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JEWISH MUSIC FESTIVALa fiscally-sponsored project of JCC East Bay


2013 Festival Lineup

January 27, 2013 2:00 PM, JCC East Bay
A Tribute to Yip Harburg: The Man Who Put the Rainbow in the Wizard of Oz
In this multimedia presentation by music theater historian Bonnie Weiss, you’ll learn about lyricist and poet Yip Harburg’s life and Broadway career.

Veretski Pass Lecture/Demo Series at JCC East Bay
February 07, 2013 7:30 PM: Klezmer and Hazzones
February 11, 2013 7:30 PM: Busting the Myth of the Klezmer Revival
Two in-depth workshops by an internationally renown trio that highlights Jewish music from the land where the Ottoman East met Europe.

March 02, 2013 7:00 PM, Berkeley Rep Thrust Stage
28th JEWISH MUSIC FESTIVAL OPENING NIGHT: The Future of Jewish Music in Poland
Polesye: Jewish Folksongs from the Shtetl featuring Olga Mieleszczuk, Ittai Bunnun, Cookie Segelstein & Josh Horowitz plus Shofar, A trio of vanguard Polish jazz instrumentalists whose exquisitely original improvisations are inspired by Eastern European Jewish folk music or klezmer. Multimedia introduction by Ruth Ellen Gruber.

March 03, 2013 8:00 PM, The Freight and Salvage
Real Vocal String Quartet & True Life Trio
This knock-out Bay Area string quartet, string band, woman’s vocal quartet and jaw-dropping improvising world-music collective takes on Regina Spektor and other Jewish music. True Life Trio weaves sumptuous vocal harmonies and sultry rhythms from Eastern Europe, the Americas & beyond.

March 04, 2013 1:00 PM, JCC East Bay
Polesye: Jewish Folksongs from the Shtetl
This unique project is inspired by the repertoire of Mariam Nirenberg, a pre-War Jewish folksinger born in the multicultural region of Polesye. Vocalist Olga Mieleszczuk provides modern arrangements to Nirenberg’s repertoire, accompanied by Israeli clarinetist and guitarist Ittai Bunnun, violinist Cookie Segelstein and accordionist Josh Horowitz.

March 05, 2013 7:30 PM, JCC East Bay
Michael Alpert & Julian Kytasty: Night Songs From a Neighboring Village
Rich East European Jewish and Ukrainian musical traditions come together with Michael Alpert, a leading Yiddishist and pioneer of the klezmer revival, and Julian Kytasty, a premier bandura (lute-harp) player.

March 07, 2013 8:00 PM, The Freight and Salvage
Theodore Bikel, Merima Ključo & Shura Lipovsky
Journeys through Yiddish and Bosnian/Sephardic cultures with legendary Jewish-American folksinger Theodore Bikel, Bosnian accordionist Merima Ključo, and Shura Lipovsky, a world renowned singer of Yiddish, direct from Amsterdam.

March 09, 2013 8:00 PM, Berkeley Rep Thrust Stage
David Krakauer, Matt Haimovitz, Lisa Delan & Kristin Pankonin
Warsaw Ghetto Uprising Memorial Concert: _Vilna Poems, a song cycle of works by the great Yiddish poet, Avrom Sutskever, composed by David Garner. Akoka – The End of Time, a project inspired by Olivier Messaien’s Quartet for the End of Time and developed by Haimovitz and Krakauer.

March 10, 2013, 2:00 PM Easton Hall, GTU
An-ski Expedition at 100
One hundredth anniversary of the An-ski Folklore Expedition, which collected music, stories, artifacts and folklore from shtetls, intended for a Jewish national museum in pre-revolutionary St. Petersburg. Panel discussion / performance includes renowned Yiddishist and multi-instrumentalist Michael Alpert and An-ski scholars Gabriella Safran (Stanford University) and Nathaniel Deutsch (UCSC)

March 12, 2013, The Magnes
Mark Slobin & Michael Alpert
5:30 PM: History of American Jewish Music, a lecture by Mark Slobin
7:30 PM: Festival Closing Program – A Sweet Diaspora Song: Paths of Jewish Music in America. Performance by Michael Alpert, in conversation with Francesco Spagnolo (The Magnes).