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11 December 2013

Sandaraa - "Haatera Taiyga" [original]

Sandaraa is a new band from Lahore, Pakistan and Brooklyn, New York. The group is fronted by vocalist Zeb Bangash (Zeb and Haniya) and features Brooklyn musicians Michael Winograd on clarinet, Eylem Basaldi on violin, Patrick Farrell on accordion, Yoshie Fruchter on guitar, Benjy Fox-Rosen on bass and drummer Richie Barshay. Sandaraa explores a vast repertoire of South Asian material (from Balochistan, Afghanistan and beyond,) while blending it with the sounds of Eastern Europe, the Balkans, and more. The group was founded in the fall of 2013, with the help of the Center for Traditional Music and Dance, and the MAP fund.

Sandaraa: Zeb Bangash, Michael Winograd, Eylem Basaldi, Patrick Farrell, Yoshie Fruchter, Benjy Fox-Rosen, Richie Barshay


Video by Magdalena Hutter (www.magdalenahutter.com)

05 October 2013

30 September 2013

Jaffa Road Performs At Kleztival Sao Paulo

                                                    Jaffa Road at Kleztival Sao Paulo

Jaffa Road performed at Kleztival Sao Paulo on 29 Sept. 2013. Based in Toronto, Canada, the band performs a blend of Hebrew and Ladino melodies.

Band members:

28 September 2013

Kleztival São Paulo 2013 Opening Night

The 4th Kleztival São Paulo got off to a great start this evening with Frank London's "A Night In The Old Marketplace" before a near-capacity audience. This is my first time attending the festival and seeing this show. The work is a fusion of music and storytelling, with the music and singing alternating with the narration. Five outstanding vocalists took to the stage, including The Klezmatics' Lorin Sklamberg. With eleven performers in all, this was quite a production, including projected animations onto a screen on stage. The show will be presented again during the festival, which will run through 3 October. Congratulations to the Kleztival 2013 organizers for putting on such a great event, especially these days, when arts budgets are tight. It is my hope that Kleztival continues to draw enthusiastic support from the Brazilian public, and the São Paulo Jewish Community. Congratulations on such a fine event!

20 September 2013

Nicole Borger

Nicole Borger

Keith and Nicole

Klezmer Podcast 107- Nicole Borger. This episode features an interview with Nicole Borger of the group Klezmer4, based in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Besides her own music, she is involved with the Brazilian Jewish Music Institute (Instituto Da Musica Judaica Brasil), and Kleztival, a Jewish music festival. We hear Nova Cancao/Dos Naye Lid from the album Klezmeriando- Novas E Velhas Cancoes.
Run time: 31:14.

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19 September 2013

Klezmer Podcast 106 - Gaston Mohadeb


Klezmer Podcast 106- Gaston Mohadeb. This episode features an interview with Gaston Mohadeb of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Gaston is the leader of Sherbamate Productora, which produces his bands Orquesta KEF and La Gypsy, among other acts. From KEF we hear El Majamedlei from the album KEF, and Sher Bamate (U Balev) from the elbum eXtraKef. We also hear the La Gypsy track Oriental Suite from the album Cantina Klezmer. This interview was recorded on 18 April 2013.
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07 September 2013

Join us for a Special Shabbat Experience with Common Chords Friday: October 4th, 2013 8pm

Join us for a Special Shabbat Experience with

Common Chords

Friday: October 4th, 2013 8pm

Salman Ahmad (guitar/vocals), Yale Strom (violin),
Samir Chatterjee (tabla), Elizabeth Schwartz (vocals),
Lou Fanucchi (accordion)

Common Chords represents a unique convergence of Sufi and Khasidic traditions in improvisational trance music.   The experience is deeply spiritual and meditative and draws from the bible, the Koran and the great mystic poets of the ages - the music is intense, energetic and meditative.  We invite you to come and listen in rapt meditation or get up and dance - or both!

