Announcements

TALK | “Breath in a Ram’s Horn: The Jewish Spirit in Classical Music,” with Daniel Asia

Sunday, October 30, 2016 2-3:30pm

Yiddish Book Center 1021 West Street Amherst, MA 01002

http://support.yiddishbookcenter.org/site/Calendar?id=7451&view=Detail

Composer, conductor, professor, and activist Daniel Asia talks about the origins of Yiddish song in Eastern European culture, its continuation on the American scene in the music of Yiddish composer Lazar Weiner, and its influence on Asia’s own award-winning music.

This event is free and open to the public.

Ensemble Me La Amargates Tu Releases new CD

Ensemble Me La Amargates Tu is excited and proud to announce their New CD “Scalerica de oro” which was launched on the 4th of September 2016,  at the International Jewish Day, in Geneva.  After working hard for two whole years, recording, editing, searching and exploring, Ensemble Me La Amargates Tu finally has the result!  The new CD is available for sale at web-site: www.mlat.org <http://www.mlat.org> .* There are some sample tracks that are from the CD so that you can enjoy the music and decide if you like it enough in order to order one!

Ensemble Me La Amargates Tu

Esteban Manzano– tenor

Doret Florentin– recorder

Tulio Rondón– viola da gamba

Dieter Hennings– guitar

Juan Martínez– percussion

The Legacy of Robert Moevs

Event title: The Legacy of Robert Moevs; includes Elijah’s Chariot for string quartet and electronics from shofar sounds by Judith Shatin

Event date: Nov 13, 2016

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: Address: Shindell Choral Hall, 79 George St. City/Town: New Brunswick, NJ Country: US – United States State: NJ New Jersey Zip Code: 08901

This concert features Composition Teachers and Students at Rutgers University. Distinguished composer Robert Moevs, in whose honor the concert was conceived, was the first composition teacher of Judith Shatin, now William R. Kenan Professor of Music at the University of Virginia. In turn, her PhD advisee, Steven Kemper, is now Assistant Professor of Music at Rutgers University. This concert features music for string quartet, in Shatin’s case with electronics fashioned from recordings of Shofar calls, and shows the circle continuing.…
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International Jewish Music Festival

International Jewish Music Festival
Amsterdam, May 4-8, 2017
Uilenburger Synagogue / DeLaMar theater
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IJMF 2017 Amsterdam
Amsterdam is hosting the 20th International Jewish Music Festival (IJMF) from the 4th until 8th of May 2017. IJMF will welcome over 100 musicians from all around the world playing everything from World music to Rap, from Classical to Klezmer.
The competition is for both ensembles and individual musicians, whose music contain Jewish elements.
Besides music, there will be lots of activities for young and old. 
 
On May 8th, the big final will be held in the Wim Sonneveld hall in DeLaMar Theater. Here, winners will be pronounced and prizes will be handed out. 
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International Concours
When it comes to Jewish music, IJMF is the only competition around the globe.

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Seth Kibel Trio

Seth Kibel
Seth Kibel Trio

Thursday, September 1, 2016
Great Sage (vegan restaurant!)
5809 Clarksville Square Drive, Clarksville, MD  21029
443-535-9400
8 to 10 pm

No cover, but 1/2 price bottles of wine while we perform!
Seth Kibel, plus Sean Lane on piano, Bob Abbott on bass, and a special appearance from guest vocalist Julie Kurzava.  Maybe a few other guest appearances, as well!

WLAD MARHULETS is the inaugural winner of Azrieli Prize in Jewish Music

The Azrieli Music Project (AMP), a Canadian philanthropic organization, announced that composer Wlad Marhulets is the winner of the inaugural Azrieli Prize in Jewish Music for his Klezmer Clarinet Concerto. Marhulets, who submitted a completed orchestral work on a Jewish theme or subject – along with applicants from around the world – has been granted the second of two $50,000 prizes, which were offered for the first time by the Azrieli Foundation. In September 2015, the Azrieli Music Project announced that Brian Current was the winner of the inaugural Azrieli Commissioning Competition for Canadian composers. Marhulets’s 2009 concerto and Current’s newly created work, The Seven Heavenly Halls, will both be performed at the Azrieli Music Project Inaugural Concert by Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and Maestro Kent Nagano on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at Maison symphonique de Montréal.…
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HEBREW COLLEGE Prayer Leader Summer Institute

Sing.  Create.  Explore.

Interested in Jewish music and liturgy? Deepen your understanding and hone your musical skills. Week-long classes in June and July.

http://www.hebrewcollege.edu/SJM-summer-institute

“We’re delighted to offer this intensive music training to anyone with a love of Jewish liturgical music, who wants to hone their skills and add new ones to their repertoire,” said Cantor Brian Mayer, dean of the School of Jewish Music.

