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Achkinazi-Shepherd, Polina (bands: The Vocal Quartet Ashkenazim, Sound and Light Cinematic Duo, Brighton, UK). Composer, singer, skilled accompanist and the leading choir conductor of Yiddish song in Europe. Has worked extensively throughout Former USSR, Europe and the USA. Yiddish Chorale and singing teacher in Klezfests in London (2004, 2005), Paris (2005), Kiev, Festivals in Kazan, Kharkov. Led workshops in "Niggun (tune) as therapy" at the all- Russia NLP psychology seminar in Tatarstan. CDs include "Baym Taykh," 2007. Web: www.polinashepherd.co.uk. E-mail Polina Achkinazi-Shepherd.
Adler, Marc (former band: Klezphonics, Barrington, RI). E-mail Marc Adler.
Aisenberg, Shana and Beverly Woods (Wolfeboro, NH, USA). Shana Aisenberg and Beverly Woods, klezmer music duo. One album is reviewed on the KlezmerShack, Desert Winds. We play various traditional American and European folk styles, including Klezmer; on fiddle, mandolins, tsimbl, accordion, piano and hand percussion. We often expand to trio or quartet, adding clarinet, acoustic bass, etc. (603) 569-2341. Web: sethausten.com. E-mail Shana Aisenberg.
Alcock, Gillian, based in Australia. Maker of cimbaloms, sandouris, hammered dulcimers, salterios and hackbretts for musicans around the world. E-mail Gillian Alcock.
Alexander, Aaron (bands: Aaron Alexander's Midrash Mish Mosh, Hasidic New Wave, Klezmerfest!, New York, NY, USA) Aaron Alexander is a klezmer and jazz drummer based in New York City. He grew up in Seattle and started playing klezmer music with The Mazeltones in 1989. He recorded two CDs with them and learned their repertoire, before moving to New York in 1993. Alexander performed with Burton Greene and Perry Robinson's Klez-Jazz for a year at the West End Gate in 1994. In 1995 Alexander began subbing for David Licht in the Klezmatics, and in 1996 did his first of many European tours with them. Alexander has also recorded and performed on live radio with the Klezmatics. Also in 1996 Alexander joined the band Hasidic New Wave, led by Frank London and Greg Wall. He has recorded 5 Cds with HNW and performed all over the world. In 1997 Alexander joined the band Klezmerfest, with Greg Wall (cl.), Jordan Hirsch (trpt), Zevy Zions (acc), and Brian Glassman (bass). Klezmerfest has released one CD called "Party Music" on their own imprint, and performs regularly at public schools throughout the NY/NJ metro area, as well as at simchas and increasingly at concerts and clubs. In 2001 Frank London asked Alexander to join his Klezmer Brass All-Stars for the first of many tours in Europe. They recorded a CD in collaboration with Boban Markovic Orkestar, a Serbian Roma (gypsy) Brass Band, for Piranha Records. Alexander has also performed with Michael Alpert, Alicia Svigals, Margot Leverett, Andy Statman, David Krakauer, Susan Watts-Hoffman & Elaine Watts, Steve Greenman, Lisa and Siruly, Ted Reichman, and other great klezmer artists. Alexander leads his own jazz group, Midrash Mish Mosh, whose first CD was released on Tzadik in 2004. Tel: (646)414-2326. Write: 484 W. 43rd St. #33C, NY NY 10036. Web: www.aaronalexander.com. E-mail Aaron Alexander.
Alpert, Michael (band: Brave Old World). Alpert is also well-known as the original vocalist for Kapelye, and as a Klezmer dance instructor (and popularizer of the form). Web: www.michaelalpert.org. E-mail Michael Alpert.
Anklewicz, Mike (band: KlezFactor, Toronto, ON, Canada). Founder of the short-lived "Queen's Crescent Klezmer Band" (Kingston, Ontario) and now the fledgeling "KlezFactor" in Toronto. Clarinetist/Saxophonist, composer, arranger and music teacher. For all your Klezmer needs! E-mail Mike Anklewicz.
Arieli, Amit. (band: New Old Klezmer Band, Florence, Italy) I am a klezmer clarinettist based in Italy and Florida. My CD "New Old Klezmer" was released by the label Ethnoworld (Milan). Tel.+ 1 904 6415901 / + 39 055 4223161. E-mail Amit Arieli.
- Bahtijaragic, Edin (band: Louisa Lyne & di Yiddishe Kapelye, Malmö, Sweden). E-mail Edin Bahtijaragic.
Barlev, Arella. Located in the Berkeley, CA area, Arella has been singing at weddings and parties since the late 70's with a variety of bands in Israel and California. She sings klezmer, Israeli folk music and dances, Yiddish, Ladino, English, Jazz standards, Rock and Roll. She also plays guitar. She has sung High Holy Days for 24 years, and is as ba'al tfilah. She has recorded several records with several band configurations. Tel: 510-233-6739. E-mail Arella Barlev.
Barmash, Inna began singing in Yiddish at age eleven in Vilna, Lithuania, her birthplace. She is a founding member of the Princeton's Klez Dispensers, performs with the Katzzz trio, and most recently, has been raising some wild gypsy music ruckus with Romashka, a Romanian-Russian gypsy dance party band sporting some familiar klezmer faces.... E-mail Inna Barmash.
Baron, David. (band: The New Country Klezmers, Jerusalem, Israel) Singer-songwriter of Jewish songs in the tradition of Shlomo Carlebach, performances including English, Hebrew and Yiddish songs. Maybe the only Klezmer-Appalachian dulcimer player (outside of New York, that is). E-mail David Baron.
Baron, Desiree Baron (Tel Aviv, Israel). Violinist, KlezKamp 2006, just moved to Tel Aviv and looking for others who love to play Klezmer! E-mail Desiree Baron.
Baum, Alexander. (band: Klezmer Coins, Bloomington, Indiana). I have been playing Klezmer music for several years in many different groups. I have started a few groups including a Children's Klezmer Band and a high school Klezmer band. I am currently managing the Klezmer Coins out of Bloomington Indiana, which is made up of students who attend Indiana University. E-mail Alexander Baum.
Baumhoff, Patricia (Norway, Maine, USA) Free downloadable Jewish sheet music for Chanukah with melody line, Hebrew text, English translation & transliteration. Enjoy singing with your family or congregation: excellent for sing-alongs. Great supplementation for Jewish homeschoolers & Bar/Bat Mitzvah preparation. I will be adding music for Shabbat & the other holidays soon. E-mail Patricia Baumhoff.
Ben Canar, Shani (composer, band: Shvil HeHalav, Safad, Israel). I'm a composer, originally from Russia. I did recording with Timna Brauer (prayer), and have worked with Miki Gabrielov, Acoustic Drive Orchestra, Shvil Hehalav, Sita Ram. Contact: cosmic event, p.o.b. 3980, 13100 safed, israel. tel. +972 54 519.427. Web: www.bencanar.org.il. E-mail Shani Ben Canar.
ben Meyer, Baruch (Frankfurt am Main, Germany). Popular Yiddish and Klezmer songs performer. Specialist in eastern-european yiddish party music style. Web: www.baruchbenmeyer.de. E-mail Baruch ben Meyer.
van den Berg, Lucette (singer). Lucette van den Berg is a many-sided singer, with a passion for yiddish songs. In March 2005, she released her debut album 'zing shtil/ yiddish songs. This album was received with a lot of beautiful critics, saying: 'The Netherlands has again another fine singer in their disposal, one whom, we hope, will let us hear more.' Tel: +31 38 465 53 54. Web: www.lucettevandenberg.nl. E-mail Lucette vd Berg.
Berlin, Moshe (Moussa) (bands: Sulam, Art of Klezmer, Alon Shvut, Israel). "I am a klezmer clarinetist and the leader of klezmer bands (Sulam, Art of Klezmer (in Hebrew 'Klezmara deatra')). I have recorded several CD's: SULAM - Klezmer music from Tel Aviv; Bilvavi - Jewish-Israeli klezmer musik - Galster (Israel); Nigunim - Jewish-Israel traditional klezmer music - Galstar (Israel); The Klezmer Moshe Berlin - Galstar (Israel); Leolam Lo Eshkakh and Yakhad - Klezmers on Carlebach - Gal Paz (Israel). Aneinu v'yom korainu (Answer us on the day we call), 2001 - Gal Paz (Israel), Maz'l Tov (2002). Several are distributed in the US by Tara Publications. I have a new CD published by the Hebrew University and it is called "The Klezmer Tradition in the Land of Israel". It is my research contribution to "The Anthology of Music Traditions in Israel". A book is available to accompany this CD including an Introduction and notes. I am also a teacher of Klezmer music at the music department of the Bar-Ilan University Ramat-Gan Israel. I played concerts in France, Switzerland, Germany, Russia I participated the Zfat klezmer festival where I won some first prizes. My main job is playing on Jewish Simkhas. Many of my recordings are available in the US at Gal Paz in Borough Park, Brooklyn, NY. I can be reached at: PO Box 506, Alon Shvut 90433. tel/fax +972 2 9932745. E-mail Moussa Berlin.
Bern, Alan (band: Brave Old World, Cleveland, OH). "Alan Bern is musical director, pianist, and accordionist of Brave Old World, and has been a member of the Klezmer Conservatory Band and Kapelye. Bern lives in Berlin, Germany, where he composes and directs music for theater." E-mail Alan Bern.
Bernard, Rhoda (Boston, MA). My name is Rhoda Bernard and I am a vocalist who specializes in Jewish music in Yiddish and Hebrew. I perform with several Klezmer bands in the Boston area and give concerts accompanied by piano/accordion or guitar/mandolin. I also perform as a cantorial soloist and have worked closely with several Boston-area rabbis, most recently with Rabbi Sam Seicol. I pride myself on my fluency with the Yiddish language, thanks to an intensive summer of study at the Uriel Weinreich Summer Program at Columbia University and two additional years of self-study. I thrive on opportunities to speak Yiddish with members of my audiences. I have set a few Yiddish poems to music, most recently "Di Lererin Mire." I work as the Chair of Music Education at Boston Conservatory and appear frequently with Shirim Klezmer Orchestra, Barry Shapiro, and others. E-mail Rhoda Bernard.
Bjorling, Kurt (bands: Chicago Klezmer Ensemble, Brave Old World, Bnei Pedutser Klezmer Quartet, Duo Controverso). Kurt also makes an extensive collection of early klezmer recordings available on cassette (in particular, Belf). For further information, see Kurt's description on these pages, or check them out at www.muziker.org/resrec/. E-mail Kurt Bjorling.
Blackmon, Noel (band: The Lokshen Kugel Klezmer Band, Athens, GA). E-mail Noel Blackmon.
Blacksberg, Daniel (numerous bands, Philadelphia, PA) Daniel started playing klezmer music with his clarinet playing father, trying to play tunes out of a fake book. In 2001, he and his dad went to their first Klezkamp; the following summer, Klezkanada. Today, he is one of the music's most in demand trombonists. He has performed in the US and around the world with such artists as Frank London, Michael Winograd, Aaron Alexander, Alicia Svigals, Michael Alpert, the Klez Dispensers, Alan Bern, Adrienne Cooper, Daniel Kahn, and the Shirim Klezmer Orchestra. He lives in Philadelphia and plays mostly in the Philly/New York/Boston continuum. E-mail Daniel Blacksberg.
Blickenderfer, Andrew. (Acoustic bass, cello, violin, mandolin, Somerville/Boston, MA) Performances with classical, improvisational, and ethnic/folk ensembles for CDs, soundtracks, radio, clubs and concert halls across North America. Notably active in the Klezmer/Yiddish music and theater scene, appearing with Klezmer Conservatory Band, Shirim, Joel Grey, Rosalie Gerut. Two new music ensembles, HourGlass and Andromeda (with accordionist Evan Harlan). (Educ.: Juilliard School, New England Conservatory). E-mail Andrew Blickenderfer.
Bloom, Jacob (dance: Arlington, MA, USA). Klezmer music was always dance music, and I am trying to bring the dancing back to it. I lead Klezmer dancing, as well as other types of dancing to Klezmer music. Contact info: 781-648-8230. Web: www.aklezact.com. E-mail Jacob Bloom.
Bloom, Jeremy (Brooklyn, NY, USA). Long-time klezmer background. Currently primarily engaged in Balkan and Turkish music generally in New York and Istanbul. Web: beyondthebalkans.bandcamp.com. E-mail Jeremy Bloom.
Bolotin, Suzie (band: South of Delancey, Chapel Hill, NC) Currently singing and playing with South of Delancey, which used to be Klezmer South. Vocals, keyboards, and the occasional nose flute or comb-and-waxed-paper. E-mail Suzie Bolotin.
Bowman, Adrienne (band: The Kleiner Klezmer Orchestra, Schenectady, NY). Based in Schenectady, New York, Adrienne Bowman has been wowing the local crowds with her lush and powerful voice. "She is the Diva of Yiddish song," says Northeast Sisterhood President. E-mail Adrienne Bowman.
Brooks, Christopher (Violinist, Southeastern Pennsylvania). I'm a classically-trained violinist with extensive orchestral and chamber music experience in both Europe and America. In the last decade, I've turned my attention to jazz, and recently (exploring my Jewish roots) to Klezmer. Inspired by my recent experience at KlezKamp, I'm looking for musicians to play with. Though my experience with Klezmer is scant, I have strong chops, a good feel for dance, collaborative, can read anything, and am a quick study. I'm particularly interested in gigging in south-eastern Pennsylvania and therabouts. Tel: 717-291-9123. E-mail Christopher Brooks
Bunelik, Basil (band: City Streets Klezmer, Troika, Exeter, UK) I am the accordionist/ cambali player in several East European bands the most notable being Troika and am currently engaged on a project to start a community Klezmer band in Exeter: City Streets. mobile: 07815 925 741. E-mail Basil Bunelik.
Cahan-Simon, Lori (band: The Lori Cahan-Simon Ensemble, Workmen's Circle Klezmer Orchestra, Cleveland, OH). Yiddish song CDs: Songs My Bubbe Should Have Taught Me; Volume One: Passover (Feb 2002) Vessel of Song: The Music of Mikhl Gelbart, 2003, Chanukah is Freylekh! A Yiddish Chanukah Celebration, 2006. E-mail Lori Cahan-Simon.
Carkner, Dan (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) Tsimbl/Tsymbly. I usually play klezmer music, but I'm also interested in Ukrainian-Canadian tsymbaly music. E-mail Dan Carkner.
- Chanin, Caroline. (NYC, NY, USA) Acclaimed mezzo-soprano Caroline Chanin has performed Yiddish concerts throughout the United States and Canada. She is known as a leading singer of Yiddish art songs—stunningly beautiful collaborations between classically-trained composers and Yiddish poets—as well as Yiddish folk and theater songs. A classically trained singer, Ms. Chanin has performed at Lincoln Center, New York City's Town Hall, the National Arts Club, the Vineyard Theater, and the Museum of the City of New York. Her opera credits included the title roles in La Cenerentola and Hansel and Gretel, and leading roles in The Barber of Seville (Rosina), The Marriage of Figaro (Cherubino), The Tales of Hoffman (Giulietta), The Magic Flute (Second and Third Ladies), and Seymour Barab's American Punchlines (world premiere). Her CD of Yiddish art song accompanied by Joyce Rosenzweig, "Eybike Lider" (Eternal Songs) was released in 2004. Tel: (203) 438-4476. Web: www.eybikelider.com. E-mail Caroline Chanin.
Chessin, Bert. Fidl player, band leader, living and playing in Montana. Tel: 406-531-5193. E-mail Bert Chessin.
Chevan, David (bands: Afro-Semitic Experience, Bassology, Chevan-Byrd, The Nu Haven Kapelye, New Haven, CT). Bassist. Two albums with jazz pianist Warren Byrd taking Jewish and African-American Spiritual music and jazzifying it, "Avadim Hayinu: Once we were slaves", Reckless DC Music RMCD-1031 (1998) and "Let us break bread together: Further explorations of the Afro-Semitic Experience", Reckless DC Music RMCD-1049 (2000). Most recent albums are "This is the Afro-Semitic Experience" (2002) with an expanded swing band, followed by "The Days of Awe: Music for Selichot Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur" (2003) with the Afro-Semitic Experience and Frank London. Web: www.chevan.addr.com. E-mail David Chevan.
Chodos, Amrom. (Buffalo, NY) A long time symphony and klezmer clarinetist, Amrom has also been writing klezmer music for a number of years. His CD, "Chicken Noodle Soup", contains 15 of his original tunes. It's available directly from Amrom at: www.amromchodos.com. Tel: 716-875-4156. E-mail Amrom Chodos.
Chodosh, Yakov (trombone, plays with Steel City Klezmorim, Pittsburgh, PA). CCurrently a student at JTS Cantorial School. Writes a web log entitled "Next Cantor" at: www.yakv.net. E-mail Yakov Chodosh.
