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May 1, 2010

"Perhaps a butterfly" premiere, NYC, 1 May 2010

On May 1st at 1 pm, Chamber Music at Rodeph Sholom will premiere "Perhaps
a Butterfly," A Song Selection for Mezzo Soprano, Child Soprano, Flute, Piccolo, and String Trio, based on the poems by the children at Terezin Concentration Camp 1942-1944, a new work by composer/cellist Eliot Bailen commissioned by Cantor Rebecca Garfein and Congregation Rodeph Sholom (NYC) in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of Kristallnacht. The performing artists, Rebecca Garfein, mezzo soprano, Julia Bailen, child soprano, Susan Rotholz, flute/piccolo, Harumi Rhodes, violin, Toby Appel, viola, and Eliot Bailen, cello/composer, will also play Mozart's Flute Quartet in A Major (1786) and Erno Dohnanyi's Serenade in C (1902). The free concert is open to the public at Schnurmacher Chapel, Congregation Rodeph Sholom, 7 West 83rd Street, New York.

tel: 646 454 3039

Klezmania, St. Kilda, Australia, 1 May 2010

Klezmania (Australia)Klezmania

Saturday May 1
Bnai Brith Hall,
Doors open 8pm, concert 8.30pm
99 Hotham St, St Kilda
Supper provided after the show!
Enquiries: 9855 1360

Red Hot Chachkas, 1 May 2010

Red Hot ChachkasThe Red Hot Chachkas

Saturday May 1
Doors open 7:30pm, show at 8pm.

Concert at the Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St.,
San Francisco.

May 2, 2010

The Lazarus Quartet, Klezmer Brunch, NYC, 2 May 2010

Every Sunday Morning, combining live music and food in a fresh, cultural environment, City Winery’s Klezmer brunch series pairs some of the greatest musicians in the world with delicious lox, bagels and other tasty fare on Sunday mornings from 11am to 2pm. City Winery's brunch on May 2, 2010 features The Lazarus Project.

city wineryGeneral Admission: $10 / Children Under 13 - Free
City Winery
155 Varick Street
New York, New York 10013
(212) 608-0555

Led by trumpeter Ben Holmes, the Lazarus Quartet also features Brad Shepik (guitar), Dan Loomis (bass), and Gregg Mervine (drums). The group's music excites, inspires, and romances the listener, while always drawing from the musicians' roots in the traditions of Jewish, Jazz, Eastern European and Middle Eastern music. Peter Margasak of Downbeat Magazine has written that "Holmes, whether employing a plush, ballad style or a hurtling, rhythmically elaborate fluidity, maintains impressive composure and a full-bodied tone."

For further info: www.citywinery.com

Basya Schechter, NYC, 2 May 2010

Basya Schechter at MOBIA MUSEUM May 2 - 3p.m.performing oud with Rabbi Matalon and others- Piyyutim from Golden age of Spain

Mimi Rabson Masterclass, Brookline, MA, 2 May 2010

At the Workmen's Circle, 1762 Beacon St., Brookline, MA
3:00-6:00 PM

Zamir Chorale, Wayland, MA, 2 May, 2010

Western Suburbs and South Shore, Here We Come!

Sunday, May 2 at 7:30 pm: The winning combination of the Zamir Chamber Chorus and the Jazz Tuber Trio will appear at Temple Shir Tikva, 141 Boston Post Road, in Wayland. Thanks to our newest board member, Robert Snyder, for sharing his appreciation for this special partnership with his synagogue! Watch your email for ticket information.

"SoCalled documentary," North American premiere, Toronto, Canada, 2 May 2010

Ashkenaz is pleased to co-present with Hot Docs Documentary Film Festival the North American premiere of

Two screenings:
Sunday May 2, 9:15pm Bloor Cinema 506 Bloor St. West

Tuesday, May 04 11:30 am at The ROM Theatre., 100 Queens Park

The Socalled Movie is an NFB-produced, feature documentary film about Montreal-based Yiddish hip-hop madman Josh Dolgin – aka Socalled. Directed by Garry Beitel, the film features Katie Moore, Fred Wesley, C-Rayz Walz, David Krakauer, Matt Haimovitz, Arkady Gendler, Benjamin Steiger Levine, D-Shade, Gonzales and Irving Fields, in a kaleidoscopic portrait offering 18 entertaining short films about Socalled’s creative process.

