June 10, 2014

Yiddish Summer Weimar

July 19 2014 to August 16 2014
Yiddish Summer Weimar is a Intercultural Yiddish Festival. it includes everything from intensive study of an instrument, to concerts, to workshops, films, storytelling, cooking, dance and history about Yiddish. Many events will be held at the "Other Music Academy" in Weimar, Germany. To see a complete listing and all details, visit the Festival website at: http://www.yiddishsummer.eu/198-0-YSW-2014-Home.html
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July 17, 2013

Klez California Events Coming Soon!

NEW: Saturday, July 20, 4:00pm, Anthony Russell presents The Sidor Belarsky Songbook. Part of JCC San Francisco's Oneg Shabbat, 2:00-5:00pm. Similar events are taking place every Saturday, through August 24. Many activities for all ages. No charge. More info: 415.292.1286 jccsf.org/onegshabbat.

Saturday, July 20, 7:30-10:00pm, Mama Loshn in "A Mit-Zumer Nakht Cholem," A Mid-Summer Night's Dream Dance Party. Yiddish, Ladino, and English-language music. Mama Loshn will welcome other musical guests, including Reb Irwin Keller, Laurie Le'ah Lippin, and dance leader Bruce Bierman. At Congregation Ner Shalom, Cotati. Wine and beer available for purchase. Tickets: $20 advance /$25 door. More info: 707.528.5538, jccsoco.org .

Sunday, July 21, 6:00pm (music begins 6:30pm) Klezmer Night with Saul Goodman's Klezmer Band, featuring Mike Perlmutter (clarinet), Dave Rosenfeld (mandolin, violin, percussion), and Jack Hanly (poyk, mandolin). Dancing led by Bruce Bierman. Incorporating post-immigrant sounds rooted in klezmer tradition, Saul Goodman's music moves the spirit and the dance! At Tannourine Restaurant, San Mateo. $10 cover + order off the regular menu of delicious Lebanese food. Co-sponsored by KlezCalifornia. More info: 650.638.1960, tannourinecuisine.com.

NEW: Monday, July 22, 6:00-8:00pm, Klezmer Mondays at Saul's, featuring Orchestra Euphonos. At Saul's Restaurant & Delicatessen, Berkeley. Entertainment free with minimum $10 purchase. More info: 510.848.3354, Facebook.com/SaulsDeli/events.

NEW: Wednesday, July 24 - Sunday, July 28, The Resonant Rogues on tour. Their own compositions, plus traditional Balkan & klezmer, Gypsy & hot jazz, and old-time mountain standards. One night gigs at venues in Sacramento, Santa Rosa, San Francisco, Oakland, and San Francisco. More info: theresonantrogues.com.

NEW: Sunday, July 28, 10:00am, "An American Tail" film screening. At the Castro Theatre, San Francisco. This animated film tells the story of Fievel Mouskewitz and his family of Jewish mice, who escape from Russia in the late 1800s and immigrate to the U.S. At the time of its release in 1986, it became the most successful non-Disney animated feature Part of S.F. Jewish Film Festival and co-presented by KlezCalifornia. Tickets: Individual tickets: $11-$12. More info: 415.621.0523, sfjff.org.

NEW: Sunday, July 28, 12:00pm, "Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy" film screening. At the Castro Theatre, San Francisco. From Rodgers and Hammerstein to the Gershwins, Leonard Bernstein to Stephen Sondheim, the roll call of composers who defined musical theater reads like a synagogue board of directors' list. An documentary about the Jewish composers who essentially invented the Broadway musical. Part of S.F. Jewish Film Festival and co-presented by KlezCalifornia. Individual tickets: $11-$12. More info: 415.621.0523, sfjff.org.

Monday, July 29, 6:00-8:00pm, Klezmer Mondays at Saul's, featuring the Red Hot Chachkas. At Saul's Restaurant & Delicatessen, Berkeley. Entertainment free with minimum $10 purchase. More info: 510.848.3354, Facebook.com/SaulsDeli/events.

NEW: Tuesday, July 30, 5:30pm and throughout the evening, Orchestra Euphonos. At the Oakland Athletics Jewish Heritage Night, O.co Coliseum, Oakland. The band will be near the clubhouse bar before the game and in the stands performing between innings. The baseball game begins at 7:00pm. Special Plaza Infield seating area, Jewish Heritage yarmulkeh and a traditional food item for those purchasing a ticket HERE for $26. More info: 510.563.2205, jfeinberg@oaklandathletics.com.

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May 22, 2013

YidStock 2013

Join us for Yidstock 2013: the festival of new Yiddish music!
Thursday, July 18th through Sunday, July 21 Live at the Yiddish Book Center
DON'T MISS OUT ON WHAT PROMISES TO BE AN AMAZING FESTIVAL!
Purchase your tickets today.
To purchase tickets for individual events or to purchase a Festival Pass:
http://support.yiddishbookcenter.org/site/R?i=OUxhv-zFlGQX0WJsFs28rg A limited number of Festival Passes are available.*
*Festival Pass includes access to all concerts, lectures, and workshops
Back by popular demand, Yosi's Kosher Falafel Tent will be serving an assortment of great food.

Concert Schedule
- Thursday, July 18 -
*7pm | Klezmer Conservatory Band
- Saturday, July 20 -
*7pm | Margot Leverett & the Klezmer Mountain Boys and Klezperanto
- Sunday, July 21 -
*12pm | Wholesale Klezmer Band - Family Concert
*2pm | Brass Khazones: Steven Bernstein and Frank London play Cantorial Music
*4pm | Golem
*7pm | Yidstock All-Stars

Workshop · Lecture Schedule - Friday, July 20 -
*1pm | Lecture: Hebrew National Salvage: Rediscovering Lost Musical treasures with Hankus Netsky
*2pm | Lecture: Rockin' the Shtetl: The Essential Klezmer with Seth Rogovoy
*3:30pm | Workshop: Yiddish Folk Dance with instructor Steve Weintraub
*5pm | Workshop: Instrumental Klezmer with instructor Brian Bender
- Saturday, July 21 -
*4pm | Talk: New Riffs: Improvising a Contemporary Yiddish Culture with Aaron Lansky and Seth Rogovoy

For more information and to purchase tickets:
Website - www.yiddishbookcenter.org/yidstock
Phone - 413-256-4900
**PLEASE NOTE: Lineup is subject to change. All ticket sales are final, we cannot accommodate refunds or exchanges.
Sponsored by the Valley Advocate | Preview Magazine, WAMC Northeast Public Radio, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. ================================================================ Yiddish Book Center www.yiddishbookcenter.org Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Building 1021 West Street Amherst, MA 01002 Phone: 413-256-4900 Fax: 413-256-4700
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April 16, 2013

Jewish Choral Festival July 2013

Register Now for the 24th Annual North American Jewish Choral Festival
July 21 - 25, 2013
10th Annual
Hallel V'Zimrah Award
is Presented to Iconic Israeli Performer YEHORAM GAON
NAJCF Days Are Filled With.......
Workshops
Seminars
Instant Ensembles for Singers of all performance levels
Daily Community Sings
Evening Concerts
.. and Much, More!
If you love Jewish music, you've got to be there!
Early Bird Rates Expire April 30
Click to Register Online!
HERE
or

Download the Festival Brochure DOWNLOAD HERE
and

Registration Form
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December 06, 2012

Shalshelet V--International Festival of Jewish Music

After two solid years, the Shalshelet V International Festival is coming to Miami, FL. Shalshelet, the Foundation for New Jewish Liturgical Music is celebrating its tenth anniversary with a Festival that brings music of all genres and people of all denominations together through music and sacred text.

Sunday, February 17, 2013
10:00am until 9:00pm

The Festival will be held at Beth Torah Adath Yeshurun 20350 Northeast 26th Avenue Miami
and will include the Festival for Youth & Families, Shabbat in the Community, Festival Workshops, Festival Concert 37 Composers from around the world!
For more information: http://www.shalshelet.org/
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November 28, 2012

Sephardic Music Festival in NYC! Don't miss it!

An amazing lineup of musicians for the Sephardic Music Festival in New York, December 8-15, It's 'what to do' for Hanukah 2012. Not the same old same old. You're bound to hear new takes on the music of Sefarad with these groups.
http://sephardicfest.com/ For complete information on times, places and admission, please visit the website.

Dec 8th 2012 | THE SWAY MACHINERY, CANNIBAL ANIMAL MACHINE & COPAL @ KNITTING FACTORY

Dec 9th 2012 | SEPHARDIC STORY SLAM
@ TBA

Dec 10th 2012 | THE SEPHARDIC SCHOLAR SERIES WITH THE NEW YORK ANDALUS ENSEMBLE
@ CUNY GRAD CENTER

Dec 11th 2012 | VANESSA PALOMA & NADAV LEV, REMY YULZARI & SPECIAL GUEST 
@ THE SPANISH AND PORTUGUESE SYNAGOGUE

Dec 12th 2012 | ISRAEL’S MIKA KARNY AND THE KOL DODI ENSEMBLE, ZION80, + HASIDIC NEW WAVE & YAKAR RHYTHMS
@ LE POISSON ROUGE

More to be announced!
The Official Sephardic Music Festival COMPILATION VOL. 2
PRE-ORDER!: $18
CD (audio fundraiser)

NOTE: EVERY PRE-ORDER OF THE CD COMES WITH A FREE DOWNLOAD TO YOUR EMAIL AND A COPY OF THE CD TO YOUR HOUSE BEFORE IT HITS STORES!
<> $14 Download Direct (audio fundraiser)

Tracklisting: 1. Cheb I Sabbah – “Im Ninalou (If the Doors are Locked)” 2. Axum – “Knowa” 3. Watcha Clan – “Balkan Qoulou (Dunkelbunt Remix)” 4. Cohen@Mushon - “Tel Aviv” 5. Shtar – “Kel Adon” 6. DeLeon – Ansi Dize La Novia 7. Jaffa Road – “Ana El Na (Oh Heal Her)” 8. Sarah Aroeste – La Comida La Mañana 9. Smadar & Diwon – “Esther” 10. Mika Karny – “Mi Zot” 11. Sam Glaser - Ki Eshmera (ft. Yehuda Solomon & Duvid Swirski of Moshav, Cantor Hagai Batzri) 12. Kiss Slash Crooked Smile - “Healthy Lovin” 13. Mazal – “La Rosa Linda” 14. Diwon – Gonna Light (ft. Y-Love & Sarah Aroeste) 15. Onili – “Bali Lo Bali” feat. Yael Deckelbaum 16. Diwon – “Stuck in the Middle Eastern” 17. Asefa – “Allah Hu Ehad” 18. Mor Karbasi – “Arvoles”

* The Sephardic Music Festival’s second compilation album is set for release on December 11.
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September 08, 2012

Jewish Music Festival 2012 in Amsterdam

October 10-14, 2012 in Amsterdam
Tickets now on sale!

In six weeks time the International Jewish Music Festival 2012 will start. Mames Babegenush and Gerard Edery will kick off the event on Wednesday 10th October with an opening concert in the Portugese Synagoge. On Thursday and Friday in the Compagnietheater, more than 100 musicians from 14 countries will try and secure their place in the finals on Saturday. On Sunday it’s your turn! Take your pick from six workshops on offer or visit the Jewish cultural market. A winners’ concert and jam session concludes the festivities.

IJMF 2012: Who? What? Where? When?
Opening concert:
Wednesday October 10, 7:30 pm

Preliminary competition rounds:
Thursday October 11 & Friday October 12, from 10 am till 10 pm

Finale and Prize Ceremony:
Saturday October 13, 7:45 pm

Workshops, Open Podium, Cultural Marketplace & Winners’ Concert:
Sunday October 14, from 10 am till 6 pm

The opening concert will be in the Portuguese Synagogue. All other events are in the Compagnietheater (Kloveniersburgwal 50, near Nieuwmarkt and the Dam).

Information & Tickets: www.ijmf.org Proudly presenting… the musicians!
For the selection committee it was a hot and busy summer. But their efforts have paid off! We proudly present the selected ensembles. They share an unprecedented quality and the passion for Jewish music, and the diversity of styles is simply dazzling. From ancient music from Andalusia to hardcore klezmer from Israel, from party music from the United States to moving Ladino songs from the Iberian Peninsula. In this newsletter, we introduce the first eight ensembles. In the coming weeks, the rest of the ensembles will follow. For more information and audio samples, click on the ensemble's photo or visit www.ijmf.org .

http://cts.vresp.com/c/?InternationalJewishM/5b4b3a832e/dd0f152f70/7a6c9efd09
Almost half the participants come from Israel. A colorful mix of instrumentalists and vocalists show that in Israel east meets west and tradition and innovation go hand in hand. The band Alila, formed around violinist Yanki Schon, combines traditional instruments like oud with the modern bass guitar.

http://cts.vresp.com/c/?InternationalJewishM/5b4b3a832e/dd0f152f70/a0c8cde6de
Sometimes full of excitement, sometimes intimate, traditional melodies grow into a feast of contemporary improvisation. Together, Itamar Erez and Yshai Afterman form Duets. With just a guitar and some percussion instruments they create the illusion of a complete orchestra.

http://cts.vresp.com/c/?InternationalJewishM/5b4b3a832e/dd0f152f70/655ede84ea
Singer Mor Karbasi from Jerusalem feels very much at home in this musical melting pot. She inherited the Moroccan Ladino tradition and language from her mother, who also writes texts for her daughter.

- http://cts.vresp.com/c/?InternationalJewishM/5b4b3a832e/dd0f152f70/b6e3ba685b
The young French singer Miléna Kartowski brings her Hassidish Project to Amsterdam, a rare connection between the classical Yiddish repertoire and contemporary jazz.

http://cts.vresp.com/c/?InternationalJewishM/5b4b3a832e/dd0f152f70/59e846c2e7
Probably you associate the clarinet and violin with Jewish music, but in fact, it can be played on any instrument. However, a brass quintet is not the first ensemble that springs to mind. True, the Israel Brass Quintet plays fugues by Bach and songs by Duke Ellington, but the set they bring to Amsterdam will no doubt push the buttons of Jewish music lovers.

http://cts.vresp.com/c/?InternationalJewishM/5b4b3a832e/dd0f152f70/4e4423cf20
Israeli percussion virtuoso Chen Zimbalista will definitely surprise you with his Zimba Ensemble: he plays over 40 instruments all by himself. He already performed Bach on his marimba, so why not Jewish music?

http://cts.vresp.com/c/?InternationalJewishM/5b4b3a832e/dd0f152f70/f0325dc2eb
The viol is another instrument that is not often played in Jewish music. Duo Cancionero brings ancient Sephardic music from Spain to life with exactly this instrument.

- http://cts.vresp.com/c/?InternationalJewishM/5b4b3a832e/dd0f152f70/58e522b351
The Spanish ensemble Capella de Ministrers also looks back at this period with a lot of attention to authenticity, but also with a strong drive to communicate with their audience.

Opening concert by candlelight
This year’s opening concert will be held in the recently restored fairy-tale ambience of the Portuguese Synagoge in Amsterdam on Wednesday evening, 10th October. The Danish group Mames Babegenush and the internationally renowned singer/guitarist Gerard Edery will present a sparkling introduction to the diversity of Jewish music. Gerard Edery was hailed by the New York Times as the ‘master of Sephardic song’ and received the Sephardic Musical Heritage Award. Mames Babegenush stole the hearts of the audience at the 2010 International Jewish Music Festival. The six-member Danish ‘boyband’ specializes in Eastern European dance music and gaining success internationally with their exciting shows.

Jury close-up: Gerard Edery
This year, Gerard Edery will also participate in the festival’s jury. Born in Casablanca into a Spanish-Moroccan-Jewish family, Edery considers the Sephardic music tradition to be an important part of his personal identity. In the preface to his first album with Sephardic songs, he wrote: ‘Remembering and reconnecting to one’s “own country” is a powerful human need. You find that your deepest voice can harmonize with other voices that share something of your past, something of your cultural soil. Having spent over 10 years performing opera with companies throughout the United States, it has given me a special pleasure to immerse myself in the music of my ancestors. I have embraced this oral tradition and have added my own compositions to it. It has been a magical gift in my life.”

WOMEX
http://cts.vresp.com/c/?InternationalJewishM/5b4b3a832e/dd0f152f70/bf29478ac8
Our colleagues at WOMEX are telling everyone about our International Jewish Music Competition, so we thought we'd return the favor. Many scouts and contestants at IJMF 2012 will leave for Thessaloniki right after our festival to attend the World Music Expo (WOMEX) from October 17-20. It's the leading international professional market of world music and brings together professionals from the worlds of folk, roots, ethnic and traditional music. With concerts, conferences and documentary films, it contributes to networking as an effective means of promoting music and culture of all kinds across frontiers. They expect to welcome over two thousand delegates from more than 90 countries with sixty groups performing on six stages.

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June 13, 2012

Ashkenaz Festival 2012 in Toronto!

Bigger and Better than ever!! So many special events will take place at the Ashkenaz Festival in Toronto this September, it boggles. One of them is the CD release of the Songs of Arkady Gendler
http://www.ashkenazfestival.com/?portfolio=the-yiddish-songs-of-arkady-gendler

To get more information about the festival and to make plans to attend, see the following website:
http://www.ashkenazfestival.com/2012-ashkenaz-festival

It's going to be AMAZING!! "Truly the end-of-summer Blockbuster!!" --The Jewish Music WebCenter

Posted by jmwc at 04:39 PM

May 26, 2012

Socalled and Michael Winograd Trio at Yidstock in July

Socalled and Michael Winograd Trio perform the opening concert of Yidstock: the festival of new Yiddish music.

Tickets: $20/member or student; $25/general admission yiddishbookcenter.org/socalledwinogradtrio

This event is part of "Yidstock: the festival of new Yiddish music" at the Yiddish Book Center, July 11 - 15, 2012. Discounted festival passes available at yiddishbookcenter.org/yidstock.
Posted by jmwc at 07:40 PM

May 22, 2012

Yidstock: the festival of new Yiddish music

Yidstock: the festival of new Yiddish music
click here for more info on Yidstock July 11-15, 2012
at the National Yiddish Book Center

Enjoy a phenomenal week of performances, music-related films, lectures, exhibitions and other events culminating in two days of concerts featuring top names in klezmer and Yiddish music: Socalled with Michael Winograd Trio, Hankus Netsky & Hebrew National Salvage, Frank London's Klezmer Brass Allstars with Eleanor Reissa, and Grammy Award-winners the Klezmatics.

Festival Pass: $75/member; $100/general admission
Individual event tickets available
The Yiddish Book Center is located on the campus of Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/hours-and-directions
Posted by jmwc at 11:03 PM

May 07, 2012

Yidstock: the festival of new Yiddish music

Yidstock: the festival of new Yiddish music
July 11-15, 2012
at the Yiddish Book Center

Enjoy a phenomenal week of performances, music-related films, lectures, exhibitions and other events culminating in two days of concerts featuring top names in klezmer and Yiddish music: Socalled with Michael Winograd Trio, Hankus Netsky & Hebrew National Salvage, Frank London's Klezmer Brass Allstars with Eleanor Reissa, and Grammy Award-winners the Klezmatics.

Festival Pass: $75/member; $100/general admission
Individual event tickets available
Posted by jmwc at 11:36 AM

April 11, 2012

Atlanta Jewish Music Festival

http://us1.campaign-archive2.com/?u=42d20ca79b631aeacd1ccd071&id=6ff029acdb

For 5 days in May, people of Atlanta will be able to participate, play, listen and attend Jewish music events around the city. The website lists the events, performers, venues and times. More and more cities have Jewish Music Festivals -- Try it, you'll like it!!
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February 14, 2012

YIDDISHKEIT KLEZMER ENSEMBLE at The Flurry Festival

Feb. 17-19
Saratoga Hilton and City Center
534 Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY

www.flurryfestival.org

The Yiddishkeit Klezmer Ensemble will be:
- performing a concert at the historic folk venue Caffè Lena on Saturday night (7:45pm-8:30pm)
- presenting an instrumental Klezmer workshop on Sunday early afternoon (noon-12:50pm)
- accompanying a Klezmer dance workshop led by Joe Kurland on Sunday afternoon (2:15pm-3:30pm)

The Yiddishkeit Klezmer Trio is:
David Tasgal - fiddle, clarinet, cello
Anna Sobel - percussion (poyk, dumbek, tabla), vocals, fiddle
Brian Bender - keyboard, vocals, trombone, melodica
* with special guest Joe Kurland (dance leader)


www.yiddishkeitklezmer.com

The Flurry Festival has:
Dances •
Workshops •
Singing •
Concerts •
Jamming
Performances •
Family Events •
Storytelling •
Crafts • and more!

Beginner, Intermediate and Experienced Level Workshops and Dances Over 300 Performers - Five Venues - Over 250 Events This is a weekend you don't want to miss!

Dances and Workshops such as Contra, Swing, Klezmer, Latin, English Country, Squares, Cajun, Zydeco, Irish, Scandinavian, Middle Eastern, European, American and International Folk, Chinese, Sacred Circle, Vintage, Clogging, Yoga and Body Movement -- See the schedule for more!

Make Music and Sing in sessions such as Irish, Quebecois, Southern Old Time, African, Scandinavian, Adirondack, Gospel & Community Sings, Folk, Fiddle, Guitar, Banjo, Flute, Harmonica, Ukulele, Mountain Dulcimer, Voice, and more!

Posted by jmwc at 05:29 PM

December 24, 2011

Sephardic Music Festival Dec 26 in NY

Sephardic Music Festival
Sixth St. Synagogue
325 East 6th St., NY, NY
Monday, Dec 26, 2011 | 7pm | $15
For tix: http://sephardic.eventbrite.com

ASEFA is part of a lineup for the evening with Gerard Edery and OudBlues. Special guests Daniel Ori on bass and Keita Ogawa on drums will join Elie Massias, Yoshie Fruchter, and Samuel Thomas, playing new music from their recent CD and additional Sephardic favorites.

The new album, "Resonance," is now available! It features Samuel Thomas, Elie Massias, Yoshie Fruchter, Noah Jarrett, Eric Platz, Rich Stein, Rabbi Michael Kakon, and Rachid Halihal. Here's a sample cut from the record -- http://www.asefamusic.com/FREE/1AllahHuEhad.mp3 You can buy the CD with its beautiful packaging and liner notes directly below or download the digital album for your iPod or computer from [http://www.cdbaby.com/asefa]CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon, and Napster. When you buy directly from ASEFA, you get a special promotional offer to add a $10 donation to the Save the Music Foundation.



Since 2001, Asefa has been honing the sound presented on "Resonance." Through original compositions and arrangements, novel orchestrations that combine instruments from disparate lands, and with a heavy dose of the communal spirit needed to make our music, we present a collection of songs that comes from the heart. Asefa foray into the piyyutim (poems) of the Sephardim (Iberia’s Jewish diasporic community) is guided by a love for tradition, innovation, and reinvention. We incessantly journey through the present and its past, from mountains in the east to oceans in the west, touching down for several moments throughout this album to look around with our ears and to see what Asefa can create.
Personnel:
Samuel R. Thomas - tenor and soprano saxophone, na’i, vocals, bendir; Elie Massias - vocals; Yehoshua Fruchter - oud, guitar; Noah Jarrett - bass, guimbri; Eric Platz - drumset, dumbek; Richard Stein - percussion Special guests: Rabbi Michael Kakon - vocals; Rachid Halihal - violin

Posted by jmwc at 05:31 PM

October 02, 2011

Joods Muziekfestival --- Jewish Music Festival in Amsterdam this October!

Jewish Music Festival -- this coming October 21-30! Take a look at the flyer , and for complete program information and to order tickets, look at the English language site:
http://www.ijmf.org/EN2011/Program.html
Welcome to the Festival Website:
http://www.joodsmuziekfestival.nl/EN2011/Welcome.html

Lezersactie: het Internationaal Joods Muziekfestival geeft 8 vrijkaarten weg…
Gratis naar een van de vele prachtige optredens van de 8 ensembles in 8 steden in Nederland!
Wat moet u doen?
- Help ons door onze poster van onze website te halen via deze link.
- Print de poster in A4 format of groter.
- Hang de poster in uw raam of etalage.
- Maak een foto van de poster en stuur deze vóór 14 oktober naar productie@ijmf.org.
- U hoort op 17 oktober of u een vrijkaartje naar keuze heeft gewonnen!

Special offer: the International Jewish Music Festival is giving away 8 free tickets...
Go for free to one of the many exciting performances of the 8 ensembles in 8 cities across the Netherlands!
What do you need to do?
- Give us a hand by downloading our poster via this link.
- Print the poster in A4 (Letter) format or larger.
- Hang the poster in your own window or in a store window near you.
- Take a picture of the poster and send it prior to October 14th to productie@ijmf.org.

- The Festival will let you know on October 17th whether you have won a ticket of your choice!

Posted by jmwc at 02:02 PM

August 14, 2011

Pitom (Where Jewish Music Meets Metal!!) avec André Daneau

"Pitom (Where Jewish Music Meets Metal!!) avec André Daneau" at
The Montreal Jewish Music Festival - Festival de Musique Juive de Montréal
Start Time: Monday, August 29 at 9:00pm
End Time: Tuesday, August 30 at 12:00am
Location: La Sala Rossa
4848 Boul. St-Laurent
Montreal, Quebec
Featuring: Yoshie Fruchter (guitar), Shanir Blumenkrantz (bass), Jeremy Brown (violin) and Kevin Zubek (drums)

More Info
Pitom est un groupe de musique juive hybride jazz-punk-sludge-métal – style qui ne peux venir que d’une culture vagabonde. Après un premier succès avec la maison Tzadik qualifié de « début éblouissant » par le Wall Street Journal, Pitom continue de faire évoluer son genre musical unique avec un deuxième album intitulé Blasphemy and Other Serious Crimes. Composé par le guitariste et meneur du groupe Yoshie Fruchter comme hommage ...acoustique au jour de repentance juif et produit par le bassiste de Pitom, Shanir Blumenkranz, cet album représente l’exploration profonde de l’intensité spirituelle et psychologique liée à cette célébration. Leur musique insaisissable est créée par une guitare déjantée accompagnée d’une basse heavy métal au son lourd et sombre et d’un violon aux mélodies qui montent en flèche. Le spectateur a besoin que la batterie bouscule les instruments pour les ramener sur terre. Par ailleurs, Pitom a joué dans tout le pays ainsi qu’en Europe de l’Est et de l’Ouest. Le groupe a notamment participé à l’Atlantique Jazz festival en France, au festival Otwarda Twarda de Varsovie et à des festivals de musique juive à Washington, à Detroit et à New York.

Artistes : Yoshie Fruchter (guitare), Shanir Blumenkrantz (basse), Jeremy Brown (violon) et Kevin Zubek (batterie)

Pitom is a Jewish jazz-punk-sludge-metal hybrid - the kind of music that could only come from a culture known for wandering. Coming off a successful first album on Tzadik records, which the Wall Street Journal called a "dazzling debut," Pitom continues to evolve their unique brand of music with their second release entitled, “Blasphemy and Other Serious Crimes." Composed by bandleader and guitarist Yoshie Fruchter as a sonic homage to the Jewish day of repentance, and produced by Pitom bass player Shanir Blumenkranz, "Blasphemy" is an intense exploration of the mental and spiritual intensity associated with this holiday. With its cacophonic guitar, surly heavy-metal bass and a soaring violin, the music is so ethereal that the listener needs those mosh-pit drums to rocket them back down to Earth. Pitom has performed all over the country and in Eastern and Western Europe including the Atlantique Jazz Festival in France, Otwarda Twarda festival in Warsaw, and Jewish music festivals in Washington DC, Detroit and New York.

Featuring: Yoshie Fruchter (guitar), Shanir Blumenkrantz (bass), Jeremy Brown (violin) and Kevin Zubek (drums)

Posted by jmwc at 09:59 AM

July 21, 2011

The 4th Festival Folklore

The 4th Festival Folklore
A mix of music from around the world.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011 at 7:30pm
Wix Consert Hall, Rehovot, Israel

Klezmer music and more from South America, Bukarian, Russian Yiddish Songs and much more.
Posted by jmwc at 02:52 PM

May 18, 2011

Tzadik Radical Jewish Culture Festival

Remember Radical? Here's a Reminder
A celebration of avant-garde and experimental Jewish music, curated by Rashanim's Jon Madof.
Monday, May 23 at 9:00pm - May 24 at 12:30am
Sixth Street Synagogue
325 East 6th St.
New York, NY

More Info
Tzadik Radical Jewish Culture Festival @ 6th Street Synagogue

A celebration of avant-garde and experimental Jewish music, curated by Rashanim's Jon Madof.

Schedule:
Ayn Sof Arkestra and Bigger Band - 5/23
Rashanim Unplugged - 5/25
Hasidic New Wave - 6/1
Frank London - 6/15
Masada Guitars (Yoshie Fruchter, Eyal Maoz, Jon Madof) + Edom - 6/22
Basya Schechter's Songs of Wonder (poetry of Abraham Joshua Heschel) - 6/29

all concerts @ 9:30 PM except 5/23 @ 9:00 PM
admission $18, includes one drink

more at http://sixthstreetsynagogue.org/

Links:
Ayn Sof Arkestra and Bigger Band - http://bit.ly/iIJ4Hh
Rashanim - http://rashanim.com/
Hasidic New Wave - http://gregwall.com/
Frank London - http://franklondon.com/
Edom - http://www.eyalmaozmusic.com/
Basya Schechter - http://www.pharaohsdaughter.com/
Tzadik Records - http://tzadik.com/
Posted by jmwc at 05:09 PM

March 31, 2011

International Jewish Music Festival in October

IJMF 2011: October 21-31...Nationwide in the Netherlands!
http://www.ijmf.org/Site/Welcome.html

The 2011 International Jewish Music Festival will bring an unprecedented variety of Jewish music to audiences throughout the Netherlands. Finalists and winners from our 2010 Jewish Music Competition will perform in venues big and small spread across the Netherlands, including in Amsterdam (Paradiso), Den Bosch (De Toonzaal), Tilburg (Paradox), Utrecht (Merkaz), The Hague (LJG), Santpoort-Noord ('t Mosterdzaadje) and Baarn (Pauluskerk).

The growing list of featured ensembles includes: The Heart & the Wellspring (Israel) / Mames Babegenush (Denmark) Yonit Shaked Golan & Gabi Argov (Israel) / Duo Bilitis (Netherlands) Vent D'Ouest Klezmer Band (France) / Trio C tot de Derde (Netherlands)

Jewish Music Network (JMN)
In 2010 IJMF created a new organization: the Jewish Music Network. The JMN promotes Jewish music throughout the Netherlands year-round. Thanks to the bi-annual competition (next edition: October 2012), IJMF has developed at network of first class ensembles, well-established groups as well as ones that are just breaking through. By connecting these artists with an array of top Dutch venues, the JMN hopes to further boost their careers while broadening the availability of Jewish music to a Dutch audience nationwide.

JMN Calendar
An important initiative of the JMN is the new online Dutch national Jewish music calendar. Ensembles and venues post their upcoming concerts so that you'll never again have to miss that favorite ensemble when their in the neighborhood. For the complete schedule and a list of the 35+ partner venues, take a look at our website - http://cts.vresp.com/c/?InternationalJewishM/fd1ff70963/dd0f152f70/e4669eb325 .

IJMF & Paradiso
Paradiso is one of the world's leading "culture temples", and we are therefore thrilled that they will bring the winners of the 2010-competition's jury prize (The Heart & the Wellspring, Israel) and audience prize (Mames Babegenush, Denmark) to Amsterdam on October 23 as part of IJMF 2011.

Posted by jmwc at 10:13 AM

March 24, 2011

KlezCalifornia This March

Afternoon of Song and Dance

Nigunim Concert 3/26/11
Saturday, March 26, 4:00pm, Afternoon of Song and Dance,
presented by the Nigunim Chorus.
Nigunim Chorus performance: A tribute to singer/songwriter Debbie Friedman, and other gems in Yiddish, Ladino and Hebrew.
· Spring-time Sing-Along: Old favorites and a few less-familiar songs, with lyrics provided.
· Klezmer and Israeli dancing: Easy-to-follow circle and line dances led by dance leader Bruce Bierman.
· After the show, walk to Saul's Deli for a free dessert with purchase of an entree and presentation of a ticket to the Afternoon of Song and Dance.
At JCC East Bay. Tickets: $10 at the door. Co-sponsored by KlezCalifornia. More info: 510.528.8872, mail[at]nigunim.org, www.nigunim.org.



Beyond the Pale in Berkeley and San Francisco

Beyond the Pale
Saturday, March 26, 8:00pm & Sunday, March 27, 9:00pm.

For more than a decade, Toronto's Beyond the Pale has been making its distinctive brand of boundary-busting Euro-folk fusion. Mixing Klezmer, Balkan, and Romanian styles with an eclectic range of North American influences, the band members' diverse musical and cultural backgrounds intersect in a shared impulse to push the boundaries of contemporary acoustic roots music into new realms.

Beyond the Pale has performed at festivals, theatres, and clubs across Canada, the U.S., and Europe, including New York's famed Carnegie Hall, and the Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow, Poland. The group is in the Bay Area on the way to its first tour to Australia.

Two performances, both co-sponsored by KlezCalifornia:

Saturday, March 26, 8:00pm, At Subterranean Arthouse, Berkeley. $15 suggested donation. No-one turned away. Tickets at brownpapertickets.com/event/158450. More info: subterraneanarthouse.org.

Sunday, March 27, 9:00pm. At Amnesia Bar, San Francisco. Tickets: $10. More info:
amnesiathebar.com, 415.970.0012.
Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire Commemoration

Triangle demonstration
Sunday, March 27, 1:00-3:00pm,
Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire: A Centennial Commemoration in Words and Music.

In this program commemorating the fire's centennial, Judy Baston will explore the Jewish responses to the tragedy, and Sonoma State University Professor Elaine Leeder will discuss the dramatic life of Rose Pesotta and the influence of other Jewish women, such as Rose Schneiderman, in the labor movement. Jill Tallmer will lead the audience in Yiddish labor songs of the era, including Dos Lid Funem Trayengl-Fayer (Ballad of the Triangle Fire) and Arbeter-Froyen (Working Women).

At BJE Jewish Community Library, San Francisco. Co-sponsored by KlezCalifornia. No charge. More info: www.bjesf.org/adults_events.htm, 415.567.3327.

Klezmer Brunch with The Gonifs Sunday, March 27, 1:00-3:00pm, Klezmer Brunch with The Gonifs.

Reservations are recommended to hear The Gonifs (Jeanette Lewicki, Peter Jaques, Daniel Fabricant, Darren Johnston) play rocking klezmer music & Yiddish songs about love, justice and potatoes.

At Porto Franco Art Parlor, an intimate, all-ages space in San Francisco. Second floor; no elevator. Admission and vegan/vegetarian food for sliding scale donation, $0-$100. Tickets: portofrancoart.com. If you want to attend but are not able to pay, drop a message to sergei[at]portofrancorecords.com. More info: madamlewicki.com.

Posted by jmwc at 12:14 PM

February 15, 2011

Let My People Sing

Online Poster and website for AshkeNafard
March 11-12 2011
at Temple Sinai,
24 hours of music, dance and art featuring over 20 artists from around the world.
All events take place at
Sinai Temple
10400 Wilshire Blvd LA CA 90049

Posted by jmwc at 03:05 PM

February 14, 2011

Boston Jewish Music Festival

It's quite a lineup. Boston's From March 6-20, 2011, the Boston Jewish Music Festival. Visit the website for complete lineup information, with dates, times and prices, including the hot new "Yemen Blues."http://bostonjewishmusicfestival.org/events-tickets/

Full website, with blog, artist pics and links, and event listings: http://bostonjewishmusicfestival.org/

# Divine Sparks – where traditional hazzanut meets contemporary improvisation with Frank London, Yaakov Lemmer, Aaron Bensoussan, and Boston’s own Gastón Bogomolni, Jessica Kate Meyer, and Elias Rosemberg.

# The New England Premiere of Ravid Kahalani and Yemen Blues, the incredible new world music ensemble from the former lead singer of The Idan Raichel Project.

