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December 1, 2004

The Jewish Women of Rebetika, NYC, Dec 1

The New York Public Library's Hellenic Festival presents

THE JEWISH WOMEN of REBETIKA

Songs and Stories of the legendary Greek female singers Roza Eskenazi, Amalia Baka, Stella Haskil, and Victoria Hazan

featuring
Carol Freeman - Vocals
Haig Manoukian - Oud
Megan Weeder - Violin

Free Admission

MANHATTAN
Wednesday, December 1st 2:30 pm

Seward Park Branch Library
192 East Broadway at Jefferson Street
212-477-6770
F train to East Broadway
(get out at the North / uptown exit and walk East one-half block past the park)

Within the provocative world of the early twentieth century urban Greek Café Amans, where flamboyant characters sang about desperate love, life and death, and the seedy side of life, there were a surprising number of celebrated Greek Jewish female vocalists. Included among them was Roza Eskenazi, one of the most renowned Greek singers of all time, and Stella Haskil, who sang together with legendary .performers such as Vasilis Tsitsanis. On this side of the Atlantic, Jewish women, notably Amalia Baka and Victoria Hazan, found center stage in the immigrant Greek nightclubs of major urban centers , as well as within the American ethnic recording industry.

Although remarkably celebrated for their musical contributions to urban Greek cafe music and Rebetika, their personal histories as Jewish women are not widely known. Using live performance and excepts from personal and family interviews, acclaimed vocalist Carol Freeman, together with virtuoso instrumentalists from the Smyrneiki Kompania, pay tribute to these Greek Jewish singers with a fascinating look into the songs and the lives of these extraordinary women.

December 2, 2004

Matisyahu, Farmingdale, NY, Dec 2

matisyahu logoMatisyahu
12/2
Farmingdale, NY
The Downtown
16+ $15
www.thedowntown.com

Sylvie Braitman in 'My Father's Journey, SF, Dec 2

My Father's Journey

Conceived and performed by Sylvie Braitman
written with Katherine Rosenberg-Wohl
With Jim Rebhan, accordion and Annette Brodovski, violin
Thursday, December 2 and Saturday, December 4, 2004 at 8pm and Sunday, December 5 at 5pm
at the Thick House, 1695 18th Street, San Francisco
Tickets $18 / Info/Reservations 415 401 8081

My Father's Journey is a song-telling concert about survival, destiny, and our century. The one-woman show is based on the oral history of Ms. Braitman 's father, his twisting adventure through Eastern Europe during the rise of Nazism and World War II, and his complex relationship with his children. The 90- minute piece dramatically weaves stories with instrumental and vocal music while weaving together the story of father and daughter, revealing the Holocaust's effect on Ms. Braitman as her father's life unfolds in time with her own:

"My Father's Journey", performed by Sylvie Braitman was one of the most powerful performances I have ever seen. Braitman's performance definitely had the qualities to expand the understanding of the Holocaust beyond mere words." A student of Santa Clara University. May 2003

"The project arose as I struggled to answer three different questions: one was how to tell this incredible story of my father, with all its heroism, horror and humor; two was how to tell my own story; three, how to make the music of his life (mostly the Yiddish songs) relevant outside of the comfortable field of nostalgia The result is a show in which I play myself as well as my father, where music is used to reflect or illustrate the scenes, and where I can share a huge range of emotions that bring shivers, tears and laughter." Sylvie Braitman

Mezzo-Soprano Sylvie Braitman was born in Paris of Jewish Polish parents. A graduate of the Conservatory of Music, she performs classical music (San Jose Opera, Berkeley Symphony, Plush Room), French cabaret music (Domaine Chandon, Freight and Salvage, Plush Room), and Yiddish Folk Songs. She has been part of Berkeley Jewish Music, and Yiddish Theater Music in collaboration with Zalmen Mlotek, a foremost authority in Yiddish Songs. Sylvie Braitman has written various one-woman shows that feature family members or imaginary characters who tell their stories through songs and narration. She has researched and taught on the subject of Music during the Holocaust. In March 2001, she was artistic director of "Long Live Life . . . Theresienstadt 1941-1945", for the Berkeley Jewish Music Festival.

Accordionist Jim Rebhan received his musical education at the University of Chicago and at the California Institute of the Arts, where he received an M.F.A. in composition. He has been part of the Klezmer revival since 1980 and is a member of the Elis Island Old World Folk Band and California Klezmer. In addition to the accordion, Jim also plays drums and xylophone.

Annette Brodovsky was born and raised in Switzerland and moved to the United States in 1996. She graduated from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and is working on her Masters degree in violin performance. Annette has held leading positions with various orchestras and chamber groups in Northern California as well as in Europe. She gives lectures on Klezmer music, and currently teaches a Klezmer band at Sacramento State University. A lover of all things Yiddish, Annette is the fiddle player of the Freilachmakers Klezmer String Band, whose new CD will be forthcoming in December 2004. She lives with her husband and their two young daughters in Sacramento, where she also maintains a private Suzuki violin studio.

Yosi Piamenta, NYC, Dec 2

concert posterPiamenta Band, featuring the 1st ever live acoustic set by Yosi
w' Special Guests
Evan's Groove
8pm
Tribeca Rock Club
16 Warren Street, Downtown NYC
(1 block south of Chamber st, between Church and Broadway)
Trains:1/2/A/C to Chambers st. or 4/5/6/N/R to City Hall/Chambers
For more info please call the club 212-766-1070

Tickets: www.tribecarockclub.com
$15.00

Should be a fun night, Yosi gets to break out some acoustic material for the first time, followed by a full electric set. Get there early so you don't miss Evan's Groove. Ben Hyman, and his guys are a very talented up and coming band.You won't be disappointed.

December 3, 2004

Naftule's Dream, Boston, MA, Dec 3

Naftule's Dream
will be playing at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston (955 Boylston St.) on Dec. 3 at 8:00pm in conjunction with a great photo exhibit of the Ukraine during the Soviet era. We were commisioned by the Boston Creative music Alliance to write some Ukranian related music so we will be premiering several arrangements of Ukranian folk tunes (some funky stuff) as well as pulling out a great tune we haven't performed in years which is based on a Jewish folk song from the area. I believe the tickets are $10/$8 (students, seniors). This is our last Boston performance of the year and a lot of new repertiore for us, so don't miss it! Come early and catch the photo exhibit too!

December 4, 2004

Chanukah Bash @ Knitting Factory Hollywood, Dec. 13

<<< ATTENTION HIP-HOP, KLEZMER, SEPHARDIC & FOLK MUSIC FANS >>>

An unusually uninteresting cover. Someone's idea of hip hop hip?Celebrate Series is proud to host its CD release party for

Celebrate Hip Hop: Jewish Artists From Around the World

@ Knitting Factory Hollywood
7021 Hollywood Blvd (1 block east of La Brea)
7:30 pm
$10 at the door or buy tkts online, www.knittingfactory.com

With a special live performance by MC HY (aka HYIM).

This cross-genre affair is part of Knitting Factory's Hollywood Star
Chanukah Bash featuring:

Leo Chelyapov's Klezmer Band
w/Todd Herzog, Stefani Valadez &
Chanukah Candle Lighting with Sufganiot

Call Knitting Factory's Box Office at (323) 463-0204 for information.
Visit www.celebrateseries.com to order Celebrate Hip Hop: Jewish
Artists from Around the World.

Margot Leverett and the Klezmer Mountain Boys, NYC, Dec 9

band publicity photoMargot Leverett & the Klezmer Mountain Boys
Thursday, December 9
8pm
Makor
35 W. 67th St NYC.
212-601-1000
www.92y.org/shop

The Jewish Women of Rebetika, Bronx, NYC, Dec 4

The New York Public Library's Hellenic Festival presents

THE JEWISH WOMEN of REBETIKA

Songs and Stories of the legendary Greek female singers Roza Eskenazi, Amalia Baka, Stella Haskil, and Victoria Hazan

featuring
Carol Freeman - Vocals
Haig Manoukian - Oud
Megan Weeder - Violin

Free Admission

THE BRONX
Saturday, December 4 th 2:30 pm

Baychester Branch Library
2049 Asch Loop North
Co-op City
718-379-6700
5 train to Gun Hill Road to the 28 Bus (East to Co-op City) to Asch Loop
or Co-op City Express Bus from Manhattan (New York Bus Company) to Asch Loop

Within the provocative world of the early twentieth century urban Greek Café Amans, where flamboyant characters sang about desperate love, life and death, and the seedy side of life, there were a surprising number of celebrated Greek Jewish female vocalists. Included among them was Roza Eskenazi, one of the most renowned Greek singers of all time, and Stella Haskil, who sang together with legendary .performers such as Vasilis Tsitsanis. On this side of the Atlantic, Jewish women, notably Amalia Baka and Victoria Hazan, found center stage in the immigrant Greek nightclubs of major urban centers , as well as within the American ethnic recording industry.

Although remarkably celebrated for their musical contributions to urban Greek cafe music and Rebetika, their personal histories as Jewish women are not widely known. Using live performance and excepts from personal and family interviews, acclaimed vocalist Carol Freeman, together with virtuoso instrumentalists from the Smyrneiki Kompania, pay tribute to these Greek Jewish singers with a fascinating look into the songs and the lives of these extraordinary women.

Hebrew Kirtan CD release party, Philadelphia, PA, Dec 4

For those of you in the Philadelphia area, I'm pleased and excited to announce my...

CD release Party
and special
Kabbalistic Kirtan
this Saturday, Dec. 4!

This special event is a celebration of the amazing new CD: Kiss the Beloved: Kabbalistic Kirtan

The evening begins with a reception followed by an very special Kabbalistic Kirtan, (with expanded band) and then a party! Led by Yofiyah (Susan Deikman) and an amazing group of talented musicians: Lenny Seidman (tabla), Joseph Tayoun (darbuka), Amira Dvorah (bansuri flute), Andrew Bleckner (harmonium), Judah Prince (dulcimer & guitar), Tao Mowat (percussion) and other guest musicians.

* praise for Kiss the Beloved *
"The best recording I have heard in ages. The subtlety of the message and the arrangement of chants reveals a deep wisdom and understanding. And I keep on singing the music long after the CD has ended."
--Rabbi Hanna Tiferet Siegel

Yoga on Main
4363 Main Street, Manayunk, PA
7:00pm - reception with refreshments
8:00pm - special kirtan followed by party!
admission: $10
Party Special: admission plus the new CD - only $20

Sruli and Lisa, Toronto, Canada, Dec 4

Sruli Dresder and Lisa Mayer
Saturday, December 4
7PM
Adath Israel
37 Southbourne Ave, Toronto, ONT
(info: 416-635-5340)
Hope to see our friends from Toronto and the Ashkenaz Festival!

Margot Leverett and the Klezmer Mountain Boys, Germantown, MD, Dec 4

band publicity photoMargot Leverett & the Klezmer Mountain Boys
Saturday, December 4
8pm
Black Rock Center for the Arts,
Germantown, MD
www.blackrockcenter.org/home.htm

Sylvie Braitman in 'My Father's Journey, SF, Dec 4

My Father's Journey

Conceived and performed by Sylvie Braitman
written with Katherine Rosenberg-Wohl
With Jim Rebhan, accordion and Annette Brodovski, violin
Thursday, December 2 and Saturday, December 4, 2004 at 8pm and Sunday, December 5 at 5pm
at the Thick House, 1695 18th Street, San Francisco
Tickets $18 / Info/Reservations 415 401 8081

My Father's Journey is a song-telling concert about survival, destiny, and our century. The one-woman show is based on the oral history of Ms. Braitman 's father, his twisting adventure through Eastern Europe during the rise of Nazism and World War II, and his complex relationship with his children. The 90- minute piece dramatically weaves stories with instrumental and vocal music while weaving together the story of father and daughter, revealing the Holocaust's effect on Ms. Braitman as her father's life unfolds in time with her own:

"My Father's Journey", performed by Sylvie Braitman was one of the most powerful performances I have ever seen. Braitman's performance definitely had the qualities to expand the understanding of the Holocaust beyond mere words." A student of Santa Clara University. May 2003

"The project arose as I struggled to answer three different questions: one was how to tell this incredible story of my father, with all its heroism, horror and humor; two was how to tell my own story; three, how to make the music of his life (mostly the Yiddish songs) relevant outside of the comfortable field of nostalgia The result is a show in which I play myself as well as my father, where music is used to reflect or illustrate the scenes, and where I can share a huge range of emotions that bring shivers, tears and laughter." Sylvie Braitman

Mezzo-Soprano Sylvie Braitman was born in Paris of Jewish Polish parents. A graduate of the Conservatory of Music, she performs classical music (San Jose Opera, Berkeley Symphony, Plush Room), French cabaret music (Domaine Chandon, Freight and Salvage, Plush Room), and Yiddish Folk Songs. She has been part of Berkeley Jewish Music, and Yiddish Theater Music in collaboration with Zalmen Mlotek, a foremost authority in Yiddish Songs. Sylvie Braitman has written various one-woman shows that feature family members or imaginary characters who tell their stories through songs and narration. She has researched and taught on the subject of Music during the Holocaust. In March 2001, she was artistic director of "Long Live Life . . . Theresienstadt 1941-1945", for the Berkeley Jewish Music Festival.

Accordionist Jim Rebhan received his musical education at the University of Chicago and at the California Institute of the Arts, where he received an M.F.A. in composition. He has been part of the Klezmer revival since 1980 and is a member of the Elis Island Old World Folk Band and California Klezmer. In addition to the accordion, Jim also plays drums and xylophone.

Annette Brodovsky was born and raised in Switzerland and moved to the United States in 1996. She graduated from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and is working on her Masters degree in violin performance. Annette has held leading positions with various orchestras and chamber groups in Northern California as well as in Europe. She gives lectures on Klezmer music, and currently teaches a Klezmer band at Sacramento State University. A lover of all things Yiddish, Annette is the fiddle player of the Freilachmakers Klezmer String Band, whose new CD will be forthcoming in December 2004. She lives with her husband and their two young daughters in Sacramento, where she also maintains a private Suzuki violin studio.

Asefa, Brooklyn, NY, Dec 4

Asefa
December 4, 8pm
Jewish Music Cafe
401 9th Street (btw 6/7av)
Brooklyn, NY 11215

E-mail Samuel Thomas for further information.

*follows a Shabbaton by famed Israeli Rabbi Avraham Sutton at Cong. B'nai Jacob in Park Slope (www.parkslopeshul.org). Same address.

