6:30pm-8:00 Klezmer Dance Music Workshop with Ilya Shneyveys $25 per class
8:30- 9pm Concert w/Sarah Myerson, Ilya Shneyveys, Zoe Christiansen, Christina Crowder
9-10:30 Tantshoyz (Dance Party!) led by Sarah Myerson with music by Ilya Shneyveys, Zoe Christiansen, Christina Crowder & Aaron Alexander
Jam Session follows
Full night pass – $35 (includes Workshop, Concert, & Jam Session)
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.
To deepen her connection with Ashkenazi culture, Sarah has studied Yiddish language at the Uriel Weinreich Program at YIVO, New York, the Beit Ben Yehuda Winter Intensive Program in Jerusalem and the Naomi Prawer Kadar International Summer Program in Tel Aviv.
Sarah received her Bachelor of Music in Composition (Honors) from the Conservatorium of Music in Sydney, Australia. She continues to write and perform new Yiddish and sacred Jewish music, accompanying herself on banjolele, piano, accordion or percussion.
Sarah received her Cantorial Investiture and Master of Sacred Music from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, USA, graduating in an all-Yiddish speaking class with Jeff Warschauer! Following a stint at Congregation Mishkan Tefila in Chestnut Hill (Boston), Massachusetts, she currently serves as the cantor for Congregation Beth Ohr in Bellmore, New York.
Ilya Shneyveys (LV/D; multi-instrumentalist, arranger, composer)
is an artist and educator in Jewish music, from klezmer and Yiddish folk song to fusion and experimental projects.
He is the artistic director and a founding member of the Yiddish psychedelic rock band Forshpil (Latvia-Russia-Germany) and a founding member of the Yiddish-Bavarian fusion project Alpen Klezmer (D), winner of 2014 RUTH World music award at TFF Rudolstadt. He frequently performs with Dobranotch (RU) and has collaborated with artists such as Opa! (RU), The Klezmatics (US), Daniel Kahn and the Painted Bird (D) and others.
Over the years he has performed and taught at major Jewish festivals around the world, including Yiddish Summer Weimar, Yiddish Fest Moscow, Klezfest St.Petersburg, Klezfest London, KlezKanada, Montreal Jewish Festival, Toronto Ashkenaz Festival, and Krakow Jewish Festival.
Ilya composes klezmer pieces in both traditional and experimental styles and creates original arrangements of traditional Jewish music. He iss renowned as an improviser, accompanist and band leader.
Jan. 19 Jordan Hirsch’s “Overnight Kugel”
Feb. 2 Dena Ressler Trio, Concert & Tantshoyz (w/David Licht!)