Classes will be taught by School of Jewish Music faculty, as well as guest instructors who are specialists in their fields.  Among the class offerings are:

  • Teaching and Leading Songs in Contemporary Synagogue Worship, with Cantor Jeff Klepper
  • Building Spiritual Communities, with Shir Yaakov Feit , singer, composer and specialist in Renewal-style repertoire
  • Niggun and Klezmer, with renowned Klezmer musician Rabbi Sruli Dresdner
  • Teaching Music, with singer/educator Ellen Allard
  • Sacred Drumming, with teacher/percussionist Mitch Gordon
  • Shabbat and Weekday Nusach, with Cantors Brian Mayer and Becky Wexler Khitrik CAN ‘14
  • Accompanied Repertoire for Shabbat, with guest instructors including Rabbi Jessica Kate Meyer HCRS ’14, Rav-Hazzan Neil Blumofe, Cantor Marcie Jonas CAN ’10, and Rabbi Ebn Leader

In addition to offering courses, the Prayer Leader Summer Institute will also offer An Evening of Klezmer Music with Sruli & Lisa on Tuesday June 28 at 7:30pm.…
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The Guild of Temple Musicians

The Guild of Temple Musicians is an educational and networking organization for synagogue musicians, affiliated with the American Conference of Cantors. It publishes a newsletter and offers workshops for members, as well as an annual convention. The Guild sponsors the Young Composer’s Award for the creation of serious works of Jewish music suitable for worship and/or the concert stage. In addtion, with the American Conference of Cantors, the Guild also runs the Generation to Generation Award to encourage High School musicians to create new works of music. The president for the 2010-2011 term is Aryell Cohen. He is the contact person at the address and phone below.

The Guild of Temple Musicians
5301 Balboa Blvd.
Encino, CA 91316
818-981-5052
http://thegtm.org

Hebrew College. Rae and Joseph Gann Library. Jewish Music Institute

In addition to materials for the study of Jewish education and general Jewish studies, the library now houses the New England division of the American Jewish Historical Society. The library is also beginning to support a new cantorial school, begun in Fall 2004. Bibliographic items include standard works such as the out-of-print classics series in synagogue music.
http://hebrewcollege.edu/html/library_1.htm

An Erwin Schulhoff Retrospective

THE LEO BAECK INSTITUTE and the AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR JEWISH MUSIC present
AN ERWIN SCHULHOFF RETROSPECTIVE
performed by Mimi Stern-Wolfe’s Downtown Chamber Players
Wednesday May 25 at 7:30 PM
Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street
Tickets: $15; $10 for students, seniors
Reservations: www.lbi.org/schulhoff

The Leo Baeck Institute and the American Society for Jewish Music are proud to present Mimi Stern Wolfe’s Downtown Music Productions in “An Erwin Schulhoff Retrospective,” a concert of chamber works by Schulhoff, along with an academic presentation of his life and musical legacy, May 25th, 7:00 PM, at the Center for Jewish History at 15 West 16th street. The prolific Schulhoff, a Jewish composer born in Prague, perished in a concentration camp at Wurzberg, Bavaria in 1942.

The program will include the following works of Erwin Schulhoff”:
** Hot Sonata for Saxophone and Piano (1930) performed by Marty Ehrlich, saxophone and Mimi Stern-Wolfe, piano.…
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Mauro Braunstein Nusach Database

Mauro Braunstein, a mathematician and composer, has put together a database of nusach melodies with score that he has transcribed. The database contains thousands of variations of nusach covering the gamut of Jewish liturgical texts. It is divided by liturgy (weekdays, Sabbath, holidays), life cycles, and trope. Within these sections are myriad examples of the melodies and traditions of singing for the texts. There is score set for each of these, and some links to outside sound files as well. The purpose of the site is to offer a leader or researcher musical options to sing the services. Braunstein also offers his services for transcribing recordings into sheet music of those who contact him, which many will find extremely useful. This is an excellent site as a resource for finding nusach in musical notation, although some may find some of the options given within a score somewhat confusing, most will find this very helpful.…
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Kraines Family Sings

Rabbi Ze’ev Kraines, originally from California and educated at Cornell University and University of South Africa, has a website with useful musical mp3 files. Rabbi Kraines, a Rav at Ohr Somayach Sandton in Johannesburg, South Africa, has put together a listing called “Kraines Family Sings” of mp3 files of singing Jewish melodies which has three major components: Around the Shabbos Table, Around the Sheva Brochas Table, and Around the Year.
https://sites.google.com/a/ohrsandton.com/files/kraines-family-sings

DREAMING IN YIDDISH: ADRIENNE COOPER MEMORIAL CONCERT

Saturday Dec 26, 2015 8:00 pm
Museum of Jewish Heritage36 Battery Place New York, NY
Admission: $36Students: $18Patrons: $180
Buy tickets online: http://dreaminginyiddish2015.brownpapertickets.com/

All proceeds go to the Adrienne Cooper Fund for Dreaming in Yiddish, which supports
artists working in Yiddish. Co-sponsored by YIVO in association with Yiddish New
York, GOH Productions, The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene, and the Museum of
Jewish Heritage.

