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Chicken Soup for the Ears in London

Chicken Soup for the Ears –
Sunday 9 December, Sunday 13 January, Sunday 10 February, 1- 4pm

Come and join the London Klezmer Collective’s second-Sunday jam at the Cross
Kings, between 1 and 4pm.
The capital’s regular klezmer session has found a home at the Cross Kings
pub. While you’re playing or listening, eat lunch, have a coffee, booze,
shmooze or just relax in the deep sofas and convivial atmosphere of this
great central London pub. There might even be a bit of dancing and singing…
Out-of-towners particularly welcome!

Klezmer, the celebratory and soulful music of the Jews of eastern Europe, is
the flavour of the month. Anyone interested in playing or listening to
klezmer is welcome to come along; no experience is necessary. Join skilled
professionals, keen amateurs, home-grown talent and perhaps even some
international visitors.…

Helene Engel Sings Yiddish in Lausanne, Switzerland

Les oiseaux reviennent avec le printemps au Quebec et Hélène Engel revient chanter
avec l’automne en Suisse… et en yiddish (mais pas seulement!) avec le groupe

Le 4 Novembre à 20h30
CPO à Lausanne (Centre Pluriculturel et social d’Ouchy)
Beau-Rivage 2 Lausanne
Prix d’entrée: entre 14 et 22 Fs
Réservations: 004121 616 26 72 ou

Le 5 Novembre à 10h30
Maison du Prieur à Romainmôtier Brunch-Concert
tel: 004122 366 01 53
prix 55 Fs (brunch gastronomique inclus)

De belles musiques en perspective… nous nous réjouissons de vous y rencontrer!

For More Info:
Michel Borzykowski
site klezmer:
site AMJ:

Esther by Hugo Weisgall at City Opera in NYC

City Opera’s season gets under way this weekend — with a reconstituted production of Hugo Weisgall’s “Esther,” given its premiere by the company in 1993. Esther runs at the Koch Theater Nov. 7-19. Ticket, priced $12-$145, may be purchased at New York City Opera. Read about it at:

Featuring Laura Flanigan

Video and Information at the NYC Opera:
“America’s Greatest Opera Composer”…
“One of the greatest operas”…
“True Epic Music Theater!”


YIVO Institute presents:
Tuesday, November 27th at 7pm
Venue: YIVO (at the Center for Jewish History), 15 West 16th Street, NYC
TKTS: $20/$10 students with I.D./
Box Office:

In their only New York concert this winter, The Klezmatics will perform
music drawn from their 2007 Grammy award-winning CD Wonder Wheel –
Lyrics by Woody Guthrie, YIVO’s Max and Frieda Weinstein Sound Archives
and their vast repertoire. Whether in English or Yiddish, their music
is irresistible, eclectic, provocative and danceable, embracing klezmer
and blending multi-cultural sounds.

Free Pre-Concert Program
A conversation with members of The Klezmatics about their creative
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm (For Ticket Holders Only)

Radio Gagarin: Experiments in Sunday Socialism

Sunday 16th July 6pm – 1am
Radio Gagarin: Experiments in Sunday Socialism
Notting Hill Arts Club, 21 Notting Hill Gate, London W12
6pm – 1a.m. £5.

After a run of successive roadblocks, Radio Gagarin is back with the latest
in a series of regular Gypsy Balkan Russian Klezmer mash-ups at the NHAC.

The Commissar continues to pledge exclusive new music from your hosts the
Gagarin Allstars, plus special guests, internationally renowned, Mama Matrix
with Daz Dolczech, poetry from Tim Cumming, performance from Friends of
Gagarin, Marxist-Leninist alienation from art/animation/video installations
for the Proletariat from state artists Adrian Philpott & Cathy Gale; frozen
vodka & rakiya galore and resident DKs (Dancefloor Komissars) Max Reinhardt
& Misha Maltsev sweating it out in the Gypsy Diskoteka til’ the road of
excess has led us to the place of wisdom.…

Duo 46 at Florida State University

Guitarist Matt Gould and violinist Beth Ilana Schneider, Duo 46 will be part of the annual Festival “7 Days of Opening Nights” at Florida State University Feb. 21-24. Highlights for this concert include the U.S. premieres of Jorge Liderman’s Aires de Sefarad, a work comprised of 46 variations for violina nd guitar based on Sephardic music Spain, and Makam, a work influenced by traditional Turkish music by Karl Korte.
The concert will take place at the Opperman Music Hall at Florida State University, Feb. 23 at 8pm. For information call 850-644-4774 or visit FSU at For information about the artists and composers, vist Duo46

Jewish National and University Library Digitized Books includes Song Books

The Jewish National and University Library’s Digitized Books
Repository continues to grow and now contains 340 titles of rare and
out-of-print books.
Among the items added this week:
mi-zimrat ha-arets : American national songs in Hebrew / [translated by
Gerson Rosenzweig] (New York, 1898) which contains the songs: “America,
or My country tis of thee” (le-artsenu mizmor shir), “Columbia, the
gem of the ocean (adom, lavan u-tekhelet), and “The Star spangled
banner” (degel ha-kokhavim), along with notes for singing them in

The Digital Repository can be accessed via the Library homepage at:
or directly at:

It may be noted that this software to view the items works in Internet Explorer, but won’t work with Mozilla or Firefox browsers.…


Monday, 8/19, 8pm.
ASEFA is playing at DROM in the East Village as part of a lineup that includes Ladino
songstress Sarah Aroeste and Sephardi DJ Diwan.
This is a Sephardic Music Fest teaser night to warm up the city for the festival this December.


