News91 Year Old Yiddish Rock Star - Arkady Gendler
Vladislav Davidzon travels to Ukraine to meet and write about Arkady Gendler. Read the complete article on Tablet Magazine website.Deepak Ram on Afropop Worldwide (on U.S. Public Radio Stations)
“African Sounds of the Indian Subcontinent”. Listen to the program online if you missed the radio show.
New ReleasesVeretski Pass with Joel Rubin - Polyn, A Gilgul
Translated as Poland, A Metamorphosis, this CD contains a collection of the obereks, kujawiaks, krakowiaks and polkas of Poland, previously unknown Hasidic tunes, country dances, contemporary and 19th century ethnographic collections as well as repertoire from field research of the musicians and their colleagues (thanks to Stefan Puchalski!), and of course, original compositions. Drawing on these sources, Veretski Pass and Joel Rubin have re-imagined, re-composed and re-arranged old urban and rural music to enrich the genre currently known as klezmer music. This recording is the meeting of Jewish and Polish music — a missing link of the klezmer revival. more...
Michael Winograd — Storm Game
Michael Winograd, a leading clarinetist in Klezmer music, stretches the boundaries of the timeless Jewish style on his latest recording, Storm Game. During the 13 selections, Winograd explores modern jazz, contemporary classical, European folk music and the avant-garde while staying true to his roots in Klezmer. more...
Arkady Gendler - Yidishe Lider
Arkady Gendler’s musical soundscape is a unique reflection of the diverse and cosmopolitan influences on Yiddish folk and popular song, from the late 19th to the mid-20th century..... A self-taught, natural lyrical tenor, Arkady sings here a sample from his extensive repertoire, with the focus on songs that he himself composed, or for which he wrote complete or partial original lyrics. more...
Buzuki Orhan Osman - Turkophony
Golden Horn Records’ latest release is Turkophony by Buzuki Orhan Osman. Orhan believes that the flood gates are now open for a truly multi-cultural music in Istanbul. He’s found the magic key to unlock the music of Turkey - through the gathering of the best cosmopolitan musicians whose experience in a multitude of genres allow them to interact organically with each other. more...
Veretski Pass - The Klezmer Shul Live
Golden Horn Records is very pleased to announce the release of the third album by Veretski Pass. The Klezmer Shul, the latest work of Veretski Pass, is a four-movement tone poem that attempts to bridge the gap between the sacred and the secular, not through the use of words but with purely instrumental music. more...
Adrienne Cooper - Enchanted: A New Generation of Yiddishsong
The new release of Adrienne Cooper promises to be the Yiddish music gem of the year. It is a bold foray into the unexplored, with sound collages, beautifully rendered ballads and delicately set folk songs on a colorful palette of styles and arrangements. Cooper is joined by the powerful forces of Marilyn Lerner, Frank London, Mike Winograd and others. This CD is destined to be an instant classic, not only for Yiddish music, but for world music in general. more...
Upcoming EventsDeepak Ram and Friends
Kuumbwa Jazz in Santa Cruz - Concert
August 27, 2015 @ 7 PM
Veretski Pass and Yiddish Arts Trio
Sat Jan 3, 2015
Email us for invitation
or Call (415) 254-8005
Suggested $20 donation. Doors open 7:30. Show 8-10pm Street parking
Veretski Pass ~ Berkeley Balkanale
Fri April 10, 2015
3101 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705
Veretski Pass ~ Lilith The Night Demon
UCLA Shoenberg Theater
May 6, 2015
Westwood, in Los Angeles, CA between Sunset Blvd. and Wilshire Blvd., east of Sepulveda Blvd. and the 405 freeway
Recent EventsVeretski Pass ~ Old First Concert
Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 8:00 PM
1751 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, CA 94109 | 415.474.1608
Tickets: $17.00 General
$14.00 Seniors (65 and older)
$5.00 Full Time Students
Veretski Pass ~ Latkepalooza
Sunday, December 14, 2014
Peninsula Jewish Community Center
800 Foster City Blvd, Foster City, CA 94404
1-3:30 pm FREE
2012 Ashkenaz Festival, Toronto ~ Music, Art & Culture
August 28 - September 3, 2012, Harbourfront Centre
including following events:
Yiddish Songs of Arkady Gendler, event webpage
Christian Dawid:Recording Arkady Gendler, event webpage
A concert by Veretski Pass, event webpage
Masterclass: Fellowship of the Strings by Veretski Pass, event webpage
A review of "Enchanted" at Klezmer Shack
"From co-founding KlezKamp to teaching generations of singers how to sing Yiddish, to hundreds of performances in which she demonstrates how to sing Yiddish—how to SING!, Adrienne Cooper has been a driving force in making Yiddish song something that one notices and that one longs to hear more of. Her repertoire over the years has ranged from art song to theatrical, and of course, traditional Yiddish song." Read the complete article.