Craig N Co presents
Common Chords
The Pico Union Project
1153 Valencia Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(parking available)
$15 Admission
To Reserve by email: kendall@craignco.com
To Reserve by phone: (818) 760-1077

30 August 2013

13 August 2013

Itzhak Perlman: Eternal Echoes at The Hollywood Bowl August 20 at 8PM

Itzhak Perlman: Eternal Echoes at The Hollywood Bowl
August 20 at 8PM
Hollywood Bowl

The melding of Perlman’s soulful tone and virtuosic technique with Cantor Helfgot’s tenor brings to life a program of beloved Jewish liturgical and traditional works in arrangements for chamber orchestra and klezmer musicians.

Cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot, tenor
Klezmer Conservatory Band, Hankus Netzky, Music Director and Russell Ger, conductor

Presented by LA Phil. For tickets and information visit HollywoodBowl.com

04 June 2013

Klezmer Podcast 105- Shir

Klezmer Podcast 105- Shir. My interview guest on this episode is Ivor Goldberg of the band Shir, based in london, UK. Shir have released three albums, play in Klezmer, Israeli, and Sephardic styles, and sing in Hebrew, Yiddish, and Ladino. We hear two tracks, Shecharchoret and Silver Wedding, both from the album Ashk'farad. Run time: 32:33.

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03 June 2013

Klezmer Podcast Spotify Playlist June 2013

 Track List:
All Around Me
New Yemenite
Where You Put Your Feet
Movement 1: Without Beginning- A Voice Says Proclaim
Bessarabian BBQ
Der Alter Ziguener
All You Got
Yosl Klezmer
Tzeitels Nign

Frank London Stone Residency- June 11-15 2013

5 Bands 5 Nights at the Stone NYC!

Tues, June 11 & Weds, June 12 Shekhinah Big Band

Thurs, June 13 Spiritual music: Nigunim, Zmiros, and tsuker-zis (Frank London, Lorin Sklamberg, Rob Schwimmer & guests)

Fri, June 14 Bhangra Brass Party: featuring Frank London's Klezmer Brass Allstars & guests

8pm: Yiddish Cabaret feat. Eleanor Reissa + Bhangra Brass Party feat. Deep Singh, Sarah Gordon & Manu Narayan 

10 pm: Songs of Zebulon feat. Jeremiah Lockwood & Shoko Nagai + Bhangra Brass Party feat. Deep Singh, Sarah Gordon & Manu Narayan 

Sat, June 15 Trumpet Hazonos: Steve Bernstein & Frank London with Kenny Wollesen & Jamie Saft (World Premiere!)

June 11& 12 Shekhinah Big Band
Saxes: Lynn Ligammari, Marty Ehrlich, Matt Darriau, Petr Cancura, Zach Mayer, Norbert Stachel
Trombones: Matt Haviland, Art Baron, Brian Drye, Jacob Garchik, Curtis Hasselbring
Trumpets: Steve Gluzband, Rob Henke, Ron Horton, John Carlson, Pam Fleming
Rhythm: Brian Glassman, Brian Marsella, Brandon Seabrook, Renato Thoms, Zack Lober, Norberto Goldberg

June 13 Nigunim & Zmiros
Frank London, Lorin Sklamberg, Rob Schwimmer & guests

June 14 Brass Blowout 
Frank London's Klezmer Brass Allstars (Frank London, Brian Drye - trombone, Ron Caswell - tuba, Patty Farrell - accordion, Aaron Alexander-drums, Matt Darriau - winds) 
with guests
Yiddish Cabaret: Eleanor Reissa
Bhangra Brass: Deep Singh, Sarah Gordon, Manu Narayan & Jeremiah Lockwood
Songs of Zebulon: Jeremiah Lockwood & Shoko Nagai 

June 15 Trumpet Hazonos
Steve Bernstein, Frank London - trumpets, Kenny Wollesen - percussion, Jamie Saft - keys

Sets at 8 & 10 pm each night

The Stone
THE STONE is located at the corner of avenue C and 2nd street

$15 per set
students 13 to 19 $10 per set at all times
children 12 and under admitted FREE

02 June 2013

Klezmer Podcast 104- Daphna Sadeh

Klezmer Podcast 104- Daphna Sadeh. On this episode of the podcast my guest is Daphna Sadeh. Daphna is a musician and composer originally from Israel, and now living in the UK. We discuss her most recent work, Born In Parallel, a four- movement piece combining elements of Middle Eastern, Jazz, and Baroque Classical styles. We also hear the track Gulliver In Jerusalem from the album Reconciliation by her group Daphna Sadeh & the Voyagers.
Run time: 27:44.

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23 April 2013

Klezmer Podcast 103- Klezmer Kollectiv

Klezmer Podcast 103- Klezmer Kollectiv. Among the new crop of Klezmer bands in the UK is Klezmer Kollectiv. They’ve been spreading the joy to young audiences in clubs around the London area, and have garnered a loyal following. I met up with three of the band members: Adam Cross-Clarinet; Jacob Shaw-Sax; James Hulme-Cajon. We hear the track Uberklez from the album Live at Green Note. This interview was recorded on 17 February 2013.
Run time: 28:16.

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25 March 2013

Freedom Vol. 1 by Shemspeed Select

Freedom Vol. 1 by Shemspeed Select

Just in time for Passover, feel the freedom on Shemspeed Select "Freedom Vol. 1." This all-star album explores freedom on all levels-from Bonhom's "Live for Now" anthem to Levi Mordechai's "Ani Od Chai" (I Am Still Alive) to SHI 360's hard-hitting "Hofshia" about female empowerment. Mikey Pauker inspires you to discover Zion within yourself, while Eprhyme's "Shalom Salaam" encourages us to free ourselves "not by money media manipulation...and not by power, but by spirit shall we become free." Soak in the spirit of freedom and download your copy right here!

19 March 2013

Klezmer Podcast 102- Zebrina

Klezmer Podcast 102
- Zebrina. This episode features an interview with Jonathan Feldman, leader of Zebrina, a Toronto-based Klezmer/Jazz fusion band. Jonathan explains his Jazz roots and how he came to Klezmer through his association with John Zorn. The Jazz is straight-ahead, and be sure to check out Jonathan playing the Rhodes keyboard. Zebrina's latest album is Trail Of The Hunter-Gatherers, and we hear the track Garden of Jah from the album. The interview was recorded on 14 February 2013.
Run time: 28:37.

Band members:
Jonathan Kay - clarinet & saxophone
Joel Schwartz - guitar & madolin
Bret Higgins - bass
Colin Kingsmore - drums
Max Senitt - percussion
Jon Feldman - keyboards

12 March 2013

Klezmer Podcast 101- Jenni Alpert

Klezmer Podcast 101- Jenni Alpert. On this episode we take a break from the Klezmer scene and go in a new direction, with Pop singer/songwriter Jenni Alpert. A Los Angeles native, Alpert has been writing her own material for quite some time. She has a smooth sound with a touch of jazz. The interview was recorded on 12 February 2013 after her performance. We hear the track Heaven from her album Take It All.
Run time: 22:08

04 February 2013

Klezmer Podcast 100- Trans Siberian March Band

Trans Siberian March Band:

Trans Siberian March Band

The Tractor Makers' Ball

Klezmer Podcast 100- Trans Siberian March Band. Welcome to the 100th episode of Klezmer Podcast. Since it began in January 2007, I have met amazing musicians from around the world, and have made friends with so many of them. The fans have been wonderful as well, and I appreciate your support. While in London recently, I attended the Victory At Stalingrad 70th Anniversary Night Out, which featured Trans Siberian March Band as the headliner. The band plays a mix of Eastern European styles, and is as much fun to watch as they are to listen to. They are dedicated to their music, and have put their own twist on the traditional sounds, plus writing originals in the same style. We hear the track Sher from the album The Tractor Makers' Ball.
Run time: 17:15.

Listen to Klezmer Podcast 100 here:

Video from Victory At Stalingrad 70th Anniversary Night Out: