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Achkinazi-Shepherd, Polina (band: The Vocal Quartet Ashkenazim, currently residing Brighton, UK). Composer, singer, skilled accompanist and the leading choir conductor of Yiddish song in Russia. Has worked extensively throughout Former USSR, Europe and the USA with her a cappella vocal quartet Ashkenazim. Yiddish Chorale teacher in Klezfests in London (2004), Kiev, Festivals in Kazan, Kharkov. Led workshops in "Niggun (tune) as therapy" at the all- Russia NLP psychology seminar in Tatarstan. E-mail Ashkenazim.
Alcock, Gillian, based in Australia. Maker of cimbaloms, sandouris, hammered dulcimers, salterios and hackbretts for musicans around the world. E-mail Gillian Alcock.
Alexander, Aaron (bands: Aaron Alexander's Midrash Mish Mosh, Hasidic New Wave, Klezmerfest!, New York, NY, USA) Aaron Alexander is a klezmer and jazz drummer based in New York City. He grew up in Seattle and started playing klezmer music with The Mazeltones in 1989. He recorded two CDs with them and learned their repertoire, before moving to New York in 1993. Alexander performed with Burton Greene and Perry Robinson's Klez-Jazz for a year at the West End Gate in 1994. In 1995 Alexander began subbing for David Licht in the Klezmatics, and in 1996 did his first of many European tours with them. Alexander has also recorded and performed on live radio with the Klezmatics. Also in 1996 Alexander joined the band Hasidic New Wave, led by Frank London and Greg Wall. He has recorded 5 Cds with HNW and performed all over the world. In 1997 Alexander joined the band Klezmerfest, with Greg Wall (cl.), Jordan Hirsch (trpt), Zevy Zions (acc), and Brian Glassman (bass). Klezmerfest has released one CD called "Party Music" on their own imprint, and performs regularly at public schools throughout the NY/NJ metro area, as well as at simchas and increasingly at concerts and clubs. In 2001 Frank London asked Alexander to join his Klezmer Brass All-Stars for the first of many tours in Europe. They recorded a CD in collaboration with Boban Markovic Orkestar, a Serbian Roma (gypsy) Brass Band, for Piranha Records. Alexander has also performed with Michael Alpert, Alicia Svigals, Margot Leverett, Andy Statman, David Krakauer, Susan Watts-Hoffman & Elaine Watts, Steve Greenman, Lisa and Siruly, Ted Reichman, and other great klezmer artists. Alexander leads his own jazz group, Midrash Mish Mosh, whose first CD was released on Tzadik in 2004. Tel: (646)414-2326. Write: PO Box 2444, NY NY 10108. Web: www.aaronalexander.com. E-mail Aaron Alexander.
Anklewicz, Mike (band: KlezFactor, Toronto, Ontario, Canada). Founder of the short-lived "Queen's Crescent Klezmer Band" (Kingston, Ontario) and now the fledgeling "KlezFactor" in Toronto. Clarinetist/Saxophonist, composer, arranger and music teacher. For all your Klezmer needs! E-mail Mike Anklewicz.
Austen, Seth and Beverly Woods (Ossipee, NH, USA). Seth Austen and Beverly Woods, folk music duo, McDuffee's General Store and Recording Company, a digital recording/mastering studio specializing in acoustic music. One album is reviewed on the KlezmerShack, Desert Winds. I am a fingerstyle guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, record producer/engineer with a 25 year career in various American and European folk styles, now playing Klezmer as well, primarily on the mandola, mandolin and guitar. Other instruments include fiddle, banjo, octave mandolin and hand percussion. Playing in a duo with Beverly Woods, hammered dulcimer and piano, and looking for other klezmer musicians in New England to play/perform with. (603) 539-8301. E-mail Seth Austen.
Barmash, Inna began singing in Yiddish at age eleven in Vilna, Lithuania, her birthplace. She is a founding member of the Princeton's Klez Dispensers, performs with the Katzzz trio, and most recently, has been raising some wild gypsy music ruckus with Romashka, a Romanian-Russian gypsy dance party band sporting some familiar klezmer faces.... E-mail Inna Barmash.