Classical Guitar Recital by Mesut Özgen in Soquel, CA
Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 7:00 pm
Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, 2402 Cabrillo College Drive, Soquel CA 95073
Mesut Özgen performs a special program of music from Latin America to Spain and Turkey, including works by
Barrios, Villa-Lobos, Tarrega, Bustamante, Cardoso, York, and Domeniconi, as well as his own compositions.
Pomegranates & Figs: Teslim, Eliyahu & The Qadim Ensemble, Veretski Pass, The Oakland Folkharmonic
December 17, 2011 @ 8 PM Freight & Salvage,
For more information and tickets, visit Freight & Salvage
Veretski Pass’ The Klezmer Shul ConcertOctober 23, 2011 @ 8 PM Beall Hall, University of Oregon, Eugene OR
For more information visit UO Ticket Office
Review of Klezmer Shul Live at Strings
Unique take on neo-traditional Jewish/klezmer music. Complete review is on Strings website.
No Need to Kvetch, Yiddish Lives On in Catskills
New York Times article by Joseph Berger on annual KlezKamp
Boda, Sephardic Wedding Songs - Saltiel Ensemble
Turkish-Austrian native Ladino speaker and singer Aron Saltiel and Ensemble Saltiel will present a program of recently collected and recorded rare Sephardic wedding music, as part of the 26th Jewish Music Festival in Berkeley, California, March 9th, 2011. The group is available for other U.S. performances in March. This is a unique opportunity to experience the repertoire of a traditional Turkish Sephardic wedding songs and music from the engagement, the preparation of the dowry and the trading of gifts, to the drawing up of the marriage contract, the ceremony and the subsequent week. The songs themselves were historically sung within the Istanbul-based Saltiel family. As a veteran researcher of this repertoire who grew up in the community, Aron is both an authority on the music and a great performer. Accompanied by hugely famous Turkish and Roma virtuosos at the forefront of modern Turkish pop and folk music, Ensemble Saltiel recalls the historic collaboration of a capella singing combined with instruments such as oud, kanun (harp), zurna (Turkish oboe) kemenche (bowed lyre), clarinet, violin, darabuka (drum) and tambourine. The music is lush, nuanced and intricately interwoven with mesmerizing taksim (explorative instrumental improvisations).
Contact Golden Horn firstname.lastname@example.org booking inquiries.
Veretski Pass - New Season
Veretski Pass ~ Music from the Carpathian Bow
Cookie Segelstein - Violin, Viola
Joshua Horowitz – Cimbalom, Chromatic Button Accordion, Piano
Stuart Brotman - Bass, Basy, Tilinca, Baraban
“…Veretski Pass, one hot band!” Chicago Sun Times
“…Veretski Pass stands out as something bold, unusual and musically satisfying.” ~ Simon Broughton, BBC and Songlines Magazine
"… No one else on the local scene - or any other scene - is doing what Veretski Pass is. The tunes are mysterious, enthralling and beautiful." Eric R. Danton, Hartford Courant
Taking its name from the mountain pass through which Magyar tribes crossed into the Carpathian basin to settle what later became the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Veretski Pass offers a unique and exciting combination of virtuosic musicianship and raw energy that has excited concertgoers across the world. The trio plays Old Country Music with origins in the Ottoman Empire, once fabled as the borderlands of the East and the West. In a true collage of Carpathian, Jewish, Rumanian and Ottoman styles, typical suites contain dances from Moldavia and Bessarabia; Jewish melodies from Poland and Rumania; Hutzul wedding music from Carpathian-Ruthenia; and haunting Rebetic aires from Smyrna, seamlessly integrated with original compositions. Veretski Pass recently performed at the Concertgebouw Concert Hall in Amsterdam, and their CDs have repeatedly been on the 10-best recording lists of journalists.
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A review of "The Klezmer Shul Live" at Klezmer Shack
"This is modern shul music, and like the davening of the best of the old-time cantors, this is also music to open the heart to repentence and new beginnings; to hope, an awareness of the greater cosmos around us, and to the power of prayer and community." Read the complete article.
A review of "Enchanted: A New Generation of Yiddishsong", by George Robinson
A review of Adrienne Cooper’s "Enchanted: A New Generation of Yiddishsong", written by George Robinson, is published by The Jewish Week.
Özgen Trio Concerts
Özgen Trio, led by guitarist Mesut Özgen, recently gave two concerts in Northern California. Titled “Anatolian Fantasy with the Özgen Trio”, concerts featured Mesut Özgen on guitar, Neva Özgen on kemençe and Kathleen Purcell on flute. The trio presented works by Prince Dimitrie Cantemir (1673-1723) (“Prince Dimitrie Cantemir Collection”), Turkish Composer Yalcin Tura (“Hüseyni Saz Semaisi”) and Santa Cruz based composer David Evan Jones (“News From Afar”). Several works by Mesut Özgen were also featured in the concert (“Anatolian Fantasy”, “Rumeli Türküsü”, “Vira Sevda” and arrangement of three Turkish Folk Songs.) Reviews of these two concerts appear at City on a Hill Press and at Santa Cruz Sentinel. Program notes are available at Mesut Özgen’s website.
Anatolian Fantasy with the
Özgen Trio - Music from Istanbul and the Ottoman Court
October 22, 2010 @ 7:30 PM UC Santa Cruz, Music
Center Recital Hall
The UCSC Music Department’s "Friday Night Live" series kicks
off the 2010-2011 season with a concert featuring faculty guitarist Mesut
Özgen leading the Özgen Trio, with Turkish kemençe master
Neva Özgen and flutist Kathleen Purcell, presenting a repertoire
from the classical and folk musics of Turkey on Friday, October 22, 2010,
7:30 pm at UCSC Music Center Recital Hall. The program includes works
by Prince Dimitrie Cantemir, Yalçin Tura, Mesut Özgen, and
David Evan Jones, whose new piece for kemençe, guitar, and computer-generated
tape will receive its premiere at this concert. Neva Özgen, a master
of kemençe (Turkish bowed instrument with gut strings) and one
of the most respected improvisers in Turkish classical music, currently
teaches at the Istanbul University Turkish Music Conservatory.
For more information call the UCSC
Ticket Box Office at 831-459-2159 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cooper CD Release Concert at New York’s DROM, November 6, 2010 Saturday,
85 Avenue A (between 5th & 6th), New York, NY, Telephone: (212) 777-1157
If you think you know what to expect when you hear the words “Yiddish
song,” you’re in for a shock with the release of Adrienne
Cooper’s new CD “Enchanted.” With “Enchanted,”
Cooper has launched a fantastic exploration of the emotional and textural
possibilities that Yiddish song can provide; from deeply traditional a
capella passages to jazz ballads, from pop to multi-layered big-band arrangements
ala Spike Jones. Newly issued on West Coast World Music label Golden Horn,
the CD features arrangements by new klezmer sensation Michael Winograd
and free improvisations by Canadian jazz great, pianist Marilyn Lerner
and Klezmatics’ leader and trumpeter Frank London, all underpinned
by the drum work of Kenny Wolleson.
Ram and Mangala Norskog - Sound, Breath, and Asana Workshop at Mount Madonna
November 19-21, 2010, Mt. Madonna
Center, Watsonville, California
The purpose of both yoga and music is to journey within. In ancient times
music, Yoga and a myriad of disciplines were taught together in ‘gurukula’
(schools) led by Yogis. In this workshop, we will focus on reintegrating
Yoga and classical Indian music.
Registration and information
Adrienne Cooper performing
at The 15th Anniversary Ashkenaz Festival in Toronto, Canada (Aug. 31
- Sep. 6th, 2010)
31st - September 6th, 2010, Harbourfront Center, Toronto, Canada
Adrienne Cooper’s new album "Enchanted"
is being released by Golden Horn Records. "Enchanted" CD Release
concert at the Festival will take place on September 5th, Sunday at 5:30
PM at the Enwave Theatre
Adrienne Cooper is internationally recognized as one of this generation’s
stellar performers and teachers of Yiddish vocal music. From Carnegie
Hall to the famed Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, from Moscow to Jerusalem,
she has mesmerized audiences and worked at the heart of the klezmer revival
scene, defining a wholly original interpretation of Yiddish song. On her
latest CD, Cooper has teamed up with longtime accompanist Marilyn Lerner
and a cast of New York’s finest next generation Jewish musicians, led
by clarinetist Michael Winograd. The result: a daring and inventive combination
of deep Yiddish soul with fearless innovation rooted in klezmer, jazz,
pop and world music. Featuring Adrienne Cooper (vocals), Marilyn Lerner
(piano), Mike Winograd (clarinet), Benjy Fox-Rosen (bass), Avi Fox-Rosen
(guitar), Chris Berry (drums), and additional guests. Information
Ram Classical Recital - Vancouver BC, July 31, 2010
A Rhythmic Remembrance 2010
In memory of tabla maestro Ustad Thakur Kishan Singh ji of the Benaras
Deepak Ram - bansuri &
Amarjeet Singh - tabla
Saturday, July 31, 2010, 6 PM
The Surrey Arts Centre, 13750 88 Ave., Vancouver, BC, Canada, Phone 604-501-5566
for more information
Presented by NAAD Centre for Performing & Visual Arts
Pass :: The Klezmer Shul - Thursday, July 15, 2010 @ 8:00p, at National
Yiddish Book Center
Inspired by the synagogues
of pre-war Eastern Europe, The Klezmer Shul is rooted in Jewish liturgical
melodic principles and emotionals intonations. This four-movement instrumental
suite transmits the emotional power of synagogue singing without the use
of words, incorporating elements of jazz, avant-garde, classical, klezmer,
and folk music. Stu Brotman, string bass, basy, baraban; Cookie Segelstein,
violin; and Joshua Horowitz, 19th-century Budowitz button accordion, piano.
National Yiddish Book Center,
1021 West St., South Amherst, MA 01002, Telephone (413) 256-4900
Charity Concert for Rural
Indian Hospital with Deepak Ram and Steps Jazz Quartet
Saturday, June 26, 2010, 6:30pm
Anubhuti Retreat Center, Novato, CA
invite you to a very special benefit concert of Deepak Ram, senior disciple
of world renowned bansuri maestro, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia. Deepak
is an incredibly versatile artist who is well known for his evocative
performances in traditional North Indian classical music, his collaborations
with musicians of other genres and his innovative compositions. Accompanying
him on tabla is Satish Tare for the first part of the evening and also
joining him will be Steps a jazz quartet (deepakram.com).
The proceeds for this concert will go to a rural hospital in Mt. Abu,
Rajasthan, India. Dr. Partap Midha, Director of the J. Watumull Gobal
Hospital & Research Centre, will be with us to present medical and holistic
services rendered by the hospital to the underprivileged villages nearby
(www.ghrc-abu.com). Global Hospital is a centre for holistic healthcare.