For more information about the Sephardic Music Festival coming up:

Samuel Thomas (reeds, percussion, vocals, oud), Elie Massias (guitar/vocals), Yoshie
(guitar/oud), Dror Shahaf (darbuka), and Dan Aran (drumset and percussion).
ASEFA has joined the roster of art ensembles for the Brooklyn Arts Council.

Location: DROM
85 Ave A
New York, NY 10009
Neighborhoods: East Village, NYC
(212) 777-1157

Korczak’s Orphans Opera in Brooklyn

The opear, Korczak’s Orphans will be presented by the Opera Company of Brooklyn
Saturday, May 3, 7pm at Stephen Wise Free Synagogue.

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This Yom Hashoah, Stephen Wise Free Synagogue hosts the Opera Company of Brooklyn’s premiere of Korczak’s
. This opera, by composer Adam Silverman and librettist Susan Gubernat, is a
moving, impassioned story based on the life of Janusz Korczak (1878-1942). Directed
by SWFS member Judy Weinstein and member Will Conard performs. Tickets are $25 and can be
purchesed at the door, by calling 212-567-3283 or at
Free to Stephen Wise Free Synagogue (SWFS) Members.
Stephen Wise Free Synagogue(30 West 68th Street, Manhattan; subway: 1 to 66th Street or B/C to 72nd Street).…

Ettinger, Dan

Israeli. Born 1971 in Holon, Israel. Baritone, pianist and conductor, an accomplished pianist, accompanist and coach, and was a faculty member of the Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem and the Tel Aviv University. A recent press release revealed: “Dan began his piano studies at the age of six. He graduated from Thelma Yellin High School, and served in the IDF’s special program for excellent musicians. In 1993, he won first prize in the Francois Shapira Competition as a baritone singer (1993) and performed with the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra. He participated for several years in the summer academy courses of IVAI – Israel Vocal Arts Institute. During 1995-1998 Dan sang in various roles at the New Israeli Opera and was also a faculty member at the Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv University.…

Judith Shatin

Judith Shatin’s Chai Variations on Eliahu HaNavi
will be performed
by pianist Mary Kathleen Ernst
on 4/29/12 at 3:00 p.m. at the Roberts Music Center
4200 54th Ave S, Saint Petersburg, FL 33711
on the Eckerd College Recital Series
on 5/06/12 at 3:00 p.m. at the Crocker Art Museum
216 O Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
in conjunction with the Judy Chicago Exhibition in Sacramento, CA.

Mary Kathleen Ernst website:
My website:

Program notes:

Chai Variations on Eliahu HaNavi was inspired by the folk song
Eliahu HaNavi (Elijah the Prophet), often sung during the closing
service of the Jewish Sabbath. The letters of Chai, which means
life or living in Hebrew, symbolically stand for the number 18;
hence, 18 variations. I decided to give the performer a choice
regarding the ordering of the variations as a reflection of my
sense of performance as a collaboration between performer and
composer (and, for that matter, listener).…

Dudu Fisher in Minneapolis

Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, One Night Only — Israel’s Foremost Singer and Broadway Star Dudu Fisher in a special celebration!
When: Monday, March 12, 2012 @ 7:30 p.m.
Where: Orchestra Hall, 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN

To watch the short promotional video click:

To order tickets call 612.371.5656 or visit for more information.
For groups of 10 or more, use coupon code GROUP to receive 50% off

Jewish Music Roundtable at Music Library Association

The Music Library Association and the Society of American Music are holding a joint annual conference in Pittsburgh February 28-March 4, 2007. As usual, the Jewish Music Roundtable will present a program, which is scheduled for Thursday, March 1, 2007 at 2:00pm

This year the program features a program entitled “Lost and Found: Jewish Music in America”. The program
Chair is Judith S. Pinnolis, Brandeis University.

The papers will be:
Jewish Identity and the Search for Spiritual Authenticity: Jewish Composers in the New York Composers’ Forum, 1935–1940
by Dr. Melissa de Graaf, University of Miami

On the Trail of Leo Zeitlin’s Manuscripts
by Paula Eisenstein Baker, University of St. Thomas, Houston

Estelle Liebling: John Philip Sousa’s Jewish Diva
Judith S. Pinnolis, Brandeis University

For details about the conference, location, program, and costs to attend, see:
The program schedule is located at:

Doina Klezmer Quartet

“The repertoire of the Doina Klezmer Quartet consists of the traditional Eastern European klezmer music arranged by the band, but also of new, own Finnish and Northern influences creatively combining klezmer music composed by Sampo Lassila. In the music of Doina Klezmer otherwise distance musical elements are combined in a special and unique way. These musicians regard highly the tradition and also improvisation has a great importance in their music. Doina Klezmer was established in 1996 and after that the old Jewish music has gained quicly a whole lot of new fans in Finland and the concept of the “Finnish Klezmer” has been presented for the first time in public. Doina Klezmer has given concerts in Helsinki with their artist friends and performed at clubs and concert halls all over Finland.…

Albert Hurwit Symphony 1 “Remembrance” CD released

Albert Hurwit, a Hartford, Connecticut composer has released a CD on the MSR Classics label “Symphony No. 1, the “Remembrance” Symphony with Michael Lankester, conducting the Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra. The symphony is striking, with melodious and beautiful melodies, exactly as the reviewer in Grammophone described. It can be purchased at as well as Hurwit also has a website to read more about him and his work:

KlezFactor at Lilypad in Cambridge MA

KlezFactor (America) makes their US debut with a star-studded, international line-up.
Saturday, April 18, 2009 at 10:00pm
The Lilypad
1353 Cambridge St.
Cambridge, MA
Mike Anklewicz – saxophone, clarinet
Jaro Dabrowski – electric guitar
Jonathan Feldman – keyboard
Lilli Klotz – violin
Matt Temkin – drums
Dan Turkos – bass

Cover is $10

Hear KlezFactor’s music @;; or

Yiddish Dance in Geneva

3ème stage de DANSES YIDDISH
Organisé par les Amis de la Musique Juive
Samedi 24 mars 2007 de 13h à 18h00
Dimanche 25 mars 2007 de 11h à 17h00

au Centre Musical du Grand Lancy — Geneva
63, Av. des Communes Réunies
(trams 13, 15 et 17, arrêt “Palettes”)

Venez découvrir et pratiquer quelques unes des danses traditionnelles juives
d’Europe de l’Est: Hora lente, freylekh, bulgar, sher, patsh tants, terkish,
khosidl, etc.

Animation: Steven WEINTRAUB (USA)

Musique ‘live’ avec l’ensemble klezmer MENTSH (Paris)
Le samedi est dévolu aux ‘débutants’. Le dimanche est prévu pour les ‘avancés’ et
ceux qui souhaiteront approfondir ce qu’ils auront appris la veille !
Le dimanche se conclura à 17h30 par une démonstration publique (entrée libre).

Coût par journée (samedi ou dimanche): 50 Frs /personne & 70 Frs /couple,
membres AMJ, AVS, chômeurs, étudiants, etc.: 40 & 60 Frs).…

West Bank Story wins Oscar for Best Live Action Short

Here’s a letter just received from the musical group Yuval Ron about the Oscar awarded last night:

Dear All,
I am thrilled to share with you the news that tonight we won an Oscar
for Best Live Action Short FIlm for the film West Bank Story,
directed by Ari Sandel.
This is a great victory for us as the film is a musical and the music
(the songs and the score which I composed) has a central and very
important role in the film (as in any musical).
I am so glad for this award because this film was created to revive
hope for peace between Israelis and Palestinians. The film was
successful in bringing out the humanity in both sides, and
highlighted the courageous few who overcome the bias, follow true
love and struggle for peace.…

Golem Events in December

Thursday, December 9th – 2nd Night of Chanukah
A Franco-Chanukah Party with New York rockers
Golem and Les Sans Culottes!
At the Mercury Lounge, 217 E. Houston @ Avenue A
Tickets $8
8:30pm The Main Squeeze Accordion Orchestra
9:30pm Golem
10:30 Les Sans Culottes

Saturday December 11th
Golem in Boston!
A Chanukah bash with klezmer-rock band Golem and
comedy-burlesque act “Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad”!
doors @ 8pm (show at 9pm)
Paradise Lounge
969 Commonwealth Avenue
Tickets: $15


Tonight Tuesday, June 16th
Cover $15
CD release concert of
Greg Wall’s ‘LaterProphets’

The Jewish Music Cafe
401 9th Street (Between 6th & 7th Avenues)
Brooklyn NY 11215

Serving delicious Gourmet Pasta Dishes, Wraps, Cheese Cake , Beer and more !

Featuring Rabbi Itzchak Marmorstein
The lineup is:
Rabbi Greg Wall saxophones, clarinet,shofar, moseno
Shai Bachar keyboards
Dave Richards bass
Aaron Alexander drums
Rabbi Itzchak Marmorstein spoken word

Some cuts from the just released on Tzadik Records CD -HA’OROT-THE
LIGHTS OF RAV KOOK can be heard here:

More info and directions at

Swados, Elizabeth

Composer, playwright, orchestrator, director, and author of 6 children’s books and over directed over 30 plays. Born February 5, 1951 in Buffalo, NY. She went to Bennington College studying classical music. In the 1960s she was an activist playing folk music at political events and in coffeehouses. Winner of 3 Obie Awards and 5 Tony Award nominations. She won Outer Critics Circle Awards, a PEN Citation, and an Anne Frank National Foundation for Jewish Culture award. She also received a Ford Foundation Fellowship, a Guggenheim, a Covenant and a Spielberg grant. Composed music for the American Repertory Theatre including The Merchant of Venice, The Good Woman of Setzuanand Jacques and His Master. She wrote some Broadway shows, incidental music for film and television productions.…


UCLA. Music Library Special Collections, Ernest Toch Archive
A special collection of the music of Ernest Toch is located in the UCLA Music Library. Here the works of the great Jewish Austrian/American composer reside, including manuscripts, printed scores, photographs, recordings and books. Interesting links lead to resources including an article in The Atlantic Monthly by the composers’ grandson.

UCLA. Music Library Special Collections, Eric Zeisl Archive
The Eric Zeisl Archive at UCLA houses “manuscripts, published scores, correspondence, documents, recordings, and other material.” The website includes links to finding aids of the manuscript and correspondence collections.

