JMI’s Klezfest are bringing their Summer School faculty of international klezmer superstars to JW3 for a cross-cultural dance party with plenty of oomph. A rare opportunity to hear and dance with significant players in the klezmer revival movement perform.
Yiddish Summer Weimar Band
Featuring Alan Bern, Andreas Schmitzes, Josh Dolgin, Merlin Shepherd and many more!
Bio: Many of today’s most successful and innovative Yiddish musicians have roots in YSW, including The Other Europeans, Brave Old World, Daniel Kahn, Alpen Klezmer, Voices of Ashkenaz, forshpil, Trio Figelin, Kol Ishe and many more. We invite you to explore and enjoy the rich heritage and musical innovations of these master Klezmer Musicians.
Merlin and Polina Shepherd
Fran & Flora
Bio: Described as “fiercely passionate” by BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction DJ Max Reinhardt Fran & Flora captivate their audiences with soulful laments, exquisite songs, irresistible dance tunes, and tales of their musical adventures. This new collaboration between violinist Flora Curzon and folk/experimental cellist Francesca Ter-Berg combines aspects of traditional string music and song from Eastern Europe with original compositions and improvisation. Having travelled across Europe to study with many great masters of Eastern European Roma and Klezmer music Fran & Flora perform this repertoire incorporating their own unique arrangements creating a sound that is both timeless and contemporary.