With about 3,000 surgeries and 85,000 out-patient treatments in 2009,
it combines the best that modern medicine has to offer with complementary
medicine systems like Ayurveda, homeopathy, magnet therapy and so on.
Besides offering medical services through out-patient clinics and hospitalization,
the hospital has expanded its operations to focus on community outreach
programs, medical research, vocational education in paramedical streams
and the promotion of health awareness.
Pass in Hungary
An interview with Joshua Horowitz on Hungarian TV
Ram:: Concert in Santa Cruz, California, May 2nd 2009 Saturday @ 8 PM
A concert of North Indian Classical
Music by bansuri master Deepak Ram accompanied by tabla virtuoso Debopriyo
Pacific Cultural Center, 1307 Seabright Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA. Tickets
1-800-838-3006 or Streetlight Records in Santa Cruz or here
Budowitz :: Videos on WatchMojo.com
Two videos from last Summer
are posted on WatchMojo. Get the background on music from ensemble members.
1 and Part
Santosh Sivan’s Before
is now available on DVD. This drama, set in 1937 of India, features music
by Deepak Ram.
Ram to perform at this year’s TED Conferences in Long Beach, California
This year’s edition of TED (Technology, Entertainment,
Design) Conferences will include live performances by Deepak Ram. This
year’s event, titled "The Great Unveiling", will take place
from February 3 through February 7, 2009 in Long Beach. Speaker List
National Public Radio
Interview: "Bansuri Master Deepak Ram Tackles Jazz"
Veretski Pass’ New Release:
to the Interview with Deepak Ram on National Public Radio’s Morning
Edition Aired on July 8, 2008
Feizel Mamdoo’s "Of
Journey, Home and Treasure", featuring music by Deepak Ram
and The Mavr!x is released.
the smash reception of their eponymous first CD, the eccentric trio Veretski
Pass is now releasing a second CD, Trafik.
A true collage of Carpathian, Jewish, Rumanian and Ottoman styles, the
suites contain dances from Moldavia and Bessarabia; Jewish melodies from
Poland and Rumania, Hutzul wedding music from Carpathian-Ruthenia, and
haunting Rembetic aires from Smyrna, seamlessly integrated with a large
number of original compositions.
Deepak Ram’s New Release: Steps
Deepak Ram may be the only South African-born Indian musician to compose
a tune in honor of the dance that Nelson Mandela does on stage. He may
be the first person to ever master the jazz standard “Giant Steps”
on bansuri (Indian bamboo flute). But none of this is surprising given
where he came from. His latest album, Steps
featuring both of these tunes, is a logical response to his life experience,
with one foot in ragas and one foot in African and African-American jazz.
Deepak Ram’s Latest Classical Release: One Breath
living players of the bansuri coax such melodic joy from their instrument
as the gifted Deepak Ram. On One
Breath, Deepak and accompanying tabla maestro
Pandit Anindo Chatterjee perform three, brilliantly conceived ragas in
North Indian Classical (Hindustani) style. With unified precision and
balance the two delve deeply into highly formidable, richly liberating
musical structures cultivated over centuries by successive master musicians
— of whose legacy Ram and Chatterjee both share.
Budowitz Live - Top of the World
Listen to the Interview with Deepak Ram on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition Aired on July 8, 2008
Feizel Mamdoo’s "Of Journey, Home and Treasure", featuring music by Deepak Ram and The Mavr!x is released.
latest release, “Budowitz
Live ”, a double-CD recording by Budowitz has
been awarded Songlines Magazines’ 'Top of the World' in their July/
August 2007 issue. Tracks from the album are also included in magazines
compilation album that is distributed with the magazine. A review of the
release, written by Simon Broughton, appears in the magazine as well.
Here are his first and last sentences from the review: “Budowitz
are surely the best band playing old-time Jewish instrumental music from
Eastern Europe around right now….Throughout the disc the music is
raw and gutsy – played with great artistry and a sense of fun.”
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