Celebrate the life and work of Adrienne Cooper, Yiddish singer, scholar, and former
Assistant Director at YIVO. Stars of the klezmer and Yiddish world, including Frank
London, Sarah Gordon, Michael Winograd, and Joshua Dolgin present an evening of
music from In Love and In Struggle: The Musical Legacy of the Jewish Labor Bund
(YIVO, 1999), an album that featured Adrienne and reflects her passion for justice
and Yiddish.…
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Cultural Heritage of the Diaspora. Yiddish and Judeo-Spanish: Contrast, Comparison, Contact

Cultural Heritage of the Diaspora. Yiddish and Judeo-Spanish: Contrast, Comparison, Contact
May 8th-9th, 2016, Wrocław

The conference aims to show the current state of research on Yiddish and Judeo-Spanish (Ladino, Judezmo) as well as their present condition and importance as part of the legacy of the Jewish Diaspora. It also creates an opportunity to exchange views and to share the experiences of scholars dealing with both languages. We invite submissions that include different research perspectives or adopt comparative approach in history, anthropology, linguistics, literature and culture studies.

Thematic scope of the conference:

1. Yiddish and Judeo-Spanish – Parallel Histories

History of Yiddish and Judeo-Spanish languages, their structure, character and areas of use in a linguistic, social and gender context.

2. Sources
Description, current state, preservation and protection of sources in both languages (archival documents, press, memorial books, ethnographic sources, oral history etc.).…
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“Di Goldene Kale (The Golden Bride)” in New York

Yiddish Opera Di Goldene Kale (the Golden Bride) will be live in New York and runs from Dec. 2 through Jan. 3 at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Place, Lower Manhattan
866-811-4111
http://www.mjhnyc.org/calendar_dec15.html
An article about the show appears in the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/28/theater/preparing-the-golden-bride-for-its-big-day.html?emc=eta1&_r=0
Previews December 2 – 6
Performances December 8 – January 3
Gala Opening Night
Tuesday | December 8 | 7:30 P.M.

Wednesdays & Thursdays | 2 P.M. & 7:30 P.M.*
Saturdays | 7:30 P.M.
Sundays | 2 P.M. & 6 P.M.
Fridays | December 25 & January 1| 12 P.M.
*No 7:30 P.M. Performance on December 31

NYTF opens its 101st season with Di Goldene Kale (The Golden Bride), first seen on stage in the Roaring 20s. In this operetta, Goldele, a poor girl from the shtetl, inherits a fortune from her estranged father and embarks on a mission to find both her long-lost mother and her husband-to-be.…
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Poland’s Klezmer Heritage Sunday

Poland’s Klezmer Heritage Sunday, November 22, 2:00PM
The Center for Traditional Music and Dance An-sky Institute for Jewish Culture is pleased to present Jankiel’s Legacy: Poland’s Klezmer Music Heritage. All Polish schoolchildren know the character of Jankiel, the wise, old Jewish tsimbl (dulcimer) player featured in Pan Tadeusz, the epic masterpiece by Polish poet Adam Mickiewicz.

For hundreds of years, Jewish klezmer developed in shtetls throughout historic Polish territories as well as in cities like Warsaw, Krakow, Vilna, Lviv, and Lodz. In recent decades there has been a resurgence of interest among Poles in Jewish music, and today Poland is home to some of the world’s largest Yiddish music festivals. Join Walter Zev Feldman (NYU in Abu Dhabi), a pioneer of the klezmer revival and one of the music’s leading scholars, along with acclaimed tsimbl player and CTMD Executive Director, Pete Rushefsky, the celebrated klezmer flutist Adrianne Greenbaum (Mount Holyoke) and violin virtuoso Jake Shulman-Ment for a multi-media presentation and performance exploring Poland’s klezmer heritage.…
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Jews, Music, and Postwar German Culture

JEWISH MUSIC FORUM EVENT
Jewish Music Forum 2015–16 Season Opener In conjunction with The Barry S. Brook Center for Music Research and Documentation and the Leo Back Institute

“Jews, Music, and Postwar German Culture”

Book Talk and Conversation with Dr. Tina Frühauf (RILM, CUNY), Dr. William H. Weitzer (Executive Director, Leo Baeck Institute), and Dr. Mark Slobin (Winslow-Kaplan Professor of Music, Wesleyan University)

Dislocated Memories: Jews, Music, and Postwar German Culture (Oxford University Press, 2014), editors Tina Frühauf and Lily Hirsch

Monday, November 30, 6:00 p.m.
The Graduate Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Avenue, The Skylight Conference Room: 9100

The first volume of its kind, Dislocated Memories: Jews, Music, and Postwar German Culture draws together three significant areas of inquiry: Jewish music, German culture, and the legacy of the Holocaust.…
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21st Century Masters of the Klezmer Violin

Tuesday night, November 3, 7PM – Center for Traditional Music and Dance is pleased to copresent Fidl-21st Century Masters of the Klezmer Violin at the beautiful Museum at Eldridge Street in NYC. ?Featuring Alicia Svigals, Deborah Strauss and Jake Shulman-Ment who will tell their personal stories of how they became intimately involved in the revival of the klezmer violin tradition. Moderated by ethnomusicologist Amanda Scherbenske. Click below for more information….http://www.eldridgestreet.org/event/concert-fidl-21st-century-masters-of-the-klezmer-violin-and-jam/
Co-presented with the Center for Traditional Music and Dance
$20 adults; $14 students and seniors
12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002 Museum Site: 212.219.0302

