January 24, 2012

Naftule's Dream & Rob Rudin's Half-Jewish, Somerville, MA, 24 Jan 2012

Rob Rudin's Half-Jewish and Naftule's Dream

Tuesday, January 24, 8:00 pm
Johnny D’s, 17 Holland Street, Davis Square, Somerville MA

(617) 776-2004
$10 cash at door

Half-Jewish, comprised of Rob Rudin, Mark Chenevert, Danny Heath, Sam Dechenne, Gill Aharon, Paul Dilley, Mimi Rabson, and Ted Roland, is influenced by music from India and Turkey, Reggae, songs of revolution, salsa, jazz of all eras and, of course, Klezmer.

The avant garde Jewish instrumental group Naftule’s Dream follows at 9:00 pm. The band started as a creative outlet for the members of the traditional klezmer band, Shirim Klezmer Orchestra.

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March 18, 2012

Alicia Svigals and Alula, Forest Hills, NY, 18 March 2012

Alicia Svigals
At Forest Hills Jewish Center, March 18, 6 PM


Beside being a warm performer with a gift of bringing people together, Alula has a riveting personal story to tell. He was born to a mother who was 12-13 years old. Alula did not know his mother since he was placed in a orphanage where he grew up until his father took him out with him to Addis Ababa. Alula was not aware of his Jewish roots until much later in life when he re-united with his mother. Alula taught himself music and started appearing early in life. He was so successful that the regime of Mengistu Haile Mariam wanted to recruit him as a tool of propaganda. Alula refused and was sent to jail for a year.At the age of twenty Alula’s father sent him to Maximilian University in Munich, Germany, to study medicine. Alula studied for 3 ½ years but then received a recording contract. Upon completing his contract Alula moved to Los Angeles where he has been living ever since. Alula will weave a musical yarn of world music and reggae connecting cultures, races, and faiths.

Alula– - Vocals, Guitar, Kirar, Keyboard

with Alicia Svigals –Violin, Mac Gollehon –Trumpet, Trombone, Robert Aaron–Tenor Saxophone, Flute,Evan Mazunik– Keyboard, Vocals, Samson Kebede-Bass,Tyrone Govan – Drums, Percussion, Jemel Alston- Vocals.

March 25, 2012

Nedouda, Geneva, Switzerland, 25 March 2012


Dimanche 25 mars 2012 à 18h
Théâtre Cité-Bleue - 46 av. Miremont
Genève (Suisse)

Des Juifs étaient vivaient déjà dans le midi de la France à l’époque romaine. Au 17ème siècle, ils furent regroupés dans quatre villes: Avignon, Carpentras, L'isle-sur-la-Sorgue et Cavaillon.

Limités dans leurs droits et soumis aux violences populaires, ils bénéficiaient de la protection du Pape car la présence dans un monde chrétien d'un peuple juif misérable était la preuve de sa culpabilité de déicide et de la véracité des enseignements de l'Église.

Ces «Juifs du Pape» étaient ouverts aux influences musicales de leur pays: Leur liturgie fleure la fête champêtre et leurs chansons -en hébreu, en langue judéo-provençale ou “farcies”- sont imprégnées de la poésie des félibres. Mais l'Orient résonne aussi dans la mémoire de ces Juifs provençaux et on peut entendre l'oud ou le bendir derrière galoubets et tambourins!

C'est grâce aux notations de Jules Salomon et de Mardochée Crémieux et à l'ensemble Nekouda que ces airs traditionnels nous reviennent, pour le plus grand plaisir de nos oreilles.

April 19, 2012

Eavesdropping, New York, NY, 19 April 2012

Maoz's (Edom, 9 Volt, John Zorn's Abraxas) presents his wild trio, Crazy Slavic Band, at Modern composer and curator Guy Barash's new music series "Eavesdropping", as it returns to The Tank/ to present some of today's most daring performers and surprising composers.

This installment features: New music with non-western influences
Crazy Slavic Band
Ron Caswell: tuba
Chris Stromquist: drums
Eyal Maoz: guitar and compositions

Miguel Frasconi Guy Barash Duo:
Music for glass instruments and live electronics

Lev-Yulzari duo
Nadav Lev, guitar and Remy Yulzari, double bass

The border-crossing Lev-Yulzari duo explores folkloric materials from different traditions, in a personal approach that derives from various musical genres. The program for this evening revolves around Jewish influences, including Sephardic music, klezmer and more.