View the Socalled Movie Trailer on YouTube

To purchase tickets contact the Hot Docs Box office by phone at 416-637-5150 or visit www.hotdocs.ca

Visit the official NFB Socalled Movie website

May 3, 2010

Basya Schechter w/Queen's Dominion, NYC, 3 May 2010

Basya Schechter
May 3rd
C. Eule Dance Benefit - 6p.m.-8:30
L'orange Blue
430 Broome st. (with Queen's Dominion) Dance group is performing to PD music so support this project!

www.ceuledance.org (for more information)

May 6, 2010

Tantshoyz Yiddish Dance w/ Michael Alpert, NYC, Thurs 6 May 2010

The Center for Traditional Music and Dance and the Workmen's Circle present... Tantshoyz (Yiddish Dance House)-Dance Party/Workshop at the Workmen's Circle with master dance leader Michael Alpert! Thursday, May 6, 7:00-9:30pm: Center for Traditional Music and Dance's Tantshoyz Yiddish Dance events are now held at the Workmen's Circle on the first Thursday of each month. Come learn the traditional Jewish dances of Eastern Europe. This month's event will feature master dance leader Michael Alpert with live klezmer music featuring clarinetist Michael Winograd. Beginners are welcome! The Workmen's Circle is at 45 E. 33rd St. between Madison and Park Ave. in Manhattan. Parking is available on the street or in the lot next door. Admission $10, $8 for CTMD and Workmen's Circle members. A presentation of CTMD's An-sky Institute for Jewish Culture.

Another Realm, Scullers, Boston, MA, 6 May 2010


A quintet of creative musicians well known in the Boston area, Another Realm performs their own irresistible blend of jazz, folk, Jewish, and world music. Consisting of multi-instrumentalist Hankus Netsky,
flutist/bass clarinetist Linda Chase, grammy-nominated vocalist/mandolinist Sarah Jarosz, bassist/composer Chris Rathbun, and world percussionist Jerry Leake, the group has a contemporary sound that's all it's own, whether drawing on familiar sources or taking musical journeys into uncharted territory - don't miss it!

Thursday, May 6, 2010
Show: $18 ($15 w student ID)
Dinner & Show: $56
Show: 8pm

Scullers Jazz Club at the DoubleTree Guest Suites Boston
400 Soldiers Road - Boston, MA 02134
For Tickets and Information: 617.562.4111
Ticket purchases are non-refundable.

Budzyn, Cambridge, MA, 6 May 2010

Budzyn, the Play

A tribute to Holocaust victims
Celebrating the World Day of prayer 2010
Thursday, May 6, 2010, 8:00 P.M.
Sanders Theatre at Harvard University
45, Quincy Street
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138

Tickets: $12; students: $8

Ticket Reservations: 617-496-2222


This first-ever performance is being produced as a tribute to Holocaust victims and to mark the World Day of Prayer 2010, celebrating unity in diversity and working for a world of peace and justice. The production will feature survivors, performers, musicians and dancers featuring music composer Edwin Geist performed by The Irving Fine Society Singers & Ensemble.

“Budzyn” awakens our consciences to the question of theatrical representation dealing with religious identity. The story takes place at the Nazi controlled Budzyn labor camp in Poland, where the commander was well known for subjecting the prisoners to particularly cruel tortures and told as seen through the eyes of one of its survivors, Henry S. Newman,

The commander, knowing that the young Mr. Newman had studied dramatic arts in order to become a director, asks him to organize a small performance with the prisoners in order to entertain him. The catch, however, was that if the Commander didn't laugh, he would humilate Henry in front of the other prisoners before cutting his throat and assuring that he die in slow agony.

Visionary director Guila Clara Kessous uses all forms of art to transmit the testimony of this survivor while overcoming the simple reference to the Shoah by attacking the crucial question of theatrical representation.

Klezmatics, Bethesda, MD, 6 May 2010

band photoThe Klezmatics

May 6, 2010
Strathmore Music Center, Gazebo
Bethesda, MD
(301) 581-5100

les Shtetl Stompers, Paris, France, 6 May 2010

Les Shtetl Stompers
Groove klezmer, yiddish espiègle, accent bluegrass
Le *jeudi 6 mai à 21h* au *French K-WA*
6, rue Planchat 75020
Entrée libre. Chapeau.

May 8, 2010

Extreme Klezmer Makeover Klezmer Brunch, Venice, CA, 8 May 2010

Klezmer Brunch with EXTREME KLEZMER MAKEOVER Sat May 8, 2010 11AM-1PM
The Talking Stick Cafe, 1411 Lincoln Blvd., Venice, CA 90291
2 hours of exuberant, whimsical, whining, driving klezmer rhythms & melodies and good eats. Warm comfortable kid friendly atmosphere to kick back, nosh or dance. Featuring Joellen Lapidus, Dan Radlauer, Tom Tally, Dan Dungan and Carlos Hatem.

