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

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Klezmer Bands, "U"

The Ken Ulansey Klezmer Ensemble is based in Philadelphia, PA. We can do hours of klez, then turn around into one of the best swing/rock/latin/zydeco/funk/etc bands anywhere. So whether you take your klezmer straight or totally funky, give us a call at 215-635-2515. "BEST OF PHILLY: PARTY BAND. (This band) can get the crowd off its feet at any occasion," said Philadelphia Magazine. "Ulansey can negotiate a bewildering array of styles," opined the Inquirer. Web: www.KenUMusic.com. E-mail Ken Ulansey.

The Underscore Orkestra plays Klezmer, Balkan, Gypsy Jazz and Swing music both original and traditional. We also feature live contemporary belly dance in our performance. We are based in Portland Oregon and have been touring the US, Canada, Central America and Europe for the past 7 years. We are interested in and can provide workshops on Middle Eastern andBellyDance as well as Balkan and Klezmer Ornamentation, should the interest arise in the community. Web: www.TheUnderscoreOrkestra.com. E-mail the Underscore Orkestra (Jorge Kachmari)

The UVA Klezmer Ensemble is a for-credit performing ensemble of the University of Virginia's McIntire Department of Music. Led by acclaimed clarinetist and ethnomusicologist Joel Rubin, the ensemble is made up of both undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and other members of the greater Charlottesville community, and is dedicated to exploring klezmer and other Jewish musical traditions from the 18th century to the present. Now in its fifth year, the UVA Klezmer Ensemble has rapidly become a vital part of the musical community of Central and Northern Virginia. Besides performing each semester in Old Cabell Hall, recent appearances have included the College of William and Mary, Gravity Lounge, the 214 Community Arts Center (former Prism Coffeehouse), WeArts Festival (McGuffey Arts Center), New Bridges (Harrisonburg), Congregation Beth Israel, Chabad of UVA, and the Jewish Community Council (Lynchburg). The ensemble hosts a guest performer most semesters. Recent guests have included: Michael Winograd, Socalled, Dan Blacksberg, Susan Watts, Alicia Svigals, Pete Rushefsky, and David Chernyavsky. Web: artsandsciences.virginia.edu/ music/ performance/ ensembles/ studentensembles/ klezmer.html. E-mail the UVA Klezmer Ensemble (Joel Rubin)

Uptown Klezmer performed in the New York area between 1995 and 1997. Our instrumentation was: Matt on clarinet and tenor sax, Sarah on violin (manager), Irene on flute, Brian on guitar, Mike on bass, Rich on drum set, Aaron on hand drums, and Yelena on vocals. Our CD, Ashnelerando, features ten tracks, including 6 unique arrangements of instrumental klez (including a funk version of "Der Heymisher Bulgar" and a swing-influenced "Un di Malokhim Zingen"), the Yiddish classic "Abi Gezint", the Sephardic love song "Et Dodim", and two originals. The album's title, Ashnelerando, embeds the Yiddish word shnel (fast) in the Italian musical term accelerando (speed up), demonstrating our two main influences, Yiddishkeit and music. Although we no longer perform as a group, we still have CDs available. To order, please call Sarah at (301) 214-7909 or e-mail Sarah Benor.


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