Bands and Performing Groups: Klezmer, Jewish, and Related or Derivative musics
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Klezmer Bands, "I"
IndyKlez is an Indianapolis-based Klezmer band available for weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, private parties and concerts, Klezmer workshops, etc. Call Ginny Womack at 1-800-467-4620. Web: www.indyklez.com. E-mail IndyKlez. (Tom Kashin)
InJoy Orchestra, based in Tarzana, CA, is a 5 to 12 piece band that plays Jewish and Israeli repertoire for weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, and private/company parties. We sing in 10 languages and many different styles. InJoy Orchestra is your complete entertainment for your event with lighting, Sound, and DJ's, Musicians, and event planning. Tel: 818 705 3437. Web: www.injoyprod.com. E-mail InJoy Orchestra.
The Inner Fire District is a klezmer/hobo band based in Burlington, Vermont. Accordion, guitar, clarinet, bass. Repertoire includes new songs by David Symons, traditional European/Balkan. Especially of interest, though somewhat esoteric, may be our rendition of "You Are My Sunshine." Tel: 802.399.5048. Web: www.innerfiredistrict.com. E-mail Inner Fire District. (David Symons)
Ann Arbor-based Into the Freylakh is one of the Detroit Area's most exciting up-and-coming bands. The group combines traditional Klezmer and Eastern European music with Jazz and Classical influences to create music that is at home in the concert hall and the dance hall. Featuring Bryan Pardo on clarinet, Dina Maccabee on viola, Tal Kopstein on trumpet, Dan McNaughton on Bass, Gabe Bolkosky on violin, Jason Markzon on percussion, Isaac Schankler on piano, and Jennifer Goltz on vocals. Tel: 773-304-6050. Web: www.intothefreylakh.com. E-mail Into the Freylakh. (Bryan Pardo).
Ishtar is Pittsburgh, PA's BellyRock Band. Ishtar is comprised of Melissa Murphey on clarinet, Jeff Chmielarski on electric bass, Mark DeFilippo on darbuka, Beth DeFilippo on riq and Rob Metil on Fender Stratocaster guitar. Playing their own unique interpretation of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean folk melodies, Ishtar performs songs that were popular in the bellydancing nightclub scene during the mid-20th century. This exceptional fusion of traditional songs with surf rock elements has become: BellyRock. Tel: 412-215-2302. Web: www.ishtar-music.com. E-mail Ishtar. (Melissa Murphey)
Isle of Klezbos is a soulful, fun-loving all-female powerhouse klezmer sextet based in NYC, performing an imaginative mix of styles from the far-flung map of Yiddish culture. The group was formed in 1998 by drummer Eve Sicular (bandleader of Metropolitan Klezmer), and also includes three other MetroKlezmer members: trumpet / flugelhorn artist Pam Fleming, clarinet / sax player Debra Kreisberg, and vocalist Melissa Fogarty, plus accordionist/pianist Shoko Nagai and bassist Saskia Lane. Touring: Vienna to Vancouver. Broadcasts: CBS Sunday Morning, The L Word, PBS and many more. Repertoire from trance to dance, from rollicking to hard-swinging. Bandmates are alumnae of Juilliard, Eastman, Harvard & more, with stellar musical backgrounds from bebop to baroque, Latin jazz to reggae as well as klezmer. Contact Eve Sicular, tel: 212/475-4544. Web: klezbos.com. E-mail: Isle of Klezbos. (Eve Sicular)
Ithaca College Klezmorim—One of the only college credit-bearing performing Klezmer ensembles in the world. A chamber music ensemble of the School of Music at Ithaca College. E-mail: Ithaca College Klezmorim. (Peter Rothbart)