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November 11, 2015

NY Klezmer Series: Tantshoyz - Dance Party - with Steve Weintraub, NYC, 11 Nov 2015

NY Klezmer Series Proudly Presents:
Tantshoyz - Dance Party - with Steve Weintraub.
Music by the Zisl Slepovitch Trio

Wednesday, Nov 11, 2015, 8pm
Mehanata Bulgarian Bar
113 Ludlow St,
New York, New York 10002

Dance Party begins at 8pm - $10 + 1 drink min.
More info: www.facebook.com/events/936164786471226/

Klezmer Instrumental Music Workshop 6pm-7:30 $25 per class
Jam Session follows Concert 9:30-10:15
Full night pass – $30 (includes Workshop, Concert & Jam Session)

Steve Weintraub is a specialist in contemporary and traditional Jewish dances. He travels regularly throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe to give workshops, including KlezKamp, KlezKanada, and the Jewish Festival in Krakow. Born on Governor’s Island and Bar Mitzvahed in the Bronx, Steven Lee Weintraub received his dance training in Manhattan with Alvin Ailey and Erick Hawkins, among others.

Dmitri Zisl Slepovitch (Zisl) is an ethnomusicologist, Yiddish and music educator, composer, clarinetist, pianist, singer, founder of Litvakus and Minsker Kapelye bands, Yiddish Language and Culture Instructor at The New School. Zisl has been continuously contributing to the National Yiddish Theatre – Folksbiene in various capacities, he has performed/ recorded with Michael Alpert, Paul Brody, Psoy Korolenko, Frank London, Yale Strom, Lev "Ljova" Zhurbin, and Inna Barmash, to name a few.

When he moved to the US in 2008, Slepovitch brought over his rich collection of Litvak/ Belarusian Jewish musical folklore, based on which he created a multimedia program Traveling the Yiddishland, presented by the NYT—Folksbiene. He scored and musically directed a number of different theater, TV and film productions; Taught internationally at seminars in Yiddish /klezmer music and Jewish studies, including BIMA at Brandeis University. Read autobiographical article by Dmitri Slepovitch in Jewish Forward.

For Weintraub, much of his career has been creating and performing Jewish dance; he has worked with choreographers Felix Fibich and Shula Kivel, and has performed the work of Fred Berk. He was a principal dancer and choreographer with the Israeli folkdance group Parparim and was assistant director of the annual Israeli Folk Dance Festival in NYC.

After a 20 year hiatus living in Atlanta and Chicago performing, choreographing and teaching, Steve is excited about having recently returned to the east coast to live and work.

Creating a Culture of Celebration

Since bible times Jews have celebrated with dance. In Eastern Europe, over hundreds of years, the style of music we call Klezmer evolved to serve the evolving way Jews danced and celebrated. Enfolded into these dances is the expression of a world of Jewish values: honour and respect, self-control, playfulness, love of community, balanced with individual expression, inclusiveness and virtuosity, humour, tenderness and great high spirits.

For Jews celebrating at a simcha, particularly a wedding, dancing is an important mitzvah (m’sameakh khusen v’kale). For this reason dancing is not only a pleasure, but fulfils your obligation as a guest to make the celebrants happy- it is a way of honouring the celebrants.

Steve will teach steps, figures and styles for many of the dances in the Klezmer repertoire: freylachs, bulgar, sher and zhok, to name a few. There will be a special focus on solo and couples improvisation. He will also tell you a lot about the history and evolution of Jewish dance.

November 13, 2015

Yaeko Miranda Elmaleh, Portland, ME, 13 Nov 2015

Yaeko ElmalehYaeko Miranda Elmaleh Group

Friday Nov 13th, 7:30pm
Mayo Street Arts Center
10 Mayo Street
Portland Maine

Yaeko Elmaleh: violin
Grant Smith: percussion
Michael McLaughlin: accordion
Umar Zakaria: bass

November 14, 2015

Rachel Barton, w/Yale Strom & Hot Pstromi, 14 Nov 2015

Hot Pstromi"L'Dor Va Dor" virtuoso violinist Rachel Barton Pine presents Jewish classical music of the 19th to 21st Centuries, with Yale Strom & Hot Pstromi

Saturday November 14, 8pm
Congregation of Moses
Kalamazoo MI

Her program will include classical music ranging from Bloch's "Baal Shem Suite" to Achron's "Hebrew Melody". She will also present Yale Strom's "Bessarabia" suite for solo violin, which she premiered with the Israeli Philharmonic. The program will also feature Ms. Barton Pine joining festival favorites Yale Strom & Hot Pstromi in presenting klezmer with scintillating improvisation and virtuosic technique. Michigan Festival of Sacred Music, Kalamazoo, MI.

More info: www.mfsm.us

"on the banks of the Tigris," Boston Jewish Film Festival, Boston, MA, 14 Nov 2015

On the Banks of the Tigris: The Hidden Story of Iraqi Music

Saturday, November 14th, 8:45 pm
Boston Jewish Music Festival
Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

After Majid Shokor left Iraq for Australia, he began to research the classic Iraqi songs from his childhood, and was surprised to learn that most of the songs were composed by Jews who had left Baghdad for Israel in the early 1950s. Shokor sets off to meet the Jews who shaped Iraq's musical history and embarks on a journey to bring together musicians of different faiths—Jewish, Muslim, and Christian—who share his nostalgia for these well-known tunes.