# Sing Songs of Shabbat with your choice of 4 unique Friday night musical services at synagogues across Greater Boston.

# A very special family concert featuring Maurice Sendak’s adaptation of Peter and the Wolf, called Pincus and the Pig.

Posted by jmwc at 09:53 PM

A Celebration of the Works of Leonard Bernstein

Totally Bernstein LogoSunday March 13, 2011 at 2 pm
Sanders Theatre
Memorial Hall, 45 Quincy Street, Cambridge
Part of the Jewish Music Festival of Boston
Featuring
Chichester Psalms
Choruses from The Lark
Selected works from MASS and Candide

Tickets on sale now at the Sanders Box Office
How to get tickets: The Harvard Box Office 617-496-2222

Posted by jmwc at 09:41 PM

February 08, 2011

Ben Holmes and Patrick Farrell Duo at East Village Klezmer Series

Time: Tuesday, February 8 · 8:30pm - 10:30pm
Location: 325 E. 6th St., New York, NY
East Village Klezmer Series
8:30 PM
...325 E. 6th St. (bet. 1st & 2nd Ave.) NYC

Two of the most amazing musicians of their generation come together to present an evening of music at the East Village Klezmer Series.

The series are co-sponsored by Workmen’s Circle/Arbeiter Ring of NY, Living Traditions/Klez Kamp, and Center for Traditional Music and Dance. The duo of Patrick Farrell (accordion) and Ben Holmes (trumpet) have collectively traveled to study music in Macedonia, Serbia, Romania, and Hungary. The duo combines the results of these journeys with a deep knowledge of the Klezmer repertoire, original writing, the odd 60s pop chestnut, and a general love of a good melody regardless of the source to present an exciting and varied program.

Farrell leads his own group, Stagger Back Brass Band, playing original brass circus music, and is a member of new-music chamber ensemble Ljova and the Kontraband, Russian and Romanian Roma-music band Romashka, Michael Winograd’s Klezmer Trio and Serbian-style brass band Veveritse, as well as appearing with numerous other groups and individuals around town. Holmes leads his own quartet playing original jazz music, as well as appearing regularly with Romashka, One Ring Zero, the Klez Dispeners, Justin Mullens’ Delphian Jazz Orchestra, and many others. Tarras Band, a project he co-leads with the clarinetist Michael Winograd, recently recorded its first record, to be released in Spring 2011.

$15, drink included
pattysounds.com
ben-holmes.com

EAST VILLAGE KLEZMER SERIES
Klezmer and Yiddish Music returns to the East Village, where it once was king, at a new series curated by Aaron Alexander at the Sixth Street Community Synagogue. The lineup for the winter/spring series includes a fantastic lineup including wonderful klezmorim from New York and faraway places such as Montreal, Berlin, New Jersey and Boston. We are lucky to have such a great group of musicians contributing to this endeavor. Please come out and support the series!

All shows start at 8.30 and cover is $15 (drink included) unless otherwise noted.

2011 SCHEDULE, remaining shows

Feb. 8 – Ben Holmes/Patrick Farrell Duo
Feb. 15 – The Levitt Legacy featuring Dave Levitt
Feb. 22 – Double Bill: From Berlin! -- Christian Dawid w/ Zev Zions & Aaron Alexander and from Boston! – Klezwoods – with Flip Kessler.
Mar. 1 – Encore Concert: Margot Leverett & the Klezmer Mountain Boys
Mar. 8 – from Montreal! – SHTREIML, featuring Jason Rosenblatt
Mar. 15 – Matt Temkin’s Yiddishe Jam Band / The Kadya Project
Mar. 22 – Dmitri Stiepovitch’s Tamevate Kapelye (Band of Fools)
Mar. 29 – Stephen Schwab and Kol Dodi
Apr. 5 – Isle of Klezbos – featuring Eve Sicular
Apr. 12 – Avram Pengas Ensemble
May 24 – Meron Music Festival featuring Breslov Bar Band, Aaron Alexander’s Meron Mish Mosh & Joey Weisenberg
May 31 – Matt Darriau Trio
Posted by jmwc at 01:15 PM

January 28, 2011

The Bay Area's 26th Annual Jewish Music Festival

Yemen Blues, the band National Geographic called "...the coolest thing in WOMEX 2011." will be kicking off the festival, which runs from March 5th-13th. The schedule is as follows:

03/05/2011, Sat
Berkeley, CA
Yemen Blues
Freight & Salvage Coffee House @ 2020 Addison St.
Tix: $25.50 adv/$30.50 door, Show: 8:00 pm
# Ph: 510.644.2020

03/06/2011, Sun
Berkeley, CA
Ger Mandolin Ensemble, 2011
Freight & Salvage Coffee House @ 2020 Addison St.
Tix: $20.50 adv/$25.50 door, Show: 2:00 pm

03/06/2011, Sun
Berkeley, CA
Veretski Pass Freight & Salvage Coffee House @ 2020 Addison St.
Tix: $18.50 adv/$22.50 door, Show: 8:00 pm


03/08/2011, Tue
Berkeley, CA
Noah Bendix-Balgley
Crowden Music Center @ 1475 Rose Street
Tix: $15 adv/$20 door, Show: 7:30 pm
# Ph: 510.559.6910

03/09/2011, Wed
San Francisco, CA
Noah Bendix-Balgley
SF Public Library @ 100 Larkin St.
Show: 6:00 pm
# Ph: 415.557.4400 . Tix: FREE.

03/10/2011, Thu
Berkeley, CA
Noah Bendix-Balgley
Jewish Community Center of the East bay @ 1414 Walnut St.
Tix: $10 adv/$15 door, Show: 2:00 pm
# Senior Matinee Show. Ph: 510.848.0237

03/12/2011, Sat
Berkeley, CA
David Buchbinder's Odessa/Havana Thrust Stage, Berkeley Repertory Theater @ 2025 Addison St.
Tix: $18 adv/$22 door, Show: 8:00 pm
# Ph: 510.647.2900

03/13/2011, Sun
Berkeley, CA


Tickets: www.jewishmusicfestival.org or 866.558.4253
Festival information: 510-848-0237

Additional Festival Related Events

02/23/2011, Wed
Berkeley, CA
Don Byron Plays the Music of Mickey Katz Freight & Salvage @ 2020 Addison St.
Tix: $22.50-24.50, Doors Open: 7:00 pm, Show: 8:00 pm


02/27/2011, Sun
Berkeley, CA
Yiddish Culture Festival with JCC Sonoma County's Simcha Sunday
KlezCalifornia @ 1728 Allston Way
Tix: $5.00, Show: 12 pm
Ph: 415.789.7679

03/25/2011, Fri
Berkeley, CA
Beyond the Pale
Subterranean Art House @ 2179 Bancroft Way
Ph: 510.981.

03/27/2011, Sun
San Francisco, CA
Beyond the Pale
Amnesia Bar @ 853 Valencia Street
Ph: 415.970.0012

04/02/2011, Sat
Berkeley, CA
Trinity Chamber Concert Series with McGuiness, Pankonin, Garner
Trinity Chapel @ 2320 Dana Street
Tix: $10-15, Show: 8 pm
Ph: 510.549.3864


Festival Finale Dance Party
Jewish Community Center of the East bay @ 1414 Walnut St.
Tix: $$10 adv/$15 door, Show: 4:00 pm
# Ph: 310.848.0237


It started with a knock on Festival Director Eleanor Shapiro's door. There stood Avner Yonai, an Israeli businessman who had searched record bins and archives from Buenos Aires, Warsaw, and Jerusalem in search of the repertoire his grandfather had played in a Polish Jewish mandolin orchestra before World War II.

"Avner came to me out of the blue," explains Shapiro. "He was a long-time fan of the Festival and wanted his project to be part of it. The Ger Mandolin Ensemble, 2011 (March 6; Freight and Salvage Coffee House)unites almost a dozen of the country's strongest mandolin players, directed by Mike Marshall, whose masterful playing has left its imprint on bluegrass, classical, and jazz, with Avi Avital, whose classical performances The New York Times called "exquisitely sensitive." Avital is a 2011 Grammy-nominee in the soloist with an orchestra category, the first time a mandolin player has received such an honor. Other players include Eric Stein (Beyond the Pale), Jeff WarschauerRadiim Zenkl and Chris Acquavella.

(Strauss/Warschauer Duo),
"The Opening Night group Yemen Blues also wanted their Bay Area premiere to be with us, on their first U.S. tour," Shapiro continues. "It speaks to our role as a leading platform for Jewish arts, and our emphasis on paying creative homage to tradition."

Known for its embrace of edgy and worldly takes on Jewish roots, the Festival has become the go-to venue for global music inspired by the deep past: artists from the charismatic groove of Yemen Blues and the klezmer cubano of Odessa/Havana, artists breathing new lifeinto the lost repertoires of Romanian villages, Russian Jewish composers, and Polish folk orchestras.

Led by vocalist Ravid Kahalani's striking voice (formerly of the Idan Raichel Project), Yemen Blues (March 5; Freight and Salvage) stole the show at this year's international World Music Expo (WOMEX). Taking the Yemenite chants he learned growing up and powered by brassy Afrobeat-tinged funk, blues, jazz and wild oud (Middle Eastern lute), Kahalani and his nine-piece band have a genre-bending drive that swings from the sublime to the ecstatic.

Veretski Pass (March 6; Freight and Salvage), named for the Carpathian native region of violinist Cookie Segelstein's parents, honors the past by creatively reframing its music. Drawing on the rich melodies and rhythms that flourished where the Balkans and the Ottoman Empire met, Veretski Pass ' virtuosic players craft elegant arrangements and innovative original works, such as "Klezmer Shul." This recent piece reimagines secular instrumental traditions for a religious context, creating stirring liturgical music with klezmer roots.

A Laureate of the prestigious Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels, emerging international star violinist Noah Bendix-Balgley will (March 8 and 10; Crowden School / JCC East Bay) highlight music of the St. Petersburg Society for Jewish Music, a group inspired by Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov that drew on Jewish folk songs to create gorgeous early 20th-century art music. Raised on klezmer and conservatory trained in Europe, Bendix-Balgley is the perfect interpreter for these forgotten gems.

Sometimes playing with the past can get truly rambunctious, as David Buchbinder's Odessa/Havana (March 12; Berkeley Repertory Theater) demonstrates. Taking a cue from the Jewish masters of the 1950s mambo craze, two major figures in their respective Canadian scenes-klezmer trumpter David Buchbinder (The Flying Bulgars) and Afro-Cuban percussionist Hilario Durán-have cooked up a project as fun-loving and musically distinct as the two ports of call invoked by the group's name.

The Festival, while attracting world-class artists, never neglects its own roots, the West Coast wing of the klezmer revival born in Berkeley. This year's events are concentrated in Berkeley's new arts district, with easy access to BART. And in keeping with tradition, the Festival offers a free performance by Bendix-Balgley (March 9; San Francisco Public Library), as well as a Festival-related free Shabbat celebration with members of Yemen Blues (March 4; Temple Beth Sholom, San Leandro).

The all-ages Finale Dance Party (March 13; JCC East Bay) will include Bendix-Balgley, Veretski Pass, Jeff Warschauer, and David Buchbinder, as well as dance lessons by Erik Bendix, who has spent decades researching the line, circle, and partner dances of Jewish communities, giving festival goers a chance to kick up their heels.

"Our vision is to bring new music to our audience, music by artists who have a profound respect for tradition but also have a strong contemporary sensibility," explains Shapiro. "Yemen Blues does this via West African music and funk, while the composers of the Jewish Folk Music Society did the same thing using European art music before the Russian Revolution. They show how the past can make the future swing."

Tickets: www.jewishmusicfestival.org or 866.558.4253
Festival information: 510-848-0237
Posted by jmwc at 01:51 PM

January 11, 2011

"KlezmerQuerque"

"KlezmerQuerque" - The southwest's annual festival of klezmer music & dance celebrates its 9th year February 18-20 (Presidents day weekend).

KlezmerQuerque 2011 is coming!! The 9th annual celebration of Klezmer music & dance will take place over Presidents Day Weekend from February 18-20 (FRI-SUN). The festival is co-produced by Congregation Nahalat Shalom, Nahalat Shalom's 25-piece Community Klezmer band & Rikud Yiddish dance troupe. All KlezmerQuerque events will take place at Nahalat Shalom, 3606 Rio Grande Blvd. NW in Albuquerque (between Candelaria & Griegos on Rio Grande).

KlezmerQuerque 2011 brings us special guset artist Joseph "Yosl" Kurland (Yiddish song, Language & Dance - PLUS traditional Shabbes nusach & prayers in 'loshn-koydesh'). Yosl took up the violin, like his father, in the second grade in the Bronx, and played only classical music for years. Later, he learned guitar and sang songs he learned from Pete Seeger and The Weavers records, "and I dreamed of performing songs about peace and justice as they did." In college in Cambridge and Chicago, he also began performing music for Balkan, Hungarian, and other international folk dancing. As a high school history teacher, he used to perform American labor songs for his students. But it wasn't until he turned 40 that Joe learned to speak Yiddish. "To me, Yiddish offers a way of expressing things with a unique tying together of the earthy and the heavenly," he says. "A single Yiddish word in a story or song can paint a whole picture within a picture because of the layers of meanings attached to it." Joe enjoys writing his own songs in Yiddish, such as an intimate prayer needling God about human injustice, or a story bringing torah personages into modern times to work out their conflicts. "It's an intensely powerful mode of expression because of the associations people make with the original stories and the new interpretations." He also sings for High Holiday and Shabbos services in the style of the Eastern European ba'aley-tefile, prints ketubot, designs websites, and has taught Yiddish language at the National Yiddish Book Center and at various conferences, and has taught in the children's program at the annual "Klez Kamp" Yiddish folk arts program on New York. One of his songs was selected in the 2008 competition for New Jewish Liturgical Music held by the Shalshelet Foundation.

KlezmerQuerque is also honored to present Christina Crowder (accordion & Fulbright scholar in Romanian-Jewish ethno-studies). Christina was trained as a classical pianist, but caught the folk music bug in college and switched to accordion. She later studied Scandinavian and Bulgarian accordion in Seattle and performed with the acoustic folk-rock band Bad Karma Banjo. Christina moved to Hungary in 1993, where she studied Hungarian folk dance and became a founding member of the Budapest-based Yiddish music ensemble Di Naye Kapelye. She appears on their albums Aleph (1995), Di Naye Kapelye (1998), and A Mazeldiker Yid (2001). Di Naye Kapelye focused on both researching and re-creating the sound of the musicians that served rural and urban Jewish communities in the early 20th century. Christina and her husband John DeMetrick continued this research with Fulbright grants to Romania in 1999-2000. Their work encompassed field-work with musicians, archival research and collecting commercial recordings related to Jewish music in Romania. Christina also plays old-time music on banjo and fiddle and travels to various fiddlers' conventions and gatherings in New England and West Virginia. She finds a strong connection between the Appalachian and Klezmer traditions: "I find that playing traditional music - of any kind - is a unique way to connect to history. At a dance or a party, you can really feel yourself connected to essentially the same scene, maybe fifty, a hundred, even 150 years ago. I really enjoy trying to capture the essence of tune, as passed on to me through the musicians or recordings I've learned it from, and then convey that spirit to dancers or an audience." Both Yosl and Christina are members of 'The Wholesale Klezmer Band' which is based in New England (www.ganeydn.com) and they will be teaching, performing and presenting at KlezmerQuerque all weekend.

KlezmerQuerque 2011 is also very excited to bring back our dear friend and incredible virtuoso klezmer clarinetist Margot Leverett, who is one of the foremost clarinetists of the klezmer revival. Classically trained at Indiana University School of Music, she was involved in avant-garde music when she first heard klezmer, the dynamic East European music traditionally played at Jewish weddings. Leverett was a founding member of the Klezmatics in 1985 before moving on to establish a solo career. Her first CD, "The Art of Klezmer Clarinet," a tribute to classic klezmer of the 20's and 30's, was released in 2001 on Traditional Crossroads (CD4296) to glowing reviews. Her current project, "Margot Leverett and the Klezmer Mountain Boys" (www.klezmermountainboys.com) is an all-star band combining the best of bluegrass and klezmer. Their self-titled CD, released to rave reviews in 2002, was choreographed by the Paul Taylor Dance Company in a new work entitled "Klezmerbluegrass". Their latest release "Second Avenue Square Dance" features guest artists Jorma Kaukonen and Hazel Dickens and is available now from Traditional Crossroads. Margot was recently featured as a guest soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, along with Udi Bar-David and the artists of Intercultural Journeys, a concert and cultural organization to promote intercultural dialogue (www.philorch.org). She has toured Japan twice with The New York Ragtime Orchestra and has been featured in several Off-Broadway productions. Ms. Leverett was a staff instructor at KlezKamp for over 10 years and has also taught at KlezKanada, Klezkamp West, KlezmerQuerque, and at colleges, music festivals, and Jewish organizations across the country and in Europe. She will be performing Friday & Saturday evenings with ABQ-based klezmer and Judaic ensemble 'The Rebbe's Orkestra' (www.isound.com/rebbes_orkestra_klezmer_and_judaic_band ) and teaching 2 music workshops on Sunday.

KlezmerQuerque 2011 schedule of events:

Feb. 18th Friday evening (6:30pm): Celebrate a special Freylekher Shabbes (Joyous Shabbat) with Yosl Kurland, Margot Leverett, Christina Crowder, Rabbi Deborah Brin, Cantorial soloist Beth Cohen, The Nahalat Shalom Community Klezmer Band, Rikud Yiddish dance troupe and The Rebbe's Orkestra. Schedule for the evening is: 6:30- A joyous danced & participatory 'old country' Shabbat service, 7:15-vegetarian potluck dinner, 7:45 -more dancing to live klezmer music - [$18-suggested optional donation].

Saturday, February 19th from 10am-noon: Yosl Kurland will lead a learner's Shabbos Service featuring a "hands-on" workshop/service about using traditional 'nusach' (special melodies which use specific modes & scales). Using only Shabbos morning material, Yosl will teach us how to put together nusakh elements to chant prayers, as well as interspersing some prayers sung as congregational songs and chanting a khazanic solo within the context of a congregational chant of the kedusha. Teachings & Kavanot will be led by Rabbi Deborah Brin. Service will be followed by a short Oneg. Saturday afternoon from 2-3:30pm: Yosl Kurland will present an introduction to Yiddish language by means of songs and games to convey a bit of vocabulary and a taste of a Jewish way of looking at the world as reflected in the language. [Both Saturday daytime events are FREE & open to ALL!!]

Saturday evening (7-10pm) BIG concert & dance party!! Featuring Yiddish songs and klezmer music by Christina & Yosl & Margot, plus Klezmer & Sephardic music by The Rebbe's Orkestra with special guest clarinetist Margot Leverett. After the sit-down portion of the concert, the chairs will be pushed back for music & dancing with friends from The Community Klezmer band & Rikud joining the guest artists and The Rebbe's Orkestra for a klezmer dance party you won't forget!! [Tix at the door: $20-general / $18-seniors, students & fixed income. Advanced tix are $18-all ages, plus $1.00 handling fee @ Bookworks, 4022 Rio Grande Blvd. N.W. (505)344-8139 & @ Natural Sound, 4011 Central Ave. N.E., in Nob Hill (505) 255-8295 --OR call: (505)243-6276 to reserve tickets].

Sunday, February 20th: THREE workshops in klezmer music & dance from 10am-5pm featuring all 3 guest artists. PLUS a special catered 'Lunch 'n Learn' featuring Fulbright Scholar Christina Crowder's research in Romania and Moldavia. Full class descriptions follow .

10-11:30am: Choose 1 of 3 Classes in klezmer music or dance ($20-general, $15-fixed income/under 18):

1- Yosl: Traditional dance style for dancing at a Jewish wedding: How to move in an old country Jewish dance way, gestures, posture, getting the music to move through your body. Some traditional uses of wedding dance including 'kosher tants' with the bride, how to lift the bride and groom in chairs safely and comfortably, 'mitzve tants' with mime, entertaining the bride and groom with dance, and 'krenzl' (dance to honor the parents).

2- Margot: A closer look at klezmer clarinetist Sid Beckerman's (z"l) life and his music. Be prepared to learn one of his tunes too via his protégé Margot.

3- Christina: will teach a short class till 11am & then play music for Yosl's dance class: Ensemble playing in Klezmer Music: Learn to go 'beyond the page' to add rhythmic, harmonic, and melodic texture to traditional Jewish dance melodies in the context of large and small ensembles. Students will be introduced to the skills necessary to work with a basic 'lead sheet' (main melody with chords) to develop accompaniment patterns, harmonic lines and fills. Advance material will be provided to learn one tune from the repertoire of the Wholesale Klezmer Band.

Noon-1:30: 'Lunch 'n Learn' featuring scholar Christina Crowder [minimum $10-$15 suggested donation]: Enjoy a delicious catered 'milkhik' lunch (NO meat / YES: fish, eggs, dairy & lots of veggie foods), following lunch there will be a presentation. Christina and her husband John were Fulbright scholars in Romania from 1999-2001. During their project, they collected field recordings of non-Jewish musicians playing Jewish and Romanian repertoire, printed source material, and commercial recordings (LPs and 78rpm gramophone records). This presentation will feature some of the field recordings collected in northern Romania-Maramures and Bukovina, gramophone recordings, and a discussion of on-going research to understand the ways in which Jewish music influenced, and was influenced by local musics from Moldavia and Bessarabia (the eastern part of present-day Romania and the Republic of Moldova respectively).

1:45-3:15: Choose ONE workshop in klezmer music OR dance ($20-general, $15-fixed income/under 18):

1- Margot - music from Moldovia & Carpathian regions. With work on the Doina (improvisation). 2- Dance w/ Yosl: Broyges Tants - The dance of anger and reconciliation, traditionally done by the mothers of the bride and groom to teach the couple a lesson about living together. We will go over the basic structure of the dance, and work more intensively on creative improvisation. These days, most mothers of brides and grooms do not know how to do this dance. If there's time he will also teach some wedding traditions such as bazingn/baveynen di kale, and the khosn's tish."

3:30-5:00: Workshop in klezmer music ($20-general, $15-fixed income/under 18): 1- Christina - music: This session will continue the 'Beyond the Page' workshop from the morning session. We will work on a second tune from the repertoire of the Wholesale Klezmer Band to develop strategies to elaborate a basic melody using rhythm, harmony, and melody. Advance material will be provided.

The advanced registration discount for ALL events (3 workshops, 1 Lunch 'n Learn, and 2 concerts/dance parties) is $85.00-general / $70-seniors, students & fixed income.

Registration and payment MUST be received BY Friday, February 11th for this discount.

On-line payment with paypal and downloadable registration forms are available at www.nahalatshalom.org Klick on "KlezmerQuerque 2011"

For detailed information about class times, prices, tickets & registration contact:
Beth Cohen, KlezmerQuerque Koordinator (505)243-6276 cohenedmunds@netzero.net
Web: www.nahalatshalom.org Klick on "KlezmerQuerque 2011"

All events take place at Congregation Nahalat Shalom, 3606 Rio Grande Blvd. NW (between Candelaria & Griegos) in Albuquerque, NM 87107
Posted by jmwc at 10:47 AM

October 25, 2010

4th International Jewish Music Festival

December 4-5, 2010
Ansche Chesed, 251 West 100th Street, NYC
Shalshelet: The Foundation for New Jewish Liturgical Music

Description: Experience the next generation of Jewish liturgical music with the debut of 57 original and contemporary pieces ranging from jazz, pop, and classical to klezmer and cantorial. Festival includes "No Rock Like You: Songs for the Jewish Soul," a concert at 8 p.m. on 12/4, and Meet the Composer workshops and brunch from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on 12/5.

Co-Sponsors: H.L. Miller Cantorial School, JTS; School of Sacred Music, HUC-HIR; Academy of Jewish Religion

Admission: $20 (concert only); $30 (workshops/brunch); $40 (concert/workshops/brunch). Half price for seniors, students, and children. Additional $5 per event after 11/30 and at the door.

Contact: shalsheletfestival@gmail.com or
212-865-0600 ext 242
Website: www.shalshelet.org
Posted by jmwc at 10:05 AM

October 19, 2010

2010 Sephardic Music Festival

December 1-8, 2010

Stay tuned for more info on the upcoming Sephardic Music Festival. ASEFA will be performing and again, will be curating the Sephardic Scholars Series at the Center for Jewish History. For this year's Scholars Series, supported by the American Sephardi Federation, the Foundation for Iberian Music, and Shemspeed, Asefa will be bringing musician and scholar Vanessa Paloma from Morocco to perform and explore the Judeo-Espagnole traditions of North Africa!

For more info: http://www.sephardicmusicfestival.com
http://www.americansephardifederation.org
Posted by jmwc at 11:45 PM

July 30, 2010

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 official SCHEDULE Ashkenaz is a wonderful weekend for the entire family, and Toronto is a "dream city" for a vacation of families with kids. There is so much to do. So if you are looking for an "end of summer" celebration, this could be the perfect opportunity to join family fun with some Jewish culture.
Posted by jmwc at 11:37 AM

July 21, 2010

Montreal Jewish Music Festival

http://www.montrealjewishmusicfest.com/
Montreal's Jewish Music Festival will happen this Tuesday August 31- Thursday Sept. 2. More information about the festival on a poster at the website.
Posted by jmwc at 09:46 PM

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

Posted by jmwc at 08:07 PM

March 05, 2010

Gala Opening Night Tickets for Boston Jewish Music Festival

30th Anniversary of Klezmer Conservatory Band Features Reunion with Clarinetist Don Byron & Vocalist Judy Bressler; JDub Recording Artists, Golem, Opens Show

The legendary Klezmer Conservatory Band (KCB), the band that kick-started the klezmer music revival, will open the first annual Boston Jewish Music Festival (BJMF) with a gala concert celebrating the band’s 30th anniversary at the Berklee Performance Center on March 6, 2010 at 7:30 PM.

Tickets for the concert are on sale through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com) and the Berklee box office. Tickets for other BJMF events are now on sale, most through Ticketweb (www.ticketweb.com). The entire festival schedule is now posted on the BJMF web site.

Two former members who were instrumental in helping build the band’s reputation—vocalist Judy Bressler and clarinetist Don Byron—will reunite with them for the first time in more than 20 years. Opening the show will be JDub recording artists, acclaimed New York klezmer/rock band, Golem. More information on the Festival, a complete schedule, performer bios, and links to purchase tickets are available online at www.bostonjewishmusicfestival.org. “What better way to begin an exciting new festival than with Boston’s own signature Jewish band,” said BJMF Executive Director Joey Baron, “and to bring back two important artists for a reunion—it’s a perfect start. Pairing them with Golem, one of the leading new generation bands that is expanding the definition of klezmer, signals what we’re trying to accomplish with this festival—presenting the best of tradition and the new.

“We’ve designed a music festival that highlights the breadth and depth of Jewish music today, with something for everyone, young and old, families and individuals, religious and secular,” Baron continued. “We want to create an annual event that is both a celebration of music and a cultural highlight for the entire Boston community, one that showcases the many great artists performing Jewish music in our community and around the world.”

Hankus Netsky, the noted ethnomusicologist, performer and composer who formed KCB in 1980, said: “It’s very special for us to be able to celebrate our 30th anniversary at the launch of the Boston Jewish Music Festival and to welcome back Don and Judy for this occasion. It’s fitting that Boston, which has long held a reputation as a center of culture and Jewish innovation, now has a Jewish music festival, something many other cities have had for some time.”

The Boston Jewish Music Festival, founded by Baron and Jim Ball, will feature a week-long series of musical events throughout the greater Boston area, including three family concerts, an a cappella showcase, a dance party, an appearance by an 88-year old National Heritage Fellow, a rising Israeli star and more.

In partnership with other groups and organizations, the BJMF schedule will also feature: an evening with MacArthur Fellow and award-winning composer Osvaldo Golijov (presented by the New Center for Arts and Culture); a concert of the rarely performed masterpiece, Ernst Bloch’s Sacred Service by the Chorus Pro Musica (joined by the Zamir Chorale of Boston and the New England Philharmonic); and Hazzanapalooza, a Cantor’s Assembly concert featuring cantors from across greater Boston.

Posted by jmwc at 04:46 PM

March 03, 2010

Boston Jewish Music Festival

Boston is having a Jewish Music Festival !! this March 6-14, 2010.
There will be the Klezmer Conservatory Band, classical music of Osvaldo Golijov, the Ladino music of Flory Jagoda, a presentation of Bloch's Sacred Service and many events for younger listeners, including a capella groups and Jewish rock bands. For complete information, links to ticket purchase, times and locales, see:
http://bostonjewishmusicfestival.com/
Posted by jmwc at 01:17 PM

December 20, 2009

Light a Candle for Jewish Music in Greater Boston

Boston Jewish Music Festival
Preview Concert
HABANOT NECHAMA
January 10, 2010
7:30 PM
Temple Aliyah, Needham

See the group that's all the rage, one of Israel's hottest acts, Habanot Nechama, in a special concert at Temple Aliyah in Needham.
The concert is sponsored by Temple Aliyah, Temple Beth Shalom, the Israeli Consulate and the Boston Jewish Music Festival
Ticket Price:$18
Order tickets online at
www.templealiyah.tix.com
Temple Aliyah
1664 Central Ave., Needham, MA

Preliminary Schedule
Boston Jewish
Music Festival

Saturday 3/6: Opening Night Gala Concert, 30th Anniversary of the Klezmer Conservatory Band with special guests vocalist Judy Bressler and Don Byron, clarinet. Also: JDub recording artists Golem.
7:30 PM
at Berklee Performance Center.


Sunday 3/7: Family Music Concerts, 1 PM. Shira Kline and Shir-La-La, JCC in Newton; Peter & Ellen Allard, Metrowest Community Day School; Yehuda Katz, Sharon/South Shore.
Sunday 3/7:Cantorial Assembly Concert,
3 PM -
Temple Israel, Natick, MA

Monday 3/8:A Conversation and Concert with Composer Osvaldo Golijov. Presented by the New Center for Arts and Culture. Featuring the Borromeo String Quartet and Jeremy Eichler, Boston Globe music critic.

Tuesday 3/9:Ladino Legend Flory Jagoda in concert. Gann Academy, Waltham, MA

Wednesday 3/10: Young Adult Dance Party with Electro Morroco, at a local club TBA. Presented with Gesher City.

Thursday 3/11: A Taste of Israel, performer TBA - Metrowest

Sunday 3/14: Closing Concert & Celebration, featuring Ernst Bloch's Sacred Service. Chorus Pro Musica, Zamir Chorale of Boston and the New England Philharmonic.
3 PM,
John Hancock Hall.

TICKETS GO ON SALE IN JANUARY!
WATCH FOR DETAILS!
--Boston--As our collective candles grow stronger, we're positively glowing! The Boston Jewish Music Festival (BJMF), premiering March 6-14, 2010, will be shining a strong new light in the Greater Boston area, with eight great nights of outstanding Jewish music!

We've been busy booking performers, reserving concert venues, raising funds, and putting together an exciting series of concerts, workshops, and events to spotlight the varied, ever expanding and dynamic world of Jewish music. There'll be something for everyone--from legendary artists like Flory Jagoda (who wrote one of the most famous Hanukkah tunes, Ocho Kandelikas), to the infectious dance music of Electro Morocco, to a rare concert of Ernst Bloch's magnificent Sacred Service, with chorus and orchestra. From family concerts to a gala 30th Anniversary celebration of Boston's own Klezmer Conservatory Band (bringing back some of the band's original members). You won't want to miss it.

BUT, we need YOU to make it happen. Ticket sales alone won't support the cost of putting on this new, world-class annual event for our community. We're nearing our goal of raising $250,000 by the end of December so that we can make all of our planning real. Concerts, receptions, workshops in area schools...your donation helps make them all happen.

Your contribution-large or small-can make the difference in bringing all of this high quality, meaningful and enriching programming to greater Boston. It's a celebration of Jewish culture and artistry that Boston deeply deserves. We know times have been hard this past year. That's all the more reason why we need the power and joy that only music can bring-to lift us up, to bring us together, and move us.

Donate now and you will help us reach a $20,000 Challenge grant from the Wolk Family/Cross Country Group.

Won't you visit our web site now and make a tax-deductible contribution to the Boston Jewish Music Festival? http://bostonjewishmusicfestival.org/index.php/you-can-help Light a candle for the BJMF, and we know you'll bask in the glow we'll create together.
Posted by jmwc at 06:28 PM

December 13, 2009

NYC Sephardic Music Festival -- TONIGHT!!

Sunday December 13th
years NYC Sephardic Music Festival.
Elie Massias will be playing songs in Hebrew, Spanish, Ladino and French, originals and some of the classics rearranged from the shuls of Gibraltar's Sephardic Community. Elie will be playing Guitar, Cajon and Soprano Saxophone and creating loops in real time through the Boomerang looping machine. The music will draw from the sounds of Andalucia's Flamenco, African rhythms, Sephardic and the many other musics he learned through the years
Ladino Chanteuse Rivka Amado and her band will also be performing.

Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue
3 West 70th St. at Central Park West NY NY
7pm | $15 adv or $18 door | all ages
phne 212-873-0300 x221
Posted by jmwc at 01:43 PM

November 30, 2009

The Sephardic Music Festival Asefa and Yair Dalal

Sephardic Music Festival

Asefa, Yair Dalal and Michelle Webb
@ Union Hall
702 Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Monday, December 14, 2009, 7pm | $10

For more info: www.asefamusic.com | www.sephardicmusicfestival.com | www.unionhallny.com

Asefa

Full ensemble performance with Yoshie Fruchter (oud/guitar), Noah Jarrett (bass/guimbri), Yaaki Levy (drums/percussion). If you haven't been to Union Hall, this is a great music spot in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

A special treat will be the bill sharing by the legendary Yair Dalal, in town from Israel for one night only...don't miss it!

Posted by jmwc at 06:16 PM

November 04, 2009

Second Songs of Life Choral-Orchestral Festival in Bulgaria

The Second Songs of Life Choral-Orchestral Festival will take place in Bulgaria and Israel, Dec. 27, 2010 – Jan. 7, 2011. The festival will feature the WORLD PREMIERE performance of a newly commissioned oratorio depicting the inspiring story of the rescue of the Jews of Bulgaria during World War II.

Hundreds of singers accompanied by professional philharmonic orchestra will perform the oratorio in celebration of a poignant historical moment. In addition to the world premiere of the oratorio, all performances will include a program specially selected by the Festival conductors.

The original work by Composer Charles David Osborne and Librettist Aryeh Finklestein features conductors Dr. Joshua Jacobson, Director of the Zamir Chorale of Boston, and Professor Henry Leck, Director of the Indianapolis Children’s Choir.

For more information and to register, visit www.SongsofLife.org and watch the video about the previous festival... or contact the festival organizers, Kalin and Sharon Tchonev, Tel: + 1-803-520-3626, info@songsoflife.org.

Posted by jmwc at 03:32 PM

October 20, 2009

International Jewish Music Festival -- Amsterdam

The 15th edition of the International Jewish Music Festival will be held in the brand new concert halls of the Amsterdam Conservatory. We welcome back the winners from last year's international competition for a weekend filled with music.

The ensembles will give concerts and workshops in the most diverse Jewish music sub-genres: hip-hop and reggae for kids, Yiddish song, Sephardic music, klezmer and Balkan music, close harmony and classical.

The free Open Podium gives starting ensembles and soloists a chance to take the stage and show what they've got. The bustling Jewish Cultural Market will feature booksellers, CD's, sheet music and various Jewish cultural organisations. And our grand prize winner from last year, She'Koyokh, will host a swinging Jam Session, also free and open to everyone.

Our generous sponsors make possible an array of free events, low-cost concerts & workshops, and senior and student discounts, ensuring the most diverse, accessible, and successful festival ever!

