June 30, 2016 Josh Waletzky, Patrick Farrell, Michael Winograd, Jordan Morton



Josh Waletzky, Patrick Farrell, Michael Winograd and Jordan Morton team up for an evening of original and traditional Yiddish songs and instrumental klezmer. Josh Waletzky has a long history of writing beautiful and compelling original Yiddish songs and also possesses an encyclopedic knowledge of the traditional canon. Accompanying him will be accordionist Farrell, clarinetist Winograd – two-thirds of the acclaimed Yiddish Art Trio – and bassist Morton, who will be interspersing original and folk instrumental klezmer through the evening’s program.


Josh Waletzky (born in Brooklyn, 1948) is one of the leading Yiddish songwriters in the world. A composer, pianist, vocalist, teacher from his early years as Music Director at Camp Boiberik, Josh was a founding member of the early klezmer revival band “Kapelye,” and went on to collaborate with Jeff Warschauer and Deborah Strauss in recording a landmark collection of original Yiddish songs in 2002, “Crossing the Shadows.” He is currently collaborating with Michael Winograd and an all-star ensemble of instrumentalists (including Patrick Farrell and Jordan Morton) on a forthcoming recording of new Yiddish songs.

Patrick Farrell is an accordionist, composer and bandleader based in Brooklyn, NY. His current projects include the Yiddish Art Trio with Michael Winograd and Benjy Fox-Rosen, unique and unusual duets with trumpeter Ben Holmes, new Yiddish song duets with Berlin-based soprano Sveta Kundish, and chamber-folk ensemble Ljova and the Kontraband. He plays with Nariman Asanov and the NY Crimean Tatar Ensemble, most of the klezmorim in NYC and many others besides, and also works on and off as a composer, music director and accompanist for various theater and dance ensembles. Farrell has appeared on over 40 recordings and can be found at http://www.pattysounds.com/

Clarinetist Michael Winograd is one of the most sought out Klezmer musicians today. He performs internationally with his own groups, Yiddish Art Trio, Tarras Band and Sandaraa, as well as with Socalled, Budowitz, Frank London and others. He teaches regularly at KlezKamp, KlezKanada and other Jewish music workshops throughout North America and Europe. His new project, Sandaraa, a collaboration with vocalist Zeb Bangash from Lahore, Pakistan, received the prestigious Map Fund Fellowship in 2013 and earned Michael a composition grant from Chamber Music America.  His most recent album “Storm Game” was released on Golden Horn Records in 2012.  http://www.michaelwinograd.net/

Double bassist Jordan Morton draws from her classical background to collaborate in a wide range of projects in New York City. She was most recently engaged as musical director, composer and performer for the off-off Broadway theater production “Six Characters (A Family Album) at La MaMa in the East Village. Other credits include performances on SNL, David Letterman, and educational outreach through Carnegie Hall. Jordan plays regularly with Ljova and the Kontraband, and has an ongoing solo project of original music for voice and bowed bass. http://jomobass.space/