Ramzailech- Live at the Ozen Bar

Sunday, January 1, 2012
Time 8:30pm until 10:00pm

אנחנו מגיעים לאוזן בר כחלק מסיבוב הופעות בארץ ובעולם.
הארדקור כלייזמר וגוד וייבס מובטחים יחד עם אורחים והמון המון שמחה.
בואו לחגוג איתנו את השנה החדשה!

ההופעה תתחיל בזמן – 20:30!

כרטיסים: 40 ש”ח בקופות, 30 ש”ח דרך אתר האוזן בר –

מוזמנים להפיץ את הבשורה ולהצטרף למשפחה לשאר עדכונים:

European Cantors Association Report

Against the backdrop of the distinct possibility that chazanut and Jewish
liturgical music will become a fading remnant of a once traditional world
within Anglo Jewry, European and UK cantors assembled in Manchester for the
7th Annual European Cantors Convention. This took place from 2 – 5 July
2012, and hosted the launch of the European Cantors Association (ECA).

This new platform gave young cantors fresh resolve to engage with the
challenges they face. Working ECA Groups are being established in the North,
in London and in Europe to deal with local issues. A study day on the High
Holidays has been held in Manchester. The 2013 Convention is being planned
for London possibly with Dudu Fisher as guest. There is a growing group of
rabbinic supporters.…

Walt Mahovlich+Steven Greenman in Cambridge, MA

Walt Mahovlich+Steven Greenman
The Lily Pad
1353 Cambridge St.,
Cambridge, MA (Inman Square)
August 4, 7pm, $10

Please welcome Walt Mahovlich (clarinet), frequently here in the Boston area and a
regular at Balkan Night. Steven Greenman (violin) was featured at the Lowell folk
festival last year with his band, Stempenyu’s Dream. Together, they are on fire.
They also comprise two fifths of the great Cleveland Eastern European music band,
Harmonia; and are original members of the international Klezmer band, Budowitz.
Having them appear and perform together is a Boston-area first. Let’s make them feel
welcome. And do come to enjoy some amazing music.


Wasserman-Margolis, Eva

Born on the island of Key West in the Florida Keys, Eva Wasserman-Margolis began to study clarinet at the age of 13. After finishing her Master Degree in Music Performance (1980) at the University of Illinois, she secured, at the age of 23, the position of principal clarinet with the Haifa Symphony Orchestra in Israel. While in Israel, she studied musicology at Bar Ilan University. She has focused on introducing audiences to performances and recordings of music of lesser-known composers in ensembles and solo works. She has recorded for composer Sara Feigin and finished a recording project of rare music for two clarinets and piano with Luigi Magistrelli. She has also been dedicated to raising a new generation of young clarinet players. They now study and perform all over the world.…

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

To get more information about the festival and to make plans to attend, see the following website:

It’s going to be AMAZING!!
“Truly the end-of-summer Blockbuster!!” –The Jewish Music WebCenter

Frank London & Friends Meets Frantic Turtle

Two Generations of Jewish Avantgarde: Frank London & Friends Meets
Frantic Turtle

Bowery Poetry Club 7.30pm
308 Bowery St
New York City, New York 10012

Grammy-winning downtown legend Frank London (Klezmatics) brings
together a band of seasoned improvisers to play a set of free-jazz
explorations of Ethiopian music. Opening for him is the
jazz-poetry/avant-punk outfit Frantic Turtle, with a set of ecstatic
antinomian poetics, Hebraic archetypes washed in the exegetical Tonic,
straight no chaser from Toledo basements and into New York
underground. The concluding collaboration session will rip through
age-roofs and convention-chairs!!



and more info:

Hard Rockin’ Hamentashen, KFAR Jewish Arts Center’s Purim

Purim is the Jewish Mardi Gras, where people get decked out in costumes, throw parties and get absolutely smashed. And while you won’t find people flashing for beads on this holiday (Orthodox Girls Gone Wild! Show us your ELBOWS!), traditional celebrations take literally the instruction to celebrate until one can’t tell the difference between Mordechai, the hero of the Purim story, and evil Haman.

Two Jewish rock bands, the Ari Ben Moses Band and The Moshe Skier Band and will be presented at Subterranean, a well-known, three story Wicker Park lounge and music venue.
9pm – 1am Saturday March 26th
Subterranean, 2011 W. North Ave.
$12 in advance ( $15 at the door
more info at
call 773.550.1543 or email

Jewish Traditions for Classical and Fingerstyle Guitar: Traditional Jewish Melodies Arranged for Guitar– Solos and Duets

By Ellen S. Whitaker

Ellen S. Whitaker, a guitar teacher in North Carolina, has created an excellent book of guitar arrangements of Jewish favorite melodies. The book is intended for intermediate to advanced guitar players, with a few easier pieces. It includes a key to the guitar notation used in the work, the texts to the songs in transliteration, occasionally in Hebrew text, with English and an annotation about the meaning of the song along with performance notes about each piece. The guitar music, both solos and duets are presented in a separate section, which is an excellent arrangement of the book for learning and performance. The end of the collection includes an appendix explaining the Jewish modes, a second appendix linking each piece with the mode used, a glossary of each of the musical terms, a bibliography and discography.…


East Village Klezmer Series Returns – January 18th, 8:30pm with a wonderful double
Adrianne Greenbaum’s Fleytmusik – featuring Pete Rushevsky, and Zevy Zions –
solo accordion.