Tickets, schedule & complete program information: http://www.ijmf.org/ October 23-25, 2009!!
Posted by jmwc at 12:21 AM

October 19, 2009

Festival de musiques juives anciennes "Kol Haneshama"

L'Association des Amis de la Musique Juive (www.amj.ch)
a le grand plaisir de vous annoncer le
Festival de musiques juives anciennes

"Kol Haneshama"

Dimanche 15 novembre 2009 à 17h: "Khagiga Yehudit"
Le Tendre Amour (Barcelone): Musique des fêtes des communautés juives d'Italie et des Pays-Bas aux 17ème et 18ème siècles.
http://www.amj.ch/WPR091115.htm

Dimanche 22 novembre 2009 à 17h: "Ayn naye lid"
Lucidarium (Genève, Milan): Prières et chansons profanes ashkénazes inédites de l'aube de la culture yiddish - en première suisse!
http://www.amj.ch/WPR091122.htm

Dimanche 29 novembre 2009 à 17h: "Me la amargates tú"
Me la amargates tú (Hollande, Israël): chants judéo-espagnols, joués sur des instruments du Baroque et de la Renaissance, comme cela aurait pu se faire du 15ème au 17ème siècles, si...
http://www.amj.ch/WPR091129.htm

Ces 3 concerts auront lieu à la Cité Bleue, 46 avenue de Miremont, 1206 Genève.

Billets : 30.-
tarif réduit : 20.- pour chômeurs, AVS, AI, chômeurs, étudiants, carte 20ans-20Frs.
réduction supplémentaire de 10.- pour membres AMJ

Abonnement 3 concerts: 80.-
tarif réduit : 50.-
réduction supplémentaire de 30.- pour membres AMJ

Informations et réservations: www.amj.ch
amj@amj.ch
Posted by jmwc at 11:54 PM

August 31, 2009

Me la Amargates Tu at Synagoge Uilenburgerstraat

There is a concert of Me la Amargates Tu, at:
Synagoge Uilenburgerstraat, Amsterdam, Netherlands
on Sunday, September 6 2009 at 11:30.
For full information, please see the attached brochure (in Dutch).
Posted by jmwc at 07:07 PM

August 16, 2009

Sharon Farber at Beverley Hills

Israeli born Composer Sharon Farber is the Composer in Residence of The Beverly Hills International Music Festival., which is taking place August 7-17th. One evening will be dedicated to compositions from top Hollywood Composers. Curated by Sharon, Voices of Hollywood, Vol. 4, was held the evening of August 12th. Original concert pieces by Film Composers include the World Premiere of a concert piece by Composer John Debney (The Passion of The Christ), along with works by the late Michael Kamen (Lethal Weapon), the late Miklos Rozsa (Ben Hur), Peter Golub (Frozen River), Penka Kouneva (The Third Nail), Paul Chihara (Death Race 2000), Gernot Wolfgang (The Process) and Sharon Farber (When Nietzsche Wept).

For the first time, the Festival dedicated one evening, August 13th, to the music of Israel¹s Composers. Conceptualized by Ms. Farber, this event was a very dynamic experience.

More details at www.bhmusicfestival.org Sharon Farber¹s music was featured Sunday, June 7th, at The Disney Hall in Los Angeles to stand innovation. 3 soloists, a symphony Orchestra and a 100 pieces Gospel Choir performed two pieces by Sharon, among other composers.

In addition, Sharon has been featured again on "From Studio to Stage" concert with original pieces as well as arrangements of well-known film music.

In April, Sharon's work for Women's Choir and Chamber Ensemble, "My Beloved", was premiered in New York and her chorale piece, in memory of Daniel Pearl, The Third Mother/Mothers¹ Lament, which was premiered by the prestigious Los Angeles Master Chorale, was published by the Lorenzo Company.

Posted by jmwc at 09:11 AM

July 06, 2009

KlezCalifornia Upcoming July events

Put these exciting July events on your calendar now:

Sunday, July 12, 4:00-6:00pm, Festival volunteer get-together, for those interested in helping next February's Yiddish Culture Festival. Palo Alto. (Read story in Newsletter)

Sunday, July 19, 2:00-4:00pm, Yidishe Salon far flisik reders. If you can understand and participate in conversations conducted exclusively in Yiddish, email salon1@klezcalifornia.org for information on this Salon, which will be held in Berkeley.

Saturday, July 25, 5:00-7:00pm, Klezmakers dinner concert and dancing at Vasona Lake Park in Los Gatos.

To get the full story Click here for KlezCalifornia Newsletter
Posted by jmwc at 11:11 AM

June 30, 2009

Montreal Jewish Jazz Fest Continues

"Nights at Ghetto Shul," a Jazz and Klezmer concert series is going on in Montreal in July.
Don't miss the action! See
http://www.nightsatghettoshul.com/ for details.

Posted by jmwc at 10:46 PM

June 16, 2009

40+ FREE JULY EVENTS AT SUMMER ON THE HUDSON:

JULY 19: FRANK LONDON’S KLEZMER BRASS ALL-STARS AT RIVERSIDE PARK SOUTH

More than 40 free events with internationally acclaimed artists will be presented in July at the 9th annual Summer On the Hudson, one of New York City’s largest free summer festivals, The six-month series, which opened May 3 and runs through October 11, is an annual summer arts and cultural festival in Riverside Park South, West 59th St. to West 72nd Street at the Hudson River, presented by The New York City Department of Parks & Recreation.

There will be an enormous variety of other events in music, dance and theater, most running through August, as well as kayaking, yoga, pilates and kids’ soccer and basketball. performances Food and drink is for sale at the park’s Pier I Café. All events are FREE to the public and are programmed by Robin Schatell, Riverside Park Director of Programming.

For more information, please call 311 or (212) 408-0219, or visit www.nyc.gov/parks/soh, or www.riversideparkfund.org.


,br /> POP MUSIC EVENTS
,br /> JULY
,br /> Saturday, July 11, 3:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Pier I, West 70th Street 4th Annual NYC Main Squeeze Accordion Festival
,br /> The squeeze box masters are back! Don’t forget your dancing shoes for this all day festival of traditional and eclectic music from around the globe. Kids can get in on the act too, at the Accordion Kids Corner, where they’ll get free accordion instruction. Browse the Accordion Flea Market and dance!

Sundays, July 12 (through August 16) 7:00 p.m. Pier I, West 70th Street Acoustic Sundays: Enjoy spectacular sunsets over the Hudson as you listen to some of New York’s best jazz, R&B, and world music. Sponsored by Riverside South Properties

July 12 La Cumbiamba NY/ Colombian woodwind, brass and drums
July 19 Frank London’s Klezmer Brass All Stars
July 26 WAAW Band /Mbalax music from Senegal, West Africa
Aug 2 JAZZ at LINCOLN CENTER presents pianist Jonathan Batiste
Aug 9 Romashka /Gypsy dance party
Aug 16 Los Soneros de Oriente /Cuban son


July 12 La Cumbiamba NY /Traditional & Tropical Colombian
La Cumbiana NY performs music from the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of Colombia in both TRADITIONAL (Gaitas y Tambores) and TROPICAL (Modern Papayera)formats.

La Cumbiamba NY is an ensemble that performs concerts and workshops with traditional instruments from the African Diaspora in Colombia, as well as indigenous and European. All of which are blended together in the traditional musical styles that developed throughout the colonial era, and continue to evolve.

Musicians:
Sam Sadigursky, Clarinet.
Albert Leusink, Trumpet
Adrew Hunter Trombone.
Juan Pablo Uribe, Soprano Saxophone & Vocals.
Nilko Andreas Guarin, Voice & Maraca
Silvia Sierra, Voice.
Sebastian Cruz, Guitar & Percussion.
Juan Gallego, Bass.
Morris Canate, Percussion & Vocals.
Camilo Rodriguez, Gaita Macho & Percussion.
Martin Vejarano Drumset/Percussion & Gaita Hembra. Band Leader.
-SPECIAL GUEST TBA-


July 19 Frank London’s Klezmer Brass All Stars
Composer FRANK LONDON is a member of the Klezmatics
, Hasidic New Wave, has performed with John Zorn, LL Cool J, Mel Torme, Lester Bowie, They Might Be Giants, David Byrne, and is featured on over 100 cds. His own recordings include INVOCATIONS (cantorial music); Frank London¹s Klezmer Brass Allstars DI SHIKERE KAPELYE and BROTHERHOOD OF BRASS; NIGUNIM and THE ZMIROS PROJECT (Jewish mystical songs, with Klezmatics vocalist Lorin Sklamberg); THE DEBT (film and theater music); THE SHEKHINA BIG BAND; the soundtrack to THE SHVITZ; the soundtrack to Perl Gluck's THE DIVAHN and four releases with the Hasidic New Wave.

July 26 WAAW Band / M’balax music Senegal, West Africa
"Led by legendary Senegalese Bassist Thierno Camara, WAAW Band is the first NYC-based group to present authentic and original M'balax Music of the Wolof people from Senegal, West Africa! WAAW Band's original and fresh approach to M'balax reflects the diverse talents of the group's members and how they infuse the musical traditions of their homeland with the popular styles they have absorbed as young musicians living in New York City." - Fusicology

Thierno Camara (Lead Composer/Bassist/Vocalist) Dakar Senegal Live in NY
Manta Faye (Drums) Dakar Senegal Live in NY
Arona Ndiaye (Marimba/Keyboards) Dakar Senegal Live in NY
Morcumba Gueye (Sabar) Dakar Senegal Live in NY
Raja Kassis (Guitar) Beirut Lebanon Live in NY
Daniel Villeneuve (Congas) Québec Canada Live in NY


Aug 2 Jazz at Lincoln Center presents pianist Jonathan Batiste
Born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1986, Jonathan has already played with the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, Wynton Marsalis, Irvin Mayfield and Nicholas Patyon and has currently performed with Harry Connick Jr., Cassandra Wilson and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and has quickly become a rising star in the jazz world.

Aug 9 Romashka /Gypsy Dance Party
Romashka is a driving force in New York City's burgeoning gypsy and balkan music scene, playing music from Russia, Romania, the Balkans, and beyond. Lithuanian-born singer Inna Barmash fronts a band of nine versatile NY musicians: violin, viola, accordion, guitar, trumpet, clarinet/saxophone, tuba, and percussion.

Aug 16 Los Soneros de Oriente /Cuban Son
Taking their name from the region of Cuba that is most famous for Son Montuno, Los Soneros de Oriente represent a lifelong commitment to traditional Cuban music. Composed primarily of former members of the great band, Son del la Loma, Los Soneros pay a tribute to that group and its founder, the late Armando Sanchez, who dedicated his life to the maintenance of Son. This is the music of the countryside and the mountains, based on the Clave and Tres, with the trumpets toasting the top.

Posted by jmwc at 02:36 PM

North American Jewish Choral Festival

20th Annual

North American
Jewish Choral Festival
July 12-16, 2009
Hudson Valley
Resort & Spa
Kerhonkson, NY

For Information:
Click Here



Hotel Reservation Form

Workshop Listings

Workshop Selection Form

Bus Reservation Form
Posted by jmwc at 01:16 PM

April 01, 2009

20th Annual North American Jewish Choral Festival

20th Annual North American Jewish Choral Festival
July 12-16, 2009
Hudson Valley Resort & Spa
Kerhonkson, NY

* Celebrate the joys of Jewish music with hundreds of singers, and the finest conductors and clinicians from across North America (and beyond)
* Enjoy daily "community singing" and participate in an "instant choir"
* Hear outstanding ensembles in nightly evening concerts featuring the best in Jewish choral music
* Attend daily workshops focusing on a wide array of musical topics with outstanding clinicians
* Jewish Hallelujah Chorus Festival Tradition - Singing the "Jewish Hallelujah Chorus" (Lewandowski's Psalm 150)
NAJCF Brochure
Posted by jmwc at 08:19 PM

March 19, 2009

Let My People Sing Returns for 4th Year

Jewish entertainer Craig Taubman and his production company Craig N Co, will be producing the fourth annual 'Let My People Sing Festival - A four part Celebration of Spirit and Song' from April 5-12, coinciding with the Jewish festival of Passover.

"For four years, Let My People Sing has brought together an inspired group of artists from around the world to celebrate the human spirit - now more than ever, we need something to sing about" said Taubman. "I am particularly pleased that this year's events will raise awareness and money for the Jewish Family Service Food and Hunger programs".

The Festival kicks-off on Sunday afternoon April 5th with 'Let My People Eat', an Interfaith Pre-Passover gathering of Song, Spirit and Food for Thought at La Loggia Ristorante in Studio City. The afternoon includes Tapas, Sangria, music and inspiration with Rabbis Ed Feinstein and Rabbi David Wolpe, Reverend Mark Whitlock, singers Gabriel Mann, Debbie Friedman, Craig Taubman and Elisa Waltzman and comedian Larry Miller. Space is extremely limited and reservations can be made by calling Jewish Family Services at 323-761-8800.

The festival continues with 'Friday Night Live' on April 10th at Sinai Temple. The evening will honor Tel Aviv's 100th anniversary and feature a special concert by internationally acclaimed Israeli artist Rami Kleinstein.

'Let My People Pray' will take place at Beit T'Shuvah on Shabbat Morning April 11th. Rabbi Mark Borovitz says, "We invite everyone to come for the song and inspiration and to stay for the Gefilte Fish". The Beit T'Shuvah recovery program is nationally recognized for its success in turning hundreds of souls around. To save a spot, call Barbara at 310-204-5200.

The festival concludes on Sunday, April 12th with Nature Rabbi Mike Comins leading the 20s & 30s community on a spiritual journey through a canyon above Beverly Hills. Cost of the hike is $18 and 100% will be donated to Jewish Family Service Food and Hunger Programs. Space is extremely limited and reservations are required by calling 310-481-3244
Posted by jmwc at 11:36 PM

March 18, 2009

20th Annual North American Jewish Choral Festival

The Zamir Choral Foundation is proud to present its
20th Annual North American Jewish Choral Festival
July 12-16, 2009
Hudson Valley Resort & Spa
Kerhonkson, NY

Celebrate the joys of Jewish music with hundreds of singers, and the finest conductors and clinicians from across North America (and beyond)
Enjoy daily "community singing" and participate in an "instant choir"
Join the Mailing List
Debbie Friedman joins the Zamir Chorale in performance. Nick Page in a ruach session
NAJCF Forms Click to download:
Hotel Reservation Form
North American Jewish Choral Festival

Founder and Director Matthew Lazar and recent Hallel V'Zimrah Award winners Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer and Theodore Bikel

Festival Tradition - Singing the "Jewish Hallelujah Chorus"
(Lewandowski's Psalm 150)

February 01, 2009

Kultur Festival 2009: Keynote Tradition & Transformation

Jack Mendelson panel
Kultur Festival 2009: Keynote Tradition & Transformation, 1 Mar 2009
FAU Libraries & Klezmer Company Orchestra Present
Kultur Festival 2009
A Celebration of Jewish Music & Arts
February 25-March 1, 2009 @ Florida Atlantic University
Boca Raton, FL

Keynote Address
"Tradition and Transformation" Rabbi Irwin Kula
Sunday March 1, 2009 @ 1 p.m.
Friedberg Lifelong Learning Center (FAU)
Tickets $5
http://www.library.fau.edu/news/Kultur_Slide_Show/index.htm Rabbi Irwin Kula, noted radio and TV personality, author, international speaker and co-president of CLAL (National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership), shares his progressive philosophy on Jewish wisdom and its relationship to the past, present and future. One of the festival's highlights, Rabbi Kula's keynote address examines the role of Jewish arts and culture in the 21st century.

For tickets, call 800-564-9539 or visit www.fauevents.com/kulturfest.html. For more information on KCO, visit www.klezmercompany.com. A limited number of festival passes are available and must be purchased by phone or in person at the FAU Box Office

Kultur Festival 2009 is the first festival of its kind in South Florida. This five-day celebration of Jewish culture includes concerts, presentations and lectures that feature a diverse selection of music, song, dance, film and book arts. Klezmer Company Orchestra (KCO), led by conductor and festival director Aaron Kula, presents the festival's grand finale concert Tantz, Samba & Soul together with the renowned Ebony Chorale of the Palm Beaches. Other guest artists and speakers include distinguished New York City Cantor Jacob Mendelson, filmmaker David Weintraub and authors Rabbi Irwin Kula and Heidi Smith Hyde.

Kultur Festival takes place on FAU's Boca Raton campus at four different venues: the Wimberly Library (fifth floor), the Barry and Florence Friedberg Lifelong Learning Center, the Live Oak Pavilion in the Student Union and the Carole and Barry Kaye Performing Arts Auditorium.

Kultur Festival 2009 has been made possible in part through a grant from American Express. Additional support provided by the Nathan and Marion Crosby Holocaust and Judaic Library Collections Endowment Fund, Jewish Cultural Society at FAU, South Florida Association of Jewish Libraries, FAU's Lifelong Learning Society and FAU's Student Union.

Posted by jmwc at 02:06 PM

December 16, 2008

"KLEZMERQUERQUE"

"KLEZMERQUERQUE" --Albuquerque, New Mexico's annual Klezmer music and dance festival celebrates its seventh year over Presidents Day weekend February 12-15, 2009.

Known as "The Southwest's Celebration of Klezmer Music and Dance", KLEZMERQUERQUE 2009 will present a weekend of concerts, dance parties, classes and workshops featuring the world-renowned klezmer duo Deborah Strauss and Jeff Warschauer, the renowned dancer, choreographer, dance scholar and historian Judith Brin Ingber, as well as many local artists. 'Klezmer' is the music and dance of the Jewish people of Eastern Europe which is currently enjoying a revival in world music as well as in popular music and culture. The annual festival will take place over Presidents Day Weekend from February 12-15 (Thursday evening through Sunday afternoon) at Albuquerque's Congregation Nahalat Shalom which is located on 3606 Rio Grande Blvd. NW (between Candelaria & Griegos).

The 20-piece intergenerational Nahalat Shalom Community Klezmer band will be celebrating the release of its first full length CD and the band will be playing on Friday and Saturday evenings for Klezmer dances led by Nahalat Shalom's Yiddish dance troupe "Rikud". The Rebbe's Orkestra, the popular Albuquerque-based klezmer and Judaic ensemble will also perform on Friday and Saturday evenings.

The festival begins on Thursday evening, February 12th featuring a "hands-on" workshop led by Strauss and Warschauer that will prepare participants, singers & musicians to lead a joyous musical Shabbat service in an old Eastern European style on the following evening (Friday, February 13th). Price for this class includes admission to the Friday service, performances and dance party. The Friday evening service, performances and dance party will also feature a vegetarian potluck dinner, and some Sephardic wedding dances taught and led by dance artist Judith Brin Ingber.

For detailed information about class times, prices, tickets & registration:
Beth Cohen, Klezmerquerque coordinator (505) 243-6276
<mailto:cohenedmunds@netzero.net> and/or
Congregation Nahalat Shalom: http://www.nahalatshalom.org/ (505) 343-8227 On Saturday, February 14th there will be 2 klezmer music classes taught by Strauss and Warschauer: "Shabbos, Music and Yiddish" in the morning - all ages, levels, and backgrounds welcome and "Making Your Instrument Sing In Yiddish: A Klezmer Workshop for Everyone" in the afternoon. Brin Ingber will teach a Yiddish dance class in the morning featuring The Under and Over dance, The Rebbe Eilimelech dance and Kei Tzemerakdim. At noon there will be a catered lunch and lecture featuring a powerpoint presentation by Brin Ingber on general Jewish dance, the presentation will be followed by a question and answer period.

Saturday evening will feature two dance performances by Brin Ingber "The Argument"- a dance that tells the emotional story of Sarah and Abraham's sacrifice of Isaac, the dance will be accompanied by the chanting of the story by Brin Ingber's sister Rabbi Deborah Brin, who is also the Rabbi of Congregation Nahalat Shalom. Brin Ingber will also perform "Roles Not Taken" - a dance commentary on being Jewish. Saturday evening culminates with a Strauss/Warschauer Duo concert, "Dem Fideles Neshome" (The Fiddle's Soul) and dance party. Brin Ingber will also lead the 3 dances that she taught in her morning class.

Sunday late morning, students will choose between a dance class with Brin Ingber or a music class with Strauss/Warschauer Duo "Making Your Instrument Sing In Yiddish: A Klezmer Workshop for Everyone, Part 2". Brin Ingber will teach dances from an East European Jewish wedding: Broyges Tanz, and a Sher as well as a review of the dances taught on Saturday.

For detailed information about class times, prices, tickets & registration:
Beth Cohen, Klezmerquerque coordinator (505) 243-6276
<mailto:cohenedmunds@netzero.net> and/or
Congregation Nahalat Shalom: http://www.nahalatshalom.org/ (505) 343-8227

Posted by jmwc at 03:38 PM

December 02, 2008

Sephardic Music Festival in NYC

Starting with a preview concert that is sure to be great, The 4th Annual Sephardic Music Festival comes to New York this Dec. 21-28, for Chanuka 2008. The preview "showcase" is December 10, 2008.
Galeet Dardashti's “The Naming” feat. SYREN Dance Co., Electro Morocco, Diwon featuring Smadar & Samuel Thomas @ Public Assembly (formerly Galapagos)
70 North 6th St, Williamsburg, NY
Doors 7:30pm | $15 or only $13

Don't miss this opportunity to hear it all.

Info: http://www.sephardicmusicfestival.com/home.html
Posted by jmwc at 01:41 AM

July 23, 2008

PHARAOHS DAUGHTER at Summer On the Hudson

PHARAOHS DAUGHTER, JULY 27, HOWARD FISHMAN AUGUST 3

Summer On the Hudson, one of New York City s largest free summer festivals, continues its eighth season with a summer of unique contemporary music events at Riverside Park South. Summer On The Hudson is an Annual Arts and Cultural Festival in Riverside Park South Presented by The New York City Department Of Parks & Recreation

Contact Information for all events: Telephone 311, or (212) 408-0219, or visit www.nyc.gov/parks/soh, or www.riversideparkfund.org

Music Events:

Date: Sundays, July 13 to August 24
Event: Acoustic Sundays
Time: 7:00pm 9:00pm
Location: Pier I, Riverside Park South, Manhattan.
Description: Enjoy spectacular sunsets over the Hudson as you listen to some of New York s best jazz, R&B, and world music. Sponsored by Riverside South Properties.

July 27 Pharaohs Daughter
Aug 3 Howard Fishman

July 27: Pharaohs Daughter

Blending a psychedelic sensibility and a pan-Mediterranean sensuality, Basya Schechter leads her band, Pharaohs Daughter, through swirling Hasidic chants, Mizrachi and Sephardi folk-rock, and spiritual stylings filtered through percussion, flute, strings and electronica. Their sound has been cultivated by Basyas Hasidic music background and a series of trips to the Middle East, Africa, Israel, Egypt, Central Africa, Turkey, Kurdistan and Greece. She began retuning her guitar to sound like a cross between an Arabic oud and a Turkish saz, with harmonic minor melodies, and odd time signatures.

Daphna Mor on recorders, zurna and melodic
Violinist Meg Okura
Bassist Shanir Blumenkranz
Rock and Middle Eastern drummer Yuval Lion
Jazz and world pianist Jason Lindner
Cellist Noah Hoffeld

Aug 3: Howard Fishman s Biting Fish Brass Band

The Biting Fish Brass Band plays a classic Nola repertoire of spirituals, blues, gospel and funk. Tunes like "Liza Jane," "Bye and Bye," "Just a Closer Look" and "Tipitina" are mixed in with a few select originals and tasty surprises, all played in the second-line style and all suitable for ridiculous dancing.

Howard Fishman, composer, guitarist and bandleader, has come to be recognized as one of today's most agile interpreters of the American songbook. Whether he is performing his own compositions or drawing on a seemingly endless repertoire of American popular music, it is all filtered through a sensibility and aesthetic entirely his own.

Posted by jmwc at 08:57 PM

July 11, 2008

Alicia live at Battery Park

Alicia Svigals' Klezmer Fiddle Express at River to River Festival
Alicia's band, with pianist Marilyn Lerner, bassist Brian Glassman and drummer Grant Smith, closes out the Emma Lazarus Birthday Celebration, a Yiddish/klezmer concert presented by the Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter-Ring as part of Yiddishfest 2008. Also on the bill: Pharaoh's Daughter and the Three Yiddish Divas.

Time: 7:00pm
Date: July 16, 2008
Location: Battery Park
Price: Free
Phone: 212.683.7816

Click here for more info http://klezmerbyaliciasvigalsllc.c.topica.com/maal3o9abIMZzbIFEx6eafpQav/
Posted by jmwc at 04:03 PM

June 24, 2008

CHALLAHPALOOZA Music Festival in the Berkshires

SUNDAY JULY 13, 2008
7:00PM
Lenox, MA

CHALLAHPALOOZA, the third annual Klezmer music festival in the Berkshires (Western Massachusettes, USA), offers an evening of music and inspiration with the Yiddishkeit Klezmer Ensemble and Sruli and Lisa.

THE YIDDISHKEIT KLEZMER ENSEMBLE
Brian Bender - trombone, melodica, vocals, bandleader
Christina Crowder - accordion, vocals
Miamon Miller - fiddle
Jim Guttmann - double bass
Grant Smith - drums
www.yiddishkeitklezmer.com

- SRULI & LISA -
Sruli Dresdner - clarinet, drums, vocals
Lisa Mayer - fiddle
www.sruliandlisa.com

Call to order tickets: $22/$36/$100(sponsor)
7:00 PM
Duffin Theater
Lenox High School
197 East Street
Lenox, MA
(413) 499-9899
www.jewishberkshires.com/
Posted by jmwc at 07:10 PM

Strauss/Warschauer Duo in St. Petersburg 2008

The Strauss/Warschauer Duo will be performing in St. Petersburg, Russia this Wednesday night, June 25, 7 PM as part of KlezFest St. Petersburg:

Beloselsky-Belozersky Palace
Nevsky Prospekt, 41

For tickets please contact the Jewish Community Center of St. Petersburg Rubinshteina Street, 3
Tel: (812) 713-38-89, 571-64-40
www.klezfest.ru/en/klezfest2008/
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Posted by jmwc at 06:51 PM

June 18, 2008

USDAN CENTER ANNOUNCES 2008 FESTIVAL CONCERTS

SPECIAL JULY 17 CONCERT OF REMEMBRANCE AND CELEBRATION; 60th ANNIVERSARY OF ISRAEL, WITH EXCERPTS FROM CHILDREN S OPERA BRUNDIBAR Usdan Center For the Creative and Performing Arts (www.usdan.com), America's premier summer arts day camp, will present its annual Festival Concerts, private 30-minute educational performances, just for Usdan students, at its on-site 1,000-seat McKinley Ampitheater, beginning Monday June 30.

A unique event this season will be the July 17 Concert of Remembrance and Celebration; 60th Anniversary of Israel, hosted by the international concert presenter and programmer Caroline Stoessinger. The concert will include excerpts from Brundibar, the children s opera first performed in the Terezin concentration camp, and since World War II, sung continually in Israel and throughout the world. The Usdan Center Junior Chorus will perform.

Usdan Center is at 185 Colonial Springs Road, Wheatley Heights (Huntington), New York, (631) 643-7900. For more information, visit www.usdan.com. Opening the program of concerts on June 30 will be the rising tap dance team of DeWitt Fleming and Jared Grimes, guest artists with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, tap festivals and Off-Broadway shows; other artists include jazz star Jane Monheit (a former Usdan student), tenor Gerard Powers, who has sung leading roles with the New York City, San Francisco and Bolshoi Operas; Voices of Broadway, members of the casts of Broadway s Wicked, Curtains and Mamma Mia; Empire Brass, considered North America s finest brass quintet; Polish jazz pianist Mateusz Kolakowski, prizewinner of the Chopin and Paderewski piano competitions; the Brasil Guitar Duo, 2006 Concert Artists Guild winners; The Chameleons, the popular mime troupe; violinist Adela Pe a, founder of The Eroica Trio. She will perform with Music From Copland House, the resident ensemble of the late composer Aaron Copland s landmark home; the unique Faustwork Mask Theatre, whose synthesis of theater, physical comedy, music, dance and poetry have delighted audiences internationally for 25 years; violinist Rachel Lee, soloist with orchestras around the world; and jazz pianist/composer Ted Rosenthal, winner of the Thelonius Monk International Piano Competition and performer with Wynton Marsalis, Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer and Jon Faddis. He will present the New York instrumental premiere of his jazz quintet SwingFlight, first performed last March with the Nilas Martin Dancers at Manhattan s DiCapo Opera Theater.

After the first few weeks of the Usdan season, onstage performances begin by students of the many programs at the Center. A complete schedule of professional performances follows.

Usdan Center is at 185 Colonial Springs Road, Wheatley Heights (Huntington), New York, (631) 643-7900. For more information, visit www.usdan.com.

Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts, America's largest summer arts day camp, was formed to introduce young people, ages 6 to 18, to the arts through performance and study with a professional faculty of artist-teachers. The Center's mission is to provide children with the arts as a companion for life through great teaching, and the camaraderie of fellow students who share a love the arts. Usdan offers more than 40 programs in music, dance, theatre, visual arts, media arts, chess, creative writing, and nature and ecology. No audition is required for most Usdan programs, and one-third of the Center's 1,600 students receive tuition assistance to study at Usdan. Children commute to the Center every weekday for seven weeks each summer, traveling on on air-conditioned buses that leave from most New York metropolitan-area neighborhoods. A special feature of the students' daily program is the Center's series of Festival Concerts, daily educational performances by distinguished artists, such as the Tokyo String Quartet, James Galway, Canadian Brass, jazz legends Jimmy Heath and Billy Taylor, the Limon Dance Company, and cast members of current Broadway shows. Although the Center's goal is to encourage participation in the arts, Usdan's unique program has also inspired many former students to go on to professional careers. Alumni include actors Natalie Portman, Lisa Gay Hamilton (featured in August Wilson's Gem of the Ocean on Broadway) and Jordan Leeds (I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change), Tony Award-winning playwright Michele Lowe, singers Mariah Carey and Jane Monheit, and members of the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, and numerous ballet companies including Pacific Northwest, Ballet San Jose, American Ballet Theatre and New York City Ballet. Usdan Center is an agency of UJA-Federation of New York

FESTIVAL CONCERTS Schedule (dates not indicated feature student performances):

Monday, June 30: Dewitt Fleming, Jr. and Jared Grimes
Tuesday, July 1: Gerard Powers
Wednesday, July 2: Adela Pe a with Music From Copland House
Thursday, July 3: The Chameleons
Monday, July 7: Mateusz Kolakowski
Tuesday, July 8: Voices of Broadway
Wednesday, July 9: Rachel Lee
Thursday, July 10: Empire Brass
Monday, July 14: Brasil Guitar Duo
Tuesday, July 15: Faustwork Mask Theatre
Thursday, July 17: Concert of Remembrance and Celebration: 60th Anniversary of Israel
Friday, July 18: Jane Monheit
Monday, July 21: Ted Rosenthal Quintet
Posted by jmwc at 07:22 PM

June 15, 2008

Play, Dance, Sing in London this August

Frank London tooting horn for Klezfest London 2008 Another Reminder! Klezfest London 2008 is schedule for August 10-22, 2008. You'll have a great time because there's plenty to do. August 10-15 there's the KlezFest: Music Song and Dance at the West London Synagogue, W1. On Wednesday, August 13 is Klezmer Klimax Concert at August 17-22 is the Ot Azoy! Yiddish Crash Course at the SOAS, University of London WC1. For complete information, contact info@jmi.org.uk or look at their website at:
www.jmi.org.uk or call +44 (0)20 89092445
Posted by jmwc at 07:04 PM

June 11, 2008

Festival of Jewish Music in Geneva

les amis de la musique juive Complete details for the June 21-22, 2008 Festival of Jewish music in Geneva are available at:
http://www.amj.ch/WPR080621.htm
Posted by jmwc at 10:51 PM

May 28, 2008

Washington Jewish Music Festival 2008

Washington Jewish Music Festival 2008
May 31 – June 8

Nine days of music, film and dialogue from an amazing variety of artists and musical styles. Visit www.wjmf.org for a full line-up and tickets.

The Ninth Annual Washington Jewish Music Festival celebrates and explores the wide spectrum of sounds and traditions that make up Jewish music. Throughout a nine-day festival, audiences will be able to hear a wide range of styles and influences that make up the richness of Jewish music. The Festival will feature David Buchbinder’s Odessa/Havana, an exciting Jewish-Cuban musical fusion; the Afro-Semitic Experience, showcasing the musical traditions of both Jewish and African diasporas; Beyond The Pale, presenting new klezmer music, fused with folk and roots; the silent film The Golem set to live music performed by Davka; the Sisters of Sheynville who swing in Yiddish; dance music and classical music; musical theater and pop; and much more. And don’t miss the opening day with Regina Spektor, Mandy Patinkin and Israeli band Mashina—in the FREE Israel@60: A Capital Celebration on the National Mall. Visit www.wjmf.org for a full line up including FREE events throughout the festival.

Washington Festival Line up:

Saturday, May 31 | 10:00 PM | Venue: Station 9 | $10
Kick-Off Party | From Tel Aviv to DC with DJ Crew Soulico

Here to take DC by storm, DJ Crew Soulico is kicking-off the Washington Jewish Music Festival with a bang. Party to a unique mix of funk-accented power pop, Middle Eastern melodies and techno-rave.

When: May 31, 10:00 pm
Where: Station 9, | Ages 21 and over | 1438 U street NW (BTW 14th & 15th), station9dc.com
Ticket: $10; wjmf.org; (800) 494-TIXS
Info: info@wjmf.org; (202) 777-3250
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Sunday, June 1 | Opening day | Venue: The National Mall | FREE
Regina Spektor, Mandy Patinkin and Mashina

Celebrate Israel’s 60th birthday with the opening of the Washington Jewish Music Festival on the National Mall. Regina Spektor, internationally-acclaimed singer, songwriter and pianist, will headline the celebration, along with Tony and Emmy Award-winning actor Mandy Patinkin, who will emcee the program as well as perform, Israeli rock band, Mashina, and Sesame Street Muppets Oscar the Grouch and his Israeli cousin Moishe Oofnik. The FREE event is part of the community-wide festival, Israel @ 60: A Capital Celebration, hosted by The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington in partnership with the Embassy of Israel and other community organizations.

When: June 1, 12:00 pm
Where: National Mall
Ticket: FREE
Info: info@wjmf.org; (202) 777-3250
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Sunday, June 1 | 7:00 pm | Venue: Bohemian Caverns Ma Yafit (How Beautiful You Are): Love Poetry Set to Jazz $15; Discounted Member/Student/Senior/Limited Income $10

Ayelet Rose Gottlieb (vocals and compositions), Anat Fort (piano) and Rafi Malkiel (trombone), three talented Israeli jazz musicians based in New York City, perform selections from Ayelet Rose Gottlieb’s acclaimed song cycle Mayim Rabim, based on the Song of Songs (Tzadik label, 2006), and from her music to contemporary Hebrew poetry. A wonderful mixture of jazz, Sephardic, klezmer, and Middle Eastern rhythms, these songs combine the beauty and richness of Hebrew poetry with modern melodies and improvisation.

When: June 1, 7:00 pm
Where: Bohemian Caverns | Ages 21 and over | 2001 11th Street NW (11th & U) bohemiancaverns.com
Ticket: $15; Discounted Member/Student/Senior/Limited Income $10
; Go to wjmf.org; (800) 494-TIXS
Info: info@wjmf.org; (202) 777-3250
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Monday, June 2 | 7:30 pm | Washington DCJCC
Beyond the Pale
In advance: $15; Discounted Member/Student/Senior/Limited Income $10
At the door: $20; Discounted Member/Student/Senior/Limited Income $15

Eric Stein, mandolin; Bret Higgins, bass; Milos Popovic, accordion; Martin van de Ven, clarinet; Bogdan Djukic, violin and percussion; Aleksandar Gajic, violin and viola

Award-winning and critically-acclaimed, Toronto’s Beyond the Pale is one of the most exciting ensembles in the Canadian folk, roots, and world music scenes. Their explosive acoustic sound is inspired by a wide range of cross-cultural influences, from European folk styles (Klezmer, Balkan, Gypsy, Romanian) to contemporary and North American styles (bluegrass, jazz, reggae, funk, and more). They are known for their instrumental virtuosity, infectious energy, and unique repertoire featuring both original compositions and inventive arrangements of traditional material.