In the Shoes of Sholom Aleichem

Theodore Bikel: In the Shoes of Sholom Aleichem
Thursday, Oct. 15, 7:30 p.m.
Berenson Hall
$10 | Purchase tickets
The School of Jewish Music of Hebrew College in Newton, MA will honor the memory and celebrate the life
of troubadour, humanist and cultural icon Theodore Bikel with a special
showing of the documentary “Theodore Bikel: In the Shoes of Sholom
Aleichem.” Bikel’s career spanned more than 150 screen roles and countless
stage and musical performances. The film combines Bikel’s charismatic
storytelling and masterful performances with a broader exploration of
Aleichem’s life and work. Hankus Netsky, composer of “Theodore Bikel’s”
original score, will introduce the film and conduct a brief Q&A. Join us in
the Ted Cutler Atrium outside Berenson Hall at 7:15 p.m. for a musical
tribute to Bikel by Netsky and Cantor Becky Wexler, Can ’14.…
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Closed for Shloshim

The Jewish Music WebCenter News and Announcements will be closed for observing the shloshim following the death of my mother, Eileen Pinnolis, Asnah bat Tzvi Hirsh v’Zlota Menucha, z”l.

Theodore Bikel at YIVO last June

Last June Theodore Bikel was honored by YIVO. Today they released this video, where he is accompanied by Lorin Sklamberg and Daniel Kahn.

“Di zun vet aruntergeyn”
Words by Moshe Leib Halpern
Music by Ben Yomen
English adaptation by Theodore Bikel
Di zun vet aruntergeyn untern barg
vet kumen a goldene pave tsu flien
un mit nemen vet zi unz ale ahin
ahin vu di benkshaft vet tsien
The sun will be setting soon over the hill
A peacock will come and gold majesty show
And with him we’ll fly
Leaving earth far below
To a land where all longing does go
זאָל ער האָבן אַ ליכטיקן גן־עדן

Theodore Bikel with Beyond the Pale

Theodore Bikel plays a Russian folk song with klezmer band Beyond the Pale. The words translated by a viewer say: Golden rings and turquoise rings were rolling Down the meadow and out of sight Gone, like you, your lovely shoulders Disappeared in the dark of the night

Theodore Bikel z”l videos and performances

Theodore Bikel and the Zamir Chorale singing Techezakna, a folk song arranged by Eleanor Epstein, at the 19th Annual North American Jewish Choral Festival in 2008, conducted by Matthew Lazar.

Theodore Bikel and Judy Collins “Kisses Sweeter than Wine” American folksong at 1963 Hooenanny

Edelweiss

Mary Martin and Theodore Bikel, song from The Sound of Music

Theodore Bikel With Judy Collins in Newport Festival in 1962 Greenland Whale Fisheries

Zhenya Lopatnik at YIVO July 12

Zhenya Lopatnik, a well-known klezmer singer from Kharkov, Ukraine will be performing in NYC this Sunday, July 12 2015 at 1pm at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, 15 West 16th St. This is a rare opportunity to hear one of the best Yiddish singers in the world.

Zhenya Lopatnik is a singer,composer, Yiddish songwriter, and Jewish educator. She is perhaps best known for the music she composed to “Ver vet blaybn” by Avrom Sutzkever which is sung the world over. She has participated in numerous klezmer festivals as a singer, teacher and soloist of the “Kharkov Klezmer Band”. Zhenya organizes the Annual International Festival “Kharkov Klezmer Teg”. Her songs can be heard at Klezmer events in many countries.

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Yiddish operetta “Di Goldene Kale (The Golden Bride)” at Rutgers August 5

August 5 2015 at 7pm at Rutgers University in New Jersey will be the first orchestrated performance in 70 years of the Operetta “di Goldene Kale” The Golden Bride with music by Joseph Rumshinsky. This performance will showcase the reconstruction of the operetta by Michael Ochs, a scholar and librarian who worked at Harvard and found the manuscript there 35 years ago. Di Goldene Kale became a smash hit for Rumshinsky who wrote beautiful romantic melodies. Zalman Mlotek of the Folksbiene National Yiddish Theater in NYC will conduct. A company of singers from New York City’s National Yiddish Theatre – Folksbiene, accompanied by the Mason Gross Muzikers orchestra, will perform the operetta. For full details and to get tickets:
http://www.masongross.rutgers.edu/content/yiddish-operetta-di-goldene-kale-golden-bride-closes-out-2015-mason-gross-summer-series

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Harp and Piano Concert June 17 in Jerusalem

Jerusalem Mercredi 17 juin 2015. 20h. Rosh Hodesh Tamouz.
Projet “Shalom Lishmo” Rosh Hodesh Tamouz

Concert exceptionnel de Nehama REUBEN, concertiste virtuose et
compositeur à la Harpe Hébraïque et de Shimon REUBEN, concertiste virtuose
et compositeur au Piano Jazz, couple d’artistes de renommée mondiale.
20h. Buffet d’entrée. Présentation du projet “Shalom Lishmo” par Alexandra
Bennaim et Myriam Mettoudi. Salle Harmonia 27 rehov Hillel Jerusalem
Centre ville.Paf: 45 shReserv: 054 632 0313. ​​Nehama et Shimon REUBEN