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

Joe Loss Lecturer in Jewish Music

Joe Loss Lecturer in Jewish Music
Vacancy Number
Russell Square
Post Class
Teaching and Research
Department / Centre
Department of Music
Contract Type
Closing date for applications
30 December 2013
School of Arts (Department of Music)
£32,558 – £46,741 p.a Inclusive of London Allowance

Applications are invited for a Lectureship in Jewish Music based within the Department of Music, Faculty of Arts and Humanities. The Department of Music is the leading centre in Europe for teaching and research in the music of Asia and Africa. Your principal responsibilities will be to lecture on Jewish music to BA and Master’s students, contribute to interregional, interdisciplinary or thematic teaching and research in Music, supervise research students, engage in research and publication, and contribute to the administration of programmes of study in Music.…

Rebbe’s Orkestra in Albuquerque, NM

The Rebbe’s Orkestra presents an evening of Klezmer, Mediterranean, East European
and Middle Eastern music for a concert and dance party at Winning Coffee in
Saturday, June 16th from 7:30pm to 9:30pm.
Winning Coffee,
111 Harvard Dr. SE (south of Central Ave. near UNM),
Albuquerque, NM, 505-266-0000.
Admission is $5.00 at the door: 12 and under are free.

To learn all about the concert and the musicians, keep reading here…

Sound and Light Cinematic Duo

From the friends of Jewish music in Geneva:

Chers amis,

Vous avez aimé le premier ciné-concert l’an passé? Vous l’avez manqué? Dans les deux
cas, vous allez adorer le deuxième ! En effet, l’AMJ et Ciné-Versoix sont fiers
d’inviter à nouveau -et en première mondiale- le

Film D'Ukraine with Polina and Merlin Shepherd
Sound and Light Cinematic Duo

pour un spectacle exceptionnel présentant un long métrage ukrainien (1h43′), réalisé
en 1926 par A.D. Anoshenko, et qui sera accompagné “live” par 2 musiciens klezmer

Merlin Shepherd (clarinettes) et Polina Shepherd (piano).

Synopsis: L’amour naît entre un aristocrate polonais et une humble femme juive,
arrivée à Kiev avec son vieux père. La bonne société polonaise condamne cette union
et tente de l’empêcher. Tous les ingrédients de l’intrigue shakespearienne sont
réunis dans des scènes d’une force visuelle percutante où se succèdent corruption,
calomnie, trahison, bal masqué, réunion secrète, condamnation à mort et exil.…

Rosenberg names “Song of the Lodz Ghetto” CD a “must have” in Newsday

Marion Lignana Rosenberg, a writer for Newsday, has named the CD by Brave Old World, “Song of the Lodz Ghetto” as “the must-have CD of 2005” She states: “This haunting work interweaves songs of hope and defiance from Lodz, where some 250,000 Jews awaited slaughter during World War II, with musical glosses by klezmer and new Jewish music band Brave Old World. Plaintive yet also a kick in the teeth of death, it is the must-have CD of 2005.” Rosenberg also has a blog where she links to some really great articles about the CD, not the least of which is a phenomenal review by Ruth Gruber in the International Herald Tribune last Nov 8, at
It’s gratifying to see the mainstream press starting to catch on to this great musical collection.…

Cantor David and Shira Presler

David and Shira, a singing duo, perform in the New York area in Concerts featuring Broadway Classics, Opera, Cantorial, Yiddish, Israeli and Original compositions. Cantor David Presler has been serving congregations for the past 25 years as Cantor/Educator and is a Doctoral Candidate in Jewish Education and Administration. David’s Jewish Jazz CD entitled “Time for Moshiach” can be heard at Shira Flam, Soprano, has numerous credits performing off Broadway, in the Yiddish Theatre as well as in professional opera. Her sweet energy and exquisite high notes always touch the hearts of our audiences! David and Shira sing duets such as Fiddler’s “Do You Love Me”, The opening of Marriage of Figaro and Falling in “Love is Wonderful”. Please visit them on You Tube by typing in “David and Shira”, choose Hawaii performance.…

Arik Einstein Z’l Obits

Israeli singer-songwriter Arik Einstein passed away Nov. 26 at the age of 74. His recordings were some of the very first album of Israeli music I purchased way back and he’s been a favorite in Israel for decades. Obits about Einstein tell about his life and work:


For the Yomim Norayim
Cantor Stephen Robbins
Cantor Lisa Levine
Cantor Lawrence Fine and the Belsize Square Synagogue (London) Choir
Cheif Cantor Shmuel Barzilai and the Vienna Choir Boy’s
with compositions by Salomon Sulzer

There are 9 1/2 hours of music now with more to come….
Visit us during the day for some beautiful music of the High Holidays
I will continue to update the station over the next several weeks, removing
selichot services after selichot to make room for Yom Kippur music.
Eventually there will be 15 hours of music. Once at that point, I will
change the playlist from CD mode, to a shuffle so there will be a variety of
Cantors during each hour of programing.

Rabbi Winston Weilheimer

George and Ira Gershwin

The “official” Gershwin website. It includes a jukebox, biographies of Ira and George, anthologies of their film and and show music, lots of good clips of music in the jukebox, with information about performers and the song.

The official website of George and Ira Gershwin. This site includes an extensive bibliography of the writings by and about the Gershwins. The biographies are brief, but there is an excellent photo gallery and discography.

