East Village Klezmer Series Returns – January 18th, 8:30pm with a wonderful double
Adrianne Greenbaum’s Fleytmusik – featuring Pete Rushevsky, and Zevy Zions –
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, 325 E. Sixth Street | New York, NY 10003.
The lineup for the winter/spring series includes a
fantastic lineup including wonderful klezmorim from New York and faraway
places such as Montreal, Berlin, Boston, and the UK. We are lucky to have
such a great group of musicians contributing to this endeavor. Please come
out and support the series!
The series are co-sponsored by Workmen?s Circle/Arbeiter Ring of NY,
All shows start at 8.30 and cover is $15 (drink included) unless otherwise
Cover: $15 (includes a drink).
Prior to the existence of the larger klezmer ensemble or kapelye that
included brass and clarinets, the flute ? a popular instrument of all
varieties throughout world history ? was often part of the smaller klezmer
band; as one of the quieter instruments allowed in religious settings, it
was an obvious partner with the violin and cimbalom. Early photos of larger
bands show one or more flutes. These flutes were generally of the
multi-keyed variety, a few Boehm-system, but mostly simple-system and/or
what we now sometimes refer to as transitional.
Flutes played an important role taking the high melodic lines and fills in
the early American bands of Art Shryer, Harry Kandel, and Abe Schwartz, to
name but a few. Shloymke Kosch and Israel Chazin, employing exemplary tones
and technical facility, are among the unfortunately all-too-few recorded
Adrianne performs on vintage wood instruments, returning the flute to its
rightful place in the traditional small klezmer ensemble.
Opening the night will be accordion virtuoso Zev Zions performing a solo set
of music drawn from his 3 solo accordion CDs. Zevy is a master of the
accordion. He grew up in the Orthodox world of The Bronx and Brooklyn,
listening to the likes of Rudy Tepel and the Epstein brothers in his
childhood, and old 78s on his record player or on WEVD. He has been involved
in Klezmer and Jewish music his whole life, working in the top wedding bands
in New York, including Neshoma, Neginah and many others. He recorded an
instructional klezmer DVD with Andy Statman in the 1980s, and has been in
important part of the the NY klezmer group, ?Klezmerfest!? since 1995,
including co-producing their CDs and contributing original material. He
began a project to record Accordion Classics, and has completed 3 CDs to
date to much acclaim. These can be sampled at his website
He has an interesting day job; he is a practicing professional Mohel. You
can find out all about that at www.rabbizions.com.
Jan. 25th — The Kleztraphobix – featuring Mike Cohen – clarinet, Jordan
Hirsch – cornet, Pesachya Septimus – Accordion, Yoshie Fruchter – bass, Rich
Huntley – drums
Feb. 1 – tba
Feb. 8 – Ben Holmes/Patrick Farrell – duo
Feb. 15 – The Levitt Legacy
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 – tba
Mar. 22 – tba
Mar. 29 – tba
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
June 14 – Klezmerfest!