Klezmatics, Hampton, VA, 8 May 2010

band photoThe Klezmatics

May 8, 2010
American Theatre
Hampton, VA
(757) 722-2787

May 9, 2010

Metropolitan Klezmer, Klezmer Brunch, NYC, 9 May 2010

band photoEvery Sunday Morning, combining live music and food in a fresh, cultural environment, City Winery’s Klezmer brunch series pairs some of the greatest musicians in the world with delicious lox, bagels and other tasty fare on Sunday mornings from 11am to 2pm. City Winery's brunch on May 9, 2010 features Metropolitan Klezmer

city wineryGeneral Admission: $10 / Children Under 13 - Free
City Winery
155 Varick Street
New York, New York 10013
(212) 608-0555

For further info: www.citywinery.com

Klezmer Conservatory Band, Calloway, Watts in Mother's Day Show, Arlington, MA, 9 May 2010

band photoThe Klezmer Conservatory Band (KCB), joined by CB Calloway, conductor of the Cab Calloway Orchestra, will perform on Mother's Day, May 9, at 3 p.m. at the Regent Theater in Arlington. This lively show will feature music that celebrates both klezmer and swing, highlighting the intersection of the two musical styles. True to his legacy, CB Calloway performs in full zoot suit with the style and flair of his legendary grandfather, Cab Calloway. Calloway and KCB vocalist Susan Hoffman Watts will trade scat and Yiddish licks, and everyone will jam together in this unique and exciting event. Tickets to the May 9 concert are $36 and are available from Temple Emunah and the Regent Theater. For more information, contact Temple Emunah at 781-861-0300, or the Regent Theatre at 781-646-4849.
further info: www.emunahlex.org

Ensemble DRAj, Bonn, Germany, 9 May 2010

Ensemble DRJjEnsemble DRAj

9. Mai gastieren wir mal wieder in der Bonner Brotfabrik, Kreuzstr. 16, 53225 Bonn, Konzertbeginn ist hier bereits um 16.00 h.

May 10, 2010

"Remembbrance and Renewal", NYC, 10 May 2010

The Library of The Jewish Theological Seminary invites you to:

"Remembrance and Renewal: Chamber Music by German Jewish Composers"
A concert of rare musical treasures from the collection of The Library

The program, based largely upon manuscripts of compositions by Herbert Fromm, Heinrich Schalit, Hugo Chaim Adler, and Herman Berlinski, presents the chamber music repertoire of Jewish composers in a larger historical context. The works represent the parallel secular and musical identities of synagogue musicians in German-speaking lands. The majority of the works are U.S. premieres.

Monday, May 10, 2010
7:00 p.m.

Ceremonial Hall
New York Society for Ethical Culture
2 West 64th Street at Central Park West
New York, NY

The artists
Sebastian Forster, piano
Tijana Grujic, mezzo-soprano
Yoed Nir, cello
Jonathan Levin, accompanist

To purchase a ticket, go to www.jtsa.edu/libraryconcert.

The concept and program have been developed by Dr. Tina Frühauf, Graduate Center, City University of New York.

For additional information, please contact Hector Guzman at (212) 678-8075

May 11, 2010

Carmen Staaf Trio, Brookline, MA 11 May 2010

Carmen StaafJazz pianist Carmen Staaf, winner of the 2009 Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Pianist Competition (and alumna of must-missed klezmer jazz band Khevre, will perform with her trio at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. on May 20th as a headliner of the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival.

Staaf will preview the concert material with her trio at shows in New York and Boston:

Brookline Public Library
May 11th, 6 pm (no cover)
Hunneman Hall
361 Washington Street
Brookline, MA 02445

May 14, 2010

Cookie Segelstein and Joshua Horowitz, Killingworth, CT, 14 May 2010

Cookie and JoshCookie Segelstein and Joshua Horowitz invite you to join them for a concert in this historic building in the woods!

Four Seasons Plus presents Klezmer Music Concert
with Cookie Segelstein and Joshua Horowitz

Date: Friday, May 14th, 2010
Time: 8 PM
Place: Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Church in the Wilderness
50 Emmanuel Church Rd.
Killingworth, CT 06419

Phone: 860-663-1800
Tickets: $20

Reception follows concert.

May 16, 2010

Simcha dance jam, Berkeley, CA, 16 May 2010

Bruce Bierman dance sessionSunday, May 16, 3:00-5:00pm,
Simcha Dance Jam,
a monthly Jewish dance workshop with Bruce Bierman, at the JCC East Bay. In this new format, Bruce will teach Jewish dances of all kinds: klezmer/Yiddish, Hasidic, Israeli, Yemenite, and more. Presented by the JCC and KlezCalfornia.