Henry Sapoznik & Youngers of Zion, Kingston, NY, Dec 4

Join Henry Sapoznik and the Youngers of Zion

"The Youngers of Zion," (Henry "Hank" Sapoznik: tenor guitar/vocals; Marlene "Cookie" Segelstein: fiddle; Mark "Doctor" Rubin: bass, tuba) offer an intimate, exciting salon of old time Yiddish music-hot fiddle tunes, forgotten ballads, introspective instrumentals and snappy Second Avenue vaudeville songs - all performed with an irresistible immediacy evoking the coziness of the parlor and the raucousness of the dance floor.

Saturday December 4 @ 8:00 PM
Congregation Agudas Achim
254 Lucas Avenue
Kingston NY

Advance tickets: $20
At the door: $22

For more info: (845) 334-9044

Ensemble DRAj, Essen, Dec 4

band publicity photoEnsemble DRAj
4. Dezember 2004
20.00 h
Hofwerkstatt
Sibyllastr. 15
45136 Essen Telefon: 0201 - 26 57 56

Neil Sedaka in Yiddish, Los Angeles, CA, Dec 4

Neil Sedaka Yiddish Concert -Los Angeles Dec 4 & 5 Neil Sedaka will appear at the Wilshire Theater Saturday, December 4th at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 5th at 2:00 p.m. Tickets on sale at Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at (213) 480-3232 or (714) 740-2000, or online at www.ticketmaster.com. Shoyn Tsayt! (It's about time) -- In his first Los Angeles concert performance in more than two years, Neil Sedaka will leave the audience "kveling" with a unique mix of favorites in two very different languages. The legendary singer/songwriter will appear at the prestigious Wilshire Theatre for two shows on Saturday December 4th and Sunday December 5th featuring songs from his latest CD "Brighton Beach Memories," a sentimental foray into traditional Yiddish music along with classic hits from his distinguished career spanning more than five decades. Inspired by the recent revival of the Yiddish language and culture, Sedaka has returned to the songs of his childhood in Brooklyn, recording and now performing his favorite Yiddish tunes with a traditional Klezmer band. The Los Angeles performance is the fourth in a series of sold out concerts including Carnegie Hall in New York, The Mann Center For Performing Arts in Philadelphia and Ravina Festival in Chicago.

December 5, 2004

4th Fest of Yiddish Culture, Dead Sea, Israel, Dec 5-8

The 4th Festival of Yiddish Culture
The program of the festival includes lectures and musical events.

Who:
Dr.Josef Guri
Dr.Billa Rubinshtein
Dr.Asher Porat
Kobi Wizner
Rafi Goldwasser
Shmuel Gur
Melech Ziv
Mordechai Yushkovski
Sarale Feldman
Liah Kenig
The Theater of Yiddish Songs "T.I.L." (The Tapuah beDvash Ensemble and Marina Yakubovich )

Where:
Dead Sea

When:
December 5-8

For information call 972-03-511020
www.yiddish.org (Yiddish only)

Sound and Light at UK Jewish Film Fest, Brighton, UK, Dec 5

The Sound and Light Cinematic Duo (Merlin Shepherd/ clarinet, bass clarinet and Polina Shepherd / piano) are performing new and traditional Jewish music to accompany the Yuri Morozov Jewish Film Archive (Kiev).

as part of the UK Jewish Film Festival:

as part of the Brighton Festival of Jewish Music<
5th December, Brighton, Sallis Benny Theatre

The films:
L'chaim, Dir A. Mietr and K. Ganzer, 1910 9 mins.
Sore's Grief Dir A. Arkatov, 1913, 13 mins.
Jews and the Land, Dir. Abram Room, 1927, 17 mins.
Against Fathers' Will (Mabul) Dir Evgeny Ivanov-Barkov, 1926, 43 mins.

for more information www.ukjewishfilmfestival.org.uk

The unique UK Premiere of the Yuri Morozov archive contains some of the earliest cinematic representations of east European Jewish communities and more. Black and White silent films as early as 1910 depict the Jews of Ukraine and their daily lives in both narrative and documentary forms. Many of these films have never been seen outside of Ukraine and some have not been screened for over 80 years.

Merlin and Polina Shepherd represent two nations although their families come from very close geographical locations. At the end of the 19th Century, Merlin's great-grandparents emigrated from Ukraine and Romania to escape pogroms and seek a better world in the west. Polina's grandparents escaped from the Sho'ah (Holocaust) by fleeing from Kiev/Odessa to Siberia. The different and yet vital sustenance of his western Jewish upbringing and her eastern one have brought them to a unique closeness in musical, creative and spiritual terms.

Their playing acts as the perfect foil for these amazing historic documents. With their deep training, musical experience and by using tradition musical pieces and stylistically accurate new compositions, these films are magically brought back to life almost a century after their first screenings.

By transportation backwards in time with this historically accurate visual and aural experience, these two world class musicians bring their audiences forward to a deeper understanding of present and latter day Yiddishkeit.

The world premiere of this programme took place in Kiev (20th, August, 2004)

This was a part of Klezfest Kiev, the leading yiddish folk arts programme in the Former Soviet Union. For more information klezmer.com.ua/events/events2003.php

Sruli and Lisa, Bay Shore, New York, Dec 5

Sruli Dresder and Lisa Mayer
Sunday, December 5
2PM
The brand new Boulton Center for the Performing Arts
37 West Main Street,
Bay Shore, Long Island, NY
Tix: $12
(info: 631-969-1101 or www.boultoncenter.com)

di bostoner klezmer, Andover, MA, Dec 5

If you missed our concert last week, here's another chance to catch our spirited, fun concert suitable for kids and adults alike.

di bostoner klezmer
Andover's Memorial Hall Library
North Main Street (Route 28) at Elm Square, 978-623-8401
Sunday, December 5th
2 p.m.
Free of charge

directions at www.mhl.org/info/directions.htm)

Neil Sedaka in Yiddish, Los Angeles, CA, Dec 5

Neil Sedaka Yiddish Concert -Los Angeles Dec 4 & 5

Neil Sedaka will appear at the Wilshire Theater Saturday,
December 4th at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 5th at 2:00
p.m. Tickets on sale at Ticketmaster outlets,
by phone at (213) 480-3232 or (714) 740-2000, or online at
www.ticketmaster.com.

Shoyn Tsayt! (It's about time) -- In his first Los
Angeles concert performance in more than two years, Neil
Sedaka will leave the audience "kveling" with a unique mix
of favorites in two very different languages. The legendary
singer/songwriter will appear at the prestigious Wilshire
Theatre for two shows on Saturday December 4th and Sunday
December 5th featuring songs from his latest CD "Brighton
Beach Memories," a sentimental foray into traditional
Yiddish music along with classic hits from his distinguished
career spanning more than five decades.

Inspired by the recent revival of the Yiddish language and
culture, Sedaka has returned to the songs of his childhood
in Brooklyn, recording and now performing his favorite
Yiddish tunes with a traditional Klezmer band. The Los
Angeles performance is the fourth in a series of sold out
concerts including Carnegie Hall in New York, The Mann
Center For Performing Arts in Philadelphia and Ravina
Festival in Chicago.

Lox & Vodka, Baltimore, MD, Dec 5

Baltimore's Jewish Community Centers Chanukah Celebration - December 5th

Lox & Vodka is proud to have been selected as the featured Chanukah performers for Baltimore's Jewish Community Centers. Join us as we get ready for Chanukah, Sunday, December 5, 3:00-4:00 at the Jewish Community Center, at 5700 Park Heights Avenue. There'll be food, wonderful "stuff" to buy for gifts and for yourself, and lots of celebrating beginning at 1:00!!! For more information and to make reservations call: 410-356-5200 ext. 324

Hope to see you there!!!

Henry Sapoznik and the Youngers of Zion, New Haven, CT, Dec 5

Join Henry Sapoznik and the Youngers of Zion

"The Youngers of Zion," (Henry "Hank" Sapoznik: tenor guitar/vocals; Marlene "Cookie" Segelstein: fiddle; Mark "Doctor" Rubin: bass, tuba) offer an intimate, exciting salon of old time Yiddish music-hot fiddle tunes, forgotten ballads, introspective instrumentals and snappy Second Avenue vaudeville songs - all performed with an irresistible immediacy evoking the coziness of the parlor and the raucousness of the dance floor.

Sunday, December 5 @ 3pm

Co-sponsored by JCC and DJE Culture Committee.
Admission:
$12 individual
$ 36 family
$ 5 children 3-12

Musicians! Bring your instruments and join The Youngers of Zion in a jam following the performance!

Jewish Community Center of Greater New Haven
360 Amity Road, Woodbridge, CT 06525 USA, Tel: 203-387-2522

Klezfest! 2, Bedford Corners, NY, Dec 5

KLEZFEST! 2
A Chanukah Klezmer Concert
Temple Shaaray Tefila – December 5, 2004
Two performances: 1:45 PM; 4:15 PM

Start your Chanukah celebration early with a family klezmer music celebration! The Westchester Klezmer Program's KlezKommunity is proud to welcome special guests, Princeton's KlezDispensers, in their first ever Westchester appearance. The KlezDispensers offer diverse repertoire spanning traditional klezmer, original klezmer compositions, and klezmer infused with a variety of jazz styles.

Enjoy a special opening act, the KlezKommunity's three bands -- Shpritz, 2 Cents Plain, and Egg Cream – in their first 2004-2005 appearance (www.klezkidz.org). Bands are under the musical direction of Westchester song leader Kenny Green.

Concerts will be held at Temple Shaaray Tefila, 89 Baldwin Road, Bedford Corners, NY

Ticket prices: $18 for adults; $10 for seniors, children under age 13

Sponsorship opportunities:

$54 Khevre (Friends) ticket – reserved seat, program listing
$250 Maccabee ticket – two reserved seats, CD, sponsorship of one KlezDispenser musician (program listing)
$360 – Oyfgekleyrte (Enlightened) ticket – two reserved seats, program listing, CD, KlezKommunity performance at your synagogue (Westchester/Putnam only)

Fundraising efforts to support additional community concerts, guest artists, formation of new bands, and merit and need scholarships.

For additional information, e-mail KlezKidz. or call 914/241-8714.

Klej'zema, Geneva, Switzerland, Dec 5

Et voici le prochain concert organisé par
l'Association des Amis de la Musique Juive:

KLEJ'ZEMA
Musique klezmer et danses traditionnelles des communautés juives d’Europe centrale

Olivier GEAY: violon, contrebasse,chant - David ROBIN: guitare
Claude ROUX: clarinette - Pier-Yves TÊTU: accordéon, chant

dimanche 5 décembre à 17h
SALLE DE LA CITÉ BLEUE
46 av. Miremont, 1206 Genève

Réservations et informations: 022 734 71 93

E-mail AMJ--Friends of Jewish Music.

Sylvie Braitman in 'My Father's Journey, SF, Dec 5

My Father's Journey

Conceived and performed by Sylvie Braitman
written with Katherine Rosenberg-Wohl
With Jim Rebhan, accordion and Annette Brodovski, violin
Thursday, December 2 and Saturday, December 4, 2004 at 8pm and Sunday, December 5 at 5pm
at the Thick House, 1695 18th Street, San Francisco
Tickets $18 / Info/Reservations 415 401 8081

My Father's Journey is a song-telling concert about survival, destiny, and our century. The one-woman show is based on the oral history of Ms. Braitman 's father, his twisting adventure through Eastern Europe during the rise of Nazism and World War II, and his complex relationship with his children. The 90- minute piece dramatically weaves stories with instrumental and vocal music while weaving together the story of father and daughter, revealing the Holocaust's effect on Ms. Braitman as her father's life unfolds in time with her own:

"My Father's Journey", performed by Sylvie Braitman was one of the most powerful performances I have ever seen. Braitman's performance definitely had the qualities to expand the understanding of the Holocaust beyond mere words." A student of Santa Clara University. May 2003

"The project arose as I struggled to answer three different questions: one was how to tell this incredible story of my father, with all its heroism, horror and humor; two was how to tell my own story; three, how to make the music of his life (mostly the Yiddish songs) relevant outside of the comfortable field of nostalgia The result is a show in which I play myself as well as my father, where music is used to reflect or illustrate the scenes, and where I can share a huge range of emotions that bring shivers, tears and laughter." Sylvie Braitman

Mezzo-Soprano Sylvie Braitman was born in Paris of Jewish Polish parents. A graduate of the Conservatory of Music, she performs classical music (San Jose Opera, Berkeley Symphony, Plush Room), French cabaret music (Domaine Chandon, Freight and Salvage, Plush Room), and Yiddish Folk Songs. She has been part of Berkeley Jewish Music, and Yiddish Theater Music in collaboration with Zalmen Mlotek, a foremost authority in Yiddish Songs. Sylvie Braitman has written various one-woman shows that feature family members or imaginary characters who tell their stories through songs and narration. She has researched and taught on the subject of Music during the Holocaust. In March 2001, she was artistic director of "Long Live Life . . . Theresienstadt 1941-1945", for the Berkeley Jewish Music Festival.

Accordionist Jim Rebhan received his musical education at the University of Chicago and at the California Institute of the Arts, where he received an M.F.A. in composition. He has been part of the Klezmer revival since 1980 and is a member of the Elis Island Old World Folk Band and California Klezmer. In addition to the accordion, Jim also plays drums and xylophone.

Annette Brodovsky was born and raised in Switzerland and moved to the United States in 1996. She graduated from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and is working on her Masters degree in violin performance. Annette has held leading positions with various orchestras and chamber groups in Northern California as well as in Europe. She gives lectures on Klezmer music, and currently teaches a Klezmer band at Sacramento State University. A lover of all things Yiddish, Annette is the fiddle player of the Freilachmakers Klezmer String Band, whose new CD will be forthcoming in December 2004. She lives with her husband and their two young daughters in Sacramento, where she also maintains a private Suzuki violin studio.

the Golden Dreydl, Dublin, OH, Dec 5

album coverShirim Klezmer Orchestra is making a rare trip to Ohio this weekend to perform our "Golden Dreydl" show with public radio's "Sound & Spirit" host Ellen Kushner. We will have all of our CDs with us, including the brand new "Pincus & the Pig" and "Mayse" CDs.