Cohen, Beth (bands: The Rebbe's Orkestra, Nahalat Shalom Community Klezmer Band, Albuquerque, Santa Fe, NM). Well known vocalist, string musician, music teacher and performer of eastern European music throughout New Mexico. Bands: The Rebbe's Orkestra Klezmer & Judaic band, Village Idioms, Goddess of Arno Balkan dance band, & Svirka women's Balkan chorus. Since 1992, has served as the musical director and cantorial soloist at Congregation Nahalat Shalom. Festival coordinator of 'Klezmerquerque'—The southwest's celebration of Klezmer music and dance. Since 1983, teaching voice, violin/fiddle, piano, guitar, mandolin, band and orchestra. Tel: (505) 243-6276. Web: members.tripod.com/arnoproductionsnm/BethCohenMusicStudio. E-mail Beth Cohen.
Cohen, Judith R. (band: Gerineldo, Toronto, Ont., CA). An authority on, and a performer of Sephardic music. Was a member of Moroccan-Jewish traditional music group Gerineldo in early 1990s. 1997 Album, Dans mon chemin j'ai rencontré, reviewed by Steve Fischbach. 2001 release, "Songs of Sepharad--I'd like to begin the story" capsule-reviewed, along with a short concert review, Apr '01. Her articles online include a short bibliography of Sephardic Music, Sephardic Song (HaMagshimim 21, 4 Feb 2004), and Israeli Bus Station Music, 1993. Web: www.yorku.ca/judithc. E-mail Judith Cohen.
Cohen, Mike (band: The Kleztraphobix, Breslov Bar Band, New York, New York). Clarinet, saxes, flutes with the kleztraphobix free lance player in New York playing klezmer, jazz, etc. E-mail Mike Cohen.
Coleman, Anthony. New York City-based musician who has done a wide variety of recordings for Tzadik, ranging from producing an album of prayer as davenned at New York's Bnai Jeshurun, to his Self-Haters. Reviews on the Klezmershack include: Anthony Coleman / Our Beautiful Garden Is Open, 2002; With Every Breath: The Music of Shabbat at Bnai Jeshurun, 1999; Anthony Coleman and the Selfhaters Orchestra / The Abysmal Richness of the Infinite Proximity of the Same, 1998; Anthony Coleman Trio / Sephardic Tinge; 1995; Disco by Night, 1993. E-mail Anthony Coleman.
Cooper, Adrienne. Singer, teacher, activist, co-founder of KlezKamp. Resided in NYC.
Recordings reviewed on these pages include, Partisans of Vilna soundtrack, Flying Bulgars / Fire, Di grine katshke, Ghetto Tango, Mikveh and her own vital solo albums, Dreaming in Yiddish (1996) and Enchanted (2010). Cooper is also featured on the soundtrack for A healthy baby girl." You can catch several performances at Ashkenaz '97 in which Ms. Cooper participated. Zumerteg: Songs of Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman, and Ghetto Tango (with Zalmen Mlotek). Web: www.adriennecooper.com. Adrienne Cooper passed away on Dec. 25, 2011.
Cygnel, Marianne (Kokkola, Finland). Accordion. E-mail Marianne Cygnel.
Czackis, Lloica (band: Tangele Ensemble, London, UK) "Tangele: The Pulse of Yiddish Tango" presents Yiddish tangos from the European ghettos and concentration camps to the Yiddish theatre in Buenos Aires and New York. Lloica Czackis (voice), Juan Lucas Aisemberg (viola) and Gustavo Beytelmann (piano & arrangements). Web: www.lloicaczackis.com. E-mail Lloica Czackis.
Dansker, Esteban Ariel (Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina) Der Shpiler. Klezmer moderno con gusto tradicional. / Modern Klezmer with traditional taste. Tel: +54 11 48651229. www.youtube.com/watch?v=WC3JpBMuMhw. Web: dershpiler.com.ar. E-mail Esteban Ariel Dansker, Der Shpiler.
Dawid, Christian. Dawid, Clarinetist with Khupe and Budowitz. He has been performing with Brave Old World, Frank London's Klezmer Brass Allstars, Smyrna Trio, Aufwind, Sukke, amongst others. Has been teaching Yiddish music at KlezKamp, KlezKanada, KlezFest St Petersburg, Klezmerwochen Weimar, KlezFest London and at his own workshops with the duo, Khupe. Living in Berlin, Germany. Phone: 49 (30) 4171 4925. E-mail Christian Dawid.
Deikman, Susan, MFA, is the founder of Hebrew or Kabbalistic Kirtan, an ecstatic kabbalistic practice based on the chanting of sacred Hebrew texts and Names of God. She is also the creator of Vocal Discovery, a unique method for personal transformation and community building, using the power of sound and song; and the Tone Deaf Choir, helping self-defined non-singers learn to sing. A leader in the international Music for People organization, Susan uses her skills as a voice teacher, artist, and improvisational musician to create a safe, welcoming, and spiritually challenging environment for finding and freeing your authentic voice. Susan's latest cd is called "Kiss the Beloved: Kabbalistic Kirtan" (2004). Kabbalistic Kirtan is a new Jewish musical experience, a fusion of East and West inspired by chant from India (kirtan) and music of the Middle East. Blending inspiring melodies, driving drum beats, and call and response chanting of short Hebrew prayers and names of God, Kabbalistic kirtan inspires a sense of Oneness and unity with all, marked by deep joy and even ecstasy. Web: www.hebrewkirtan.com. E-mail Susan Deikman.
Dukach, Natasha (band: Natasha Folk Project, Boston area, MA). I assembled a folk music ensemble in Boston, MA. I'm picking by ear rare Klezmer, Yiddish, Hungarian or Gypsy melodies, arranging them and notate.
Eleonori (Amsterdam, Netherlands). Eleonori sings Yiddish and Ladino Songs with guitar accompaniment, also nigunim and klezmer melodies. In an intimate atmosphere past times come alive. About happiness, sadness and humour; nostalgia and longing. Web: eleonori.tripod.com/yiddishmusic. E-mail Eleonori.
Elmore, Richard, (band: California Klezmer, San Francisco, CA). "I'm also known as Professor Gizmo one-man-band. I currently play trombone, tuba and percussion with "California Klezmer". I live in San Francisco, CA. I was with The Klezmorim 1976 to 1978 and I'm on the "Streets of Gold" album. E-mail Richard Elmore.
Epstein, Marc (bands: Davis Klezmer Orchestra, Davis, CA; Freilachmakers Old-Time String Band, Sacramento, CA) Clarinetist and composer. Play a wide variety of music, focussing on Klezmer, Ladino, Classical, and Brazilian Jazz. Perform mostly in Northern California, but visit other parts of the country regularly. Tel: 916-484-1996. Web: www.freilachmakers.com. E-mail Marc Epstein
Espinosa, Carlos (band: Lekhaim Klezzinger Band, Palma de Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Spain,). E-mail Carlos "Chaim-Lekhaim" Espinosa. (Carlos Espinosa)
Estrin, Mikel (band: Haimish Music, San Francisco Bay Area). Maestro / multi-instrumentalist / composer, San Francisco, CA). Performing regularly in San Francisco for various Jewish services, Mikel is also available for parties, special events, recording and compositional projects … instruments include woodwinds (clarinets, flutes, saxs, oboe, etc.) frets (guitar, mandolin, balalaika, baglama, bass, dulcimer, etc.) percussion, oud, and electronic / MIDI programming and production. Specializing in Klezmer, Greek and Russian music, as well as blues, folk, renaissance, jazz and classical, Mikel performs with: C.A.K.E. (Cyber-Acoustic Klezmer Ensemble), Blue Jews, Ouzo, the Opa Band, The Time Lords, Halaila, San Francisco Balalaika Ensemble and more…. Tel: 510/276-6764. Mail: POB 2557, Castro Valley, CA 94546. Webs: www.mikelion.com. E-mail Mikel Estrin.
Fastow, Fred. (Williston Park, NY) Classical Guitarist Fred Fastow plays his own distinctive arrangements of Jewish favorites. His repertory includes Israeli, Hasidic, Yiddish, Klezmer, folk, liturgical and other Jewish forms as well as original compositions in the Jewish style and some jazz/pop/standards. He has recorded for Transcontinental Music ("Jewish Songs for Classical Guitar" #950085). His sound is full yet relaxing and will contribute to a pleasant atmosphere at your dinner party, fund-raiser, simcha or other special event. Contact: Fred Fastow; Williston Park, NY (Long Island, near NYC); Tel: (516) 741-0483; E-mail Fred Fastow.
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Feldman, Michael (Hartford, CT). Member of the former "Temple Sinai Klezmer Band." E-mail Michael Feldman.
Fields, Matthew H. (Michigan). Classical composer Matthew H. Fields incorporates klezmer and other Jewish musics into his works. His recent offerings include the hour-long chamber symphony Sages of Chelm (2004, Centaur Records), and the chamber music collection Kabala (1999, MMC Recordings). Web: personal.www.umich.edu/~fields. E-mail Matthew Fields.
Fineman, Alisa (songwriter, Aromas (northern CA), CA, USA). Award winning songwriter, recording artist and evoloving cantorial soloist, Alisa's release of "Closing the Distance—Poems, Prayers and Love Songs" is her first Jewish music recording. Produced by jazz guitarist and former Windham Hill artist, Alex de Grassi, she is joined by a stunning array of musicians who add the spice and energy Alisa's voice invites. Peter Yarrow of Peter Paul and Mary says, "… a marvelous addition to the contemporary voices who continue to give life and vitality to the Jewish tradition. Alisa's heart is as warm as her superb voice." Web: www.alisafineman.com. E-mail Alisa Fineman.
Frazer, Erwin ("The Yiddish Singer"). I am a 62-year-old male who lives in Ottawa, Canada. I learned Yiddish songs from my mother, who was a singer of Yiddish songs in Minstrel shows and in the golden age. I want to carry on her tradition so I am trying to hook up with bands that play at weddings and Bar Mitzvahs that want a Yiddish component. I can even do an event of several songs with Karaoke tracks. Tel: (613) 769-7924. Web: www.zaidieerwin.spaces.live.com. E-mail Erwin Frazer.
Freedman, Jacob. E-mail Jacob Freedman.
Frenkel, Alexander (org: Jewish Community Center of St. Petersburg, Russian).
Gabriely, Irith is a well-known German Klezmer clarinetist. Her website, www.irith-gabriely.com, provides also information about her newest CD recording "Church meets Synagogue", including an online sound sample. E-mail Irith Gabriely.
Gerber, Mike (radio: Jazz Jews, UK Jazz Radio, London, UK). I'm a London-based journalist and author of the book Jazz Jews, and now host of the regular Jazz Jews show on UK Jazz Radio, a great internet station with a fast-growing global audience. There's info about me and my book on www.jazzjews.com, also keep an eye on the UK Jazz Radio website at www.ukjazzradio.com. My radio show features Jewish jazz, Israeli jazz, rootsy Jewish music such as klezmer, also the Jewish contribution to Great American Songbook jazz standards, and I do interviews, cover gigs, and feature special documentary shows. You can tune in via the website, or on an wifi internet radio. E-mail Mike Gerber
Gold, Jim (Dance instructor/facilitator, Teaneck, NJ). I am a folk dance leader who often teaches with various Klezmer bands including Michele Levine's Klezmer Connection. Contact: Jim Gold International, 497 Cumberland Ave., Teaneck, NJ 07666 USA. Tel: 201-836-0362 / Fax: 201-836-8307. Web: www.jimgold.com. E-mail Jim Gold.
Goodman, Trudi. I am a singer, musician, actor and writer. I have over 30 years experience in various forms of performance and writing. I perform Yiddish, folk, jazz, standards and original tunes. I am interested in learning more Ladino and Hebrew and always Yiddish music!!! I have worked in bands and as a solo performer. I also have taught music and performance skills. I am also a playwright, (and would be screenwriter) with a particular interest in writing about the Jewish/American experience, the "Yinglish"/American experience and working-class Jewish life. I have also translated Yiddish poetry and song for performances. I am also a published poet and writer. E-mail Trudi Goodman.
Gordon, David (Hillsborough, New Jersey, USA). Violin & Mandolin, as well as composer of klezmer & classical music. I've been a member of the Yale Klezmer Band and the Austin Klezmer Quartet. I'm currently living in central New Jersey and performing for weddings & other occasions. Also looking for other musicians to jam with! Web: www.davidjgordon.net. E-mail David Gordon.
Gordon, Sarah Mina (Yiddish Princess, New York City, NY) is a Yiddish singer and lyricist who has recorded and performed with the Klezmatics, Frank London's Klezmer Brass All-Stars, Kol Isha and Michael Alpert among others. Her original Yiddish lyrics are featured on Happy Joyous Hanukkah (The Klezmatics), Mikveh's eponymous album, Carnival Conspiracy (Frank London's Klezmer Brass All-Stars) and Oyfn Sheydveg (Khevre). Her innovative lyrics, which put a twist on traditional folk themes, are sung around the world by a new generation of Yiddish performers. She is currently collaborating with clarinetist/composer Michael Winograd on their project, Yiddish Princess, which grows out of their mutual passion for Yiddish songs and power ballads of the 1980s. E-mail Sarah Mina Gordon.
Graziani, David (Toronto, ON, Canada) Drum Teacher is available in Toronto area. Klezmer, chassidic, Israeli and other styles! I have been performing and teaching for over 15 years. My extensive experience as a performer and composer makes me a very understanding and efficient teacher. Tel: 647-444-6809. Web: www.dimagraziani.com. E-mail David Graziani.
Gray, David Julian (band: Klezcentricity, Washington, DC). David is seminal figure in the revival of klezmer music as both a musician and audio engineer and he has been continually active in its growth and development. Original clarinetist and 10 year veteran of The Klezmorim (recordings on Arhoolie and Flying Fish, the latter now dist. by Rounder). His new band www.klezcentricity.com, featuring accordianist Wendy Morrison and electric bassist Richard Seidel, is rapidly emerging as one of the most exciting and creative new klezmer bands (available for booking in the mid-Atlantic and the world). David has also been a pioneer in digital audio production and audio restoration. He performed the audio restoration work on two important reissues of early klezmer recordings: Klezmer Music Early Yiddish Instrumental Music: 1908 - 1927 and Yikhes. For booking Klezcentricity or David for performances, simchas, lectures, or audio restoration/premastering call 301-589-4847. E-mail David Julian Gray.
Green, Marty (Winnipeg, MB, Canada). An original interpreter of Yiddish culture for English audiences. His shows include "A Boy Named Sureh" featuring humorous translations of American popular songs, and "The Ballad of Monish", a Yiddish/English one- man operetta based on the classic poem by Peretz. Tel: 1-888-378-9273. Web: www.onforeignsoil.com. E-mail Marty Green.
Green, Paul (band: Klezmer East, S. Florida). Clarinetist Paul Green delivers traditional Klezmer music to Florida and the Berkshires with Klezmer East. The "go to guy for Jewish music" in South Florida, he gives lectures such as A Musical Tribute to Jewish Musicians, The Music of Bernstein and Gershwin, From Mozart to Benny Goodman, A Journey through the Lives of Jazz Greats, Jewish Art Music from Biblical Times to the Present. He also offers Klezmer workshops to musicians of any age and musical ability. His band, Klezmer East, is dedicated to performing both traditional Klezmer classics from Europe and more contemporary Jewish pieces from the United States. Green is available for concerts and lectures. E-mail Paul Green.
Greenbaum, Adrianne (bands: Klezical Tradition, FleytMuzik, CT) Klezmer flutist on wood flutes. Traditional interpretations on historical instruments. Two bands: The Klezical Tradition and FleytMuzik. Both organizations give concerts and play for simchas. Master Classes/Workshops as well. www.klezband.com for Klezical Tradition and www.klezmerflute.com for info on Adrianne and FleytMuzik. E-mail Adrianne Greenbaum.
Greenman, Steven. (bands: Steven Greenman Klezmer Ensemble, Di Tsvey, Stempenyu's Dream, Khevrisa, US, Canada, Europe). Steven Greenman is recognized internationally as one of the finest practitioners of traditional East European Jewish klezmer violin. As a composer of klezmer music he is producer and lead performer for the recording "Stempenyu's Dream", 2004 which contains his original Jewish and klezmer compositions. A co-founder of the Khevrisa ensemble together with Walter Zev Feldman Steven is also co-producer and lead performer of the recording "Khevrisa-European Klezmer Music" on the Smithsonian Folkways label. He has taught klezmer music at KlezKamp, KlezKanada and KlezFest London and has performed at the Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow, Poland and at Toronto's Ashkenaz. In addition to klezmer music Steven is an accomplished performer of Hungarian nota, Romanian lautari music and urban East European Gypsy music. As a concert performer Steven has been a regular guest soloist with the Cleveland Pops Orchestra performing his own arrangements of traditional East European Gypsy violin music. [Recommendation for Greenman as a violin teacher, Mar '07]. Web: www.stevengreenman.com. E-mail Steven Greenman.
Gruber, Ruth Ellen. "Ruth Ellen Gruber is a writer, photographer and lecturer concentrating on Jewish and East-Central European affairs. She is the author of the books National Geographic Jewish Heritage Travel: A Guide to Eastern Europe (John Wiley & Sons, 1992/1994, new ed. 2007), Upon The Doorposts of Thy House: Jewish Life in East-Central Europe, Yesterday and Today (John Wiley & Sons, 1994), Virtually Jewish: Reinventing Jewish Culture in Europe (2001), and co-founder and Associate Director of the Jewish Heritage Research Center of Syracuse, NY. She is currently working on a book on contemporary Jewish culture in post-communist Europe." A photographic essay of abandoned Jewish cemeteries in Europe is available at: http://www.giotto.org/jesse/index.html. E-mail Ruth Ellen Gruber.
