Monthly Archives: February 2015

Two Life-Long Journeys Through Jewish Music

The Ken Maltz/Sy Kushner Klezmer Duo
Feb 28, 2015
49 Lawton Street
New Rochelle, NY 10801

Ken Maltz and Sy Kushner’s combined experience in the field of Jewish music is over
80 years. From time to time, they have collaborated on each others’ projects, Ken
recording and performing as a guest artist with the Sy Kushner Jewish Music Ensemble
and assisting in the release of Sy’s very popular klezmer music transcription fake
books, while Sy has performed with Ken’s bands including Kapelye, one of the first
bands of the klezmer revival. They have come together as a duo to perform lesser
known, but beautiful works within the klezmer repertoire as well as original works.


Academic Conference on Jewish Liturgical Music in Leeds, UK

For the first time in Britain an International Academic Conference is being devoted to the music of Jewish prayer. Internationally acclaimed scholars in Jewish liturgical music will lead the programme presented jointly by the School of Music, University of Leeds and the Academic Wing of the European Cantors Association.

University of Leeds, UK
Tuesday 16 – Friday 19 June 2015

The conference is organised in association with the international research project Performing the Jewish Archive, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Supported by the Jewish Music Institute, SOAS University of London

More details email
or see

Professor Emeritus Eliyahu Schleifer, Professor of Sacred Music and Director of the School of Sacred Music at HUC-JIR/ Jerusalem, Israel
Professor Mark Kligman, Professor of Jewish Music University of California, Los Angeles, CA
Professor Rabbi Jeffrey Summit, Research Professor, Tufts University, Medford/Somerville, MA (near Boston) …

Cafe Crawl for the Boston Jewish Music Festival

As a part of the Boston Jewish Music Festival’s Cafe Crawl, a duo formation of di bostoner klezmer is tickled to announce that they will be performing on Thursday, March 5 from 8:00-10:00 P.M. at Kolbo (437 Harvard St., Brookline/Coolidge Corner, Brookline, MA).

Come hear some rare, tasty, flashy, meditative, authentic klezmer and Hasidic music from clarinetist Dena Ressler and Digital and Acoustic Accordion World Champion Cory Pesaturo.
The festival has a wonderful selection of artists – see for the complete offerings.
Transportation: Kolbo is on the #66 bus from Harvard and Dudley Squares & within walking distance of the Coolidge Corner stop of the “C” Green Line. On-street and municipal lot parking is available (assuming that we don?t get another 2-4? of snow by then 🙁…

Sacred Bridge Program in Cambridge, MA

Sunday, March 29 2015
Longy School of Music
Edward M. Pickman Concert Hall, 3:00 pm
27 Garden Street, Cambridge MA

Discover the common musical roots of Judaism, Islam, and Christianity, and the astonishing and beautiful interactions among these traditions. The program includes elements of Jewish liturgy, Gregorian and Koranic chant, songs and texts of Jewish minstrels, Sephardic folksong, medieval Spanish Cantigas, and Judaeo-Islamic music from the ancient Andalusian tradition. The Boston Camerata is joined by Sharq Arabic Music Ensemble.
Below is a link to the Artistic Director’s Program Notes.
For tickets, see the boston camerata website:

Shalshelet 6th International Festival of New Jewish Liturgical Music

We want to be sure you know about the March 15 2015 deadline for submissions of music to Shalshelet’s 6th International Festival of New Jewish Liturgical Music which wlll take place in Philadelphia on December 13-15, 2015. Shalshelet Festival is interested in music of any style, composed by people of any age and background, that is a new setting of traditional/liturgical Jewish text.
There is more information at
​For questions about the ​submissions process or the Festival, contact:
Please share this with anyone who might be interested.

Sarah Hyams
Executive Director
Shalshelet: The Foundation for New Jewish Liturgical Music

BOSTON Jewish Music Festival is NOW!

It’s major! The Boston jewish Music Festival February 27 – March 15 2015 has plenty of events around the region. If you haven’t gone yet, this is your chance to get tickets to major or any events you want to attend. There’s plenty for adults, children, teens and families.

To get the online brochure of the festival, just
click here!
Get on board! The Boston Jewish Music Festival just keeps getting better and better. This year has some spectacular events planned with a theme of “musical bridges” .

Jewish Music Forum features Ezro Malakov

The Jewish Music Forum is offering a program being given at the Center for Jewish History
on Monday, March 2nd at 7 PM.
Celebrating the release of an important new book by Dr. Evan Rapport, Greeted with Smiles: Bukharian Jewish Music and Musicians in New York (Oxford University Press), with live music examples by some of New York’s most respected Bukharian musicians led by master singer Ezro Malakov, this promises to be a wonderfully informative and entertaining evening.
Center for Jewish History
15 West 16th Street
New York, NY
Please RSVP at:
Reception to follow.
Additional information about the program, Dr. Rapport and the performers is below.
I hope you will be able to join us on Monday, March 2nd. Admission is free.
Please RSVP to…

North American Jewish Choral Festival 2015

The 26th annual North American Jewish Choral Festival has something for everyone: amateur singers, professional soloists, cantors, conductors and lovers of Jewish music of all ages. Whether you’re a novice or a pro, you’ll leave revived and renewed with new skills, new music and new friends to cherish. Be there at the start of our second quarter-century!

The Zamir Choral Foundation is proud to announce that registration for this year’s Festival is now open.
Join NAJCF in the Catskills this Summer, July 12 – 16, 2015 for a fun and inspirational week of the very best of Jewish Choral Music.

Morris Hollender: A Musical Tribute

Morris Hollender: A Musical Tribute with Hankus Netsky
With Henry Carrey, Jessica Kate Meyer, Miryem-Khaye Seigel and the NEC Jewish music ensemble

An afternoon devoted to this unforgettable man, a Holocaust survivor from
Czechoslovakia, who shared so many amazing songs and melodies
Sunday, March 29, 2015 2:00 PM
Temple Beth Israel25 Harvard Street Waltham, MA
(781) 894-5146

Call for Papers Conference in Budapest

Call for Papers
Exoticism, Orientalism and National Identity in Musical Theatre
International Musicological Conference on the Centenary of the Death of Karl Goldmark
Budapest, 11-12 December, 2015
Institute of Musicology
(Research Centre for the Humanities, Hungarian Academy of Sciences)

Karl Goldmark was a key figure of the musical culture of the Austro-Hungarian
Monarchy. He was born in a Hungarian city as a son of a Jewish chazzan, but his
activity concentrated mostly to Vienna. He considered himself Hungarian, but all of
his operas were composed in German and, except Gatz von Berlichingen, premiered in
Vienna. Thus, his life and oeuvre represents not only the problematic questions of
citizenship, religion and national identity in Central Europe at the turn of the
century, but also their impact on a variety of musical genres (operas, symphonic
works, chamber music, choral music, works for piano and songs).…

Swing Dance with the Seth Kibel Quintet

Saturday, February 14 — Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC)
Swing Dance with the Seth Kibel Quintet
800 South Rolling Road
Catonsville, MD 21228-5317
8:30 to 11:30 pm
In the “Barn.” A joint production of CCBC (Catonsville) and ChileSwing.
$10 for undergraduate students with a valid school ID card.
$12 for CCBC employees with valid CCBC ID card and those over 64 years.
$15 for the public. Beginner lesson included at 7:30 pm.
Sean Lane on piano, Ed Hrybyk on double bass, Wes Crawford on drums, and special guest vocalist Renee Tannenbaum!
Here’s the FB event page: