Oct 21 – Zoyres Eastern European Wild Ferment!
Oct 28 – Yiddish Modern: Jeanette Lewicki (accordion) with Richard Saunders (bass)
Nov 4 – Saul Goodman’s klezmer band with Mike Perlmutter, Dan Fabricant (bass), Jack Hanly (poyk)
Nov 11 – Glenn Hartman’s (of famed New Orleans Klezmer Allstars) Klezmer Playboys
Nov 18 – Red Hot Chachkas
Nov 25 – Anthony Russell with Dmitri Gaskin
Dec 2 – Adama Chunukah party
Dec 9 – Yiddish Modern: Jeanette Levitsky (accordion) with Richard Saunders (bass)
Dec 16 – Saul Goodman’s Klezmer Band with Mike Perlmutter, Dmitri Gaskin, and Jack Hanly
Dec 23 – Ellis Island Old World Folk Band
Dec 30 – tba
Jan 6 – Safra
Jan 13 – Heather Klein
- Saul Goodman’s Klezmer Band comes from a musical tradition tracing back to the old world shtetl of Szrensk. Incorporating post-immigrant sounds rooted in klezmer, Saul Goodman’s music moves the spirit and the dance. It’s always a simcha with Saul!
- Zoyres began around 2003 with the intent of approaching klezmer and Eastern European folk music from both a “traditional” perspective, as well as a stretched out and experimental one. The name “Zoyres” derives from the Yiddish term for fermented vegetables, “zoyers.” These foods have been transformed by culture and community (of the microbial sort) through biochemical fermentation processes. These cultured transformations underlie our own cultural development, as humans have relied and reveled in fermented foods for millennia. Zoyres’ music represents the geo-social analogue to the biochemical ferment. Our music, of Eastern European origin, brined in the contemporary cultural milieu, is akin to the pickle, still evident in its cucumbral origin, but with a taste and texture transformed. www.zoyres.com, myspace.com/zoyres, youtube.com/zoyres
- Jeanette Levitsky (accordion, voice) & Richard Saunders (bass) have played klezmer music & Yiddish song together for eighteen years with bands including the San Francisco Klezmer Experience (aka Klez-X), the gonifs, the Mavens, & the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. Their next music project, Yiddish Modern, will be featured on a radio podcast recorded before a live audience at San Francisco’s Contemporary Jewish Museum in February 2014. Jeanette is vegan & a founding member of Accordionists Against the Death Penalty. She’ll probably have the Hodo Soy Tofu Burger. Richard will go for the Famous Chicken Liver.
- Glenn Hartman, front man from the New Orleans Klezmer Allstars – a group heralded by the Village Voice as, “easily the funniest and wildest of the klezmer new wave” – brings his animated energy to his the Bay via the Klezmer Playboys.
- The Red Hot Chachkas create new American klezmer from Old World roots with their original compositions, arrangements, and improvisations, featuring violin (Julie Egger), clarinet (Barbara Speed), accordion (Diana Strong), mandolin (Tony Phillips), bass (Breck Diebel), and drums (Aharon Wheels Bolsta).
- Professional opera singer Anthony (Mordechai-Tzvi) Russell performs the Yiddish repertoire of Sidor Belarsky (1898-1975), one of the 20th century’s most celebrated and prolific performers of cantorial music, Chassidic nigunim and Yiddish art song. The Huffington Post describes Anthony as “the new voice of Yiddish song.”
- Directed by guitarist, vocalist, and arranger Achi Ben Shalom, Adama presents varied Jewish music: from traditional klezmer, Ladino, Yiddish, Hassidic, and contemporary tunes written by Jewish-Americans.
- The Ellis Island Old World Folk Band has been delighting audiences throughout Northern California for nearly three decades with its performance of klezmer music, the music brought to the United States in the early 1900’s by the Jews of Eastern Europe. The group’s repertoire includes lively freilachs, soulful doinas, spirited bulgars, old world waltzes, Yiddish vocals, and traditional music from Eastern Europe, Greece , Russia , Spain, and Italy. Ellis Island will bring laughter to your lips, a tear to your eye, joy to your heart and have you dancing in the aisles. Come! Enjoy!