Electric Klezmer Trio, Concert + Tantshoyz w/Steve Weintraub & Michael Winograd (the birthday boy)
Avi Fox-Rosen puts the electric guitar front and center in The Electric Klezmer Trio. The group plays tunes from Dave Tarras’ repertoire, with a Telecaster in the lead instrument chair. With Dave Licht on drums, and Zoe Guigueno on bass.
Avi Fox-Rosen has been playing Klezmer & Jewish Music for many years and has attended Klez Kamp and Klez Kanada many times. And he also plays guitar with many wonderful people in many wonderful places. Bands include Yiddish Princess, .357 Lover, Benjy Fox-Rosen, Basya Schechter, Daniel Kahn, Frank London, Aftselokhes Auxiliary Music Brigade, and many more.
Avi Fox-Rosen is an unapologetically genre defying singer songwriter. “Informed equally by power pop, roots rock and show tunes” says Time Out New York, but they forgot to mention jazz, tin pan alley, downtown noise, funk, klezmer, and a whole host of other influences. That’s ok, they have a word limit.
Avi Fox-Rosen makes music with a sardonic sense of humor, dense and dark lyrics, and enchantingly twisted melodies. Described by Lucid Culture as “Donald Fagen’s equally gifted more ill-at-ease bastard stepchild.” In 2013 he’s releasing an EP of brand new original songs for each month of the year. 12 EPs in 12 months.
New York Music Daily has heralded Avi’s album-a-month project as “one of the most ambitious jobs anyone in the rock world has taken on lately”. The blog also featured Avi at the very top of the list for their 50 best albums of 2013!!
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.