Gruner, Ernie. (bands: Bohemian Nights, Klezmeritis, Melbourne, Australia) Violinist Ernie leads concert band Klezmeritis, plays in simcha band Klezmer Trio, the Bohemian Nights Duo, and sephardic ensemble Soleluna. Leads workshops on klezmer around Australia and New Zealand. Music Director for "Exile and Ecstasy" 2004 Jewish cultural cabaret. Inspired by Michael Alpert workshops in Melbourne 1991. Studied with Alicia Svigals in 1998 and attended KlezCamp West, Cracow Jewish Culture Festival. Jewish music recordings for Leo Rosner, "Klezmania", self-titled "Soleluna" CD, self-titled "Klezmiritis" CD. Also member of Playback Theatre, Jugularity (folk/jazz/cabaret), Yalla! (Middle-eastern), Melisma (Greek) and more. Web: www.erniegruner.com. E-mail Ernie Gruner.
Haliffi, Roberto (band: Klezmokum, Amsterdam, Holland). I play percussion with several klezmer bands (Klezmokum, shtetl, marcel solomon ex...) I am interested in videos and audios where i can see a poyck. E-mail Roberto Haliffi
Hirsch, Jordan (bands: The Kleztraphobix, Klezmerfest, Yiddish Swingtette, New York, New York). NYC freelance trumpeter. Playing with the Kleztraphobix, a band consisting of Mike Cohen, Psachya Septimus, Ron Caswell, Rich Melnikoff Huntley and myself. Features original arrangements of traditional tunes as well as original compositions. Also playing with Klezmerfest, a great band with Greg Wall, Zev Zions, Aaron Alexander, and Brian Glassman. Greg also initiated the Yiddish Swingtette, a recreation of Sam Medoff's Jewish Radio Jazz combo. We have doen a few gigs, and hope to gear up for more soon. I have played with everybody from Pete Sokolow, Ray Musiker, Paul Pincus, Howie Lees, (who were bandmates of mine as early as 1979, when I was a pisher) to the guys above plus Susan Watts, Allan Watsky, Mike Burstein, Zalman Mlotek, (although he does not know it) and a host of others. E-mail Jordan Hirsch.
Hoffman, Nancy 3. (band: Casco Bay Tummlers, Casco Bay, ME). I am a member of Maine's first Klezmer revival band - The Casco Bay Tummlers. We have 2 CD's out, our latest being "Jumpin' Jewpiter!" In 2000 we have toured in Germany and Lithuania, both very exciting and moving experiences. Phone: 207-766-4496. E-mail Nancy 3. Hoffman.
Honzlova, Zita (Prague, Czech Republic). A singer born and living in Prague, accompanying herself on the piano. Zita Honzlova performs her own arrangements of Yiddish and Hebrew folk songs and also original compositions based on poems by David Cooper (US) and Rachel Eshed (IL). The repertoire of Zita Honzlova comprises a fair amount of folk and half folk Yiddish and Hebrew songs, popular as well as almost unknown ones. A delicate piano accompaniment and a desire for the deepest expression of the emotional and other levels of each song are typical for Zita Honzlova’s performances. Zita Honzlova is also seeking after other musicians or poets who would be interested in some cooperation as well as someone who likes to apply her/his own musical management abilities. Cell: 00420 608 337 321. Web: www.zitahonzlova.wz.cz. MySpace: www.myspace.com/zitahonzlova. E-mail Zita Honzlova.
Israelite, Koby (London, United Kingdom.) I am a young Israeli musician living in London. Among my CDs are 'Dance of the Idiots', 2003 and 'Orobas: Book of Angels Vol. 4, 2006. I enjoy smashing genres together. I blend a vast array of musical styles mixing them to create my own unique sound. The John Zorn review says "Koby’s debut recording, is a passionate exploration of the Jewish experience. Cantorial Death Metal, Nino Rota Klezmer, Balkan Surf, Catskills free improvisation. You’ve never heard such sounds". Web: kobyisraelite.com. E-mail Koby Israelite.
Jacobs, Donald J. (band: Maxwell Street Klezmer Band, Jazmer, Chicago area, IL). I have played Klezmer clarinet for twenty-three years. I play in the Maxwell Street Klezmer Band, and the Jazmer Ensemble. Tel: 847-570-9894. E-mail Donald J. Jacobs.
Jacobowitz, Alex (Munich, Germany) Shalom! I'm Alex Jacobowitz, 48, from New York, and I now do concerts on my unusual 3-meter xylophone (also known as a marimba). Although I'm primarily famous for my outrageously ingenious interpretations of Bach and Beethoven in this novel way, for the past ten years I've been more and more drawn to my own family's traditional music - KLEZMER, the instrumental music of East European Jews. Write: Tree of Life Productions, Toemlingerstrasse 23, 81375 Munich, Germany. Cell: +49 (172) 6914179. Tel/Fax: +49 (89) 741 000 93. Web: www.alexjacobowitz.com. E-mail Alex Jacobowitz.
Joergl, Thilo (band: Mesinke, Augsburg, Bavaria, Germany). Drummer, singer and guitar player and booker of the Augsburg, Germany, based Klezmer Band Mesinke since 1991. Several performances with the silent film project "The Golem" by Paul Wegener. Recorded four CDs with Mesinke, "tanz jiddele" (randvoll records) is the latest. Organized concerts and festivals in Bavaria with bands like "The Klezmatics", "Sukke", "Jontef", "Kol Simcha". Work as a journalist for a Bavarian daily newspaper. Also interested in Yiddish and linguistics. E-mail Thilo Jörgl.
John, Andy (band: Chicken Soup, Asheville, NC, USA). I'm a chromatic harmonica player and guitarist. I've been playing jazz professionally for about ten years and got in to klezmer about three. I attended Klezkamp in '04 and Klezkanada in '05. I've been hosting a workshop for those interested in klezmer at my home in Asheville, NC for about a year. E-mail Andy John. -->
Kahan, Michael (bands: Klezmer Gourmets, KlezmerUK, Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom). Professional violinist, with a specialism in Klezmer, performing, giving theoretical classes on Klezmer styles/techniques and running practical workshops for instrumentalists. Based in Manchester, United Kingdom. With two distinct Klezmer slants; traditional & contemporary (and not much in-between, except for what we have to play for wedding gigs), I'm keen to get more musicians interested in the music and to play it too. I run a Klezmer violin and clarinet duo 'Klezmer Gourmets' and a larger band, 'klezmeruk'. Web: www.klezmeruk.com. E-mail Michael Kahan.
Kaminetsky, Lior (band: Mediterranean Klezmer Ensemble, Los Angeles, CA) violinist—completed a Master's degree in violin performance at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance and Musicology at the Hebrew University. At present, he is continuing his studies at the University of Southern California (USC) on a full scholarship and lead his own Ensemble in concerts around the U.S. Lior has performed widely abroad and has appeared on classical Israel radio and television. He won various scholarship awards from the Nowakowsky Foundation, the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation and the America-Israel foundation. He won two prizes at the JAMD competitions and has participated in International Master Classes and Competitions at the Sorbonne in Paris, at the Gratz Academy, Austria, in Germany and in Israel. Lior has a wide ranging repertoire which includes classical music and Jewish music, as well as klezmer. He has been featured in important music festivals in Israel and in the U.S including the Safed Klezmer festival, and has performed with Maestro Giora Feidman and Andre Haidu as well as the well known Israeli rock group, Ethnnix. For more information please visit www.liorviolin.com. E-mail Lior Kamenitsky.
Kaplan, Eliezer (Chicago, IL). Two areas I've been particularly interested in for many years are experimental music and Jewish music. I am trying to put together a unique project which blends these streams, but not in a way which has, to my knowledge, been done before—at least not succesfully in the Chi-town arena. E-mail Eliezer Kaplan.
Kaplan, Rebecca (band: Rebecca Kaplan & Pete Rushefsky, Boston, MA) Yiddish and Hebrew vocals, klezmer keyboard. CD: On the Paths: Yiddish Songs with Tsimbl, Yiddishland Records, 2004 (available from www.cdbaby.com or www.hatikvahmusic.com) E-mail Rebecca Kaplan.
Kaston, Yoni (band: Siach HaSadeh, Montreal, Canada). E-mail Yoni Kaston.
Katchko-Gray, Cantor Debbie (cantor: Ridgefield, CT). Fourth generation cantor, second female in a conservative pulpit and founder and past president of the Women Cantors' Network. Recordings include "Kindersongs," "Jewish Soul" (4 stars Jewish Week review!), "Sacred Spirit," "TSI Music Shabbat" and recently, "KATCHKO Three Generations of Cantorial Art." website has programs, tracks, reviews. Guitar accompanied, loves to perform all kinds of Jewish music. Devotee of Elie Wiesel and Jewish culture. Web: www.cantordebbie.com. E-mail Cantor Debbie Katchko-Gray.
Kaufman, Shirona. Shirona, a native New Yorker, was raised in Israel in a musical, cultured environment, and started performing at an early age. After serving in the Israeli army she returned to the United States and starred in the nationally acclaimed Israeli-American Musical Review "On Silver Wings". After taking time off to marry and raise a family, Shirona returned to the Jewish Music scene with a newfound interest in New Age and Jewish Spirituality. She began composing original melodies to the ancient texts of the Bible and Prayer Book, in Hebrew, using multi-cultural musical influences, such as Celtic, Eastern European, Middle Eastern and American. Her debut album, "Judaic Love Songs" is reviewed on the KlezmerShack. Tel: 914-967-4338. Web: www.shirona.com. E-mail Shirona.
Kekhman, Roman (band: Lama Lo! ("Why Not!") Ensemble, Jerusalem Musical Trio, Jerusalem, Israel). Roman Kekhman is one of the best Israeli clarinetist. Now he lives in Jerusalem. As a soloist of "LAMA LO!" he is UNESCO Prize (the 4 International Music Festival, Samarkand 2003, "SHARQ TARONALARI" ("Orient Sounds") and Gold Chanukiya Prize Winner (Berlin 2003). In 2002 he was awarded the title of a Laureate (1 Prize) at the Music Competition in Israel. He is the first performer of a lot of new musical compositions by contemporary music. Web: www.musictrio.com/roma.htm. E-mail Roman Kekhman.
Khmel, Lenny. Lenny's band listing was removed from this site when it was discovered that the material on it had been stolen another band's webpages, including testomonials to the other band! and published as if to himself.
King Django (band: King Django's Roots & Culture Band, New Brunswick, NJ). E-mail King Django.
Klein, Betty (Singer, guitarist, pianist, accordionist, harpist (celtic), Jerusalem, Israel). I am a folk singer that sings in Ladino, Yiddish, Hebrew and other languages. I have performed in the U.S., Israel and Europe. I have several CDs: one in Hebrew, one in Yiddish, one in Ladino and a cassette with Ladino, Greek, Spanish and Hebrew. Tel. (02) 566-3637. E-mail Betty Klein.
Kleiner, Fran (singer, Philadelphia, Pa). Fran Kleiner is proud to announce her first CD of traditional Yiddish and popular folk songs. She has been singing Yiddish songs since she was a young girl, growing up in a bi-lingual household, the oldest of four children of Eastern European Jewish immigrant parents. Fran sings for young and old alike, and has spent over 30 years teaching Yiddish, Hebrew, Jewish and folk music to students at the Jewish Children's Folkshul of Philadelphia. She regularly sings as part of the holiday programs of the Sholem Aleichem Club of Philadelphia, and has led workshops on incorporating Yiddish music into schools' curricula at conferences of the Congress of Secular Jewish Organizations of North America. There are few singers that can get an audience to immediately join them in singing from the first chord played. There's the immediate smile when she starts to play the guitar and sing, combined with the melodic voice and impeccable Yiddish pronunciation that transmits her love of the music to the audience. She establishes a rapport and contact with the people, regardless of age, through her easy going and natural manner. Since she always includes the meaning of the song and its historical and cultural context, significance and symbolism, youngsters, as well as others, learn history while learning to sing a Yiddish song. www.franmusic.com. E-mail Fran Kleiner. (Michael Kleiner)
Knoll, Moshe Knoll (NYC, NY). I am a pianist-composer located in NYC. I would like to form a band, or to join an already existing one. You may check my video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=wLdsPnDmvEM. I can be reached at (917) 767 4655. E-mail Moshe Knoll.
Kochinska, Ilana. (Singer, New York, NY). Soprano Ilana Kochinska has won critical praise for her interpretations of Yiddish and Hebrew art songs, as well as standard classical repertoire. Her live-in-concert recording 'World of Our Mothers' ('Velt fun unsere Mamen'), with Zalmen Mlotek at the piano, traces the stages of a woman's life with a wide range of musical selections (available from Finzi Records, ). Kochinska has concertized extensively in New York, Washington, DC and elsewhere. Her Yiddish repertoire ranges from 'Golden Age' classics of Low and Rumshinsky, arias by Goldfaden, art songs by Lazar Weiner and others, to the folkish masterpieces of Warshawsky and Gebirtig. She is dedicated to bringing this music to audiences both with and without a Yiddish background, providing generous and complete translations; she has seen in the responses of listeners and fellow musicians that this is music so universal it can touch the most assimilated Jews as well as audiences from other backgrounds.
Kohn, Jim. "I'm a multi-instrumentallist with a klezmer/middle-eastern/jazz/Latin focus on reed instruments (a clarinetist of 50 years) and am playing with a klezmer band, Chicken Soup, and a flamenco/Latin group, Cabo Verde, doing our versions of some Judeo-Spanish (Sephardic) tunes, in Asheville, North Carolina". E-mail Jim Kohn.
Kontorovich, Alex (bands: The Klez Dispensers, Aaron Alexander's Midrash Mish Mosh, Deep Minor, King Django's Roots and Culture Band, KlezSka, New York, NY, USA). Alex Kontorovich is a Russian-born clarinetist, saxophonist, and composer specializing in classical, jazz, klezmer, and ska music. He has performed with the Klezmatics, Frank London's Klezmer Brass All-Stars, Nikitov, DJ SoCalled, Susan and Elaine Hoffman-Watts, Beyond the Pale, and Westbound Train. This year, Alex joins the faculty at KlezKamp and KlezKanada. E-mail Alex Kontorovich.
Krakauer, David. Formerly clarinetist with the Klezmatics. Now has own band for klez and avant garde music. Solo album, Klezmer Madness, reviewed 7/8/95. 1997 recording with the Kronos Quartet of Golijov's "The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind." "Klezmer, NY," (1998) on Tzadik. Subsequent albums include "The New Hot One" (2000) and "Twelve Tribes" (2002). "Live in Krakow" (European release, 2003; USA, 2004). Review of 4/13/02 concert in NYC. Web: www.davidkrakauer.com. E-mail David Krakauer.
Krecker, Richard (Tempe, AZ). I began playing professionally in the late 1970's with stints in the big bands of Stan Kenton, Woody Herman and Maynard Ferguson. Most recently I have been the trumpet player and arranger of the Rural Street Klezmer Band in Tempe Arizona. I am available for session work and performances throughout the country. E-mail Richard Krecker.
Krulewitch, Jay (band: Klez Katz, Seattle, Washington, USA). Lead Saxophonist for the Klez Katz About_You: Krulewitch, Jay, an alumnus of KlezKamp 2000 and 2002, is currently the lead saxophonist with the Klez Katz, one of Seattle's most exciting and diverse Klezmer Bands, which plays all manner of gigs, from Temple bashes and parties, to bar and bat mitzvahs, weddings, as well as local street fairs and festivals, including Folklife and the Wallingford Wurst Festival. Formerly, Jay was the lead saxophonist with various Seattle Klezmer Groups, including Kasha's Freilach Orchestra and Shir Fun. Jay has had the good fortune of studying and playing with a number of the great ones in the Jewish and Jazz circuits, including the the Late Don Lanphere, a phenomenal Jazz tenor saxophonist and teacher, the late Howie Leess, whom we all know and loved who wrote the book on how to play Klezmer Saxophone, Jay Thomas, another incredible multi-reed and brass musician extraordinaire who makes his home in the Seattle area, and David Baker, the longtime head of the Indiana University Jazz Program. Jay can be reached at his law office, (206) 233-0828, where he masquerades as a personal injury and criminal defense attorney by day while secretly breaking into crazy fits of Klezmer playing at night. He also responds promptly to all e-mail inquiries sent to him. www.klezkatz.com. E-mail Jay Krulewitch.
Kuipers, Sake (Reeuwijk, the Netherlands). E-mail Sake Kuipers.
Kushner, Ellen. (radio: Sound & Spirit) Boston-based writer, radio show host, performer. Shows include The Golden Dreydl and Esther: the feast of masks. Web: www.ellenkushner.com. E-mail Ellen Kushner.
