KLEZMER BRUNCH W/ ISLE OF KLEZBOS -3/26
at City Winery New York City
About ISLE of KLEZBOS
Hailed by New York Music Daily as “one of New York’s most exciting groups, in any style,” this internationally acclaimed, all-gal klezmer powerhouse “tests the elasticity of the genre” [The New Yorker] with both irreverence and respect. Tune in to their neo-traditional dance rollicks, mystical melodies, Second Avenue Yiddish swing and retro tango, re-grooved standards and an ever-expanding repertoire of genre-defying originals.
ISLE of KLEZBOS first emerged as an organic offshoot of New York's Metropolitan Klezmer. Formed in 1998, the frolicsome six-piece women's band soon became an award-winning, dancing-in-the-aisles hit from coast to coast, and made their European debut as the final feature for Austria’s first KlezMORE festival. The sextet brings together a rare combination of talent inspired by extensive experiences in a kaleidoscopic array of styles, from klezmer to Cajun, baroque, reggae, classical, funk, punk, and Latin jazz. Their latest album, Live From Brooklyn, is the acclaimed, long-awaited follow-up to the band’s hit debut CD Greetings from the Isle of Klezbos.
Performance projects have led the ensemble in many exciting directions, from drummer/bandleader Eve Sicular’s Off-Off Broadway musical documentary “J. Edgar Klezmer: Songs from My Grandmother’s FBI Files” to backing singer-songwriter Jill Sobule in her Music fromYentl project at Lincoln Center and Joe’s Pub. The band’s collaborations have also included studio tracks for platinum-selling Grammy nominee Scissor Sisters, and concert commissions for such artists as Kiki Smith. Enthused reviews, film soundtrack features, and international airplay have abounded. ISLE of KLEZBOS broadcast credits range from CBS Sunday Morning to Showtime's "The L Word," and from PBS "In The Life" to CNN "WorldBeat.” In addition to concert appearances from Vienna to Vancouver, recent tours have also included Tennessee, Texas, Chicago, California, and this fall’s premiere in Colorado for the Mizel Center’s JAAMM Festival in Denver.
ISLE of KLEZBOS has been honored as the first klezmer ensemble ever featured at Feinstein’s 54 Below, as well as by Chamber Music America’s annual conference in both Jazz and World Music genres. Among the group’s performers are alumnae of Juilliard, Eastman, Manhattan and Berklee Schools of Music, as well as Harvard’s Russian History & Literature Department. For more info, please see http://klezbos.com
Debra Kreisberg: clarinet & alto saxophone
Pam Fleming: trumpet & flugelhorn
Melissa Fogarty: vocals
Shoko Nagai: accordion & piano
Saskia Lane: upright bass
Eve Sicular: drums | bandleader