TANGELE : La pulsation du tango yiddish

Lloïca Czakis: chant, Juan Lucas Aisemberg: violon, Ivo De Greef: piano.
Dimanche 24 février 2008 à la Cité Bleue, Genève
à 11h : Conférence – entrée libre
à 17h : Concert
tarifs: 30.- ; Tarif réduit (AVS; étudiants, etc): 20.-
Réduction supplémentaire de 10.- aux membres AMJ
Réservation: 022/344.64.09 ou
informations: et

‘Tangele’ est un néologisme qui signifie ‘cher petit tango’ et fait état de la
rencontre de deux cultures: la chanson yiddish et le tango.
Ce spectacle présente un répertoire original, crée dans les théâtres yiddish de
Buenos Aires et de New York vers 1930, et relate son voyage jusque dans les ghettos
et les camps de concentration.

Tangele est un hommage à l’art de survivre et de se réinventer. Conçu par Lloïca
Czackis après son coup de foudre pour la culture yiddish, le projet a été récompensé
par le JMI Millennium Award (Londres 2002), et a été suivi de publications, de
conférences et de nombreux concerts à Londres, Brighton, Nottingham, Paris,
Bruxelles, Vienne, Berlin, Francfort, Boston, New York et Los Angeles.…

Whirling Dervish with Yuval Ron Ensemble

“deeply moving pan-Middle Eastern music”–
The Yuval Ron Ensemble unites the sacred musical traditions of Judaism,
Sufism (Islamic mystical tradition) and the Christian Armenian Church
into an unusual musical celebration. Bringing together artists from
Arabic, Jewish and Christian ancestry the Yuval Ron Ensemble is
dedicated to fostering an understanding of Middle Eastern cultures and

What: An evening of Suft Music and Whirling and Sufi poetry of Rumi,
Yunus and Hafiz

Who: Whirling Dervish of the Melevi Order- Aziz, with The Yuval Ron
Ensemble, featuring Najwa Gibran, vocal soloist

Where: Church in Ocean Park, 235 Hill Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405.
Free street parking on 4th street and streets east of 4th street or pay
parking lots on Main Street or 1/4 block east of Main Street

When: Sunday, February 18, 2007 at 7:00pm

Money: Advanced tickets: $15, at the door: $20.…

Frank London’s “A Night In The Old Marketplace”

CD Release Celebration for Frank London’s “A Night In The Old Marketplace”

Ron Caswell, tuba. bass
Brandon Seabrook guitar, banjo, mandolin
Art Bailey keyboards, accordion
Aaron Alexander, drums

And vocalists… La Tanya Hall, Manu Narayan (star of Broadway’s Bombay
Dreams), Craig Wedren (from Shudder to Think), The Klezmatic’s Lorin Sklamberg and many others featured on the recording.

CD Release Celebration:
Monday, March 26th
Barrow Street Theatre
27 Barrow St.
NY 10014
(corner of 7th Ave. South)
Admission: $20
Telecharge Website < by phone inside the NY metro area at (212) 239-6200 and outside the NY metro area at 1 (800) 432-7250.

A Night In The Old Marketplace In Stores –April 3, 2007

SIMSBURY PUBLIC LIBRARY Celebrates with Klezmer Music

as part of it’s celebration of the Isaac Bashevis Singer Centennial
presents a
Celebration of Klezmer Music
with Members of the Wholesale Klezmer Band
October 3, 2:00 PM
Family event
Free admission
Boy Scout Hall
Simsbury, Connecticut
Contact: Jackie Hemond (860) 658-7663, (860) 658-6732 (fax)
Members of the Wholesale Klezmer Band will be appearing at Boy Scout
Hall in Simsbury on Sunday, October 3rd at 2:00 p.m. The concert will
be for families and will last about an hour.

Basel Synagogue Choir

The Basel Synagogue Choir, one of the rare synagogue choirs in continuous, uninterrupted existence in Europe from before the Holocaust, has recorded several CDs, and now has a new website at The Basel Jewish community founded in 1805 Einheitsgemeinde ( United Community ) has also maintained a professional chazzan. Sound clips on the website feature the beautiful voice of Issachar Helman, a native of Israel. He and the all male Choir sing at The Great Synagogue in Basel located at Leimenstrasse 24, every week.

CD Release Oud Prayers on the Road to St. Jacques

Oud Prayers on the Road to St. Jacques
Sacred music of the Abrahamic faiths
Oud solo performances and arrangements by Yuval Ron

International composer, producer and world music artist Yuval Ron
takes on a highly symbolic endeavor, to unite chants from the three
religious traditions of the Middle East into a handful of harmonic
musical medleys. His deeply moving weaving of ancient sacred music
from the Hebrew, Maronite, Armenian and Sufi traditions results in a
decidedly contemplative, meditative and introspective experience.
Upon hearing a performance on the Oud by Yuval Ron, Pir Zia Inayat-
Khan, head of the Sufi Order International, remarked: “While deep
practice of one’s religious tradition is like sounding a note, a note
of great integrity and beauty, bringing together many sacred
traditions through the harmony of music expands the notes into a
symphony!” Recorded in live recitals on April 18, 2007 at Chapelle de
Cgan (built 12th Century) in Arthez and on April 19, 2007 at Notre
Dame a Sarrance (built 14th century) in Sarrance.…

Two Hours of Jewish Soul Music

Two Hours of Jewish Soul Music
Hosted by Charlie Bernhaut
Listen anytime on the indexed archive
or listen live every Monday night 9-11pm EST
to contact:

Selections drawn from private collection of 15,000 Jewish albums. The first hour is
a mixture of everything BUT chazzonus – Israeli, chassidic, klezmer, Yiddish,
instrumental. The second hour is ONLY chazzonus. Charlie has been sharing his music
since 1977.