Dec. 5, 2004, 5pm
Abbey Theater at the Dublin Community Recreation Center
"The Golden Dreydl" with Ellen Kushner
5600 Post Rd, Dublin, OH
Tickets & Info: 614-559-6228

Here is a more complete description of "The Golden Dreydl:"

Public Radio's "Sound & Spirit" host Ellen Kushner and Shirim perform their award-winning Chanukah special. "The Golden Dreydl: a Klezmer Nutcracker" is a Chanukah-inspired fantasy-adventure tale: Tchaikovsky meets Harry Potter and they go to a Jewish wedding! Kushner's enchanting storytelling is woven into a live musical performance of Shirim's ingenious klezmer adaptations of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite. The whole family will enjoy this multifaceted performance: a new twist on an old favorite. Kushner and Shirim have created a brand-new retelling of an old tale: Sara is a little girl with a problem: she hates the annual family Chanukah party! But when a mysterious party guest gives her the gift of a golden dreydl, Sara is catapulted into a magical world of demons and fools, sorcerers and sages.

Mikveh, NYC, Dec 5

MikvehMikveh
featuring Alicia Svigals,Susan Watts, Nicki Parrott & Lauren Brody
Klezmer Music
5 pm
Admission $15

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37 West 26th St. NYC
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Supergroup Mikveh features the top women in Klezmer, including renowned Yiddish singer Adrienne Cooper, Klezmatics founder Alicia Svigals on fiddle, charismatic trumpeter Susan Watts of the Hoffman klezmer dynasty, ethnic accordion wizard Lauren Brody and jazz bass phenomenon Nicki Parrott. Together, they rock out with sizzling dance music and riveting Yiddish/English songs, both ancestral and brand new.

Chava Alberstein, Paris, France, Dec 5

Chava ALBERSTEIN in PARIS for 2 concerts; 5 décembre 6 p.m
and 6 décembre 8.30 p.m
Théatre DEJAZET
41 boulevard du Temple
75003 PARIS
More info:
0033 1 42 71 24 75 or E-mail Guy Scemama

Klezmer Jam, Brookline, MA, Dec 5

Hopping for Hanukah -- Hope to see you all at the Workmen's Circle December klezmer jam this Sunday December 5, 6:30-8:30 pm

We play mainly from printed music, which we will have available in C and B-flat. We usually learn one piece by ear each time. All levels of players are welcome. There is a piano.

The WC is at 1762 Beacon Street in Brookline, about 5 blocks west of Washington Square, which is about 12 blocks west of Coolidge Corner, right on the Green Line Beacon Street route.

A Chanukah Feast, Washington, DC, Dec 5

CD release benefit concert for the Hungry for Music benefit CD, A Chanukah Feast, scheduled at Tifereth Israel in DC, Sunday evening, December 5, at 7 pm. More details as we get them -- mark your calendars.

Klezmer Conservatory Band, NYC, Dec 5

Klezmer Conservatory Band
Sunday, December 5
Avery Fisher Hall,
Lincoln Center NY, NY.
Concert at 3 p.m.

Call Center Charge at 212-721-6500 or visit
www.newyorkphilharmonic.org

December 6, 2004

4th Fest of Yiddish Culture, Dead Sea, Israel, Dec 5-8

The 4th Festival of Yiddish Culture
The program of the festival includes lectures and musical events.

Who:
Dr.Josef Guri
Dr.Billa Rubinshtein
Dr.Asher Porat
Kobi Wizner
Rafi Goldwasser
Shmuel Gur
Melech Ziv
Mordechai Yushkovski
Sarale Feldman
Liah Kenig
The Theater of Yiddish Songs "T.I.L." (The Tapuah beDvash Ensemble and Marina Yakubovich )

Where:
Dead Sea

When:
December 5-8

For information call 972-03-511020
www.yiddish.org.il (Yiddish only)

Chava Alberstein, Paris, France, Dec 6

Chava ALBERSTEIN in PARIS for 2 concerts; 5 décembre 6 p.m
and 6 décembre 8.30 p.m
Théatre DEJAZET
41 boulevard du Temple
75003 PARIS
More info:
0033 1 42 71 24 75 or E-mail Guy Scemama

Afro-Semitic Experience, Middleton, CT, Dec 6

band photoMonday, December 6, the Afro-Semitic Experience 8:30 p.m. at the Buttonwood Tree with Will Bartlett on reeds and percussion, Warren Byrd on piano, Alvin Carter, Jr., on drums, Stacy Phillips on dobro and violin and Baba David Coleman on African drums and percussion. The Buttonwood Tree is located at 605 Main Street in Middletown and the phone number is (860) 347-4957.

Panorama Jazz, New Orleans, Dec 6

Panorama Jazz Band
Mon. 12/6
10pm-2am
Dragon's Den
2 FOR 1 SAKE NIGHT!!
No Cover
435 Esplanade Ave.
New Orleans, LA

Matisyahu, Philadelphia, PA, Dec 6

matisyahu logoMatisyahu
12/6
Philadelphia, PA
Northstar Bar
21+, $10
www.northstarbar.com
!!!Hanukkah shows!!!

December 7, 2004

4th Fest of Yiddish Culture, Dead Sea, Israel, Dec 5-8

The 4th Festival of Yiddish Culture
The program of the festival includes lectures and musical events.

Who:
Dr.Josef Guri
Dr.Billa Rubinshtein
Dr.Asher Porat
Kobi Wizner
Rafi Goldwasser
Shmuel Gur
Melech Ziv
Mordechai Yushkovski
Sarale Feldman
Liah Kenig
The Theater of Yiddish Songs "T.I.L." (The Tapuah beDvash Ensemble and Marina Yakubovich )

Where:
Dead Sea

When:
December 5-8

For information call 972-03-511020
www.yiddish.org.il (Yiddish only)

Isle of Klezbos, NYC, Dec 7

Isle of Klezbos at joe's pub!
Tuesday, December 7
7:30pm show for the first night of Hanuka
Tickets $12, all ages welcome
Purchase online: telecharge.com or www.joespub.com
or call Telecharge: 212-239-6200
Dinner reservations available at joe's pub: 212-539-8778
Joe's Pub at the Public Theater, NYC
425 Lafayette Street, off Astor Place
Show starts promptly at 7:30pm, doors open at 7pm
Menorah lighting honors by Rabbi Ellen Lippmann of Park Slope's Kolot Chayeinu

And folk music/fiddle lovers, take note—following Isle of Klezbos,
joe's pub is also hosting a 9:30pm show
same night (alas, separate cover charge) by Cajun innovator allstars
Beausoleil avec Michael Doucet

Isle of Klezbos, NYC, Dec 7

band photoIsle of Klezbos
Tuesday, December 7th - first night of Hanuka!
7:30pm sharp, doors open at 7pm
at Joe's Pub, 425 Lafayette (in NYC's Public Theater)
www.joespub.com
Tickets: $15, call 212-239-6200
dinner reservations 212-539-8778
NYC's powerhouse, fun-loving all-female klezmer sextet returns to Joe's Pub for the first time since their European debut.

"These women will make you shake your tushies!" - Village Voice

Matisyahu, Washington, DC, Dec 7

matisyahu logoMatisyahu
12/7
Washington, DC
Black Cat
ALL AGES $10
www.blackcatdc.com
Juez opens

December 8, 2004

4th Fest of Yiddish Culture, Dead Sea, Israel, Dec 5-8

The 4th Festival of Yiddish Culture
The program of the festival includes lectures and musical events.

Who:
Dr.Josef Guri
Dr.Billa Rubinshtein
Dr.Asher Porat
Kobi Wizner
Rafi Goldwasser
Shmuel Gur
Melech Ziv
Mordechai Yushkovski
Sarale Feldman
Liah Kenig
The Theater of Yiddish Songs "T.I.L." (The Tapuah beDvash Ensemble and Marina Yakubovich )

Where:
Dead Sea

When:
December 5-8

For information call 972-03-511020
www.yiddish.org.il (Yiddish only)

Panorama Jazz Band, New Orleans, Louisiana, Dec 8

Panorama Jazz Band
Wed. 12/8
5-8pm
Party Girl Productions Birthday Party - 1 year old!
Free and open to the public.
Cash bar to benefit Children's Hospital.
625 St. Charles Ave (Opposite Lafayette Park)
4th floor.
New Orleans, LA

Asefa, NYC, Dec 8

Asefa
December 8, 7pm
Knitting Factory
74 Leonard St.
NY, NY 10013

E-mail Samuel Thomas for further information.

Dancing in NY with Bukharans, NYC, Dec 8

Music & Dance of the Jewish Wedding - Bukhara
Tofakhon Pinkhova and Members of Ensemble Shashmaqam
Wednesday, December 8, 2004
8:00p.m.92nd St. Y, Tisch Center for the Arts, NYC
$25

Walter Zev Feldman- Artistic Director

Performers:
Tofakhon Pinkhasova, lead sozanda
Tamara Kattayeva, sozanda
Firuza Yahudaeva, sozanda
Travis Jarrell, sozanda
Abukhay Aminov, tar and vocals
David Davidov, tar
Shumiel Kuyenov, doira
Osher Barayev doira
Ochil Ibragimov, gitchak

www.92Y.org

Matisyahu, Albany, NY, Dec 8

matisyahu logoMatisyahu
12/8
Albany, NY
Savannahs
One South Pearl Street
21+, $10

December 9, 2004

Sruli and Lisa, Tarrytown, NY, Dec 9

Sruli Dresder and Lisa Mayer
Thursday, December 9
5:45 PM
JCC on the Hudson
Tarrytown, NY.
Tix $7.50 single/ $24 per family
(info: 914-366-7898 or jcconthehudson.org)

Chanukah Boom Box Walk w/Phil Kline, NYC, Dec 9

A Chanukah Boom Box Walk with Phil Kline
Thursday, December 9 at 6:15pm
FREE

Do something different this Chanukah! For the past 12 years, critically-acclaimed composer and "boom box guy" Phil Kline has led Unsilent Night, a legendary boom box caroling walk through the East Village. This year, Phil Kline and the JCC ask you to collaborate with us on Night Lights, a new musical Chanukah event. We will begin on the JCC rooftop, where Phil will provide us all with tapes and boom boxes. Different parts of his music play on each boom box, and together we will create a magical stroll of beautiful holiday sounds. Arrive at the roof of the JCC at 6:15pm ­ we'll begin the walk at 6:30pm, strolling through the building and around the Upper West Side, returning to the JCC at 7:30pm. Followed by menorah lighting and refreshments. If you have a boom box, please bring it, otherwise share one of ours or just walk along and listen.

The JCC in Manhattan
334 Amsterdam Avenue (at 76th Street)
For more information, call (646)505-5708 or visit
www.jccnyc.org

Estelle Goldfarb, Paris, France, Dec 9

Jeudi 9 décembre (19h30/21h30) : lieu à préciser
Rencontre Estelle Goldfarb; violoniste

- Maison de la culture yiddish - Bibliothèque Medem, 18, passage Saint-Pierre Amelot, 75011 PARIS.
Métros : Oberkampf, Saint-Ambroise, Filles du calvaire - Bus : 58, 96, 20, 65.
- Conservatoire municipal du centre W.A. Mozart (salle André Girard), Terrasse Lautréamont, 3 rue Pierre Lescot, 75001 PARIS.
Métros : « Les Halles » ou « Etienne Marcel » - R.E.R. / SNCF : « Châtelet – Les Halles » - Bus : 29, 38, 47, 75

Hu Tsa Tsa CD release, Toronto, Canada, Dec 9

album coverHu Tsa Tsa presents: "Well Tempered Klezmorim"
Don't miss their CD launch concert, Thursday, Dec. 9 at 8:00pm at the Robert Gill Theatre (University of Toronto), 214 College St. (NE corner College and St. George). Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Tickets $15 at the box office. Call 416-978-7986

Hu Tsa Tsa's "Well Tempered Klezmorim" is a fantastic new CD that blends the aesthetic of small old-world klezmer bands with the approach of a classical chamber ensemble. Hu Tsa Tsa's dynamic and highly original approach results in elegant new arrangements of well-known klezmer gems.

Hu Tsa Tsa features Jonno Lightstone on clarinet, Eric Stein on tsimbalom and mandocello, Rona Goldensher on violin, and Bret Higgins on string bass.

Jeanette Lewicki, brooklyn, NY, Dec 9

Thursday, December 9, 2004
7:00 PM

At the Atran Center, Minkoff Room,
25 East 21st St., Manhattan

Kavehoyz with Jeanette Lewicki

The Yiddish torch singer and accordionist of "Max and Minka" and "Zagnut Cirkus Orkestar" presents an evening of Yiddish songs about light, darkness, freedom of choice & potato pancakes. Kafka meets molly picon in a yiddish bordello. She will be joined by clarinetist Greg Squared.

Admission: $7.00 - Refreshments served.

The "Kavehoyz" series is produced by the Congress for Jewish Culture together with CYCO, Yugntruf, and the League for Yiddish, and supported by the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.

212-505-8040

Inem Atran-Tsenter, 25 E. 21te gas, Manhetn.
Telefon: 212-505-8040

Donershtik dem 9tn detsember 2004 7 a zeyger in ovnt

Kavehoyz mit:
NESHOME LEWICKI

Yidishe lider mit der zingerin un akordionistke fun "Max un Minka" un "Zagnut Cirkus Orkestar"

Arayntrit: $7.00
Kibed vert servirt.

Di kavehoyz-serie vert organizirt durkh dem Yidishn Kultur-Kongres, CYCO, Yugntruf un di Yidish-Lige, un vert geshtitst durkh der nyu-yorker shtatrot far kunst, a shtatishe instants.

Golem, Les Sans Culottes, NYC, Dec 9

Golem singers consider HannukahThursday, 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 www.lessansculottes.com

Matisyahu, Boston, MA, Dec 9

matisyahu logoMatisyahu
12/9
Boston, MA
Harper's Ferry
18+ $8/$13
www.harpersferryboston.com

December 10, 2004

Burton Greene, Cambridge, MA Dec 10

Burton Greene (Klezmokum) will be in Cambridge at Zeitgeist Gallery on December 10th for a concert with Perry Robinson--clarinet, and Jay Rozen (from the Austin Texas Klezmorim), a virtuoso tuba player, and Burton on piano. another concert at Zeitgeist Gallery on December 10th. "We'll do a wide variety of material and naturally some klez and other Jewish source material as well."