Baron, David. (band: The New Country Klezmers, Jerusalem, Israel) Singer-songwriter of Jewish songs in the tradition of Shlomo Carlebach, performances including English, Hebrew and Yiddish songs. Maybe the only Klezmer-Appalachian dulcimer player (outside of New York, that is). E-mail David Baron.
Baum, Alexander. (band: Klezmer Coins, Bloomington, Indiana). I have been playing Klezmer music for several years in many different groups. I have started a few groups including a Children's Klezmer Band and a high school Klezmer band. I am currently managing the Klezmer Coins out of Bloomington Indiana, which is made up of students who attend Indiana University. E-mail Alexander Baum.
Ben Canar, Shani (composer, band: Shvil HeHalav, Safad, Israel). I'm a composer, originally from Russia. I did recording with Timna Brauer (prayer), and have worked with Miki Gabrielov, Acoustic Drive Orchestra, Shvil Hehalav, Sita Ram. Contact: cosmic event, p.o.b. 3980, 13100 safed, israel. tel. +972 54 519.427. Web: www.bencanar.org.il. E-mail Shani Ben Canar.
Berlin, Moshe (Moussa) (bands: Sulam, Art of Klezmer, Alon Shvut, Israel). "I am a klezmer clarinetist and the leader of klezmer bands (Sulam, Art of Klezmer (in Hebrew 'Klezmara deatra')). I have recorded several CD's: SULAM - Klezmer music from Tel Aviv; Bilvavi - Jewish-Israeli klezmer musik - Galster (Israel); Nigunim - Jewish-Israel traditional klezmer music - Galstar (Israel); The Klezmer Moshe Berlin - Galstar (Israel); Leolam Lo Eshkakh and Yakhad - Klezmers on Carlebach - Gal Paz (Israel). Aneinu v'yom korainu (Answer us on the day we call), 2001 - Gal Paz (Israel), Maz'l Tov (2002). Several are distributed in the US by Tara Publications. I have a new CD published by the Hebrew University and it is called "The Klezmer Tradition in the Land of Israel". It is my research contribution to "The Anthology of Music Traditions in Israel". A book is available to accompany this CD including an Introduction and notes. I am also a teacher of Klezmer music at the music department of the Bar-Ilan University Ramat-Gan Israel. I played concerts in France, Switzerland, Germany, Russia I participated the Zfat klezmer festival where I won some first prizes. My main job is playing on Jewish Simkhas. Many of my recordings are available in the US at Gal Paz in Borough Park, Brooklyn, NY. I can be reached at: PO Box 506, Alon Shvut 90433. tel/fax +972 2 9932745. E-mail Moussa Berlin.
Bern, Alan (band: Brave Old World, Cleveland, OH). "Alan Bern is musical director, pianist, and accordionist of Brave Old World, and has been a member of the Klezmer Conservatory Band and Kapelye. Bern lives in Berlin, Germany, where he composes and directs music for theater." E-mail Alan Bern.
Bernard, Rhoda (Boston, MA). My name is Rhoda Bernard and I am a vocalist who specializes in Jewish music in Yiddish and Hebrew. I perform with several Klezmer bands in the Boston area and give concerts accompanied by piano/accordion or guitar/mandolin. I also perform as a cantorial soloist and have worked closely with several Boston-area rabbis, most recently with Rabbi Sam Seicol. I pride myself on my fluency with the Yiddish language, thanks to an intensive summer of study at the Uriel Weinreich Summer Program at Columbia University and two additional years of self-study. I thrive on opportunities to speak Yiddish with members of my audiences. I have set a few Yiddish poems to music, most recently "Di Lererin Mire." I work as the Chair of Music Education at Boston Conservatory and appear frequently with Shirim Klezmer Orchestra, Barry Shapiro, and others. E-mail Rhoda Bernard.
