Double Bill: Metropolitan Klezmer & Isle of Klezbos (Brunch Show) - 1/14

Sunday, January 14 2018 10:00 am Doors / 11:00 am Start / Ends 2:30 pm (Estimated End Time)

Tickets

General Admission
$10.00
Sun Jan 14 2018

Double Bill: Metropolitan Klezmer & Isle of Klezbos (Brunch Show) - 1/14

at City Winery New York City

Doors:
10:00 am
Starts:
11:00 am
Ends:
2:30 pm (Estimated End Time)

Tickets

General Admission
$10.00

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ISLE of KLEZBOS celebrates the band’s 20th anniversary in 2018! Lately esteemed as “Klezmer goddesses,” the internationally-touring all-gal sextet approaches Yiddish musical traditions with fun-loving irreverence and soulful respect. This powerhouse lineup brings creative chemistry and stratospheric soloing chops, reaching fans onstage from Tribeca to Texas to Tennessee, an electricity also vividly transmitted on latest CD Live From Brooklyn -- acclaimed by New York Music Daily as "deliriously fun concert recording by the [all]-female, pioneering New York klezmer whirlwind." Whether re-grooving a Second Avenue Theater standard, fueling a classic freylekhs dance-floor, or delivering original klezmer reggae and boogaloo, the group’s sound appeals on emotional, virtuosic and kinetic levels while expanding listeners’ imaginations.  As The New Yorker says, Isle of Klezbos “tests the elasticity of the genre." The group has been featured from Seattle's Bumbershoot to CBS Sunday Morning, featuring bandmate alumnae of Juilliard, Eastman, Berklee and Manhattan Schools of Music who have performed as well with artists from Rufus Wainwright to Natalie Merchant, Hazmat Modine to John Zorn, Seattle Baroque to Beyonce, and Scissor Sisters to The Lascivious Biddies to Jill Sobule. Klezbos projects have included musical documentary theater -- "J. Edgar Klezmer: Songs from My Grandmother's FBI Files" praised Off-Off Broadway by The New York Times -- and The Celluloid Closet of Yiddish Film multi-media cinema history concert replete with unexpected archival subtexts. Not for nothing does New York Magazine call Isle of Klezbos: "Cutting Edge Klezmer."

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

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HAILED AS “ONE OF THE FINEST AMERICAN KLEZMER BANDS” by Songlines Magazine (UK), Metropolitan Klezmer performs an exhilarating range of musical treasure with astonishing agility and refreshing depth. As heard on their latest album, concert recording Mazel Means Good Luck, this collaborative adventure of exceptional New York musicians have a lush live sound, both musically tight and artistically inspired. The octet combines the best of downtown, classical and World Music scenes to create inspired neo-traditional interpretations and compositions around a panoply of eclectic Yiddish repertoire: ethereal trance, rollicking dance, imaginatively-arranged Yiddish swing and tango, plus genre-expanding originals such as klezmer cumbia. Metropolitan Klezmerbandmates bring together stylistic backgrounds from Albanian to Zydeco, complete with panoramic instrumental array and multi-lingual vocals. Led by drummer-archivist Eve Sicular, the ensemble also explores such lesser-known gems as Soviet Yiddish theater melodies and drinking songs, gorgeous overlooked soundtrack tunes from vintage films set in Eastern Europe and the Lower East Side, and unexpected musical angles which transform familiar favorites from the inside out. Recent appearances from coast to coast have included JAAMM Festival /Colorado, LEAF /North Carolina, and Falcon Ridge Folk Festival (first performance of klezmer at this esteemed annual summer fest in upstate NY). Time Out New York extols the group: “Metropolitan Klezmer takes a scholarly approach to the genre’s history, yet never skimps on the exuberance at its core.” The group's recordings have been heard from HBO to CNN to dozens of film soundtracks, including commemorative performance of a nearly-lost Yiddish ballad of the Triangle Fire now on permanent exhibition at The Museum of the City of New York. Among the eight ensemble members, bandmates have also performed with the likes of Andy Statman, Yemen Blues, Indigo Girls, Li'l Jimmy Scott, Government Mule, Marshall Crenshaw, and the Metropolitan Opera. Flavorpill describes "a sound that is not only exuberantly eclectic but also very danceable... Influences that range from old school Arabic music to Latin jazz to Motown”  -- extolling Metropolitan Klezmer as “modern-day purveyors of time-honored traditions.”

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Debra Kreisberg: clarinet & alto saxophone

Pam Fleming: trumpet & flugelhorn
Reut Regev: trombone
Melissa Fogarty: vocals
Karen Waltuch: viola
Ismail Butera: accordion 
Dave Hofstra: upright bass & tuba
Eve Sicular: drums | bandleader