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Join Klezwoods @ Johnny D’s for First Rate Klezmer Music and a Whole Lot More: May 17th, Tuesday @ 8:00 p.m.
Listen to Klezwoods.
As their name would imply, Klezwoods is indeed a Klezmer ensemble, however, their actual repertoire entails quite a bit more than that. Concentrating on music of the ancient Ottoman Empire characterized by a wide range of cultural, religious, and political influences, the band plays selections originating from Turkey, Greece, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Israel, and beyond. As one would expect, much of the music which they perform is of Jewish origin, however, it is often artfully infused with smatterings of other styles and ethnic flavorings including, emo, nu-jazz, reggae, East Coast swing, gypsy, ska, Celtic, bluegrass, rock, groove, and Latin generally in the form of various folk genres further branded with the band’s own contemporary flair. Much of their music is bursting with energy which just begs the audience to get up and dance!
Despite all of the many ever-present diverse styles within their Klezmer-oriented musical offerings, Klezwoods, being the accomplished world fusion artists they are, manage to blend them all beautifully into one aesthetically pleasing package filled with intense emotion. In keeping with the character of their music, the members of this 11-piece ensemble, consisting of vocals, horns, strings, guitars, woodwinds, percussion, and an accordion, come from diverse backgrounds, and yet are able to perform together effectively as a unit in their very own trademark style. It is this variety of musical personalities that makes this band’s brand of music so unique and intriguing. Klezwood’s performances are further enhanced by the frequent occurrence of improvisational-style solos, designed to display each band member’s individual virtuosic talents. They have taken their show on the road both nationally and internationally and have recorded a cd entitled “Oye Yeah!” It is the band’s ultimate aim to “reinvigorate” the Klezmer genre and they seem to have succeeded with their reputation for creating a fun-filled, party-like atmosphere for audiences wherever they perform. Most importantly, these band mates have fun playing together and sincerely want to share their heartfelt joy with one and all through their music. So, why not come on out and join the party at Johnny D’s!
Also sharing the stage for the evening, will be another great band, the Underscore Orkestra. This heavily touring group from Portland, Oregon will be contributing their own special version of Klezmer, Balkan music, gypsy jazz, and swing to the show.
Note: This event may be 21+ (Call for more info)
When: May 17th, Tuesday @ 8:oo p.m.
Where: Johnny D’s Restaurant & Music Club (Somerville)
Admission: Call for cover charge fees
Make reservations for dinner and be guaranteed a seat for the show
More Info: 617-776-2004 / Mo (12:30 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.), Tu-Fr (11:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.), Sa-Su (9:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.)
Travel the World with Jamey Haddad & Friends: Presenting Folk and Contemporary Music of Palestine, Greece, Bulgaria, and the Jews: November 3rd, Wednesday (8:00 p.m – 12:00 a.m.)
Jamey Haddad‘s “East-West Storytellers” are a group of select accomplished musicians who have come together in a special collaborative effort to share some of their favorite world music with the rest of us lucky listeners. Enjoy an evening of fine folk and contemporary ethnic music from Palestine, Greece, Bulgaria, and the Jews. Members of this special quintet, who are originally from Palestine, Israel, and the United States, will be presenting some of their very own original compositions as a part of the evening’s program. Joining Haddad on drums will be, Itamar Borochov on trumpet, Ali Amar on qanun, Nadav Remez on guitar, and Noam Wiesenberg on bass.
As the leader of this special musical collaboration, world renown percussionist Jamey Haddad brings plenty of professional expertise to the table. He is a specialist in jazz, and world and contemporary music who is known for his musical versatility. Because he has performed so many diverse styles of music over the years, he has developed an uncanny ability adapt his playing style with respect to numerous different genres and thus is a popular choice for membership in collaborative artistic projects the world over. He is currently an associate professor at the Berklee College of Music, New England and Oberlin Conservatories, and the Cleveland Institute of Music. In 2007, he was honored in Modern Drummer magazine as one of the 4 best ethnic music percussionists in the world. In addition to his 9-year membership with Paul Simon’s band, he also enjoys regular playing engagements and/or touring opportunities with Simon & Garfunkel, Yo Yo Ma, Dawn Upshaw, the Paul Winter Consort, Esperanza Spalding, Betty Buckley, Nguyen Lee, Brazil’s Assad Brothers, and many other of the world’s most prominent artists. Check out the rest of the details of this fabulous career on his website … And then, come on over to the Beehive in Boston’s South end and see what this special world music collaborative performance is all about.
When: November 3rd, Wednesday (8:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.)
Where: The Beehive (South End)
Admission: No cover charge listed
More Info: 617-423-0069
Come Celebrate a Very Special Musical Reunion of Klezmer and Roma Cultures @ Johhny D’s Uptown: August 31st, Tuesday (8:00 – 11:00 p.m.)