Web: www.zeitgeist-gallery.org/archives/2004/12/

December 11, 2004

Klezmer-Tanz+Konzertangebot, Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Oct 17

Klezmer-Tanz
in Gelsenkirchen, Schloß Horst

Klezmer-Tanz-Workshops - plus Konzertangebot

Angebote / Termine und Gebühr etc. :
Drei Tanz-Workshop-Termine
- 17. Oktober (ein Sonntag)
- 13. November (ein Samstag) und am
- 11. Dezember 04 (ein Samstag)

Alle Workshop- Zeiten ab jeweils 16:30 Uhr bis ca. 19/20Uhr.

Live-Tanz-Musik von der Gruppe A TICKLE IN THE HEART. ANDREAS SCHMITGES, der Gitarrist dieser Gruppe, ist der anerkannte Tanzmeister. Andreas Schmitges kennt nicht nur viele der verschiedenen Klezmer-Tanzmeister aus der KlezmerSzene, sondern hat viel gelernt bei den verschiedensten Tanz - Workshops (u.a. in New York oder London).

Andreas Schmitges hat zudem im Angebot für den November-Workshop: Workshop & Konzert mit Pesakh Fiszman, der abends (nach dem Workshoptermin) im Consol Theater mit der Gruppe A TICKLE IN THE HEART ein Konzert geben wird.

Beim letzten Workshop (Dezember) wird die Gruppe "KLEZMER ALIANCE" aufspielen. Ein rundum Super-Angebot für Tanzbegeisterte. Der erste und der letzte Workshop finden alle in der Glashalle von Schloß Horst statt.

Für den November-Workshop wird momentan noch ein (Ersatz)Raum gesucht.

Workshopgebühr plus Konzertangebot:
Wer den "Dreier-Pack-Klezmer-Tanz-Workshop" bis zum 10. September 04 verbindlich gebucht hat, bekommt zu der Workshopgebühr von 50 € auch noch den freien Eintritt zu dem Konzert am 13.11.04.

Sonst ist jeder Workshoptermin zu buchen für 20€ .

Der Eintritt zum Konzert mit der Gruppe A TICKLE IN THE HEART mit PESAKH FISZMAN kostet 10€.

Klezniks Chanukah dance, Somerville, MA, Dec 11

Chanukah dance with the Klezniks Saturday, December 11, 7:00 - 10:00 p.m. Temple B'nai B'rith 201 Central Street, Somerville

Join the Klezniks for a night of music, dancing, laughing and plenty of latkes. Proceeds benefit the Congregation's General Fund. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children, with a maximum charge of $25 per family. For information, call 617-625-0333 or E-mail Temple Bnai Brith.

Wholesale Klezmer, Saratoga Springs, NY, Dec 11

The Wholesale Klezmer Band will celebrate the fifth night of Khanuke at Caffé Lena in Saratoga Springs on Saturday evening, December 11th at 7 pm. Performing lively Yiddish dance music and Yiddish songs with themes ranging from making peace in the world and how money corrupts politics, to joy and tradition, Wholesale makes it all accessible to non-Yiddish speakers with subtitles, stories and translation.

Dee Sarno, Saratoga County Arts Council called their performance "An unforgettable evening of comedy and drama and joy and sorrow." For information and reservations call: 518-583-0022. (Please reserve soon. If early reservations indicate an overflow crowd by Thursday, a second show will be added to the schedule at 9:30 pm.)

The Fabulous Spielkes, Bryn Mawr, PA, Dec 11

Dear Friends!! Hark, The Herald Klezmers Roar!
It's Hanukkah! But not only that! It's the Holiday Season
Let's all celebrate together.


7PM
Dec. 11, 2004
The Point, www.atthepoint.com
880 West Lancaster Ave, Bryn Mawr, PA
$10 Ticket Sale

Elaine Hoffman Watts
Susan Watts
and
The Fabulous Shpielkes:
Philly's own: Rachel Lemisch and Jason Rosenblatt
Uncle Marvin,
Bradley Hoffman Watts Seigel
plus
special guests from around the world
and
Philly's Pride and Joy Special Guest
YOU!!!

In The
Philly Village Band
Bring your musical instrument
We're going to
Honk in Hanukkah with
Hava Nagila
jam, get down, get it on,
Philly Style Klezmer Phunk


Bring The Whole Family!!
It's the community event of the season

Miriam-Khaye Seigel sings, NYC, Dec 11

Saturday, December 11, 2004
7:00 PM
Miriam-Khaye Seigel, Yiddish Singer/Songwriter

Free concert at the
JCC in Manhattan
334 Amsterdam Av. at 76th St.

This concert is presented as part of the series "A Glezele Tey", sponsored by the Folksbiene Yiddish Theatre. Stay afterwards for the play "Di Kaprizne Kale" ("The Picky Bride") - for ticket information:
1-800-9-YIDDISH or www.folksbiene.org.

di bostoner klezmer at Chanukah party, Newton, MA, Dec 11

The Adams Street Synagogue
Welcomes You & Your Entire Family
to our annual CHANUKAH PARTY!

WHEN: December 11th (Saturday Night) 7:30pm
WHERE: Adams Street Shul: 168 Adams Street, Newton MA (located between Washington & Watertown Streets)

FEATURING: Latkes & Other Treats * A Live Bostoner Klezmer Band * Children's Activity * Menora Lighting * Our Annual Raffle

For more information, call the shul office at 617-630-0226, or visit www.adamsstreet.org, or e-mail Adams St. Synagogue

BRING A FRIEND!

Sruli and Lisa, Brooklyn, NY, Dec 11

Sruli Dresder and Lisa Mayer
Saturday night, December 11
7:30
Young Israel of Kings Bay
3007 Ocean Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY
(info: 718-332-6231)

The Rebbe's Orchestra, Albuquerque, NM, Dec 11

"Kindling the Light"—A Special Hannukah performance featuring The Rebbe's Orkestra—Albuquerque's own Klezmer and Judaic ensemble.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 11TH, 7:30PM
WINNING COFFEE COMPANY,
111 Harvard SE (south of Central Ave. in the UNM neighborhood), Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA.
$8 General (more-or less if you're a student, senior or under 12).

Information: (505) 243-6276 –band (505) 266-0000 –Winning's
Web: arnoproductionsnm.com

The Rebbe's Orkestra is an exciting group of musicians who play Jewish music with an international flair. Incorporating the sounds and rhythms of Jewish music from many parts of the world, this 4-piece band brings a unique style to the playing of Klezmer, Eastern European, Israeli, Middle-Eastern and Sephardic (Judeo-Spanish) music. The group has been performing in the southwest area for concerts, festivals, dance events, and weddings/bar mitzvahs since 1992.

The Rebbe's Orkestra:

Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb - Nationally acclaimed story-telling, percussion (doumbek, riq, snare drum/high hat/jam blocks-and more), and vocals.

Barbara Friedman - Electric bass, Macedonian tambura, and vocals.

Randy Edmunds – Guitar, Macedonian tambura, and vocals.

Beth Cohen – violin, mandolin, bowed psaltery, penny whistle, and vocals.

"Spanning styles from klezmer to Israeli and Middle Eastern to Sephardic, The Rebbe's Orkestra perform a lively set, infused with a respect for tradition as well as a playful sense of humor and joyousness that erases many of the stigmas attached to 'world music'." Michael Henningson, Music Editor, Weekly Alibi

"...The group [Rebbe's Orkestra] went on to play Middle-Eastern music, including an Iraqi melody. For an instant I believed peace was possible." Demetria Martinez, for National Catholic Reporter

"Thank you for helping to make our wedding a truly festive and special celebration!"

"...I just want to thank you for the incredible music of the Rebbe's Orkestra...it added to a delightful day. A delightful day!... Another member of my Klezmer/Celtic group also enjoyed your group and the Rabbi's antics so much." Gary Libman, Placitas, NM

"Thank you so much for the lively mood and simcha you brought our wedding. We all had a great time dancing. A special thanks to Rabbi Lynn for leading the dance, to Randy for the extra help with the PA, and to Beth for coordinating everything and working with us to make sure we could have such a magical evening with you all."

Zoyres, San Francisco, CA, Dec 11

Saturday December 11th 8pm
Zoyres Eastern European Wild Ferment and Michael Musika
3248 22nd Street at Bartlett (between Valencia and Mission
Streets), in the Mission District

"Michael Musika sings songs, plays the guitar, dances the dance,
and is in general a ghostly purveyor of the vaudeville art. He has
been married many nights beneath the stars and shot at close
range by a child sized rifle but never on the same date. Once,
while mistakenly making out with a millionaire's mistress in a
museum of natural history, he heard the word of god. This
dinosaur giggled with glee."

Yale Strom and Hot Pstromi, NYC, Dec 11

A Joyous Chanukah Celebration
With Music and Stories from a Never-Vanquished World!

In 1981, Yale Strom gave up his plans for law school, bought a one-way ticket to the Eastern Bloc and spent a year searching for klezmer music among the vibrant and resilient Jewish communities that were virtually unknown in the West. As the world's leading ethnographer-artist of klezmer music, Yale Strom has since traveled to Eastern Europe over 65 times. But before all the books, the CD's and the films, there was that very first, life-affirming trip...

Yale Strom & Hot Pstromi
Perform freylekhe klezmer and Yiddish songs and share moments from "A Wandering Feast: A Journey Through the Jewish Culture of Eastern Europe" by Yale Strom with Elizabeth Schwartz (Jossey-Bass)

Saturday, December 11th at 8 p.m.
B'Nai Jeshurun Synagogue
257 W. 88th Street (between Broadway & WEA)
Tickets & Info: (212) 787-7600,
order online: www.bj.org

Jewltide II, Brooklyn, NY, Dec 11

event logoJDub Records and Brooklyn Jews Present
Jewltide II
Saturday, December 11 at Southpaw in Brooklyn

Celebrate the festival of light and fried foods with the JDub and Brooklyn Jews crews at Jewltide II on Saturday, December 11. Following last year's hugely successful and sold-out Jewltide event, this year's line up features:

  • DJ Thundergod AKA Brian from Guster
  • Frank London (of Klezmatics and LL Cool J fame)'s Brazilian Brass Allstars
  • Klezmer-Hip Hop maestro So Called
  • Sufi-inspired Persian-American urban roots chanteuse Haale.

If you don't have a tree, you don't have an excuse*.

Saturday, December 11, 8PM
Southpaw, 125 5th Ave, Park Slope, BROOKLYN
$10 advance tickets at ticketweb.com / $12 at the door
$1 Brooklyn Lager / Free Donuts, Dreidels and Gelt

Co-sponsored by Heeb Magazine and Brooklyn Brewery and made possible through a grant from UJA- Federation of New York.

*Please note: Even if you have a tree, you don't really have an excuse. Its not even Christmas yet.

Golem, Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad, Boston, Dec 11

Golem singers consider HannukahSaturday December 11th
Golem in Boston!
HOT LATKES
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
617-562-8814

Even Arafat is hanging on to catch this show. Two of NYC favorites are coming together for one fabulous show in Beantown. The curse is reversed and time for us New Yawkers get over it and what better place to do it but in the heart of it all. Come get your dreidal on with the sexiest yids around.

"Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad? is a refreshing mix of comedy, music, spoken-word and show-stopping burlesque, told by the gals who learned to smoke at Hebrew School, got drunk at their Bat-Mitzvahs and would rather have more schtuppa than the chupah. These badass chosen chicks boldldare to deconstruct years of tradition, expectations and guilt in a fast-paced vaudeville extravaganza, complete with kick lines, pasties and a rendition of "L'chaim" with a fist in the mouth. This ain't yo' mama's "Fiddler".

It ain't your grandma's either. Young, hip widely acclaimed New York-based Klezmer/Rock band GOLEM (named after the legendary Jewish Frankenstein of Prague) transforms the music of its Jewish grandparents, making it modern, edgy, sexy and brash. GOLEM has infused the World Music scene with a breath of fresh air from Eastern Europe. Their explosive onstage attitude gets Klezmer to rock. Fronted by Annette Ezekiel - bandleader, accordionist and singer - as well as madcap vocalist Aaron Diskin and violin virtuoso Alicia Jo Rabins, the band's six members create GOLEM's powerfully vibrant sound.

"Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad" began last year at a sold out event at NYC's Joe's Pub celebrating Heeb Magazine's 3rd issue release. Hosted by comedian/chanteuse The Goddess Perlman and featuring the very best of J-girl talent around, this show has been wowing sold-out crowds in NYC, Philadelphia, DC, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Madison, Detroit, Montreal, Burlington, Provincetown, the Berkshires, the Hamptons and of course the Catskills.

Golem has been working it too. They just released their new CD, "Homesick Songs," just in time for Chanukah. "Homesick Songs" is a Jewish party in a box. Including updated versions of Yiddish chestnuts and lesser known tunes, all love songs to the towns of Eastern Europe, "Homesick Songs will wake the golem itself. From Lincoln Center's Damrosch Park to the rock clubs of the Lower East Side, Golem seduces audiences of Klezmer fans and rockers alike.

This is a very special and unique show, even if you are not Jewish, you'll have a great time watching those crazy yids work it. It's almost like being be a M.O.T* for the night without the guilt, nagging mother and 10 hour seders. What better way to spend Chanukah than rockin' your roots with Golem and Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad??

Estelle Goldfarb, Los Hoodios, Paris, France, Dec 11

Estelle Goldfarb avec Los Hoodios : les 12/11/2004 à la Scène Bastille et le 12/12/2004 au Café de la Danse (Paris)

Hip Hop Hoodios, Paris, FR, Dec 11

concert posterHip Hop Hoodios
The Latino-Jewish urban music collective will play in Paris, on:

december 11, 2004
La scene Bastille (www.la-scene.com)

december 12, 2004
venue: Le Cafe de la Danse
(www.chez.com/cafedeladanse)

price: 17€/12€

For further info:
JuMu
tel: (33-1) 58 30 80 14
Paris, France
www.jumu.fr

SEPHARDIC CD LAUNCH Melbourne Australia, Dec 11

December Sat. 11th 8.15pm
SOLELUNA CD LAUNCH ,THE BOITE World Music Cafe
World music - Sephardic / Spanish Jewish / Jazz
Members of SpielAzoi, Klezmeritis, Adana, Gong
Sarah Mandie - vocals (ladino and english)
Harry Williamson - guitars
Ernie Gruner - violin, viola, mandolin
Kate Neal - recorders
Martin MacKerras - clarinet
Karen Berger - percussion (CD with Tunji Bayer)
www.boite.asn.au Mark St Hall, Nth Fitzroy

Fireflies, County Kerry, Ireland, Dec 11

The Fireflies - comprising Fiona Ashley on clarinet and flute, and Ruti Lachs on piano accordion and voice. Performance of Klezmer and other world musics, and original songs.