More info: 415.789.7679,

Zamir Chorale, Duxbury, MA, 16 May, 2010

Sunday, May 16 at 3:00 pm: Zamir brings its popular road show to the First Parish Church Unitarian Universalist, 842 Tremont Street, in Duxbury, Mass., where our longtime (and fabulous) accompanist, Edwin Swanborn, is Music Director. We hope to see our South Shore and Cape Cod friends for a fantastic afternoon of the best in Jewish choral music. Stay tuned for ticket details.

Workmen's Circle Klezmer Jam, Brookline, MA, 16 May 2010

WC klezmer jam is rescheduled to this Sunday at 1762 Beacon St, Brookline, 7-9 pm
Keyboardists should bring electric keyboards if available
1762 Beacon Street Brookline, MA

May 17, 2010

New American Quartet, NYC, 17 May 2010

Rabbi Greg WallMonday, May 17th 8.30pm
Six Street Shul
325 East Sixth Street, NY
$10 cover includes a free drink

New American Quartet: Mystical Americana influenced music, a touch of heaven on earth.

Jonathan Peretz: drums
Takashia Otsuka: bass
Greg Wall: saxophone
Mitch Schechter: piano

More info: www.eastvillageshul.com

May 19, 2010

A musical salute to Molly Picon, Star of Yiddish Theatre, NYC, 19 May 2010

A musical salute to Molly Picon, Star of the Yiddish Theatre

Vocalist: Diane Cypkin
At the Piano: Lena Panfilova

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010
6:30 p.m. on the 6th floor

New York Public Library
Mid-Manhattan Library
40th Street and 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10016

Elevators access the 6th floor after 6 p.m.
All programs are FREE and subject to last minute change or cancellation.

Musical Salute to Molly Picon, Star of the Yiddish Theatre!

Dr. Diane Cypkin tells—through English narration—the life story of this exciting First Lady of the Yiddish Stage through the countless songs she sang and often wrote during her many, many years on the Yiddish stage. Indeed, the concert is a cornucopia, a beautiful bouquet, of tangos, waltzes, and fox-trots, that will have you humming for days. The concert is a tribute to a legend!

Diane Cypkin, Ph.D., has appeared in many Yiddish language musical productions spanning more than two decades. She was Sheyne, opposite Joseph Buloff in Ossip Dymov’s Yoshke muzikant (Joseph the Musician) at the Folksbiene Playhouse; Beylke, David Opatoshu’s daughter, in Sholom Aleichem’s Dos groyse gevins (The Big Winner) at the Eden Theatre; Gitale in Ben Bonus’s production of Light, Lively, and Yiddish
at the Belasco Theatre on Broadway; and Tsirl in the Mary Soriano presentation Di yidishe tsigaynerke (The Jewish Gypsy) at Town Hall in New York. Dr. Cypkin has done much concert work, especially highlighting Molly Picon and other Yiddish theatre greats. As a child of survivors, Dr. Cypkin has been very involved in the Holocaust remembrance activities, and has participated and performed in numerous events in Israel and the United States. Dr. Cypkin has also worked in the English-speaking theatre as both singer and actor in shows at the Soho Repertory Theatre, the New York Theatre Workshop, the Jan Hus Playhouse, and the Three Muses Theatre. In addition, she has directed productions of The World of Sholom Aleichem, The Theatre of Peretz, and Green Fields. In 2007, she curated an exceptionally well-received exhibition at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts on Molly Picon. For almost ten years she was Yiddish Theatre Consultant at the Museum of the City of New York and curated the highly successful exhibition, A Celebration: 100 years of Yiddish Theatre in New York. Dr. Cypkin is presently Professor of Media, Communication, and Visual Arts at Pace University in Pleasantville, New York, where she has taught for twenty years. She is a recipient of the Kenan Award for Teaching Excellence.

Lena Panfilova is a graduate of the Moscow Conservatory. She has performed as a collaborative pianist with many musicians and has given many solo and chamber concerts in Russia, across Europe, and in America.
For many years, she has been a beloved piano teacher. Ms. Panfilova is exceptionally proud of her numerous talented students.

