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ISLE of KLEZBOS
June 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
NYC-based ISLE of KLEZBOS approaches tradition with playful irreverence and deepest respect. Now celebrating two decades together, the soulful, fun-loving powerhouse all-gal klezmer sextet has toured from Vienna to Vancouver since 1998. Band repertoire ranges from rambunctious to entrancing: Neo-traditional folk dance, mystical melodies, Yiddish swing & retro tango, late Soviet-era Jewish drinking song, re-grooved standards, and genre-defying originals. Broadcast credits include CBS Sunday Morning, The L Word, PBS, as well as over a dozen film soundtracks such as Grace Paley: Collected Shorts and Esther Broner: A Weave of Women. The band’s acclaimed debut album GREETINGS FROM THE ISLE OF KLEZBOS was followed by latest CD, LIVE FROM BROOKLYN (named among New York Music Daily’s “Top 50 Albums of the Year” in any genre). The group is noted for their tight yet adventurous sound, lush arrangements, luscious compositions, and solos that swing the Yiddish stratosphere.
ISLE of KLEZBOS (“Cutting Edge Klezmer” – New York Magazine) has graced both Porgy & Bess nightclub for Austria’s KlezMORE Festival, and Feinstein’s/54 Below — the first klezmer group ever invited to that Broadway cabaret stage. Winning a spot at Chamber Music America’s annual conference, the ensemble performed in both Jazz and World Music genres. Formed by drummer/leader Eve Sicular, a Harvard-educated film historian as well as music maven, the group’s outstanding lineup combines the creative talents of alumnae from Juilliard, Eastman, Manhattan and Berklee Schools of Music. Recent highlights: Denver debut at JAAMM Festival, headlining Oberlin Spring Folk Fest, and multi-media concert The Celluloid Closet of Yiddish Film at NYC’s Center for Jewish History (YIVO Institute/American Jewish Historical Society/American Jewish Music Society, Pride Season event co-sponsors). Headlining both San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Gardens Festival and Portland OR’s Alberta Rose Theatre for West Coast 20th anniversary summer premieres, the band returns with sextet to California for Hanukah season tour from Sonoma to Palm Springs, then making a first-time Florida splash at The Arts Garage in February 2019. Repeat recipients of honors from Sparkplug Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, NYC’s Department of Cultural Affairs, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and OUTmusic, their latest Creative Engagement award supports the year-long series Isle of Klezbos: Isle of Manhattan! 20th Anniversary Sextet Concerts.