Blickenderfer, Andrew. (Acoustic bass, cello, violin, mandolin, Somerville/Boston, MA) Performances with classical, improvisational, and ethnic/folk ensembles for CDs, soundtracks, radio, clubs and concert halls across North America. Notably active in the Klezmer/Yiddish music and theater scene, appearing with Klezmer Conservatory Band, Shirim, Joel Grey, Rosalie Gerut. Two new music ensembles, HourGlass and Andromeda (with accordionist Evan Harlan). (Educ.: Juilliard School, New England Conservatory). E-mail Andrew Blickenderfer.
Bloom, Jacob (dance: Arlington, MA, USA). Klezmer music was always dance music, and I am trying to bring the dancing back to it. I lead Klezmer dancing, as well as other types of dancing to Klezmer music. Contact info: 781-648-8230. Web: www.gis.net/~bloom/. E-mail Jacob Bloom.
Bloom, Jeremy (band: Generation-K, Brooklyn, NY, USA). I play only Klezmer on mainly violin but also mandolin, tsimbl, kaval, sopilka, chromatic harmonica, stroh (phono-fiddle), mountain dulcimer, keyboard. I am also slowly teaching myself the theremin and oud. My favorite band is of course Taraf De Haidouks of Romania (I know they are not klezmer) Web: www.jeremyb.com. E-mail Jeremy Bloom.
Bolotin, Suzie (band: South of Delancey, Chapel Hill, NC) Currently singing and playing with South of Delancey, which used to be Klezmer South. Vocals, keyboards, and the occasional nose flute or comb-and-waxed-paper. E-mail Suzie Bolotin.
Bowman, Adrienne (band: The Kleiner Klezmer Orchestra, Schenectady, NY). Based in Schenectady, New York, Adrienne Bowman has been wowing the local crowds with her lush and powerful voice. "She is the Diva of Yiddish song," says Northeast Sisterhood President. E-mail Adrienne Bowman.
Bunelik, Basil (band: City Streets Klezmer, Troika, Exeter, UK) I am the accordionist/ cambali player in several East European bands the most notable being Troika and am currently engaged on a project to start a community Klezmer band in Exeter: City Streets. mobile: 07815 925 741. E-mail Basil Bunelik.
Cahan-Simon, Lori (band: The Lori Cahan-Simon Ensemble, Workmen's Circle Klezmer Orchestra, Cleveland, OH). Yiddish song CDs: Songs My Bubbe Should Have Taught Me; Volume One: Passover (Feb 2002) and Vessel of Song: The Music of Mikhl Gelbart, 2003. E-mail Lori Cahan-Simon.
- Chanin, Caroline. (NYC, NY, USA) Acclaimed mezzo-soprano Caroline Chanin has performed Yiddish concerts throughout the United States and Canada. She is known as a leading singer of Yiddish art songs—stunningly beautiful collaborations between classically-trained composers and Yiddish poets—as well as Yiddish folk and theater songs. A classically trained singer, Ms. Chanin has performed at Lincoln Center, New York City's Town Hall, the National Arts Club, the Vineyard Theater, and the Museum of the City of New York. Her opera credits included the title roles in La Cenerentola and Hansel and Gretel, and leading roles in The Barber of Seville (Rosina), The Marriage of Figaro (Cherubino), The Tales of Hoffman (Giulietta), The Magic Flute (Second and Third Ladies), and Seymour Barab's American Punchlines (world premiere). Her CD of Yiddish art song accompanied by Joyce Rosenzweig, "Eybike Lider" (Eternal Songs) was released in 2004. Tel: (203) 438-4476. Web: www.eybikelider.com. E-mail Caroline Chanin.
Chelyapov, Leo. (band: Hollywood Klezmer, Los Angeles, CA) I live in LA. I am 28 and I came to USA from Moscow 5 years ago. I am professional musician specializing in Klezmer. Web: home.pacbell.net/klezmus. E-mail Leo Chelyapov.
Chevan, David (bands: Afro-Semitic Experience, Bassology, Chevan-Byrd, New Haven, CT). Bassist. Two albums with jazz pianist Warren Byrd taking Jewish and African-American Spiritual music and jazzifying it, "Avadim Hayinu: Once we were slaves", Reckless DC Music RMCD-1031 (1998) and "Let us break bread together: Further explorations of the Afro-Semitic Experience", Reckless DC Music RMCD-1049 (2000). Most recent albums are "This is the Afro-Semitic Experience" (2002) with an expanded swing band, followed by "The Days of Awe: Music for Selichot Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur" (2003) with the Afro-Semitic Experience and Frank London. Web: www.chevan.addr.com. E-mail David Chevan.
