Ilene always wanted to play in a rock and roll band but “says she didn’t know” she picked the wrong instrument. She became the clarinetist with The Klezmer Conservatory Band in 1987, while still a student at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. With the KCB, she has performed extensively throughout the United States and on all international tours. Ilene also performs with her own band, Klezperanto, which combines traditional Jewish and Mediterranean melodies with the irresistible rhythms of 1970s cop show music, Colombian cumbia, and Romanian surf guitar.
Ilene has been featured on numerous recordings and on radio and TV broadcasts, among which are “In the Fiddler’s House”, “Eternal Echoes,” and “Rejoice” projects with Itzhak Perlman. Her musical theater experience includes the world premiere of The American Repertory Theater production of “Shlemiel The First”, and “Borschtcapades” with Joel Grey. Ilene lives in Western MA where she enjoys the beautiful scenery, the vibrant arts scene, and the ample parking.