Jan. 4, 2018 Jordan Hirsch “Chamber Klez” w/Zilien Biret, Francesca Ter-berg

This show was cancelled due to weather

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, including their recent production of Lies My Father Told Me.  link


Zilien Biret (RE/CA; clarinet) is a clarinetist, flutist, singer, teacher, and composer from Reunion Island. He has worked for many years with Steve Weintraub and Zev Feldman accompanying Yiddish dance at various festivals including Klezkanada, Ashkenaz festival, Boston Jewish Music festival andYiddish Summer Weimar. He also leads the wonderful band, “Ichka“, which he has brought to the NY Klezmer Series before. 

Hackney-born Francesca Ter-Berg is a cellist, composer and musical collaborator. She began her musical explorations at the age of 7 studying Western classical music. Growing up in multi-cultural Dalston led her to a degree in Social Anthropology at Sussex University. Anthropology inspired Francesca to travel and learn different styles of music, most notably Klezmer, Transylvanian and Romanian music. Ever since, Francesca has spent many years collecting this music from archives and spent time travelling to study extensively with leading experts such as Tcha Limberger and Alan Bern.
She regularly collaborates with violinist Flora Curzon in their folk duo Fran & Flora.
“A string duo bound for glory.” – Max Reinhardt, BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction
Francesca’s interest in composing, arranging, improvising and teaching recently led her to complete a Masters in Popular Music at Goldsmiths College. Here she began exploring the world of sound, studio composition and working with live electronics. Francesca is currently working on her first EP, which blends traditional folk, field recordings and electronica.
Francesca has collaborated and performed with artists such as Sam Lee, Talvin Singh, Floating Points, Portico, Sophie Solomon, Cosmo Sheldrake, Tanita Tikaram, Roger O’Donnell, Riz Ahmed, Hejira, Katy Carr, Lisa KnappGerry Diver, The Unthanks, Kate Young, Bombay Dub Orchestra, Frank London, London Klezmer Quartet, Soumik Datta, Jyotsna Srikanth, Ahmed Mukhtar, Maverick Sabre and the BBC Symphony Orchestra.​
Her collaborative experience and diverse musical background has led Francesca to be one of the most versatile and in demand session and studio musicians in the UK.
Francesca hosts her own radio show on DubLab London, and when not making music focuses on her other passion – food.

“Francesca Ter-Berg wonderfully channels so many different stories and styles in her music and cello playing… a sincere and evocative musician with a restless and creative mind who sources her inspiration from the richest of diets” – Sam Lee