Performers' Index R
Ann Rachel-- Rahel
Children's performer, singer-songwriter, composer and folk musician living in New Hampshire, with over twenty years of experience living in Israel. Her website includes links to folk music culture in Israel. Going by Rahel, she sings in Hebrew and English.
A composer and singer. Most of her repertoire of more than six hundred romances and songs is composed on texts of the famous Russian classical poets, A. Akhmatova, N.Gumilyov, O. Mandelstam, M. Tsvetayeva, A. Blok, I. Severyanin, S.Yesenin and others. In Israel she has written music for symphony orchestras, choirs and chamber ensembles. To contact her directly: email@example.com
"The exciting six-piece, world beat band, featuring vocals, balalaika, guitars, bass, keyboards, drums, and exotic percussion, plays material from their three CDs plus traditional and new songs." The band members are Bruce Burger (all things with strings); Tim Bolling Percussion; John Waller Drums,Percussion; Lyn Rose Vocals.
Rock star of the Reform/BBYO/Hillel movements, Rick Recht concertizes widely throughout the United States. "Recht also won the 2001 American Zionist Movement and 2000 American Jewish Festival songwriting contests." According to his website, he has played at over 70 Jewish camps. Recht has amassed a huge following in the teen/20-something community. He has albums, "Tov", "Shabbat Alive" and "Free to be the Jew in me" and he composes on commission for camps and Jewish venues. His website states: "His contribution to the Jewish music world marks the birth of a unique blend of pop, radio-friendly music with Hebrew, Jewish text, and social responsibility." But there doesn't seem to be any question of his growing popularity.
Reuben Jewish Jazz Duo
The Reuben Jewish Jazz Duo is Nehama and Shimon Reuben, husband and wife professionals in Jewish music, for harp & piano. They perform traditional Jewish music, liturgical, and new compositions. They have produced several albums between 1997 and the present, and travel throughout Europe to play in festivals. They will appear in Prague at the Jewish Music Festival in summer of 2000 and on national French TV for the 2000 millenium celebrations. Shimon recently recorded a new double album CD piano jazz solo "Yom Yeroushalayim Blues", 25 compositions Nehama composed for harp solo and just published "Rhapsodia Ivria for harp" by Editions Combre - Paris. CDs are for sale at www.fnac.com
Israeli band weaves "spiritual lyrics with Latin, African and Middle Eastern grooves" comprised of six members living in Israel.
Joel Rubin, clarinetist.
"Joel Rubin is Assistant Professor of Music in the Performance Program at the University of Virginia. He attended the California Institute of the Arts and received a BFA in clarinet performance from the State University of New York at Purchase (1978). His principal teachers were Richard Stoltzman and Kalmen Opperman. Rubin holds a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from City University of London (2001). Rubin is an internationally acclaimed performer of Jewish instrumental klezmer music and hasidic music. In addition to performances with traditional musicians such as the Epstein Brothers (USA) and Moshe Berlin (Israel), he was the founder and clarinetist of some of the most internationally respected klezmer ensembles, including the Joel Rubin Jewish Music Ensemble and Brave Old World. Rubin's fifth solo album, "Midnight Prayer", came out in 2007 on Traditional Crossroads. His music can be heard in several films, including the award-winning documentary portrait "A Tickle in the Heart" (Germany/Switz./USA 1996), which is based on his research and screenplay. Rubin has concertized throughout Europe, North America and Asia. As a clinician, he has taught together with Kalmen Opperman and Richard Stoltzman at the Clarinet Summit (2004) and held master classes and workshops at the University of Oregon, the New England Conservatory of Music, Indiana University, Yale University, Syracuse University, and for the Israeli and Berlin Ministries of Education. Rubin wrote the first full-length doctoral thesis on Jewish instrumental klezmer music, combining extensive ethnographic work among the oldest surviving generation of American klezmer musicians with historical and analytical methods to examine the cultural and musical milieu of Eastern European Jewish immigrant wedding instrumentalists in New York in the early 20th century. Further research interests include: music and trauma; music and professionalism; music and diaspora; music and identity; music and religion; folk music revivals; musical hybridity; hasidic music; American Jewish popular music; Jewish musical traditions of the Middle East and beyond; and art and urban popular traditions of the Balkans, Turkey and the Middle East. Rubin is co-author of the books "Klezmer-Musik" (Bärenreiter/dtv, 1999) and "Jüdische Musiktraditionen" (Jewish Musical Traditions; Gustav Bosse-Verlag, 2001), the author of "Mazltov! Jewish-American Wedding Music for Clarinet" (Schott Musik International, 1998), and the co-curator of the ongoing Jewish Music Series of CDs for Schott's Wergo label (11 completed productions to date). He has received grants from the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research (Vladimir and Pearl Heifetz Memorial Fellowship, Joseph Kremen Memorial Fellowship), Cornell Council for the Arts, and the Pro Musica Viva Foundation. Prior to UVa, he taught at Cornell University, Syracuse University, Ithaca College and Humboldt Universität Berlin." --University of Virginia website. In 1994 Rubin organized a 6-member group and performed widely throughout Europe. That music is available through
http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/simontov/ His website with Rita Ottens is at:http://www.rubin-ottens.com/
The wikipedia article on Joel is at:
Rubinchik's Yiddische Ensemble
Jewish band in Austin, Texas, led by Mark Rubin, an okie living in Texas. The first CD was Flipnotic Freilachs. Mark's biography and discography appear on his website. He's also a member of the Youngers of Zion band with Hank Saposnik, and is a regular member of many klezmer bands. He's recorded widely with a wide variety of musicians in various genres.
Ruby Harris Music
Ruby Harris plays the blues and "jazmer" --klezmer violin. His website has some music clips and short history of his work. Several recordings are featured. Contact Information: 6645 N. California / 303, Chicago, IL 60645 . call 773-465-6565