Chisick, Casey (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada). I play music (accordion, piano, percussion) and run a production company that specializes in live Jewish music. We are called Case Closed Productions Inc. and are at 254 Wellington Crescent, Suite 1, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3M 0B2, Fax (204) 477-6288. Klezmer groups interested in coming through Winnipeg to play, or in making musical or business contacts here, should feel free to contact me. E-mail Casey Chisick.
Chodos, Amrom. (Buffalo, NY) A long time symphony and klezmer clarinetist, Amrom has also been writing klezmer music for a number of years. His CD, "Chicken Noodle Soup", contains 15 of his original tunes. It's available directly from Amrom at: www.amromchodos.com. Tel: 716-875-4156. E-mail Amrom Chodos.
Cohen, Judith R. (band: Gerineldo, Toronto, Ont., CA). An authority on, and a performer of Sephardic music. Was a member of Moroccan-Jewish traditional music group Gerineldo in early 1990s. 1997 Album, Dans mon chemin j'ai rencontré, reviewed by Steve Fischbach. 2001 release, "Songs of Sepharad--I'd like to begin the story" capsule-reviewed, along with a short concert review, Apr '01. Her articles online include a short bibliography of Sephardic Music, Sephardic Song (HaMagshimim 21, 4 Feb 2004), and Israeli Bus Station Music, 1993. Web: www.yorku.ca/judithc. E-mail Judith Cohen.
Coleman, Anthony. New York City-based musician who has done a wide variety of recordings for Tzadik, ranging from producing an album of prayer as davenned at New York's Bnai Jeshurun, to his Self-Haters. Reviews on the Klezmershack include: Anthony Coleman / Our Beautiful Garden Is Open, 2002; With Every Breath: The Music of Shabbat at Bnai Jeshurun, 1999; Anthony Coleman and the Selfhaters Orchestra / The Abysmal Richness of the Infinite Proximity of the Same, 1998; Anthony Coleman Trio / Sephardic Tinge; 1995; Disco by Night, 1993. E-mail Anthony Coleman.
Cooper, Adrienne. (band: Mikveh, NYC). Singer, voice teacher, NYC. Recordings reviewed on these pages include, Partisans of Vilna soundtrack, Flying Bulgars / Fire, Di grine katshke, Ghetto Tango (see website, www.yiddishmusicians.com/ghettointro.htm), Mikveh and her own vital solo album, Dreaming in Yiddish. Cooper is also featured on the soundtrack for A healthy baby girl." You can catch several performances at Ashkenaz '97 in which Ms. Cooper participated. Zumerteg: Songs of Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman, and Ghetto Tango (with Zalmen Mlotek). Web: http://www.yiddishmusicians.com/cooper.htm. E-mail Adrienne Cooper.
Czackis, Lloica (band: Tangele Ensemble, London, UK) "Tangele: The Pulse of Yiddish Tango" presents Yiddish tangos from the European ghettos and concentration camps to the Yiddish theatre in Buenos Aires and New York. Lloica Czackis (voice), Juan Lucas Aisemberg (viola) and Gustavo Beytelmann (piano & arrangements). Web: www.lloicaczackis.com. E-mail Lloica Czackis.
Dawid, Christian. Dawid, Clarinetist with Khupe and Budowitz. He has been performing with Brave Old World, Frank London's Klezmer Brass Allstars, Smyrna Trio, Aufwind, Sukke, amongst others. Has been teaching Yiddish music at KlezKamp, KlezKanada, KlezFest St Petersburg, Klezmerwochen Weimar, KlezFest London and at his own workshops with the duo, Khupe. Living in Berlin, Germany. Phone: 49 (30) 4171 4925. E-mail Christian Dawid.
