With this radio series, we continue JMI’s important work celebrating the very best of Jewish Music in the UK and internationally.  Each programme has a different theme and focus with specially invited guest artists, live sessions and documentary features.  We also bring news of latest events and releases. Our archive of shows is available online for you to listen to on demand below.

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Researched, produced and presented by Gil Karpas, JMI Events and Marketing Manager

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The Wolf Of Baghdad

Monday 22nd October 2018

The Wolf Of Baghdad
Monday 11th December

London-based musician Carol Isaacs, also known as cartoonist The Surreal McCoy, has created The Wolf Of Baghdad, an audio-visual project that traces her Iraqi-Jewish family’s memories of their lost homeland. A graphic memoir with its own musical soundtrack by new Judeo-Arabic ensemble 3Ayin, excerpts from the work in progress will be performed at the Laydeez Do Comics event on Monday December 11th 2017.

3Ayin are Daniel Jonas (Los Desterrados), multi-instrumentalist and vocals; Keith Clouston (Rivers Of Babylon), oud; Guy Schalom (Baladi Blues Ensemble and Hamsa), percussion; Carol Isaacs, accordion (London Klezmer Quartet and Hamsa). Repertoire is taken from the music the Jews of Iraq would have been familiar with – from songs by the Al Kuwaiti brothers to piyyutim (Jewish liturgical poems).

More information can be found at: http://thewolfofbaghdad.wordpress.com

Autumn Klezmer Kapelye

Monday 22nd October 2018

Autumn Klezmer Kapelye
Sunday 26 November

We interview Susi Evans and Ilana Cravitz to find out more about the Autumn Klezmer Kapelye.

A Klezmer Ensemble Workshop at SOAS, University of London, for musicians of all ages
Tutors: Susi Evans (clarinet, accordion), Ilana Cravitz (violin), Jon Petter (clarinet, sax)
Join a Klezmer Kapelye (ensemble) for 3 hours of music-making with expert tuition from top traditional klezmer exponents from the UK and USA. Under-16s – register and be part of the first National Klezmer Youth Kapelye, a group that we hope will continue and develop after this inaugural meeting.

Yinon Muallem

Monday 22nd October 2018

Yinon Muallem

Funky Dervish
Date: Saturday 2nd December
Time: 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Cost: £15
Master percussionist, oudist and vocalist Yinon Muallem combines iconic Jewish melodies with original compositions and arrangements. For this special Funky Dervish performance, Shirley Smart (Cello), Joe Browne (Tenor & Alto Sax), and Vasilis Sarikis (Percussion) will be joining Yinon Muallem to present a night of fusion between instruments, cultures and musical styles.

Klezmer in the Park 2017: The Big Mix 2017

Tuesday 29th August 2017

Sunday 10th September
Klezmer in the Park 2017

Ahead of the festival we interview the people on and off the stage that make the event happen.

Come on down for a fun-packed afternoon for all the family in one of London’s most beautiful parks. As well as BBC Radio 3 DJ Max Reinhardt, Community Hub and Kids Zone, this year’s live stage will feature Klezmer in collaboration with a global selection of artists.

Bandstand Line-up:
12.15: JMI Youth Big Band
1pm: BisBas
2pm: Baladi Blues Reloaded with Yair Dalal
3.30pm: Broadway Chutzpah
5pm: The Turbans
6.15pm finish

The community hub will feature The Jewish Chronicle, JW3, The Jewish Museum, JLGB, Jewish Renaissance, Bnai Brith, Spiro Ark and many others.

Golden Peacock 2017

Monday 5th June 2017

Golden Peacock 2017

Learn to sing Yiddish song at Golden Peacock Yiddish Song School in the heart of London at SOAS this Summer 2017.
The Golden Peacock The Yiddish Song course led by internationally acclaimed Yiddish singer and teacher Shura Lipovsky with esteemed colleagues from around the world. It is designed for all singers who wish to deepen their knowledge of the rich Yiddish song repertoire.
We interviewed Shura Lipovsky, Lorin Sklamberg, Polina Shepherd and Rachel Weston to find out more.

JMI Youth Big Band

Monday 5th June 2017

JMI Youth Big Band
Your chance to perform at Klezmer in the Park 2017

The JMI is happy to announce the formation of the JMI Youth Big Band, a new youth ensemble dedicated to contemporary music of Jewish origin. The ensemble will draw inspiration from the great American big bands and Jewish music throughout the ages.
This is your opportunity to perform in front of 5000 people at Klezmer in the Park with world class musicians in an exciting new ensemble.

We are seeking young instrumentalists on: Trumpet, Trombone, Saxophones, Piano, Guitar, Bass and Drums (of approximately grade 5+ standard with a passion for jazz, funk and contemporary music.

Tants Tants Tants!

Wednesday 17th May 2017

Discover JMI’s Jewish, Klezmer, Yiddish and Israeli dance course for all.
7-11 August 2017

We interview course leader Guy Schalom to find out more.