Kushner, Sy. (Ardsley, NY). Accordionist, released Arise! (late 2008), Journeys (2009) and most recently … from my soul … (Nov. 2010), new Jewish music by Sy Kushner Volume Three. This CD features Sy on accordion, backed up by some of New York's top klezmer musicians, performing original music. Music books containing the music from the CD are available for Bb and C instruments. Previous recordings include KlezSqueeze (1996). Sy was also one of the founders and Music Director of the 1960's Jewish music group, The Mark Three, which released 2 albums in the mid 1960's of contemporary Chassidic music. The New Jewish Sound, The Mark 3 Orchestra and Singers was reissued on CD with the original artwork in 2010. The band's founding members are Sy Kushner, Jordan Penkower and Ben Hulkower. Playing clarinet on the recording is Chizik Epstein of Epstein Brothers fame. Web: nulitemusic.com. E-mail Sy Kushner.
Kutner, Fishl (writer: Der Bay). "Fishl Kutner edits Der Bay, an Anglo-Yiddish newsletter, and has The Yiddish Network (TYN), a network of Yiddish lovers in every state in the U.S. and in 35 other countries.His education was in agricultural education having been raised on a poultry farm in NJ and taught vo-ag. His background includes, pres. of a major Conservative congregation, V.P. of ZOA, and founder of an Israeli investment club. He retired from teaching in 1984 and moved with his wife Sally to CA. Activities here includes; pres. of a B'nai B'rith Unit, the Natl. Exec. Bd. of The Arbeter Ring, leading a Yiddish club, and teaching beginners/intermediate Yiddish." For info on "Der Bay," or "TYN," write: 1128 Tanglewood Way, San Mateo, CA 94403. Web: www.derbay.org. E-mail Fishl Kutner.
Lachs, Ruti (Ireland). E-mail Ruti Lachs.
Laden, Benjamin (band: Benny & the Vilda Chayas, Philadelphia, PA). Leader of Benny and The Vildachayas and Producer of the Annual InterGalactic Jewish Music Festival in Philadelphia. We play our own unique style of Jewish music and also play at weddings and other events that call for big time freilach! The InterGalactic Jewish Music Festival presents Progressive Jewish Music on the first weekend of every November. Contact Ben at P.O. Box 29740, Elkins Park, Pa. 19027. E-mail Benjamin Laden.
Lapidus, Joellen (band: The Extreme Klezmer Makeover, Greater Los Angeles, CA). Multi-instrumentalist, Joellen Lapidus, plays clarinet, accordion and dulcimer in the Extreme Klezmer Makeover Band. Her Klezmer Band Workshop offers people of all ages, all instruments and all levels and chance to play in a klezmer band and learn the rhythms and melodies of this fiercely happy Eastern European dance music. Web: www.lapidusmusic.com. E-mail Joellen Lapidus
Lawrence, Gary (Florida, USA). Explore the rich traditions of Jewish Music (Klezmer) with Gershon, Der Yiddishe Ragtime Man. Gershon is also known as pianist/vocalist Gary Lawrence, featured for over a decade with the world-reknowned Epstein Brothers Orchestra. The entire history of Klezmer music comes alive as Gary plays Yiddish-American swing and ragtime, traditional European bulgars and freilachs, along with Israeli and Chassidic rock of today and Ladino songs of the Sephardim, accompanied by "The Virtual Klezmorim." His joyous musical exploration of our wonderful musical heritage is thoroughly entertaining, as well as educational. Gary was featured in the 1995 documentary film about The Epstein Brothers, "A Tickle in the Heart." Now, Gary uses computer technology (MIDI) to re-create the wonderful sounds of The Epstein Brothers Orchestra. He plays all the parts and the result is the sound of a five-piece klezmer ensemble with the minimal expense of one musician! Gershon, Der Yiddishe Ragtime Man is perfect for fund-raising events, concerts and festivals, "simchas" (weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, etc.) and all functions where only the best Jewish music is called for! For futher booking information, call: GLP MUSIC (954) 346-8863. You can also hear sound samples of Gershon at www.glpmusic.com. E-mail Gary Lawrence
Fiddler/violinist and violist based in Seattle, WA. CD "Little Blackbird: Klezmer, Romanian, Greek, Turkish, and Hungarian Violin Music" available for download at www.cdbaby.com/layman. (www.littleblackbird.info). Sandra teaches violinists and violists from beginners on up in Seattle, and also welcomes adults wanting to learn basic music skills (ear training, music reading, basic theory, etc.). Web: www.sandralayman.com. E-mail Sandra Layman. -->
Lazzar, David (Montreal, Canada & New York City, USA). Hasidic Metal Rock Artist David Lazzar has performed with Matisyahu in Montreal, and with Piamenta this past summer. He has three heavy metal cds under his belt. To put it mildly, he has a nice heavy metal following worldwide. He has been aired on radio stations numerous times since 1995 such as Arutz 7, Radio Shalom, (Israel national radio with Ben Bresky) Montreal's Mix 96, Nachum Segal N.Y, Sweden radio,(U.K radio "Something Jewish"). He usually performes in N.Y with his band. He has two bands, one in N.Y and one in Montreal. His band members in Montreal aren't Jewish, but all his band members in N.Y are a mix of Orthodox Jews. You can see his video & get more info on his website. He has been doing this for over 10 years, targeting the Jewish teens who love heavy metal. Take care and G-D Bless! Web: www.davidlazzar.com. E-mail David Lazzar.
Leshaw, Howard. I am a New York based woodwind player specializing in klezmer and jazz. We do concerts ranging from very traditional to jazz using original material. Band size ranges from three to nine depending on need. My phone number is 212-982-8419, and my website is howardleshaw.com. My most recent CD is "Bronx Volume 2: Yiddish on the Edge," available at cdbaby.com. E-mail Howard Leshaw.
Levant, Rebecca, a Calgary singer and cantorial soloist specializes in Jewish music performs in North America. "Ani Ma'amin - I Believe - Hebrew, Yiddish, Sephardi Songs" (2004) is a debut album, a compendium of beloved songs that chronicle her life history: raised in a rich Judaic milieu, a distinguished stage career with an early role as "Anne" in the Canadian premiere of the Diary of Anne Frank, life on kibbutz in Israel, and a re-affirmation of faith. Her musical mission is to share the beauty and history of Jewish, Hebrew and Sephardic music with all cultures and religions. She also offers Musical Healing workshops. E-mail Rebecca Levant
Leverett, Margot J. (bands: Margot Leverett Klezmer Ensemble, Boston, MA & New York, NY, Klezmer Mountain Boys, NYC). Original clarinetist of the Klezmatics, also formerly in Mikveh. Her debut album "The Art of Klezmer Clarinet" is on Traditional Crossroads, CD 4296. Web: http://www.zianet.com/leverett/margot. E-mail Margot Leverett.
Levine, Cantor Lisa (Owings Mills, MD, USA) "Reaching For Peace" is a blend of gospel and Jewish liturgical music which grows out of Lisa's 20 years working with interfaith, gospel and Jewish choirs. It also contains the healing songs "MiSheberach" and "Ruach Elohim" which have become popular in congregations around the world. The lush arrangements include the voices of four choirs: adult, teen, youth and gospel and were written to be used in worship and interfaith settings. People of all faiths and backgrounds will find inspiration in this beautifully crafted CD. Lisa's message is one of faith, unity and peace. Write: 2302 Velvet Ridge Dr., Owings Mills, MD 21117. Tel: 443-824-3903. Web: www.CantorLisaLevine.com. E-mail Cantor Lisa Levine.
Leviton, Susan (Harrisburg, PA) I am a performer/teacher in Harrisburg, PA, and travel around as artist-in-residence and spreading Yiddish culture in both visual arts and singing. I have one cd out and another in the works with Michael Winograd arranging and producing. Web: www.susanlevitonarts.com. Here's a clip from KlezKamp 2012, where I performed "Shmilik, Gavrilik" with Michael Winograd, Cookie Segelstein, Avi Fox-Rosen, Lauren Brody, and Jim Guttmann.
Levy, Mark (singer, songwriter, band:
- Santa Cruz: Levy's Klezmer Klan, Felton, CA). Mark Levy has been traversing the country performing, teaching, and lecturing on various Jewish music topics including Sephardic music in Ladino (he's half Sephard), older Yiddish songs from the old country and the new world, and Klezmer music history and theory. He specializes in work songs, immigration songs, and Holocaust songs in Yiddish as well as Sephardic "romansas" in Ladino. His most recent album is "Bin ikh mir a shnayderl (I'm a little Tailor)." Tel: 408 338 7283. Write: Mitzvah Music PO Box 559 Felton CA 95018. Web: www.marklevymusic.com. E-mail Mark Levy.
Lewis, Nada (band: Tziganya, San Francisco Bay Area, CA). Band leader, instrumental ensemble classes. Available to travel and teach instrumental workshops at music camps or festivals. Bands include Tziganya Balalaika Ensemble; Panacea (accordion, vocals, violin, tzimbl, percussion; Klezmermaids all women klez band; and several others. Monday night instrumental classes in Berkeley for all musicians. Booking agency is Folkloric Productions, (510) 243-1122, Web: www.folkloric.net. E-mail Nada Lewis.
Liberman, Lev. Saxophonist who co-founded The Klezmorim in Berkeley, California, in 1975 -- the legendary band that jump-started the klezmer revival (full details at klezmo.com). Arranged, recorded, and gigged with The Klezmorim worldwide 'til 1988. Now a composer and new-media wonk in Portland, Oregon. Currently accepting engagements for klezmer lecture/demos, workshops, and performances. E-mail Lev Liberman.
Lichtenberg, Lenka (band: The Lenka Lichtenberg Group, Sisters of Sheynville, Toronto, Canada). Lenka Lichtenberg is a Canadian, Prague-born singer, composer, arranger, producer, ethnomusicologist, cantorial soloist and a bandleader of the Yiddish swing-klez band Sisters of Sheynville. She performs around the world, as a solo or with various groups. Her 2006 CD Pashtes [simplicity] involved setting to music poems by the Yiddish poet Simcha Simchovitch. On her fourth, latest CD Fray (2010), she again sets to music a number of modern poems, while creating a fresh new sound through her collaboration with several internationally renown world music artists. As a cantorial singer, Lenka is in the process of recording liturgy in dozens of Czech and Moravian synagogues, as a part of a project "Songs for the Breathing Walls". Volume I. is slated for release in late 2010. Web: www.lenkalichtenberg.com. E-mail Lenka Lichtenberg.
Lippitz, Lori (band: Maxwell Street Klezmer Band, Chicago, IL). Here are the other things I do 'tween the gigs: (1) The Annual Klezmer and Yiddish Music Institute. The three days will comprise a concert, music and dance workshops and Yiddish culture classes, and a festive evening of Yiddish/English theater, music and dance (and food, of course!) For more info or to be put on the mailing list call the JCC at (847) 675-2200 and ask for Alyce or Caroline. (2) The Jr. Klezmer Orchestra meets to rehearse every other Sunday during the school year and performs at festivals and other events. The ensemble comprises students from all parts of the city and suburbs aged 12-17. A new branch will be forming this fall in Oak Park, Illinois. For more info call the Community Foundation for Jewish Education at (312) 427-5570. (3) The Yiddish Arts Ensemble is an acting troupe of eight adult actors (equity and non-equity) and children which writes and plays family musical theater productions based on Jewish cultural theme. The YAE incorporates a taste of Yiddish for youth and sings English songs set to Yiddish folk song melodies. They play primarily for synagogues at holiday times, as well as annually at the Centre East Theater in Skokie for the general public and a public school audience. For information on this season's performances (Hanukkah time--Shmerl and Hershel are featured this season) or to be put on the mailing list call Lynn Shapiro, producer: (847) 835-5135. (These activites are done under the auspices of the Klezmer Music Foundation, Inc. an Illinois not-for-profit organization I started in 1994 in hopes that other people would join and take part in the revival of Yiddishkeit and music in the Chicago area, or contribute to this work. So far this hasn't happened, but volunteers and support is always welcome!). Web: www.klezmerband.com. E-mail Lori Lippitz.
Lockwood, Jeremiah (band: Sway Machinery, New York City). Recordings include
- The Nigun Project, 2011. E-mail Jeremiah Lockwood.
London, Frank. Trumpet player with the Klezmatics, Les Misérables Brass Band, and Hasidic New Wave. Also involved with numerous other projects, including the soundtrack to The Shvitz, 1994; "Nigunim", 1998; "Shekhina," 1999; "Di Shikere Kapelye" (2000); .Invocations" (2000), The Zmiros Project, (2002), Divan soundtrack, (2003). E-mail Frank London.
Lozinsky, Vira. Lozinsky is a leading voice among a new generation of singers cultivating Yiddish culture in Israel. She is also one of the freshest young talents in the international Yiddish music scene. She has performed at theatres and festivals throughout Israel and Europe. Vira was born in 1974 in Beltz, Moldova (Bessarabia), to a family of Yiddish artists. Her father Michael Felsenbaum founded the Yiddish theater of Beltz in 1989 and is a prominent figure in the post-Soviet Yiddish revival. Well known as a poet and playwright, he has written many of the songs in Vira’s repertoire. Vira’s mother Fania was also a prolific performer and singer of Yiddish and Romanian songs throughout the 1970’s and 1980’s. Vira started playing the violin at the age of six, but her real passion was always singing. From the age of 13 until her immigration to Israel in 1991 she sang in the Beltz Yiddish Theater and also performed solo concerts throughout the former USSR. After immigrating to Israel at age 16 she earned her BA in Musicology and Yiddish literature at Bar-Ilan University. In 2000 she graduated with honors from the vocal program of Israel’s prestigious Rimon school of Jazz & Contemporary Music. Perhaps the most significant event in her career occurred in 2002 when she met the great Yiddish singer Nechama Lifshitz, who has since remained her teacher and mentor. An enchanting performer in every way, Vira’s mellifluous alto voice is powerful, warm, expressive, and pure. Her unique repertoire includes new material written especially for her, as well as Yiddish folk songs, songs of Bessarabian, Romanian and Polish Jewish poets, and of classical and modern Yiddish poets like I.Manger, Z.Berdichever, M. Gebirtig, A.Greenblat, M.Felsenbaum. Web: myspace.com/viralozinsky.
Lucas, Gary. New York City-based guitarist. Two albums on Tzadik, fusing a wide variety of Jewish sources with popular and avant garde intonations have been reviewed on the KlezmerShack: Busy Being Born, 1998; and Street of Lost Brothers, 2000. Email Gary Lucas
Luminsky, Sasha (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band (CD "Fire"); Chutzpah Klezmer Ensemble; Anne Lederman Band ("Come From Every Way"); Lenka Lichtengberg Band (3 CD's - "Deep Inside","Open The Gate","Pashtes-Simplicity"); Beyond the Pale Band (CD "Beyond the Pale"); Trio Norte (CD "Trio Norte", 2004 #1 Video in BRAVO). Professional Accordionist,Piano/Keyboard player, Conductor, Composer, Teacher with Leningrad Conservatory Master Degree Diploma. Tel: 416) 782-5873 / Mob: (416) 722-3002. Web: www.luminsky.com. E-mail Sasha Luminsky.
Lutins, Allen (bands: Klez Project, The Cornell University Klezmer Ensemble, Ithaca, NY). Klezmer clarinetist playing in various ensembles in the Binghamton and Ithaca regions of upstate New York. Also maintains Klezmer Guide, the internet's most comprehensive cross-reference to klezmer recordings & sheet music sources. Web: www.lutins.org. Email: allen lutins
Lynn, Steven. (Philadelphia, PA). I am a clarinetist in the Philadelphia area and I'm seeking to join with other musicians who play Klezmer (traditional and/or experimental). I also play flute, sax, guitar, bass, keyboards and percussion. Tel: 215-464-5136. E-mail Steven Lynn.
Magalnyk, Iliya (band: Magalnyk Klezmer Band, Nesher, Israel). Accordionist, music arranger, film & theater composer and a member of the Israel Composers' League. Wrote arrangements of popular, jazz and Jewish folk music, as well as original compositions for leading Israeli theater groups including the Chamber Theater, the Ha'bima, the Chan and the Haifa Theater. A founder and music director of the Magalnyk Klezmer Band which successfully toured Israel and abroad, and participated in a number of international music festivals including: 1999: Strassburg (France); 1999, 2002, 2004: Tzfat Festival (Israel); 2000: Atlanta (USA); 2003: Klezmer Music Festival in Vienna (Austria); 2004: Gdansk and Sopot (Poland); 2005: International Klezmer Festival Fürth (Germany). Born in Moldova (Former Soviet Union) in 1961. Emigrated to Israel in 1990. E-mail Iliya Magalnyk.
Maron, Ravi Miriam (Thousand Oaks, CA, USA). A spiritual healer and mentor in private practice, Miriam also teaches intensives on Jewish Kabbalistic healing modalities and has facilitated workshops, services and retreats across the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Israel on healing and mind, body, and soul integration. A prolific singer and songwriter, her concerts, as well as her albums "Wings of Light," "Light out of Darkness," "Chants of the Sacred Four," "Mystic Convergence," "Surrender," "AngelSong," and "Call from the Narrows," feature Jewish healing and mystical songs and chants, and have received wide acclaim from interdenominational sources across the globe. Miriam also performs life-cycle ceremonies and sacred dance, and has taught at numerous educational institutions and retreat centers. Contact: POB 3931, Thousand Oaks, CA 91359. Web: www.MiriamsCyberWell.com. E-mail Ravi Miriam Maron.
