Monthly Archives: July 2010

Musica Judaica Online Reviews (MJOR)

The American Society of Jewish Music announces official release of MUSICA JUDAICA ONLINE REVIEWS, which has been operating under the Editorship of Dr. Judah M. Cohen of Indiana University
since the beginning of the year.

Designed as an offshoot of Musica Judaica, the Society’s journal which is
published once a year, Musica Judaica Online Reviews (MJOR) not only allows
us to publish reviews much closer to the publication date of the book or
recording in question, but also guarantees a much wider circulation and
distribution of the reviews, to all who are interested what is being written
about in Jewish music. Moreover, at the same time, our goal is not only to
share the reviews but to engage in discussion, with readers able to submit
their comments (of course, moderated by our editor).…

Sue Horowitz new CD In the Water

Sue Horowitz is a Jewish singer-songwriter and Jewish guitar player who lives in coastal Maine. She writes, often in partnership with Reform Jewish Rabbi Lev Baesh, highly singable and usable modern Jewish songs appropriate for worship services at synagogues, camps, youth groups, Jewish holidays, and religious ceremonies.

Her debut contemporary Jewish music CD, Eleven Doors Open, was produced in Boston by the multi-talented Jewish performer and composer, Josh Nelson. Sue’s new Jewish music CD, In the Water , was recorded in Nashville, and produced by Grammy-nominated Mark Niemiec, and well-known Jewish rocker Dan Nichols.

Visit where you can watch a short YouTube of Sue’s rock.

Galeet Dardashti Releases CD The Naming

The Naming The Laughter and Crying of a Persian Jew. Galeet Dardashti Gives Voice to Provocative Women of the Bible

This is the story of why the brilliant Queen of Sheba shaved her legs, how the stunning Vashti laid down the line for her drunken husband, and how a mysterious witch spoke King Saul’s doom and then served him a nice dinner. The Naming, the upcoming release from singer and composer Galeet Dardashti , draws on the Persian classical music and Middle Eastern Jewish singing deep in her bones to transform the ghostly outlines of Biblical women into full-blown flesh-and-blood personalities.

The Naming’s release on September 14 occurs smack in between the Jewish High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah (September 9-10) and Yom Kippur (September 18), when Dardashti will be chanting services as cantor for her Park Slope, Brooklyn synagogue.…

ASHKENAZ 2010 Coming Soon –Make Plans To Attend

The Ashkenaz Festival, the largest Jewish cultural event in Canada
and one of the prestigious of its kind, takes place at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre
in just over a month (August 31st – September 6th). Have you
started making plans to attend? Presenting music, dance, film, theater, workshops,
and more, Ashkenaz provides the opportunity for festival-goers to share and
connect with Jewish culture, immersing themselves in the diversity of the performers.
Some of
this year’s featured amazingly talented artists include 14-piece Gypsy supergroup The Other
Europeans, avant-garde opera of Frank London’s “A Night in the Old Marketplace,”
pan-Mediterranean funksters Balkan Beat Box, Bosnian-Ladino legend Flory
Jagoda, and all-female Persian/middle-Eastern fusion group Divahn.
Below is
the current festival schedule, but details may change, so be sure to check the
Ashkenaz is a wonderful weekend for the entire family, and Toronto is a “dream city” for a vacation of families with kids.…

WWGD: What Would Glatshteyn Do?

If you can’t make it to our program WWGD? [What Would Glatshteyn Do?] An Evening
of Yiddish Poetry you can watch it online at the exact time of the event, Sunday,
August 1 6:00 PM – 7:45 PM (EST). Go to
In zikh (Introspectivist) Yiddish poets, 1923
Zackary Sholem Berger, Gitl Schaechter-Viswanath, Josh Waletzky
David Botwinik, Leyzer Burko, David Fallick, Samuel Marder, Charles Nydorf, Mindy
Rinkewich, Elinor Robinson, Yefim Vinnitsky, Gershon Weiss, Jennifer Goodman Wolloch
Albert Rosenblatt, Yaira Singer, Wojtek Tworek, Sheva Zucker
Don’t miss the Yiddish poetry event of the millenium!
Mir hofn az di yidishe oysyes veln zikh gut onzen af ayer kompyuter ober es ken
zayn az af gevise kompyuters veln zey nit aroys perfekt.…