When: June 2, 7:30 pm
Where: Washington DCJCC, 1529 16TH Street NW (16th & Q)
Ticket: In advance: $15; Discounted Member/Student/Senior/Limited Income $10; At the door: $20; Discounted Member/Student/Senior/Limited Income $15
; Go to wjmf.org; (800) 494-TIXS
Info: info@wjmf.org; (202) 777-3250
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Tuesday, June 3 | 6:15 pm
Like a Scarlet Thread: Jewish Motifs in Classical Music
In advance: $12; Discounted Member/Student/Senior/Limited Income $9
At the door: $15; Discounted Member/Student/Senior/Limited Income $12

Benjamin Hochman, piano

Acclaimed pianist Benjamin Hochman explores Jewish motifs in classical music and performs works by prominent Jewish composers from Europe, Israel and the USA. Though only in his mid-twenties, he is an imaginatively mature artist with an innate ability to combine beauty of line within the overall shape of a piece. Mr. Hochman has appeared with the world’s great orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago, Cincinnati, and Seattle Symphonies, the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Hochman will shed light on music by Mendelssohn, Ben-Haim and others and will look at the ways in which these composers relate to Jewish traditions and symbolism in music.

When: June 3, 6:15 pm
Where: Washington DCJCC, 1529 16TH Street NW (16th & Q)
Ticket: In advance: $12; Discounted Member/Student/Senior/Limited Income $9
At the door: $15; Discounted Member/Student/Senior/Limited Income $12
; Go to wjmf.org; (800) 494-TIXS
Info: info@wjmf.org; (202) 777-3250
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Tuesday, June 3 | 8:00 pm | Washington DCJCC
Screening of Silent Film The Golem with live music performed by Davka
In advance: $12; Discounted Member/Student/Senior/Limited Income $9
At the door: $15; Discounted Member/Student/Senior/Limited Income $12

Germany, 1920; 85 minutes | Director: Carl Boese; Paul Wegener | 16mm
Davka: Daniel Hoffman,violin; Moses Sedler, cello; Kevin Mummey, Middle-Eastern percussion; Paul Hanson, bassoon

A story for the ages set to an entirely new tune, this 1920s cinematic masterpiece is based on the Jewish myth of a soulless clay giant created to serve and protect the Jews of 16th century Prague. The film will be accompanied by Daniel Hoffman’s award-winning score performed live by the band Davka.

When: June 3, 8:00 pm
Where: Washington DCJCC, 1529 16TH Street NW (16th & Q)
Ticket: In advance: $12; Discounted Member/Student/Senior/Limited Income $9
At the door: $15; Discounted Member/Student/Senior/Limited Income $12
; Go to wjmf.org; (800) 494-TIXS
Info: info@wjmf.org; (202) 777-3250
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Wednesday, June 4 | 7:30 pm | Washington DCJCC
Theater J's New Musical David in Shadow and Light
$40; Discounted Member/Senior/Group $35/ Student $20

Libretto by Yehuda Hyman; Music by Daniel Hoffman; Directed by Nick Olcott Choreography by Peter DiMuro and the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange David’s Harp: A discussion with ethnomusicologist and clarinetist Joel Rubin and composer and violinist Daniel Hoffman following the program.

An epic musical retelling of King David's astonishing trajectory from boy shepherd, to superstar ruler, to aging king, this visually stunning production incorporates thrilling dance sequences and a post-modern frame through which we can identify with the triumphs and travails of one of the most complex and charismatic figures in biblical history. David’s Harp: Following the performance, ethnomusicologist and clarinetist Joel Rubin will lead a discussion with composer and violinist Daniel Hoffman.

When: June 4, 7:30 pm
Where: Washington DCJCC, 1529 16TH Street NW (16th & Q)
Ticket: $40; Discounted Member/Senior/Group $35/ Student $20
; Go to wjmf.org; (800) 494-TIXS
Info: info@wjmf.org; (202) 777-3250
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Wednesday, June 4 | 7:30 pm | Venue: DC9 Nightclub
The Voice of A Sage: Rachael Sage and the Sequins
Opening: DC’s Mara Levi
In advance: $12; Discounted Member/Student/Senior/Limited Income $9
At the door: $15; Discounted Member/Student/Senior/Limited Income $12
Talented East Village pianist, singer, songwriter and poet, Rachael Sage has been making gutsy pop music from early on. Sage, whose music has been described by The Village Voice as “earthiness, color and emotion,” is known for her vibrant performances that blend vaudevillian kitsch with classically tinged art-pop.
When: June 4, 7:30 pm
Where: DC9 Nightclub | dcnine.com | Ages 21 and over | 1940 9th Street NW (9th & U)
Ticket: In advance: $12; Discounted Member/Student/Senior/Limited Income $9
At the door: $15; Discounted Member/Student/Senior/Limited Income $12
; Go to wjmf.org; (800) 494-TIXS
Info: info@wjmf.org; (202) 777-3250
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Thursday, June 5 | 7:30 pm | Washington DCJCC
The Afro-Semitic Experience
In advance: $15; Discounted Member/Student/Senior/Limited Income $10
At the door: $20; Discounted Member/Student/Senior/Limited Income $15

David Chevan, bass; Warren Byrd, piano and keyboards; Alvin Carter, Jr., drum set and percussion; Baba David Coleman, African drums and percussion; Stacy Phillips, violin and dobro; Will Bartlett, saxophone and clarinet

Imagine Charles Mingus sitting in with a Klezmer band playing Gospel music set to the polyrhythmic pace of the congas and bongos. Imagine a band that understands and can present interpretations of music from traditions as rich as gospel, klezmer, nigunim, spirituals, and swing. Imagine the Afro-Semitic Experience.

The Afro-Semitic Experience is an ensemble dedicated to preserving, promoting and expanding the rich cultural and musical heritage of the Jewish and African Diasporas.
When: June 5, 7:30 pm
Where: Washington DCJCC, 1529 16TH Street NW (16th & Q)
Ticket:; In advance: $15; Discounted Member/Student/Senior/Limited Income $10; At the door: $20; Discounted Member/Student/Senior/Limited Income $15
Go to wjmf.org; (800) 494-TIXS
Info: info@wjmf.org; (202) 777-3250
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Friday, June 6 | 10:00 am | Washington DCJCC
Rhythm & Roots: The Afro-Semitic Experience for Kids | FREE; registration is required on wjmf.org

Afro-Semitic Experience will lead in a morning of fun for kids and grown-ups with an interactive performance filled with energy, music and rhythm, exploring the music of Jewish and African Diasporas. Pre-K and kindergarteners with their parents, caregivers or teachers are invited to join this delightful morning of rhythm and roots.

When: June 6, 10:00 am
Where: Washington DCJCC, 1529 16TH Street NW (16th & Q)
Ticket:; FREE, Registration required at wjmf.org
Info: info@wjmf.org; (202) 777-3250
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Friday, June 6 | 8:30 pm | Washington DCJCC
Musical Erev Shabbat with Linda Hirschhorn
FREE
Cantor, composer, arranger, choral conductor, and director of Vocolot ensemble, Linda Hirschhorn will co-lead a musical Erev Shabbat service with Rabbi Robert Saks of Congregation Bet Mishpachah, the event's co-sponsor.

When: June 6, 8:30 pm
Where: Washington DCJCC, 1529 16TH Street NW (16th & Q)
Ticket: FREE
Info: info@wjmf.org; (202) 777-3250
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Saturday, June 7 | 8:00 pm | Washington DCJCC
Closing Night | David Buchbinder's Odessa/Havana
In advance: $20; Discounted Member/Student/Senior/Limited Income $15
At the door: $25; Discounted Member/Student/Senior/Limited Income $20


Luis Guerra, piano; Roberto Occhipinti, bass; Quinsin Nachoff, reeds; Mark Kelso, drums; Aleksandar Gajic, violin; Rick Shadrach Lazar, percussion

An exciting Jewish-Cuban musical fusion, Odessa/Havana is led by award-winning trumpeter and composer David Buchbinder and includes some of today’s most accomplished jazz musicians. While Odessa and Havana may seem many miles apart, their musical associations are multi-layered and rooted in their common ancestry on the Iberian Peninsula—sharing Sephardic, Arabic, Roma (Gypsy) and North African forbearers.

When: June 7, 8:00 pm
Where: Washington DCJCC, 1529 16TH Street NW (16th & Q)
Ticket: In advance: $20; Discounted Member/Student/Senior/Limited Income $15; At the door: $25; Discounted Member/Student/Senior/Limited Income $20
Go to wjmf.org; (800) 494-TIXS
Info: info@wjmf.org; (202) 777-3250
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Sunday, June 8 | 11:30 am | Washington DCJCC
The Sheynville Express with the Sisters of Sheynville
In advance: $12; Discounted Member/Student/Senior/Limited Income $9
At the door: $15; Discounted Member/Student/Senior/Limited Income $12

Lenka Lichtenberg and Isabel Fryszberg, vocals; Fern Lindzon, piano and vocals; Lorie Wolf, drums; Kinneret Sagee, clarinet; Rachel Melas, bass

Sisters of Sheynville is a high-energy, all-female sextet which brings to life Yiddish swing, klezmer and roots music, inspired by the Barry Sisters of the ’30s and ’40s old time radio era. The band’s original music and arrangements of both traditional and jazz material combine serious musicianship, complexity and intricate musical thought with a fun approach to performance. Since their debut in 2005, the “wildly successful” (Wholenote Magazine) Sisters of Sheynville have amassed an impressive festival and club performance resume.

When: June 8, 11:30 am
Where: Washington DCJCC, 1529 16TH Street NW (16th & Q)
Ticket: In advance: $12; Discounted Member/Student/Senior/Limited Income $9
At the door: $15; Discounted Member/Student/Senior/Limited Income $12
Go to wjmf.org; (800) 494-TIXS
Info: info@wjmf.org; (202) 777-3250

Posted by jmwc at 10:50 PM

May 12, 2008

Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival 2008

Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival 2008 presents
ISRAEL@60 May 21-June 1
http://www.pjmf.net

TICKETS for all events $20 general admission, $15 seniors, $10 students
MORE INFORMATION at www.pjmf.net
TICKETS available at www.proartstickets.org
(412) 394-3353

"ESTA in Concert"
Wednesday, May 21 7:30pm
Byham Theater, 101 6th St.

ESTA is a unique band from Israel with an innovative and original sound. ESTA's music combines the aromas of world music, the power of rock, and the spirit of jazz into a powerful, energetic new force that crosses genres, styles and borders. Proclaimed as "Israel's most original instrumental band", ESTA has toured prestigious festivals and venues throughout Europe, Israel and the U.S., including a special performance for President Clinton at a White House reception in honor of Israel's 50th Anniversary.

"Jerusalem of Gold"
Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival Orchestra
Children's Festival Chorus of Pittsburgh
Gila Goldstein, piano
Nurit Pacht, violin
Re'ut Ben-Ze'ev, soprano
Lucas Richman, conductor

Wednesday, May 28 7:30pm
Katz Theatre, JCC of Greater Pittsburgh 5738 Forbes Ave.

Three gifted Israeli soloists take center stage in our popular orchestral concert. Pianist Gila Goldstein, violinist Nurit Pacht, and soprano Re'ut Ben-Ze'ev join the Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival Orchestra to perform works by prominent Israeli composers Paul Ben-Haim, Julius Chajes, and Noam Sheriff. And don't miss the Children's Festival Chorus perform a stirring rendition of Naomi Shemer's "Yerushalayim Shel Zahav". Lucas Richman conducts.

"Israeli Songs and Dances"
featuring Nurit Pacht, violin
Gilad Harel, clarinet
with Dennis O'Boyle, violin
*Marylene Gingras-Roy, viola
Aron Zelkowicz, cello
Luz Manriquez, piano

Sunday, June 1 7:30pm
Levy Hall, Rodef Shalom Congregation 4905 Fifth Ave.


From the early settlers of Palestine to the rising generation of young composers, Israel has produced an abundance of vital music over the past sixty years. Our celebration continues as violinist Nurit Pacht and clarinetist Gilad Harel join local artists in music by Jan Radzynski, Nizan Leibovich, Oded Zehavi, Jonathan Keren, and others, who evoke the folk traditions of their homeland by combining Arabic, Yemenite, Hebraic and spiritual elements.

The Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival is co-sponsored by the United Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, and Rodef Shalom Congregation. The Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival is made possible in part by Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts, The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and the Heinz Endowments Small Arts Initiative.

http://www.pjmf.net

TICKETS for all events $20 general admission, $15 seniors, $10 students
MORE INFORMATION at www.pjmf.net
TICKETS available at www.proartstickets.org
(412) 394-3353
Posted by jmwc at 11:07 PM

April 15, 2008

KLEZMER PARIS -- 2008

KLEZMER PARIS - 2008
Musique juive d'Europe centrale / Jewish music from Central Europe

Stage de musique instrumentale / Music workshop
Stage de chant yiddish et de danse / Yiddish song and dance workshop
Stage pour enfants et juniors / Kids and juniors classes

Du 7 au 11 juillet 2008 - July 7th - 11th, 2008

Simultanés et avec de nombreuses passerelles, ces trois stages de musique juive d'Europe de l'Est seront animés par des artistes de renommée internationale :
The three parallel courses (with common activities) - klezmer music, Yiddish songs and nigunim, and Jewish dances of Eastern Europe - are all led by internationally known musicians :

Marthe DESROSIERES (France - France) - coordination musicale, flûte, activités pour enfants / musical coordination, flute / juniors activities
Shura LIPOVSKY (Pays-Bas / Netherlands) - direction du stage de chant, chant, danse / director of the song workshop, vocals - dance
Lauren BRODY (Etats-Unis / United States) - accordéon, chant / accordion, vocals
Arkady GENDLER (Ukraine - Ukraina) - chant / vocals
Henri GRUVMAN (France - France) - théâtre, cinéma / theater, cinema
Merlin SHEPHERD (Grande Bretagne - Great Britain) - clarinettes / clarinets
Polina SHEPHERD (Grande Bretagne - Great Britain) - chant choral, piano / vocals, piano
Jake SHULMAN-MENT (Etats-Unis / United States) - violon / violin
Michal SVIRONI (France - France) - théâtre, marionnettes / theater, pupets

Et leurs assistants / and their assistants

Au programme : ateliers, conférences, master classes, jams, spectacles ... certaines animations seront ouvertes au grand public.
Program : daily workshop in singing, dancing and instrumental music, master classes, talks and lectures, jam sessions and performances. Les cours sont donnés en français et anglais / classes are given in both French and English.

INSCRIVEZ-VOUS VITE ! REGISTER NOW !

Informations détaillées et bulletin d'inscription / more information and application form:
http://www.yiddishweb.com
Tél : + 33 (0)1 47 00 14 00 - Fax : + 33 (0)1 47 00 14 47
Posted by jmwc at 11:17 AM

March 25, 2008

Amsterdamse Muziekgebouw International Jewish Music Festival 2008

Van 9 tot en met 11 mei 2008 zal in het Amsterdamse Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ een driedaags concours van Joodse muziek worden gehouden. Kaartverkoop is net van start gegaan.

Uit 16 landen zijn inmiddels 25 ensembles uit uiteenlopende genres gekozen om deel te nemen. Zij zullen volks- en popmuziek, klezmer, klassiek en balkanmuziek ten gehore brengen. De vertegenwoordigde landen zijn Wit-Rusland, Servië, Duitsland, Frankrijk, België, Italië, Engeland, Israël, Argentinië, Griekenland, Venezuela, Chili, Mexico, de Verenigde Staten en natuurlijk ook Nederland. De deelnemers aan het concours strijden niet alleen om prijzengeld, maar ook om een concerttournee en een professioneel cd-opnamecontract met Universal Records. Met deze prijzen heeft het festival niet alleen amateurs aangetrokken, maar ook de doorgewinterde bands en ensembles.

Het concours is onderdeel van een groots festival, met o.a. workshops Jiddisj zang en Joodse gospel, een masterclass klezmermuziek, een uitgebreid kinderprogramma in de klezmerklankspeeltuin, een informatiemarkt voor Joodse cultuurorganisaties, en een prachtige kunstinstallatie. En 'last but not least' sluit het festival groots af op maandagavond 12 mei (tweede Pinksterdag) in de Grote Zaal waar Grammy Award-winnaar The Klezmatics hun eerste concert in Nederland sinds 5 jaar geven.

Actuele informatie over het festival vindt u op www.ijmf.org en kaarten zijn te bestellen op www.muziekgebouw.nl of telefonisch via 020 788 2000.

Met vriendelijke groet,

International Jewish Music Festival 2008
Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Amsterdam
9 t/m 12 mei 2008


Greetings,

Ticket sales have begun for the International Jewish Music Festival! 25 ensembles from 16 countries have been invited to participate in a 3-day competition of Jewish Music: diverse groups will present everything from folk and pop to klezmer and classical music. They'll be competing for a chance at a recording contract and a concert tour - prizes which have drawn not just amateurs but experienced professionals as well.

To close the festival, the Grammy Award winning The Klezmatics will give their first concert in Amsterdam in five years. And there are many other exciting things planned. See the most up-to-date information about the festival online at www.ijmf.org. Tickets can be ordered via www.muziekgebouw.nl or by telephone: +31 20 788 2000.

All the best,

International Jewish Music Festival 2008
Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Amsterdam
9-12 May 2008

Posted by jmwc at 11:19 PM

March 24, 2008

Jewish Music Festival SF Bay Area

The 23rd Annual Jewish Music Festival SF Bay Area March 22 - 30, 2008 http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001TEjqFCX2wXNUZcMQs_W7SVVtEBH5qJrMQ86gwOZtO4viDGNKucHQvG344iqdt30303JC5Fqi9WZewIb5U0P01RyQ2cRDA-Xo7WwzWiDF4bdF6m_fbHS92Pe3TSU2weR7 There will be more than a full week of tremendous concerts and unique programs in multiple venues throughout the Bay Area. Check your calendar one last time, and make sure you take in as much of this annual Bay Area treasure as you possibly can. All the details are available at www.jewishmusicfestival.org http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001TEjqFCX2wXNUZcMQs_W7SVVtEBH5qJrMQ86gwOZtO4viDGNKucHQvG344iqdt30303JC5Fqi9WZewIb5U0P01RyQ2cRDA-Xo7WwzWiDF4bdF6m_fbHS92Pe3TSU2weR7
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Klezmer Ensemble & Band Workshops
If you want to learn to play klezmer in groups, and already know how to play your instrument, there are upcoming opportunities to do so at several bay area locations. David Rosenfeld, of Kugelplex http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001TEjqFCX2wXPmSZIXxd1fFUzHk5Kheef_Y67YV5MTaYfNmMM3RGEzDwgd_ZTK9J2RXVyo6vQYvb5WZZw16nmfu-lSImrZEiHu6aFJXQ1h-Qj4fW-PXqFANA== (mandolin/violin), is a multi-instrumentalist, ethnomusicologist, and composer who has been playing stringed instruments for over 25 years, and teaching for almost as long. He will be conducting workshops shortly in both Berkeley and Palo Alto.



JCC East Bay (click here http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001TEjqFCX2wXME7pPV_P9mrwwvRIwYygqp9aR6mfe1pD7ySGQiRm4MAbl8IwNiIln9qWAl1K7zICjLEJ8DHeIDQwOkYYsP9emDnoOCpHNHUZ6MG6WdRS64Ag== for directions) Tuesdays, April 1 - May 27 (skipping 4/22), 7:30pm - 9:00pm
$100 general, $80 members (for all eight classes)


Albert L. Schultz JCC (click here [http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001TEjqFCX2wXMoolVHawkH4GMu8RfC7Wc_yLkI1_QVuis6jHoB4HuD6wj1ZB29glH946Ntjc3yPf1Az_FQFRRbMEYM8nGHVsXkFTGjhJjogID_U1V5e4ke6Q==] for directions)
Thursdays, April 3 - May 22, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
$85 general, $75 members
Cubberley Campus, Modular Classroom A
Contact: Heidi Stein, 650-852-3505
To find out more, and assure that you receive notice of upcoming workshops, contact
David Rosenfeld at 415-407-7162, or mandodave@gmail.com [mailto:mandodave@gmail.com]. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Wex [http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001TEjqFCX2wXNrqR6ryodrSMUWVI8fR0Tic25tQBebpD2YVoAtmmFvNfpaAzxLiVOVKfbZmDt8K8Sm3cZVGgihfcOJaeImbExo8C_sZDEsHRx0HruQ01q9hQ==]Michael Wex
Scholar-In-Residence Weekend
April 11-13, 2008
Congregation Shomrei Torah - Santa Rosa, CA
Yiddish National Treasure, bestselling author of "Born to Kvetch" and "Just Say Nu," novelist, playwright, lecturer, performer and authority on Yiddish language and literature will be joining the Santa Rosa Jewish community for a Shabbat in April. You can too!
For directions, click here
[http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001TEjqFCX2wXOeHBt0OqqvjidHCuuqEX1gqsn52Ciyq5Yy94F5CrLNKdCQslC4PD_bvNwwYOmYDXiO1BAd-mcEPTnisfNOSk9nTF1AHhoj6NeYuXXvxfALDw==]. For carpooling, post a message on KlezCalifornia's Message forum here
[http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001TEjqFCX2wXO9k9dgRr384yXaazMIfV1pQ7nyMe9L1u1JcX9hmjIQlHdfzJki4E9IRfwGDzlnTR9ZEOLmoBbe5-eLHhSB0L8l-lMn4-H87pKD5WMzeZMNAg==]:

Friday, April 11, 7:30pm Shabbat evening services followed by Michael Wex's lecture: "I'm Becoming a Penitential Chicken for You, Pussy-Cat: Yiddish and the Liturgy"

Saturday, April 12, 10:30am Shabbat morning services and lecture: "Daytsh Aftselakhis (German in Spite of the Germans): The Jewish Roots of Yiddish"

Saturday, April 12, 7:30pm Lecture, discussion and book signing "Don't Knock Me a Teakettle: Strange Yiddish Expressions and How They Got That Way"

Sunday, April 13, 8:30am Brunch with Michael Wex, and a final lecture: "It Should Happen to my Enemies: The Yiddish View of Life" ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Special Shabbat Program Yiddish Culture, Eastern European History, and Klezmer Music with Yale Strom and Elizabeth Schwartz
April 5, Congregation Kol Emeth, Palo Alto
Yale Strom is a pioneer among klezmer revivalists. Since 1981, he has conducted extensive field research in Central and Eastern Europe and the Balkans, focusing on all aspects of Roma and Jewish culture. He is a director, composer, musician, photographer and writer. Elizabeth Schwartz has been called the "Piaf of Yiddish song" and has performed across North America and internationally. She is also an independent filmmaker and former Hollywood film executive. For details of the program, click here http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001TEjqFCX2wXPk1ooISPT1y8gEpCWo1MqChDGZNtEPdETmnUyMRSyDeMzdq8FFsEY7T8zbGyEbvRabY1HWovJuthYpDBl0TgiZqyw4f1f4R-ISek5iek48agtm4HPG9HxVUnyM41Z20JxokPVJQvYeJQ== For directions to Kol Emeth, click here http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001TEjqFCX2wXPXSgQLKxsnVQHdLx62QLK2ffdfNug4wzJSt46q9hJk3BtK8r8eTNB9pV38qPS2YKW0FzzJZ28FEljr3w8nqtoFYA_HFhskf6EBBpXdQyQCLg==

Posted by jmwc at 11:26 AM

January 27, 2008

Italian Jewish Music in Montclair

Montclair State University, in Montclair New Jersey, will host a semester-long Italian Festival of the Arts and Humanities, which will include a few events of Jewish music.

April 1:
Lecture: Jewish Musical Activity in Northern Italy
Lydia Cevidalli and Simonetta Heger, Milan Verdi Conservatory
* Tuesday April 1, 2008
* 8:30 am
Location: University Hall, Room 1010

Featuring visiting scholars Lydia Cevidalli, chamber and orchestral performer and violin professor at the Milan Verdi Conservatory; and Simonetta Heger, soloist and piano and harpsichord professor at the Milan Verdi Conservatory. Part of the Italian Festival of the Arts and Humanities, "An Italian Sense of Place."


April 3
Concert: The Splendor of Italian Music under the Star of David
featuring the Ensemble Salomone Rossi and guests
* Thursday April 3, 2008
* 7:30 pm
Location: Alexander Kasser Theater
Cost: Call the Box Offce
RSVP: 973-655-5112

April 8:
Lecture: Between Ghetto and Emancipation- Musical Traditions of Italian Jews
Francesco Spagnolo, music curator and author
* Tuesday April 8, 2008
* 1:00 pm
Location: University Hall, Room 1040
Featuring Francesco Spagnolo, music curator and lecturer at the University of California at Santa Cruz. Part of the Italian Festival of the Arts and Humanities, "An Italian Sense of Place."

For further information, see www.montclair.edu/italianfestival or email simonW@mail.montclair.edu
or call 973-655-4185
Posted by jmwc at 10:49 AM

January 13, 2008

KLEZMERQUERQUE 2008

Albuquerque's annual Klezmer music and dance festival celebrates its sixth year over Presidents' Day weekend.

The Southwest's annual celebration of Klezmer music and dance, KLEZMERQUERQUE 2008, will present a weekend of concerts, dance parties, classes, and a lunch with music featuring world-renowned klezmer artists as well as many local artists. The annual event will take place from February 15-17 (Friday evening through Sunday afternoon) at Albuquerque's Congregation Nahalat Shalom which is located on 3606 Rio Grande Blvd. NW (between Candelaria & Griegos).

KLEZMERQUERQUE 2008 welcomes back by popular demand the klezmer dance master from Chicago- Steve Weintraub, who teaches and performs klezmer and East European Jewish dance at workshops around the world. Steve will perform on Friday and Saturday evenings in addition to teaching two dance workshops on Saturday and one on Sunday. The Rebbe's Orkestra, the popular Albuquerque-based klezmer ensemble will also give brief performances on Friday and Saturday evening. Appearing with The Rebbe's Orkestra will be special guest clarinetist and vocalist from Seattle - Sheila Fox.

On Saturday, February 16th from 11- noon there will be a special FREE klezmer potpourri presentation for kids and families - advanced reservations required (call 243-6276). And from 12:15-1:30PM come have a vegetarian lunch at KLEZMERQUERQUE as you listen to the beautiful klezmer string music of Albuquerque's "Kompanye" --Admission is an $8.00-$15.00 donation.

KLEZMERQUERQUE 2008 also welcomes back Toronto's critically-acclaimed and award-winning 5-piece klezmer ensemble BEYOND THE PALE (www.beyondthepale.net ). BEYOND THE PALE will be teaching klezmer music classes on Saturday and Sunday plus BTP's virtuoso violinist will teach a special Serbian violin workshop on Saturday. Beyond the Pale will perform on Friday evening and is the featured band at the concert on Saturday night, Feb. 16th at 7:30PM. Tickets for this concert may be purchased in advance for $18.00 (for ALL seats/ages) at Bookworks, 4022 Rio Grande Blvd. NW (505)344-8139 and at Natural Sound, 3422 Central Ave. SE (505)255-8295 - both in Albuquerque. Tickets will also be available at the door for $20.00-general and $18.00-fixed income & under 18.

The festival will open on Friday, February 15th at 6:30PM with a danced Freylekhe Shabbes (Joyous Sabbath) "service" to the music of Alavados, Nahalat Shalom's 5-piece in-house band with dancing led by Rikud -Nahalat Shalom's Yiddish dance troupe. At 7PM there will be a vegetarian potluck dinner and at 8PM there will be performances by Beyond the Pale, Yiddish dance-master Steve Weintraub, and ABQ's own The Rebbe's Orkestra with special guest artist Sheila Fox. The music and dance will continue with Nahalat Shalom's 20-piece Community Klezmer band and open dancing led by Steve Weintraub and Rikud. Admission for Friday evening's event is a $15-$18 suggested donation (under 18-free/donation).

Admission for the entire weekend of events (2 concerts/dance parties, 3 classes, klezmer potpourri presentation and a lunch with music program) is $90-general, $75-seniors/fixed income/under 18. Individual classes (one-and-a-half hour long each) are $20-general / $16-fixed income.

For more information about concerts, class times/prices, Saturday lunch with music and any other questions please contact: Beth Cohen (505)243-6276 mailto:cohenedmunds@netzero.net and/or
Congregation Nahalat Shalom http://www.nahalatshalom.org/ (505)343-8227
Posted by jmwc at 12:14 AM

October 21, 2007

Oy Hoo! Festival in New York Continues this Week

Monday October 22, 2007
strong>Rick Recht
Central Synagogue · 07:30PM · Tickets: $15.00

Rick Recht is one of the top touring artists in Jewish music playing over 150 concerts each year in the US and abroad.

Travelin’ Music
JCC of Manhattan · 08:00PM · Tickets: $10/JCC Members $15/Non Members
The 4,000 Year History of the Jewish People. A Comedy Book by Leonora Thuna; Music by Charles Fox; Lyrics by Norman Gimbal.
For more information visit http://www.oyhoo.com/events/oyhoo-2007
Posted by jmwc at 05:11 PM

Third Annual Sephardic Music Festival

December 3-11, 2007 Will feature the US Debut of Pshotei Ha'am. Artists Piamenta, Pharoah's Daughter, Divahn, DJ Handler, Y-Love,Smadar,Roberto Rodriguez and more. Check dates, times, locations at http://www.sephardicmusicfestival.com/
Posted by jmwc at 03:19 PM

July 10, 2007

Yiddish Summer Weimer

The largest Yiddish festival in Germany is taking place now, July 9, through August 9, 2007. The festival, in operation since the year 2000, invited musicians to teach Klezmer in several workshops to hundreds of interested fans or amateur-musicians. The slogan of this year;s Yiddish Summer Weimar is "Tradition an new Impulses". For that reason, many well-known artists from Germany, Argentina, USA, the Netherlands etc. will teach Klezmer as well as the crossover between Klezmer and Jazz or Tango. For more information, visit the website at:
http://yiddish-summer-weimar.de/
Posted by jmwc at 12:19 AM

May 31, 2007

Egg Rolls & Egg Creams Festival

Eldridge Street Project's
Egg Rolls & Egg Creams Festival
Sunday, June 3, 12-4PM FREE!

Voted the Best Annual Block Party by the Village Voice!

Experience a unique slice of Lower Manhattan, where Chinatown meets the old Jewish Lower East Side at our annual block party. Sample the rich cultural traditions of the Chinese and East European Jewish communities: klezmer music, Chinese opera and acrobatics, scribal art, language lessons, folk art demos, art projects and more!

Eldridge Street Project
12 Eldridge Street between Canal and Division Streets

For more information visit our website at www.eldridgestreet.org or call 212.219.0888.

The not-for-profit Eldridge Street Project is preserving the 1887 Eldridge Street Synagogue as a center for historical reflection, aesthetic inspiration, and spiritual renewal. Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1996, the Eldridge Street Project Synagogue is the first great house of worship built in America by Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe. Concerts, literary events, art installations, workshops for school children, and other cultural and educational programs inspired by the site serve audiences of diverse backgrounds.

The Egg Rolls & Egg Creams Festival is supported by the Manhattan Borough President’s Office, National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, New York City Department of Youth and Community Development, New York City Department for the Aging, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, New York Times Company Foundation and Michael Tuch Foundation.

Posted by jmwc at 12:34 AM

May 06, 2007

KLEZFEST ST. PETERSBURG 2007

The Center for Jewish Music of the Jewish Community Center of St. Petersburg is proud to announce "KlezFest St. Petersburg 2007," an international seminar on the traditional music of Eastern European Jewry, to be held July 8-12, 2007 in St. Petersburg, Russia.

"KlezFest St. Petersburg," now in its 11th year, is the oldest klezmer seminar in Russia. The 2007 festival will include master-classes on Yiddish folk songs and klezmer music, workshops on Yiddish folklore and Yiddish dance, lectures, concerts, and two excursions: "Jewish St. Petersburg" and "Rivers and Canals of St. Petersburg." Our staff will include world-famous musicians -- from New York, the violinist, accordion player, vocalist, ethnomusicologist and the world's leading expert on Yiddish dance, Michael Alpert; also from New York, the vocalist from the famous Klezmatics group, Lorin Sklamberg; from Zaporozhie, Ukraine, the Yiddish folk poet and singer Arkady Gendler, and others.

"KlezFest St. Petersburg," dedicated to bringing klezmer music and Yiddish culture back to the land of their birth, includes Jewish musicians from the vibrant centers of the Jewish renaissance throughout the former Soviet Union.

This year again we are pleased to announce a special program for lovers of Yiddish music and culture from other parts of the globe. We are asking for a contribution of $550. This sum will include food and lodging in St. Petersburg for 5 days and the entire seminar program, including interpreters when needed, concerts and two excursions. Participants will pay for their own transportation to St. Petersburg.

For more information, please contact the Jewish Community Center of St. Petersburg via e-mail or visit our site <www.klezfest.ru>.

For advice on travel and visa arrangements, contact our American sponsor, the Jewish Community Development Fund in Russia and Ukraine, a project of the American Jewish World Service (New York), via telephone: (+1-212) 792-2916, or e-mail: <jcdf@ajws.org>.

Join us at "KlezFest St. Petersburg" this summer! If you haven't been on the Neva River during White Nights with Russian klezmorim, you haven't lived!