This show takes place at the Playroom Theater,¨151 West 46th Street, 8th floor
Thursday, April 19th, 2012 at 7:30 pm
Tickets are $10 at the door / $8 online
Buy tickets for Eavesdropping at Brown Paper Tickets:

About Eavesdropping:
For artists, Eavesdropping provides a stage for risk-taking and the exploration of the non-conventional in sound, to present a relevant boundary-breaking artistic work. Shows often include multi-media elements, real time electronic processing, and performance art. For our audiences, we are committed to presenting innovative repertoire that is relevant and intriguing. Eavesdropping is cross-genres new music series presented to the city's inquisitive listener. The one that seen it all and heard it all but crave for cultural excitement.

March 9, 2013

Mika Karni and Kol Dodi, Brookline, MA, 9 March 2013

Mika Karni's Kol Dodi

Sat, 9 Mar 2013, 8:00pm

Congregation Mishkan Tefila
300 Hammond Pond Parkway
Chestnut Hill, MA

Boston Jewish Music FestivalThis concert brings together a unique musical ensemble of Israeli, Moroccan, Yemenite and Ethiopian musicians and singers, led by one of Israel's all time favorite female vocalists Mika Karni.

Based on Song of Songs, one of the world's greatest love songs, Mika composed and re-arranged the original biblical lyrics to convey the story in a modern, intimate and personal way, taking the listener into a deep and emotional experience. The ensemble's sound combines traditional Jewish melodies with African Ethnic rhythms and a taste of folk/singer-songwriter qualities, creating a musical landscape of modern Israel.

Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door
Student tickets: $15

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Presented in partnership with the Israeli Consulate.

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Guy Mendilow Ensemble, Nashua, NH, 9 March 2013


Sat, 9 Mar 2013, 8:00pm

Temple Beth Abraham
4 Raymond St.
Nashua, NH

Boston Jewish Music FestivalGet ready for an emotional voyage awash with warm harmonies, intricate textures and spellbinding rhythms. Starting in ancient Spain and winding through Sarajevo, Salonica and Jerusalem, the award-winning Guy Mendilow Ensemble brings to life the adventures and legends of traditional Sephardi songs, sung in the endangered Judeo-Spanish language, Ladino. Experience Ladino music, re-imagined by a team of internationally recognized musicians and spearheaded by charismatic Israeli composer/performer Guy Mendilow.
Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Click here to purchase tickets.

Made possible with support from the Jewish Federation of New Hampshire.

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March 10, 2013

Guy Mendilow Ensemble and the Epichorus, Lexington, MA, 10 March 2013

Guy Mendilow EnsembleNew Harmony: A Concert of Two Multi-Ethnic Ensembles
Guy Mendilow Ensemble and Epichorus

Sun, 10 Mar 2013, 7:00pm

Temple Emunah
9 Piper Rd.
Lexington, MA

Boston Jewish Music FestivalBJMF proudly presents two groups committed to interfaith cooperation, ethnic diversity, and the preservation of Jewish musical traditions.

The Guy Mendilow Ensemble will perform Tales from the Forgotten Kingdom, new interpretations and arrangements of Ladino folk songs. Led by Guy, an Israeli citizen who has also lived in South Africa, the group features Irish, Japanese, Israeli, and Palestinian musicians whose very diversity adds great richness to the music and the concert-going experience.

The Epichorus, featuring Zach Freeman, a New York rabbinical student, and Alsara, a Sudanese Muslim singer, is a multi-ethnic band performing Hebrew and African love songs "to create music that transcends the boundaries of culture or religion." Their story and sound is nothing less than magical and has been featured in the Huffington Post and Tablet Magazine.

Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door, students $15. Purchase tickets here.

For your artistic inspiration, and maybe a little shopping, too, an Israeli art show and sale taking place at the temple will remain open that evening.

Presented in partnership with Lexington's Temple Emunah and Temple Isaiah.

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June 1, 2014

Ezekiel's Wheels Klezmer Band, Cambridge, MA, 1 June 2014

Klezmer. Scottish. Jazz. Latin. Chamber Music. Funk. What do these genres have in common? Find out when Ezekiel's Wheels Klezmer Band and progressive Scottish band Alba's Edge join forces for an evening of traditional music as you've never heard it before. The show takes place at 8:00pm on Sunday June 1st at Club Passim in Harvard Square. Tickets are $15 (members $13).