Alicia Svigals’ Klezmer Fiddle Express on Cape Cod

Alicia Svigals’ Klezmer Fiddle Express concert/dance party
This Thursday night, the Payomet Performing Arts Center presents
Alicia Svigals with accordionist Evan Harlan, bassist Jim Guttman
and drummer Grant Smith, in a program of unplugged and unleashed
klezmer fiddle frenzy!

First Parish Brewster
1969 Main St.
Brewster, MA 02631
(not at the Payomet venue in North Truro!)
Thursday, August 5, 8:15 PM

For tix:
866-811-4111 or call Payomet Box Office (open 4:30-9 daily), 508.487.5400
Click here for Payomet website

For a preview, check out Alicia’s band on Youtube

The Other Europeans 1st USA & Canada Tour

A band called “The Other Europeans” is offering a series of concerts on a tour through the Northeast and Canada this summer. For those that love klezmer or roma music, it’s a “must” concert for the summer. They will be at: Aug 15-22, Klezkanada; Aug 25-26, National Yiddish Book Center (Amherst, MA); Aug 27-29, American Folk Festival (Bangor, ME); Aug 31, Johnny D’s (Boston, MA); Sep 1, Montreal Jewish Music Festival; Sep 4-6, Ashkenaz (Toronto). To learn more about the band and see concert details: .

An Evening of Yiddish Poetry and Song

WWGD? [What Would Glatshteyn Do?]
An Evening of Yiddish Poetry
sponsored by The League for Yiddish/
Afn Shvel magazine
You are cordially invited to a unique new event –
a bilingual evening of contemporary Yiddish poetry!
In zikh (Introspectivist) Yiddish poets, 1923

The program will feature Yiddish poets and songwriters reading (and singing) from
their own works.
When: Sunday, August 1, 2010; 6 – 7:45 P.M.
Where: Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery, Manhattan,
main floor (between Houston and Bleecker at 1st St.; Bowery is the continuation
of Cooper Square below E. 4th St.)
F train to 2nd Ave. or 6 train to Bleecker
Admission – $6.00.
All are invited to come listen and
you are invited to participate
in the program if you:
– write Yiddish poetry
– write Yiddish songs
– translate Yiddish poetry into English (or
another language) or English (or another
language) poetry into Yiddish
Priority will be given to poets and songwriters.…

KlezKanada 2010!!!

The KlezKanada full brochure is online and ready
to download!
Check out this astounding program, and run, don’t walk, to register!
KlezKanada is a full week of summer music camp for an individual or an entire family. With a setting in the midst of the Laurentians, with lakes, scented pines, and lots of freylakhs, dancing, singing, crafts, arts, jamming, performing, observing, enjoying, kvelling, joining & belonging. Don’t miss it.

Ashkenaz 2010!!!

Toronto’s Ashkenaz Festival is celebrating its
15th anniversary of presenting the Canadian and international Jewish
culture scene through music, dance, film, theatre, visual art, workshops, and
rituals, a project so ambitious that it’s taken two years to organize.

The festival kicks off on Tuesday August 31st and goes through Monday,
September 6th showcasing more than 90 acts and 200 individual
artists hailing from over a dozen countries. Originally created by and for
Klezmer/Yiddish junkies, Ashkenaz has now grown to reflect the most
cutting-edge contemporary Jewish music and art, drawing a cross-cultural and
multi-generational audience eager to join in on the joyful synergy.

“It’s an
opportunity to share Jewish culture and values with the broader community and
it’s incredibly gratifying to see so large and multicultural an audience
enthusiastically embrace Jewish cultural forms.”

– Eric Stein, Ashkenaz Artistic Director

you can check out the full schedule with
details here