The Jewish Music WebCenter was featured on July 25th, 2011 Show #111. 2nd Hour.

Yiddishkeit Klezmer Ensemble

Sunday, May 26, 2013
11:00am until 2:00pm

at City Winery 155 Varick St, NYC
The Yiddishkeit Klezmer Ensemble (from the Pioneer Valley of Central/Western Massachusetts) will perform a concert of original and traditional Klezmer music.
Brian Bender – trombone, accordion, vocals, piano, poyk
Anna Sobel – fiddle, poyk, dumbek, piano, vocals, storytelling, puppetry
Special Guests:
Sruli Dresdner – clarinet, accordion, poyk, vocals
Lisa Mayer – fiddle, vocals

Tickets are $10.
Food is available at the venue.

The Yiddishkeit Klezmer Ensemble has recently released a CD entitled “A Freylekhs Far Ale”. More info at:


Wondering what to do with all that Chanukah gelt in the way of gift certificates or cash?… JMWC can recommend a few musical solutions, one sest for the classical repertoire and one for YIddish.

Paul Ben-Haim, Vol. 2 on Centaur CRC 2766 and Piano Music of Paul Ben-Haim on Centaur CRC 2506
Gila Goldstein, piano, Yehonatan Berick, violin, Inbal Segev, cello and Alexander Fiterstein, clarinet are featured on the 2766 and Gila Goldstein is soloist for 2506. The works are (2766) Music for Piano 1957, op 53, Variations on a Hebrew Melody for Piano, Violin and Cello, Chamsin for Piano solo, Pastorale Variee for Clarinet and Paino, op. 31b and Music for Piano 1967, op. 67. The works for 2506 are: Sonatina, op.

Midnight Prayer Answered

The new CD, “Midnight
Prayer” by the Joel Rubin Ensemble has been released. Clarinetist Joel Rubin
has long been considered to be one of the leading
performers of Jewish instrumental klezmer music in the
world today, earning accolades from sources as diverse
as klezmer giants Dave Tarras and Max Epstein,
international clarinet soloist Richard Stoltzman,
avant garde composer John Zorn, and Nobel Prize
Laureate and poet Roald Hoffmann. The ensemble also
features Hungarian cimbalom virtuoso Kálmán Balogh,
Italian accordion wizard Claudio Jacomucci and rising
klezmer star violinist David Chernyavsky, as well as
Ferenc Kovács (trumpet), Csaba Novák (bass), Sándor
(second violin) and Pete Rushefsky (tsimbl).

To order:

For more information:

A Heymishe Yiddishe Chanuke TODAY!

The American Society for Jewish Music
The American Jewish Historical Society
A Heymishe Yiddishe Chanuke
Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 3 PM
Zalmen Mlotek and Guests from
The National Yiddish Theater-Folksbiene
(All songs will be accompanied by English supertitles, as is
the custom at the National Yiddish Theater-Folksbiene.)

Master Storyteller Isaiah Sheffer
of NPR’s Selected Shorts
Program followed by Menorah lighting, singing and reception.
$18 General; $12 Members;$9 Students & Seniors
For tickets call (212) 868-4444, or _www.smarttix.com_
Center for Jewish History
15 West 16th Street, NYC

Metropolitan Klezmer Events

Metropolitan Klemer will be performing at:
Sunday, Jan 22 Hilton NYC (20 mins, free/full octet)
Arts Presenters conference, 1335 Sixth Ave, Trianon Ballroom

Wednesday, Feb 1st – Mo Pitkins, East Village NYC ~!!
34 Avenue A (btw E. 2nd/3rd St’s), 9:30pm $12
Judeo-Latino cuisine, full bar, upstairs stage, 8-piece band
New tunes aplenty… atmosphere galore, all ages 212-777-5660
212-475-4544 for more info.

Der Idisher Idol

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

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

Amit-Kalev, Lotti

Born 1934. nee Lotti Kalev. Pianist and composer living in Israel. Piano and harmony teacher. Graduated from the Rubin Music Academy in Tel Aviv in 1957. Music program editor in the 1950s at IDF radio station ‘Galey Tzahal’ in Tel Aviv. Compositions are listed at the Israeli Music Center:


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

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

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

2013 European Cantors Convention

The European Cantors Association is delighted to announce the next European Cantors Convention.

It will take place in London, at Central Synagogue, from Monday 17 to Thursday 20 June 2013, followed by a Shabbaton 21/22 June. The convention will open with a concert on Monday 17 June.

The Guest cantors will be the incredible composer, practitioner and educator Sol Zim from New York, and the outstanding teacher / practitioner who proved so excellent and popular last year Yehezkel Klang from Israel.