Posted by jmwc at 12:40 PM

February 26, 2007

22nd Jewish Music Festival California around the San Francisco Bay Area

Wow. What a a lineup of artists... Wish I was there! Soooo!! you WestCoasters will have a great time...because you can be there... if you're anywhere near San Francisco, you will not want to miss this incredible group of artists. --JMWC

http://www.jewishmusicfestival.org/

The 22nd Jewish Music Festival is almost here. It's being held around the San Francisco Bay Area
This year’s Festival will be held from March 8-25 and feature concerts throughout the Bay Area. Performers include Aires de Sefarad; Michael Alpert; Peter Apfelbaum; Avi Avital; Steven Bernstein; Dan Cantrell; Kitka; Klezmer Buenos Aires; Pharaoh’s Daughter and more! OPENING NIGHT of The Jewish Music Festival San Francisco Bay Area

Musical Fortunes: New music based on Jewish and Romani (”Gypsy”) Routes.
A premiere of new music based on a history of rich collaboration; a tradition mined by Oakland composer/performer Dan Cantrell with Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble, Michael Alpert, Rumen Shopov, Dusan Ristic and dancers Rachel Brice and Elizabeth Strong.
First Congregational Church of Berkeley
2345 Channing Way, Berkeley
Thursday, March 8, 7:30 pm
Co-sponsored by the Creative Work Fund, The East Bay Community Foundation – Fund for Artists, The MAP Fund – a project of Creative Capital, and Leonard Kurz, in memory of Ursula Sherman

Klezmer Buenos Aires/Lerner Moguilevsky Duo:
Surrender yourself to the ecstatic joy of this virtuosic duo, coming direct from Argentina with their stellar blend of klezmer, Argentinean folk music, tango and jazz improvisation. Their lightning transitions between flutes, clarinet, harmonica, accordion, piano and percussion leave audiences clamoring for more.
Thrust Stage / Berkeley Repertory Theatre
2025 Addison St., Berkeley
Saturday, March 10, 8:00 pm
Produced in association with La Peña Cultural Center of Berkeley

Tales From Terezin: A Musical Journey.
In memory of Sylvie Braitman
Violinist Randall Weiss and The Bridge Players present music originally performed at Terezín concentration camp. Congregation Sha’ar Zahav, 290 Dolores Street (at 16th), San Francisco, Sunday, March 11, 4:00 pm
To order tickets: 415.861.6932 × 310
or email programs@shaarzahav.org
Co-sponsored by Congregation Sha’ar Zahav

Ensemble Lucidarium:
“Pure energy on period instruments” – one of Italy’s premier early music ensembles makes their Bay area debut with “La Istoria de Purim,” a program devoted to the music and poetry of the Jews in Renaissance Italy that has delighted audiences and critics from Paris to Budapest. This ensemble of eight won an award in 2004 from the European Association for Jewish Culture for the CD production of this richly-nuanced, rarely heard repertoire.
First Congregational Church of Berkeley
2345 Channing Way, Berkeley
Thursday, March 15, 7:30 pm

The Symbolic Power of Jewish Music:
A conversation with vanguard musicians of John Zorn’s Tzadik Radical Jewish Culture CD label, including Ben Goldberg, John Schott, Basya Schechter, and Steve Bernstein, and others. Moderated by Myra Melford, UC Berkeley
The Jazzschool
2087 Addison Street, Berkeley
Saturday, March 17, 2:00pm
Produced in association with The Jazzschool in Berkeley

Pharaoh’s Daughter:
Blending psychedelic sensibility and pan-Mediterranean sensuality, Basya Schechter leads her band through Hasidic chants and Mizrachi and Sephardi folk-rock, with spiritual styling filtered through percussion, flute, strings and electronica.
Thrust Stage / Berkeley Repertory Theatre
2025 Addison St., Berkeley
Saturday, March 17, 8:00 pm

Steven Bernstein with Peter Apfelbaum and Friends presents Diaspora Blues:
From Berkeley, these now New York-based cutting edge composer/ performers are stretching the definition of Jewish music. Diaspora Blues is based on the work of legendary cantor Moshe Koussevitsky, and was originally recorded in 2002 with the Sam Rivers Trio. This is the West Coast premiere.
Thrust Stage / Berkeley Repertory Theatre
2025 Addison St., Berkeley
Sunday, March 18, 7:30 pm

Poetry Slam on the Theme of Diaspora:
For rules and complete information, please visit:
www.berkeleypoetryslam.com. The three finalists will have the opportunity to showcase at Community Music Day for additional monetary prizes. Details to follow on the Community Music Day event page
Starry Plough Pub
3101 Shattuck Ave.
at Prince Street, Berkeley
Wednesday, March 21, 8:30 pm
Tickets are first-come, first-serve, at venue only

Noa:
Israel’s leading international concert and recording artist dazzles audiences with songs inspired by Yemenite roots infused with jazz, classical and rock have created a unique sound, not to be missed.
JCCSF
3200 California St. (at Presidio), SF
Wednesday, March 21, 8:00 pm
Call 415-276-1511 for tickets.
Co-sponsored with the Eugene & Elinor Friend Center for the Arts, Jewish Community Center of San Francisco
Avi Avital:
This young Israeli mandolin master will showcase contemporary Israeli composers; he recently won first prize in the international competition for plucked strings “Città di Voghera” (Italy); and has played solo with the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Milano and others.
JCCEB
1414 Walnut St., Berkeley
Thursday, March 22, 2:00 pm
Produced in association with the Consulate of Israel

Aires de Sefarad with Jorge Liderman:
Born in Argentina, trained in Israel and the US, this now-Berkeley based composer brings a highly original twist to Sephardic music. The music will be performed by Duo46. The concert will open with the mandolin master, Avi Avital.
Congregatin Beth El
1301 Oxford St., Berkeley
Thursday, March 22, 2007. 8:00 pm
Produced in association with Congregation Beth El in Berkeley

Community Music Day:
Poetry Slam Finals, interactive workshops, children’s concert, Instrument Petting Zoo, and performances throughout the day showcasing high quality local artists. Guaranteed to bring out your inner musician.
JCCEB
1414 Walnut St., Berkeley
Sunday, March, 25, 11-5 pm
Produced in association with Freight and Salvage Coffee House. Co-sponsored by Taube Foundation for Jewish Life and Culture (JCEF) and the Anisman/Sherman Family and Julie Sherman

See http://www.jewishmusicfestival.org/ for all the details.

Posted by jmwc at 10:34 AM

October 31, 2006

Just Put it on Your Calendar Now: KlezCalifornia in January, 2007

Coming soon in San Francisco:
KlezCalifornia at the JCCSF
Saturday, January 6th, 2007 · 7:30 - 10:00 pm
Concert with the award-winning
European band BUDOWITZ
Dancing taught by MICHAEL ALPERT
Sunday, January 7th, 2007 · 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
A full day of participatory workshops
Learn the klezmer style (all instruments, levels) with BUDOWITZ musicicans
Dancing taught by MICHAEL ALPERT
Yiddish theater, language, literature, songs, history, and crafts
Special programs for teens and youth

Tickets will be available at JCCSF Box Office
415-292.1233 or jccsf.org/arts
Posted by jmwc at 06:17 PM

KlezKamp 22 - Hasidish Yiddish

KlezKamp 22 - Hasidish Yiddish KlezKamp is almost here again! It's being held December 24-29, 2006, at the Hudson Valley Resort and Spa in Kerhonkson, New York for a week of Yiddish music and culture.

The entire catalogue and registration materials are available online at http://www.livingtraditions.org/docs/index_kk.htm If you would like Living Traditions to mail you a catalogue or would like them to do so in the future, please email your current contact information, email: info@livingtraditions.org

October 06, 2006

FestiLadino in Rishon Letzion

This year's FestiLadino is being held on Hol Homed Sukkot, Oct 11, 2006 in Rishon Letzion, Israel. It promises to be a great lineup this year. Details can be seen on the Festival's website at: http://www.festiladino.org/index.php (Hebrew).
Posted by jmwc at 10:17 AM

September 06, 2006

Simcha on the Square at Trafalgar Square, London

A Celebration of British Jewish Culture in the presence of deputy Mayor of London, Nicky Gavron. Marking 350 years of British Jewish life. All welcome. Admission Free. Bring a Shofar to Grafalgar Square for a mass Shofar blast at around 2pm. Sunday, Spet. 17, 2006 1:00pm-7:00pm.
Hear Danny Shine's Neshama Jewish Wedding Band, Three Cantors, The London Jewish Male Choir, She'Koyakh's top tapping klezmer, Mor Karbasi, The Ronnie Scott's Legacy Quartet in a jazz tribute, Los Desterrados, The Sophie Solomon Band's world music, Merlin and Polina Shepherd with special guests, Rivers of Babylon Iraqi Jewish music, and featuring Jewish Lad's and Girls Brigade, and the Jewish Youth Choir, Oranim and Ntzanim dance troupes and more. Deliciou food and lots of exhibitions of Jewish history and culture.
Posted by jmwc at 05:51 PM

September 01, 2006

Toronto Jewish Folk Choir at Ashkenaz

The Toronto Jewish Folk Choir is performing Sunday, September 3, 1 p.m. in the Brigantine Room at the Ashkenaz festival in Toronto. Free admission.
This will be the second performance of In Amerike, for choir and klezmer band by Sid Robinovitch - a terrific piece that was a big hit at its premiere in June. Beyond the Pale is joining the choir, and Sid is coming in from Winnipeg to play the piano part. Toronto Jewish Folk Choir also doing a few other numbers, including a choral version of the beautiful lullabye, Rozhinkes mit mandlen (Raisins and Almonds). Alexander Veprinsky will conduct the concert, including excerpts from a medley he created for our 80th anniversary concert.
Posted by jmwc at 05:19 PM

KlezCalifornia All-Stars in San Francisco

YERBA BUENA GARDENS FESTIVAL in downtown San Francisco, September 10, 2006, 1:00 - 2:30 pm.
The KlezCalifornia All-Stars : Klezmer Music and Yiddish Dance 101 will be part of the Music in the Gardens 101 which is a series of narrated concerts that provides audiences a unique and invaluable opportunity to hear first-hand from master musicians about the music they perform, and their personal sources of inspiration. The series is designed to appeal as much to the musician and non-musician; as much to a grandparent as to a child. Featuring Stu Brotman of Brave Old World, Julie Egger of Red Hot Chachkas, Josh Horowitz of Veretski Pass, Kevin Mummey and Steve Saxon of KlezX, and Gerry Tenney of California Klezmer. See www.ybgf.org/GetHere.html for information and directions.
Posted by jmwc at 04:52 PM

August 11, 2006

Jewish Festival In Providence Rhode Island

The City of Providence and Jewish Community Center of Rhode Island are proud to sponsor the second 'Lower Eastside comes to the Providence' Jewish Festival
Sunday August 27 from 11:00 to 3:00 pm.
Featuring performances by:
The Fishel Bresler Klezmer Band
The Klezphonics
There will be Jewish food for sale, children activities, and a storyteller and many booths.

The event will be held a the intersection of Hope Street and Blackstone Blvd. For more information call the Jewish Community Center of Rhode Island.
401 861 8800
In case of rain the event will be held indoors at the Jewish Community Center on Elmgrove Avenue.
Posted by jmwc at 03:05 PM

July 10, 2006

Third KlezMore Festival in Vienna

There's still plenty of time to catch Budowitz this Tuesday July 11 at the KlezMore Festival in Vienna, among other delights. This festival, running the better part of two weeks, still has a week more of festivities. There's a calendar of events at http://www.klezmore-vienna.at/d/fkuenstler.html,
Posted by jmwc at 12:03 AM

June 12, 2006

4th New York International Choral Festival

Jewish People's Philharmonic Chorus <http://www.thejppc.org/>, a Yiddish Chorale, is included in the International Choral Festival
Monday, June 19th
8:00pm
Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center
W. 65th Street
New York City

PARTICIPANTS:
Abyssinian Baptist Church Combined Choirs
A-Jung Kayaguem Ensemble Chorus
'Han-Yu-Hoe' of Korea Highbridge Voices
Jewish People's Philharmonic Chorus Overseas
Chinese Childrens Chorus Sound of Korea
Posted by jmwc at 03:51 PM

June 08, 2006

Ruby Harris at Greater Chicago Jewish Folk Festival

Greater Chicago Jewish Folk Festival
Many greater bands all day, plus art, greater food, activism, crafts and a greater festival. Sunday, June 11
5pm,Ruby Harris Band, Cook County Forest Preserve, (Oakton w. of Lehigh)
And later that nite...Blues fest weekend (later and greater)
9pm, Ruby Harris Electric Violin Blues Band at Dukes, 6920 Glenwood (near Morse L)
Posted by jmwc at 04:33 PM

June 05, 2006

Live Music at Museum Mile Festival at the Jewish Museum

Metropolitan Klezmer Octet
Tuesday, June 13th
Museum Mile Festival at the Jewish Museum
6pm-9pm FREE!! & outdoors (if weather permits, or in museum auditorium).
The Jewish Museum
Fifth Ave @ 92nd St, NYC
Info: 212-423-3200 or museummilefestival.org
Rain or shine... full eight-piece band
Latest photos at EPK: http://metropolitanklezmer.com
Contact Eve Sicular at sicular@gmail.com
This is Metropolitan Klezmer's eleventh consecutive year playing for The Jewish Museum at this annual event which transforms Fifth Avenue into a car-free cultural promenade for the evening, each second Tuesday in June -- with admission to all museums FREE! We will perform various very new pieces and original arrangements of traditional and farflung music, from Yiddish sources and beyond.
Featuring:
~Ismail Butera, accordion
~Brian Drye, trombone
~Pamela Fleming, trumpet & fluegelhorn
~Michael Hess, violin & ney flutes
~David Hofstra, bass & tuba
~Deborah Karpel, vocals
~Debra Kreisberg, clarinet & alto saxophone
~Eve Sicular, drums & bandleader
Posted by jmwc at 06:54 PM

May 30, 2006

PITTSBURGH JEWISH MUSIC FESTIVAL 2006

"The Jewish Year in Melody" is the theme for the 2006 Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival. There are several events happening at differnt venues and dates, including:
Wednesday, May 31, 2006
'From Shabbat to the High Holy Days'
at the Pittsburgh Katz-JCC at 8:00 PM

Sunday, June 4, 2006
Tribute to Shlomo Carlebach
featuring Neshama Carlebach and her band at Congregation Beth Shalom at 7:30 PM
Tuesday, June 6, 2006
Songs for the Seasons
at Rodeph Shalom Congregation at 8:00 PM


The Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival is unique in its devotion to Jewish-themed classical music by Jewish composers and influenced by Jewish musical traditions. More information about the festival is available at: http://www.pjmf.net/

Tickets can be ordered from ProArts Ticket Service at: http://www.proartstickets.org/

Posted by jmwc at 12:52 AM

May 15, 2006

KLEZMER-PARIS 2006 in July

The Parizer yidish-tsenter - Medem Bibliotek is pleased to inform all lovers of Klezmer music, Yiddish song, dance... and also junior musicians that, this year, our 4th annual klezfest "KLEZMER-PARIS 2006" is going to be held in Paris, July, 6 to 10.
INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION
Maison de la culture yiddish - Bibliothèque Medem 18, passage Saint-Pierre Amelot - 75011 PARIS - FRANCE
Tél. : 00 33 1 47 00 14 00 / Fax : 00 33 1 47 00 14 47
www.yiddishweb.com

This intensive training course is for those who wish to develop their playing style and share this pleasure with others musicians so that Klezmer is not only concert music, but stays a living and popular music.

PROGRAM
Music, songs and dance workshops, conferences, master classes, jam, performances... Some of those will be open to all (musicians and non-musicians).

COURSE TEAM DAVID KRAKAUER : clarinet founder of David Krakauer's Klezmer Madness , he guests numerous groups including the prestigious Kronos Quartet.

JOSH DOLGIN (alias DJ SoCalled): accordion, piano, machines (beats, loops, samples) manipulator of digital and analogical rhythms, he has made himself the champion of an improbable yiddish hip-hop from Montreal to New York!

YANKL FALK: clarinet, voice member of the hungarian group Di Naye Kapelye he is also the director of a number of bands and a consultant in the theatre and movie industry.

BOB COHEN: fiddle, mandolin went to Hungary to do research on the musical history of the carpathian region. He created the Di Naye Kapelye & Budapest Klezmer Band groups and has played with Budowitz .

SHURA LIPOVSKY: voice, dance is recognized by her peers as one of the major artists of yiddish songs which she contextualises historically to illustrate their place in yiddish culture. Shell will also conduct a dance course in hasidic wisdom through movement, as she has already done in Europe, Russia, United States and Canada.

JOSHUA HOROWITZ : accordion, cymbalom now with Veretski Pass and formerly with Budowitz , he is the ethno-musicologist and theoretician of his generation.

SUZAN WATTS : trumpet from the 4th. generation of a klezmer family, she has played alongside the stars of klezmer and leads the Fabulous Shpilkes group.

MARTHE DESROSIERES:flute, picolo, clarinet music workshop coordinator, she will help initiate the younger players to this music.

WORKSHOP OPEN TO ALL
Courses in French and English

Musicians: for those with sufficient mastery of their instruments to be able to be at ease learning of music. Sheet music will be provided but the work will be done by ear.

Singers: who will be able to further their knowledge of yiddish folklore, of the Hazanut , and of the interaction between yiddish songs and klezmer music. Special workshop.

Dancers: all levels, beginners to professional.

Juniors: specific classes of music, song and dance reserved to the young (9/13 years old) with a minimum of 3 years instrumental experience. Participants need to bring their own instruments and parents are also invited to participate in their classes.

SCHEDULE
Days: 10am- 6pm.
Evenings: meetings, film projections, jam sessions, end of course party...

INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION
Maison de la culture yiddish - Bibliothèque Medem 18, passage Saint-Pierre Amelot - 75011 PARIS - FRANCE
Tél. : 00 33 1 47 00 14 00 / Fax : 00 33 1 47 00 14 47
www.yiddishweb.com

Posted by jmwc at 10:04 AM

May 12, 2006

KLEZFEST ST. PETERSBURG 2006

The Center for Jewish Music of the Jewish Community Center of St. Petersburg is proud to announce "KlezFest St. Petersburg 2006," an international seminar on the traditional music of Eastern European Jewry, to be held June 17-22, 2006 in St. Petersburg, Russia.

"KlezFest St. Petersburg," now in its 10th year, is the oldest klezmer seminar in Russia. The 2006 festival will include master-classes on Yiddish folk songs and klezmer music, workshops on Yiddish folklore and Yiddish dance, lectures, concerts, and two excursions: "Jewish St. Petersburg" and "Rivers and Canals of St. Petersburg." Our staff will include world-famous musicians -- from New York, the violinist, accordion player, vocalist, ethnomusicologist and the world's leading expert on Yiddish dance, Michael Alpert; also from New York, the vocalist from the famous Klezmatics group, Lorin Sklamberg; from Berlin, the outstanding klezmer clarinetist, Christian Dawid, from Montreal, the master of hip-hop klezmer, composer, vocalist and DJ Josh "Socalled" Dolgin, and others.

"KlezFest St. Petersburg," dedicated to bringing klezmer music and Yiddish culture back to the land of their birth, includes Jewish musicians from the vibrant centers of the Jewish renaissance throughout the former Soviet Union.

This year again we are pleased to announce a special program for lovers of Yiddish music and culture from other parts of the globe. We are asking for a contribution of $700. This sum will include food and lodging in St. Petersburg for 6 days and the entire seminar program, including interpreters when needed, concerts and two excursions. Participants will pay for their own transportation to St. Petersburg.

For more information, please contact the Jewish Community Center of St. Petersburg via e-mail <frenk@lea.spb.su> or visit our site <www.klezfest.ru>.

For advice on travel and visa arrangements, contact our American sponsor, the Jewish Community Development Fund in Russia and Ukraine, a project of the American Jewish World Service (New York), via telephone: (+1-212) 273-1642, or e-mail: .

Join us at "KlezFest St. Petersburg" this summer! If you haven't been on the Neva River during White Nights with Russian klezmorim, you haven't lived!

Posted by jmwc at 03:06 PM

May 05, 2006

2006 GREATER CHICAGO JEWISH FESTIVAL

A real festival...the 2006 GREATER CHICAGO JEWISH FESTIVAL
WHEN: Sunday, June 11
WHERE: the Forest Preserve at Oakton (8000 N) and Lehigh (6300 W) in Morton Grove
TIME: 11:00am 6:00 pm
PARKING: free parking next to the Festival grounds
WEBSITE: www.jewishfestival.org
PHONE: 847.933.3000
RAIN LOCATION: Niles West High School, 5701 Oakton, Skokie

The 2006 Greater Chicago Jewish Festival, the heart and soul of Jewish Chicago, will be held on Sunday, June 11, at the Forest Preserve at Oakton (8000 N) and Lehigh (6300 W) in Morton Grove, from 11am-6pm. The multi-talented singer, songwriter Lisa Loeb will headline as part of continuous music and dance throughout the day.

Unique in its celebration of Jewish culture in America, the festival seeks to combine all aspects of the Chicagoland Jewish community. Four stages of music and dance create a vibrant background for over 40,000 attendees, who also can wander through the extensive art bazaar featuring artists from the U.S. and Israel.

Several acts are new to the festival this year. In addition to Lisa Loeb, the Jewish rock band, Blue Fringe, will perform, and the Urban Tunells Klezmerband is coming all the way from Norway for their first American appearance. Past Festival favorites such as Debbie Friedman, Stuart Rosenberg, Jeff Klepper and Rabbi Joe Black are returning to entertain their fans.

Representing the backbone of the Jewish community will be over 80 booths of co-sponsoring Jewish organizations reflecting the community's interests and diversity. Nearby visitors can browse in the Book Shuk, where visiting authors will sign their latest works.

With their parents in tow, children will revel at the Hands-On tent and the kids stage.

Everyone will enjoy the strictly kosher food court, which features several cooking demonstrations in addition to falafel, pizza, ice cream and more.

The Festival has something for everyone--teens, adults, children and seniors; families, singles and groups of friends; cultural, religious or secular Jews; those interested in any part of Jewish life. "The Festival provides an opportunity for our community to come together to celebrate Jewish culture rather than the crises which punctuate our lives," commented Michael Lorge, the Festival's founder and executive director.

The all-day Festival, the largest Jewish cultural event in Chicago, is produced by the Jewish POCET, an all volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to creating quality events for the Chicago Jewish community. Free parking next to the Festival grounds.

For more information or to volunteer for the Festival please call 847-933-3000 or visit at www.jewishfestival.org

Posted by jmwc at 03:51 PM

7th WASHINGTON JEWISH MUSIC FESTIVAL

The Seventh WASHINGTON JEWISH MUSIC FESTIVAL is coming soon, on May 16 -24, 2006. Events are being held in various locations, so look at the calendar for times, places and prices. See the Calendar for more information:

Calendar:

TUESDAY, MAY 16 8PM
OPENING NIGHT
Bring in Da Klez, Bring in Da Funk
NEW ORLEANS KLEZMER ALL-STARS
Opening Act: Vulgar Bulgars
Aaron and Cecile Goldman Theater
Advance Tickets: General: $20
Member, Senior, Student Price: $14
At the Door: General: $25
Member, Senior, Student Price: $16

WEDNESDAY, MAY 17 10AM
Klez for Kids
NEW ORLEANS KLEZMER ALL-STARS
Aaron and Cecile Goldman Theater
RSVP to music@djcc.org or 202-777-3250
FREE

WEDNESDAY, MAY 17 8 10PM
PEACE CAFÉ OPEN MIC
Busboys & Poets, 2021 14th Street NW
RSVP to music@djcc.org or 202-777-3250
FREE

THURSDAY, MAY 18 7:30PM
Kabbalah Kirtan
YOFIYAH
Ina and Jack Kay Community Hall
Advance Tickets: General: $15
Member, Senior, Student Price: $10
At the Door: General: $20
Member, Senior, Student Price: $14

SATURDAY, MAY 20 10PM 1AM
Balagan Boogaloo Party
DJ HANDLER, DJ SHOTNEZ, & Y-LOVE
Bourbon (formerly Blue Room)
-- 2321 18th Street NW
$10 (at the door and in advance)

SUNDAY, MAY 21 11AM
Variations on a Theme: Jazz Brunch and Discussion
MARILYN LERNER AND ADRIENNE COOPER
Ina and Jack Kay Community Hall
Advance Tickets: General: $20
Member, Senior, Student Price: $14
At the Door: General: $25
Member, Senior, Student Price: $16

SUNDAY, MAY 21 NOON & 2PM
SPRING ON THE STEPS
16th Street Steps outside the J
FREE

SUNDAY, MAY 21 1PM
PANEL DISCUSSION: WHAT S UP WITH JEWISH & HIP HOP?
Steve Stein, dj handler and Y-Love
Ina and Jack Kay Community Hall
RSVP to music@djcc.org or 202-777-3250
FREE

SUNDAY, MAY 21 7PM
Rhythm and Jazz: On the Edge of the Afro-Semitic Diaspora
HASIDIC NEW WAVE AND YAKAR RHYTHMS
The Carnegie Institution of Washington
-- 1530 P Street NW
Advance Tickets: General: $15
Member, Senior, Student Price: $10
Under 10: $5
At the Door: General: $20
Member, Senior, Student Price: $14
Under 10: $7

MONDAY, MAY 22 7:30PM
Masada Rock
RASHANIM
Aaron and Cecile Goldman Theater
Advance Tickets: General: $15
Member, Senior, Student Price: $10
At the Door: General: $20
Member, Senior, Student Price: $14

TUESDAY, MAY 23 7:30PM
Encore Screening of
A CANTOR S TALE
Aaron and Cecile Goldman Theater
Advance Tickets: General: $8.50
Member, Senior, Student Price: $7
At the Door: General: $10
Member, Senior, Student Price: $9

WEDNESDAY, MAY 24 8PM
CLOSING NIGHT
Voice Like Henna
MICHAL COHEN
Opening Act: Sam Seguito Turner s Dom Pakka Chikki
Post-Concert Reception
Aaron and Cecile Goldman Theater
Advance Tickets: General: $20
Member, Senior, Student Price: $14
At the Door: General: $25
Member, Senior, Student Price: $16

Posted by jmwc at 03:06 PM

April 06, 2006

San Diego Jewish Music Festival

The 7th Annual Jewish Music Festival will take place in San Diego, California throughout the month of May.
Violinist Zina Schiff in Recital: Music Played in Terezin, Monday, May 15, 7:30pm
Varian Fry Assignment: Rescue, May 15–June 4
FATHOM: The Body as Universe, Partner's Celebration Performance, Thursday, May 18 @ the Stephen and Mary Birch North Park Theatre
Celebrating Shostakovich, Celebrating Shostakovich Wednesday, May 24, 7:30pm
Danny Maseng: Wasting Time with Harry Davidowitz, Saturday, May 27, 8:00pm
Cuarteto Latinoamericano, Cuarteto Latinoamericano Tuesday, May 30, 7:30pm
Klezmer in the Park at the Organ Pavilion, Balboa Park, Thursday, June 22, 6:15pm
For more information, visit the festival website at http://sdcjc.lfjcc.org/sdjmf/2006/
Posted by jmwc at 01:43 PM

March 30, 2006

Let My People Sing

April 4-16, 2006. Los Angeles, California.
For nine days Los Angeles will gather to rejoice in the glory of Passover, the “Festival of Freedom.” The latest brainchild of celebrated musician/producer Craig Taubman, and sponsored by major Los Angeles area Jewish Organizations, Let My People Sing will run through the Passover week holiday at venues throughout the Greater Los Angeles area. For more information about performers and venues visist www.letmypeoplesing.com Let My People Sing Schedule:
SATURDAY, APRIL 8

Faith Jam ‘06
Christian Jewish and Muslim
Comedy, Music & Spoken Word
Islamic Center of Southern California

Sister Stories from Egypt to Darfur
Shabbat with Rabbi Nina Bieber Feinstein
Cindy Paley & Debbie Friedman
Valley Beth Shalom

SUNDAY APRIL 9

A Seder for Darfur
Rabbi Harold Schulweis, Danny Glover, Mare Winningham
Ed Asner, Jon Voight, Dave Koz and Rev. Cecil Murray
Benefiting Jewish World Watch
UCLA Hillel

MONDAY, APRIL 10

The Man Seder
A powerful evening of fraternity and song with
Rabbis Yosef Kanefsky, Dan Moskovitz, Perry Netter & Hazan Mike Stein
University of Judaism

FRIDAY, APRIL 14

Friday Night Live
Jewish gospel sensation Joshua Nelson and his band rock this Westside Shabbat happening
Sinai Temple

SATURDAY, APRIL 15

Tears, Laughter and Spirit
A celebration of freedom with Joel Chasnoff,
clergy, cantors and choirs
Stephen S. Wise Temple

Raise The Roof
The Rick Recht band performs in concert
Benefiting Jewish World Watch
Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center

SUNDAY, APRIL 16

Let My People Rock
A sun and fun-filled Freedom Walk and performances by
Israel supergroup Hadag Nachash, Rick Recht, Kings of Klezmer
Kesher Chaim Dance Ensemble and more
The Braindeis-Bardin Institute
Posted by jmwc at 09:22 AM

March 21, 2006

Jewish Music Festival in Boston, MA --March 25 and 26

A GREAT event celebrating 26 years of the world renowned Klezmer Conservatory Band, with workshops, discussion and more! in happening March 25 and 26 in Newton, MA. Klezmer Conservatory Band Reunion Concert and Mini Music Festival at the Leventhal Sidman JCC, 333 Nahanton Street, Newton, MA
JCC Box Office: 617-965-5226

A celebration of klezmer in Boston, birthplace of the klezmer revival, features the Klezmer Conservatory Band along with former band members Michael Alpert, Rosalie Gerut, Jeff Warschauer, Deborah Strauss and other surprise guests!

Concerts
Saturday, March 25, 2006 ­ 8pm
Sunday, March 26, 2006 ­ Concert ­ 4:00
pm This coming weekend is a small Jewish music festival - the first in Boston in over a decade with exciting workshops:

Workshop Schedule
Sunday, March 26, 2006 ­ 1:30-3:30 Workshop
s
Dance, sing, play music or learn to kibbutz in Yiddish with these entertaining and informative workshops. This is a unique opportunity to participate in interactive workshops with some of the greatest talents on today's Klezmer scene.

1:30-2:30 pm Eastern European Yiddish Dance -Learn to dance with an "old world flavor". Michael Alpert, world-renowned vocalist and member of the legendary Band, Brave Old World, leads this unique dance workshop. All Levels Welcome!

1:30-2:30 pm Instant Klezmer -Play klezmer music in a flash. Bring your instrument and participate in this great opportunity to learn from the master, Hankus Netsky, founder of KCB and one of the leaders of the klezmer revival.

1:30 - 2:30pm Fidl ­ Kapelye - This workshop geared for all bowed instruments and tsimbl, will focus on learning music by ear and playing in a fluid, dynamic and interactive way. Please bring your instrument to this session led by Klezmer musician Deborah Strauss.

1:30 - 2:30pm Taste of Yiddish - Yiddish for the non-Yiddish speaker. Schlep over to the JCC for a nosh of this Hamish language with Workmen's Circle Yiddish instructor Dovid Braun

2:40 - 3:40pm Yiddish Sing-Along ­ Experience the power and poetry of Yiddish folk music with Workmen's Circle music director Lisa Gallatin. Singers of all levels are welcome.

2:40 - 3:40 pm Klezmer Jam -Bring your instrument and jam with JCC Klezmer Band instructor Barry Shapiro. All levels welcome

2:40 -3:40 pm Round Table Discussion: Klezmer Revival, Nu? What's Next. Join KCB's Hankus Netsky, duo Jeff Warschauer and Deborah Strauss, BOW's Michael Alpert and KlezmerShack's Ari Davidow for an informative and entertaining discussion about Jewish music. Free Event

Workshop Fee: JCC Members: $5 per workshop General: $7 per workshop Concerts: JCC Members $20; General $22; Youth: JCC Members $14; General $16 Festival Pass (concert plus workshops): JCC Members $24; General $23

Pre-registration recommended. Please call 617-558-6486 for registration information Concert information call 617-965-5226

Co-sponsored by the KlezmerShack, http://www.klezmershack.com, and Workmen's Circle, http://www.workmenscircleboston.org/

Posted by jmwc at 01:43 PM

February 08, 2006

Inaugural New Orleans International Jewish Music Festival

April 1 and April 2. Mark those dates on your calendars. Maybe even book a flight to New Orleans to attend the event! Out of towner tickets are only $50 for the entire two days. The first ever New Orleans International Jewish Music Festival is happening in only a few short weeks. And it's going to be a great line up: Neshama Carlebach, Rebbe Soul, Moshav Band, Sam Glasser, The New Orlenas Klezmer All Stars and much more. To learn all about it, read this flyer: http://www.hiddurmitzvah.org/neworleans/media/pressrelease.pdf Come support the Jewish community of New Orleans and at the same time bring some great music back to the city.
Posted by jmwc at 03:43 PM

January 29, 2006

KlezFest London 2006 alongside a Jewish Song School this summer

KlezFest London 2006 Sunday 13-Friday 18 August
Jewish Song School Sunday 13-Friday 18 August
Ot Azoy! Yiddish Course Sunday 6-Friday 11 August

KlezFest London is a hands-on learning experience with luminaries of the Klezmer revival from Europe and America, focusing on the style, ornamentation, rhythm and repertoire of Eastern European Jewish music, song and dance. It is an inspirational and life-enhancing experience for amateur and professional instrumentalists and singers. In 2006, KlezFest includes a special parallel strand for professional klezmer players as well as the parallel Song School. KlezFest is preceded by a fantastic one-week Yiddish course ideal for complete beginners and for singers but catering also for advanced language students. Booking is now open and details and registration can be found on Web www.jmi.org.uk

FrankLondon Daily schedules: All the students of KlezFest and Song School, work together each morning till tea break - learning the Shers and Bulgars - the dances of old Europe to a live band led by Merlin Shepherd and singing Chassidic nigunim. After parallel sessions for instrumentalists and singers everyone comes together again in the last session to join in vocal ensembles. Meals and evening entertainment are included and taken together (except on Wednesday which is a free afternoon).

KlezFest, Song School and Ot Azoy! will be held this year again at
West London Synagogue,
33 Seymour Place, London, W1,
and KlezFest and Song School will end with KlezFesters invited to participate with their voices and instruments in a moving service welcoming the Sabbath in the sanctuary and optional partaking of a meal with the community on Friday 18 August.

KlezFest London 2006 --Sunday 13-Friday 18 August

'Dr Klez' himself (AKA Joshua Horowitz - the renowned performer and scholar of klezmer music of Budowitz and other fame), will be a principal guest at the JMI's 6th annual KlezFest London in 2006. Frank London, who created an outstanding programme last year with the Klezmatics will again be the Programme Director and this time has invited Josh to bring his new ensemble Veretski Pass to be the resident band. This means that not only will we have Joshua Horowitz, an expert on button accordion and tsimbl, but we will have the exciting fiddler Cookie Segelstein for the first time on the violin faculty, and Stuart Brotman will be back dealing with bass instruments. Other returnees are of course Deborah Strauss (fiddle), Jeff Warschauer (plucked strings), Merlin Shepherd and Christian Dawid (clarinets), Sanne Moerike (accordion), Guy Schalom (percussion), Ilana Cravitz (fiddle assistant) and Andreas Schmitges dance-leader assisted by Helene Domergue. Also special to JMI KlezFest London is a contingent of outstanding musicians and singers from the Former Soviet Union.

New to KlezFest London this year, in addition to the work with amateurs, is a special strand for professional klezmer players. Professional bands will have a chance to perform at KlezFest in the Park on the opening day, and in our showcase of Klezmer: The Next Generation organised by Guy Schalom. Professionals will have special lectures and hands-on workshop sessions as well as individual and ensemble masterclasses with Josh Horowitz, Frank London and others on composition and ensemble arrangements. There will be sessions on professional development with music industry leaders on how to make a demo and get a record deal; how to get gigs, how to present yourselves on stage, how to manage being a live performer and how to teach Klezmer.
Read what students at KlezFest and Jewish Song Summer School had to say about the experience they had in 2005. See the pictures of KlezFest 2005 all at Website www.jmi.org.uk

Jewish Song School ---Sunday 13-Friday 18 August
Alongside KlezFest, with joint classes with instrumentalists in dance and ensembles will once more be the Jewish Song School. Here amateur and professional singers led by Shura Lipovsky of Amsterdam explore the joys of Jewish song in many languages and styles, with special emphasis on Yiddish song.. She will be assisted by Jacinta on Yiddish and Sephardi songs. Polina Shepherd will be the accompanist and vocal ensemble director assisted by Judith Silver.

Ot Azoy! Yiddish Crash Course --Sunday 6-Friday 11 August
KlezFest is preceded by Ot Azoy! (6-11 August). Ot Azoy' means 'This is the way' and it really is the way for beginners to advanced students to learn to read, write and speak Yiddish quickly and easily in only one week in a fun and friendly atmosphere. Includes intensive tuition and conversation sessions with expert tuition from Peysakh Fiszman of New York, Sonia Dratwa-Pinkusowitz of the Buber Institute in Brussels and Lily Kahn under the Direction of Helen (Khayele) Beer of University College London. Learn Yiddish also through song with exquisite Yiddish Singer Shura Lipovsky from Amsterdam and through Yiddish films selected and introduced by Barry Davis of London. For complete beginners to advanced students in four levels. Beginners will be taken through the Hebrew-Yiddish alphabet (much easier than it looks), will learn some every-day vocabulary and a generous helping of grammar, so that by the end of the week you will be able to string together your first sentences in Yiddish! Intermediate and advanced Yiddish speakers will be given more challenging texts and grammatical lessons and will get lots of opportunities to converse in this extraordinary language. Who says Yiddish is Kaput? This will be the 5th JMI Yiddish Crash course. Details of fees and registration forms are now available: Full fees are £285; Students £185. There is an early booking discount of £15 if booked by 15 April and paid in full by 31 May. Further discounts if attending with an ensemble and if booking for Ot Azoy! as well as KlezFest or Song School. Some scholarships are available, to apply fill in a registration form and send with deposit and letter describing the need for financial assistance and the reason you want to do the courses. Book soon and have the benefit of the early booking discount at www.jmi.org.uk

JMI KlezFest London, the Song School and Ot Azoy! are part of the European Yiddish and Klezmer Academy 2006 for the Transmission of the Yiddish cultural heritage. Four European institutions in London, Paris, Weimar and Vilnius give you the chance to learn Yiddish language and song and Klezmer music. This programme is supported by the Culture Program 2000 of the European Union. Participate in one course or in several. Some European scholarships are available. See the website for details of each European Academy course: http://www.yiddish-klezmer.net/

JMI KlezFest London, the Song School and Ot Azoy! are also part of a World Music Summer School organised by the Department of Music at SOAS University of London www.soas.ac.uk/summermusic

Posted by jmwc at 06:06 PM

January 25, 2006

THE 21ST ANNUAL JEWISH MUSIC FESTIVAL in San Francisco

MARCH 4-26, 2006!
Tickets and Info: 415-276-1511 or
http://www.jewishmusicfestival.org
Concerts throughout the San Francisco Bay Area
Group, Senior and Student Discounts available

Opening Night March 4th for a rare Bay Area appearance of the heroically nutty, genre-bending NEW ORLEANS KLEZMER ALLSTARS, New Orleans' top world music band.
Of Special Interest:

FROM ISTANBUL TO JERUSALEM: 3/19 - Direct from Turkey- Yahudice: Sephardic music from an ensemble of Turkey's finest musicians with Israeli Ladino singer Hadass Pal-Yarden. Thrust Stage/ Berkeley Repertory Theatre

Other Highlights:

I-TAL-YA: 3/5 - Italian Jewish music and song with Francesco Spagnolo, Sharon Jan Bernstein and Michael Alpert, of Brave Old World

BAGELS AND BONGOS: 3/11- Septeto Rodriguez and special guest Irving Fields in a riotous fusion of Havana, Harlem and the Catskills

TRADITIONS AND TRANSFORMATIONS: 3/12 - Cantors Alberto Mizrahi and Jack Mendelson, with pianists Anthony Coleman, Tova Morcos and others

JEWISH FRINGES: 3/16 - World premieres of New Music by top Bay Area composers: Paul Dresher, Daniel David Feinsmith, Amy X Neuburg and John Schott

BEYLE SCHAECHTER-GOTTESMAN 3/23 - America's leading Yiddish poet and songwriter, honored this year by the NEA as a national treasure

THREE YIDDISH DIVAS 3/25 - Joanne Borts, Theresa Tova and Adrienne Cooper pour passion and artistry into Yiddish jazz, cabaret and theater songs.