Deikman, Susan, MFA, is the founder of Hebrew or Kabbalistic Kirtan, an ecstatic kabbalistic practice based on the chanting of sacred Hebrew texts and Names of God. She is also the creator of Vocal Discovery, a unique method for personal transformation and community building, using the power of sound and song; and the Tone Deaf Choir, helping self-defined non-singers learn to sing. A leader in the international Music for People organization, Susan uses her skills as a voice teacher, artist, and improvisational musician to create a safe, welcoming, and spiritually challenging environment for finding and freeing your authentic voice. Susan's latest cd is called "Kiss the Beloved: Kabbalistic Kirtan" (2004). Kabbalistic Kirtan is a new Jewish musical experience, a fusion of East and West inspired by chant from India (kirtan) and music of the Middle East. Blending inspiring melodies, driving drum beats, and call and response chanting of short Hebrew prayers and names of God, Kabbalistic kirtan inspires a sense of Oneness and unity with all, marked by deep joy and even ecstasy. Web: www.hebrewkirtan.com. E-mail Susan Deikman.
Eleonori (Amsterdam, Netherlands). Eleonori sings Yiddish and Ladino Songs with guitar accompaniment, also nigunim and klezmer melodies. In an intimate atmosphere past times come alive. About happiness, sadness and humour; nostalgia and longing. Web: eleonori.tripod.com/yiddishmusic. E-mail Eleonori.
Elmore, Richard, (band: California Klezmer, San Francisco, CA). "I'm also known as Professor Gizmo one-man-band. I currently play trombone, tuba and percussion with "California Klezmer". I live in San Francisco, CA. I was with The Klezmorim 1976 to 1978 and I'm on the "Streets of Gold" album. E-mail Richard Elmore.
Essini, Carlo Emilio (band: Sniper). [I play in Sniper, near Venice.] In this days I'm trying to collect more information on Italian Klezmer bands in order to make a listing on our local little magazine: www.ronchiato.it/~fncs/AKWFE_zine00.html
Estrin, Mikel (Maestro / multi-instrumentalist / composer, San Francisco, CA). Performing regularly in San Francisco for Beyt Tikkun services, Mikel is also available for parties, special events, recording and compositional projects... instruments include woodwinds (clarinets, flutes, saxs, oboe, etc.) frets (guitar, mandolin, balalaika, baglama, bass, dulcimer, etc.) percussion, oud, and electronic / MIDI programming and production. Specializing in Klezmer, Greek and Russian music, as well as blues, folk, renaissance, jazz and classical, Mikel performs with: C.A.K.E. (Cyber-Acoustic Klezmer Ensemble), Blue Jews, Ouzo, the Opa Band, The Time Lords, Halaila, San Francisco Balalaika Ensemble and more.... Tel: 510/276-6764. Mail: POB 2557, Castro Valley, CA 94546. Webs: www.geocities.com/mikelmaestro; www.haimishmusic.com for my jewish-mainly music; and I'm also starting a BLOG at www.koshersound.info which will be for discussions and links about davening, torah cantillation, meditative mantras and all kinds of non-traif sound.... E-mail Mikel Estrin.
Farrow, Milt (musician, Lake Worth, Florida) Trumpet/flugelhorn player, Appeared with Julie Epstein (Epstein Brothers) at KlezKanada (1999) Listed as a Faculty Member. Originally did the "pit" Jewish shows with Joseph Rumshinsky on Second Ave NY. Well versed in Klez-Music-Lead section player. Play many idioms from Jazz to concert, Shows recording, specialty featured performances, will travel to augment for Concert or recording venues, a Premier performer with great sound, concept, range, and endurance. "I thought I would mention hahis performed with such notable artists as Pete Sokolow, Paul Pincus, Danny Rubenstein, Ray Musiker (worked also with Ray's Brother, Sammy, who was a giant) and many other notables in the New York region where Klezmer performances had it's origin as they entered from Europe to the U.S. Most all of the Klez-immigrants, passed through Ellis Island and settled in Downtown New York, "Shimmel Blank's" Music store was one of the many shops were they met, congregated, schmoozed, exchanged little sheets of handwritten music, bought and traded instruments, exchanged jobs, and stories (The Paduny'as of downtown was where many of us "cut our wisdom teeth" on the music of these great European Masters. The Area was honeycombed with Hungarian and Eastern restaurants and night-clubs-where young players were greeted, and studied under these great ones. They never gave us sheet music to take home, we had to learn on the job. This is an accurate description of my memoirs of "downtown" New York at this time period." Web_page: www.awordprocessbyanet.net/propmd.html. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Feldman, Zena (Flautist, Ithaca, NY). Amateur klez flutist looking for people to play klez/yiddish music with in the Ithaca, NY area or vicinity. E-mail: email@example.com.