Saturday December 11th 2004 8.30pm
Tech Amergin, Waterville Arts Centre, County Kerry, Ireland
Further information E-mail Ruti Lachs.

Channe Nussbaum & DuoJazz, Copenhagen, Denmark, Dec 11

Channe Nussbaum & DuoJazz
Lørdag d. 11 december kl. 21
Christianshavns Beboerhus,
Dronningensgade 34, 1420 København K,
Telefon: 32 57 88 18.

Hør danske klassiskere og kendte jazzstards fortolket af sangerinden Channe Nussbaum, der sammen med Guitaristen Jakob Holm og kontrabassisten Thomas Platz byder velkommen til en hyggelig aften med livemusik på Christianshavns Beboerhus, lørdag den 11. december kl. 21. Musikken er velspillet, stemingen afslappet og vi garanterer, at man her undgår julesangene.

Channe Nussbaum synger til dagligt jødisk kletzmermusik med Spielniks og Trio Klezmer, og har tidligere sunget jazz med blandt andet Majken og Fjeldtetten.

Jakob Holm har begået flere jazzudgivelser i eget navn, blandt andet med bassisten Marc Johnson og trommeslageren Anders Mogensen.

Thomas Platz har spillet bas i mange forskellige sammenhænge, både klassisk og rytmisk, og har indspillet flere CDer med Harry Lime.

Margot Leverett and the Klezmer Mountain Boys, Rosendale, NY, Dec 11

band publicity photoKlezmer Mountain Boys trio (Margot, Kenny, and Joe)
Saturday, December 11
9pm
Rosendale Cafe
434 Main St.
Rosendale, NY
(845) 658-9048
www.RosendaleCafe.com

Matisyahu, Montreal, Canada, Dec 11

matisyahu logoMatisyahu
12/11
Montreal, Canada
Shomrim Laboker Center
6410 Westbury
ALL AGES $5

December 12, 2004

Metropolitan Klezmer, NYC, Dec 12

band photoMetropolitan Klezmer
FREE Hanuka shows
World Financial Center, in the lovely tropical atrium of the Winter Garden, Battery Park City, NYC
Sunday, December 12 & Tuesday, December 14 12 noon - 1:30pm each day

North of Boston Klezmer Jam, Cambridge, MA, Dec 12

Sunday, December 12th at 12:30pm join us for another splendid NOB
klez jam in Cambridge, MA.

For details, directions, email Vlad Liberman.
The website is www.gis.net/~vovka0.
See you all there,

Lox & Vodka, Washington, DC, Dec 12

Chanukah Celebration - December 12th

Lox & Vodka is pleased to have been invited back to the Chevy Chase Pavilion for its Chanukah Celebration, the first shopping entity in the greater Washington, DC area to have a day devoted exclusively to the celebration of Chaunkah!

Join us for food, fun, shopping and of course, great music! Sunday, December 12, 1:00-3:30 at 5335 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Washington, DC right over the red line, Friendship Heights Station!

Yehuda!, Boston, MA, Dec 12

NCSY's Chanukah Concert featuring Yehuda! on Sunday December 12, 2004. This is a wonderful event for the whole family and a great opportunity to show our support of the fantastic work NCSY does for Jewish teens from all backgrounds throughout New England. Sponsorship and advertising opportunities are available.

The concert takes place at Boston University's Morse Auditorium located at 602 Commonwealth Avenue. The concert will start at 1:00pm.

The internationally-renowned Jewish music artist performs at an event benefiting Jewish teens. Tickets are $18, with advance reserved parking available for an additional $10. For tickets or information, call 617-254-6279, or visit www.nerncsy.org

Debbie Friedman, Boston, MA, Dec 12

Debbie Friedman performs as part of the Herbert M. Karol Music Program Sunday, December 12, 1:30 p.m. Temple Israel, 477 Longwood Avenue, Boston

Lift up your voices in song with celebrated American Jewish composer, singer and recording artist Debbie Friedman, one of the most sought-after Jewish entertainers in the world today. Her beautiful voice and soulful melodies make for a magical live performance. Open seating. Tickets are $18 for adults and $7 for children under 17. For reservations and ticket information, contact Marie Williams at 617-566-3960 ext. 153 or visit www.tisrael.org/about_us/sesquicentennial

Yiddish Puppet Show, the Bronx, NYC, Dec 12

In "Sholem Aleichem Kutlur-tsenter" in Bronx, vet men forshteln di
khanike lyialke-shpil - "Alts tsulib a latke" -
fun Beyle Gottesman.
Es veln zikh bateylikn - Henekh Carey, Perl Teitelbaum, Nekhome
Socolov, Itzik Gottesman, Beyle Gottesman, Shane Baker. Di muziker
veln zayn: Arun Vishwanath un Anshl Matthews.
Zuntik, dem 12tn detsember 1:30 bay tog (nisht 12:30 vi es shteyt in
"Forverts" anonts!). Me vet esn latkes, zingen khanike-lider un Itzik
Gottesman vet redn vegn khanike-minhogim.
3301 Bainbridge Avenue. rog - 208te gas.
Fort mit der "D" ban biz 205te gas-stantsye oder mit der "4" ban miz
Mosholu Parkway- stantsye.
Kumt ale farbrengen lekoved khanike!
informatsye: 718-231-1416


This Sunday December 12 at 1:30 PM at the Sholem Aleichem Culture
Center in the Bronx, come to a rare presentation of the Khanike
puppet show.
"Alts tsulib a latke" (On account of a Latke) by Beyle Gottesman.
In the cast: Henry Carrey, Paula Teitelbaum, Shane Baker, Emily
Socolov, Itzik Gottesman, Beyle Gottesman.
Musicians: Arun Viswanath and Alan Matthews.
3301 Bainbridge Avenue, corner 208th st.
Take the D train to 205th st or 4 train to Mosholu Parkway.
information: 718-231-1416

Strauss-Warschauer Duo, Brooklyn, NY, Dec 12

The Strauss/Warschauer Duo will be presenting a special Hanukkah concert tomorrow (Sunday) at 2:00 PM at the Brooklyn Public Library Central Division (Grand Army Plaza). Free and open to the public. The concert will take place in the 2nd floor auditorium. For more information call 718.230.2100

"A Life of Joy, a Life of Peace": Klezmer, Yiddish and Hasidic Songs and Music by the Strauss/Warschauer Duo Deborah Strauss and Jeff Warschauer of the Strauss/Warschauer Duo bring universal themes to life in this lively and moving music performance.

Deborah Strauss and Jeff Warschauer are two of the most astonishing and popular performers and teachers in the international klezmer and Yiddish music scene. They were both long-time members of the Klezmer Conservatory Band, and have performed with violinist Itzhak Perlman on film and in concert. As the Strauss/Warschauer Duo, they have performed to overwhelming acclaim in such diverse venues as the Philadelphia Folk Festival, the Jewish Culture Festival in Cracow, and the Folksbiene Yiddish Theater in New York City.

Shirim, Ellen Kushner perform 'The Golden Dreydl', Plymouth, MA, Dec 12

album coverShirim Klezmer Orchestra is making a rare trip to Ohio this weekend to perform our "Golden Dreydl" show with public radio's "Sound & Spirit" host Ellen Kushner. We will have all of our CDs with us, including the brand new "Pincus & the Pig" and "Mayse" CDs.

Dec. 12, 2004, 2pm
Congregation Beth Jacob
8 Mount Pleasant St., Plymouth, MA
"The Golden Dreydl" with Ellen Kushner
508-746-3181 for info and tickets

Here is a more complete description of "The Golden Dreydl:"

Public Radio's "Sound & Spirit" host Ellen Kushner and Shirim perform their award-winning Chanukah special. "The Golden Dreydl: a Klezmer Nutcracker" is a Chanukah-inspired fantasy-adventure tale: Tchaikovsky meets Harry Potter and they go to a Jewish wedding! Kushner's enchanting storytelling is woven into a live musical performance of Shirim's ingenious klezmer adaptations of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite. The whole family will enjoy this multifaceted performance: a new twist on an old favorite. Kushner and Shirim have created a brand-new retelling of an old tale: Sara is a little girl with a problem: she hates the annual family Chanukah party! But when a mysterious party guest gives her the gift of a golden dreydl, Sara is catapulted into a magical world of demons and fools, sorcerers and sages.

Cantors and Choirs, NYC, Dec 12

CITY CANTORS AND CHOIRS SPARK CHANUKAH SONG

Over 250 adults and children will join in song at 3 P.M., Sunday, December 12, 2004 as Congregation Rodeph Sholom of Manhattan hosts a unique Festival of Choirs to celebrate the Chanukah season. The fifth annual concert will feature Cantor Rebecca Garfein, Senior Cantor of Congregation Rodeph Sholom and Cantor Jennifer Frost, Associate Cantor, as well as cantors and choirs from all over New York City. Congregation Rodeph Sholom is located at 7 West 83rd Street off of Central Park West in Manhattan. A Festival of Choirs is free of charge and open to the entire community. For more information about this concert, please call (212) 362-8800, ext. 1337.

Klezmer Mountain Boys Trio, Bridgeport, CT, Dec 12

band publicity photoKlezmer Mountain Boys trio (Margot, Kenny, and Joe)
Sunday, December 12
5pm
Acoustic Cafe
2926 Fairfield Ave.
Bridgeport CT
(203) 335-FOLK (3655)
www.acousticafe.com

KlezSka, NYC, Dec 12

KlezSka logoKlezSka! Klezmer/Ska Music
Special Chanuka show
5pm
Admission $10 Adults/ $5 Children Under 12

:::::: S A T A L L A ::::::
37 West 26th St. NYC
:::: 212.576.1155 :::::
Satalla.com :::: home

Klezska! combines Klezmer/Jewish/Israeli/Mediterranean & Original melodies with traditional Old School Ska/Rock Steady & Reggae rhythms and arrangements. The music is very jazzy in the sense that the musicians take a lot of creative solos and improvisations while the powerful beat and rhythms of the Ska, Rock-Steady & Reggae keeps you moving. It's music for your head and your feet.

Estelle Goldfarb, Hip Hop Hoodios, Paris, France, Dec 12

Estelle Goldfarb avec Los Hoodios : les 12/11/2004 à la Scène Bastille et le 12/12/2004 au Café de la Danse (Paris)

Israeli Folkdance Hanukah Party, NYC, Dec 12

Sunday Dec. 12 @ 7pm
Annual Israeli Folkdance Hanukah Party. Our biggest party of the year with live music played by the Rikuday Dor Rishon Ensemble, sufganiot plus other Hanukah goodies and special guests.

Contribution: $10
Brought to you by Rikuday Dor Rishon
At Bridge for Dance 2726 Broadway @ 104 St.

Tel: 917-207-0093;
www.rikud.net
E-mail Rikuday Dor Rishon.

Chanukah party with klezmer and dancing, Toronto, Canada, Dec 12

Helen Winkler will be teaching & leading some Yiddish dance at this event featuring the POMEGRANATE Klezmer Band:

Channukah party

December 12th 2004
Doors open at 7:30
Show starts at 8:00pm
Presented by The Mariposa Folk Foundation
and the Flying Cloud Folk Club
@ theThe Tranzac Club
(292 Brunswick ~ east of Bathurst & Bloor street)
folk Phone 416-410-3655
come feel the heat...
taste the oil of justice & liberation...
shake your tush...
for the festival of light
General admission$14/Mariposa & Flying Cloud Members $12

Hip Hop Hoodios, Paris, FR, Dec 12

concert posterHip Hop Hoodios
The Latino-Jewish urban music collective will play in Paris, on:

december 11, 2004
La scene Bastille (www.la-scene.com)

december 12, 2004
venue: Le Cafe de la Danse
(www.chez.com/cafedeladanse)

price: 17€/12€

For further info:
JuMu
tel: (33-1) 58 30 80 14
Paris, France
www.jumu.fr

Chanukah Concert, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Dec 12

Amsterdam Synagogue Choir &
Cantor Moshe Haschel

Chanukah Concert in Amsterdam

12 and 13 Deceber 2004, 20.15
Concertgebouw Amsterdam
Sales: +31 (0)20 671.83.45

On Sunday 12 and Monday 13 December 2004, the
Amsterdam Synagogue Choir will present a festive and
varied Chanukah concert at the famous Concertgebouw
recital hall in Amsterdam!

Cantor Moshe Haschel from London will perform as guest
soloist, and a monumental Chanukah Menorah from the
collection of the Jewish Historical Museum in
Amsterdam will be kindled.

The choir will perform the brilliant, romantic
synagogue music by the Dutch-Jewish composers Aron
Wolff Berlijn (1817-1870) and Victor Schlesinger
(1885-1939). Cantor Haschel will present a recital
from his own repertoire. Last but not least, the
Sarphati ensemble will play pieces by Shostakovich and
Beethoven with a Jewish theme.

Regular tickets cost EUR 25. Students can buy tickets
for the Monday evening concert for only EUR 15 through
the Box Office of the Concertgebouw, if they show
their students' card.

For more information, go to:
www.ask-choir.org/concert/

Tribute to Koussevitzky, NYC, Dec 12

A Tribute to Chazzan Moshe Koussevitzky

December 12, 2004 - 8:15 pm at Lincoln Center

Join thousands of Chazzanos lovers from around the world as we pay tribute to one of the greatest Chazzonim whoever graced our shores. This evening promises to be a unique experience.

For more information or to purchase tickets call 718-851- 3226 or check out our website at www.cantorsworld.com.

December 13, 2004

Yiddish song and klezmer, Vienna, Austria, Dec 13

"Yidl mitn fidl" - concert with
Shmuel Barzilai - chief cantor of the Jewish Community Vienna,
Roman Grinberg - well known yiddish singer and entertainer,
Eliah Magalnyk - one of the best klezmer accordion players in the world (coming from Israel especially for this event)
Leon Rothman - violin (also from Israel)

Dec. 13, 2004,
Theater Akzent, Vienna/Austria

Tickets at www.akzent.at

Celebrate Hip Hop, Los Angeles, Dec 13

Knitting Factory Hollywood
presents
The HOLLYWOOD STAR CHANUKAH BASH

Celebrate Hip Hop: Jewish Artists From Around the World CD release party.