COMMUNITY MUSIC DAY 3/26 - hosted by the hilarious Josh Kornbluth, featuring an exotic Instrument Petting Zoo, workshops and performances all day for all ages.
AND MUCH, MUCH MORE!
A program of the Berkeley Richmond Jewish Community Center.
The complete Festival program follows: OPENING NIGHT: New Orleans Klezmer Allstars, a "genre-crossing, heroically nutty ensemble [with] a raucous, wild spin on the popular Eastern European revival." (Billboard) Saturday, March 4, 8:00 pm, 1st Congregational Church, 2501 Harrison Street, Oakland $26 General Admission / $22 Students/Seniors/BRJCC members.

I-Tal-Ya A taste of Passover from the 2000 year old Jewish community of Italy, with Francesco Spagnolo, leading authority on Italian Jewish music, Cantor Sharon Bernstein and Michael Alpert of the internationally acclaimed group Brave Old World. Includes brunch. Limited Seating. Get your tickets early! Sunday, March 5, 11:30 am, Caffe Venezia, 1799 University Ave., Berkeley. $36 one price for all.

Bagels & Bongos: Septeto Rodriguez brings the influences of Havana, Miami and New York together in a brilliant alchemy of Cuban sounds and klezmer. Special Guest: Irving Fields, 90-year-old creator of the now classic, recently re-released Jewish-Latino fusion record, Bagels and Bongos, (1959). (He still has a weekly piano gig in NY) MC: Chuy Varela: Music Director, KCSM. Sat., March 11, 8:00 pm, 1st Congregational Church, Oakland $26 / $22 2501 Harrison Street, Oakland

Traditions and Transformations Cantors Alberto Mizrahi (of the PBS special "The Three Cantors" and Jack Mendelson (of the film "The Cantor's Tale) take liturgical singing of Ashkenazi and Sephardic traditions to new heights. With NY jazz pianist Anthony Coleman, Tova Morcos and others. Presented in association with Temple Sinai. Sunday, March 12, 7:30 pm, Temple Sinai, 2808 Summit Street, Oakland $26 / $22, including Temple Sinai members.

Jewish Fringes Celebrated Bay Area composers of New Music: Paul Dresher, Daniel David Feinsmith, Amy X Neuburg and John Schott premiere original works for a post-modern world.Thursday, March 16, 7:30 pm, Berkeley Repertory Theatre. 2025 Addison St., Berkeley $26 / $22

>From Istanbul to Jerusalem: Yahudice Sephardic music from an ensemble of Turkey's finest musicians with Israeli Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) singer Hadass Pal Yarden. Sunday, March 19, 7:30 pm, Berkeley Repertory Theatre 2025 Addison St., Berkeley $26 / $22.

Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman : an intimate afternoon of original Yiddish songs with Beyle Schaechter- Gottesman: Yiddish songwriter, singer, poet and recipient of the 2005 NEA National Heritage Fellowship Award. She will appear with international Yiddish singer Theresa Tova. Thursday afternoon, March 23, 2:00 pm, BRJCC 1414 Walnut Street at Rose, Berkeley $15/ $12

Three Yiddish Divas with Joanne Borts, Adrienne Cooper and Theresa Tova. A new generation of stars pours passion and artistry into Yiddish jazz, cabaret and theater songs, including the timeless repertoire of the Yiddish theater greats who inspired modern Broadway. Saturday, March 25, 8:00 pm, JCCSF $25/ $23, including JCCSF members JCCSF, California and Presidio Sts., SF

Community Music Day
Hosted by irrepressible comedian and TV personality Josh Kornbluth. Instrument Petting Zoo, interactive workshops, and performances throughout the day showcase Bay Area artists including a Family Concert with Ira Levin, Charming Hostess, the Instant Klezmer Mandolin Orchestra, members of Kitka, Gary Lapow & Songs from Coney Island, and Klezmer/Roma Dance Extravaganza. Guaranteed to bring out your inner musician. For all ages! Sunday, March 26, 11-5 pm, BRJCC, 1414 Walnut Street at Rose, Berkeley $24 Family pass (up to two adults and two children) / $10 General Admission / $7 students, seniors, BRJCC members, and children under 5

Related Events:
~ Sunday February 26, 4:00 pm Protest Songs in Yiddish and Italian Sharon Jan Bernstein and Michael Alpert, of the band Brave Old World, The Dance Palace Pt. Reyes Station Tickets: 415-663-1075

~ Monday, February 27, 7:30 pm Dan Cantrell: A Klezmer / Roma Mix Ristorante Raphael 2132 Center St, Berkeley 510-644-9500

~ Thursday, March 2, 6:30 pm John Schott on New Jewish Music Judah L. Magnes Museum 2911 Russell Street, Berkeley 510-549-6950

~ Tuesday March 7, 6:00 pm Daniel Feinsmith and John Schott On Composing New Music. San Francisco Public Library Civic Center, SF 415-557-4400

~ Friday, March 10, 8:00 pm A Taste of Cuban Klezmer With Roberto Rodriguez Temple Beth Sholom 642 Dolores Avenue San Leandro 510-357-8505

~ Friday, March 10, 7:30 pm Shir HaShirim Ashkenazi, Sephardi & Mizrahi musical liturgy BRJCC 1414 Walnut Street Berkeley 510-848-0237

~ Tuesday March 14, 2006 The Hub @ JCCSF presents Golem A nouveau klezmer-rock band At 12 Galaxies, 2565 Mission Street, SF Tix: 415.292.1233 or www.jccsf.org/arts

~ Monday, March 20, 7:30 pm. Lehrhaus Workshop: Urban Ladino Music of Turkey Hadass Pal Yarden, of Yahudice. $15/ $12, BRJCC 1414 Walnut Street, Berkeley 510-848-0237

~ April 29 and 30 KlezCalifornia Albert L. Schultz JCC Contact (415) 789-7679 www.klezcalifornia.org

~ April 30 Zimriya: The Bay Area Jewish Choral Festival Temple Emanu-El. Info: 415-751-2535

Posted by jmwc at 10:46 AM

January 19, 2006

KlezCalifornia 2006 in Palo Alto

KlezCalifornia 2006 will take place this spring at the Kehilla Jewish High School in Palo Alto. An exciting program is planned in collaboration with The Albert L. Schultz JCC. Program Highlights include:

SATURDAY NIGHT - 8:00 pm, April 29th - Concert and Dance Party
at Cubberley Auditiorium. VERETSKI PASS, world renowned klezmer band, will be featured.

SUNDAY - 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, April 30th - Classes and Workshops
in: Klezmer music, Yiddish dancing, Yiddish Literature, Folk Arts, as well as a children's and teen program.

TEACHERS, ARTISTS and CLASSES to include:
- Josh Horowitz, Stu Brotman, Cookie Segelstein (Veretski Pass)
- Steve Weintraub: Yiddish Dance Teacher
- Chayale Ash: Yiddish Theater Diva
- Youth Orchestra
- Master Classes for Instrumentalists
- Master Class for Singers

For more information visit www.klezcalifornia.org

Posted by jmwc at 09:29 AM

January 16, 2006

Fifth Jewish Choral Festival in Indianapolis this February

Indianapolis will host the Fifth Jewish Choral Festival at various venues throughout the city this February. Cantor Don Gurney of Wilshire Boulevard Temple in Los Angeles.will explore the theme "Music of Israel." The complete schedule of events is posted on the festival website http://www.indychoralfest.org/index.html

Schedule for Indianapolis Jewish Choral Festival. See websites for further details.
Thursday, February 16, 2006

7:30 p.m. Optional rehearsal with Scholar in Residence Cantor Don Gurney
There is no cost to participate but participation is limited to those individuals or groups who are registered for the Festival.

The Rehearsal will be held at:
Bureau of Jewish Education
Smulyan-Stolkin Education Center
6711 Hoover Road
Indianapolis, IN 46260
(317) 255-3124

Friday, February 17, 2006
6:00 p.m. Cantor Don Gurney Shabbat Lecture at Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation
"Where Word Meets Melody"
(optional/free to the public)

The Shabbat lecture will be held at:
Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation,
6501 North Meridian Street,
Indianapolis, IN 46260
(317) 255-6647

Saturday, February 18, 2006
10:00 a.m. Cantor Don Gurney Shabbat Lecture at Congregation Beth-El Zedeck
Tradition vs. Modernity: The Challenge of Creating Meaningful Prayer

(optional/free to the public)


The Shabbat lecture will be held at:
Congregation Beth-El Zedeck,
600 West 70th Street,
Indianapolis, IN 46260
(317) 253-3441


12:30 p.m. Cantor Don Gurney Shabbat Lecture at Congregation Shaarey Tefilla TBA
(optional/free to the public)


The Shabbat lecture will be held at:
Congregation Shaarey Tefilla,
5879 Central Avenue,
Indianapolis, IN 46220
(317) 253-4591


3:00 p.m. Roundtable discussion on issues affecting Israel today Laikin Auditorium, Jewish Community Center
Open to the public
6:00 p.m.
Dinner
7:15 p.m.
Rehearsal Festival Dinner and Adult Workshop/Rehearsal
Following dinner, all adult festival participants (individuals and featured choir members) will have an opportunity to work with Scholar in Residence Cantor Don Gurney as we prepare for our Sunday afternoon concert. Join us in song (and food!)

Cost: Included with registration fee

The Adult Dinner and Workshop/Rehearsal will be held at:
The Arthur M. Glick Jewish Community Center
Laikin Auditorium
6701 Hoover Road
Indianapolis, IN 46260


Sunday, February 19, 2006

** All Sunday events will be held at:
The Arthur M. Glick Jewish Community Center
Laikin Auditorium
6701 Hoover Road
Indianapolis, IN 46260

10:30 a.m. - Noon Children's Workshop/Rehearsal
This is a chance for our younger participants to work on the festival repertoire with Cantor Don Gurney. Open to children in grades 3rd-8th. High school students may choose to participate in either the adult or children's festival choir.
Cost: Included with registration fee
Noon - 2:00 p.m.
Lunch Break
2:00 p.m. Final Concert Preparation
All festival participants (adults, children, and featured choirs) should arrive at the Jewish Community Center in preparation for the Festival Concert.

3:00 p.m. Israel: The Fifth Jewish Choral Music Festival
Final Concert with Scholar in Residence and Guest Conductor Cantor Don Gurney

The final Festival Concert is free and open to the public, however donations would be greatly appreciated.

The festival is sponsored by Bureau of Jewish Education and Arts in Indiana.

As a graduate of the Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion, School of Sacred Music, Cantor Gurney served the Emmanuel Synagogue of West Hartford, Connecticut, from 1986 to 1994. He joined the faculty of the Hebrew Union College as an instructor of Liturgical Music and 19th Century Synagogue Music and was Director of the School of Sacred Music Chorus from 1985 until 1999. In 1995, he made his Lincoln Center conducting debut at the International Choral Festival. He is recorded on the CDs "One Voice" and "Meditations of the Heart."

Posted by jmwc at 01:39 PM

January 09, 2006

KLEZMERQUERQUE 2006

THE SOUTHWEST S 4th ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF KLEZMER MUSIC & DANCE
in
Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
February 17th through February 19th President s Day weekend

The weekend-long event features concerts, dance parties, lectures and classes with the renown Klezmer performing artists.
Schedule of Events:
Friday, February 17th, 6:30pm:
Freylekhe Shabbes Concert & Dance Party featuring a 'danced' Kabbalat Shabbat service followed by a potluck vegetarian dinner (7:00) and a short concert (7:30) by our featured musicians Adrianne Greenbaum & Margot Leverett. accompanied by ABQ's favorite Klezband The Rebbe's Orkestra, concert segues into dancing lead by our featured dance artist Steve Weintraub & Nahalat Shalom s Yiddish dance troupe Rikud ($10.00 -suggested donation).

Saturday, February 18th Events:
9:30-10:45am: Yiddish and Eastern European dance class with Steve Weintraub ($18 adults, 17 and under $10).

11:00am-12:15pm: Klezmer music class with Adrianne Greenbaum or Margot Leverett ($18 adults, 17 and under $10).

12:30-1:30pm: Saturday afternoon lunch n lecture presenter Steve Weintraub The use of pageantry in Jewish culture ($5-10 donation).

2:00-3:15pm: Music class Adrianne Greenbaum or Margot Leverett OR Dance class Steve Weintraub ($18 adults, 17 & under $10) choose one.

7:00pm: Concert/dance party with Adrianne Greenbaum & Margot Leverett accompanied by the intergenerational Nahalat Shalom Community Klezmer Band and Saturday students. Dances lead by Steve Weintraub, Rikud and student dancers ($10 free for Saturday students/17 and under).

Sunday, February 19th:
12:00-1:15pm: Music class - Adrianne Greenbaum or Margot Leverett OR Dance class - Steve Weintraub ($18 adults, 17 and under $10).

DISCOUNT PRICE FOR ALL EVENTS: $60 for 2 parties, lunch/presentation, & 4 classes if paid BEFORE Friday eve. Feb.18th. Individual classes and events can also be paid for at time of class/event. Discounts for students, seniors, and fixed/low income inquire with event coordinator.

All events held at Nahalat Shalom, 3606 Rio Grande Blvd. NW (between Candelaria & Griegos), ABQ, New Mexico
Phone: (505) 343-8227,
E-mail: nahalatshalom@earthlink.net
WEB: www.nahalatshalom.org --- Klick on Klezmerquerque 2006
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT EVENT CO-ORDINATOR: Beth Cohen,
E-mail: cohenedmunds@netzero.net
Ph: (505) 243-6276

Adrianne Greenbaum: nationally acclaimed classical and klezmer flutist - founder and leader of the ensembles FleytMuzik and "The Klezical Tradition", which was featured in the ABC-TV documentary A Sacred Noise. Adrianne has been on the faculties of KlezKamp, KlezKanada and Boxwood and directs three student klezmer ensembles throughout the year. FleytMuzik has performed in Vienna s KlezMORE Festival, in New York City s Tonic and Satalla clubs, and in synagogues and colleges throughout the US. As a classical musician Greenbaum has performed in New York s Mostly Mozart Festival, the Berlin Ballet at the Met, the Period Orchestra of the Fairfield Academy, and the New York City Ballet Orchestra. Adrianne received her Bachelors in Music from the Oberlin College Conservatory, her Masters degree from the Yale School of Music, has held faculty positions at Wesleyan and Yale Universities, Smith College, and is currently Associate Professor of flute at Mount Holyoke College. She has reco rded on the Koch International, CBS Masterworks, Nonesuch, and EMC labels.

Margot Leverett: world-renown virtuoso klezmer clarinetist, saxophonist, bandleader and one of the foremost of the new generation of klezmer clarinetists. Studied with the famed klezmer clarinetist Sid Beckerman and classically trained at Indiana University School of Music, Leverett was a founding member of The Klezmatics in 1985, Mikveh in 1999, and founded Margot Leverett and the Klezmer Mountain Boys" in 2001. Her solo CD, "The Art of Klezmer Clarinet," was released in 2001 on Traditional Crossroads label to glowing reviews. Margot tours around the world, performing and teaching traditional and original klezmer music at festivals and workshops. Because of her popularity at Klezmerquerques 2004 & 2005, we are delighted to have Margot return this year.

Steve Weintraub: traditional Jewish dance master. A choreographer, performer and teacher, Steve is one of few dancers who specialize in traditional Eastern European Jewish dance. Steve received his dance training in Manhattan with Alvin Ailey and Erick Hawkins, among others. He has worked with choreographers Felix Fibich and Shula Kivel, and has performed the work of Fred Berk. He choreographed a production for the Joseph Papp Yiddish Theater, and has choreographed and performed dances based on Jewish themes including the annual Workman s Circle Third Seder in New York. In Atlanta, he choreographed Kuni Leml for the Jewish Theater of the South and Something s Afoot for Georgia Ensemble Theater. Steve has been on the faculty of KlezKamp, KlezCanada, KlezClifornia, he has taught at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival and he also lectures on the history of Jewish dance.

Posted by jmwc at 05:26 PM

October 08, 2005

Festival Klezmopolitan

Festival Klezmopolitan has quite a hot lineup of events planned for this month-- check it out: les 20, 21, 22 et 23 octobre 2005 la Cigale et la Boule Noire, PARIS. Quatre jours de musiques juives actuelles! Une affiche exaltante, des projets originaux avec plus de 100 musiciens des 4 coins du monde! Programme et extraits sonores: www.klezmopolitan.com Rservations: 0(033)892-707-507 et FNAC www.fnac.com

DETAILS:
- le 20 octobre: Jennifer Charles et Oren Bloedow du groupe Elysian Fields, La Mar Enfortuna, rinterprtation des plus belles chansons du rpertoire sfarade. En 1re partie, la nouvelle cration lectro klezmer d'Olaf Hund

- le 21 octobre, le clbre clarinettiste Don Byron rencontre le Cracow Klezmer Band de Cracovie, David Krakauer & Klezmer Madness aiguisera sa clarinette au contact de la violoniste tchque Iva Bittova

- le 22 octobre: les Klezmatics, pionniers du revival Klezmer New-York avec en 1re partie le grand orchestre d'un hautboste danois autour d'un projet de dialogue interculturel autour des rpertoires juif et arabe

- le 23 octobre, la chanteuse yiddish Talila rencontre le grand percussionniste cubano-new-yorkais Roberto J. Rodriguez autour de mlodies yiddish latino, aprs le cin-concert de Merlin et Polina Shepherd sur des archives cinmatographiques du dbut du sicle

........................................................................................ LES AFTERS DE LA BOULE NOIRE:

VENDREDI 21 OCTOBRE: AFROSEMITIC PARTY !
ShrineSynchroSystem's Klezmaniax : Max Reinhardt, Rita Ray, Sophie Solomon de Oi Va Voi, Kobi Isralite, et surprises ! +Fenugrec beat et Lasco Super World8 + Dj Tagada! Fusion du klezmer avec l'afrobeat faire tomber les murs de Jricho

SAMEDI 22 OCTOBRE: WELCOME TO BROOKLYN PARTY !
SoCalled, Hip Hop Hoodios, S-Tel & guests...
Aux commandes de cette soire ddie au hip hop, au rap, au dub et au groove klezmer, un jeune maestro au look de Mickey gar dot d'une verve oratoire la Lenny Bruce . SoCalled ! Un trio djant, rponse latino/ladino aux Beastie Boys, les HHH ! Ou encore, une jeune violoniste et son groupe dtonnant o fusionnent lectro et mlodies slaves et orientales avec ple-mle accordon, rappeur, chanteuses orientales, khazan etc., S-Tel !

Programme et extraits sonores: www.klezmopolitan.com Rservations: 0(033)892-707-507 et FNAC www.fnac.com

Posted by jmwc at 06:30 PM

September 30, 2005

Third Annual Festiladino

Third Annual Festiladino was held September 22, 2005.
Sherover Theater, Jerusalem.
For details www.festiladino.org

Songs and vocalists:
1) La kantiga de mi madre - Gila Hasid
2) Letra de amor - Shuli Ragones
3) Mos de el Dio poderozo - Benny Salman and Katia Razgon
4) De mi ventana - Tzipi Zarenkin
5) Alevantate, Nisim - Boaz Piner
6) Enflamada - Kaya
7) Bendichos los dichos - Izzet Bana & Estreyikas d'Estambol
8) Debasho de tu balkon - Sima Amiel
9) La lingua de kaza -Yael Badash Words and music - Ziva Atar: The Winner ! Congratulations!
10) La melodia del korson - Lili Agmon-Cohen and Tzachi Siton
11) La melodia Ladino - Inbal Aharon
Posted by jmwc at 04:25 PM

September 19, 2005

DONA-FEST in Moscow

DONA-FEST, March 12-17, 2006

The Moscow Centre of Culture and Education "Euro-Class" announces the 2nd International Jewish Music festival-seminar "Dona-Fest, 2006" which will take place in Moscow from March 12-17, 2006.
For more information:

Center Euro-Class, 115093, Moscow, Stremyanniy per., 33/35, Russia call (007 095) 764-42-21 (Anatoly Pinsky) E-mail Dona Fest dona-fest@mail.ru or
go to the website for more info:
www.dona-dona.ru

The seminar programme includes:

* vocal and instrumental master classes;
* lectures on Yiddish and Ashkenazi culture;
* Jewish theatre and drama classes;
* Jewish folk dance;
* regular jam sessions;
* round table discussions, exchanging experience and knowledge;
The teachers:

- Grammy Award nominee and world famous Yiddish singer Adrianne Cooper ( USA ),
- Former musical director of the Royal National Theatre and The Shakespeare Globe theatre, one of the leading performers of traditional Klezmer music Merlin Shepherd (Great Britain),
- Founder of The flying Bulgar Klezmer Band, composer and a famous jazz pianist Marylin Lerner ( Canada ),
- Leading European Jewish choir teacher and composer Polina Shepherd ( Great Britain ),
- European klezmer violin virtuosi Stas Rayko and Mark Kovnatsky ( Germany ),
- Drama art teacher and a popular Russian Jewish singer and actress Alina Ivakh ( Russia ).

Posted by jmwc at 10:41 PM

"Yiddish Celluloid Closet" with 7-piece MetroKlezmer

At Jewish Music & Heritage Festival Wednesday, 9/21 at 8pm
"Yiddish Celluloid Closet" with 7-piece MetroKlezmer lineup
at Makor 35 W 67th, NYC $15
212-601-1000 www.makor.org
Dazzling archival film clips/talk plus live band,
cultural insights and subtexts galore!
With lush reinterpretations of soundtrack tunes...
Classics, lesser-known gems & even Soviet Yiddish newsreel
Info on Eve Sicular's lecture: metropolitanklezmer.com/celluloid.html

Thursday, 9/22 from 5:30pm-6:30pm
Tribeca Hebrew KLEZ FOR KIDZ show
Metropolitan Klezmer special quartet
Pizza included! $20 per kid, parents free.
Limit 25 kids per session
67 Hudson Street / 1 Jay St.
tribecahebrew.org 212.608.0555
music & instrument workshop for kids of all ages!

Posted by jmwc at 10:30 PM

September 18, 2005

KlezCalifornia Spring 2006 in Palo Alto

Plan to join KlezCalifornia next April 29 and 30 for another wonderful event in Palo Alto. KlezCalifornia will once again work its Yiddish culture magic at the Albert L. Schultz JCC! Tell all your friends on the Peninsula and in the South Bay! Watch the website for more information: http://www.klezcalifornia.org/

Posted by jmwc at 08:39 PM

September 14, 2005

2nd International Jewish Music Festival-seminar in Moscow

DONA-FEST, 12 17, March 2006
The Moscow Centre of Culture and Education Euro-Class announces the 2nd International Jewish Music festival-seminar Dona-Fest, 2006 which will take place in Moscow in March, 2006.(dates to be confirmed). Dona Fest will take place in some of the most prestigious concert halls in Moscow and will include appearances by the most esteemed performers of Jewish music in Russia, the CIS and the Baltic states, as well as foreign stars of Klezmer. Along with the concert programme, Dona Fest will also include an International music seminar led by the leading specialists in the field of Jewish music and culture.More information: dona_dona.ru and e-mail: dona-fest@mail.ru

The seminar programme includes: * vocal and instrumental master classes; * lectures on Yiddish and Ashkenazi culture; * Jewish theatre and drama classes; * Jewish folk dance; * regular jam sessions; * round table discussions, exchanging experience and knowledge; More information: dona_dona.ru ∑ e-mail: dona-fest@mail.ru

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July 05, 2005

VESSELS OF SONG FESTIVAL

July 5-6 and July 8-10
at the
Cornelia Street Cafe
29 Cornelia Street
Greenwich Village, NY 10014
Tel: 212-989-9319
Fax: 212-243-4207
Web: corneliastreetcafe.com

between West 4th and Bleecker Sts, Greenwich Village
1,9 Subway to Sheridan Square; A, C, E, B, D, F to West 4th St.
"a culinary as well as a cultural landmark"
Mayoral Proclamation, City of New York 1987
...more...

The last few years there's been a surge of interest in the traditional music of Eastern Europe. Cornelia St. Cafe is celebrating all the different ways in which Klezmer and Gypsy traditions have worked themselves into the contemporary NYC music scene. The week-long festival includes Margot Leverett and the Klezmer Mountain Boys, showing that the blend of Shtetl Klezmer and Down Home Bluegrass is smoother than you would imagine; Jeff Perelman with members of Romashka, Village Klezmer and Max & Minka, drawing upon their own travels throughout the former Soviet bloc to bring you infectious Eastern European Klezmer music, Gypsy (Rom) music, Balkan music and more; Jay Vilnai's Vampire Suit, exploring the interconnections of Balkan music, Middle-Eastern grooves and improvisation; and Susan Watts, the youngest generation of an exciting klezmer dynasty that reaches back to the Jewish Ukraine of the 19th century, bringing a rich repertoire of many original songs written for weddings, family members and joyous occasions.
All shows are $10, get a 3 shows discount card: $25
Tuesday July 5, 8:30PM
Margot Leverett and the Klezmer Mountain Boys

(Margot Leverett, clarinet; Marty Confurius, bass; Joe Selly, guitar; Kenny Kosek, fiddle) Klezmer clarinetist Margot Leverett joins forces with todays stars of klezmer and bluegrass to explore the shared musical spirit of two genres literally worlds apart. Appalachian and southern fiddle tunes by Bill Monroe meet klezmer melodies from pre-war Russia and Eastern Europe, some newly discovered, and the resulting medleys and improvisations are at once raw, funny, melancholic and footstomping. Their CD "Margot Leverett and the Klezmer Mountain Boys" was released to glowing reviews on Traditional Crossroads in September 2003 and has been used by the Paul Taylor Dance Company in their new piece "Klezmerbluegrass". Margot Leverett, clarinet, is one of the foremost clarinetists in the klezmer revival. A founding member of the Klezmatics in 1986, Margot went on to start a solo career with her pioneering CD The Art of Klezmer Clarinet on Traditional Crossroads. Critically acclaimed for her work on both clarinet and alto saxophone, Margot has performed and taught klezmer music at festivals and workshops around the world. Marty Confurius, bass, has appeared with virtually all the top people in both bluegrass and klezmer music. His credits include work with Vassar Clements, Bela Fleck, Jerry Douglas, Andy Statman, and klezmer legend Dave Tarras. Joe Selly, guitar has appeared with Phoebe Snow, Vassar Clements, Barbara Eden, Melissa Manchester,Tex Logan and the Lombardo Orchestra. He is featured on countless recordings and is in demand as both performer and instructor in bluegrass, jazz and swing. Kenny Kosek, fiddle has appeared with Jerry Garcia, John Denver, James Taylor, David Byrne, and his own Angelwood bluegrass band. He appears on numerous recordings, and has published dozens of instructional books. He is the bluegrass instructor for Homespun videos and is well known in Bluegrass, Irish, country western, rock and roll violin. "Gorgeous, inspired playing" - Sing Out "Klezmer and Bluegrass sound as if they were meant to be combined. Leverett & the Klezmer Mountain Boys have given us a wonderful gift." - Dirty Linen www.KlezmerMountainBoys.com

Wednesday July 6, 8:30pm
Gypsy (Roma) & Jewish Music Jamboree
featuring members of Romashka Village Klezmer Max & Minka

(Jeff Perlman, clarinet & saxophone; Jake Shulman-Ment, violin; Jeanette Lewicki, accordion; Ron Caswell, tuba; Timothy Quigley, drums & percussion; plus special guests) These musicians have been bringing their infectious Eastern European grooves to weddings, cafes and dance clubs around NYC. Drawing upon their own travels throughout the former Soviet bloc, their performance will feature Klezmer music, Gypsy (Rom) music, Balkan music and an exploration of the common ground in between. www.romanska.net

Friday July 8, 8:30pm
RIBS & BRISKET Revue
(Paul Shapiro, saxophone, vocals; Babi Floyd, vocals; Cilla Owens, vocals; Tony Lewis, drums; Booker King, bass; Brian Mitchelll, piano) Back in the 30s and 40s bluesy, comedic, swing musicians like Louie Jordan and Cab Calloway made some great music that still sounds fresh today. Yiddish was a pretty active street language in New York City at that time, and it was woven into the music. You had Slim Gaillard singing "Matzo Balls", Mildred Bailey recording "A Bee Gezindt", and Calloways hysterical yiddish/gibberish cantillation intro to "Ot Azoy" (That's the Way). Paul Shapiro celebrates this interplay of 40s hipster swing with some Yiddish thrown in at the Cornelia Street Caf. Calling it the Ribs and Brisket Revue*, the saxophonist/composer features Babi Floyd, (of Keith Richard's Expensive Winos et al) and Cilla Owens (one of New Yorks best kept secrets). They will be backed by musicians from Pauls CD Midnight Minyan, on Tzadik Records, which was released last year. *Paul was visited in a dream state by the ghost of Fats Waller who convinced him that R&B originally stood for Ribs & Brisket

Friday july 8, 10:30pm
VAMPIRE SUIT:
(Jay Vilnai, guitar; Jeremy Powell, reeds; Skye Steel, violin; Mike Savino, bass; Kevin Garcia, percussion) Vampire Suit draws on Jay Vilnai's unique musical heritage as a Russian-Romanian-Polish descendant raised in Jerusalem around a mix of contemporary and traditional Jewish and Arab music, with a soul for rock n'roll and a BFA in jazz. Couple that with a passion for Bartok and Stravinsky and you end up with all original music that draws on all those influences to create something akin to traditional music for a generation that has so many traditions it calls his. Balkan and Middle-Eastern rhythms are prominent, backed by 20th century composing concepts and jazz improvising. The music has enduring beauty that touches on the heart of the Middle East's musical culture while exhibiting western flair. Open improvisations and the spirit of the belly dance coexist, encouraging the traditional undulated hip movements as a supplement to the solid instrumentation.... -Frank Rubolino Cadence Magazine The result is a highly personal musical texture that takes you from the tribal dances of North Africa to the marshes of the Balkans. A musical journey that is at once personal and global, music that is at the same time unmistakably modern, yet feels old and familiar, a new tradition for a generation that hails from so many traditions. 'Vilnai and his vampires get high marks for their utter unpredictability from track to track, their sheer joy they get from and give to the music and the various textures and sounds that emerge.' - Budd Kopman, All About Jazz To help create that sound Vampire Suit draws on the talents of young New York musicians that have had experience in different musical settings and cultures. The musical vision is realized with the help of players that have played jazz, rock, Arab music, Balkan music, African music and more. With a deep understanding and respect to all this music they are able to tap into something new that arises from all of these influences. 'If Bram Stoker's imaginary Transylvania had a jazz scene, the music might sound something like this.' -Jazz Review www.vilnaismusic.com

Saturday July 9, 9:00pm & 10:30pm
LUMINESCENT ORCHESTRII
-music to make you dance, kiss and scream
(Sarah Alden, violin; Rima Fand, violin; Kaia Wong, violin; Sxip Shirey, resophonic guitar, melodica, bullhorn harmonica; Aaron Goldsmith, Guitarron) An explosive mash of Romanian Gypsy melodies, punk frenzy, salty tangos, hard rocking klezmer, haunting Balkan harmony, hip-hop beats and Appalachian fiddle played on three violins, resophonic gitar, bullhorn harmonica and mariachi bass. The members of the Orchestii come from different backgrounds and scenes in New York City but share a love of the music that people all over the world listen to while drinking, dancing and weeping. Sxip Shirey is an international circus composer, Sarah Alden is an old time Appalachian fiddle player, Rima Fand is an experimental theater composer, Kaia Wong plays MOOG in an electronic band and Aaron Goldsmith has played in goth, funk and old-world music ensembles. A punky five-piece string band, The Luminescent Orchestrii plays renditions of Appalachian and Gypsy tunes that run from lively and infectious to deeply melancholy. Its original compositions and varied interpretations of traditional melodies are like tiny, richly arranged musical adventures. Time Out NY (NYC, NY) www.lumi.org

Sunday July 10, 8:30pm
SUSAN WATTS GROUP
(lineup to follow)
Trumpeter and vocalist Susan Watts represents the youngest generation of an exciting klezmer dynasty that reaches back to the Jewish Ukraine of the 19th century, beginning with her great grandfather, bandleader and composer, Joseph Hoffman. A fourth generation musician, Susan is the sole living purveyor of a klezmer style trumpet and sound which electrified Jewish American audiences for decades. Her engaging voice and one of a kind vocal style will carry you through a full gamut of emotions, will inspire you and send chills up your spine. Audiences around the world are dazzled and delighted by Susans unique virtuosity. Daughter of the great Klezmer drummer, Elaine Hoffman Watts and granddaughter of the renowned xylophonist and percussionist Jacob Hoffman, Susan is continuing her familys legacy. Her repertoire is comprised of tunes that were handed down to her by her great grandfather, grandfather and mother. This rich repertoire includes many original songs written for weddings, family members and joyous occasions. In addition to performing with a variety of noted Klezmer musicians from around the world, Susan has shared the stage with Dudu Fischer, Theodore Bikel, Claire Barry, Boban Markovic, DJ So-Called, Alicia Svigals, Margot Leverett, Henkus Netsky, among others. Susan is a member of Frank Londons Klezmer Brass All-Stars, Mikveh, and The Klez Dispensers. Recently, she scored and recorded the soundtrack for the award winning film, Breath and recorded the soundtrack for a documentary on Philadelphia klezmer, A Joyful Noise. Susan teaches at klezmer festivals, is an ambassador for womens rights around the world and loves good coffee, fine vodka, singing and playing her trumpet.
www.susanwattsonline.com

Posted by jmwc at 10:29 AM

July 01, 2005

KlezMORE Festival in Vienna

The KlezMORE Festival is about to happen July 3-10, 2005. They have quite a lineup from Klezmer Connection and David Krakauer, Frank London, Cantor Jacob Mendelson, Brave Old World, Lenka Licktenberg, Brian Katz, and more. For complete information, view: http://www.klezmore-vienna.at/
Posted by jmwc at 11:08 AM

June 09, 2005

KlezCalifornia 2005!