This convention is for practicing prayer leaders of all backgrounds, for choirmasters and choristers and for congregants – and for anyone interested in the music of the synagogue. The subject will be Shabbat Unwrapped: We will be working in small groups with our guest teachers to uncover everything you need to know about the music of Shabbat services.…

Professional Position: Lectureship in Jewish Music at SOAS

University of London

Lectureship in Jewish Music
Department of Music
£26,486 – £39,093 p.a Inclusive of London Allowance
Vacancy No: 100097
Applications are invited for a Lectureship in Jewish Music based within the Department of
Music, Faculty of Arts and Humanities. The appointee will lecture on Jewish music to BA
and Master’s students, will contribute to the Department’s teaching in the field of
ethnomusicology, undertake normal administrative duties, supervise PhD students, and
contribute to the research activity of the Department. Applicants should have a relevant
PhD; those about to complete a PhD will also be considered. The post commences on
September 1st 2006.

Applicants who wish to discuss the position may contact the Head of Department, Dr David
Hughes (…

“Common Chords II”: A Celebration of Muslim and Jewish Music

“Common Chords II”: A Celebration of Muslim and Jewish Music is a concert occuring
at Temple Beth Sholom (401 Roslyn Rd, Roslyn Heights, NY 11577) on Saturday night,
3/1/2008 at 7:30 pm (5:30 pm for Mincha/Ma’ariv, followed by a 6:30 pm Lite Bite
Middle Eastern Cafe). If you haven’t heard the music of Salman Ahmad of the musical
group Junoon & world leading klezmer artist Yale Strom, then you’re missing
something… You can get an idea about their styles by going to their respective web
sites: and

If your kids and teens were not planning on attending this concert, have them listen
to the music on-line, I bet they’ll want to go!!! These performers are more often
at college campuses, central park, the UN General Assembly, and together they
combine sufi-rock with klezmer, jazz, and Sephardic motifs.…

Jaffa Road in Concert in Toronto

Jaffa Road in Concert at Acoustic Harvest
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Time: 7:30pm until 10:30pm
at St. Nicholas Anglican Church
1512 Kingston Rd Toronto –

Aviva Chernick – vocalist
Aaron Lightstone – oud, guitar
Chris Gartner – Bass
Jeff Wilson – Drums
Sundar Viswanathan – Sax, Bansuri
Doors at 7:30 concert at 8:00pm
Admission: $22 – Students / Seniors $20 Under 12 – $14
Wheelchair accessible.
Info: 416 264 2235 lillianw(at)uniserve(dot)com

Ya’alili by 8th Day

A chassidic duo blends pop with some instrumental elements of Sephardi music in this New York video taking place in a grocery store. Co-founded by brothers Shmuel and Bentzi Marcus, the duo has released 3 albums. 8th Day’s sound is complimented by their catchy lyrics (mostly English with some Hebrew and Yiddish mixed in) and their spirited vocal harmonies. The group will appear at the
Hofstra Playhouse
Motzei Shabbat, January 7 at 8pm.
at the John Cranford Adams Playhouse.
118 Hofstra University, Hemstead, NY.
for tix:

This YouTube video has over a million hits.


Marty Green productions introduces:

The Ballad of Monish
a one-man musical play
written and performed by Marty Green
Sunday Nov. 21 Berney Theater 123 Doncaster St. Winnipeg 2:00 pm/8:30 pm
Tickets: 2 for $25.00

Multi-talented Winnipeg-based interpreter of Yiddish culture Marty Green
introduces his latest offering in the form of a two-hour musical play, “The
Ballad of Monish”, based on a classic poem by I. L. Peretz. What starts out
as a Jewish retelling of the classic Faust legend quickly turns into a
rollicking, satirical look at traditional Jewish attitudes towards religion,
sex, and the non-Jewish world. Marty Green has taken this epic ballad and
adapted it to a lively jazz-klezmer setting, interleaving his own
razor-sharp English translations with the original Yiddish lyrics. There is
more info on the show at
including an audio clip of the opening number.…

The Klezmatics with Joshua Nelson

Yiddishkayt Los Angeles & Spaceland Productions
The Klezmatics with Joshua Nelson
Monday, April 4 at 8:00 PM (doors open at 7:00 PM)
Barnsdall Gallery Theatre
4800 Hollywood Blvd. (between Vermont and Edgemont)
Hollywood, CA 90027
General Admission: $25

Only in America could Jewish slaves in Egypt inspire White
Southern Christians who in turn stirred Black Christians to sing
about emancipation who in turn inspired an African-American
Jewish gospel singer named Joshua Nelson.

The Klezmatics, known for their unique blend of
melodic mysticism and improvisational activism, have once again
turned their music inside out, exposing the complexity of
Jewish identity, Black identity, and human identity.
Brother Moses Smote the Water, their March 2005
release on Piranha Musik (distributed by Harmonia Mundi),
teams them with Nelson and jazz singer/organist Kathryn

Sung Among Friends

Thursday, May 15, 7:00PM
Sung Among Friends: Intimate Georgian and Yiddish Singing Traditions
City Lore Performance Space, 56 East First St, Manhattan (Lower East Side), NY

This intimate concert held in close company presents the kind of traditional singing shared socially among friends and family. Informal and at times competitive, Georgian table singing, presented by members of the Zekari Georgian Men’s Choir and Yiddish zingerayen, presented by some of the finest proponents of the tradition, including Michael Alpert, Carol Freeman, Sarah Gordon, Esther Gottesman, Janet Leuchter, Jerry Marcus, Ethel Raim, Paula Teitelbaum and Josh Waletzky, exemplify a practice found in many cultures of using the time after a meal to carry on in song.