music’

Dec. 16th at 7pm the world premiere of Yale Strom’s new quartet:
“IN THE MEMORY OF…” as part of a concert of
“Lost Romanian Jewish Music”
Start Time: Wednesday, December 16 at 7:00pm
Where: Eldridge Street Synagogue
12 Eldridge Street (off Canal), NYC
Tel: (212)219-0302
Seniors $12.00; Public $15.00

In the summer of 2008, musician Yale Strom traveled to Romania and discovered a musical treasure trove. In the upstairs women’s balcony of the 1871 synagogue of Carei he found a box of old books including the cantor’s music book with over 250 melodies notated by hand. This Romanian Jewish musical treasure had been lost. In Memory of is a performance based upon the cantorial music he uncovered, and is dedicated to the Jews who perished during the Holocaust.…

Shem’s Disciples with Candido Camero Team Up with David Amram and bobby Sanabria

New York Reggae/Hip-Hop Fusion Band Shem’s Disciples is joined by Latin
jazz Legend Candido Camero, renowned jazz instrumentalist and composer David Amram,
and multi-Grammy nominated percussionist Bobby Sanabria, to perform a special
concert for the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function (IMNF) Music Therapy
program. The IMNF is a member of the Beth Abraham Family of Health Services.

The concert will take place on Wednesday, December 2
from 7-9p.m. at the
Conservatory of Music at Purchase College, SUNY
735 Anderson Hill Rd.
Purchase, NY 10577

Tickets cost $50 and can be purchase by calling 718-519-5840 or e-mailing

Gila Carcas Chamber Works

Israel Composers League member, Jerusalem-based Gila (Gillian) Carcas, has a new website biography and a listing of compositions. There is an mp3 for her work “Beside the Lake” for Violin, Cello and Piano. Her works are available for puchase through the website. Gila has written over 50 pieces for small chamber ensembles, solo works, a chamber opera and some orchestra compositions.

Unsung Songs and Song Cycles

Works by Joel Mandelbaum will be performed
at 2 PM on Sunday, November 15th
at the Assembly Hall of the Community Church of New York, which shares
its facilities with the Metropolitan Synagogue, 40 East 35th Street, NYC

The performance will be repeated the following day
Monday, November 16 at 12:15
at Lefrak Concert Hall at Queens College.

With a range of settings written from 1958 to 2009, the concert is truly a
major retrospective and will feature, among others, Emily Duncan-Brown and
Roz Woll

Over a more than 50-year period of devotion to the art song in fourteen
cycles, Mandelbaum has set poems by Millay, Leonie Adams, Karen Ethelsdattar,
Bettina Blake, and Benjamin J.R. Stolper, among others.

Moscow Male Jewish Choir at Town Hall

Moscow Male Jewish Choir,

Moscow Male Jewish Choir
Wednesday December 9 2009
at Town Hall TOWN HALL

They’ve played the world’s stages from Russian synagogues to Carnegie Hall, winning
critical raves and fans among Jews and non-Jewish audiences alike.

A Broadway debut of the 20-voice Moscow Male
Jewish Choir Wednesday, December 9, 2009 at 8 p.m., in Town Hall, 123 West 43rd
Street, New York, NY, 10036. Tenor Joseph Malovany, celebrated cantor of New York s
Fifth Avenue Synagogue, joins the choir and its distinguished founder, conductor
Alexander Tsaliuk, in a concert that features a mix of liturgical works, Yiddish,
Hebrew and Russian folksongs, classics and international favorites.

Tickets, $40 – $80, are available at Ticketmaster, 212-307-4100
The Town Hall box office (212) 840-2824 (starting November,10)
For more information and group rates call (718)-213-0076 …

Veretski Pass Concert, Ask Drs. Klez and Dance Party

Temple Beth Tikvah in Madison, CT and
Veretski Pass
Cookie Segelstein, Joshua Horowitz and Stuart Brotman

Friday, Nov 13, Music in the service with Rabbi and Cantor
Saturday, Nov 14th
7:30pm Havdalah Celebration
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Time: 7:30pm – 10:30pm
8:00 pm — Concert/Lecture including a performance of the “Klezmer Shul” followed by a Dance Party
hors d’oeuvres and wine
(Admission Free )

Sunday, Nov 15
12:15, Lunch and learn for adults, Ask Drs. Kez

Temple Beth Tikvah
196 Durham Rd. (Route 79)
Madison, CT 06443
For further information, contact Cantor Goldberg at 203-245-7028, ext. 209.

London Klezmer Orchestra

Wednesday 11 November
London Klezmer Orchestra
The Cross Kings, 126 York Way, London N1

The London Klezmer Orchestra meets to practise repertoire and arrange music.
For further information call William Millis on 020 8969 7019. Tunes online.
Next session: Monday 23 November, 7.30-9.30pm at the same venue.

Entry £5

Saturday 14 November
3pm – 2am
Freylekh Klezmer Dance Band
The Cross Kings, 126 York Way, London N1

Peace House 50th Anniversary Celebration & Benefit. A riot of entertainment
to celebrate 50 years of Houseman’s peace activities.