Concert on Saturday Evening, September 17
All-Day Program on Sunday, September 18
at Berkeley Richmond Jewish Community Center (www.brjcc.org)
1414 Walnut St., Berkeley, California

For information: Info@KlezCalifornia.org or call 415.789.7679

http://www.klezcalifornia.org/
Posted by jmwc at 02:21 PM

JMI presents two Cantorial Summer Schools and a Choral Festival 26 30 June 2005

JMI in LONDON presents two Cantorial Summer Schools and a choral Festival 26 30 June 2005
Director Stephen Glass
International Advisory Board
Cantor Naftali Herstik, Great Synagogue, Jerusalem
Cantor Alberto Mizrahi, Anshe Emet Synagogue, Chicago
leading Yamim Noraim services in the Orthodox tradition, bringing fresh insights on interpreting the texts and new melodies all designed to help you prepare for the coming High Holy Days led by Stephen Glass (Montreal)
Cantor Arie L Subar (Montreal)
And internationally recognised cantors from the UK
Full rate: 130 students rate 90. Daily rate: 30

10.30am 5.30pm (Except Sunday afternoon) Central Synagogue, 36 Hallam Street W1

The High Holy Days in the Orthodox tradition Sunday 26 Thursday 30 June A five-day intensive programme for professional Cantors and all those 'Stephen Glass's contribution to Jewish liturgical music has been immense. I have no doubt that every individual who will be leading services in our synagogues over the Yamim Nora'im would benefit from this imaginative and stimulating course.'-- Peter Sheldon, President of the United Synagogue GB
Registration and more details Tel: 020 8909 2445
e-mail: jewishmusic@jmi.org.uk Website: www.jmi.org.uk

The High Holy Days in the Progressive Tradition
A four-day intensive for Synagogue Musicians: solo singers, choral directors, choir members and accompanists. With the charismatic cantor Josee Wolf Hebrew Union College, New York, ( the first woman from the European continent to be invested as cantor), teacher of synagogue music and worship throughout the progressive Jewish world, you will explore liturgy and music for the Days of Awe, topics will include: Liturgical texts, congregational melodies and choral repertoire as well as the basic unaccompanied chant (Nusach) for the High Holy Days Texts uses will be from the various progressive machzorim (RSGB, ULPS, Masorti, and others).

Monday 27 Thursday 30 June
10.30am 5.30pm

Leo Baeck College, The Sternberg Centre,
80 East End Road, London, N3

we welcome this initiative of the JMI, which will enrich and enhance the music of our Synagogues.-- Jonathan Magonet, Principal. Leo Baeck College Centre for Jewish Education.
Full rate: 130 students rate 90. Daily rate: 30
Registration and more details Tel: 020 8909 2445
e-mail: jewishmusic@jmi.org.uk Website: www.jmi.org.uk

Monday 27 June Sunday 3 July
JMI Barry Weinberg Jewish Choral Festival
Director, Stephen Glass
Coordinators, Vivienne Bellos, Dan Jacobs
British and International choirs will gather each evening for massed choir rehearsals and masterclasses conducted by Stephen Glass and hosted by Londons leading choirs in venues across London, culminating in Choirs in Concert, two concerts at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on 3 July 4.00pm and 8.00pm. This course is guaranteed to enrich and inspire participants. It is an excellent opportunity to learn new and interesting repertoire, enhance your vocal and choral technique, build your confidence, make new friends and network with choristers and musical directors The Choral Festival is free for choirs. Advance registration is essential.
To join call Viv Bellos on 07956 912 567 e-mail v.bellos@jmi.org.uk
or register online at the JMI Website www.jmi.org.uk

(Concert)
Sunday 3 July 4.00pm and 8.00pm
Choirs in Concert
Two concerts featuring, the leading Jewish Choirs from the UK and abroad individually and combined, introduced and directed by internationally acclaimed, composer, arranger and choirmaster, Stephen Glass of Montreal

4.00pm Great Choirs of Today. Hear the contrasting styles and repertoire of Londons choirs as well as visitors from Israel, Europe, the USA and South Africa.

8.00pm Voices in Harmony: Special traditional and modern repertoire will bring hundreds of singers together in Massed Male Voices and Massed Mixed Voices. This concert introduces for the first time to the Queen Elizabeth Hall stage, the London Massed Teenage Choir, all conducted by Stephen Glass.
The culmination of the 3rd JMI Barry Weinberg Jewish Choral Festival 2005. (see www.jmi.org.uk)
Royal Festival Hall Box office 08703 800 400 or www.rfh.org.uk
Each concert 19.50, 16.50, 12.50
Special price for both concerts 29,50 26.50, 19.50

Posted by jmwc at 02:13 PM

June 08, 2005

Festival in Syracuse, NY

The 6th Annual Jewish Music & Cultural Festival of Central New York will be taking place this year on Sunday, June 19, 2005 in Clinton Square from 11am to 6pm. This is a cultural event for the entire community with a variety of Jewish Music & Dancing, Kosher food, Ethnic Arts & Crafts, Children's Activities, and more. Admission to the festival is FREE! http://www.syracusejewishfestival.com/info.asp
Posted by jmwc at 10:55 AM

May 18, 2005

Svigals, Rushefsky and Krakauer hit Paris Seine

The klezmer festival in Paris this week includes a double bill with the Alicia Svigals Klezmer Fiddle Express & Brave Old World, plus concerts by David Krakauer & Klezmer Madness, Kroke & the Klezmer Caravan. You can find information at:
http://www.cite-musique.fr/anglais/spectacles/agenda.asp
Posted by jmwc at 04:50 PM

Svigals, Rushefsky and Krakauer hit Paris Seine

The klezmer festival in Paris this week, May 18-21 2005, includes a double bill with the Alicia Svigals Klezmer Fiddle Express & Brave Old World, plus concerts by David Krakauer & Klezmer Madness, Kroke & the Klezmer Caravan. You can find information at:
http://www.cite-musique.fr/anglais/spectacles/agenda.asp
Posted by jmwc at 04:50 PM

March 31, 2005

DULCIMER FEST! in Lower East Side, NYC

SUNDAY, APRIL 17 AT 3 PM: DULCIMER FEST! A unique musical program that will showcase the dulcimer as played by the diverse immigrant groups who have lived on the Lower East Side from the East European Jews and Irish of a century ago to the Chinese and Ukrainian communities of today. Dulcimer Fest! will take place on at the Eldridge Street Synagogue, the first great house of worship built in New York by East European Jews. The Eldridge Street Synagogue is located on the Lower East Side, at 12 Eldridge Street, between Canal and Division Streets. By subway: F to East Broadway; B or D to Grand Street. Tickets are $12 adults; $10 students and seniors. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. For more information, please call the Eldridge Street Project at 212.219.0888 x 302.
Posted by jmwc at 01:13 PM

March 13, 2005

20th Annual Jewish Music Festival Berkeley California

March 19- April 3, 2005
The largest festival of Jewish music in the US celebrates its landmark anniversary in Berkeley, San Francisco and Marin. Highlights include members of Israel's East West Ensemble with the Omar Faruk Tekbilek Ensemble, Theodore Bikel with Hankus Netsky, the Klezmatics with Joshua Nelson, Community Music Day with an Instrument Petting Zoo, Hebrew hip-hop, and workshops for all ages; Judith Cohen, a leading scholar of Sephardic music, and Emil Zrihan, an extraordinary Israeli counter-tenor and cantor of the Moroccan tradition in a sneak preview of a new work with America's leading, San Francisco based new music string quartet.
Tickets and Info: 415-276-1511 or www.brjcc.org
15% discount for groups of 10 and more.
A project of the Berkeley Richmond Jewish Community Center

Opening Night: Members of Israel's East West Ensemble and Omar Faruk Tekbilek & Ensemble A tour de force that brings together 14 top world music artists in an unforgettable blend of Jewish and Muslim mystical musical traditions and improvisation. Presented in association with the Consulate General of Israel

SATURDAY, 8:00 PM, March 19 - Wheeler Auditorium, UC Berkeley, Berkeley
Theo! with special guest Hankus Netsky Legendary, award-winning singer and actor Theodore Bikel, with the founder of the internationally acclaimed Klezmer Conservatory Band. Presented in association with Congregation Emanu-EL.

SUNDAY, 4:00 PM, MARCH 20, TEMPLE EMANU-EL, 2 Lake Street, San Francisco
From Fiddler on the Roof to Beatbox in the 'Hood: Music in Contemporary Jewish Culture A conversation with Theodore Bikel, Hankus Netsky, DJ SoCalled, and Jewlia Eisenberg, moderated by Professor Naomi Seidman. Presented in association with the Taube Center for Jewish Life, JCCSF

MONDAY, 7:30 PM, MARCH 21, JCCSF, 3200 California Street at Presidio St.,San Francisco
Purim Matinee with members of Shtreiml Classical klezmer with some of the hottest young musicians of Canada's Jewish music scene: Jason Rosenblatt(harmonica); Josh Dolgin (aka DJ SoCalled) accordion; Rachel Lemisch(trombone); Susan Watts, of the Hoffman klezmer dynasty (trumpet).

THURSDAY, 1:30, MARCH 24, BRJCC, 1414 Walnut Street, Berkeley
Family Concert with Gary Lapow The Bay Area's favorite children's performer brings his wit to new Jewish songs. "Gary's kids' stuff is great!" Whoopi Goldberg

SUNDAY, 11 AM, MARCH 27, BRJCC, 1414 Walnut Street, Berkeley
Community Music Day Visit the Instrument Petting Zoo, hear Hebrew hip-hop, and more! 15 interactive workshops and 9 performances for all ages, highlighting innovative Bay Area artists.

SUNDAY, 12:30-5:30 PM, MARCH 27, BRJCC, 1414 Walnut Street, Berkeley
Judith Cohen: Music in Sephardic and "Marrano" Life Song, story and commentary by a renowned Sephardic music scholar, with her daughter Tamar Cohen Adams. Decades of fieldwork in Spain and Portugal have provided Judith and Tamar with a rich body of rare and precious folklore and music.

MONDAY, 7:30 PM, MARCH 28, BRJCC, 1414 Walnut Street, Berkeley
Emil Zrihan with Surprise Special Guests San Francisco premiere of a stunning counter-tenor, an Israeli cantor of the Moroccan tradition, in a sneak preview of a new collaboration with America's premiere, San Francisco-based new music string quartet. Co-sponsored with the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco.

THURSDAY, 8 PM, MARCH 31, JCCSF, San Francisco Emil Zrihan also appears 8:00 PM, Saturday, March 26, with Za'atar, the Bay Area's own Middle East Jewish music ensemble, followed by a Purim Party

SATURDAY, 8:00 pm, March 26, Osher Marin JCC, San RafaelFor tickets and information for this event only, call 415-444-8000.
Klezmatics with special guest Joshua Nelson The gutsy band that definesklezmer's edge, with a special guest artist who sings Black Jewish soul that recalls Mahalia Jackson in the West Coast premiere of their latest CD.

SUNDAY, 4:00 PM, APRIL 3, WHEELER AUDITORIUM, UC Berkeley
Finale Dance Party with members of the Klezmatics and Friends with internationally acclaimed meister of traditional Jewish dance, Steven Weintraub.

SUNDAY, 7:30 PM, APRIL 3, BRJCC, 1414 Walnut Street., Berkeley Tickets and Info: 415-276-1511 or www.brjcc.org
15% discount for groups of 10 and more.
A project of the Berkeley Richmond Jewish Community Center

Posted by jmwc at 04:13 PM

March 10, 2005

KLEZFEST ST. PETERSBURG 2005

The Center for Jewish Music of the Jewish Community Center of St. Petersburg is proud to announce "KlezFest St. Petersburg 2005," an international seminar on the traditional music of Eastern European Jewry, to be held June 18-22, 2005 in St. Petersburg, Russia.

"KlezFest St. Petersburg," now in its ninth year, is the oldest klezmer seminar in Russia. The 2005 festival will include master-classes on Yiddish folk songs and klezmer music, workshops on Yiddish folklore and Yiddish dance, lectures, concerts, and two excursions: "Jewish St. Petersburg" and "Rivers and Canals of St. Petersburg." Our staff will include world-famous musicians -- from New York, the violinist, accordion player, vocalist, ethnomusicologist and the world's leading expert on Yiddish dance, Michael Alpert; also from New York, the vocalist from the famous Klezmatics group, Lorin Sklamberg; from Berlin, the outstanding klezmer clarinetist, Christian Dawid, and others.
"KlezFest St. Petersburg," dedicated to bringing klezmer music and Yiddish culture back to the land of their birth, includes Jewish musicians from the vibrant centers of the Jewish renaissance throughout the former Soviet Union.

This year again we are pleased to announce a special program for lovers of Yiddish music and culture from other parts of the globe. We are asking for a contribution of $550. This sum will include food and lodging in St. Petersburg for 5 days and the entire seminar program, including interpreters when needed, concerts and two excursions. Participants will pay for their own transportation to St. Petersburg.

For more information, please contact the Jewish Community Center of St. Petersburg via fax at (+7-812) 314-5117, or e-mail frenk@lea.spb.su.

For advice on travel and visa arrangements, contact our American sponsor, the Jewish Community Development Fund in Russia and Ukraine, a project of the American Jewish World Service (New York), via telephone: (+1-212) 273-1642, or e-mail: jcdf@ajws.org.

Join us at "KlezFest St. Petersburg" this summer! If you haven't been on the Neva River during White Nights with Russian klezmorim, you haven't lived!

Posted by jmwc at 04:36 PM

December 23, 2004

KLEZMERQUERQUE 2005

A Southwestern celebration of Klezmer music and dance into the 21st century: a weekend of concerts, dance parties, and classes featuring the music and dance of the Eastern European Jewish People. FEBRUARY 18th through FEBRUARY 20th, 2005 (President's day weekend). Presented by Congregation Nahalat Shalom (Inheritance of Peace congregation) - a non-profit, tax-exempt organization in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. For details....

This year's featured performers/teachers:

MARGOT LEVERETT, world-renown virtuoso Klezmer clarinetist, saxophonist, and bandleader is one of the foremost of the new generation of klezmer clarinetists. Studied with the famed klezmer clarinetist Sid Beckerman and classically trained at Indiana University School of Music, Margot was involved in avant-garde music when she first heard klezmer, the dynamic East European music traditionally played at Jewish weddings. Leverett was a founding member of the Klezmatics in 1985 and Mikveh in 1999. She started her own band "Margot Leverett and the Klezmer Mountain Boys" in 2001. Her solo CD, "The Art of Klezmer Clarinet," was released in 2001 on the Traditional Crossroads label to glowing reviews. Margot tours around the world, performing and teaching traditional and original klezmer music at festivals and workshops. Because of her popularity at last year's event, we are excited to have Margot return to Klezmerquerque this year.

SULIM (SHULIM ZALTMAN), choreographer, dancing master, Born in 1938 in Belz, Moldova and now residing in Fulda, Germany. At the age of nine, Sulim Zaltman was a member of the "Folkstantz"- ensemble of Belz. At 17 he became the leader of the folklore dancing chorus "Bukuria," participating in countless festivals all over the former Soviet Union. Under Mr. Zaltman's leadership, the dancing chorus won many national and international competitions in the field of "Folklore Dancing". Specializing in Moldavian, Ukrainian, Russian, Rumanian, Bulgarian and Jewish dances, Sulim's mastery of Eastern-European folk dances is sought after throughout Europe and the former Soviet Union. He has taught at many festivals in Moscow, Leningrad, Kiev, Odessa and Chishinau. His many decorations, diplomas and medals show the quality of his artistic oeuvre; In 1977 Sulim and his ensemble won the first prize at the "Festival of Folk-Art of Nations". Before he emigrated to Germany in 1997 he spent many years as a choreographer and dancer at the Belz Jewish Theatre, directed by the famous writer Michael Felsenbaum. Since 1997, Sulim has been teaching Jewish folk dances in the Jewish community of Fulda, Germany and at various Jewish festivals throughout Germany. This is Sulim's first visit to the U.S., and he speaks Yiddish, Russian and German fluently. Please come to welcome and honor him - and most of all - dance with him.

Schedule of Events:

Friday, February 18th, 6:30 pm:
Freylekhe Shabbes (Joyous Sabbath) featuring a 'danced' Kabbalat Shabbat service followed by a potluck vegetarian dinner (7:00) and a short concert (7:30) by our featured guest artist Margot Leverett accompanied by ABQ's favorite Klezmer band: The Rebbe's Orkestra, concert segues into dancing led by Sulim Zaltman & Nahalat Shalom's Yiddish dance troupe: Rikud ($10.00- suggested donation).

Saturday, February 19th Events:
10-11am: Yiddish and Eastern European dance class with Sulim Zaltman ($18).
11:15am-12:15pm: Klezmer music class with Margot Leverett ($18).
12:30-1:30pm: Saturday afternoon lunch 'n lecture - presenter TBA ($5-10 donation).
2:00-3:30pm: Music class - Margot ($18) OR Dance class - Sulim ($18) choose one.
7:00pm: Concert/dance party with Margot Leverett accompanied by the 18-plus piece intergenerational Nahalat Shalom Community Klezmer Band and Saturday students. Dances lead by Sulim Zaltman, Rikud and student dancers ($10 - or free for Saturday students).

Sunday, February 22nd,
12:00-1:30pm: Music class - Margot ($18) OR dance class - Sulim ($18).
Event price: $60 for 2 parties, lunch/presentation, & 4 classes payed BEFORE Friday eve. Feb. 18th.
Individual classes and events can be payed for at time of class/event.
Discounts for students, seniors, and fixed/low income - inquire.

Lodging: Hotels and B&B's within 1/2 to 2miles - call/e-mail coordinator for info. Close to Historic Old Town, museums and Rio Grande Nature Center and trails. World-class ski areas: Santa Fe (1.5 hours); Taos, Angelfire & Red River (2.5-3.5 hours); Sandia Peak (40 mins. ABQ)

All events held at Nahalat Shalom, 3606 Rio Grande Blvd. NW (between Candelaria & Griegos), ABQ, NM 87107
Phone: (505) 343-8227, E-mail: nahalatshalom@earthlink.net
WEB: www.nahalatshalom.org --- Klick on "Klezmer"
Event coordinator: Beth Cohen, E-mail: cohenedmunds@netzero.net , Ph: (505) 243-6276

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November 09, 2004

Woody Guthrie's Happy Joyous Hanuka

Announcing the new Klezmatics cd - just in time for your holiday pleasure!
The Klezmatics: Woody Guthrie's Happy Joyous Hanuka (Klezmatics Records, 2004)

In 1942, Woody Guthrie moved to Brooklyn and soon, through his mother-in-law, the renowned Yiddish poet Aliza Greenblat, he became involved with the Coney Island Jewish community. He wrote songs about Hanuka, about Jewish history and spiritual life and about World War II and the antifascist cause. After his death in 1967, these songs sat forgotten in archives. Lost for almost thirty years, Guthrie's Jewish lyrics were discovered in 1998 by Woody's daughter, Nora Guthrie. She was so inspired by what she found, she asked the Klezmatics to write new music for the lyrics. "Woody Guthrie's Happy Joyous Hanuka" is the first recorded release of this amazing material. Deftly intermingling klezmer with American folk and bluegrass, "Woody Guthrie's Happy Joyous Hunaka" is destined to become a holiday classic for generations to come. This delightful collection of songs, "Hanuka's Flame", "Hanuka Gelt", "The Many and the Few" and others, is among the best of Guthrie's work, and the Klezmatics' playful renditions cast a new light on the Hanuka tradition. This limited edition collectors release comes in a jacket, hand printed at the Chicago Print Museum, that folds into a dreidel!
Available only via the internet at http://www.tamizdat.org/rpm/?page=shop/flypage&product_id=KLE-1&ps_session=917471223271b9e703c9f41873dde1ab
Visit the Klezmatics website, www.klezmatics.com
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September 05, 2004

MORE New York Jewish Music and Heritage Festival at Satalla

Satalla 37 W. 26th St
www.satalla.com
September 7, 2004. 8pm, $12
Smadar

With lyrics in Greek, Spanish, Hebrew and Moroccan, SMADAR performs Moroccan Gypsy music with a unique Middle-Eastern sound. They will perform material from their brand-new release, "Smadar." Members of the band are: Smadar Levi (vocals); Uri Sharlin (piano, accordion); Harel Shachal (saxophone); Pedro Da Silva (sitar, Portuguese guitar); Emanuel Mann (bass); Tomer Tzur (drums), and Ramzi Eldibi (darbuka)

10pm, $12
Matt Temkin's Yiddishe Jame Band featuring Ashira

Hip version of songs in English written by Jews, rocking versions of Yiddish songs written about Jews, and soulful versions of Hebrew songs written for Jews - all sung by the stunning voices of the female vocal trio ASHIRA (Arianne Slack, Laura Lenes, and Leah Moss), and backed by the swinging MATT TEMKIN'S YIDDISHE JAM BAND (Dan Cousin, musical director). Bringing together musical influences from all the 350 years that Jews have been residing in America,this is an experience that can be had only one-way: in person and live!

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New York Jewish Music & Heritage Festival

As the New York Jewish community's 350th centerpiece, the New York Jewish Music & Heritage Festival will be a vibrant celebration of the evolution of Jewish Culture and its positive impact on American culture over the last 350 years. From the famous to the unknown, over 50 concerts will help demonstrate the passion of the Jewish people in New York and America.

92nd St. Y 1395 Lexington Ave. | www.92y.org8pm Tickets: $42 seated / $125 VIP Seating & Artist Reception GREAT JEWISH ARTISTS PERFORM GREAT JEWISH COMPOSERS Neil Sedaka performs Irving Berlin & Sedaka Fred Hersch performs Leonard Bernstein & George Gershwin Soulfarm performs Bob Dylan Debbie Friedman performs Laura Nyro Mark Feldman & Sylvie Courvoisier perform John Zorn Lisa Loeb & Jill Sobule perform Simon & Garfunkel Philip Glass performs Philip Glass David Broza performs Carole King

New Beginnings Commissioned by the Solomon Schechter High School of New York Words and Music composed by Paul Suchow (ASCAP), sung by Elaine Suchow (BMI) (copyright 2004, all rights reserved). Produced at Zephyr Music New Beginnings, commissioned by the Solomon Schechter School of New York was written by Paul Suchow in collaboration with his wife and singer Elaine Suchow as a tribute song for the 350th Celebration of Jewish Life in America. Paul, a New York based accomplished composer, arranger, and guitarist is no stranger to writing music for an important cause and counts Pete Seeger as one of his mentors and close friends. Music has the opportunity to transcend important messages in a way that other forums cannot. This song marks a prominent time in Jewish history and forever will be a reminder of Our Legacy as a people. Youth are our legacy and future and it is a privilege having the Solomon Schechter High School of New York choir participate in singing our story of struggle, courage and the human spirit. For more information, you can contact Paul at 917 509-0037, 718 896-4603 or e-mail at pesuchow@hotmail.com.

To celebrate this momentous occasion, on Sunday, September 12th, 10,000 to 15,000 people are expected to descend on Lower Manhattan to watch a reenactment of the landing. Surrounding this historic event, the New York Jewish Music & Heritage Festival will produce an all day-extravaganza at the South Street Seaport as the focal point of a one-week festival. From 10am-1pm the main stage will host special speakers and a play about the landing. From 1pm-8pm a stellar line-up of music and comedy will entertain an expected audience of over 10,000 people from neighborhood families to international tourists. The setting will include one large stage on Pier 17 with tall ships anchored nearby, arts & crafts, and cause-related tables creating a festival atmosphere

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September 02, 2004

NY Jewish Music & Heritage Festival Week

S A T A L L A
37 WEST 26TH ST NYC
2 1 2 - 5 7 6 - 1 1 5 5
satalla.com
Tuesday, September 07, 2004

Smadar
Sephardic Music
8pm

Admission $12
With lyrics in Greek, Spanish, Hebrew and Moroccan, SMADAR performs Moroccan Gypsy music with a unique Middle-Eastern sound. They will perform material from their brand-new release, "Smadar." Members of the band are: Smadar Levi (vocals); Uri Sharlin (piano, accordion); Harel Shachal (saxophone); Pedro Da Silva (sitar, Portuguese guitar); Emanuel Mann (bass); Tomer Tzur (drums), and Ramzi El-Idlibi (darbuka).

The Matt Temkin's Yiddish Jam Band Featuring Ashira
Jewish/Yiddish/Klezmer
10pm
Admission $12
Hip version of songs in English written by Jews, rocking versions of Yiddish songs written about Jews, and soulful versions of Hebrew songs written for Jews - all sung by the stunning voices of the female vocal trio ASHIRA (Arianne Slack, Laura Lenes, and Leah Moss), and backed by the swinging MATT TEMKIN'S YIDDISHE JAM BAND (Dan Cousin, musical director). Bringing together musical influences from all the 350 years that Jews have been residing in America, this is an experience that can be had only one way: in person and live!
Ashira

Wednesday, September 08, 2004
NY Jewish Music & Heritage Festival Week

DIVAHN
Middle Eastern and Sephardic Music
8pm

Admission $12
DIVAHN's Middle Eastern/Sephardic grooves were home-grown in Austin, Texas! This bold all-lady ensemble infuses traditional Jewish songs with sophisticated harmonies and funky arrangements. The group has engendered a national following with their riveting live shows including instruments such as tabla, cello, violin, didgeridoo, doumbek, and banjo and glowing vocals spanning Hebrew, Judeo-Spanish, Persian, Arabic, and Aramaic. Through their music, the group underscores common ground shared between diverse Middle Eastern cultures and religions. Join Divahn for a special performance at Satalla celebrating the 350th anniversary of Sephardic immigration to the U.S.
The Klez Dispensers
Klezmer: The Next Generation
10pm
Admission $12
Formed in 1998 and considered one of the best of the new generation of klezmer bands, the KLEZ DISPENSERS perform a diverse repertoire spanning traditional klezmer, a wide variety of jazz styles, and original compositions. They are currently a 7-piece band, comprised of Alex Kontorovich (clarinet); Ben Holmes (trumpet); Amy Zakar (violin); Audrey Betsy Wright (alto & tenor saxophone); Adrian Banner (piano); Julian Rosse (bass), and Gregg Mervine (drums).

Thursday, September 09, 2004
The Village Klezmer Quintet
Old World Klezmer
8pm
NY Jewish Music & Heritage Festival Week
Admission $12
The youthful, vibrant sound of the VILLAGE KLEZMER QUINTET brings the Old World melodies and rhythms of the Eastern European Jews to todays cafes, clubs, and celebrations all around NYC and beyond. Among the most seasoned musicians on the local scene, the band's members are: Jake Shulman-Ment (violin); Jeff Perlman (clarinet, bass clarinet); Ben Holmes (trumpet); Joey Weisenberg (mandolin, guitar), and Travis DiRuzza (bass).

Saturday, September 11, 2004
Sally Fingerett of The Four Bitchin' Babes
Musical Comedy - Jewish Festival Contemporary Musical Review
10pm

NY Jewish Music & Heritage Festival Week
Admission $15
"One of the best lyricists on the singer/songwriter circuit. Her song 'Home Is Where The Heart Is' ought to be required listening." THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE "A thoughtful, tuneful collection of keenly observed narratives, poignant ballads, giddy lovestruck odes." THE WASHINGTON POST
SALLY FINGERETT, a self-proclaimed "Mental Yentl," and founding member of the Funny Female Folkestra, The FOUR BITCHIN' BABES, performs selections from her one-woman show "Faces on the Wall." Take Joan Rivers & Nora Ephron, Bette Midler & Carol King, Victor Borge & Jackie Mason, put them all in a microwave, blow them up, realign their molecular structure, re-do the nose and - voila! - SALLY FINGERETT, one quirky Jewish Diva.

Sunday, September 12, 2004
Klezska
Klezmer/Ska Music
2pm
NY Jewish Music & Heritage Festival Week
Admission $12, Children Under 12 years of age $7
Maximum of $40 per family

Each member of KLEZSKA! a virtuoso in his or her own right, as a group they have created a totally original, powerful and perfect union of Klezmer with traditional Jamaican Ska and Reggae music. Just returning from their first Israeli tour, the band will perform their rocking repertoire, along with some new tunes that they have prepared for this special all-ages show.

Mikveh
featuring Alicia Svigals,Susan Watts, Nicki Parrott & Lauren Brody
The Women of Klezmer
5 pm

NY Jewish Music & Heritage Festival Week
Admission $12
Supergroup MIKVEH features the top women in Klezmer, including renowned Yiddish singer Adrienne Cooper, Klezmatics founder Alicia Svigals on fiddle, charismatic trumpeter Susan Watts of the Hoffman klezmer dynasty, ethnic accordion wizard Lauren Brody, and soulful bass player Catherine Popper. Together, they rock out with sizzling dance music and riveting Yiddish/English songs, both ancestral and brand new.

Monday, September 13, 2004
NY Jewish Music & Heritage Festival Week

An Evening of YIDDISH SOUL starring Joanne Borts w/
Howard Leshaw and the Golden Land Orchestra
Jewish Festival
7:30pm

Admission $12
One of this generation's Yiddish superstars, JOANNE BORTS has starred in "The Golden Land," "On Second Avenue" and "Those Were the Days"; has appeared on Broadway and in national tours of "Fiddler On the Roof" and "Hello Dolly," and has directed the hit revue "Kids & Yiddish." HOWARD LESHAW is a world-renowned band leader and woodwind vituoso. Yiddish Soul is a talent- and charisma-filled feast of favorites from theater, vaudeville, and cabaret.

Reuben Hoch & the Chassidic Jazz Project
Judeo-Cuban Jazz Fusion
9:30pm

Admission $12
Based out of Miami, THE CHASSIDIC JAZZ PROJECT is dedicated to bringing the music of the Jewish people to a larger audience by utilizing jazz as a vehicle for musical expression. Led by drummer and composer Reuben Hoch, the group includes jazz guitarist Tom Lippincott, violist Marie Randel, cellist Barbara Corcillo, Cuban saxophonist Felipe Lamoglia (Arturo Sandoval), bassist Ed Schuller (Joe Lovano), and percussionist Bobby Thomas Jr. This will be the group's debut N.Y. performance!

Tuesday, September 14, 2004
NY Jewish Music & Heritage Festival Week

Naftule's Dream
Avant-Jewish Jazz
8pm

Admission $12
After emerging in the 1990's as a major force in the Radical Jewish Music movement out of New York, NAFTULE'S DREAM continues to break new ground, to attract new fans and to amaze large and diverse audience worldwide with their unique blend of modern composition, freely improvised rock fusion and Jewish roots music. Weaving fiery improvisation into complex arrangements in a style reminiscent of Mingus, informed by Threadgil, the Boston-based band has created an instrumental music which has been called "startlingly original and audacious." (Bill Milkowski, Jazz Times)
Kleztraphobix
Contemporary Klezmer Music
10pm

Admission $12
While firmly entrenched in tradition, the KLEZTRAPHOBIX draw on the diverse musical experiences of the band's members to create a fresh, vibrant expression of the art of Klezmer. Their somewhat unusual instrumental lineup makes this group one of the most exciting bands on the contemporary Klezmer scene. Individually and collectively, they have played every type of music imaginable, from the NYC Opera to Funk to Big Band Swing to Bluegrass to Modern Jazz to Rock and Roll to Zydeco to Cantorial, and of course, Klezmer. They are committed to creating new Klezmer music, and often feature the original compositions of the members of the band. The Kleztraphobix are: Psachya Septimus (accordion); Rich Melnikoff (percussion); Ron Caswell (tuba); Michael Cohen (clarinet), and Jordan Hirsch (trumpet).

Sunday, September 19, 2004
Kapelye
Klezmer Music
5pm

Admission $12
The New York Times says: Of the many klezmer bands, the one that comes closest to the ideal is Kapelye. Kapelye, now in its 25th year of recording and touring worldwide, is one of the original bands responsible for the renewed interest in klezmer music. Kapelyes popular appeal over the years has won it a brand new audience as teens and college age fans of alternative rock and folk music have found a kindred spirit in the bands passionate, often highly spirited performances.
The Washington Post says: Anyone would be hard pressed to keep his toes restrained while listening to the sounds of this talented ensemble.
Kapelyes fusion of Old World traditions with New World influences creates a unique brand of entertainment that reaches out to each member of the audience. An evening with Kapelye will be one that you will remember for a long time.
Netherlands Jewish Week says: .a great success. A wildly enthusiastic audience called Kapelye back for three encores.
Kapelye is made up of Eric Berman, tuba/bass
Ken Maltz, clarinet
Peter Sokolow, keyboard/vocal

Sunday, September 26, 2004
Klezmerfest
Klezmer Music
5pm

Admission $12 Klezmerfest! celebrates the great tradition of Yiddish instrumental music-from the shtetls of the old country to the contemporary sounds of today's Lower East Side revival. Freylachs, bulgars, doynas and chassidls, along with old favorites from the days of Yiddish theater make for an enjoyable, heart warming and foot stomping evening of music for the whole family. Klezmerfest! has been delighting audiences for years at such venues as the Museum of Jewish Heritage, the Eldridge Street Project, the Knitting Factory, and synagogues and schools throughout the Northeast. Their latest CD is entitled "Party Music".
Klezmerfest! is well know for their award winning "Klez for Kidz program". The group is made up of leading players from the New York City scene: Greg Wall, clarinet (from Hasidic New Wave, Later Prophets, Neshama Carlebach, and other downtown projects); Jordan Hirsch, trumpet (of the famous Neshoma Orchestra); accordionist Zev Zions (you've seen him on Andy Statman's instructional video); bassist Brian Glassman (of Neshama Carlebach's band and Statman) and the masterful drummer Aaron Alexander (Hasidic New Wave, Klezmatics, Frank London's Klezmer Brass Band, Mazeltones). Let Klezmerfest bring you back to the days when klezmer was Jewish wedding music, and Jewish wedding music was............. PARTY MUSIC!

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August 31, 2004

NY Jewish Music & Heritage Festival Week

at S A T A L L A
37 WEST 26TH ST NYC
2 1 2 - 5 7 6 - 1 1 5 5
satalla.com
Tuesday, September 07, 2004
Smadar
Sephardic Music
8pm
Admission $12
With lyrics in Greek, Spanish, Hebrew and Moroccan, SMADAR performs Moroccan Gypsy music with a unique Middle-Eastern sound. They will perform material from their brand-new release, "Smadar." Members of the band are: Smadar Levi (vocals); Uri Sharlin (piano, accordion); Harel Shachal (saxophone); Pedro Da Silva (sitar, Portuguese guitar); Emanuel Mann (bass); Tomer Tzur (drums), and Ramzi El-Idlibi (darbuka).

The Matt Temkin's Yiddish Jam Band Featuring Ashira
Jewish/Yiddish/Klezmer
10pm
Admission $12
Hip version of songs in English written by Jews, rocking versions of Yiddish songs written about Jews, and soulful versions of Hebrew songs written for Jews - all sung by the stunning voices of the female vocal trio ASHIRA (Arianne Slack, Laura Lenes, and Leah Moss), and backed by the swinging MATT TEMKIN'S YIDDISHE JAM BAND (Dan Cousin, musical director). Bringing together musical influences from all the 350 years that Jews have been residing in America, this is an experience that can be had only one way: in person and live! Ashira

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August 02, 2004

New York Jewish Music and Heritage Festival

New York Jewish Music and Heritage Festival, coming September 7-14, a one week cultural celebration of the 350th Anniversary of the first Jews in America. Watch this space: http://www.oyhoo.com/
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The 15th Klezmer Festival in Raanana, Israel

August 4. 2004
19.30
Amfiteatron Raanana
The annual festival of the Jewish music will take place on Wednesday on 4th of August in the Amphitheater of Raanana park. It's one of the well known klezmer festivals in Israel. The performers of 15th festival are:
Orchestra of Police of Israel
Simply Tzfat
Tapuah beDvash
dance-group Hora Afula
Sania Kroiter and
Gady Yahil.

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July 30, 2004

22nd Arad Hebrew Song Festival

This Week! Aug. 2-4.
Many of Israels best singers and choral groups will be performing at Arad and at Metzada. These include David Broza, Gidi Gov, Matti Caspi, Danny Sanderson, Yizhar Cohen, Shalom Chanoch, Avihu Medina, Margalit Tzanani, and the list goes on and on. Some of the free events include a midnight concert dedicated to Naomi Shemer with Shuly Natan, the Gevatron singers, and others.
For details check out the following URL (in Hebrew): http://users.tapuz.co.il/hebrew/other/Arad2004.jpg

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July 25, 2004

Yiddish songs and dances in Regents Park London

When JMI KlezFest London opens on Sunday 8 August, all London hears about it - as the biggest UK klezmer band will assemble round the bandstand at Regents Park (its too big to be ON the bandstand) last year there were 69 players, this year we expect to break that record. If you are in or near London please bring your instruments and join us in the 'Inner Circle' (this is a Road Direction as well as an emotional state) from 3.00-6.00pm ...more!...