- Marx, Cantor Rogerio (band: Die Sheine Meidl un dem Schmendriks, Albany, NY). E-mail Cantor Rogerio Marx.
Mayor, Melinda Gidaly (writer & performer, Vancouver, BC). "I am currently working on a show about Judaism that I plan on touring to Fringe Festivals. My goal is to create a humourous and informative musical about being Jewish, one that answers all those questions I have been asked countless times (and sometimes didn't know the answers to myself!). I am looking for a composer to collaborate with. I'd like to achieve a balance of musical theatre and klezmer. If you are interested in this project, or are familiar with anyone who you think might find this up their alley, I would love to hear from you." Web: www.MelindaGidaly.ca. E-mail Melinda Gidaly Mayor
Mayrent, Sherry (President, Living Traditions Board of Directors Associate Director, KlezKamp, Somerville, MA). Clarinet, solo performer, composer, record producer, music educator, Associate Director of KlezKamp, Living Traditions' annual Yiddish folk arts program (www.klezkamp.org). Producer of "Klezmorim in a Kestl", authentic klezmer styles for PGMusic's auto-accompaniment program, Band in a Box (www.pgmusic.com for the program; KIAK available from the author). Her 1995 album, "Hineni" is a lovely and deep cross between klezmer and prayer (ari). E-mail Sherry Mayrent.
McLeod, Rory. (London, UK) Singer, tapdancing traveller-storyteller, songwriter, trombone, harmonica virtuoso, Russian Jewish Scottish/London Roots. Web: www.rorymcleod.com. Tel: +44 (0)191 427 6207 Agent NEM. E-mail Rory McLeod.
Metashvili, Nancy. Klezmer Flautist 'at large', currently wandering the globe. E-mail Nancy Metashvili.
Mlotek, Zalmen. One of the world's foremost authorities on Yiddish folk and theater Music, Mr. Mlotek was raised in a Yiddish-speaking family renowned for their published collections of Jewish songs. He has been an innovative force in developing contemporary musical theater pieces about the Jewish-American experience for the stage, including the Drama Desk winning and Tony Award nominated "Those Were The Days," and the long-running Off-Broadway play, "The Golden Land," which toured nationally and internationally under the sponsorship of Leonard Bernstein. Mlotek is the Executive Director of The Folksbiene Yiddish Theater, folksbiene.org, the country's only permanent Yiddish theater company. He was music director for Isaac Bashevis Singer's "Shlemiel The First," at the Serious Fun Festival at Lincoln Center and is music director for the annual Lincoln Center Summer Yiddish Concert (featured on the PBS special Itzhak Perlman: In The Fiddler's House). Mlotek has concertized and lectured throughout Europe, Russia and Israel. He is the conductor of The Workmen's Circle Chorus, The New Yiddish Chorale and Generations in Harmony, an intergenerational sponsored by DOROT. In addition to his collaborations with Sheldon Harnick and Michel LeGrand, his Yiddish choral work can be heard on Mandy Patinkin's CD, Mameloshen, and his music arrangements in the films "In The Presence Of Mine Enemies" and "The Devil's Arithmetic." Mr. Mlotek teaches at Yeshiva University Belz School of Music and is Director of Arts Programming for the Workmen's Circle/Arbeter Ring. His collaboration with Adrienne Cooper, "Ghetto Tango" was among the 2001 "KlezmerShack Top 10." E-mail Zalmen Mlotek.
Moitlis, Olga (Harpist and Music Manager, Haifa, Israel). Olga Moitlis' (Musicolga) musical bands contain different combinations of players who play jewish music in modern virtuoso jazz style.The group of experienced musicians have been cooperating for more than 10 years. "The heart" of the most ensembles is Iliya Magalnyk, composer, arranger and brilliant accordion player. ("Magalnyk Kleizmer's Band"). The original combination of klezmer's traditional instruments and biblical sounds of harp creates new and fresh style. You can listen to some examples of music on our website. "The Wandering Stars" CD (of "Magalnyk Kleizmer's Band") was awarded a special prize of the Ministry of Education of Israel. Our bands always have a great success in at various festivals and concerts in Israel and abroad. Contact: P.O.B 7753, Haifa 34366, Israel. Tel: +972 54 590 6576, +972 52 815 1504. Web: www.musicolga.com. E-mail Olga Moitlis.
Möricke, Sanne. currently one of the most sought-after klezmer accordionists. Plays for Khupe and Sukke, has performed with Frank London's Klezmer Brass Allstars, Joshua Horowitz, Michael Alpert etc. She's a teacher at KlezKamp, KlezFest London, Klezmerwochen Weimar. Living in Berlin, Germany. Tel: 49 (30) 4171 4925. E-mail Sanne Möricke.
Morrison, Wendy (band: Klezcentricity, Klezmos, Washington, DC): Piano accordion, diatonic button accordion, English and Anglo concertinas, 5-string banjo, pennywhistle. A longtime mainstay of the DC area folk music scene as a performer, dance accompanist, studio musician, and workshop leader, Wendy also teaches music and Judaic studies to adults and children. Her compelling liturgical and instrumental compositions spring from a deep understanding and love of traditional music. Wendy is known not only for her unusual accompaniment style and refreshingly different chording and rhythmic patterns, but also for her uncanny ability to pick up and recall tunes by ear. The bulk of her repertoire consists of folk dance melodies, mostly Klezmer, Irish, New England Contradance, and Scandinavian fiddle tunes. In her "spare" time, she hunts in YouTune Forest for wild tunes. E-mail Wendy Morrison.
Nadel, Seth. (singer/songwriter, performer, and teacher, New Jersey) Writing soulful music that pulls on the heartstrings of his listeners, Seth strives for something deeper. This depth comes from years of studying and playing music from all over the world. His unique blend of "Jewish folk rock" is spiritual and passionate. Whether playing with a full band or solo, his performances are energetic and uplifting. He weaves words of Torah and Chassidic tales in between his soulful songs. Seth believes, like the Chassidic masters have taught, that music is a vehicle that can bring one closer to G-d. "Reb Seth" has traveled North America playing at shabbatonim, cafés, schools, universities, summer camps and synagogues. He has performed for audiences of all ages and all types of Jewish backgrounds. Seth is currently studying in rabbinical school and teaching. Seth is available for concerts, shabbatonim, classes, and leading spirited synagogue services. Stay tuned for Seth's full length CD debut, "Achas Shoalti", One Thing I Ask, in stores soon! Tel: 201-264-8707. Web: www.sethnadel.com. E-mail Seth Nadel.
Nahon, Peter (Aaron Lebedeff website). French collector of jewish theatre and music-related stuff (cylinders, 78s, sheet music, books …). If someone has material or infos related to Aaron Lebedeff, he must contact me! E-mail Peter Nahon.
Notkowitz, Yosi (agent, Tel Aviv, Israel). Producing culture events. Representing Jewish & Israeli & International artists. P.O.Box 616 Ramat Gan 52105, Israel. Tel 972 3 5367201, Fax 972 3 5637204, Mobile 972 52 514730. E-mail Yosi Notkowitz.
Novak, Mark (storyteller, cantor, band: The Mark Novak Band). Cantor/Musician Mark Novak & Storyteller Renée Brachfeld have been presented as Artists in Residence weekends at over 40 synagogues across the US. Their 1996 recording "King Solomon's Daughter" was honored with the Parents' Choice Gold Award. Their programs include "This Ain't your Bubbe's Yiddish Theater" and "Klezmer Tales", an evening of Jewish storytelling and Klezmer music! Web: www.Jewishstorytelling.com. E-mail Mark Novak.
Nunn-Weinberg, Michael (Minneapolis, MN, USA) I used to play guitar but I had put it aside for many years. I recently found Radio Free Klezmer and the music of Tzadik records' Radical Jewish Culture and have become inspired to start playing again. If anybody in the St. Paul/Minneapolis area is interested in playing in style of groups like Rashamin, Aaron Alexander and Hasidic New Wave (as well as traditional Klezmer) and wouldn't mind letting a guy who is getting his chops back sit in, please get in touch with me. E-mail Michael Nunn-Weinberg.
Ofri, Esti Kenan. (bands: Kol-Oud-Tof Trio, Kol-Tof Duo, Israel) A leading voice of Sephardi - Jewish traditions. Ensembles include the KOL-TOF duo (Ladino from all around the Mediterranean) and the KOL OUD TOF trio (Jewish Morroccan music). Please visit our web site where you will find more information about our music, our c.d's + music samples, artists bio's, reviews, some photos and contact address. Web: www.koltofmusic.com. E-mail Esti Kenan Ofri.
Olenick, Jeffrey (Yiddish song: Portland, OR). Amy [Shapiro] is a fine singer with a broad range, who especially excels at Jewish material -- Yiddish folk and theater songs, religious and Israeli songs and Ladino folk material. She is also a teacher and leads a very fine children's choir in Portland. I am a multi-instrumentalist -- clarinet, piano, dumbek and banjo. We play many weddings and bar/bat mitzvahs, and have released 2 albums, Oy Mama and just this year, Life (which also featured our son Louie). Both albums contain a variety of musical styles, and feature songs in Yiddish, Hebrew and Ladino. Amy and I have played extensively in the Midwest (we used to have a bluegrass band) and have played in Israel and Birobidjan. Amy has toured Scandinavia as well. E-mail Jeff Olenick.
Oresky, Alan (violin and mandolin, Washington, DC). I have over 40 years of experience as a professional musician. I still perform Israeli, Klezmer and various other styles of Jewish music for concerts and events, both public and private. I am an original member of the Fabrangen Fiddlers. Those who wish to book me for engagements in the Washington, DC / Baltimore area can go to my commercial website at: www.gigmasters.com/swing/AlanOresky. E-mail Alan Oresky. (Alan Oresky)
Ovrutskaya, Yana (band: The Vocal Quartet Ashkenazim, Russia/UK). I am a singer, perform solo and with the vocal quartet "Ashkenazim" (led by P. Achkinazi-Shepherd). I recorded solo CD "A bisele haynt" (2003), there are 17 folk and authors songs in Yiddish, inclusive P. Achkinazi-Shepherd's songs and one nign of my own composition. Now I work on national TV in Moscow and am preparing the new solo program "Di beyze libe" with Polina and Merlin Shepherd. Web: www.ashkenazim.ru/eng/solisti-yana.htm. E-mail Yana Ovrutskaya.
Palmer, Philip is a teacher, translator and music writer based in Krakow, Poland. E-mail Philip Palmer.
van Peer, René is a music journalist from The Netherlands who writes about traditional and new (composed, improvised and electronic) music, and about environmental recordings. His work is published in various periodicals in his home country and in the American magazines Musicworks (Toronto, Canada), Experimental Musical Instruments (Nicasio, CA) and Leonardo Music Journal (San Francisco, CA). The Journal of the Society for Ethnomusicology published his survey of European record labels of traditional music in its Summer 1999 issue. He also produces programs about traditional music for Dutch national radio. Two of his articles, about the Japanese Klezmer band, "Betsuni Nanmo Klezmer", and about the American "New Klezmer Trio", are available on the 'Shack. Tel: +31 13 4552358. E-mail: René van Peer.
Peisach, Dan. (band: Twas Brillig and the Mazel-toves, Ann Arbor, MI) Trombone player equally comfortable in the klezmer and contra dance worlds. E-mail: Dan Peisach.
Peppler, Jane (reviewer: klezmer, for SingOut; bands: Mappamundi, Triangle Jewish Chorale, Durham, NC) I sing Yiddish folk and theater music and play klezmer instrumentals with the band Mappamundi -- direct the Triangle Jewish Chorale (singing in Hebrew, Yiddish, and Ladino) -- and am music director for the lay cantors at Temple Judea Reform Congregation in Durham NC. I also review klezmer recordings for SingOut Magazine and the fastest way for people to get their music listened to for review is to send a copy to me directly as well as one to SingOut (they always ask for two copies anyway, it's just that if you send both copies to them it takes them a month or three to send the review copy to me). Send review CDs to: 5301 Cedronella Drive, Chapel Hill NC 27514. E-mail Jane Peppler.
Perles, Rick (New Orleans, LA) E-mail Rick Perles.
Perlman, Jeffrey (bands: The Village Klezmer Quintet, Klez Que C'est, Romashka, Brooklyn, NY). Clarinetist Jeff Perlman plays Jewish and gypsy music around the New York area. He is particularly fond of the music from Moldova, and his playing is infused with things he has picked up traveling throughout Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. From 1997-2001 he was an integral member of the Yale Klezmer Band. E-mail Jeff Perlman.
Pestuka, Vojtech (band: Létající rabín (Flying Rabbi), Prostejov, Czech Republic). E-mail Vojtech Pestuka.
Phillips, Stacy (book: Klezmer Collection; band: Afro-Semitic Experience). Phillips has also released several American music albums, including 2001's excellent "From the Inside." Web: www.stacyphillips.com. E-mail Stacy Phillips.
Pollak, Leon (band: Ensemble Klesmer Wien, Vienna, Austria), violin and voice, was born in 1940 in the Ukraine. He grew up in Liegnitz, in post-war Poland, attending the Jewish school there, which afforded him his first contact with the Yiddish language and literature. These initial encounters with Yiddish were further nurtured at home by his parents. The renowned Jewish Theater, led by Ida Kaminska in Warsaw, made a lasting impression on him. After studying the violin at the city conservatory, he continued his studies in Israel, adding voice and the trombone, which he played in the Israeli Army Orchestra. From 1963-1967 he was a violist in the Haifa Symphony Orchestra, moving on to Vienna to continue his studies at the Vienna Music Academy. Between 1970 and 1975 he performed as a violist with the ORF Symphony Orchestra and has been a member of the Temple Choir since 1976, which he occasionally conducts. In 1989 he founded Ensemble Klesmer Wien along with Joshua Horowitz (Graz), in order to cultivate and foster the performance of Jewish music from eastern Europe. E-mail Leon Pollak.
Put, Quido (band: The Klezmerantics, Haarlem, Holland). E-mail Quido Put.
Puwalski, Tom (band: Lox & Vodka, Washington, DC). Retired Principal Clarinetist with the United States Army Field Band, Clarinetist with Lox and Vodka, and looking for a used Taragoto. Author of "The Clarinetists Guide to Learning Klezmer". E-mail Tom Puwalski.
Rabins, Alicia Jo (Portland, OR) is a composer, performer, poet and teacher based in Portland, OR and Brooklyn, NY. She is the songwriter and bandleader of Girls in Trouble, www.girlsintroublemusic.com, an art-pop song cycle about the complicated lives of Biblical women, and the creator of "A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff" (trailer: vimeo.com/63545087), a chamber rock-opera about the intersection of spirituality and finance. For eight years Alicia was the fiddler in acclaimed klezmer-rock band Golem; her poetry appears in Ploughshares, American Poetry Review, and the Boston Review. Alicia is also a Jewish educator with a MA in Jewish Women's and Gender Studies from JTS, and teaches tutors independent bar and bat mitzvah students online. E-mail Alicia Jo Rabins.
Rabushka, Aaron (composer). "Classical composer with strong roots in Jewish heritage is looking for the opportunity to create new works in the ever-expanding Jewish tradition. I have composed settings of several psalms (102, 118, 126) as well as several klezmeroid pieces. I can tap an extremely versatile technique and personality to be able to work with performers in just about any type of situation. I can create new instrumental works, or vocal works using English, Hebrew, Aramaic, or Yiddish texts. If you would like a work in a language other than the above by all means contact me so we can talk about it. Several of my compositions are featured on compact discs issued by the Vienna Modern Masters company (Vienna, Austria). I am the founding producer of a weekly radio show devoted to Jewish music and culture that is still running in its eleventh year. For seven years I was the major producer and program host, and I alternated weeks for two years after taking a year-long sabbatical." Web: users.waymark.net/arabushk. E-mail Aaron Rabushka.
- Rapoport, Jona (artists' rep, publicity, radio: "Art & Fine Living with Jona", Montreal, QC, Canada). Jona Rapoport provides publicity services to art organizations and performers worldwide. Services include production of media kits; press releases; review lists; resumes and bios; website content; French to English review translation and more. Also, targeted distribution of press releases and complete media campaigns.
Regenstreif, Michael (writer: Ottawa Jewish Bulletin, Ontario, Canada). E-mail Mike Regenstreif.
Reid, Roger / Ruvi Tsimbler (Hastings On Hudson, NY, USA) I am an amateur tsimbler and tsimbl builder. I'm in Hastings On Hudson NY, a half hour north of midtown NYC. Currently working with simple system flute player Alan Fendler on a number of flute and tsimbl duets that we expect to start playing out soon. These are in the old, pre-American manner. Alan and I are interested in adding a cello or bass to our duo. He's in South Orange NJ and we try to rehearse about once a week, rotating who travels. Please contact me if this interests you! I also am an amateur shaliach tzibur with a special affection for learning as many different versions of Lecha Dodi as I can. I take lessons and mostly sing wordless or in Hebrew, from liturgy or from the Chassidic rep. Web: www.ruvitsimbler.com also www.gotbelf.com. E-mail Roger Reid.
