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24th Jewish Music Festival March 21-April 2, 2009

Thanks to a generous matching grant of $7,500 from The East Bay Community Foundation’s Fund for Artists, the JMF is commissioning a new multimedia piece by Bay Area composer Dan Plonsey and choreographer Eric Kupers, to premiere as part of our silver anniversary season. The match must be made in the next few months. Your gift can directly contribute to the composition of new Jewish music.
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Jessica Ivry

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Jessica Ivry is a Bay Area freelance cellist and instructor at the College of Marin. She plays with the Real Vocal String Quartet , an original world music ensemble. She also plays and tours with composer Amy X Neuburg & the Cello ChiXtet, with the Beth Custer Ensemble and with singer, Vienna Teng.

For San Francisco’s A Traveling Jewish Theatre’s 2005 and 2007 seasons, Jessica scored and performed original music for The Bright River, a hip-hop retelling of Dante’s Inferno, and for Arthur Miller’s classic play, Death of a Salesman. She played in the San Francisco production of Broadway musical, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at the Post Street Theatre in March 2005. Jessica recorded on Grammy nominated album, Blueprint of a Lady for jazz vocalist, Nneena Freelon and played with legendary Goth band, Bauhaus at San Francisco’s Fillmore Auditorium. She holds degrees from Skidmore College and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Upcoming 2008 performances include The Rusalka Cycle at the San Francisco Jewish Community Center and on tour with award-winning women’s vocal ensemble, Kitka.

“Much praise also goes to Jessica Ivry, whose live musical accompaniment, scored for solo cello, provides heartbreakingly apt counterpoint to the drama. Though Miller’s original stage directions called for flute, it’s hard to imagine anything more evocative than Ivry’s ominous pizzicato as Willy’s world crumbles.”

-Dan Pine, J. The Jewish Weekly

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