Un couple unique au monde, uni dans la vie comme dans la musique concertistes
virtuoses internationaux et compositeurs

Harpe Hebraique et Piano Jazz specialisés en musiques juives et jazz dans
leurs propres improvisations et arrangements Nehama & Shimon REUBEN ont
fait l’alya de Paris et vivent a Jerusalem, apres 40 ans de carrière
musicale internationale…
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Kulturfest NY Brings a Week of Jewish Arts to NYC

June 14-21-2015 in New York City

KulturfestNYC is the first-ever international festival of Jewish performing arts, celebrating the global impact of Jewish culture. Presented by National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene at MJH, now celebrating its centennial season, in collaboration with UJA-Federation of New York and Capital One Bank, the weeklong festivities will commence June 14th and run through June 21st all day and night jam-packed with incredible theatre, music, dance, film, cuisine, street performances, family programs, panels, lectures to inspire and entertain you. With over 70 partners/sponsors, more than 30 countries represented, and an eclectic plethora of event venues throughout NYC, join us for this history-making endeavor!

David Chevan Playing Klezmer On the Green

Klezmer on the Green Thursday, June 18 at 6-7pm in New Haven, CT
David is playing with the Nu Haven Kapelye http://nuhavenkapelye.com/ Thursday night, June 18, on the New Haven Green as a part of the
International Festival of Arts and Ideas http://artidea.org/nuhavenkapelye

David is excited about this because it’s fun to make music, especially music that
is Klezmer and Yiddish song with a big band (they’ll be about 20-30 pieces)
and been rehearsing so the group sounds great and also because most
of the performance will be his original arrangements. Bring a picnic!

NEA National Heritage Fellow 2015 Recipients include Yiddish musician Michael Alpert

National Endowment for the Arts celebrates master folk and traditional artists by awarding fellowships each year. This year, Yiddish and klezmer musician Michael Alpert was one of the 2015 recipients.http://arts.gov/news/2015/nea-announces-recipients-nation%E2%80%99s-highest-award-folk-and-traditional-arts

The 2015 National Heritage Fellows will be honored in Washington, DC, at an awards ceremony at the Library of Congress on Thursday, October 1, 2015 and a free concert on Friday, October 2, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. at George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium. Both events are free and open to the public. Concert tickets are first come, first served and will be available later this summer. The concert will also be webcast live at arts.gov. More information about these events will be available this fall. – See more at: http://arts.gov/news/2015/nea-announces-recipients-nation%E2%80%99s-highest-award-folk-and-traditional-arts

For more information about Michael Alpert and his music, see: http://www.michaelalpert.org/
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Merlin and Polina Shepherd Duo at Joe’s Pub in NYC

Thursday June 18, 2015
Joe’s Pub
425 Lafayette St, New York, New York 10003
Clarinetist and composer Merlin Shepherd, an innovative force in the klezmer renaissance and Polina Shepherd, a virtuosic vocalist, pianist and composer blend traditional and new Yiddish and Russian song with klezmer and southern Mediterranean music.

Witness musical spontaneity and a journey that not only crosses continents, but also takes the audience deep within themselves.

Please note that seating will be assigned by the venue based on availability and all efforts will be made to seat your party together.
More about Merlin & Polina Duo: https://merlinpolinashepherd.wordpress.com/
More info about the event: http://kulturfestnyc.org/?event=melin-and-polina-shepherduk&event_date=2015-06-18 #joespub
“They’re terrific! 5 Stars”–JMWC

Andalus Ensemble in NY

Greek Jewish Festival: May 31, 5pm, Outdoors!
http://www.newyorkandalusensemble.com/performances

The New York Andalus Ensemble–Chamber Orchestra presents a set of music and song
from al-Andalus and North Africa. Al-Andalus is excited to be headlining the first every
Greek Jewish Festival, in front of the historic Kehilla Kedosha Janina synagogue on
the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The event takes place outdoors on Broome Street,
between Allen and Eldridge.

For more info: NewYorkAndalusEnsemble.com
http://www.newyorkandalusensemble.com/performances or
kkjfestival.com

Sephardic Temple of Cedarhurst: June 1, 7pm
http://www.newyorkandalusensemble.com/performances

The New York Andalus Ensemble (large ensemble) presents an evening of music and song
from al-Andalus and North Africa. Sponsored by the Ike, Molly and Steven Elias
Foundation, NYAE is happy to be performing music in the beautiful Sephardic Temple
of Cedarhurst, and being hosted by a wonderfully open and engaging community.…
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MOROCCAN-SEPHARDIC FUSION

May 31, 2015, 11am-2p
$10
City Winery,
155 Varick St, New York, NY 10013

Sam Thomas and Elie Massias, at CityWinery ( http://www.citywinery.com ) in the
Tribeca area of NYC, present “ASEFA-DUO.” In a multi-instrumentalist _tour de
force,_ Sam and Elie explore different world music traditions and hybridizations,
investing each song with the sounds of a Jewish spirit and flare. For more
information: see:
http://www.citywinery.com or **call
212-967-7555