This picnic in the park comes after we have completed an intensive week's Yiddish course Ot Azoy! directed by Khayele Beer and with Pesakh Fiszman and Sonia Pinkusowitz which takes place at SOAS University of London, and at the very beginning of KlezFest London a week of intensive Music making, singing and dancing with the usual suspects. Over 100 musicians are registered, including 20 singers in our dedicated Jewish Song Summer School who will be studying with both Adrienne Cooper and Shura Lipovsky as well as other experts in the field of sephardi, Baghdadi, Hebrew and Art songs.

We follow this up in the autumn with weekly classes at SOAS in Jewish song, Klezmer music and also liturgical music, and Yiddish language. (you can also do under-grad and post-grad studies in Jewish music here at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (SOAS) as SOAS has I believe (please correct me if I am wrong) the only fulltime lecturer in Jewish music anywhere in the world in a mainstream University Department of Music.

For more details of all these see on the Jewish Music Institute Website www.jmi.org.uk OR e-mail jewishmusic@jmi.org.uk .

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Zfat festival in Israel

The Zfat festival will be held between 17 - 19 of August On the 22 - 29 of August there will be in Zfat a workshop on Clarinet. for details look at :

June 07, 2004

Metropolitan Klezmer FREE at Museum Mile Festival

New York City. Tuesday, June 8 at The Jewish Museum, for Museum Mile Festival, Metropolitan Klezmer will perform. This year is the JM's centennial, with a special presentation from the mayor's office to begin the festival at The Jewish Museum. 92nd St @ Fifth Avenue, 5:45pm til 9pm... all museums free! Fifth Ave becomes a pedestrian mall for the evening. In case of inclement weather, the band moves into the auditorium. Info: 212.423.3200

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May 27, 2004

Klezmer Festival in Vienna, Austria

Coming July 2nd - July 11th, 2004
For Information about this klezmer festival, see: www.klezmore-vienna.at
Lots of American and European klezmer bands including the Strauss/Warshauer Duo, Klezmokum, Klezmatics, Streiml, Isle of Klezbos, Di Naye Kapele, Meshuge Klezmer Band, Gojim, Fleytmusik and more. Schedule at: http://www.klezmore-vienna.at/klezmore.pdf

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May 18, 2004

JCC MusicFest West Bloomfield

June 20-27 D. Dan & Betty Kahn Building on the Eugene & Marcia Applebaum Jewish Community Campus in West Bloomfield. http://www.jccdet.org/musicfest/ Tickets on sale May 10, 2004 Highlighting the musical heritage of the Jewish people through a variety of programs that educate and entertain our community, while encouraging affiliation with the Jewish Community Center.
For more information or to volunteer, contact Katie Marcus at
kmarcus@jccdet.org

Shira Klein
Sunday, June 20, 1 p.m.
Sponsored by Alan & Jackie Menuck, Jill & Craig Menuck and Dr. Phoebe & Dr. Harris Mainster

Hey Kids! Get ready for the opening night of MusicFest with a special Father's Day Treat just for families! Get up and dance with the Jewish-Bop sing-along music of Shira Kline from New York. Organizational support by Temple Kol Ami and Federation's Alliance for Jewish Education.
Check out more at www.shirlala.com.
Tickets: General Admission: $8 for adults, $4 for kids under 12
JCC Member Advance Price: $5 for adults, $2 for kids under 12
All children under the age of 3: Free
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Yale Strom: The Last Klezmer- Feld Un Shtrom
Sunday, June 20, 3 p.m.

Presented by the Workman's Circle/Arbeter Ring - The Circle of Jewish Culture
Celebrating the tenth anniversary of his renowned film "The Last Klezmer," internationally renowned artist Yale Strom will present a hand-clapping, foot-stomping musical performance interwoven with excerpts from the film and discussion about the revival of klezmer and other Jewish culture in Europe today.
"Yale Strom is a commanding bandleader and composer." - Pulse! Magazine
Check out more at http://members.aol.com/yitztyco.
Tickets: General Admission: $10, JCC and Workmen's Circle Members Advance Price: $8
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Open Night Performance
Vocolot
Sunday, June 20, 7:30 p.m.
This unique women's a cappella group from California incorporates folk and world beat to the once traditional Jewish cantorial sound. Vocolot's 1997 album "Behold" was nominated for the best World/Folk album by the Contemporary A Capella Society of America. Organizational support by Seeds of Peace and Congregation Shir Tikvah.
"Vocolot has soared like their harmonies to prominence in the contemporary a cappella world." - San Francisco Bay Guardian
Check out more at www.vocolot.com
Tickets: General Admission: $15, JCC Member Advance Price: $12
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Yiddishkayt with Elaine Serling
Monday, June 21, 1 p.m.
Location: Oak Park JCC
Local musician Elaine Serling will perform traditional Yiddish favorites and original composition.
Check out more at www.elaineserling.com.
Tickets: General Admission: $2, JCC Member Advance Price: $1
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Rockin' the Shtetl
with Seth Rogovoy
Tuesday, June 22, 2 p.m.
Nationally known Jewish music authority and critic Seth Rogovoy will present a self-contained, multi-media journey through the entire history and evolution of klezmer music, from Old World shtetls to New World nightclubs and concert halls. His highly acclaimed book, The Essential Klezmer: A Music Lover's Guide to Jewish Roots and Soul Music, will be on sale following the program. Organizational support by the Institute for Retired Professionals and JCC Annual Jewish Book Fair.
"Fascinating, Comprehensive." - DC City Paper
"A lot more than essential!" - Folk legend Arlo Guthrie
Check out more at www.berkshire.com/rogovoy.
Tickets: General Admission: $5, JCC Member Advance Price: $3
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"Side By Side By Sondheim"
Tuesday, June 22, 7 p.m.
Location: Temple Israel
Presented by Temple Israel
"Side By Side By Sondheim" features the voices of Cantor Lori Corrsin, cantorial soloist, Neil Michaels, and soprano Stephanie Michaels, in a program of music by the talented Stephen Sondheim. Relive all your Broadway favorites in this musical extravaganza.
Tickets: Free of charge, but tickets are required.
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Peter Himmelman
Wednesday, June 23, 7 p.m.
Second show! 9:30 p.m.
Location: Oak Park JCC
Emmy-nominated Peter Himmelman performs classic folk rock. His fans are drawn to the singer/songwriter's unique blend of personal insight and elements of mystical Judaism. In addition to his ten highly-acclaimed albums, he has written scores for many movies and television shows, including CBS's Judging Amy. Organizational support by Yeshivat Akiva, Young Israel Council of Metro Detroit and Aish HaTorah.
"One of rock's most wildly imaginative performers." - USA Today
Check out more at www.peterhimmelman.com.
Tickets: General Admission: $15, JCC Member Advance Price: $12
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Sarah Aroeste Band
Thursday, June 24, 7:30 p.m.
Vocalist Sarah Aroeste and her band of some of New York's hottest musicians combine traditional Ladino Mediterranean music with contemporary rock, blues and jazz. Using traditional instruments, such as oud, qanun, and darbuka alongside electric guitar, bass and drums, the band (Yoel Ben-Simhon, musical director, oud, piano, vocals; Alan Cohen, electric guitar; Emmanuel Mann, electric bass; Liron Peled, percussion) brings a fresh new face to Ladino and Sephardic music. Aroeste was recently featured on NPR as a new up-and-coming artist in the Sephardi music world.
Sponsored by Melba Winer & Family, in memory of Sidney J. Winer.
Organizational support by Keter Torah Sisterhood & SAJE (Seminars for Adult Jewish Enrichment)
"Drawing from her cool, funky background, Aroeste is determined to preserve and promote the Sephardic sound," - The Jewish Week
Check out more at www.saraharoeste.com.
Tickets: General Admission: $15, JCC Member Advance Price: $12
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Afro-Semitic Experience
Featuring David Chevan and Warren Byrd
Sunday, June 27
12 noon - Workshop
2 p.m. - Concert
12 noon: Listen to a sound check as the Afro-Semitic Experience gears up for their 2 p.m. concert. In an informal setting, band members will discuss their music and answer questions.
Followed by...
2 p.m.: Many are quick to pigeon-hole the genre of jazz. The Afro-Semitic Experience is a perfect exponent of the joyous culture clash big bang theory. Co-led by bassist David Chevan, and pianist Warren Byrd, this East Coast quintet celebrates the fusion of elements from the African-American and Jewish-American experiences.
"This sound, the common experience of two peoples, has a message - and beauty - for all people." John Barnett, Short Takes, JazzUSA.com
Workshop Tickets: Free of charge, but tickets are required.
Tickets: General Admission: $15, JCC Member Advance Price: $12
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Conversation with the Chair: Frank London
Sunday, June 27, 4:30 p.m.
Extra! Extra! Arthur Horwitz, publisher of the Detroit Jewish News, will speak with noted composer, musician and Honorary MusicFest Chair Frank London on the current state of Jewish music in America. Find out how new trends and traditional elements are redefining Jewish identity. Organizational support by the Detroit Jewish News.
"An avatar of Klezmer music, Frank London is unsurpassed in his profound depth and understanding of the roots of Jewish music...while at the same time being one of the most forward-looking of its practitioners. - Seth Rogovoy, author of The Essential Klezmer
Tickets: Free of charge, but tickets are required.
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Golem featuring Frank London
Sunday, June 27, 7:30 p.m.
Sponsored by Francee & Benson Ford
Frank will perform with Golem, a Klezmer band that describes its style as "Shtetl Punk." Filled with edgy Greenwich Village Eastern European influences, their sound is a rollicking stomp trhough Jewish culture. Organizational Support by Congregation Beth Ahm, Sholem Aleichem Institute and the Charles & Frances Driker Yiddish Culture Fund.
"One of the finest bands of the younger generation of klezmorim." - Tonic Magazine
Check out more at www.franklondon.com or www.golemrocks.com.
Tickets: General Admission: $15, JCC Member Advance Price: $12

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April 21, 2004

Divahn in Concert

April 21st - Wednesday
Washington, D.C.
8 pm
Washington Jewish Music Festival
Opening: John Bell, Sitar and Broto Roy, Tabla
Member: $20 Non-member: $25 Student/Senior: $12
For tickets or brochure:
202-777-3208 or jessika@dcjcc.org
For more info on the Festival:
http://www.dcjcc.org/arts/music/WashingtonJewishMusicFestival.htm

Check out our upcoming concert appearances at:
www.divahn.com

Posted by jmwc at 09:47 AM

March 30, 2004

MORE KLEZ CALIFORNIA

The faculty is now announced for the KLEZ CALIFORNIA program in June, including: Stu Brotman | Adrienne Cooper | Corey Fisher | Josh Horowitz | Peter Jacques | Eli Katz | Kevin Mummey | Steve Saxon | Naomi Seidman | Cookie Segelstein | Claire Sherman | Deborah Strauss | Gerry Tenney | Harvey Varga | Jeff Warschauer | Steve Weintraub.
June 20th to the 25th, 2004
Info: 415-789-7679
www.KlezCalifornia.org

Classes, Schedules, Teacher bios, Logistical info .... it's all there, including the registration form. (If you've still got questions, call 415-789-7679). Plus, if you have DSL or Cable internet access, be sure to look at the VIDEO from 2003. If you have dial-up, there are lots of photos. You'll see why people said: "KlezCalifornia ... s'iz geven a fargenign!" (It was a real pleasure ... a delight!)

Posted by jmwc at 03:41 PM

March 22, 2004

PITTSBURGH JEWISH MUSIC FESTIVAL

The Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival, a new annual concert series devoted to Jewish-themed classical music, will debut this spring. The festival is founded by cellist Aron Zelkowicz and will feature musicians of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and guests. This year's theme is "A Vanished World", an exploration of Jewish culture in Eastern Europe at the beginning of the twentieth century, and consists of three programs:
1.Monday, April 19, 2004 8pm
2. Tuesday, April 27, 2004 8pm
3. Wednesday, May 5 2004 8pm
For more info...

1.Monday, April 19, 2004 8pm Levy Hall, Rodef Shalom Congregation 4905 Fifth Ave. VOCAL CONCERT: "An Evening of Jewish Song" with Mimi Lerner. mezzo-soprano and Aron Zelkowicz, cello. Hebrew liturgical works by Ben Steinberg, Yiddish art songs by Lazar Weiner, Yiddish folk songs, the song cycle "We Are Children Just the Same" after poetry by boys in Terezin by Srul Irving Glick, and a set of cello pieces by Israeli composer Joachim Stutschewsky.

2. Tuesday, April 27, 2004 8pm Katz Theatre, JCC of Pittsburgh 5738 Forbes Ave. ORCHESTRA CONCERT: "Klezmer Concertos" Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra resident conductor Lucas Richman conducts a chamber orchestra comprised of PSO and Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra members in two of his own works, "Kol Nidre" and "Overture for Israel" in addition to the N.American premiere of Srul Irving Glick's clarinet concerto"The Klezmer's Wedding" and the world premiere of an instrumental suite from Hans Krasa's "Brundibar". Also "The Fiddle" by Elliot Finkel (with text by Sholom Aleichem) and "Self-Portrait with Gebirtig" by Joel Hoffman.

3. Wednesday, May 5 2004 8pm CHAMBER CONCERT: "Chamber Music from the Old World" PSO members perform a virtuosic selection of klezmer-inspired works for flute, clarinet, piano, harp and strings by Golijov, Glick, Pittsburgh composer David Stock, Hoffman, and Schiff.

Tickets and more info. available at ProArts (412)394- 3353 or www.proartstickets.org

Posted by jmwc at 11:37 AM

March 11, 2004

Delaware Valley Jewish Choral

Gratz College will host the 4th annual Delaware Valley Jewish Choral Festival on Sunday, March 28. Sponsored by the Zamir Choral Foundation in conjunction with Gratz and the Jewish choral community of the Delaware Valley, the event is designed for lovers of Jewish music of all backgrounds... Contact the Tyson Music Department at Gratz College, 215-635-7300, or e-mail ZamirFdn@aol.com See more information...

The program will begin at 2 p.m. with a "community sing" of choral selections led by local conductors, with special guest, Binyumen Schaechter, director of the Jewish People's Philharmonic Chorus. Specializing in Yiddish music, the choir has been performing continuously for more than 80 years, and will headline the evening concert that follows the day-long event. Schaechter will also lead two of the twelve workshops scheduled following the community sing, on topics ranging from Yiddish humor in song to vocal improvisation, conducting volunteer choirs and the relationship between Jewish choral music and Broadway. Attendees will have the opportunity to attend their choice of two hour-long sessions during the afternoon, following which a light, Glatt Kosher buffet will be served. In addition to the Jewish People's Philharmonic Chorus, the evening program, which begins at 7:30 p.m., will feature performances by the M'kor Shalom Chorale of Cherry Hill, conducted by Cantor Anita Hochman, and by Nashirah, a newly-formed, auditioned chorus conducted by Robert Ross. Participants are encouraged to attend the full-day event, but an afternoon-only option is available. Tickets for the concert, alone, may also be purchased. Discounts are available for seniors and students. For further information, contact the Tyson Music Department at Gratz College, 215-635-7300, or e-mail ZamirFdn@aol.com

Posted by jmwc at 03:42 PM

March 04, 2004

North American Jewish Choral Festival, July 11-15, 2004

The Zamir Choral Foundation is pleased and excited to announce that the North American Jewish Choral Festival will take place this summer, July 11-15, 2004, at the Hudson Valley Resort and Spa in in Kerhonksen, N.Y.-about 20 minutes from our previous location at the Nevele.

This new venue will provide Festival attenders with more comfortable and up-to-date accommodations, better all-around service, some great amenities-all available under one roof! The hotel provides glatt kosher catering, too. Festival has been searching for a location that better suits our needs and provides a level of service that we think you'll find attractive at a cost that's approximately the same as in past years. And importantly, being in one facility will help bring a new sense and spirit to the Festival-exactly what The Foundation has in mind as we begin our 15th year.
The Hudson Valley is a little smaller than previous hotels, but it is a beautiful hotel with great amenities, including a wonderful spa (check out their web site at www.hudsonvalleyresort.com . We won't have unlimited accommodations, so rooms will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. But we think the size, service, and the fact that's it's all under one roof, will lend itself to a greater sense of community and cohesiveness.
For the 2004 NACJF, we're working on some exciting new additions and offerings that will make this year's Festival even more special.yet maintain the quality, spirit, learning and meaning that have made past Festivals so successful. Information packets and registration materials will be coming out in the near future, so watch your mailbox for the details. And we hope to be able to take on-line registrations at the Zamir Choral Foundation's revamped website. (Visit www.zamirfdn.org to see the new, upgraded site! We think you'll find it much more useful and appealing). We hope you sense the excitement and promise that we are feeling. The Zamir Choral Foundation is growing in new and dramatic ways. Under the leadership of an energetic, involved Board, we have expanded our efforts and are launching new ideas that promise even bigger and better things that will enhance our mission as the leading force in the Jewish world for sustaining and advancing the Jewish choral tradition.
We have:
Updated and revised our web site, materials, and public relations efforts; Laid plans for building greater connection and exchange in the ever-widening Jewish choral network; Strengthened our ground-breaking program for teens, Hazamir: The International Jewish High School Choir, now in its 11th year; and Searched for new ways to augment and enhance the role we can play to foster and Jewish choral music to individuals, groups and the larger community. Undertaken a broader, more effective development campaign to raise funds to improve our programming and activities.
Posted by jmwc at 11:45 AM

19th Annual Jewish Music Festival

March 20 27, 2004 a program of the Berkeley Richmond Jewish Community Center Box Office tickets & info 925-866-9599 or www.brjcc.org Tickets on sale March 1 BRJCC members. March 4 general public. Call today for a brochure! See more details...

David Krakauer's Klezmer Madness! with guest DJ So-Called Saturday, March 20, 8:00pm Wheeler Auditorium, UC Berkeley $20-$25 Jazz and klezmer collide in a dazzling display of clarinet virtuosity spiced with hip hop.

Ronnie Gilbert: A Radical Life with Songs Sunday, March 21 4:00pm Berkeley Richmond Jewish Community Center 1414 Walnut Street (at Rose), Berkeley $15-$20 A one-woman show that celebrates the life of a singer, actor, writer and community activist.

Also March 18 7:30pm Osher Marin JCC Call 415-444-8000 for tickets

Back to the Sources: The music collections of pioneer Russian Jewish folklorists Tuesday, March 23, 7:30pm $15-$10 BRJCC A dialog and musical demonstration with eminent scholars Dr. Izaly Zemtsovsky and Michael Alpert, member of the klezmer ensemble Brave Old World.

Kinetic Klezmer Jam Thursday, March 25 7:30pm BRJCC $15-$10 Traditional musical styling taught by a mother and daughter duo, descendants of the Hoffman klezmer dynasty. All instruments and skill levels welcome.

Philly Klezmer Swing Dance Party with Dance Lesson Saturday, March 27 6:30pm lesson 8:00pm party The Crowden Music Center 1475 Rose (at Sacramento), Berkeley near North Berkeley BART $20-$15 Its time to swing to Bei Mir Bistu Shein! The Hoffmans are joined by Josh Dolgin, dance master Steven Weintraub, and Bay Area jazz allstars Sheldon Brown and Richard Saunders.

Additional Events--- (Call telephone numbers listed below for information.)

Ashkenazi and Sephardi Music Workshop2 Sessions Part OneAsk Dr. Klez: Musical Intermarriage in the Ashkenazi World Thursday March 4 7:30 - 9:00pm A provocative history of klezmer, the traditional music of Eastern European Jews, with live music, historical recordings and unique insight. Presented by Joshua Horowitz, founder and director of the klezmer ensemble Budowitz.

Thursday March 11 7:30 - 9:00pm Part TwoThe Other Half of the Jewish Musical Sky: An Introduction to Sephardic Traditions From Morocco to Bulgaria, to the New World, Sephardic music encompasses Ladino songs to liturgical chants inspired by Arabic and Turkish modes, to modern Israeli pop. Presented by Francesco Spagnolo, ethnomusicologist and director of Yuval Italia-the Italian Center for the Study of Jewish Music. Co-sponsored with Lehrhaus Judaica. To register for either or both, call (510) 845-6420 or www.lehrhaus.org Both sessions at the BRJCC, 1414 Walnut Street (at Rose), Berkeley

Wednesday, March 10, 6:00pm Lecture From Kiev to California and Back Klezmer Music and History Joshua Horowitz and Francesco Spagnolo San Francisco Public Library, Main Branch, (415) 557-4400 (Free)

Friday March 12 7:30pm Shir HaShirim Kabbalat Shabbat Service Jewish sacred music, poetry and prayer from around the world. BRJCC 510-848-0237

Wednesday, March 17, 7:30pm Teen Concert So-Called on Second Avenue with Josh Dolgin Temple Isaiah 3800 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette For tickets and info: 925-283-8575

Sunday, March 28, 4:00pm Classical Concert 20th Century Jewish Masterpieces Works by Ernest Bloch, Mario Davidovsky, Daniel David Feinsmith, Arnold Schoenberg, Stefan Wolpe, and William Susman. Performed by Grammy-nominated pianist David Holzman. Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento Street, San Francisco. For tickets and info, (415) 474-1608, or www.oldfirstconcerts.org In association with Old First Concerts.

Tuesday, March 30, 8:00pm Film Chants of Sand and Stars A tapestry of Jewish world music From Azerbaijan, to Manhattan to Israel In association with The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival and the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco

Kanbar Hall at JCCSF 3200 California Street & Presidio Avenue San Francisco 415-292-1233 or www.jccsf.org

June 20-25 KlezCalifornia, a five-day celebration of klezmer, Yiddish language, dance and cultural arts. Children and teen programs included. Jewish Community High School of the Bay San Francisco Contact 415-789-7679 or www.klezcalifornia.org

Posted by jmwc at 11:39 AM

Klezfest in Ukraine

Celebrate the Rebirth of Klezmer Music in the Former Soviet Union at the Fifth Annual KlezFest, Ukraine!
August 15-20, 2004
Kiev, Ukraine
http://klezmer.com.ua/events/info5.php Yana Yanover, 2004 Director

Posted by jmwc at 11:31 AM

February 25, 2004

KLEZKANADA GROYSER KONCERT

AN EVENING OF KLEZMER MUSIC, SONG, AND COMEDY
TO BE HELD IN MONTREAL FOR FIRST TIME
February 29, 2004
The GROYSER KONCERT is coming to Montreal.
A popular feature of the KlezKanada Festival of Yiddish/Jewish Music and Culture held annually in the Laurentians, the GROYSER KONCERT is relocating to Montral and the first concert will take place Sunday, February 29 at the Monument National Theatre, 1182 Boulevard Saint-Laurent. ...

Three internationally acclaimed groups will headline the program: New York-based Brave Old World , which has stood at the forefront of the Klezmer revival around-the-world for over two decades; Beyond the Pale, a Toronto group that has been winning raves across North America for its contemporary approach to traditional Klezmer music; and Montreals Shtreiml , just back from a successful European tour that won raves for its Klezmer, gypsy and jazz music.

Broadway singing star Joanne Borts and Yaela Hertz, violinist and concertmaster emerita of the McGill Chamber Orchestra, will also be featured. Michael Wex, the celebrated author, raconteur and itinerant teacher of Yiddish, will be the MC.

Jointly sponsored by KlezKanada, the YM-YWHA Montreal Jewish Community Centres and the Saidye Bronfman Centre for the Arts, the GROYSER KONCERT signals the beginning of a collaborative relationship between the organizations, with the intent of creating a permanent base for Klezmer music in Montral. Proceeds help support KlezKanadas unique youth scholarship fund and the cultural programming of Saidye Bronfman Centre for the Arts.

Patron tickets at $250 and Supporter tickets at $100 are available with partial tax receipts. General admission (Balcony seats) is $36 and tickets are on sale at the Saidye Bronfman Centre Box Office, 5170 Cte Ste-Catherine Road, or by telephone at (514) 739-7944.

Posted by jmwc at 07:25 PM

February 19, 2004

KLEZFEST ST. PETERSBURG 2004

The Center for Jewish Music of the Jewish Community Center of St. Petersburg is proud to announce "KlezFest St. Petersburg 2004," an international seminar on the traditional music of Eastern European Jewry, to be held June 12-16, 2004 in St. Petersburg, Russia.

"KlezFest St. Petersburg," now in its eighth year, is the oldest Klezmer seminar in Russia. The 2004 festival will include master-classes on Yiddish folk songs and Klezmer music, workshops on Yiddish folklore and Yiddish dance, lectures, concerts, and two excursions: "Jewish St. Petersburg" and "Rivers and Canals of St. Petersburg." The staff will include world-famous musicians -- the world's leading expert on Yiddish dance, violinist, accordion player, vocalist, and ethnomusicologist Michael Alpert from New York, the outstanding Klezmer clarinetist from Berlin, Christian Dawid, and others. "KlezFest St. Petersburg," dedicated to bringing Klezmer music and Yiddish culture back to the land of their birth, includes Jewish musicians from the vibrant centers of the Jewish renaissance throughout the former Soviet Union. This year again there is a special program for lovers of Yiddish music and culture from other parts of the globe. The festival is asking for a contribution of $550. This sum will include food and lodging in St. Petersburg for 5 days and the entire seminar program, including interpreters when needed, concerts and the two excursions. Participants will pay their own transportation to St. Petersburg. For more information, please contact the Jewish Community Center of St. Petersburg via fax at (+7-812) 314-5117, or e-mail . For advice on travel and visa arrangements, contact our American sponsor, the Jewish Community Development Fund in Russia and Ukraine, a project of the American Jewish World Service (New York), via telephone: (+1-212) 273-1642, or e-mail: . Join us at "KlezFest St. Petersburg" this summer! If you haven't been on the Neva River during White Nights with Russian klezmorim, you haven't lived!

Posted by jmwc at 11:46 AM

January 30, 2004

20th Annual KlezKamp

The dates for the 20th annual KlezKamp have been set: December 26 December 31, 2004 at the Swan Lake Resort Hotel in the Catskills. Please click on the following link for more information and a report about KlezKamp 19: http://www.livingtraditions.org/docs/index_kk.htm
Posted by jmwc at 11:29 AM

January 15, 2004

Film & CD "Shalom Ireland",

Ceilizemer did the musical soundtrack. The film will be playing at this year's New York Jewish Film Festival. For screening schedules coming up: New York Jewish Film Festival screenings of "Shalom Ireland": Jan. 28, 2004 6:00pm Jan. 29, 2004 1:00pm and 6:00pm The Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theatre www.jewishmuseum.org/home/page.php?id=filmfest Jan. 31, 2004, 5:00pm Feb. 1, 2004, 3:00 pm (this screening will be followed by a discussion with Rabbi David Rosen) Feb. 2, 2004, 5:00 pm Feb. 4, 2004, 5:00 pm The Jacob Burns Theatre, Pleasantville, NY www.burnsfilmcenter.org
Posted by jmwc at 03:51 PM

January 07, 2004

KLEZMERQUERQUE 2004

A Southwestern celebration of Klezmer music and dance into the 21st century: featuring a weekend of concerts, dance parties, classes and lectures on the music and dance of the Eastern European Jewish People.

Klezmerquerque announces: "February 20th through February 22nd, 2004 This year's featured performer/teacher: Margot Leverett (world-renown virtuoso Klezmer clarinetist, saxophonist, and bandleader) is one of the foremost of the new generation of klezmer clarinetists. Classically trained at Indiana University School of Music, she was involved in avant-garde music when she first heard klezmer, the dynamic East European music traditionally played at Jewish weddings. Leverett was a founding member of the Klezmatics in 1985 and Mikveh in 1999. She started her own band "Margot Leverett and the Klezmer Mountain Boys" in 2001. Her solo CD, "The Art of Klezmer Clarinet," was released in 2001 on Traditional Crossroads (CD4296) to glowing reviews. She tours nationally and has performed and taught traditional and original klezmer music at festivals and workshops around the world.

Presented by Congregation Nahalat Shalom (Inheritance of Peace congregation) in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

Schedule of Events:

Friday, February 20th, 6:30 pm: Freylekhe Shabbes featuring a 'danced' Kabbalat Shabbat service followed by a potluck vegetarian dinner (7:00) and a concert (7:30) by our featured guest artist Margot Leverett followed by dancing to Klezmer music with ABQ's own hot klezband: 'The Rebbe's Orkestra' with Margot Leverett. Yiddish dances lead by Rikud dance troupe and Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb. ($10.00 - suggested donation).

Saturday, February 21st Events:

10-11:30am: Yiddish dance class and video presentation with Rikud dancers. ($18).

11:45am-12:15pm: Klezmer music class with Margot Leverett ($18).

12:30-1:30pm: Saturday afternoon lunch and lecture presented by Albuquerque Academy teachers Stuart Lipkowitz and Danny Packer. A powerpoint presentation of the culture of East European Jews--life, family, work, community, immigration, etc. ($5-10 donation).

2:00-3:30pm: Music class - Margot ($18) or dance class - Rikud ($18) choose one.

7:00pm: Dance party with Margot Leverett accompanied by the 18-plus piece intergenerational Nahalat Shalom Community Klezmer band and Saturday students. Dances lead by Rikud and student dancers. ($10 - free for Saturday students)

Sunday, February 22nd, 12:00-1:30pm: Music class ($18) or dance class ($18).

Event price: $60 for 2 parties, lunch/presentation, & 4 classes payed BEFORE Friday eve. Feb. 20th. Individual classes and events can be payed for at time of class/event. Discounts for students, seniors, and fixed/low income - please inquire.

Lodging: Hotels and B&B's within 1/2 to 2miles - call/e-mail coordinator for info. Close to Historic Old Town, museums and Rio Grande Nature Center and trails. Ski areas: Sandia Peak (40 mins. from ABQ), Santa Fe (1.5 hours), Taos, Angelfire & Red River (2.5-3.5 hours)

All events held at: Nahalat Shalom, 3606 Rio Grande Blvd. NW (between Candelaria & Griegos), ABQ, NM
Mailing Address: PO Box 40723, Albuquerque, NM 87196-0723
Phone: (505) 343-8227, WEB: www.nahalatshalom.org
Event coordinator: Beth Cohen, E-mail, Ph: (505) 243-6276

Posted by jmwc at 11:47 AM

December 31, 2003

Festival of New Jewish Liturgical Music

Submit newly composed liturgical compositions by March 30, 2004...

--Chevy Chase, MD-- Announcing the Festival of New Jewish Liturgical Music November 1314, 2004 Deadline for submissions: March 30, 2004 Shalshelet: The Foundation for New Jewish Liturgical Music seeks to foster new music for Jewish congregational use and expose wider audiences to innovations in Jewish religious music. Shalshelet promotes the creation and spread of new Jewish liturgical music.
Through the annual Festival of New Jewish Liturgical Music, along with accompanying publications, such as a festival CD and songbook, Shalshelet provides a venue for composers to share their music.
A musical composition submitted --must enhance congregational worship;
--must have been written less than two years prior to the Festival;
--must accompany a Jewish sacred text, taking care to capture the spirit and importance of the text; and
--must not have been previously published or performed at a major music festival.
The application process is open to everyone, regardless of age, gender, Jewish affiliation, musical background, or professional experience. A music committee will review submissions with the support of advisory members. Submissions may be selected for performance, publication, or both. For an application and more information, e-mail Shalshelet@NewJewishMusic.com or visit http://www.Shalshelet.org. Shalshelet
P.O. Box 15836
Chevy Chase, MD 20825
301-907-3336
Shalshelet@NewJewishMusic.com

Posted by jmwc at 08:04 PM

JMI Summer Academy 2004 at London University

Ot Azoy! Yiddish Language Crash Course & KlezFest a structured course in Klezmer music song and dance....

Ot Azoy! Yiddish Language Crash Course 1 6 August
KlezFest: Klezmer music song and dance, 8 12 August

Sunday 1 Friday 6 August 2004 Ot Azoy! this is the way - to speak, read and write Yiddish in a week! An inspiring and captivation course devised by Dr Helen Beer, of University College London with Pesakh Fiszman of Columbia New York and Sonia Pinkusovitch from the Martin Buber Institute Brussels. For complete beginners of all backgrounds and also caters for those at intermediate level. Its the perfect course for those that always wanted to learn or brush up on Yiddish or refresh what they might have heard as a child, but were not confident enough (or could not spare the time) to devote a whole summer to it. Its the one for dipping in your toes and immersing yourself in Yiddish language, song and culture and for getting to a good level. Many Ot Azoy! Graduates are now continuing studies at University.
Sunday 8 Thursday 12 August KlezFest a structured course in Klezmer music song and dance. Course Director, Alan Bern of Brave Old World with a faculty of some of the greatest and most highly regarded Klezmer luminaries from around the world such as Michael Alpert, Deborah Strauss, Jeff Warschauer, Josh Dolgin, Sophie Solomon, Zalmen Mlotek and others hands-on masterclasses and workshops, in both instrumental and ensemble playing. Ideal for those proficient on their instruments, regardless of whether you have played klezmer before. Also caters for those with experience in Klezmer. Learn from the real masters. Masterclasses for existing ensembles. Private lessons may be available on the days before or afterwards. Make new friends in the Klezmer family and jam on into the night. Contact JMI about fee structures and accomodation information. More details e-mail jewishmusic@jmi.org.uk or Tel 020 8909 2445 Fax 020 8909 1030 Registration form on Website www.jmi.org.uk

Posted by jmwc at 07:59 PM

*** KLEZCALIFORNIA 2004 ***

A 5-day celebration of Klezmer Music, Yiddish Language, Literature, Dance, and Folk Arts ... with evening events and a full children's program ....

June 20th to 25th 2004. Where: At the Jewish Community High School of the Bay 1835 Ellis Street, San Francisco
After a wonderful inaugural program in June of 2003, planning is in process for program 2004. Course offerings, teachers, registration instructions and other details will be posted on the website as they are developed. In the meantime, mark your calendar, TELL YOUR FRIENDS, and check out the details of last year's program (including pictures) at:
www.klezcalifornia.org For more information, you can e-mail or call: E-mail: info@klezcalifornia.org or Phone: 415-789-7679

Posted by jmwc at 07:52 PM

19th Annual Jewish Music Festival

Berkeley Richmond Jewish Community Center Annual Jewish Music Festival coming this March, 2004...

March 20 - 27, 2004 Berkeley Richmond Jewish Community Center Tickets & information: 510-848-0237 orwww.brjcc.org Tickets range from $12-25.

Posted by jmwc at 07:32 PM

December 30, 2003

Boca Raton Jewish Music Festival

The Boca Raton Jewish Music Festival will take place on January 31, 2004 at the FAU University Center Auditorium at 7:30pm

Tickets for the Boca Raton Jewish Music Festival are on sale at the FAU box office, 561-297-3737. For information about the show contact Irv Rosenthal 561-347-2242 (not for the general public, please)
There will be three bands, Maxwell Street Klezmer Band, Golem and Soulfarm performing during a three hour show. This program is being present to the community by Congregation Beth Tikvah of West Boca Raton, 561-852-6555. Ticket prices range from $18 - $50 with a limited number of VIP tickets which include an after show desert reception with the artists.

Posted by jmwc at 11:43 PM

20th Zimriya: World Assembly of Choirs in Israel

zimriyaThe 20th Zimriya: World Assembly of Choirs in Israel

August 2-12, August, 2004

Choirs from all over the world are invited once more to come to the Zimriya in Jeruslam.

Youth Choirs (14 years and above) are welcome. Participants will stay on the beautiful campus of the Hebrew University on Mount Scopus overlooking Jerusalem of Gold. Workshops will be held during the day. Open Singing, Choir to Choir sessions and Concerts will take plae at night. World famous conductors will dlead workshops. choirs will tour Jerusalem and will give concerts at various locations in Israel. Payment for 10 days board and lodging as well as tours is $475 US per person. Choirs interested in attending are requested to contact:
Zimriya
4, Aharonowitz Street, Tel Aviv 63 566, Israel
Tel: +972-3-528-0233
Fax: +972-3-629-9524
Email: harzimco@netvision.net.il
http://www.zimriya.org.il

Posted by jmwc at 10:50 PM