Bands and Performing Groups: Klezmer, Jewish, and Related or Derivative musics

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Mi banda, Iosl Wakstein Klezmer Band, Buenos Aires, Argentina, se compone de trompeta, clarinete, trombon, tuba, bateria, bombardino y en su version big duplico algunos de dichos instrumentos. E-mail Iosl Wakstein.

Currently based in Syracuse, New York, "The Wandering Klezmorim" is a versatile group that plays in the klezmer traditions from Eastern Europe, the Lower East Side, and the Middle East. Ken Frieden (Bb and C clarinets) founded this group in Atlanta, Georgia in 1991. Since then, it has performed concerts and celebrations in Europe, Israel, and in the Northeast. We specialize in renditions of Naftule Brandwein's pieces from the 1920s; our repertoire also includes original compositions such as Frieden's "Wedding Dance." In addition to playing for many private celebrations in Central New York, "The Wandering Klezmorim" performed at Cornell University in Summer 1999 and at Syracuse University in September 2000. Tel: (315) 443-1894. Web: E-mail Wandering Klezmorim. (Ken Frieden).

Warm Purple Gefilte hail from a Galaxy just west of Andromeda, near the small joint that serves great chocolate egg creams. They play a music that has physical substance and envelopes the audience in a warm purple musical ooze reminiscent of the jelly used to can gefilte fish.

The Mark Weinstein/Jewish Jazz Ensemble, based in Glen Ridge, NJ, consists of world class jazz musicians who draw upon klezmer, sephardic, synagoge and 2nd Avenue favorites to create a fresh and deeply moving fusion that strikes a perfect balance between virtuoso improvization and traditional roots. Mark Weinstein, flute, Mike Richmond, bass, Brad Shepik, guitar and Jamie Haddad percussion. Contact: LKC Productions, 41 Clinton Road, Glen Ridge, NJ 07028. Tel: 973 429 0259. Web: E-mail Mark Weinstein.

West Lounge Klezmer/Jazz Fusion Band is a University of Michigan Hillel-sponsored Klezmer band in Ann Arbor, performing traditional klezmer and contemporary styles. This includes high- energy freylachs, horas, and niguns, as well as pop, jazz, and motown medleys with our own dance leader who's sure to get your guests moving. Available for bar/bat mitzvahs, weddings, and other simcha events. Tel: (248) 730-3439. Web: E-mail West Lounge Klezmer (Justin Wedes)

West of Odessa is a Buffalo, NY based trio featuring clarinet, tsimbl, percussion and accordion. Our repertoire includes klezmer music with an emphasis on tunes from Moldavia and Ukraine. We also perform Balkan, Hassidic and Middle Eastern music. E-mail West of Odessa. (Alan Sisselman)

The Westfriese KLZMR banD is a Dutch band, living in West-Friesland (The Netherlands), which is a part of Holland, located one hour riding (by car or train) North of Amsterdam. So we named our band as many others (Chicago Klezmer Ensemble/ Maxwell Street) with the name of our region. We omitted the e in the word klezmer to make it more related to the Yiddish. Musicians and instruments: Cor van Sliedregt - tsimbl, guitar, business director; Danielle Janssen - double bass, puk; Jan Sijben - trombone, tuba, tenor-banjo, darabuka; Paul Hondius - saxophone, clarinet, guitar; Rico Linders - Bb-clarinet, bass-clarinet, Ab-clarinet, mandolin; Kees Rood - accordion. We play in the traditional style, focused on the European and early American Styles. We are all goy with interest and respect for the Jewish culture. We started in 1997 and played for concerts and weddings etc. Cor van Sliedregt wrote a little wordbook with all the klezmer terms; and compiled a discography of klezmer LP's, MC's and CD's. He gives also lectures obout the history of klezmer. E-mail Westfriese KLZMR banD. (Cornelis van Sliedregt).