Reider, Gustavo. I live in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I have written several songs. I have also written a book called: "How to make music with Kabala." In this book I make music with Kabala, this is an original method for making music. He escrito mísica y me interesa que se la conzca,puedo enviarla a su pedido en el programa encore,ya que la hago en la computadora.pienso que vale la pena que se la escuche,y me interesaría saber si hay alguna banda en interpretarla. E-mail Gustavo Reider.
Robinson, Cyril (radio: Cyril's Cabaret, Carbondale, IL). For the last few years I have been going to Jewish music festivals, KlezKamp, Toronto, St. Petersberg, London, and Paris. All these recordings are now deposited in the Jewish Music Archives at the Harold Washington Chicago Public Library under the auspices of Chicago YIVO (Web: www.chipublib.org/ 008subject/ 001artmusic/ jewish/jewishmain.html). Mail: 520 N. Michaels Street, Carbondale, Il, 62901. Tel: 618-549-0028. Fax: 618-453-6377. E-mail Cyril Robinson.
Robinson, George (writer, music reviewer) is the lead music critic for Jewish Week in NYC. His record column also frequently appears in the Detroit Jewish News. He is the author of Essential Judaism (Pocket Books) and his new book, Essential Torah, will be published by Schocken in late 2005 or early 2006. George is always looking for music to review. E-mail George Robinson.
Rogovoy, Seth (writer, music reviewer based in Western Massachusetts). Seth Rogovoy is an award-winning music critic who writes about Jewish music for the Forward, Hadassah Magazine, and Berkshire Living magazine, for which he serves as editor-in-chief and critic-at-large. His web site (www.rogovoy.com) includes reviews of and interviews with David Krakauer, Andy Statman, and the Klezmatics. He is the author of "The Essential Klezmer," (2000, from Algonquin books), and "Bob Dylan: Prophet, Mystic, Jew" (due from Scribner Books in Spring 2009). Several of his articles are available from this site. Web: www.berkshireweb.com/rogovoy/. E-mail Seth Rogovoy.
Rosenberg, Dick (band: Mashke, Boston, MA) "My name is Dick Rosenberg. I play clarinet, tenor sax and electric bass. I am the leader of Mashke, a Boston-based Klezmer band. My band and I also do Israeli, Yiddish, Ladino, Pop, Rock and Jazz. E-mail Dick Rosenberg.
Rosenblatt, Elie (Jerusalem, Israel). Currently based in Israel, Elie Rosenblatt is an internationally renowned performer in the klezmer violin style. He served for a number of years on the faculty of the annual Klezkanada conference, one of the world's leading conferences on Jewish culture and music, where he taught klezmer theory and klezmer violin, and organized ensemble workshops. Elie has performed worldwide with a number of today's leading international klezmer musicians. His extensive research in the traditional klezmer violin style also culminated in a CD recording with Pete Rushefsky entitled "Tsimbl un Fidl: Klezmer Music for Hammered Dulcimer and Violin' with tsimbl player, Pete Rushefsky (released August 2001) has won much acclaim. Contact: +972-54-810-5594. E-mail Elie Rosenblatt.
Rosenstock, Bruce (webmaster: www.sephardifolklit.org, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign). Folk Literature of the Sephardic Jews is a multimedia archive of ballads and other oral literature in Judeo-Spanish collected from 1957 to 1993 by Samuel G. Armistead (University of California, Davis), the late Joseph H. Silverman (University of California, Santa Cruz), and Israel J. Katz. Web: www.sephardifolklit.org. E-mail Bruce Rosenstock.
Rubertone, Tom (New Rochelle, NY, USA) I have been playing klezmer fiddle for about ten years (since becoming an observant jew); prior to that I played some celtic and country on the fiddle to supplement my extensive rock, jazz and country guitar background. I also play keyboards and sing, particularly for synagogue events. I am looking for traditional klezmer jam sessions or gigs in NYC or suburbs. Also interested in joining an established jewish rock/klezmer type of project (shomer shabbat only). Tel: 914-740-3229. E-mail Tom Rubertone.
Rubin, Joel. Ethnomusicologist and clarinetist; leader Joel Rubin Jewish Music Ensemble since 1994; currently (2006-) Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Music Performance at the McIntire Department of Music, University of Virginia. At UVA he teaches ethnomusicology courses on Jewish musical traditions and American music, and directs the UVA Klezmer Ensemble. Albums he has produced, compiled, and/or played on appear on Traditional Crossroads, Wergo and Trikont. Rubin albums reviewed on these pages include his Bessarabian Symphony with Josh Horowitz, and his 1995 recording with the Epstein Brothers, Zeydes un Eyniklekh. His first recording, Brave Old World, was rereleased on CD by Wergo as "Hungry Hearts" and is currently out of print but still available if you hunt for it. Rubin also co-founded and played on the first Brave Old World album, Klezmer Music. In collaboration with Rita Ottens, he is editor of the Trikont klezmer trilogy Yikhes (Inheritance), Doyres (Generations), and Shteygers (Ways). Rubin is also co-editor with Ottens of the Jewish Music Series of CDs for Schott Wergo. Rubin and Ottens were the initiators and co-authors of the award-winning documentary "A Tickle in the Heart" about the Epstein Brothers (1996). Rubin performs programs of klezmer and hasidic music with the "Joel Rubin Jewish Music Ensemble" and with tsimbalist Pete Rushefsky. Rubin and Rushefksy collaborate with Rabbi Eli Silberstein in a program of Lubavitcher hasidic nigunim and with Nobel Prize laureate, poet and Holocaust survivor Roald Hoffmann in a program of remembrance. Rubin's latest albums are "The Nign of Reb Mendel" (Traditional Crossroads, forthcoming in September, 2010), featuring the Joel Rubin Ensemble and the singing of Rabbi Silberstein, and "Midnight Prayer" (Traditional Crossroads, 2007). Contact: Tel: (434) 882-3161. Snail mail: McIntire Department of Music, University of Virginia, PO Box 400176, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4176. Web: www.joelrubinklezmer.com. Myspace: www.myspacemusic.com/joelrubinjewishmusicensemble; Twitter: joelrubinklez. E-mail Joel Rubin.
Rubin, Mark (bands: Rubinchik's Yiddish Ensemble, Bad Livers, Austin, TX, Youngers of Zion, Frank London's Klezmer Brass All Stars, Veretski Pass (as a 2nd string Stu Brotman impersonator, Steven Greenman's Stempenyu's Dream, Brian Marshall and his Tex-Slavic Playboys, Mark Halata and Texavia and the Ridgetop Syncopators). Web: www.markrubin.com. E-mail Mark Rubin.
Rubin, Mindy Segal. (Canton, OH). I have recently moved to Canton, Ohio and am trying to get a klezmer group started here. I need a lead player, either violin or clarinet, since I play keyboards and kind of sing. Just for fun, and then maybe some gigs…. Please email me if you are interested. E-mail Mindy Segal Rubin.
Rudin, Rob (bands: Garlic and Onions (klezmer), Einstein's Little Homunculus (Celtic Eccentric and contra dance), Sinah (Irish), The Jellyrollers (blues), Boston, MA). Also plays jazz & teaches drums and percussion. 617-864-9162, Web: www.elh.org. E-mail Rob Rudin.
Rushefsky, Pete. (Di Tsvey, Rebecca Kaplan & Pete Rushefsky, Syracuse, NY) Tsimbl, 5-String Banjo. CDs with Elie Rosenblatt entitled Tsimbl un Fidl: Klezmer Music for Hammered Dulcimer and Violin, 2001, and with Becky Kaplan On the paths: Yiddish songs with tsimbl, 2004, (available from www.hatikvahmusic.com or www.cdbaby.com). Book/tape entitled The Essentials of Klezmer 5-String Banjo available from Elderly Instruments (www.elderly.com). E-mail Pete Rushefsky.
Ms. Rapoport is an experienced publicist, journalist and artist manager/publicist to American composer Lori Laitman. She provides publicity services to soprano Janice Chandler- Eteme, percussionist Sam Ruttenberg, The Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Bach-Academie de Montreal, pianist Francois Chouchan and many more. Jona is a member of Musical America and Opera America.
She is also the host and producer of Art & Fine Living with JONA, a weekly show dedicated to promoting music and arts on CJRS Radio in Montreal.Web: http://www.jonarapoport.com">www.jonarapoport.com. E-mail Jona Rapoport. (Jona Rapoport) Rappoport, Alan (band: The Klezmakers, San Francisco Bay Area). E-mail Alan Rappoport
Sadeh, Daphna (band: The Voyagers, London, UK) Israeli Born Daphna Sadeh is a composer and a Double Bass player. Her compositions reflect and integrate the diversity of musical cultures she has experienced as a musician. She has performed internationally since 1990 with various ethnic groups such as East West Ensemble, Eve's Women and her current group, based in London, The Voyagers. Web: www.daphnasadeh.com. E-mail Daphna Sadeh.
Sandler, Susan. See "Susan Watts Hoffman".
Sapoznik, Henry. (band: Hank Sapoznik and the Youngers of Zion). Author of Klezmer! Jewish Music From Old World to Our World (Music Sales Corp, 2000), [winner of both the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award and an ARSC excellence award] and in addition to writing extensively about klezmer music, is also a Grammy-nominated record producer and performer. He also founded the first archives of Yiddish recordings, serving as the Director of the Archives of Recorded Sound at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research (1982-1994). Along with David Isay he co-produced the award-winning "The Yiddish Radio Project" which aired on National Public Radio in 2002. Sapoznik also co-founded and remains Executive Director of "Living Traditions, " a non-profit organization that, among its activites, runs the highly acclaimed "KlezKamp: The Yiddish-Folk Arts Program." Among the compilations he has produced, I have reviewed the Tarras, Brandwein, and Klezmania CDs. . He was also co-founder of Kapelye. E-mail Henry Sapoznik.
Schaffer, Brett (band: Lox & Vodka, Baltimore, MD, USA). Drummer. Symphonic, jazz, classic rock and Klez...BIG TIME. Started playing (Yeshivishe) Jewish music 1965. Played with Kol Chayim Orchestra since 1980 and with Lox and Vodka since 1995. Full bio. at: Loxvodka.com. E-mail Brett Schaffer.
Schalom, Guy (Manchester, UK). E-mail Guy Schalom.
Scher, Wendy. (Brooklyn, NYC) I am just a regular ol' person, torn between playing drums and baritone sax. What I lack in chops I make up for in my ears, ensemble instincts, and ability to be mesmerized. What I would like is nothing more than other people to create music with. Play in or out, klezmer or non-klezmer, whatever works. E-mail Wendy Scher.
Schildt, Sylvia (copywriter, yiddish translator, Baltimore, MD). Owner: Creative Concepts. Tel: 410-298-4765. Brilliant Copywriter, exquisite translator to/from Yiddish; able to write singable lyrics in Yiddish. Words aimed like arrows hit the mark every time. When I write your next piece of copy, your target audience will be convinced your product, service or brand is just what they've been waiting for. And that means results you can measure. Am a quick assimilator, poised to create effective communications that achieve your strategic business goals. Ready, aim, Sylvia! Resume available in MS Word or Acrobat PDF. A CV specific to Yiddish activities is also available in MS Word or Acrobat PDF.. Online portfolio is available. E-mail Sylvia Schildt.
Schnaps, Yehuda (Gimzo, Israel). Yehuda Schnaps - The "Altelach" from Gimzo. Modern quick and unique Jewish Klezmer dance, Chasidic dance and Sefardi music dance. I also sing with a special heavy "Ashkenazi" accent and rhythm. Here is a dance with the famous Klezmer band of Musa Berlin and Barni Meinbach. Close show in Purim Jewish party:
E-mail Yehuda Schnaps.
Schneider, Lisa. Fiddle/violin in Austin, TX. I personally play a wide variety of international folk dance music (including Klezmer, Hungarian, Scandinavian, Balkan, Middle Eastern, etc...) in my own bands, Kolorash and Pols Machine, and the occasional Lost Klezmer Ramblers. Former fiddle player for Rubinchik's Orkestyr. Web: www.fiddlisa.com. E-mail Lisa Schneider.
Schwartz, Elizabeth (Band: Hot Pstromi, New York & San Diego) As a Yiddish vocalist specializing in the Romanian klezmer style, Elizabeth Schwartz has been hailed by audiences, critics and fellow musicians for her "soulful", "penetrating" and "sultry" performances. The San Diego Troubadour wrote,"If Schwartz sang the national anthem before the ball game, you'd feel great even if your team lost." She has performed across North America in clubs, synagogues and, symphony concert halls. Internationally, she has performed in countries ranging from China to Mexico, and throughout Central and Eastern Europe. She has been compared to the extraordinary Romanian singer Maria Tanase and called "The Yiddish Edith Piaf". She is the subject of Romanian director Radu Gabrea's film, "Romania, Romania." Her discography includes: "Garden of Yidn" (Naxos World Records), "Café Jew Zoo" (Naxos World Records), "Borsht with Bread, Brothers"(Arc UK), "The Absolute Klezmer, Vol. II" (Transcontinental) and "Dveykes (adhesion)" (Global Village Records). Wife of noted klezmer-ethnographer Yale Strom, she has also collaborated with artists like Alicia Svigals, Andy Statman, Mark Dresser, Marty Erhlich, Salman Ahmad and Hungarian folk supergroup Muzsikas. She is the vocalist with the band Yale Strom & Hot Pstromi. Schwartz is also a writer and independent filmmaker. Her credits (as screenwriter and producer) include the documentary films "L'Chayim, Comrade Stalin!" (The Cinema Guild, 2003) and "Klezmer on Fish Street" (2004). She is in pre-production on a feature film, which she wrote and will co-direct with Yale Strom. With Strom and author Ellen Kushner, she created "The Witches of Lublin", a radio play about Jewish women's lives in 18th Century Poland. She is also the co-author, with Strom, of the Jossey-Bass publication, "A Wandering Feast: A Journey Through the Jewish Culture of Eastern Europe." Web: www.voiceofklezmer.com. E-mail Elizabeth Schwartz
Sears, Rabbi David. I teach and organize events for The Breslov Center, a Jewish outreach organization serving greater New York. We often sponsor concerts with Andy Statman and Simply Tsfat, as well as other spiritually oriented Jewish music groups. Our website is BreslovCenter.com. E-mail Dovid Sears.
Seeman (Siegelbaum), Aaron (bands: Duckmandu, Shamalamacord, Oakland, CA). Aaron Seeman is an Oakland based accordionist and singer with a huge repertoire including Klezmer, Classical, French, Polkas and more. He can provide sound (a P.A. system) for you event if needed. Tel: (510) 601-1117 / Cell: (510) 368-1450. Web: www.amazingaccordion.com. E-mail Aaron Seeman.
Seewald, Zahava. Singer lives and works in Brussels, Belgium. Zahava Seewald's mother was born in Morocco and like many Moroccan Jews she immigrated to Israel with her family when Morocco became independent in 1956. Her father is from Poland originally and in the 1930s he moved to Belgium—as was common among Polish Jews, for economic reasons. During the Second World War he was deported. He managed to escape from the train which was to take him to Auschwitz. Zahava Seewald was born in Antwerp in 1963. Liturgical singing in Hebrew and Jewish music have been part of her daily life since childhood. In 1984 she obtained a degree in Art History and Archaeology at the ULB-University in Brussels, with an additional degree in Judaism. She also studied classical singing at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels. In 1992 Seewald set up the Psamim ensemble. With it she performs, among others, a personal selection of little known Yiddish songs set to lyrics by Jewish poets. Her repertoire also includes battle songs from the world of laborers and protest songs. With one of her new ensembles Seewald performs, among others, a selection of Jewish songs from Morocco and Jewish-Spanish songs. To Seewald singing is highly linked to her personal history and to the various identities which make up her persona. She applies herself more and more to "contemporary music" in a general sense with her new project "Zohara", where tradition and modernity get intertwined. CDs include: Mosaic / Yiddish and Judeo-Spanish Songs (1991); with Psamim: Ashkenaz Songs (1995), Ashkenaz Songs II. Work and Revolution (1999), Abi Gezint (1999), Koved: A tribute to Martin Weinberg (2003). Also included on "Sasha Argov Great Jewish Music" and "Masada 10 Years volume 3". Write: 47 rue Thiéfry, 1030 Brussels. Tel: 00 32 2 648 28 22. E-mail Zahava Seewald.
Segelstein, Cookie (Marlene) (bands: Klezical Tradition, CT, Henry Sapoznik and the Youngers of Zion, Veretski Pass) Fiddler in The Klezical Tradition, Masters in Viola from Yale. Classical training, fiddling (violin/viola) on the klezmer road. Comfortable in a musical stew, strolling violin, Bach to bulgars. E-mail Cookie Segelstein.
Shapiro, Amy (Portland, OR), For details see also her partner, Jeffrey Olenick
Shapiro, Barry (band: Barry Shapiro Orchestra, Boston, MA). Accordion, piano, leader. I've also been leading the klez ensemble out of the JCC in Newton (for lack of a better name I call it the JCC klez ensemble) and this is open to any individual who wants to learn to play klezmer music and other types of Jewish music. There is a fee to join but if an individual wants to come to a session to see what it's like I encourage them to come. To join contact the JCC in Newton. Tel: 617-783-6341. E-mail Barry Shapiro.