First Prize Winner of Best Documentary in the Baghdad International Film Festival.

More info/tix: Agile tickets/BJFF

November 15, 2015

Yaeko Miranda Elmaleh, Somerville, MA, 15 Nov 2015

Yaeko ElmalehYaeko Miranda Elmaleh Group

Sun Nov 15th, 4:00pm
Center for Arts at the Armory
191 Highland Ave
Somerville, MA

Yaeko Elmaleh: violin
Grant Smith: percussion
Michael McLaughlin: accordion
Kirsten Lamb: bass

More info: www.facebook.com/JourneysInSound

November 18, 2015

Cancelled: NY Klezmer Series: KlezmerFest, NYC, 18 Nov 2015

NY Klezmer Series Proudly Presents:

Wednesday, Nov 18, 2015, 8pm

CANCELLED—the NY Klezmer Series is looking for a new venue.

November 19, 2015

Balkan Beat Box, Vancouver, BC, Canada, 19 Nov 2015

Balkan Beat Box

Nov 19, 2015
The Venue
881 Granville St.
Vancouver, BC, Canada

More info: https://www.facebook.com/balkanbeatbox

November 20, 2015

Balkan Beat Box, Portland, OR, 20 Nov 2015

Balkan Beat Box

Nov 20, 2015
Wonder Ballroom
128 NE Russell
Portland, OR

(503) 284-8686
More info: https://www.facebook.com/balkanbeatbox

November 21, 2015

Balkan Beat Box, Arcata, CA, 21 Nov 2015

Balkan Beat Box

Nov 21, 2015
Arcata Theatre
1036 G St
Arcata, California
(707) 822-1220

More info: https://www.facebook.com/balkanbeatbox

November 22, 2015

Balkan Beat Box, San Francisco, CA, 22 Nov 2015

Balkan Beat Box

Nov 22, 2015
Regency Ballroom
1300 Van Ness,
San Francisco, California

More info: https://www.facebook.com/balkanbeatbox

November 23, 2015

Balkan Beat Box, Denver, CO, 23 Nov 2015

Balkan Beat Box

Nov 23, 2015
Summit Music Hall
1902 Blake St.
Denver, CO

(303) 487-0111

More info: https://www.facebook.com/balkanbeatbox

November 24, 2015

Balkan Beat Box, Chicago, IL, 24 Nov 2015

Balkan Beat Box

Nov 24, 2015
3730 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL

More info: https://www.facebook.com/balkanbeatbox

November 25, 2015

Balkan Beat Box, Lexington, KY, 25 Nov 2015

Balkan Beat Box

Nov 25, 2015
Cosmic Charlie's
388 Woodland Ave
Lexington, Kentucky
(859) 309-9499

More info: https://www.facebook.com/balkanbeatbox

November 26, 2015

Andrea Pancur, München, Germany, 26 Nov 2014

Andrea Pancur

26.11.2014, 17:15
Hochschule für Musik und Theater,
Arcisstr. 12, Kaminzimmer (Raum 105)
80333 München, Germany

Volksmusik im Diskurs – Lang lebe der koschere Gebirgsjodler
Eine musikalische Grenzerfahrung


November 28, 2015

Betty Reicher, Paris, France, 28 Nov 2015

Cabaret Yiddish: Betty Reicher

Sat, Nov 28, 2015, 7:30pm
Maison de la culture yiddish - Bibliothèque Medem,
29, rue du Château d'Eau
Paris, France

More info: www.facebook.com/events/1656078754651067/

Alan Bern, Weimar, Germany, 28 Nov 2015

Café Gedanken frei mit Alan Bern

Nov 28, 2015, 15:00:00
Eckermann Buchhandlung,
Marktstraße 2
Weimar, Germany

Der Initiator und Programmdirektor vom Yiddish Summer und der Other Music Academy ist im Gespräch mit dem Thüringer Landtagsabgeordnten Steffen Dittes (DIE LINKE). Alan Bern wirkt als Pädagoge, Kulturaktivist, Philosoph und natürlich Musiker seit nunmehr 15 Jahren in Weimar. Seine Philosophie eines interkulturellen künstlerischen Austauschs jenseits einer schnelllebigen Konsumkultur wird in Weimar vor allem in der Other Music Academy umgesetzt, bezieht aber Impulse aus Alan Berns Wirken weltweit. Im Gespräch soll nicht nur ein Rückblick geworfen werden, sondern vor allem über Zukunftsmusik in und um Weimar gesprochen werden

More info: www.steffendittes.de/

November 29, 2015

King of Chelm, NYC, 29 Nov 2015

King of Chelm

Sun, Nov 29, 4:00pm
Kraine Theater
85 E. 4th St.,
New York, NY

Tix: www.eventbrite.com/e/the-king-of-chelm-family-musical-tickets-18348507881

Meet Aaron, a young boy dreaming about being a super-hero, who one day finds himself magically transported from his own room to the strange and whimsical town of Chelm. In the upside-down and backwards universe of this small shtetl Aaron, together with the fools and the wise men of Chelm will go on a journey to find out what it really means to be a hero.

The King of Chelm is based on the poetry and short stories of well‐known Soviet poet Ovsey Shike Driz translated by Mike Lion.