World music history in the making can be witnessed at Johnny D’s Uptown at the end of this month! World fusion ensemble The Other Europeans is embarking upon their first North American tour and they are coming to Boston. What makes this band’s music so monumental is the fact that it represents the revival of a long-lost valuable cultural partnership between the Jews and the Roma people of Moldova. These two ethnic groups shared a strong bond between each other back in the old country that resulted in an artful blending of various elements of their two distinctive heritages, one of course being the traditional music. However, thanks to armed conflict, persecution, and eventual evacuation efforts, this precious cultural affiliation ended, sadly enough. Fortunately, through the concerted efforts of the European Union and a number of festival and cultural project committees, this age-old genre of klezmer/gypsy fusion music has been brought back to life through the formation of group of very talented and highly accomplished musicians, all of whom are considered established virtuosos of their instrument.
The Other Europeans is a group of 14 klezmer or lautari performers hailing from 7 different countries. The band’s instrumentation includes: piano, cimbalom, accordions, trombone, trumpets, tuba, violins, double basses, flutes (some of ethnic character), clarinets, saxophones, and percussion. While the ensemble’s music has managed to re-capture the true traditional flavor of the old European sound it also displays a distinctly modern interpretive flare giving it a fresh new character. The Other Europeans have thus managed to successfully re-established the old, once extinct, Jewish/Roma cultural ties through their intense, emotionally charged music. This rare fusion of the klezmer and gypsy genres makes for quite an interesting listening experience indeed. Come on out to Somerville and experience it for yourself.
When: August 31st, Tuesday (8:00 – 11:00 p.m.)
Where: Johnny D’s Uptown (across from the Davis Square T stop)
More Info: 617 – 776 – 2004
Learn to Dance Yiddish Style with the Experts on Klezmer Music – Sunday, April 18th (2:00 – 3:30 p.m.)
Ever listening to a really great Klezmer band that was so fantastic their music just begged you to get up and dance the hora but … you didn’t know how? Well, just spend the afternoon at the Arlington Senior Center with three very enthusiastic and knowledgable Yiddish dance instructors and you’ll never have to face that agonizing sense of frustration again. Not only will they teach you to dance the hora, but they will also introduce you to other basic Jewish dances as well.
These instructors are experts on Yiddish music and just how to move to it. Hankus Netsky is a long-time member of the Klezmer Conservatory Band which he, himself, founded and currently directs. This ensemble is considered to be among the best the world and has toured extensively, for many years. Mr. Netsky has been an instructor at the New England Conservatory of Music for over 20 years, where he has given courses on Yiddish music as a part of his teaching repertoire, and has additionally taught the subject at Hebrew College and Wesleyan University. He lectures world-wide and has won numerous awards for his accomplishments. Judy Bressler graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music and sang with the Klezmer Conservatory Band for many years. Dena Ressler. clarinetist, leads the local Klezmer band di Bostoner Klezmer, which she also co-founded. So, with all of this available expertise there to help on your way, you should be up and dancing Yiddish style in no time!!! This event is designed for learners aged 8 and up, so why not bring the whole family along, and as an added plus- you can enjoy all the action entirely free of charge.
When: Sunday, April 18th (2:00 – 3:30 p.m.)
Where: Arlington Senior Center
More Info: (781) 316-3421
Come Celebrate the Cultural Beauty, Appreciation, and Unity that is Mimouna: Spend A Special Evening with the Morrocan-Jewish Community of Boston – Saturday, April 10th @ 8:15 p.m.
Mimouna is a grand Jewish tradition in Morocco as it signifies the end of Passover. The best part of this ritual, in my opinion, is that it is celebrated in a manner which ties together the cultures of Morocco, Northern Africa in general, and the Middle East in honor of cultural unity, respect, and appreciation. Moroccan Jews originally recognized this holiday by giving parties in their own homes to which they invited their Muslim and Christian neighbors. The idea was to share the many beautiful aspects of their Jewish heritage with the non-Jewish members of the community in a spirit of goodwill. Guests would roam freely from house to house while being lavishly entertained in a cultural manner of one sort or another. Party festivities included, music, dancing, dining, drinking, literary readings, and such. As a climax, a series of larger public gatherings would then take place to officially mark the end of the celebration.