Freylekh Klezmer Dance Band (Jess Cohen – oboe; Ilana Cravitz – violin;
Sarah Moore and Kath Moore – saxes; Martina Schwarz – accordion) plays at
10pm. Also on the bill: Ian Saville (magician), Leon Rosselson (folk

Tickets £9 or £8.50.…

DJ Rob and You Shall Know Us

Tuesday November 10
The Foundation Room–House of Blues
15 Landsdowne Street, Boston
New Center for Arts and Culture
Jewish vinyl will come to life in Boston as Roger Bennet, author of “And You Shall Know Us by the Trail of Our Vinyl”, a book chronicling the story of Jews in America from the 1940s through the recordings on LP. Performance by DJ Rob of the Israeli DJ crew Soulico.
Tickets $12 in advance, $20 at the door.
To Purchase Tickets visit:
or call: 617-531-4610

Ayelet and Anat in Petach Tiqua

Ayelet Rose Gottlieb
Ayelet and Anat (& surprise guests) in an intimate concert
part of “Presented by Ofer Portugali” Concert Series
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Time: 9:00pm – 11:00pm
at Beit Shapira, 20 Herzl Street, Petach Tiqua
Phone: 03-905-2349

Original compositions and improvised music…
Ayelet Rose Gottlieb and Anat Fort
to hear tracks from Ayelet’s new album – please visit:

Shua Kessin Kumzitz for Shlomo Carlebach

Shua Kessin Kumzitz will be presenting its Second Annual Live Music Webcast Featuring Shua Kessin in honor of the yahrtzeit of R’ Shlomo Carlebach z”l, whose music has touched the souls of countless people. This event follows the first-ever live Jewish music webcast last year, produced by, which drew tens of thousands of viewers. All day Sunday Nov. 8.

This year’s webcast, which is being produced by Ozer Babad and hosted and powered by, is expected to be watched by tens of thousands of people across the globe and will also be heard live on Radio Kol Berama, 107.9 FM in Lakewood, NJ.

Shua will be accompanied this Motzoei Shabbos by an orchestra featuring Yanky Katina, Yaakov Zeines and Jo Blumenthal.
The webcast will be broadcast live from Gal Paz on 13th Avenue in Boro Park, and all are invited to join in person or watch the event live on the #1 Torah newscenter on the Web,…

Yosif Feigelson Cello Concert of Mieczyslaw Weinberg in NYC

Weinberg sonatasOn Sunday, November 22nd at 3 p.m. celebrated Russian cellist Yosif Feigelson
will perform at the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue (30 West 68th Street, NYC).

The concert will feature four Cello Sonatas of composer Mieczyslaw (Moishe) Weinberg (1919-1996). Tickets and more information are available at the website: or by phone at: (212) 877-4050.

Called “one of the most prolific, yet largely overlooked composers”,
Mieczyslaw (Moishe) Weinberg is author to 26 symphonies, 17 string quartets, operas,
concerti as well as music to many movies including famous “The Cranes Are Flying”.
For more facts about composer visit

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, 415/292-1233 or in person at the JCCSF box office.
Stop by KlezCalifornia’s information table!

Esther by Hugo Weisgall at City Opera in NYC

City Opera’s season gets under way this weekend — with a reconstituted production of Hugo Weisgall’s “Esther,” given its premiere by the company in 1993. Esther runs at the Koch Theater Nov. 7-19. Ticket, priced $12-$145, may be purchased at New York City Opera. Read about it at:

Featuring Laura Flanigan

Video and Information at the NYC Opera:
“America’s Greatest Opera Composer”…
“One of the greatest operas”…
“True Epic Music Theater!”

“Tribute”: The Chamber Music of Judith Shatin

Deering Estate, Living Artist Concert Series
Meet Judith Shatin
Venue: Deering Estate at Cutler, Miami, FL
Event Date: November 13, 2009
The concert begins at 7:00 pm; Meet the Artist Reception at 6:30 pm.
Single tickets $25 on sale at the Visitor Center Ticket Office, or by calling (305) 235-1668, ext. 233.
On November 13 the Living Artist Concert Series at Deering Estate presents “Tribute” a concert featuring composer Judith Shatin with the Deering Estate Chamber Ensemble. They will perform Shatin’s chamber works View from Mt. Nebo and Doxa linking historical wartime works by Louis Ferdinand of Prussia and Erich Korngold.


featured will be:



NYFOS¹s Fats and Fields program caused Talkin¹ Broadway to say “What can
make you smile for two hours? New York Festival of Song”

Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center and New York Festival of Song (NYFOS, ) will present Great American
Songwriting Teams, an evening of famous and rarely-heard songs honoring the
genius of America¹s classic collaborators, on Tuesday and Thursday November
17 and 19 at 8 PM at Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center.


Second Songs of Life Choral-Orchestral Festival in Bulgaria

The Second Songs of Life Choral-Orchestral Festival will take place in Bulgaria and Israel, Dec. 27, 2010 – Jan. 7, 2011. The festival will feature the WORLD PREMIERE performance of a newly commissioned oratorio depicting the inspiring story of the rescue of the Jews of Bulgaria during World War II.

Hundreds of singers accompanied by professional philharmonic orchestra will perform the oratorio in celebration of a poignant historical moment. In addition to the world premiere of the oratorio, all performances will include a program specially selected by the Festival conductors.

The original work by Composer Charles David Osborne and Librettist Aryeh Finklestein features conductors Dr. Joshua Jacobson, Director of the Zamir Chorale of Boston, and Professor Henry Leck, Director of the Indianapolis Children’s Choir.

For more information and to register, visit and watch the video about the previous festival… or contact the festival organizers, Kalin and Sharon Tchonev, Tel: + 1-803-520-3626,…


sponsored by YIVO
at the Center for Jewish History

The internationally renowned cellist Ralph Kirshbaum honors the memory of his late teacher Lev Aronson (1912-1988), a Holocaust survivor who played for many years with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, with a rare New York recital. Mr. Kirshbaum will perform compositions by Aronson as well as works by some of the artists who influenced him.

The program will also feature a reading by author Frances Brent from her critically acclaimed new book, The Lost Cellos of Lev Aronson (Atlas & Co.).

Admission: $25 General / $18 YIVO members
Box Office: 212.868.4444 |