Featuring:

Hip-hop/afro-beat artist MC HY
Leo Plays Klezmer with Leo Chelyapov
Sephardic Singer Stefani Valadez
Singer-songwriter Todd Herzog
plus a special on-stage jam with Leo Chelyapov and MC HY!!

Chanukah Lighting, words of wisdom by Rabbi David Wolpe + delicious
Sufganiot to celebrate the 7th night of Chanukah!

$10 at the door
Show starts at 7:30
Knitting Factory LA
7021 Hollywood Bl, Suite 209
Hollywood, CA

Pharaoh's Daughter, NYC, Dec 13

Pharaoh's Daughter
Plays 7th night of Chanukah
Monday, Dec. 13th 8p.m.

CENTRAL SYNAGOGUE Main auditorium
123 E.55th @ Lexington Ave.

$12

www.oyhoo.com for more info.. and more events in the city for chanukah

cello, violin, recorders, loops, vocals, percussion, dance, bass, drums, oud, guitar, keyboards,

Chanukah Concert, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Dec 13

Amsterdam Synagogue Choir &
Cantor Moshe Haschel

Chanukah Concert in Amsterdam

12 and 13 Deceber 2004, 20.15
Concertgebouw Amsterdam
Sales: +31 (0)20 671.83.45

On Sunday 12 and Monday 13 December 2004, the
Amsterdam Synagogue Choir will present a festive and
varied Chanukah concert at the famous Concertgebouw
recital hall in Amsterdam!

Cantor Moshe Haschel from London will perform as guest
soloist, and a monumental Chanukah Menorah from the
collection of the Jewish Historical Museum in
Amsterdam will be kindled.

The choir will perform the brilliant, romantic
synagogue music by the Dutch-Jewish composers Aron
Wolff Berlijn (1817-1870) and Victor Schlesinger
(1885-1939). Cantor Haschel will present a recital
from his own repertoire. Last but not least, the
Sarphati ensemble will play pieces by Shostakovich and
Beethoven with a Jewish theme.

Regular tickets cost EUR 25. Students can buy tickets
for the Monday evening concert for only EUR 15 through
the Box Office of the Concertgebouw, if they show
their students' card.

For more information, go to:
www.ask-choir.org/concert/

Columbia U Series on Klezmer Music and Yiddish Song, NYC, Dec 13

The Columbia University Series on Klezmer Music and Yiddish Song Presents Three Monday Evening Events on November 22, November 29 and December 13, 2004, 8:00 PM

Curated by Deborah Strauss and Jeff Warschauer of the Strauss/Warschauer Duo, this series is dedicated to presenting performances and lectures that reflect the finest current research and creativity in the fields of klezmer music and Yiddish song.

The series closes on December 13 with THE COLUMBIA KLEZMER BAND AND THE STRAUSS/WARSCHAUER DUO: Concert and Dance Party, featuring traditional and original klezmer music and Yiddish songs, followed by dance instruction and a dance party.

All three events will take place at Deutsches Haus, 420 West 116th Street (between Amsterdam Avenue and Morningside Drive) in New York City.

For more information, please contact Jeff Warschauer at 718 399-1147

MONDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2004, 8 PM

THE COLUMBIA KLEZMER BAND AND THE STRAUSS/WARSCHAUER DUO: Concert and Dance Party

Join us for an evening of traditional and original klezmer music and Yiddish songs, followed by dance instruction and a dance party.

The Columbia Klezmer Band is a group of talented musicians from Columbia University who have come together to study and perform traditional klezmer music. Founded in 2000, the Columbia Klezmer Band has performed in many cities throughout the Northeast, in venues ranging from Columbia's Rennert Hall to Rockefeller Center's Rainbow Room. The CKB has performed for concerts, festivals, dance parties, fundraisers, and other celebrations.

December 14, 2004

Ensemble M'chaiya(tm), Chicago, IL, Dec 14

A Klezmer, Yiddish, & Sephardic Chanukah Lunchtime Concert with the Ensemble M'chaiya(tm), Tuesday, December 14th from 12:00 Noon to 1:00 PM at Chicago's Cultural Center, 78 East Washington St. The event is free. For more information about the event call Devon de Mayo (312) 744-1183.

Metropolitan Klezmer, NYC, Dec 14

band photoMetropolitan Klezmer
FREE Hanuka shows
World Financial Center, in the lovely tropical atrium of the Winter Garden, Battery Park City, NYC
Sunday, December 12 & Tuesday, December 14 12 noon - 1:30pm each day

Klezmer Trio Chanukkah celebration+workshop, Melbourne Australia, Dec 14

December Tue. 14th 6.30 - 8pm
Klezmer Trio performing at
Chanukkah celebrations
Federation Square, Melbourne City

December Tue.14th 8.30pm
ERNIE'S KLEZMER WORKSHOP / SESSION
Rechabite Hall, Northcote
Bookings Essential 9386 7108
www.erniegruner.com/ernie.html

Sway Machinery, NYC, Dec 14

The Sway Machinery will be playing at a party being produced by the Mima'amakim Journal at the Sidewalk Cafe (94 Ave A, corner of E. 6th Street) on Tues, Dec. 14th. It will be a late night hang out: we'll be starting around 11PM.

December 15, 2004

Sway Machinery, NYC, Dec 15

The Sway Machinery will join Storahtelling once again for a Chanukah After-Party

LIGHT & SWEET: JEW REVUE II

Wednesday December 15, 2004, 7 P.M.
Celebrate the Festival of Lights with a night of radical Jewish performance art from Downtown New York and beyond! This Hanukkah, light up the night with Rebbetzin Hadassah Gross and special guests Neshama Carlebach and David Morgan, Basya Schechter and Daphna Mor of Pharaoh's Daughter, Tracey Erin Smith (a.k.a. The Burning Bush), Adam Shechter and the Light & Sweet House Band, THE SWAY MACHINERY.

At the Museum of Jewish Heritage
36 Battery Place, NYC
$15 adults, $12 seniors, $10 members/students
Advanced reservations recommended - 646.437.4202
www.storahtelling.org

Happy Chanukah!

Margot Leverett, Klezmer Jam, Astoria, Queens, NYC, Dec. 15

Wednesday, Dec. 15: A FREE monthly klezmer jam session, hosted by clarinetist Margot Leverett, is held at Astoria Center of Israel, 27-35 Crescent Street, Astoria (N or W to 30th Ave) , 7:30-9:30 pm. All levels welcome, feel free to come listen, play or dance! (718) 278-2680.

Visit the center's new website http://www.astoriacenter.org/

"Margot Leverett plays virtuoso klezmer clarinet!" Philadelphia Enquirer

December 16, 2004

NEC Jewish Music Ensemble, Boston, MA, Dec 16

The NEC Jewish Music ensemble is playing a concert on Thursday, December 16th at the New England Conservatory.

The FREE Concert will feature two of Hankus Netsky's Ensembles, the Jewish Music Ensemble and the Charles Ives Ensemble. It's in Room G01 of the St. Butolph building, 241 St. Botolph St. (around the corner from Jordan Hall), for directions.

Open choir rehearsal, Munich, Germany, Dec 16

The orthodox Jewish community in Munich has just started the first orthodox synagogue choir in Germany since the second world war. Our premier was this last Rosh Hashana in which our 10 voice all-male choir sang exclusively chazzanut according the Yekkish Chazzanut style. It is our goal to revive the great traditions of the pre-war Chazzanut traditions of composers like Kirschner, Löwenstamm, Kohn, and Schalit to name a few.

Below please find an inviation to an open rehearsal scheduled for 16 December in Munich's Community Center. Please feel free to pass this information to anyone you feel might be interested in this initiative (professional or amateur, as indicated in the invitation).

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Einladung
des Synagogenchors der
Israelitische Kultusgemeinde München und Oberbayern

Liebe Freunde,
Ermutigt durch die gute Resonanz auf unsere Bemühungen zu den Hohen Feiertagen möchten wir unseren Synagogen-Chor stärken. Gesucht werden Männer zwischen 6 und 120, die sich für eine der ehrenvollsten Aufgaben in der Synagoge begeistern lassen wollen: Sie können dabei sein, wenn wir gemeinsam eine historisch bedeutende Zeit erleben, in der wir als erste orthodoxe Gemeinde in Deutschland vorkriegstraditionelle kantorale Gesänge wieder in den Gottesdienst einführen und pflegen.

  • Sie brauchen hierfür nicht viel über die jüdische Tradition wissen.

  • Sie brauchen hierfür nicht Hebräisch lesen können.

  • Sie brauchen hierfür nicht über den G-ttesdienst-Ablauf Bescheid zu wissen.

  • Sie brauchen hierfür nicht religiös sein.

  • Sie brauchen hierfür nicht einmal Musiknoten lesen können.

  • Eins aber müssen sie können - singen!

Alle Interessenten laden wir herzlich ein,
am Donnerstag, dem 16. Dezember 2004, um 20.00 Uhr
im Gemeindesaal der IKG, Reichenbachstrasse 27, 2. Stock,
an einer Chorprobe teilzunehmen.

Wenn Sie Interesse an einer Mitarbeit haben, zu diesem Termin jedoch verhindert sind, melden Sie sich bitte baldmöglichst bei Yaron Shmuel Franz unter 089/68002641. Wir freuen uns auf Sie!!

Sollten sich unter Ihnen interessierte professionelle Sänger finden, die sicher vom Blatt singen können, wenden Sie sich bitte mit ihrem Curriculum Vitae ­ in Deutsch oder Englisch - direkt an unseren musikalischen Leiter, Herrn Mehler unter der Adresse

B. J. Mehler
Postbus 17154
NL - 1001 JD Amsterdam

Beyond the Pale w/Toronto Philharmonia, Toronto, Canada, Dec. 16

album coverBeyond the Pale and the Toronto Philharmonia
George Weston Recital Hall
Toronto Centre for the Arts
5040 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario
8 PM.

Beyond The Pale has emerged as one of the most exciting ensembles in Canadian klezmer, folk and world music. Rooted firmly in the spirit and forms of klezmer, the group flirts with elements of eastern- European folk styles (Romanian, Roma, Balkan) as well as modern and North American styles to forge a unique and contemporary sound. The new recording follows their critically-acclaimed first release, "Routes" (2001) and is imbued with the an energy only found in live stage performance. Beyond The Pale was founded in Toronto in 1998 by Eric Stein. The band members have widely-varying musical back- grounds and influences that range from jazz, classical, to new music, folk, to latin and beyond. Besides Stein on mandolin and cimbalom, the band features, Martin van de Ven (clarinet), Bogdan Djukic (violin), Milos Popovic (accordion), and Bret Higgins (bass).

Sharon Jan Bernstein, Yiddish Song, San Francisco, CA, Dec 16

YIDDISH PIANO BAR
With Sharon Jan Bernstein

The popular Yiddish song - from Broadway, bars and the by-ways of the Old and New Worlds—comes alive at the Yiddish piano bar. Bernstein moves across musical genres, from the blues to cabaret, mixing the sacred and the secular, poetry with everyday life. This program combines performance, commentary and opportunities to sing along.

Thursdays, 11/18, 12/16 (2 sessions)
8:00 - 9:30 pm
Per session: M $10 | P $12
Jewish Community Center of San Francisco
3200 California St., San Francisco
415 292 1200

Co-sponsored with the JCCSF's Friend Center for the Arts

Sharon Jan Bernstein lived in New York, Jerusalem and Italy before moving to San Francisco. One of the most appealing new voices of Yiddish song, she has presented solo concerts in Europe, Israel and the US, and often performs in a piano bar version, notably at the Yung YiDish club in Jerusalem. She has taught Yiddish song workshops in Jerusalem and in Vilna, as part of the Vilnius Summer Yiddish Program. Her repertoire comprises less known or never performed songs, such as those kept in the manuscripts of the Noy Collection (Jerusalem) or the new compositions of Beyle Schaechter Gottesman, organized according to subtle and intriguing thematic threads. Her work has been featured on radio and TV in Israel, Italy and the US. Her "delightfully clear voice" (J. Pinnolis, jmwc.org) can be heard in the recently released Af Di Gasn Fun Der Shtot (On the streets of the city), a new collection of Yiddish songs written by Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman (2003). Since 2003, she has been the hazzan of Congregation Beth Sholom in San Francisco.

December 18, 2004

Jewish Drum Circle, Evanston, IL, Dec 18

The Mitziut Jewish Drum Circle will be doing live Shiviti drumming at Beth Emet, 1224 Dempster, Evanston, Illinois Saturday night 12/18 at 8 PM as a lead-in to the Rebbesoul concert at 8:30 (www.kfarcenter.com for Rebbesoul tickets/ info) and as part of Beth Emet's Jewish spirituality weekend (www.bethemet.org). Those of you in the Chicago area who've wanted to check us out in a live setting this is your chance. Audience participation (drumming, singing, dancing) is encouraged.

Isle of Klezbos, Berkeley Heights, NJ, Dec 18

band photoIsle of Klezbos
Saturday, December 18
8pm, $15
Sanctuary Concerts series, at the Union Village Methodist Church,
1130 Mountain Ave, Berkeley Heights, NJ
www.sanctuaryconcerts.org
The powerhouse all-woman klezmer sextet, plus opening act Deb Pasternak; two Klezbos sets!
Tickets are available online or at the door day-of-show.

"These women will make you shake your tushies!" - Village Voice

KlezMerovitz, Calgary, Canada, Dec 18

KlezMerovitz to play Festival of Light concert at Ironwood Stage and Grill

Saturday, December 18 2004

Calgary-based klezmer/yiddish and world music ensemble KlezMerovitz, featuring the vocal talents of Allan Merovitz, will play a special concert at one of Calgary`s finest live music venues, the Ironwood Stage and Grill, on December 18th, 2004.

Klezmerovitz will perform special arrangements of some Chanukah-related repertoire, with a few musical surprises thrown in for good measure.

This will be an all ages show, so the younger folk are welcome. Admission is $10 and the show starts at 9 pm. The Ironwood is located at 1429 9 Ave S.E. in Inglewood. The Ironwood is also an excellent restaurant and the owner promises latkes on the menu that evening!

KlezMerovitz`s self-titled debut CD is now availalble and will be available at the show.

December 19, 2004

Art of Yiddish, Los Angeles, CA, Dec 19-25

This year, Make it a real holiday -
Come explore the riches of Yiddish culture -
Farbreng mit undz oyf yidish

The California Institute for Yiddish Culture & Language announces its
5th Annual Winter Yiddish Intensive:

The Art of Yiddish: A Bridge of Light Around the World
Di Kunst fun Yidish: A likht-brik arum der velt
December 19-25, Los Angeles (at Skirball Cultural Center)
www.yiddishinstitute.org
E-mail Yiddish Institute.