Fields, Matthew (classical composer: Ann Arbor, MI, USA). Composer of works on CD: Kabala, MMC 2087. See: www-personal.umich.edu/~fields/cd.html ... Newest work (2000): Sages of Chelm I: Khutzpah, for chamber orchestra E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Flato, Jud. (band: Costa Klezmorim, Lafayette, CA). Experienced former NY klezmer musician - clarinet, accordion (also all other reeds, piano and bass) now in East Bay. As a teenager (many many years ago) I was Naftuleh Brandwine's accordion player for a while. I have my own group - the Costa Klezmorim, but I'm always interested in additional Klezmer contacts. Web: www.judflatomusic.com. E-mail Jud Flato.
Frazer, Erwin ("The Yiddish Singer"). I am a 59 year old male who lives in Ottawa Canada (as of 2004). I learned Yiddish songs from my mother, who was a singer of Yiddish songs in Minstrel shows and in the golden age. I want to carry on her tradition so I am trying to hook up with bands that play at weddings and Bar Mitzvahs that want a Yiddish component. I can even do an event of several songs with Karaoke tracks. Tel: (613) 769-7924. E-mail Erwin Frazer.
Gabriely, Irith is a well-known German Klezmer clarinetist. Her website, www.irith-gabriely.com, provides also information about her newest CD recording "Church meets Synagogue", including an online sound sample. E-mail: konzertdirektionBERG@medianet-world.de
Gold, Jim (Dance instructor/facilitator, Teaneck, NJ). I am a folk dance leader who often teaches with various Klezmer bands including Michele Levine's Klezmer Connection. Contact: Jim Gold International, 497 Cumberland Ave., Teaneck, NJ 07666 USA. Tel: 201-836-0362 / Fax: 201-836-8307. Web: www.jimgold.com. E-mail Jim Gold.
Goodman, Trudi. I am a singer, musician, actor and writer. I have over 30 years experience in various forms of performance and writing. I perform Yiddish, folk, jazz, standards and original tunes. I am interested in learning more Ladino and Hebrew and always Yiddish music!!! I have worked in bands and as a solo performer. I also have taught music and performance skills. I am also a playwright, (and would be screenwriter) with a particular interest in writing about the Jewish/American experience, the "Yinglish"/American experience and working-class Jewish life. I have also translated Yiddish poetry and song for performances. I am also a published poet and writer. E-mail: email@example.com
Gordon, David (Hillsborough, New Jersey, USA). Violin & Mandolin, as well as composer of klezmer & classical music. I've been a member of the Yale Klezmer Band and the Austin Klezmer Quartet. I'm currently living in central New Jersey and performing for weddings & other occasions. Also looking for other musicians to jam with! Web: www.davidjgordon.net. E-mail David Gordon.
Gray, David Julian (band: Klezcentricity, Washington, DC). David is seminal figure in the revival of klezmer music as both a musician and audio engineer and he has been continually active in its growth and development. Original clarinetist and 10 year veteran of The Klezmorim (recordings on Arhoolie and Flying Fish, the latter now dist. by Rounder). His new band www.klezcentricity.com, featuring accordianist Wendy Morrison and electric bassist Richard Seidel, is rapidly emerging as one of the most exciting and creative new klezmer bands (available for booking in the mid-Atlantic and the world). David has also been a pioneer in digital audio production and audio restoration. He performed the audio restoration work on two important reissues of early klezmer recordings: Klezmer Music Early Yiddish Instrumental Music: 1908 - 1927 and Yikhes. For booking Klezcentricity or David for performances, simchas, lectures, or audio restoration/premastering call 301-589-4847. E-mail David Julian Gray.
