Thursdays at Jalopy Theater & School of Music315 Columbia Street Brooklyn, New York 11231 phone 718.395.3214
Klezmer Instrumental Music Workshop 6:30pm-8:00 $25 per class,
Dance Party begins at 8:30pm – $15
Jam Session follows 10-11:00ish
Full night pass – $35 (includes Workshop, Concert & Jam Session)
more info about Jalopy, including how to get there, at www.jalopy.biz
Steve Weintraub is a teacher, choreographer, and performer of Jewish dance, particularly Yiddish dance, the dance to klezmer music.
Born on Governor’s Island, Bar Mitzvahed in the Bronx, and living now in Philadelphia, Steven Lee Weintraub received his dance training in Manhattan with Alvin Ailey and Erick Hawkins, among others. He is in international demand as a teacher of traditional Yiddish dance at festivals and workshops including Klezkamp, Klezkanada, and festivals in Krakow, Furth, Paris and London to name a few. Steven delights in introducing people to the figures, steps and stylings of the dances that belong to Klezmer music. He has often been called the “Pied Piper of Yiddish Dance”; his years of experience leading and researching Yiddish dance allow him to quickly weave dancers and music together in astonishing ways. Young and old, from all backgrounds, find it easy to share in the joy of Yiddish dancing.
Clarinetist Michael Winograd is one of the most respected and versatile working musicians in klezmer music today. Based in Brooklyn, New York, Michael spends much of his time in transit, performing and teaching throughout the world. He is one third of the transatlantic klezmer/cabaret collective Yiddish Art Trio, clarinetist of Tarras Band, a classic 1950’s Jewish American tribute group, and the co-founder and director of the ground breaking, borderless world fusion band Sandaraa. Michael also collaborates with Cantor Yaakov ‘Yanky’ Lemmer and Klezmatics trumpeter Frank London in Ahava Raba, a group that explores the spiritual sides of Ashkanazy Jewish Music. He has played along side Itzhak Perlman, The Klezmer Conservatory Band, Socalled, Budowitz, Alicia Svigals and more.
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.
Aaron Alexander, drums, is Founding Artistic Director of the NY Klezmer Series, and has had the honor of performing with many wonderful musicians throughout his career. His recent CD The Klez Messengers is a trio with Michael Winograd and Patrick Farrell and honors the sound of the classic Dave Tarras Trio and the reverence to tradition and innovation of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. Some of the folks he’s happy to have performed and recorded with in the Klezmer & Yiddish world include the Strauss/Warschauer Duo, The Klezmatics, Zalmen Mlotek, Adrienne Cooper, German Goldenshteyn, Frank London’s Klezmer Brass All-Stars, Ray Musiker, Pete Sokolow, Henry Sapoznik, Greg Wall, Alicia Svigals, Margot Leverett, Dobranotch, and his own CDs including Midrash Mish Mosh with Merlin Shepherd, Brad Shepik, Mike Sarin, Fima Ephron, Curtis Hasselbring, Frank London, and Greg Wall.
Support for the NY Klezmer Series is provided by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency in partnership with Governor Andrew Cuomo.