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Yemen Blues

26th Jewish Music Festival Opening Night
Yemen Blues
Direct from Israel – Bay Area Premiere
Saturday, March 5, 8 pm
Freight & Salvage Coffee House
2020 Addison St. Berkeley, CA
$25 Advance / $30 Door

Ravid Kahalani (veteran of Israel’s renowned Idan Raichel Project) brings together a nine-piece band to showcase the music of his Yemenite-Jewish heritage with a passion for blues, jazz, funk and West African grooves. Not to be missed!

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Ger Mandolin Orchestra, 2011

Sunday, March 6, 2011, 2:00pm
Freight and Salvage Coffee House, $25 advance / $30 door
Ger Mandolin Orchestra memorial project, a featured commission of the 26th Jewish Music Festival.

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Veretski Pass

Sunday, March 6, 2011, 8:00pm
Freight and Salvage Coffee House, $18 advance / $22 door
A breath-taking combination of stellar musicianship and raw energy, this unique trio plays “village-style” instrumentals with origins in the Ottoman Empire and Carpathian, Jewish and Rumanian musical traditions.

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Noah Bendix-Bagley, Violin

Tuesday, March 8, 7:30pm The Crowden School, $15 advance / $20 door
Matinee: Thursday, March 10, 2:00 pm JCC of the East Bay, $12 advance / 15 door
An international award-winning violinist takes on rarely heard works from the St. Petersburg Society for Jewish Folk Music, a turn-of-the-century movement that brought Jewish folk music into European classical form. Accompanied by Arkady Serper, Piano.

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Saturday, March 12, 8:00pm Thrust Stage, Berkeley Repertory Theatre.
$18 advance / $22 door
Founder of Canada’s leading klezmer band, The Flying Bulgars, award-winning trumpeter and composer David Buchbinder teams up with the brilliant Cuban pianist Hilario Durán and a crew of Canada’s top jazz and world musicians this high-powered collision of two great musical styles.

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