Green, Marty (Winnipeg, MB, Canada). An original interpreter of Yiddish culture for English audiences. His shows include "A Boy Named Sureh" featuring humorous translations of American popular songs, and "The Ballad of Monish", a Yiddish/English one- man operetta based on the classic poem by Peretz. Tel: 1-888-378-9273. Web: www.onforeignsoil.com. E-mail Marty Green.
Greenbaum, Adrianne (bands: Klezical Tradition, FleytMuzik, CT) Klezmer flutist on wood flutes. Traditional interpretations on historical instruments. Two bands: The Klezical Tradition and FleytMuzik. Both organizations give concerts and play for simchas. Master Classes/Workshops as well. www.klezband.com for Klezical Tradition and www.klezmerflute.com for info on Adrianne and FleytMuzik. E-mail Adrianne Greenbaum.
Greenman, Steven. (bands: Steven Greenman Klezmer Ensemble, Di Tsvey, Stempenyu's Dream, Khevrisa, US, Canada, Europe). Steven Greenman is recognized internationally as one of the finest practitioners of traditional East European Jewish klezmer violin. As a composer of klezmer music he is producer and lead performer for the recording "Stempenyu's Dream", 2004 which contains his original Jewish and klezmer compositions. A co-founder of the Khevrisa ensemble together with Walter Zev Feldman Steven is also co-producer and lead performer of the recording "Khevrisa-European Klezmer Music" on the Smithsonian Folkways label. He has taught klezmer music at KlezKamp, KlezKanada and KlezFest London and has performed at the Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow, Poland and at Toronto's Ashkenaz. In addition to klezmer music Steven is an accomplished performer of Hungarian nota, Romanian lautari music and urban East European Gypsy music. As a concert performer Steven has been a regular guest soloist with the Cleveland Pops Orchestra performing his own arrangements of traditional East European Gypsy violin music. E-mail Steven Greenman.
Grover, Martin (Hartford, CT, USA) Greetings! I am a middle-eastern/central asian/balkan style percussionist living in Hartford, CT. I play darabuka (dumbek), frame drums, and most recently that bigger, Turkish cousin to the tupan, the davul! I love all things rhythmic and want to learn more about klezmer. Who knows, perhaps there is a tupan master out there whose brain I can pick... E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Gruber, Ruth Ellen. "Ruth Ellen Gruber is a writer, photographer and lecturer concentrating on Jewish and East-Central European affairs. She is the author of the books Jewish Heritage Travel: A Guide To East-Central Europe (John Wiley & Sons, 1992/1994) and Upon The Doorposts Of Thy House: Jewish Life In East-Central Europe, Yesterday And Today (John Wiley & Sons, 1994), and co-founder and Associate Director of the Jewish Heritage Research Center of Syracuse, NY. She is currently working on a book on contemporary Jewish culture in post-communist Europe." A photographic essay of abandoned Jewish cemeteries in Europe is available at: http://www.giotto.org/jesse/index.html. E-mail Ruth Ellen Gruber.
Gruner, Ernie. (band: Klezmeritis, Melbourne, Australia) Violinist Ernie leads concert band Klezmeritis, plays in simcha band Klezmer Trio and sephardic ensemble Soleluna. Leads workshops on klezmer around Australia and New Zealand. Music Director for "Exile and Ecstasy" 2004 Jewish cultural cabaret. Inspired by Michael Alpert workshops in Melbourne 1991. Studied with Alicia Svigals in 1998 and attended KlezCamp West, Cracow Jewish Culture Festival. Jewish music recordings for Leo Rosner, "Klezmania", self-titled "Soleluna" CD, self-titled "Klezmiritis" CD. Also member of Playback Theatre, Jugularity (folk/jazz/cabaret), Yalla! (Middle-eastern), Melisma (Greek) and more. Web: www.erniegruner.com. E-mail Ernie Gruner.
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