Please Join us Thursday, Feb. 15th, as
The NY Klezmer Series Returns to Manhattan!
Opening Night Tantshoyz, Spring 2018 Series
In our New Venue: FUNKY JOE’S!
455 West 56th St. NY NY (near 10th Ave.)
(ample free street parking after 7pm. near Columbus Circle subway)
Sarah Myerson – Dance leader
Alicia Svigals – Violin
Jordan Hirsch – Trumpet
Lauren Brody – Accordion
Aaron Alexander – Drums
7pm – Instrumental Klezmer Workshop with Alicia Svigals! $25
9pm – Short Concert set & Tantshoyz (Dance Party) $15
10:30 Jam Session
Full evening discount- $35
more details to come:
Alicia Svigals is the world’s leading klezmer violinist and a founder of the Grammy-winning Klezmatics, which she co-directed for seventeen years. She has written for violinist Itzhak Perlman, the Kronos Quartet, playwright Tony Kushner, documentary filmmaker Judith Helfand, singer/songwriters Debbie Friedman, Diane Birch et al, and has collaborated with them as a performer and improviser as well as with poet Allen Ginsburg, Robert Plant and Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, Gary Lucas and Najma Akhtar, 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. She has a brand new CD with Uli Geissendorfer which will be available for sale!
Sarah Myerson is a cantor actively working to bridge the worlds of Yiddish culture and Jewish religion. Her love of klezmer music and background in folk dance has drawn her to study Yiddish dance intensively at festivals and workshops. She has led Yiddish social dancing for simkhes, tantshayzer (dance parties), concerts and at festivals, and has taught workshops since 2008 in Europe, Israel, Canada, the USA and Australia. Yiddish dancing is great fun, especially with fabulous live musicians! We’ll work, as dancers, on listening to the music and expressing what we hear through our bodies, and hopefully our dancing will inspire the musicians as well. Symbiotic creation, art forms influences each other.
Lauren Brody, a founding member of both Kapelye and Mikve, is one of the world’s foremost experts in traditional Bulgarian music, and her singing and accordion-playing in Yiddish performances is legendary. She travels the world as a bearer of Yiddish musical tradition.
Jordan Hirsch learned Klezmer the old fashioned way: on the bandstand, playing with masters like Paul Pincus, Danny Rubinstein, Howie Lees and, most notably, Ray Musiker. Alongside his career as an active freelance trumpeter in New York City, Jordan is an innovative music educator, having co-founded the first school based British Brass Band program at the prestigious St. Hilda’s and St. Hugh’s school, where he has been teaching for the last 17 years. In addition to recording and performing with the biggest names in Jewish music like Avraham Fried, Shlomo Carlebach, and Dudu Fisher, he performs in Klezmerfest with Greg Wall, with whom he has recorded two critically acclaimed CD’s, and The Kleztraphobix, whose CD another bottle of vodka was also warmly received. He is a member of Frank London and Greg Wall’s Ayn Sof Arkestra, and has performed frequently with the National Yiddish Theatre/Folksbiene.
Aaron Alexander, drums, is director/curator/janitor of the NY Klezmer Series.