Come for the week, for a day (December 19), or attend individual cultural
events.

Take a crash course in Yiddish with some of the foremost (and most
beloved) instructors in the world:

Advanced: Itzhok Niborski (Director, Medem Bibliotheque, Paris)
Intermediate: Pesakh Fiszman (New York, London, Germany)
Advance Beginner: Sheva Zucker (Columbia/YIVO)
Beginner: Anna Gonshor (McGill University, Montreal)
Beginner: Yakov Basner (Los Angeles)

Attend presentations (in English) on our theme:

Dr. Sarah Moskovitz on "Treasures from the Ringelblum Archives of the Warsaw
Ghetto" (with dramatic readings by veteran Yiddish actor, Jacob Lewin.

Dr. David Shneer on "Yiddish and the Creation of Soviet Jewish Culture" and
"Holocaust Photography and the Soviet Yiddish Press"

Mark Smith on "A Bridge Across the Continents: Yiddish Book Dedications in
the 20th Century"

Sabell Bender on "Marc Chagall and the Moscow Yiddish Art Theater"

Prof. Itzhok Niborski (in Yiddish) presents three talks on "Yiddish Culture
in France and Argentina".

An evening of documentary film: "Nemt!" (The amazing Yiddish revival in
Vilna); and "Legacy" (Award-winning film about Yiddish-speaking colonists in
Argentina)

Yiddish Song and Dance Workshops with Deborah Strauss & Jeff Warschauer

December 25th Gala Benefit Concert featuring the incomparable
Theo Bikel, Mike Burstyn and the Strauss/Warschauer Duo

Make this your universal language; no matter where you go, red yidish -
speak Yiddish.

Free parking; free admission to the Einstein Exhibition on 12/23
Senior and Student discounts available.
Ask for information about inexpensive Hotel accommodations nearby with free
shuttle.

www.yiddishinstitute.org
E-mail Yiddish Institute.

This program is made possible with major support from
Simha Lainer
The Yablon Cultural Foundation

and is produced in association with
Skirball Cultural Center

Other sponsors:
Yiddishkayt Los Angeles
The Los Angeles Yiddish Culture Club

350 Years of Jews in America, Dobbs Ferry, NY, Dec 19

350 YEARS OF JEWS IN AMERICA CELEBRATED AT INTERACTIVE MUSEUM ON DECEMBER 19TH IN DOBBS FERRY

As part of the 350 year celebration of Jews in America, Greenburgh Hebrew Center in Dobbs Ferry, New York is presenting "GHC 350," a one day "Interactive Museum" exploring the roots of Jewish Life in the United States and Westchester County. The event will be held on December 19, 2004 from 12 noon to 4:00pm.

The event is open to the public. Admission is $5.00 per family. GHC is located at 515 Broadway in Dobbs Ferry. For more information or travel directions call (914) 693-4260 or visit their web site at www.g-h-c.org

GHC350 will show the diversity of Jewish American heritage in arts, culture, sciences and business while telling the story of how Jewish families made their way to the United States. "GHC 350" being organized by GHC members led by event coordinator, Betty Alvarez, who brings to the project her 30 years experience in the fine arts market.

The Greenburgh Hebrew Center is a traditional, Conservative egalitarian congregation with over 300 member families, serving the Rivertowns, Scarsdale, Hartsdale, White Plains, New Rochelle and Yonkers.

Friends - all are invited to a program at my shul this coming Sunday, December 19, from noon till 4. The whole thing is fascinating - as people were bringing in their artifacts for exhibit it was amazing to find out the old dude in the back row of morning minyan was a WWII fighter pilot, or the two women who discovered they had gone to camp together forty years ago when they showed up with the same yearbook.

But what's on-list about it is that we are presenting 3 musical acts from the Rivertown, reflecting a diversity of Jewish music by Jews, American music by Jews, Jewish-American music by Jewish-Americans etc.. The musical details are at the end of the press release, including the pieces to be performed, but here's the who's who:

Irene Steiner, soprano, with Linda Moot, piano. Irene sings concerts of Yiddish music in the metropolitan area, especially her own arrangements and compositions of the songs and poems of Mordechai Gebirtig. She was a member of the trio The Katsenshprung Singers, which performed an all Gebirtig concert at the Center for Jewish Culture in Krakow. Last month she performed Yiddish songs from the Lodz ghetto in a concert at St. John the Divine produced by the Interfaith Committee for Remembrance. Her most recent passion is for composing original Yiddish vocal music in classical art-song style, setting the poetry of Mordechai Gebirtig, Simcha Simchovitch, and Itsik Manger. Her musical settings of 12 Holocaust-era poems by Gebirtig recently won first prize in the Competition for Original Jewish Music.

Glatt Azoy is jewish-music-list lurker Alan Fendler, and jewish-music-list motormouth Roger Reid. With Alan on simple system flute and hurdy gurdy, and Roger on tsimbl, they will present a program of old time European tunes.

And the Gabelman, Lazar, Suchow, Neiditch Acappella Quartet are a talented set of high school and college age folks who have put together a broad program covering Israeli pop, American rock, and American swing.

Sruli and Lisa, NYC, Dec 19

Sruli Dresder and Lisa Mayer
Sunday evening, December 19
5PM
Satalla-- Temple of World Music
Klez-Sidic Dance Party! With Sruli and Lisa and friends
Fabulously beautiful and rare Hasidic nigunim with danceleading!

37 West 26th Street NYC
Tix: $12 plus two drink minimum
(info: 212-576-1155)

December 20, 2004

Art of Yiddish, Los Angeles, CA, Dec 19-25

This year, Make it a real holiday -
Come explore the riches of Yiddish culture -
Farbreng mit undz oyf yidish

The California Institute for Yiddish Culture & Language announces its
5th Annual Winter Yiddish Intensive:

The Art of Yiddish: A Bridge of Light Around the World
Di Kunst fun Yidish: A likht-brik arum der velt
December 19-25, Los Angeles (at Skirball Cultural Center)
www.yiddishinstitute.org
E-mail Yiddish Institute.

Come for the week, for a day (December 19), or attend individual cultural
events.

December 21, 2004

Art of Yiddish, Los Angeles, CA, Dec 19-25

This year, Make it a real holiday -
Come explore the riches of Yiddish culture -
Farbreng mit undz oyf yidish

The California Institute for Yiddish Culture & Language announces its
5th Annual Winter Yiddish Intensive:

The Art of Yiddish: A Bridge of Light Around the World
Di Kunst fun Yidish: A likht-brik arum der velt
December 19-25, Los Angeles (at Skirball Cultural Center)
www.yiddishinstitute.org
E-mail Yiddish Institute.

Come for the week, for a day (December 19), or attend individual cultural
events.

Robert Cohen lecture, New Haven, CT, Dec 21

350 logoTuesday, December 21st
American-Jewish Music Comes of Age
with Historian Robert Cohen

A journey in sound comprising reading and recordings from specific historical time periods: from American-bound ships to Ellis Island; from anthems to sweat shop songs; from lullabies and laments to the rollicking songs of the Yiddish theater.

This event is the third part of a 3 part series entitled:
Jewish-American Music.

$15 per lecture

Jewish Community Center of Greater New Haven
360 Amity Road, Woodbridge, CT 06525
Call Willa: 203-387-2522 x295

December 22, 2004

Art of Yiddish, Los Angeles, CA, Dec 19-25

This year, Make it a real holiday -
Come explore the riches of Yiddish culture -
Farbreng mit undz oyf yidish

The California Institute for Yiddish Culture & Language announces its
5th Annual Winter Yiddish Intensive:

The Art of Yiddish: A Bridge of Light Around the World
Di Kunst fun Yidish: A likht-brik arum der velt
December 19-25, Los Angeles (at Skirball Cultural Center)
www.yiddishinstitute.org
E-mail Yiddish Institute.

Zoyres, San Francisco, CA, Dec 22

Wednesday December 22nd 8pm
Zoyres Eastern European Wild Ferment
@ Simple Pleasures Café
3434 Balboa at 36th Avenue in the Richmond District

December 23, 2004

Art of Yiddish, Los Angeles, CA, Dec 19-25

This year, Make it a real holiday -
Come explore the riches of Yiddish culture -
Farbreng mit undz oyf yidish

The California Institute for Yiddish Culture & Language announces its
5th Annual Winter Yiddish Intensive:

The Art of Yiddish: A Bridge of Light Around the World
Di Kunst fun Yidish: A likht-brik arum der velt
December 19-25, Los Angeles (at Skirball Cultural Center)
www.yiddishinstitute.org
E-mail Yiddish Institute.

Sounds and Light, NYC, Dec 23

The Sound and Light Cinematic Duo (Merlin Shepherd/ clarinet, bass clarinet and Polina Shepherd / piano) are performing new and traditional Jewish music to accompany the Yuri Morozov Jewish Film Archive (Kiev).

23th December, 8 PM Makor Centre, 92nd St Y, New York, USA
www.makor.com

The films:
L’chaim, Dir A. Mietr and K. Ganzer, 1910 9 mins.
Sore’s Grief Dir A. Arkatov, 1913, 13 mins.
Jews and the Land, Dir. Abram Room, 1927, 17 mins.
Against Fathers’ Will (Mabul) Dir Evgeny Ivanov-Barkov, 1926, 43 mins.

The unique UK Premiere of the Yuri Morozov archive contains some of the earliest cinematic representations of east European Jewish communities and more. Black and White silent films as early as 1910 depict the Jews of Ukraine and their daily lives in both narrative and documentary forms. Many of these films have never been seen outside of Ukraine and some have not been screened for over 80 years.

Merlin and Polina Shepherd represent two nations although their families come from very close geographical locations. At the end of the 19th Century, Merlin’s great-grandparents emigrated from Ukraine and Romania to escape pogroms and seek a better world in the west. Polina’s grandparents escaped from the Sho’ah (Holocaust) by fleeing from Kiev/Odessa to Siberia. The different and yet vital sustenance of his western Jewish upbringing and her eastern one have brought them to a unique closeness in musical, creative and spiritual terms.

Their playing acts as the perfect foil for these amazing historic documents. With their deep training, musical experience and by using tradition musical pieces and stylistically accurate new compositions, these films are magically brought back to life almost a century after their first screenings.

By transportation backwards in time with this historically accurate visual and aural experience, these two world class musicians bring their audiences forward to a deeper understanding of present and latter day Yiddishkeit.

The world premiere of this programme took place in Kiev (20th, August, 2004)

This was a part of Klezfest Kiev, the leading yiddish folk arts programme in the Former Soviet Union. For more information klezmer.com.ua/events/events2003.php

December 24, 2004

Art of Yiddish, Los Angeles, CA, Dec 19-25

This year, Make it a real holiday -
Come explore the riches of Yiddish culture -
Farbreng mit undz oyf yidish

The California Institute for Yiddish Culture & Language announces its
5th Annual Winter Yiddish Intensive:

The Art of Yiddish: A Bridge of Light Around the World
Di Kunst fun Yidish: A likht-brik arum der velt
December 19-25, Los Angeles (at Skirball Cultural Center)
www.yiddishinstitute.org
E-mail Yiddish Institute.

Klezmer Party for Christmas Eve, Brooklyn, NY, Dec 24

Big Klezmer Party - Christmas Eve!!!
at Galapagos in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

7pm-10pm
Come Early - door prizes for the first 25 people

Christmas Eve
Klezmer Music Jamboree

At Galapagos, to be followed by everybodies' favorite Jewish Burlesque act, the Hannukah Hotties (at 10pm)!!!

Friday, December 24th
7pm
$5 (cheeep)
Galapagos Art Space
*70 North 6th Street
between Kent and Wythe
Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY 11211
718 782-5188*
www.galapagosartspace.com

The band features Village Klezmer Cafe Moto regulars
Jeff Perlman - clarinet
Jake Shulman-Ment - violin
Ben Holmes - trumpet

Plus
Jeanette Lewicki - accordion/vocals (Max & Minka, Zagnut Cirkus Orkestar)
Timothy Quigley - drums (Zagnut Cirkus Orkestar, Romashka)
Reuben Radding - bassist extraordinaire

and guest vocalist
Inna Barmash (Romashka)

"Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad", NYC, Dec 24

"NICE JEWISH GIRLS GONE BAD" FIRE UP FOR THE HOLIDAYS

nice jewish girlsDECEMBER 24th 8pm/10pm
CUTTING ROOM
19 W. 24th St. (btwn 5th-6th)
Ticket:$15
212-691-1900

The holidays are here again and the girls of "Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad" are back. Why try to score at the Matzo Ball when you can get down with the badass J-girls who take it off and leave you rolling in the aisles.

The last time we caught up with the "Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad" crew, they were tooling around the Northeast, spreading the love to places such as the Berkshires, the Catskills and Provincetown. Since then, the girls have not only gone international but also Midwestern...imagine that. To think how many East Village acts ever make it across 14th Street? And these broads were in the middle of Chicago, shopping at the Gap nonetheless. I know...it's mind- blowing.

So now the girls are back in the city for the night of yids, AKA Xmas Eve. The night will begin with a special happy hour featuring He'Brew Beer, the chosen brewski... After our brethren get sloshed, it's showtime! It's a night of comedy, music and burlesque, told by the gals who learned to smoke at Hebrew School, got drunk at their Bat-Mitzvahs and would rather have more schtuppa than the chupah. These badass chosen chicks boldly dare to deconstruct years of tradition, expectations and guilt in a fast-paced vaudeville extravaganza, complete with kick lines, punch lines and a rendition of "L'chaim" with a fist in the mouth. This ain't yo' mama's "Fiddler".

"Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad" celebrates its second annual Xmas Eve event. Last year's show was a sold sensation and this year promises to be just as spectacular, featuring the talent of comedians Ophira Eisenberg (Comedy Central), Rachel Feinstein (Comedy Central), Rena Zager (NBC), Cynthia Levin (Comedy Central), Sara Barron (Aspen Comedy Festival), singer/songwriter Michelle Citrin, Burlesque Superstars, Little Brooklyn and Miss Rose Wood and hosted by the Goddess Perlman. This show has been wowing sold-out crowds in NYC, Philadelphia, DC, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Madison, Detroit, Montreal, Burlington, Provincetown, the Berkshires, the Hamptons and of course the Catskills.

This is a very special and unique show, even if you are not Jewish, you' ll have a great time watching "those crazy yids" work it. It's almost like being be a M.O.T* for the night without the guilt, nagging mother and 10 hour seders. Get your dreidal on and get down.

*M.O.T-Member of the Tribe

December 25, 2004

Art of Yiddish, Los Angeles, CA, Dec 19-25

This year, Make it a real holiday -
Come explore the riches of Yiddish culture -
Farbreng mit undz oyf yidish

The California Institute for Yiddish Culture & Language announces its
5th Annual Winter Yiddish Intensive:

The Art of Yiddish: A Bridge of Light Around the World
Di Kunst fun Yidish: A likht-brik arum der velt
December 19-25, Los Angeles (at Skirball Cultural Center)
www.yiddishinstitute.org
E-mail Yiddish Institute.

Family and Community Jewish Music concert, New Haven, CT, Dec 25

December 25, Annual Family and Community Concert of Jewish Music at 5:00 p.m, featuring Cantor Martin Levson, Isaiah Cooper, Stacy Phillips, Hedda Rubenstein and the Greater New Haven Kapelye led by David Chevan, Congregation Mishkan Israel, 785 Ridge Road, Hamden, CT. For further information, call (203) 288-3877

Knishmas in Chicago, IL, Dec 25

Knishmas, featuring Blue Fringe, Evën Sh'Siyah, Yuri Lane, Listen Up! Acappella, Farbrengiton

Saturday, December 25, 7pm doors (21 +)
HotHouse, 31 E. Balbo
$20 at the door, $18 in advance at ticketweb.com, kfarcenter.com or hothouse.net

Few Jewish music festivals could get away without scheduling the ubiquitous Klezmer act, given the genre's proliferation in recent years. At the upcoming Knishmas event, held Saturday December 25th at HotHouse, the predominant sound at Knishmas will be electric guitar. How is it that three of the five acts playing the Jewish mini-festival are rock bands? In New York, a massive urban Jewish community supports such events, but they are rare in Chicago's Jewish community, much of which resides far from nightclubs and rock venues.

The top band in the Jewish rock genre is New York City's Blue Fringe Band, 4 clean-cut Yeshiva University graduates. In 2 years, the band has become the Beatles of the beanie-wearing set, regularly playing for sold out audiences of 1,000 or more and touring as far away as Australia and the UK. Screaming seminary girls are not only par for the course, they're referred to in one of the band's hit songs off their debut album, My Awakening. Blue Fringe headlines Knishmas with a late set, their only public performance in Chicago this tour.

Joining them onstage are Chicago's own veteran Jewish folk rockers, Even Sh'Siyah, who are marking their decade together with the release of their third album this spring followed by a special live album. "We have fans all over the world, but we have families so we don't tour much. " says bassist David Margulis. "But playing at a club like Hothouse is a real treat for us. There aren't many clubs where a Jewish rock band can get a slot, let alone 3 bands, and where will the audience come from? That's why this project, and KFAR are so special."

Margulis refers to Knishmas' producer, two year old KFAR Jewish Arts Center (www.kfarcenter.com), whose mission is to Stimulate, Promote and Produce the next generation of Jewish expression. "We love working with Hothouse because its a beautiful venue with a great sound, a good vibe, and they get what we do. They know KFAR has ties to all the top-notch Jewish acts and that our presence in the Jewish community are what make our events a success. It's a good partnership" say KFAR founder, Adam Davis. The 32 year-old began the venture after successive careers in the arts and marketing. "This is what I was born to do," he says. Bnai Brith Magazine recently called KFAR a "Trailblazer," so it would seem he's found his niche.

KFAR's presence and projects have helped to stimulate a smaller Midwestern version of the renaissance that hit New York's Jewish music world in the mid-1990's "That's one of the reasons we exist." Says Davis. He explains that Knishmas is modeled after Michael Dorf's Jewsapolooza event at the Knitting Factory in NY, which was a 24 hour Christmas Jewish music festival at the well known venue. "That was klezmer oriented. We don't have any klez acts this year. Rock is the trend, hip Hop too- acts like Yuri Lane. He's getting coverage from the New York Times and performs on NPR. Jewish hip hop is something to watch, too."

The growing number of rock and hip hop acts reflects an emerging generation of artists willing to explore their heritage musically, but in the forms of the broader culture rather those of their own backgrounds. Reflecting on the trend, Davis says, "Its organic. There used to be maybe 4 concerts a year. Then we started our concert series, Tzitzit: Voices from the Jewish Fringe, and we're featuring a dozen acts a year. People like it, see that it has appeal, so others are trying it. There's a monthly cafe event in Rogers Park and suddenly there are new bands. I get a press kit every week from someone new on the coast. But what's exciting is that I get phone calls saying I ought to check out a group that jams in the basement of a local Chicago yeshiva."

One such act gets their big break at Knishmas, garage band Fabrengiton, which got its start at a local Chabad house playing folky originals and covers of Lubavitch drinking songs. Also performing at Knishmas are Listen Up A Cappella and Human Beatbox Yuri Lane, who's recently garnered rave reviews from the Reader, Chicago Tribune and New York Times. Lane will freestyle at the event using a sampling device. Sampling? Freestyle Jewish beat box? Davis nods at the juxtaposition. "The only thing better is a Jewish music festival on Christmas."

Yale Strom, NYC, Dec 25

Dec. 25th at 7:30pm at Satalla. Yale Strom & Hot Pstromi present "The DNA of Klezmer" with special guest Yoel-Ben-Simhon on oud. 37 West 26th (off 6th Ave.) tickets are 12.00 For more info. call: 212-576-1155

Matisyahu, NYC, Dec 25

This is your last chance to catch Matisyahu before he takes off for a national tour at the end of January. Bazaar Royale opens.

BB Kings
237 West 42nd St
$15, ALL AGES
advance tickets here
Doors at 6, show at 8

Fischel Bressler's Klezmer Hassidic Ensemble, Pawtucket, RI, Dec 25

Fischel Bressler's Klezmer Hassidic Ensemble
With Special Guest Violinist Beth Cohen
Saturday December 25, 8:00-11:00pm
Congregation Ohawe Shalom
East Avenue
Pawtucket Rhode Island

What better way to spend Christmas day than at a klezmer concert?

For any of you who are not familiar with Fischel Bressler, he is a Providence based clarinet, mandolin, alto sax, harmonica player who studied with Andy Statman. Fischel and his band plays many weddings and public events in the Boston area. He has been greatly influenced by Statman's style. Bressler plays klezmer and Hassidic nigguns. He is quite the performer and comedian filling time between songs with stories, humor, and antics. Bressler has performed with Frank London, Lorin Sklamberg and Alicia Svigals among others.

December 26, 2004

Metropolitan Klezmer, NYC, Dec 26

band photofun for all & FREE for younger ones
this Sunday afternoon, Dec 26
Metropolitan Klezmer
plays a special instrumental quartet show
at The Jewish Museum
uptown: 1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd St, NYC
We perform from 1:30pm - 3:00pm
for "A Family Celebration"
(ages 3 & up! Full program starts at 11:30am)
Children under 17 admitted free on December 26, 2004. For ages 17 & up, this event is free with museum admission charge.
Details at www.thejewishmuseum.org, or call 212-423-3200

KlezKamp, Catskills, NY, Dec 26-31, 2004

Dear KlezKampers and friends of Living Traditions,

We are thrilled to announce the dates for the 20th annual KlezKamp: December 26 December 31, 2004 at the Swan Lake Resort Hotel in the Catskills.

www.livingtraditions.org/docs/index_kk.htm

December 27, 2004

KlezKamp, Catskills, NY, Dec 26-31

Dear KlezKampers and friends of Living Traditions,

We are thrilled to announce the dates for the 20th annual KlezKamp: December 26 December 31, 2004 at the Swan Lake Resort Hotel in the Catskills.

www.livingtraditions.org/docs/index_kk.htm

December 28, 2004

KlezKamp, Catskills, NY, Dec 26-31

Dear KlezKampers and friends of Living Traditions,

We are thrilled to announce the dates for the 20th annual KlezKamp: December 26 December 31, 2004 at the Swan Lake Resort Hotel in the Catskills.

www.livingtraditions.org/docs/index_kk.htm

December 29, 2004

KlezKamp, Catskills, NY, Dec 26-31

Dear KlezKampers and friends of Living Traditions,

We are thrilled to announce the dates for the 20th annual KlezKamp: December 26 December 31, 2004 at the Swan Lake Resort Hotel in the Catskills.

www.livingtraditions.org/docs/index_kk.htm

December 30, 2004

KlezKamp, Catskills, NY, Dec 26-31

Dear KlezKampers and friends of Living Traditions,

We are thrilled to announce the dates for the 20th annual KlezKamp: December 26 December 31, 2004 at the Swan Lake Resort Hotel in the Catskills.

www.livingtraditions.org/docs/index_kk.htm

Aaron Alexander's Midrash Mish Mosh; Greg Wall's Later Prophets, NYC, Dec 30

Aaron Alexander's, Midrash Mish Mosh with Greg Wall's Later Prophets Double Bill at Makor, Dec. 30, 2004, 8PM

Aaron Alexander's band Midrash Mish Mosh will perform at Makor/Steinhardt Center, on Dec 30th, at 8PM, followed by Greg Wall's Later Prophets at 9:30PM. Makor is located at 35 W. 67th St., (bet. Columbus and Ctrl Park West), in NYC's Upper West Side. Tickets are $15 at the door.

Midrash Mish Mosh recently released their debut CD on the Tzadik label to rave reviews. The all-original music, written by Alexander, is a blend of klezmer music, thrash punk, and free jazz, with other modern and traditional influences.

The band features an mix of downtown jazz/jewish music all-stars and great young players in the klezmer scene. The band at Makor will be:
Margot Leverett – clarinet, Greg Wall- saxophone, Arnold Hammerschlag – trumpet, Jacob Garchik – trombone, Jay Vilnai – guitar, Fima Ephron - bass, Mike Sarin – drums, Aaron Alexander – drums

For more info on this event, contact Aaron Alexander at (646) 414-2326

"The resulting midrash (teaching), while claiming to be a mish mosh (inchoate mixture), is new, interesting, Jewish, and kick-ass fun."
—Ari Davidov, Klezmershack

"Pounding free-bop with swirling klemzerish lines, this is definitely not your grandpa's bar mitzvah band. Alexander sounds like Barry Altschul on crystal meth, a dervish on wood blocks and crash cymbals. There are also some straight-ahead klezmer burners."
—George Robinson, Jewish Week

"... the drummer's krazed klez swoops you off your feet."
—Jim Macnie, Village Voice

"... a relentlessly fun record."
—John Schaeffer, WNYC

Drummer and Composer Aaron Alexander is considered by many to be among the world's foremost klezmer and jazz drummers. His new CD "Midrash Mish Mosh" is being acclaimed by critics, musicians and listeners alike. Over the past decade and a half his performances and recordings with Hasidic New Wave, Babkas, The Klezmatics, Greg Wall's Later Prophets, Alicia Svigals, Satoko Fujii Orchestra, Tronzo Trio, Jay Clayton, Margot Leverett, The Flying Karamazov Brothers, Boban Markovich Orchestra and Frank London's Klezmer Brass All-Stars have brought his music to the attention of listeners all over the world. Aaron Alexander conceived and co-produced Hasidic New Wave's 2002 collaboration with Senegalese Sabar drum ensemble Yakar Rhythms, which was widely acclaimed by critics and public alike: It was an "inspired collaboration" and a "brilliant Afro-Semitic fusion" wrote Jazz Times writer Bill Milkowski.

December 31, 2004

KlezKamp, Catskills, NY, Dec 26-31

Dear KlezKampers and friends of Living Traditions,

We are thrilled to announce the dates for the 20th annual KlezKamp: December 26 December 31, 2004 at the Swan Lake Resort Hotel in the Catskills.

www.livingtraditions.org/docs/index_kk.htm

Stevie' Cousins, San Diego, CA, Dec 31

Stevie's Cousins perform at The Deli in People's Food Coop, in Ocean Beach, San Diego, December 31st (New Year's eve), 5pm-7pm, FREE! 4765 Voltaire Street, San Diego, CA 92107 (619) 224-1387 Stevie’s Cousins is a homegrown family band, where playing music together is as much a part of daily family life as eating breakfast and washing the dishes. Coming all the way from their living room in Albuquerque, New Mexico, this family trio has performed together for many years as part of larger professional Klezmer and Balkan ensembles, but they will be performing in public on their own for the first time by request of their cousin Steve Myrick (hence the name of the band). Stevie’s Cousins has put together an eclectic and enjoyable evening of their favorite ethnic music which includes: Klezmer music (East European Jewish instrumental music), Serbian-Romani (Gypsy) folk songs, a few Celtic and European folktunes, folk songs from Bulgaria and Macedonia, Yiddish and Sephardic (Judeo-Spanish) folk songs, and other music from around the world. "Stevie’s Cousins" is: Beth Cohen - violin, mandolin, vocals and mom. Randy Edmunds - guitar, vocals and dad. Jamie Cohen-Edmunds - alto sax, vocals and daughter.

Frank London's Klezmer Brass Allstars, NYC, Dec 31

New Year's Eve
Big Brass Blowout
with
Frank London's
Klezmer Brass Allstars

with
Scott Kettner's Maracatu New York

and special invited guests:
Hungry March Band

bring your horns for
the big blowout jam session

At the Knitting Factory, 15 Leonard St. NYC

8 pm !!! Early show only!!! 8 pm

Klezmerica, Columbia, MO, Dec 31

The People's Republic of Klezmerica presents an original score to the 1928 silent slapstick comedy "Pass the Gravy", starring the little-remembered Jewish slapstick genius of Max Davidson. The score draws on klezmer melodies, Yiddish swing, and Missouri fiddle music. At the Historic Missouri Theatre in downtown Columbia, MO as part of the First Night celebration. Friday, December 31, 8:30pm.

For more info, firstnight.missouri.org

Yiddishe Cup, Akron, OH, Dec 31

Yiddishe Cup
First Night Akron
$.
9 - 11:30 p.m. Fri., Dec. 31
more info: downtownakron.org

Austen and Woods, Wolfeboro, NH, Dec 31

Beverly Woods & Seth Austen will be performing at the First Night celebration in Wolfeboro NH.

for times and locations