What the Chelm has been one of the hardest bands to track online. Everything keeps moving. From their CD: "[we] began in 1992 when four people got together to play a couple of tunes at a hannuka party. [We have] grown into an amazingly diverse group of musicians, ranging in age from teenager to "you shouldn't ask." As in traditional Jewish folk bands, most of the members have other trades--WTC's ranks include a woodworker, a lawyer, several students, a professor, a nurse practitioner, a librarian, a rabbi, a weatherperson, and (most handily) a chef/recording engineer. And no, we are not even all Jewish. What we do have in common is a love for the broad spectrum of Jewish music and the joy of sharing it with others in our own Chelm-like way. Web: Send E-mail. (Louis Lippman).

Bart Weisman Klezmer Swing GroupThe Bart Weisman Klezmer Swing Group, Provincetown, MA, is the only group on Cape Cod performing Traditional Klezmer & Swing music. Tel: 508-274-2513. Web: E-mail Bart Weisman. (Bart Weisman)

Since 1982, Wholesale Klezmer performed both in the traditional context of providing music and dance leadership for Jewish weddings and other simkhes, on the concert stage, and at school and college educational programs. Their repertoire includes music for dance, traditional Yiddish folk songs, and Yiddish theater and vaudeville songs, including original compositions. The Wholesale Klezmer Band performs in Yiddish and Loshn Koydesh, (Ashkenazic Hebrew), and they specialize in making it accessible to the English speaking world with translations, stories, explanations, visual aids, and that universal language that speaks to your feet and makes them want to dance. They write many of their own dance tunes and Yiddish songs that speak to contemporary concerns. Among their recent albums are "Prayer for a broken world", "Yidn fun amol" and Sing for Peace, Dance for Joy (2002). Web: E-mail Wholesale Klezmer.

The Michael Winograd Klezmer Trio (Michael Winograd on clarinet, Patrick Farrell on accordion and Benjy Fox-Rosen on bass) features three of the top, young musicians playing Klezmer music in New York today. Blending traditional Yiddish songs, and new compositions with chamber-like improvisations and spontaneous arrangements, this ensemble creates a unique approach to Klezmer music, and a fresh listening experience for their audience. “Perhaps the leading voice of the younger generation of performers and composers within Klezmer, Yiddish and new Jewish music" —Dr. Joel Rubin, ethnomusicologist and clarinetist. “An unusual but intriguing ethnic amalgam; one that expands upon from both contemporary and historical sources.” —Michael G. Nastos, All Music Guide. “One of the most exciting young improvisers working the crossroads of jazz and world music!” —Aaron Alexander, drummer and all around good guy. Tel: 917-613-4529. Myspace: Email Michael Winograd Trio

The Workmen's Circle Klezmer Orchestra is a non-profit orchestra of 15 to 25 people, depending on who shows up on any given date, playing a variety of traditional and Yiddish theater and popular Yiddish songs. Since we don't earn money at this (people give us a token amount to defray the costs of our director, music, etc.) we are looking for music that is already arranged that anyone might be willing to share with us. If you have scored parts, you know what a pain that can be. Our group is three-years-old (in 1999) and our talent comes from all walks of life. The ages range from a 10-year old clarinetist to an 82-year-old percussionist. If you are a musician in the Clevland area you are welcome to join us. We rehearse about every other Sunday at the Workmen's Circle building at 1980 S. Green, from 1pm to 3. We have played various functions around town, including the annual Yiddish in the Park concerts in Cain Park. E-mail Lori Cahan-Simon. (Lori Cahan-Simon)

Based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, The Wyndrock Quintet began about five years ago with a group of 5 musicians (flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet and French horn) dedicated to exploring and playing the vast and beautiful wind quintet repertoire. We have evolved into a fine ensemble with a large and varied repertoire. Included in our repertoire are several pieces of Klezmer, Yiddish and Hassidic folk music. Our performances have been enthusiastically received. Please feel free to check our quintet website which includes sound clips from our performances. Tel: 902-477-2786 ext. 1. Web: E-mail Wyndrock Quintet. (Nina Woulff)

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