Although Mimouna is still widely celebrated in Morocco today, the festivities tend to be held more in the form of large public events only. But … the good folks of the New Center for Arts & Culture, Prism, and the American Islamic Congress, have come together to revive this ancient ritual more in its original form, where it can be enjoyed and shared in the same spirit of cultural goodwill here, within the entire Boston community at large, just as it always was and still is in Morocco. Instead of meandering from home to home though, guests at this particular party will get to stay in one building, visiting various rooms at their leisure. At each stop they will be treated to a different type of cultural experience. Entertainment will include film, fashion, photography, spoken word, music, body art , dance, and more. And of course, what ethnic party would be complete without ample native food and drink. As far as world music and dance entertainment for the evening is concerned, here is the line-up as of now: The Ilan Bar-Lavi Quintet (fusion of jazz, rock/pop, Mexican Bolero, and Middle Eastern music), the Collage Dance Troupe (global fusion), Club D’Elf (fusion of Moroccan Gnawa and Berber, as well as other genres of North Africa, jazz, electronica, hip-hop, and more), Amoud (traditional Moroccan Berber songs), and Boujmala Rizgui and Elias Cohen (well-known Moroccan devotional songs, sung in Arabic, Spanish and Hebrew). This looks to be one great night of world fusion music and dance, in true spirit of the cultural harmony that this special holiday represents.
If you’d like to further support the promotion of Jewish culture in Boston, then why not do so by joining the New Center For Arts & Culture’s mailing list, making a donation to further their cause, or by becoming an event series ticket subscriber.
When: Saturday, April 10th @ 8:15 p.m.
Where: Arts At The Armory (Somerville)
Tickets: $10.00 (advance) / $15.00 (at the door)
More Info: 617-531-4610 OR email@example.com
Looking for Klezmer music entertainment in the Boston area? Then pay a visit to the KlezmerShack and check out their nifty KlezCalendar. Although this web site itself is not tailored exclusively to the Boston area by any means, the author is local and there is definitely a home-oriented presence here. There are plenty of relevant event listings to be found and this section is searchable by keyword, a nice little feature that makes things a whole lot easier for Boston users. There’s even a link provided for those who want to share a local event announcement of their own with the rest of us Bostonians.
Of course, it was the KlezCalendar that originally got me interested in the site, but there is a whole lot more great local info to be had here, as this web site is devoted entirely to Klezmer and other Jewish music genres. The blog, which is also keyword-searchable by the way, contains additional local event listings, reviews on concerts, cds, and videos produced by artists in the area, regionally oriented podcasts, and other music news of interest. There are tons of video clips throughout, thus giving the reader ample opportunity to enjoy the sound of lots of wonderful Jewish music. All cds which have been reviewed by the author are listed in one place, so that they can be browsed more easily. There are artist’s directories included for both individuals and ensembles. The ensemble directory is additionally categorized by geographical location and there is a nice long listing provided for Massachusetts. One last section I wanted to point out here is the listing of Jewish music radio programming airing from Massachusetts. This is really helpful, as it can be very difficult indeed to isolate and locate programs of specific interest. I encourage you to go ahead and poke around this very interesting and in formative web site on your own, as I have given you just the local highlights here. Oh, and one last thing, if you have any interesting tidbits relating to Klezmer/Jewish music that you want to share with your fellow Bostonians, feel free to email the author. He points out that his visitors, most of all, love to read descriptions of local concerts and other regionally oriented music news. Got a question you want answered? Even if it’s related to the local music scene in our area only, go ahead and post it anyway on one of the mailing lists the author has provided. You just never know who might have the answer- no matter how specific it is!
I know that this blog is primarily about listening to great world music rather than making it, but a little active participation in the performance now and then never hurts. If you’d like to try your hand at singing in Yiddish, while gaining valuable exposure to the Jewish song repertoire, then head on over to the Boston Workmen’s Circle (Center for Jewish Culture and Social Justice) for their group singing sessions. Participation is very easy as there is no prior knowledge of Yiddish or particular level of singing expertise required. Sounds like a lot of fun to me and very educational to boot. You can enjoy these musical gatherings on the 4th Thursday of every month, however, I would check the center’s event calendar before attending, just to be on the safe side.
In addition to this group activity, the center also sponsors a coffee house three or four times a year, featuring Jewish music performed by professional artists from the local community. They are also home to the largest Jewish community chorus in the country. A Besere Velt (A better World) performs a number of concerts throughout the year, including a special performance with the highly acclaimed Klezmatics entitled Stand Up Sing Out!, and has also recorded a cd. True to their name, this groups sings Yiddish folk songs, the lyrics of which depict the plight of the Eastern European immigrant and cry out for social justice and equality for all. Subscribe to The Workmen’s Circle mailing list and you will be informed of any upcoming performances of special musical interest. If you want to get further involved, you can become a member of the organization or read their newsletter.
Event Details :
When: Thursdays (4th one of every month) (7:30-9:00 p.m.)
Where: Boston Workmen’s Circle (Brookline)
More Info: Contact list