Margot Leverett kicks off the series, beginning Thursday July 2nd at 7:30pm

NEW YORK, NY – The Jewish Museum’s popular SummerNights program returns,
presenting live world music in a concert setting on four Thursdays in
July. Each concert begins at 7:30 pm. Margot Leverett and the Klezmer
Mountain Boys,
performing their unique mix of bluegrass and klezmer,
kick off SummerNights on July 2. This cosmopolitan concert series
features critically acclaimed musicians offering innovative
interpretations of music from all over the world. Other scheduled
performers include Musette Explosion with accordionist Will Holshouser
and guitarist Matt Munisteri echoing on French jazz of the 1930s and 40s
with fiery improvisations; the virtuosic brass band music of SLAVIC SOUL
PARTY!; and Ljova and the Kontraband performing a mix of
Eastern-European melodies, Latin rhythms and jazz-inspired
improvisations. 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 2, 7:30 pm

This ensemble combines Appalachian and southern fiddle tunes
with Eastern European klezmer melodies to create a soulful sound and a
foot-stomping good time. Virtuoso clarinetist Margot Leverett adds
depth and complexity to the raw and spirited energy of The Klezmer
Mountain Boys.

The Klezmer Mountain Boys – bandleader and clarinetist
Margot Leverett, bassist Marty Confurius, guitarist Joe Selly, fiddler
Kenny Kosek, and mandolinist Barry Mitterhoff – create a danceable and
beautiful blend that draws and delights audiences of all ages. Founded
by Margot Leverett (an original member of the Klezmatics) and Barry
Mitterhoff (Hot Tuna), and the band has been featured at the Chicago
World Music Festival and the Louisville Performing Arts Center.

July 9, 7:30 pm

Accordionist Will Holshouser and guitarist Matt Munisteri play musette
and swing, echoing French jazz with an emphasis on fiery improvisation,
drawing on uptempo music from the 1920s-1940s.

Musette Explosion explores the music of the great French
accordionists of the 1930s and 40s (including Gus Viseur, Tony Murena,
Jo Privat and others) who along with guitarists such as Django Reinhardt
borrowed from American jazz to create Gypsy swing and other delightful
hybrids, injecting the dance music of their time with excitement and
unparalleled musical creativity.

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

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.