Shapiro, Richard (bands: The RS Klezmer Band, The Klezmer Three, Pembroke Pines, FL). Comedian, musicologist, accordionist, pianist. Plays klezmer music as solo or with a group. Tel: 954-684-9565. E-mail Richard Shapiro.
Shepherd, Merlin. (bands: Merlin Shepherd Kapelye, Sound and Light Cinematic Duo, Sukke, Brighton, East Sussex, Great Britain) Merlin has played with Budowitz, FFrank London's Klezmer Brass Allstars, Sukke, New Presumption, Burning Bush, and sang with The Ashkenazim Vocal Quartet. Merlin has also done much theatre work including Klezmer music advisor (and clarinetist) to the Royal Shakespeare Company for their 1992 production of "The Dybbuk". Also music director for the RSC, Royal National Theatre, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, London. Performed the World premier of "Kol Simcha" by Adam Gorb, for London Musici and Rambert Dance Co. Composed scores for many dance and theatre companies. Merlin has taught at KlezKamp, at Klezfests in London, St Petersburg, Evpatoria, Kiev. He was also the first teacher of klezmer music at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London. His first CD as band-leader (The Merlin Shepherd Kapelye / Intimate Hopes & Terrors) was released on Oriente Musik (Nov 2006) and features ten of the leading Klezmer players from the former Soviet Union. Write: 71 Osborne Road, Brighton, BN1 6LR, UK Tel: +44 1273 55 37 37 Web: www.myspace.com/merlinshepherdkapelye. E-mail Merlin Shepherd.
Shortland-Webb, Sue (Birmingham, UK). Klezmer violinist based in Birmingham—influences include Alicia Svigals, Ilene Stahl (clarinetist), I Musici de Montréal, Joshua Horowitz (Tsimbl)to name just a few…. Performing Klezmer with musicians from around the UK, particularly Derbyshire, Manchester and Edinburgh. Tel: 0791 346 5859. 0121 688 2987. Web: www.myspace.com/hotclubbirmingham. E-mail Mike Sherman.
Shneyveys, Ilya (Bands: Forshpil, Riga, Latvia+Queen Esther Klezmer Trio, Bavarian Alpen Klezmer, International). Plays a number of different instruments (including accordion, piano, guitar, percussion and flutes) in a variety of styles, ranging from pop music to free improvisation. Since 2003, he has been involved with Yiddish music, studying, performing and teaching at international klezmer workshops and festivals in Latvia, Russia, Poland, Germany, UK and Canada. He is a founding member and artistic director of the Riga- based band Forshpil, a founding member of the Yiddish- Bavarian Alpen Klezmer project and a member of the international Queen Esther Klezmer Trio, as well as other projects. E-mail Ilya Shneyveys.
Shulman-Ment, Jake (Solo project, Art Bailey's Orkestra Popilar, Fleytmuzik, Brooklyn, New York). Violinist and composer of new Jewish music, has played across North America and Europe with many stars of the klezmer scene, as well as taught at KlezKamp, Klezmer Paris, and Yiddish Summer Weimar. Jake also travels as frequently as possible in rural Eastern Europe to find and learn from old men who play music. Web: www.myspace.com/jakeshulmanment. E-mail Jake Shulman-Ment.
Shustack, Florence (Singer, also band: Take the Oy Train, Calgary, Alberta, Canada). Founding member of the band, seasoned songstress, prolific performer on the Calgary scene, impassioned Jewish community volunteer, recipient of the Jewish Family Service President's Award for outstanding musical contributions and talents. Often referred to as "The Jewish Nightingale" and "The Hora (Klezmer) Queen of Calgary". Florence (Faigele) grew up in Montreal, Quebec, listening to the Yiddish lullabies and folk-tunes sung by her mother, Mira Goldschmidt-Weinholtz, born in Vilna and a Holocaust concentration camp survivor. This instilled in Flo a deep Jewish sensitivity and inspired her to keep the tradition and heritage alive through music and song. Web: www.florencesinger.com. E-mail Florence Shustack.
Sicular, Eve (bands: Metropolitan Klezmer, Isle of Klezbos, NYC, NY). Drummer/leader of the NYC-based "Metropolitan Klezmer" and "Isle of Klezbos" and producer of the bands' five CDs on Rhythm Media Records, with two Outmusic Awards including Outstanding Producer. Taught klezmer percussion at "Buffalo on the Roof," presented Yiddish film history at KlezKamp. In addition to klezmer, drummer for projects including Cajun/zydeco (The Voodoobillies), r&b, samba, new wave (Pink Noise), folk, rock, Middle Eastern (dumbeq), and multi-percussion (Rhythm Method), as well as musical theater and film soundtrack recording. Former curator of YIVO Institute Film & Photo Archives, and curatorial assistant at the Museum of Modern Art for the "Bridge of Light: Yiddish Film Between Two Worlds" series; numerous publications on Yiddish cinema and early Soviet film, and lecture tours with cinema clips/live program on "The Celluloid Closet of Yiddish Film" at venues from Vancouver to Hamburg, both as a solo program and live-band presentation. E-mail Eve Sicular.
Simas, Richard. Freelance journalist based in Montreal. My work, arts journalism and fiction, has been published in a variety of magazines and reviews in North America and Europe including Toronto's MusicWorks, Canadian Theatre Review, BBC Promenade Concerts, York University's Azorean Cultural Studies, Dance Connection in Vancouver, and the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's Portuguese Culture and Literary Studies. Email Richard Simas
Singer, Fay (band: Playing With Fire, Cape Town, South Africa). My role is that of researcher, and I sit in at rehearsals, and Matthew Reid and I generally seek out gigs and opportunities to perform. I am also heavily involved every year in the Yiddish Song Festival in Cape Town, which we have been doing each year since 2001. This is basically a fundraiser for the Cape Jewish Seniors' Association [CJSA]. Email Fay Singer
Singer, Florence (vocalist, Calgary, Alta, Canada). See listing for Florence Shustack.
Slepovitch, Dmitri (band: Minsker Kapelye klezmer ensemble, Litvakus, the Simcha Jewish Youth Music Theater, Brooklyn, NY, USA / Minsk, Belarus). Musician and musicologist / ethnomusicologist focusing on East Ashkenazic Jewish musical tradition both in his research and performance. E-mail Dmitri Slepovitch.
van Sliedregt, Cornelius "Cor" (band: Westfriese KLZMR banD, West-Friesland, the Netherlands). I started to play a Salzburger Chromatic Hackbrett in the Westfriese KLZMR banD and in a Durch band named SLöR which is making music of the 17the century. A kind of Dutch folk music of that time. A few years ago I did the klezmer seminar Haskala at Bad Pyrmont near Hannover, Germany, with BOW and Henry Sapoznik. I also wrote a little wordbook with all the klezmer terms; and compiled a discography of klezmer LPs, MCs and CDs. I also give lectures about the history of klezmer. E-mail Cor van Sliedregt.
Slon, Jean-Yves (Tel Aviv, Israel). I am a Blues musician from Tel Aviv area. My partner Miri Goldschlag sings Blues/Jazz standards and originals in English and Hebrew. There are some demos in our web site www.Bluegenes.biz. FYI I wrote the song "Lo matim" after dreaming of Billie Holliday singing in Hebrew. We are open to suggestions, comments, contacts... ready to perform out of Israel... p.o.b. 2058 - Savyon 56530 - ISRAEL. Tel: +972 522 405 761 / Fax: +972 3 535 71 98. E-mail Jean- Yves Slon.
Smilovich, Sergio (band: Hatzadikim, Toronto, ON, Canada) Flutist, composer, sound engineer, master degree in composition tel aviv university. Web: members.rhizome.net/sergesmi. E-mail Sergio Smilovich.
Smith, Grant (bands: Klezmer Conservatory Band, Klezperanto, Boston, MA). Drums and percussion. Web: hometown.aol.com/ gsmithdrum/ myhomepage/ business.html. E-mail Grant Smith.
Soce, the elemental wizard (New York, NY, USA). The Jewish, Gay, White MC!! Soce is every mother's dream: a nice Jewish boy. He looks so cute when he's up on stage rapping about his adventures that you'll smile and sing along, whether he's talking about playing video games or performing various magical acts on other men. Look for him to appear soon in Pick Up the Mic, Def Pride and other nationally released documentaries about gay rappers. Cell: 646-662-6510. Web: www.myspace.com/soce. E-mail Soce.
Sokolow, Pete (bands: Epstein Brothers, Kapelye, Original Klezmer Jazz Band, etc., New York City). Pete has been an integral part of the Epstein Brothers for so long he is often called "the fifth Epstein." Along with his band work, he is a "tenured" teacher at KlezKamp, and has been one of the wonderful links between the Epstein's generation and ours. Write: 2060 E. 37th St., Brooklyn, NY 11234. E-mail Pete Sokolow.
Solomon, Avraham (band: LiveJewishMusic.com, Houston, TX). Avraham Solomon is a vocalist who also offers one-man-band services based in Houston, TX. He can enhance your affair with a full orchestra, a capella group or just himself and his keyboard. He's also available as a cantor and any other affair that requires Jewish vocal and musical excellence. Tel: 832-303-1KOL (1565). Web: www.livejewishmusic.com. Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Avraham-Solomon/52620603176. E-mail Avraham Solomon.
Solow, Shane (label: Lost Trails, New York, NY). I recorded musicians in northern Romania that play archaic melodies that are a prototype for Klezmer music. They learned the melodies from Jewish musicians who lived in this region before the second world war. They are some of the last performers who know this tradition. The musicians on the CD are Constantin Lupu, violin; Constantin Negel, cobza; Anton Mitica Stefan, drum. We represent the musicians and can forward any proposals to them. Web: www.losttrails.com/pages/Music/Lupu.html. E-mail Shane Solow.
Spagnolo, Francesco. Musicologist, founder and director of YUVAL Italia, The Italian Center for the Study of Jewish Music, Milan, Italy. A Research Fellow at the Jewish Music Research Center in Jerusalem, he is the editor of the CD Italian Jewish Musical Traditions. A current resident of San Francisco, he teaches in the Jewish Studies Program at the University of California, Santa Cruz. When Francesco is in his homeland, YUVAL continues to host Italy's only Jewish radio show. E-mail Francisco Spagnolo.
Sparks, Tim. Among many other albums, has recorded two albums of Jewish-influenced music for John Zorn's "Tzadik" label, "Neshama" (1999) and "Tanz" (2000). In an interview with Fingerstyle Magazine's Bruce Muckala (2000), he talks about his music, and specifically, the Tzadik recordings. In 2002, he recorded a third Tzadik album, "At the Rebbe's Table." Web: www.timsparks.com. E-mail Tim Sparks.
Statman, Andy. One of the pioneers of the klezmer revival, Andy Statman first achieved fame as a mandolin avant gardeist. At the same time, his album with Ze'ev Feldman (Jewish Klezmer Music) in the mid-Seventies was one of the first modern klezmer recordings, and excited many people about the music. He became the student, and designated successor of American Klez pioneer Dave Tarras, and seeking to understand the music better, eventually became a Hasid (unlike Tarras). Reviews on these pages include only his later work: 1995's duet with David Grisman, "Songs of Our Fathers" and 1997's "Between Heaven and Earth." Seth Rogovoy talks about Andy Statman's music and new album. In 2004 he released "Wisdom Understanding Knowledge." If anyone can point me to other online reviews of his earlier material, that would be wonderful! Web: www.AndyStatman.org. E-mail Andy Statman. [ari]
Stein, Cléna (band: The Bessarabian Nights (Les Nuits de Bessarabie), Geneva, Switzerland). Cléna Stein is a double bassist and leader of The Bessarabian Nights. For over 20 years Cléna has appeared throughout Europe as a soloist in the repertoire of the 19th century virtuoso and also with the most important groups in the Early Music scene. She records regularly for Harmonia Mundi France. Web: www.clenastein.com. E-mail Cléna Stein.
Strauss, Deborah (violin, accordion, vocals, dance; band: Strauss/Warschauer Duo, Brooklyn, NY) is one of the finest of the contemporary klezmer instrumentalists and a true musical descendent of the most eloquent traditional Jewish violinists. She has appeared on numerous recordings and was a long-time member of the Chicago Klezmer Ensemble and Klezmer Conservatory Band. Deborah is also a much-loved teacher of Yiddish music and dance to students of all ages. She studied violin at Rutgers University and ethnomusicology at the University of Chicago. E-mail Deborah Strauss.
Strom, Yale (Filmmaker, musician, writer, photographer, and composer. Bands: Hot Pstromi, NYC; Klazzj, LA, CA) Yale Strom was a pioneer among klezmer revivalists in conducting extensive field research in Central and Eastern Europe and the Balkans among the Jewish and Rom communities since 1981. Initially, his work focused primarily on the use and performance of klezmer music between these two groups. Gradually, his focus increased to examining all aspects of their culture, from post-World War II to the present. In the more than two decades since his initial ethnographic trip, Yale Strom has become the world's leading ethnographer-artist of klezmer. Yale Strom's klezmer field research helped form the base for the repertoires of his two klezmer bands, Hot Pstromi in New York and Klazzj in Southern California. Since Yale's first band began in 1981, he has been composing his own New Jewish music, which combines klezmer with Hasidic nigunim, Rom, jazz, classical, Balkan and Sephardic motifs. These compositions range from quartets to a symphony, which premiered with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. He composed original music for the Denver Center production of Tony Kushner's "The Dybbuk". He also composed all the New Jewish music for the National Public Radio series "Fiddlers, Philosophers &Fools: Jewish Short Stories From the Old World to the New", hosted by Leonard Nimoy, as well as numerous film scores. Strom is also one of the very few top composers of Jewish music to carry on the tradition of writing original songs, with Yiddish lyrics, about humanitarian and social issues. His CD, "Garden of Yidn", debuted in the Top 20 on Canada's major music critic's poll (Mundial) and has been hailed by Sing Out! Magazine as "a landmark in modern Yiddish song." His CD, "Klezmer: Café Jew Zoo" was released by Naxos World Records in June of 2003 to international acclaim. Yale's violin has been heard on numerous recordings and soundtracks. He was the first klezmer violinist in history to be invited to instruct master classes at both the American String Teachers Association and the Mark O'Connor Fiddle Camp. Yale has been hailed as "a commanding bandleader and composer" (Pulse! Magazine), "one of the best klezmer musicians in the country" (Houston Public News) and "an all-around musical visionary" (Seth Rogovoy). Time Magazine wrote, "Through his art, Strom has brought back his spiritual Klezmer ancestors". Dirty Linen sums it up most concisely: "Yale Strom is a Jewish roots trip unto himself". Strom's research has also resulted in nine books (including "The Book of Klezmer: The History, The Music, The Folklore", published by Chicago Review Press, and the world's first "music minus one" instructional guide, "World Music: Klezmer" published by Universal Edition of Vienna Austria. Strom has directed five award-winning documentary films ("At the Crossroads", "The Last Klezmer", "Carpati: 50 Miles, 50 Years", "L'Chayim, Comrade Stalin!" and "Klezmer on Fish Street") and has composed music for countless others. Tel: 917 923-7434. Web: www.yalestrom.com. E-mail Yale Strom.
Suskin, Rabbi Alana (Washington, DC). E-mail Alana Suskin.
Svigals, Alicia (band: Alicia Svigals Klezmer, Mikveh, solo, etc., New York City). Alicia Svigals is the world's leading klezmer fiddler, a co-founder of the Klezmatics, and the all-female Yiddish music supergroup Mikveh. Alicia has played with and written for violinist Itzhak Perlman, the Kronos Quartet, playwrights Tony Kushner and Eve Ensler, the late poet Allen Ginsburg, Robert Plant and Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, singer/songwriter Debbie Friedman, Hasidic superstars Avraham Fried and Lipa Shmelzer, and many others. She has appeared on David Letterman, MTV, Good Morning America, PBS' Great Performances, on NPR's Prairie Home Companion, Weekend Edition and New Sounds, and on the soundtrack for the L-Word. Her company, Klezmer by Alicia Svigals, LLC, provides entertainment for weddings and bar/bat mitzvahs ? p; the world's top klezmer musicians, as well as jazz, rock, R&B, dance leaders, djs etc. She can be reached at her website www.aliciasvigals.com. E-mail Alicia Svigals.
Sweitzer, Melissa (Vendor: Best Ballroom Shoes, Honeoye Falls, NY, USA)
Tamir, Glenn. Has made aliya to Israel. E-mail Glenn Tamir.
Temkin, Matt. New York based drummer/percussionist, sound archivist, and music copyist. Rhythm Section Specialist. Available for Weddings, Bar Mitzvahs, and Brisses (sorry Mickey) along with concerts and workshops. Studies with include; Julie Epstein, Elaine Hoffman-Watts, Ray Musiker, Paul Pincus, Howie Leess z"l, Pete Sokolow, Henry Sapoznik, Hankus Netsky, Walter Zev Feldman, Michael Alpert, and German Goldenshteyn z"l. Undergraduate degree from Northeastern University in Boston, and currently in the Masters in Musicology Program at Brooklyn College. In 2008 released: Matt Temkin's Yiddishe Jam Band / Poykler's Shloft Lied.Web: www.myspace.com/yiddishejamband. E-mail Matt Temkin.
