JMI’s Festival of Jewish Arts and Music

JMI’s Festival of Jewish Arts & Music

Welcome to the inaugural edition of the JMI’s JAM Festival – the UK’s unique festival dedicated to Jewish Arts and Music. Details and booking links for all of our events are listed below.

For a week in September, we’ll bring London to life with some of the world’s most stellar exponents of Jewish music and culture – from an all-star line-up at Klezmer in the Park to Celebrating Menuhin at Kings Place, an exclusive launch event for Sophie Solomon’s new album at the Jazz Café and Jewkbox Live, an intimate audience with Lorin Sklamberg (Klezmatics) and Merlin & Polina Shepherd at the Jewish Museum.

CELEBRATING MENUHIN, 8 September 2016, 7pm,  Kings Place, London N1 9AG

KLEZMER IN THE PARK: THE BIG MIX, 11 September 2016, 12.15pm, Regent’s Park Bandstand, NW1 4NT

CELEBRATING THE RECORDING HISTORY OF JEWISH MUSIC, 13 September 2016, 7pm, Jewish Museum London, NW1 7NB

SOPHIE SOLOMON: STOP THE PARADE ALBUM LAUNCH SHOW 14 September 2016, 7pm, The Jazz Café, London NW1 7PG

DRAWING LIFE (private event), 15 September 2016, Stoke Newington School, N16 9EX

JAM Media Partner: Jewish Chronicle


Celebrating Menuhin
8 September 2016, 7.00–10.30pm
Tickets £24.50 Kings Place, London N1 9AG


First Half:
Johan Dalene and Yehudi Menuhin School Orchestra Johan Dalene won the Junior 3rd Prize, Wieniawski Prize, Chamber Music Award and the EMCY Prize for Exceptional Performance at the Menuhin Competition London 2016. He made his debut with a professional symphony orchestra when he was 7.
Yehudi Menuhin founded his famous school in England to provide the environment and tuition for musically gifted children from all over the world to pursue their love of music,
develop their musical potential, and achieve standards of performance on stringed instruments and piano at the highest level.
In the first half of the concert Johan and The Yehudi Menuhin School Orchestra will perform music by Enescu (Menuhin’s teacher) and Singer, and two of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.

Second Half:
The Alternative Menuhin Yehudi Menuhin was the most prominent classical musician of his generation to embark on cross-genre collaborations and his work with Indian musician Ravi Shankar and jazz violinist Stéphane Grappelli has become famous. Curated by British violinist, songwriter, composer and Artistic Director of the JMI, Sophie Solomon, this
evening will celebrate the musical diversity of the violin across genres in a tribute to Yehudi Menuhin. An all-star line-up: Tcha Limberger, John Etheridge, Dave Kelbie,
Andy Crowdy, Flora Curzon and Sheema Mukherjee

Tickets here

11 September 2016, 12.15–6.00pm
Regent’s Park Bandstand, NW1 4NT

Come on down for a fun-packed afternoon for all the family in one of London’s most beautiful parks with special guest presenter BBC Radio 3 DJ Max Reinhardt.

Stage Line-up:
12.30 JFS Youth Band led by Steward Curtis

1.00 Tantz in collaboration with Indian guitarist Giuliano Modarelli

2.00 Don Kipper in collaboration with The Sabbey Drummers

3.00 The London Winchevsky Ensemble and The London Yiddish Choir

4.00 The UK All Stars with Guest artist: Lorin Sklamberg
Guest artist: Lorin Sklamberg – Vocals
Led by Susi Evans – clarinet
Indra Buraczewska – Double bass & Vocals
Ilana Cravitz – Violin
Francesca Ter-Berg – Cello
Carol Isaacs – Accordion
Matt Bacon – Electric guitar
Simon Roth – Drums

5.00 The Turbans with special guest

BBC Radio DJ Max Reinhardt – Compere

JW3’s Family Fun: Make musical mobiles, funky badges and specially designed paper fortune-tellers.
Spiro Ark’s Hoopla with Hebrew: Play with Hebrew letters to personalise your own door sign and create Shana Tova cards.
Balloon Band: Create a klezmer band with balloons.
JMI’s Klezmer Krafting:  Make and decorate your very own klezmer instrument to take home and play!
Klezmer on Stilts: Possibly the world’s tallest Klezmer band.
Face Painting from JMI: Transform your face into a canvas and become a musical instrument.

Community Hub: JMI welcomes their friends and colleagues from the major Jewish cultural organizations.

More information here

Concert: Celebrating the Recording History of Jewish Music
13 September 2016, 6.00–9.00pm
Tickets £15 in advance
£20 on the door
Jewish Museum London, NW1 7NB

Learn more about the seminal Semer record label from Lorin Sklamberg and listen to music from Sklamberg and The Shepherds as they take us on a musical journey.

Explore the experience of the 20th century through shellac and vinyl in this exhibition celebrating the history of Jewish inventors, musicians, composers, music producers and

See early examples of phonographs and gramophones and immerse yourself in the sounds of the 20th century; from Jewish folk music to Yiddish theatre songs, from Broadway musicals to rock‘n’roll via the rebels of punk and psychedelic rock.

Tickets here

Charismatic violin virtuoso and songwriter Sophie Solomon invites you to a special launch show for her astonishing new album Stop the Parade, produced with her long-time collaborator Marius de Vries (Rufus Wainwright/Bjork/Bowie).

Stop the Parade are quirky songs of the East. Sophie sings a barbed wire love song – a moving tale of forbidden love, a spy leaves messages in a dropbox, a fantastical dictator speaks from his deathbed, a Nino-Rotaesque waltz is danced for the cryogenically frozen, a political prisoner writes home to his lover, and a raucous brass-driven goodbye is said to Moscow.

Founder-member of Oi Va Voi, Sophie has won the Edison Award for World Music and the German Critics’ Award for Album of the Year. She has played as a soloist with artists as diverse as Rufus Wainwright, Leonard Cohen, Paul Weller and the London Symphony Orchestra and her acclaimed solo debut Poison Sweet Madeira (Decca) featured guest vocals from KT Tunstall, Ralph Fiennes and Richard Hawley.

“ If you haven’t heard of Sophie, you definitely will…”
Daily Telegraph

Tickets here

As part of our education programme we have produced Drawing Life, created by composer Jocelyn Pook, director and dramaturg Emma Bernard and visual artist Dragan Aleksic. It is inspired by a collection of poems and drawings made by children imprisoned in Terezin.

Drawing Life is supported by Arts Council England, PRS for Music Foundation and private donors. Winner of the Performing Rights Society David Bedford Music Education Award. The Stoke Newington School choir will be joined by members of Hackney New Voices from Hackney New School.

Stoke Newington School, Hackney

Stoke Newington School is situated in the heart of Hackney. It has a particular focus on creativity and inclusivity as its ethos and specialises in the Arts subjects; especially Drama, Music, Art, Media and photography. In these subjects it achieves outstanding results, and showcases some of the best teaching and external opportunities for pupils. The school is rightly proud of its diversity, its independent nature and the extensive Sixth form, which has grown and grown, and is now in the top 10% of all Sixth forms in the country.

More information on Drawing Life here