Samuel Thomas sax, clarinet, nai, oud, percussion, vocals, electronica
Elie Massias guitar, sax, vocals, percussion, electronica

Stonehill Jewish Song Collection

Center for Traditional Music and Dance announces that the Stonehill Jewish Song Collection website is live – recordings of songs collected by Ben Stonehill in 1948 from DP Camp refugees being temporarily housed at the Hotel Marseilles in Manhattan. CTMD has been working with Yiddish scholar Miriam Isaacs to implement the site, and we’ll continue to expand the online offerings over time.

www.ctmd.org/stonehill.htm
A project of the Center for Traditional Music and Dance’s An-sky Institute for Jewish Culture

How an Afro-Jewish band rocked Nazi-occupied Denmark

How an Afro-Jewish band rocked Nazi-occupied Denmark

Anne Dvinge, University of Copenhagen

It seems an impossibility: in Nazi-occupied Denmark in the 1940s, one of the hottest jazz orchestras around was the interracial Harlem Kiddies, with two white and three black band members – and a Jewish singer in front. The story of how the band came to be so popular is one that uncovers the great role that jazz and race played in the occupied territories during the Second World War.

Several factors contributed to the social and political atmosphere that enabled their success. In the occupied territories in the Second World War, Denmark was known as the Sahnefront – the cream front – due to the co-operative government and the relative leniency of the occupying forces.…
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1000 Years of French Jewry: A Concert in Words and Music

Sunday, May 17, 2015
7pm
Temple Emau-El
99 Taft Avenue
Providence, RI
A concert on the music of the 1000 year history of French Jewry, from Rashi to today, will take place at Temple Emanu-El in Providence, RI, Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 7pm. The concert will include music of every era and genre from classical, folk to jazz, with an original script narrated by Professor Bill Miles, and accompanied by renowned pianist Judith Lyn Stillman. Instrumental soloists from the Boston Symphony Orchestra, along with Cantors Lynn Torgove, Brian Mayer and Maayan Harel and choral singers from Shir Emanu-El Choir, Kol Kesem Hazamir along with other choral singers will participate.

Advanced tickets are $50, $36 and $15 with tickets at the door at: $55, $40, $20.

Lag B’Omer Bands Play at Millinery Center Synagogue

Millinery Center Synagogue
*Presents*
*­­­A Lag B’Omer Celebration*
*With The JewJa Jam Band*
*& Friends*
*Featuring*
*Michael Poulad, Steve Schwab & JJ Horowitz*

*Location: **The Loft*

*379 Fifth Avenue** (at 36th Street)*

*New York, N.Y. 10016*

*Date: **Wednesday Night May 6, 2015*

*Time: 7:30 P.M.*

*Admission: $10 Donation*

*Millinery Center Synagogue – Adath Klal Yisrael
1025 Avenue of the
Americas
New York, NY 10018 Phone: (646) 262 5061
Email:
Millinerysyng@gmail.com

Two Lifelong Journeys Through Jewish Music

recologie*
presents
The Ken Maltz /Sy Kushner Klezmer Duo
Two Lifelong Journeys Through Jewish Music

Ken Maltz and Sy Kushner‘s combined years of experience in the field of Jewish music is more than 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 and beyond.

Wed. May 6, 2015
recologie*
49 Lawton Street
New Rochelle, New York
7:00 p.m.…
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Nashir in NYC!

Nashir! The Rottenberg Chorale presents
On Sunday, May 31, at 7:00 pm, Nashir! The Rottenberg Chorale will present
its annual concert at Merkin Concert Hall, 129 West 67th Street, New York.

The eclectic program features works by Eric Whitacre, Yehezkel Braun, Gil
Aldema
and Salomone Rossi, in English, Hebrew, Yiddish, French and Lugandan.

Tickets are $24 (preferred seating), $21 (general admission) and $17
(seniors/students).
For further information, contact Merkin Concert Hall (212-501-3330) and on
the web at www.kaufmanmusiccenter.org/MCH.

Music In Our Time at CJH in NYC

Music in Our Time: 2015
Concert May 31 2015 3pm
Music from Golijov’s The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind; Yulzari‘s Le Grand Méchant, l’Oud and Il était une Fois; Kaminsky‘s Duo for Cello and Piano; Cohen‘s Steal a Pencil for Me; Fine‘s A Short Alleluia; and Ladino songs by Neumann. Performed by Charles Neidich, Rémy Yulzari, Ilana Davidson, Laura Leon, Donna Breitzer, Nadav Lev, and artists from Mannes College The New School of Music.

Ticket Info: $18 general; $12 American Society for Jewish Music/American Jewish Historical Society/Center for Jewish History members; $9 students, seniors

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presented by American Jewish Historical Society and American Society for Jewish Music

Neshama Carlebach Live!

NESHAMA LIVE!

