The final two concerts of The Jewish Museum’s popular
SummerNights series are on Thursday evenings, July 16 and 23. On July
16, SLAVIC SOUL PARTY! performs virtuosic new brass band music
incorporating diverse influences, and on July 23, Ljova and the
Kontraband offer a mix of Eastern-European melodies, Latin rhythms and
jazz-inspired improvisations. Concerts begin at 7:30 pm. The Jewish
Museum is located at Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street, Manhattan.

Tickets for each concert are $15 for the general public; $12
for students and seniors; and $10 for Jewish Museum members. For
further information regarding programs at The Jewish Museum, the public
may call 212.423.3337 or visit

July 16, 7:30 pm

The musicians of Slavic Soul Party!- featuring Jacob
Garchik, John Carlson, Brian Drye, Peter Stan, Ben Holmes, Ron Caswell,
Matt Moran and Oscar Noriega – forge virtuosic new brass band music,
melding Gypsy, East European, Mexican, and Asian immigrant backgrounds
with American jazz and soul.

One of the hardest working bands in New York City, the
Brooklyn-based Slavic Soul Party! plays nearly 100 times a year in the
US, Europe, and beyond. They have performed at Babylon (Istanbul) with
the Karandila Orkestar, at Irving Plaza (New York City) with Gogol
Bordello, on the Warped Tour (U.S.), and in virtually every major New
York club. The band’s third CD, Teknochek Collision is on the Barbes
Records label, released in 2007 through Ryko Distribution. The band’s
fourth CD, Remixed, will be released this year.

July 23, 7:30 pm

East European melodies, Latin rhythms, jazz-inspired improvisations, and
classical forms are given new meanings in original compositions that
forge new directions, with a nostalgic nod to the past.

Ljova and the Kontraband – Ljova (viola), Inna Barmash (vocal), —
Patrick Farrell (accordion), Mathias Kunzli (percussion), and Mike
Savino (bass) – made its debut in June 2006, and has performed at venues
such as The Museum of Modern Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, the
Brooklyn Academy of Music and Joe’s Pub. Founded by film composer Lev
“Ljova” Zhurbin, the ensemble also features his close collaborators on
vocals, accordion, bass and percussion. The Kontraband’s debut CD,
Mnemosyne, featuring special guests Frank London, William Schimmel, Uli
Geissendoerfer, Alon Yavnai and Marcus Rojas, was released in September

SummerNights offers live world music in a concert setting on
five Thursday evenings from July 2 through July 23. A complete schedule
is available from the press office at 212.423.3271, or the Museum’s Web

The 2009 SummerNights concert series has been funded by a generous
endowment from the William Petschek Family.

Public Programs at The Jewish Museum are supported, in part,
by public funds from by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs
and the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency. The
audio-visual system has been funded by The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels
Foundation, Inc.

About The Jewish Museum

The Jewish Museum was established on January 20, 1904 when Judge Mayer
Sulzberger donated 26 ceremonial art objects to The Jewish Theological
Seminary of America as the core of a museum collection. Today, The
Jewish Museum maintains an important collection of 26,000 objects –
paintings, sculpture, works on paper, photographs, archaeological
artifacts, ceremonial objects, and broadcast media. Widely admired for
its exhibitions and educational programs that inspire people of all
backgrounds, The Jewish Museum is the preeminent United States
institution exploring the intersection of 4,000 years of art and Jewish

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Museum is located at 1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street, Manhattan.