Tenney, Gerry (band: California Klezmer, San Francisco, CA). Also, Yiddish songs: Gerry Tenney & Betty Albert Schreck / Lomir Zingen a Yiddish Lid. E-mail Gerry Tenney.
Thobi, Nizza (singer, Munich, Bavaria, Germany). Yiddish songs against forgetting. 1) New CD "gebojrn in a sajdn hemdl" by David Records/Munich. 2) CD "Mir lebn ejbig". Web: www.nizza-thobi.com (sort of English) or www.nizza-thobi.de (German). E-mail Nizza Thobi.
Tokazier, Hillel (Helsinki, Finland). Pianist-Vocalist. Professional musician and composer. Playing and singing trad. Jewish music in Hebrew, Yddish, English, Finnish and Swedish. Trad. songs, •nstrumentals, klezmer, chassidic and own compositions with lyrics from the Jewish prayer book Siddur. Solo performances and also Hillel Tokazier "Rotts" band. Tel/Fax: 358- 9- 650104. E-mail Hillel Tokazier.
Tova, Theresa (Toronto, ON, Canada). Planet Jazz describes Theresa Tova as a "Towering, pan-cultural jazz-cabaret diva". In one phrase the essence of a career that spans over 25 years is aptly described but remains incomplete. An award winning actor, singer and writer, she is a "classy, jazzy and deliciously sensuous performer". Some have written about her "sultry voice" and "spontaneous wit", others about the natural way in which she has gone from the Broadway musical stage to Concert and Jazz venues around the world. Tova’s unique approach blends the jazz idiom with Yiddish song, and often alternates between English and Yiddish. Her second CD, Live at the Top o' the Senator, was recorded before a live audience at the jazz club, includes a witty Yiddish rendition of Cole Porter’s Night and Day (Tog un Nakht), as well as an English version of Vos Geven Iz Geven (What Was Is What Was). It concludes with an electrifying performance of Der Saksafon Shpiler by New York poet Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman. Tova is completely at ease playing to multicultural crowds at intimate and prestigious Jazz clubs in Toronto, Montreal, Paris and Luxembourg. But then she is also at home delighting thousands at Town Hall or Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York, in San Francisco as guest vocalist of conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, or headlining majour festivals such as Toronto’s Ashkenaz or the Amsterdam’s Jewish festival. Tova at her most intimate best is a high octane, emotionally charged performer. From Brel to Sondheim, Berlin to Ellington, Yiddish folk and theatre songs to Yiddish Jazz and new Yiddish gems, Tova has found the perfect fusion. Web (also CD purchase): www.theresatova.com/. E-mail Theresa Tova.
Traub, Terry (musician: Phoenix, AZ, USA). Piano, accordion, fiddle, mandolin, tenor banjo, trumpet, vocals. I play a wide variety of international folk styles including Scottish and Cape Breton, Balkan, Hungarian, Jewish East European. Have made several recordings of Scottish and international folk dance music, including klezmer. Like to have fun. E-mail Terry Traub.
Trussell, Heather (Valdosta, GA, USA). I'm a classically trained violinist originally from NY who loves to play klezmer violin. I've just moved to south Georgia, but most recently played klezmer gigs in Memphis, TN. I can supply references upon request. Tel: (901) 830-5428. E-mail Heather Trussell.
Tsufit is an Israeli born songstress currently based in Canada. She has just released (8/99) a world flavoured folk CD called "Under the Mediterranean Sky" which is currently receiving airplay all over the world. "Under the Mediterranean Sky" contains Hebrew Chassidic songs, Israeli songs, original songs in English and comedic songs. The CD has made many Top 10 and Top 20 lists in the world and folk genres and is being warmly embraced by the Jewish Press. For further info, contact Hummingbird Productions, 8171 Yonge St., Suite 148, Thornhill, Ontario, Canada L3T 2C6. Tel: (905) 882-1531. Web: www.tsufit.com. E-mail Tsufit.
Vaisman, Asya (New York City, NY). Asya is a Yiddish singer and graduate student studying the Yiddish songs of modern Hasidic women. She founded the Columbia Klezmer Band, in which she sang and played for 3 years, and she was the musical director of RecKlez, the Harvard Klezmer Band, for 3 years. Asya has set several Yiddish poems to music, and these songs have been performed by Klezmer bands in Germany and the United States. She has participated in Klezmer festivals all over the world (Russia, Germany, Canada, US), and this past summer she was on faculty at KlezKanada. Web: www.people.fas.harvard.edu/ ~vaisman/songs/. E-mail Asya Vaisman.
Valitova, Lilia (Albany, CA, U.S.). I am composer and pianist. In 2009, June, I released piano music album "Yearning", based on Jewish liturgical and folk music. Web: www.LiliaValitova.com. Radio: search "Lilia Valitova" on www.Live365.com for the Lilia Valitova radio show which has 30 pieces from my piano music album "Yearning". I composed and performed these pieces, based on Jewish folk and liturgical music. I was inspired by the melodies, which I heard in synagogues. Some of these original melodies I found in published books of Jewish Melodies by Izaly Zemtsovsky. E-mail Lilia Valitova.
Vanya (Los Angeles, CA, USA) Blending Middle Eastern music with Latin, Flamenco and Indian rhythms, Vanya transforms traditional melodies into a modern irresistible sound. She sings in Ladino in her most recent project, joined by oud master Naser Musa and producer Deddy Tzur. Close your eyes and lose yourself in the melody. Web: www.vanyavoice.com. E-mail Vanya.
Waletzky, Josh. A composer/singer/pianist and a documentary filmmaker, a leading specialist in Yiddish music since 1969, when he composed and performed for the Yugntruf Ensemble and was Music Director of Camp Boiberik. He was a founding member of Kapelye (performed on "Past, Present and Future") and co-producer, musical director and performer for Grammy-nominated "Partisans of Vilna". His "Visotski's tey" and "Dem zeydn's nign" have become standards; and his new CD "Crossing the Shadows" of all new Yiddish songs (original words and music), performed by Josh, Deborah Strauss and Jeff Warschauer, has just been released. As a documentary filmmaker, he directed Image Before My Eyes and Partisans of Vilna, two landmark explorations of Jewish life in Eastern Europe, with rich soundtracks designed by Waletzky. He edited the Emmy Award-winning Itzhak Perlman: In the Fiddler's House and Masha Roskies: A Life in Song. Waletzky has taught Yiddish music in numerous settings, from KlezKamp to the Uriel Weinreich Summer Program. He has written film scores based on traditional Jewish music. Available for concerts, workshops, lectures; will consider commissions for vocal, choral, film or theater music. Snail-mail: c/o Waletzky Music, 419 Sterling Place, Brooklyn, NY 11238. Web: www.crossingtheshadows.com. E-mail Josh Waletzky.
Walkershaw, Jesse (band: Not Your Bubbie and Zadie's Klezmer Band, featuring Go Van Gogh, San Francisco, CA). E-mail Jesse Walkershaw.
Warschauer, Jeff (guitar, mandolin, vocals; band: Strauss/Warschauer Duo, Brooklyn, NY) is internationally renowned as a mandolinist, guitarist, Yiddish singer and teacher. He is a member of the faculty at Columbia University, and is a program director for KlezKanada . Jeff is also a composer whose music has been heard in films and theater productions, on Public Radio International and on HBO. Jeff's solo CD, The Singing Waltz: Klezmer Guitar and Mandolin, has received widespread critical acclaim. He is a former member of the Klezmer Conservatory Band and performs in the Strauss/Warschauer Duo with violinist Deborah Strauss. E-mail Jeff Warschauer.
Warshauer, Stuart (band: Naples Klezmer Revival Band, Naples/Ft. Meyer, FL). Took up Klezmer in 1990 as fiddle player for the Cincinnati Klezmer Project band. I attended Klezkanada each year since 1997 through 2004. Released in late 2004 a CD entitled "Klezmer Coast-to Coast" featuring Stu Warshauer, Fiddle with the South Coast Simcha Band. Founded the Naples Klezmer Revival band in 1999 and continues as Director and fiddle player. For bookings, call 239-273-8059 or write to: 565 Via Veneto #101, Naples FL. E-mail Stuart Warshauer.
Weintraub, Steve (dance, Atlanta, GA), is a nationally recognized authority on authentic Eastern European dance and has a special gift for sharing the style, flavor, steps and figures of Yiddish dance. Besides leading dance at weddings and bnei mitzvah, Steve has been the Yiddish dance instructor at KlezKamp since '97, and with his dance partner, Sharona Rubinstein, has created dances for the Workman's Circle Cultural Seder for more than 10 years. He takes special delight in putting the traditional wedding dances into context through the reconstruction of a turn of the century Jewish wedding. E-mail Steve Weintraub.
Weisenberg, Joey (bands: Columbia Klezmer, The Village Klezmer Quintet, Brooklyn, NY). Joey (mandolinist/guitarist) is a versatile musician who has worked in many different musical settings and genres, including klezmer, swing, blues, flamenco, choro, classical, and contemporary composition. At the age of twelve, he began performing as a harmonica player and guitarist in blues bars in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Having recently graduated from Columbia University, Joey now plays mandolin in the Village Klezmer Quintet, and electric guitar in the gypsy-music ensemble Romashka, in New York City. Joey is also a talented accompanist, backing up Lithuanian singer Marija Krupoves, as well as his father, flamenco guitarist Bob Weisenberg. He has studied and learned from teachers such as Barry Mitterhoff, Jeff Warschauer, Andy Statman, Mike Rupsch, and Howard Alden. Joey enjoys teaching Jewish music at the Tikvah Program, developmentally disabled children, as well as teaching private lessons on the guitar and mandolin to students of all ages. E-mail Joey Weisenberg.
Weiss, Sam (Paramus, NJ) is the cantor of The Jewish Community Center of Paramus, NJ. He is a noted recitalist, lecturer, and Jewish music consultant. Articles by Cantor Weiss on the KlezmerShack:
- Shirona / Judaic Love Songs, 2001
- Sing a Song of Passover, 2002
- Ramón Tasat / Teshuva, 2004
- Nine Luminaries Of Jewish Liturgical Song, 2006
- Congregational Singing in Hasidic Congregations, 2007
- Haderekh Arukah: The Songs of Naomi Shemer, 2008
- Carlebach, Neo-Hasidic Music, and Current Liturgical Practice, 2009
E-mail Sam Weiss
Wetzler, Laura. ASCAP Award winning solo singer, songwriter and ethnic folklorist. A World of Jewish Music, singing in Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino and English. Touring internationally in 150 concerts, lectures and music residencies each year; 24 different concert programs; airplay on over 500 radio stations. Based in NYC. Web: www.laurawetzler.com. E-mail: Laura Wetzler.
Wex, Michael (Yiddish beat: Shlepping the Exile, Born to Kvetch). Wex is almost a one-person Yiddish beat generation. Writing some of the most surreal yiddish lyrics and liner notes extant, he is also responsible for "Shlepping the Exile," both a book and a tape. He currently tours doing a sort of Yinglish, existential theatre/monologue, bouncing between Berlin and Toronto like a dead soul who isn't sure if the Moshiach has, indeed, arrived, and so finds his bones rolling back and forth. Wex can be reached through Golus Enterprises, 110 St. Clair Ave. W., Suite 804, Toronto, Ont. Canada M4V 1N4. Tel: 416-925-6027. A RealAudio 3.0 clip from the Kugel story on "Shlepping the Exile" is available. You can also catch two hour-long performances of his ("Sex in Yiddish," "Adventures in Yiddish") at the Ashkenaz '97 festival, as well as other readings, on the festival sound clips page. You can also read an article about his play, "I Just Wanna Jewify: The Yiddish Revenge on Wagner", published in the Canadian Theatre Review, no. 103, summer 2000 as an introduction to the play. Web: www.the-yiddish-world-of-michael-wex.com. E-mail Michael Wex.
Winkler, Georg (band: Klezmer Connection - Salzburg/Austria). Through intense studies of Klezmer, I have discovered a totally new way of conceiving and performing music, which enriches also my activity as a classical musician in orchestras as well as chamber music ensembles and gave me back a new pleasure of making music. My theoretical occupation with Klezmer music, my research about background information and about the entire whereabouts finally led me to write a thesis about Klezmer music. E-mail Georg Winkler.
Winkler, Helen. Maintains the Jewish Dance website. Also author of a bibliography of Jewish music and dance sources from Holocaust memorial books. E-mail Helen Winkler.
Winograd, Michael (band: Khevre, Michael Winograd Trio, New York City). Two CDs released, Khevre / Oyfn Sheydveg, 2004, and Bessarabian Hop, 2007. Web: www.michaelwinograd.com. E-mail Michael Winograd.
Wiseman, Ron - The King of Jewish Reggae, and his band Kedushah, are based out of Israel and frequently tour North America. Originally from Canada, Ron has performed concerts accross North America and Israel. You can listen to five of his current albums online. His most recent CD Mystical Mood, (on Marshmellow Records) delivers catchy, commercial, pop melodies merged with a thinking person's poetic lyrics. We call it Biblical Reggae—words and stories inspired by the Old Testament combined with modern Reggae rhythms and sounds. All melodically presented. The band is available for concerts, as well as Simchas. Tel: 011-972-54-683-9937. Web: www.ronwiseman.com. E-mail Ron Wiseman.
Wolfe, Hy (New York City) Hy Wolfe is an actor, singer and director. Mr. Wolfe is the Artistic Director of the Yiddish National Theatre, and the executive director of CYCO (Central Yiddish Culture Organization). He is an actor who works with equal ease in English and Yiddish. His first language is Yiddish having been born in America, to holocaust survivors. Mr. Wolfe has acted and sung on stage, screen, television and the concert stage. He has performed in commercials, voiceovers and video films. His twenty-five year performing career has taken him from California to New York to Europe. He has appeared on popular evening TV dramas and daytime TV series. Mr. Wolfe performed the title role in “Yankl der Shmid” (Yankl the Blacksmith) for the Folksbiene Yiddish Theatre, which was but one of his appearances for them. Other performances include “Grine Felder” (Green Fields) for the Yiddish Public Theatre and several musical reviews for the Joseph Papp Public Theatre. He has toured the east coast with several shows that he mounted with Mr. Herbert Kaplan as Musical Director. Mr. Wolfe’s link to the “goldene keyt” (the golden chain) is through the great actors he has had the honor to perform with such as Shifra Lerer, Mina Bern, Felix Fibich, David Rogow, Norman Kruger, Richard Carlow, Zypora Spaisman, Leon Liebgold, Bernard Mendelovitch, Emil Gorovets and Miriam Kressyn. Tel: 212 505-8305. Web: HyWolfe.net. E-mail Hy Wolfe.
Wood, Abigail. Joe Loss Lecturer in Jewish Music at SOAS, University of London. In 2004 she completed her PhD thesis on 'Yiddish song in contemporary North America'. She teaches Jewish music and ethnomusicology, and current research interests include contemporary Ashkenazic musics, music in Jewish-Christian relations, and music in immigrant communities in Israel. E-mail Abbi Wood.
Yerachmiel (Yerachmiel Ziegler) (New York City and Israel). Known all over the world as an artist that dedicates his life and work to G-d. His spiritual melodies and uplifting tunes bring faith and belief into peoples lives. His work is held in the highest regard when it comes to the art of music. Yerachmiel's young appearance may throw some people off, but in reality he is wise beyond his years. His talents range from playing various musical instruments to singing various styles. He has traveled to many different countries and has preformed all over the world. But when asked about it, he just shrugs and says: "Little by little, one travels far". Yerachmiel's music stems from the deepest roots of tradition while touching all realms of modern culture. With a repertoire ranging across folk, rock, a cappella, world, pop, metal, klezmer, and bluegrass, he attracts an eclectic audience all around the globe. Growing up in New York, Yerachmiel began performing at an early age and then went on to entertain in venues such as Central Park and Greenwich Village. His experience performing with great talents such as Shlomo Carlebach, Matisyahu, MBD, and Avraham Fried, as well as newer artists such Moshav Band, Blue Fringe, Pey Dalid, and Aaron Razel, has further enabled him to deliver a captivating performance time and time again. Yerachmiel's on-stage presence creates the perfect balance between soul-searching and entertainment. Currently, he is living in Israel where he creates excellent shows for welcoming crowds. Come with an open mind and leave with a full spirit! Tel: 1-888-YY-THE-BAND. www.yerachmiel.com. E-mail Yerachmiel Ziegler.
Zaidins, Eric (Westchester, NY). Eric is an administrative law judge and part-time web designer, and helps his wife, Mindy, run the Westchester Klezmer Program in Westchester County, New York. E-mail Eric Zaidins.
Ziegler, Yerachmiel. See Yerachmiel
Zions, Zevy (band: Klezmerfest, Lakewood, NJ). I play accordion with Greg Wall's group, "Klezmerfest." We've recently recorded an album and I'd love to play w/ other klezmorim in the East Coast area.. I accompanied Andy Statman on his recent instuctional video titled "How to play Klezmer." Tel: 732.363.0949. E-mail Zev Zions.