May 3, 7PM
Neshama Carlebach and Josh Nelson in Concert
Leo Baeck Temple
1300 N Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA, 90048
For further info please visit jewishwisdomandwellness.org

May 7, 7PM
Washington DC JCC
1529 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Neshama is honored to be opening the Washington Jewish Music
Festival Series with her band, Reverend Milton Vann, members of
The Glory to God Singers and special Guest Appearance by Josh
Nelson.
For further information please visit wjmf.org/neshamacarlebach

Zion 80 in NYC for Six Weeks

Zion 80 will kick off a six-week residency at Joe’s Pub in NYC, starting on May 5 at 9:30pm. Shows are every Tuesday night from May 5-June 9. Zion 80 will be playing music from their debut CD plus Adramelech: Zion80 plays John Zorn’s Book of Angels vol. 22 and some brand new music. Come on down and join them!

Tuesdays at 9:30pm
425 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10003
May 5
May 12 – special guests Shlomit & RebbeSoul
May 19 – Q&A with George Robinson (The Jewish Week) before the show
May 26 – special guest Cyro Baptista
June 2
June 9

Group rates available: email info@zion80.com for details.

YIDSTOCK at the National Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, MA

Yidstock is an annual festival of new Yiddish music at the National Yiddish Book Center July 16 – 19, 2015 in Amherst, MA
Yidstock has an entire week of activities and concerts. See the website for the most recent information.
http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/events/yidstock-2015-festival-new-yiddish-music-0 You can purchase full festival passes or attend individual events.
Tickets for concerts and workshops are going fast and some are even sold out already. Be sure to check the website to get your tickets now for the upcoming summer season!!
http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/events/yidstock-2015-festival-new-yiddish-music-0

Kol Arev in Concert in Cambridge, MA

Kol Arev and the Seraphim Singers
A concert about “Jerusalem: Holy, Disputed, Lamented”
Jennifer Lester, Music Director
Sunday, April 26, 2015 3:00pm*
First Church (Congregational)
11 Garden St., Cambridge, MA
$20 regular / $15 students & seniors
*Composer panel discussion at 2:30pm

This collaboration with Kol Arev Chamber Choir of Hebrew College features music inspired by the holy city of Jerusalem, including ancient psalms, world premieres by Israeli composer Avner Dorman and Boston’s Joseph Ness, and works by Aaron Copland, James Woodman, Mikołaj Zieleński, Manuel de Sumaya, Volker Wangenheim, and more. With Heinrich Christensen, organ.

Visit www.seraphimsingers.org for more information.

Susan Leviton & Lauren Brody at New York Klezmer Series

Tues. April 28, 2015

NY Klezmer Series Proudly Presents: Susan Leviton & Lauren Brody

The New York Klezmer Series
Tuesdays at Stephen Wise Free Synagogue
30 W. 68th Street, NY NY 10023
212-877-4050

All Concerts & Dance Parties begin at 7:30pm; $15. Jam sessions follow
Klezmer Instrumental Music Workshop 5:30-7pm $25
Full night pass – $35 (includes class, concert & jam sesson)

Tickets: $15 at door
Doors open at 7pm.
For more info go to www/aaronalexander.com/wp

The Yellow Ticket in Detroit

Friday 4/24/2015 7pm
Detroit Film Theatre, Detroit Institute of Art
5200 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, Michigan 48202

Klezmer violinist Alicia Svigals performs her original score live to
1918 silent film, with special guest, Seattle Symphony clarinetist
Laura DeLuca

The work, which was awarded the Foundation for Jewish Culture’s 2012
New Jewish Music Network commission, is currently touring the U.S.
and Canada. Next stop: a return engagement at the Detroit Institute
of Art. This performance, with Alicia on violin and pianist Marilyn
Lerner
, will also be a reprise performance of a new version of the
score for clarinet, violin and piano, commissioned by Music of
Remembrance and featuring Seattle Symphony clarinetist Laura DeLuca.

Remarkably progressive for its time, The Yellow Ticket (1918) is the
first film to explore the discrimination of Jews in Tsarist Russia
and stars famed Polish actress Pola Negri, Hollywood?s first
European silent film star.…
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Yiddish Summer Weimar

Yiddish Summer Weimar will have an extensive array of programming in Yiddish music in the summer of 2015

For more information, visit their website at:
http://www.yiddishsummer.eu/

Workshop Weeks (Workshopwochen)
From July 18 to August 9, Yiddish summer Weimar: offers beginner through advanced workshops in Yiddish instrumental music (klezmer), vocal music, dance, language, and more, taught by some of today’s leading artists. With participants of all ages and from all around the world, Yiddish Summer workshops touch the mind, heart, soul, and body. You won’t believe how much you can learn in an atmosphere that is so open and supportive! It’s no wonder that many of today’s most creative and successful Yiddish music projects have roots in Yiddish Summer Weimar. Concerts, jam sessions in outdoor cafés, Yiddish dance events, and more contribute to the justly famous “Yiddish Summer Weimar” atmosphere during the Workshop Weeks.…
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Eleanor Reissa Concert in NY

Sholem Aleichem Cultural Center-Bronx
Annual Holocaust Program
A concert by the well known Yiddish singer, actress and director
Eleanor Reissa

Sunday, April 26th 2015 1:30 PM
Contribution: $3.50 Members free
Sholem Aleichem Cultural Center
3301 Bainbridge Avenue, Bronx