Charming Hostess, San Francisco, 19 May 2010

band publicity photoCharming Hostess will be opening for poet/translator/scholar Ammiel Alcalay at an early show this Friday. We will be mostly singing from "Sarajevo Blues," which Ammiel translated. We have sung "Sarajevo Blues" with its author, Semezdin Mehmedinovic, but never with its translator, so we are happy about this. He will read new work after we sing. This is an event sponsored by Small Press Traffic in their "On Empires" series. Wednesday May 19 Benefit for KUSF 9 PM Bottom of the Hill San Francisco, CA with Khi Darag and the Mitch Marcus Quintet

May 20, 2010

Red Hot Chachkas, Kugelplex, Steven Saxon, Berkeley, CA, 20 May 2010

Red Hot ChachkasThe Red Hot Chachkas, Kugelplex, and Steven Saxon present an evening of klezmer

Thursday May 20, 8pm
Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
2020 Addison St. (near Shattuck Ave. & Downtown Berkeley BART)
Berkeley, CA

Carmen Staaf Trio, NYC 20 May 2010

Carmen StaafJazz pianist Carmen Staaf, winner of the 2009 Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Pianist Competition (and alumna of must-missed klezmer jazz band Khevre, will perform with her trio at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. on May 20th as a headliner of the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival.

Staaf will preview the concert material with her trio at shows in New York and Boston:

Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival at the Kennedy Center
May 20th, 8 pm
For ticket information, please visit www.kennedy-center.org

May 22, 2010

Klezmania, N. Melbourne, Australia, 22 May 2010

Klezmania (Australia)Klezmania

Saturday May 22nd
Czech House
497 Queensberry St,
North Melbourne

May 23, 2010

Klezmer Jam, Cambridge, MA, 23 May 2010

Come join us for the 4th iteration of The Oldest Established Permanent Floating Klezmer Jam In New York (In Boston). Charts will be available online for download following your RSVP.
For more information, contact us through our facebook page.
Porter Square, Cambridge, MA
6:30-9:00 PM

Klezwoods, Cambridge, MA, 23 May 2010

KlezwoodsKlezwoods, an exciting Boston-based klezmer band, perform an energetic mix of klezmer, balkan, and arabic music with bass heavy grooves and eclectic instrumentation.

Sunday, May 23, 9pm
Atwoods Tavern
877 Cambridge St, Cambridge MA


May 24, 2010

Ayn Sof Arkestra and Bigger Band, NYC, 24 May 2010

Rabbi Greg WallMonday, May 24th 8:30pm
Six Street Shul
325 East Sixth Street, NY
Ayn Sof Arkestra and Bigger Band
$10 cover includes a free drink

NYC's newest addition to the canon of new Jewish influenced music and culture, the Ayn Sof Arkestra and Bigger Band, under the direction of saxophonist Jazz Rabbi Greg Wall and grammy winning trumpeter Frank London. The Arkestra consists of some of the most innovative artists on the scene today, such as Pam Fleming, Paul Shapiro, Aaron Alexander, Fima Ephron, Eyal Maoz and many others. The repertoire will
consist of original compositions and arrangements of the members and guest composers, in the great NuJu/Rad Jew/SunRaJoo tradition.

More info: www.eastvillageshul.com

May 30, 2010

Mitziut Performance Day, Chicago, 30 May 2010

The Mitziut Jewish community is pleased to announce performance days on May 30 at 1:15 PM and on June 6 at 2 PM- in conjunction with the Mitziut Community Art Exhibition (in loving memory of Laurie Sucher).Events will take place at North Lakeside Cultural Center, Chicago, Il, 60619. Admission is free but donations to Mitziut/ art show will be accepted.

Sunday may 30 1:15 PM

Adam Shames Creativity Jam, Devorahssong, Sid Yiddish and his Minions, The Atomic Theory Dance Band

Adam Shames' Creativity jam- a mix of original and popular songs-part sing-along and part improvisational experience, welcome to all.

Devorahssong- a solo performance- piano and maybe some flute and recorder as well.

Sid Yiddish and his Minions- "Sid Yiddish & His Minions doesn't always understand what they emit. But he knows you will."

The Atomic Theory Dance Band- Theoretically correct dance explosion. A rock and drum orchestra. (Aimee Bass, Ann Gross, Ellie Kaplan, John Hardwick, M Hurley, Sid Yiddish, Sue Kaplan)


Carmen Staaf Trio, NYC 30 May 2010

Carmen StaafJazz pianist Carmen Staaf, winner of the 2009 Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Pianist Competition (and alumna of must-missed klezmer jazz band Khevre, will perform with her trio at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. on May 20th as a headliner of the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival.

Staaf will preview the concert material with her trio at shows in New York and Boston:

Cornelia Street Cafe
May 30th, 8:30 pm ($8 cover)
29 Cornelia Street
New York, NY 10014