Monthly Archives: July 2012

Litvakus and Raya Brass Band

Saturday, September 8, 2012
9:30pm until 11:30pm
Joes Pub
425 Lafayette St, New York, New York 10003-7021

Klezmer & Balkan team up and hit the famed stage of the Public Theare’s Joe’s Pub. It’s SATURDAY, it’s NIGHT (motzey shabes), it’s LIVE. What could be better? – YOU attending this event!

Litvakus band led by Dmitri Zisl Slepovitch performs traditional pieces of the Lithuanian and Belarusian Jewish community, as well as Zisl’s original compositions, creating a bridge between the old-time North-Eastern European shtetls and the present-day New York’s folk, klezmer, and theater scene.
“Dmitri Slepovich’s trilling clarinet makes for irresistible dancing music.” -Forward

Raya Brass Band does it on the dance floor, mashing up the music of Eastern Europe with American dance grooves. Featuring odd meters, unusual scales and a fine helping of gorgeous Balkan and Romany (Gypsy) melodies played on reeds, trumpet, accordion, tuba and drums, Raya Brass Band brings the East European get-down wherever it goes.…

John Zorn: ABRAXAS: Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz: Debut Concert at the Stone, NYC

Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz: Abraxas: The Book Of Angels Volume 19 [#8302] –
DEBUT CONCERT August 3rd at The Stone, NYC
Venue: The Stone
Address: NW corner of Avenue C and 2nd St. East Village, Manhattan, New
York City Zip 10009
Date: Friday, August 3rd.
Time: 8 PM and 10 PM
Cover: $10

Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz has been a mainstay of the downtown scene for over
a decade now, working with and producing CDs by Daniel Zamir, Cyro
Baptista, Eyal Maoz, Jon Madof, Yoshie Fruchter and more. Here he steps out
on his own to make one of the most tribal and primal installments in the
Book of Angels series. Drawing on his Sephardic roots, Shanir plays gimbri
throughout, giving the music a primeval Moroccan edge. Featuring the
intense guitar pyrotechnics of Eyal Maoz (Edom, 9 Volt with Time Berne,
Hypercolor) and Aram Bajakian (who recently has been tearing it up in Lou
Reed’s new band) and the atavistic drumming of Kenny Grohowski, this is
Ritualistic Jewish Rock for the 21st century from a brilliant young lion
from the East Village via Brooklyn/Israel!…

Klezmer in Berkeley

Monday, August 20, 2012
6:00pm until 8:00pm in PDT
Saul’s Restaurant and Deli
1475 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, California 94709

New York based Dmitri Zisl Slepovitch will join Dave Rosenfeld for a special klezmer Monday. Dmitri is not only an accomplished klezmer clarinetist, but also a composer, Yiddish singer, and has earned a PhD studying eastern European Jewish music. Dmitri performs extensively in New York, but tonight is a rare chance to catch him on the West Coast. Preview some of his music here:



The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival (SFJFF), the oldest, biggest and most renowned Jewish film festival in the world, announced that Hava Nagila (The Movie) will be the opening night film of their 2012 festival. The film will premiere July 19 at the Castro Theater with a party after the screening.

In a press conference, festival executive director Lexi Leban described Hava Nagila (The Movie) as “a look at 100 years of Jewish history as seen through the journey of ‘Hava Nagila,’ which actually began as a wordless prayer. It’s really a funny film, but there’s also a lot of depth to it.”
The SFJFF is screening the film in all four of its festival locations:
San Francisco: Castro Theater, July 19
Palo Alto: CineArts, July 29
Berkeley: Roda Theater, August 1
San Rafael: Christopher B.…