917-930-0295
Corner 208th street, nr. Montefiore Hospital

D train to 205th St. or 4 train to Moshulu Parkway

International Yiddish Festival in Tel Aviv

The International Yiddish Festival will take place in Tel Aviv April 4-6 from Motzi Shabbat to Monday April 6 2015 at the Suzanne Dalal Center, Tel Aviv. For more information, go to the festival page at http://www.suzannedellal.org.il/?CategoryID=447

The Festival will feature Kayah (Poland) with special Trio
Warszawo Ma. Yiddish and Klezmer songs from the rich Polish musical and cultural heritage, as well as Polish classics which have been translated to Hebrew and Yiddish and have become rooted in Israeli culture.
Jan Smoczyński – piano
Michał Miśkiewicz – drums
Michał Barański – bass

Ora Sittner sings the best of Itzik Manger
Ora Sittner performs the biggest classics by Itzik Manger, along Hebrew translations of his songs with music composed by Sasha Argov. An intimate and moving recital following Sittner’s album “Nigun Sherodef Aharai” (A tune which follows me).…
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Der Idisher Idol

International Festival of Composition and Interpretation of Yiddish Songs
will be held in Mexico City June 14, 2015.
Call for singers and composers!
The deadline for entry, to submit a video is April 13, 2015.
– The sign-up period closes on April 13, 2015. Contestants will be able to sign up through the official website: www.deridisheridol.com

Participation is open without restriction to age or gender, to singles or groups of Jewish communities.It is not even necessary to know Yiddish to participate! For full information, see the website of Der Idisher Idol at: http://www.deridisheridol.com/en/index.html
The website includes the rules for submission and registration for the competitions.

CFP: Sholem Aleichem, 1916- 2016: Writing Place

CFP: Sholem Aleichem, 1916- 2016: Writing Place
International Conference
Jerusalem, 16-18 May 2016

The centennial of the death of Sholem Aleichem (Rabinovich), the most well-known and celebrated Yiddish author , creates an opportunity to revisit his life and work. His direct and indirect influence permeates literary, theatrical, and cinematic representations of East European Jewish life and, in his late work, America. Straddling the fine line between empathy and irony, Sholem Aleichem’s writing is a sensitive guide to the vicissitudes of cultural modernization, secularization, migration, and revolution.

As a research consortium based in four Israeli universities, the “Da’at Hamakom”/ ICORE Center for the Study of Cultures of Place in the Modern Jewish World invites interested scholars and senior graduate students to submit proposals (for individual papers or for panel sessions), which will aim to illuminate the various facets of “place” in Sholem Aleichem’s oeuvre or in cultural representations derived from his work.…
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KlezCalifonia Finale in Berkeley Sunday March 22

Sunday, March 22,2015
1:00-6:00pm
Jewish Music Festival Finale and Dance Party. Sing, dance and be inspired to make your own music. Dancing led by international Jewish dance expert Steve Weintraub

1:00 – 1:30 Instant Klezmer Mandolin Orchestra
1:40 – 2:10 Nigunim Community Chorus
2:20 – 3:50 Pop-Up Chorus: Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah
4:00 – 6:00 Dance Party with Steve Weintraub and Veretski Pass

Presented in association with KlezCalifornia. Tickets: $15 general / $12 seniors, students, JCCEB members. Box office: 800.838.3006. More info: jewishmusicfestival.org.

At JCC of the East Bay, BERKELEY

Dance Workshops with Steve Weintraub, March 17-19 2015

Dance in Berkeley, CA with Steve Weintraub!
Tuesday, March 17 – Thursday, March 19, 7:30pm, Steve Weintraub, Magician of Jewish Dance, presents three workshops:
Tuesday, Raising the Roof: Jewish Stunts, Moves and Styles (Part 1). Dancing at a simkheh is not only a pleasure, it is also a
mitzveh and a gift to those celebrating. Learn to show off with the Bottle Dance, and be part of a Human Roulette Wheel and the Crushing Walls!

Wednesday, Make ‘Em Dance, for musicians and bands. Musicians will take turns dancing. Learn correct tempos and
feeling for each dance style. Improved playing guaranteed!

Thursday, Raising the Roof: Jewish Stunts, Moves and Style (Part 2). It’s Yiddish barn dancing! Including the Jewish square dance called the sher, and a variety of other fun and social dances with ballroom roots.…
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Yiddish Songfest in NYC

City Lore presents Zingeray: Yiddish Songfest
Wednesday, March 18th 6:30 – 8pm
Admission is $15.00
City Lore
56 East 1st Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues
with
Ethel Raim, Carol Freeman, Janet Leuchter, Esther Gottesman, Josh Waletsky, Gerry Marcus, Sarah Gordon
songs will be sung a cappella in the unaccompanied Yiddish tradition, followed by audience participation

http://citylore.org/event/yiddish-songfest/

The music will be preceded by a 10 minute talk by Yiddishist Ross Perlin about Yiddish in New York and on the Lower East Side, going back to a time when “First and First was a Yiddish Speaking intersection.” Following the music, we invite the audience to share of their favorite Yiddish songs, stories, words, and mementos, led by Elissa Sampson.
Buy tickets here