Aaron Alexander, drums, is a veteran klezmer and jazz drummer who plays with many of the leaders in the field, and also leads his own groups. He has released 4 recordings as a leader, including the recent CD “The Klez Messengers”, several more as member of collective groups, and appears on dozens of recordings as a sideman. Alexander is founder and director of the New York Klezmer Series, which has been presenting concerts, workshops, dance parties and jam sessions on a weekly basis in NYC for the past 6 years.
Adeena Karasick is a New York based, Canadian poet, performer, cultural theorist and media artist and the author of seven books of poetry and poetics. Her Kabbalistically inflected, urban, Jewish, feminist mashups have been described as “electricity in language” (Nicole Brossard), “proto-ecstatic jet-propulsive word torsion” (George Quasha), noted for their “cross-fertilization of punning and knowing, theatre and theory” (Charles Bernstein) “a twined virtuosity of mind and ear which leaves the reader deliciously lost in Karasick’s signature ‘syllabic labyrinth’” (Craig Dworkin). Most recently is Salome: Woman of Valor (University of Padova Press, 2017), the libretto of the opera she has created with Frank London. She teaches Literature and Critical Theory for the Humanities and Media Studies Dept. at Pratt Institute, is co-founding director of the KlezKanada Poetry Festival and Retreat, and 2016 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Award recipient and winner of the 2016 Voce Donna Italia award for her contributions to feminist thinking. The “Adeena Karasick Archive” has just been established at Special Collections, Simon Fraser University.
Adrian Banner was born in Sydney, Australia, where his passion for the piano began in early childhood. He emigrated to the USA where he co-founded The Klez Dispensers, received his Ph.D. in mathematics from Princeton University, and published a book on calculus. Adrian is a performer, composer, bandleader, and arranger in a wide variety of musical styles including klezmer, Yiddish theatre/song, classical, jazz, ska, ragtime, and liturgical music.
Alan Bern is the founding artistic director of Yiddish Summer Weimar and the OMA Improvisation Project (formerly Winter Edition), founding director of the Other Music Academy (OMA), and co-founder and chair of other music e.V. He is a composer/arranger, pianist, accordionist, educator, cultural activist and philosopher. He is co-founder and director of Brave Old World, founder and director of The Other Europeans, Diaspora Redux and the Semer Ensemble, and he also performs with Bern, Brody & Rodach and with Guy Klucevsek. His education included classical piano with Paul Badura-Skoda and Leonard Shure, jazz with Karl Berger, the Art Ensemble of Chicago, Anthony Braxton and others, contemporary music with John Cage, Frederic Rzewski, Joel Hoffman and others, and philosophy and cognitive science with Dan Dennett. He received his master’s degree in Philosophy and his doctorate degree in music composition. He has composed and director music for theater and dance in New York, Montreal, Berlin, Lucerne, Essen and Bremen, among others. He is the creator of Present-Time Composition©, an innovative approach to music improvisation informed by insights from cognitive science. In 2009, he was given the Ruth Lifetime Achievement Award for his work as a musician and educator.
The Israeli violinist, dancer, actor, and singer Amit Weisberger has been living in France since 2007, where within a short time he established himself as one of the leading artists of the French klezmer scene. He plays with various klezmer ensembles, including The Beigalé Orkestra (Klezmer Fanfare), Yiddishe Fantazyé Trio and The Belf Project (Old European klezmer from musical archives) as well as Tarafikants (Balkan music), Kabarétalè (songs from Jewish cabaret), and Shlémiel (Jewish stories).
Offstage, he is also a sought-after klezmer teacher in France and other European countries. For instance, since 2009 he has taught every year at klezmer workshops in Gannat, Luzy and Saint-Julien-Molin-Molette (Auvergne), Manchester, Edinburgh, Prague and Mikulov, “Fiddlers on the move” (Gent, Belgium), as well as at Yiddish Summer Weimar.
Amit plays and teaches the violin only “by ear”. He had learned Klezmer mostly from listening and imitating the audio archives and within the years developed his own style and sound: rustic, expressive and riche with nuances.
Trio Yiddishè Fantazyè: my.zikinf.com/yiddishefantazye
Beigalè Orkestra: beigale-orkestra.com
Born in New York, Amy Zakar is a violinist of Hungarian/Transylvanian/Jewish descent. Amy played her first Catskills-Yiddish revue at age 8. She went on to study at the Manhattan School of Music, Princeton University, and Westminster Choir College, as well as KlezKanada and KlezKamp. A versatile performer who has shared the stage with world-acclaimed klezmorim, Amy performs with the New York Fidl Kapelye and The Klez Dispensers. Amy teaches students and ensembles of all ages at workshops, festivals, and lessons. Her compositions, arrangements, improvisations, and musical sensitivity have landed her the coveted vote of confidence from Pete Sokolow. A former KlezKanada scholarship recipient and fellow, Amy first joined KlezKanada’s faculty in 2006.
Asya Vaisman Schulman is the director of the Yiddish Language Institute at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, MA. She teaches Yiddish at the University of Massachusetts and in the Yiddish Book Center’s Steiner Summer Yiddish Program. Asya received her PhD in Yiddish Language and Culture from Harvard University, where she wrote her dissertation on the Yiddish songs and singing practices of contemporary Hasidic women. She is currently writing a Yiddish textbook for beginning students at the university level. Asya is also a Yiddish dance teacher, singer, and songwriter and has participated in and taught at Klezmer festivals around the world.
Avia has joyfully taught and led Yiddish dance at festivals and events transcontinentally – in North America, Europe, and Russia. She is a PhD student in Theatre and Performance Studies at York University, working on the ways that traditions and heritage culture are woven into contemporary performances of identity.
Cantor Jeff Warschauer is internationally renowned as a leading klezmer mandolinist, as an innovator in the development of a klezmer guitar style, as an expressive Yiddish singer, and as a skillful and inspirational educator. One half of the Strauss/Warschauer Duo, Jeff was a long-time member of the Klezmer Conservatory Band. He is on the faculty of Columbia University, and is a Founding Artistic Director and Senior Artistic Advisor of KlezKanada. A graduate of the Jewish Theological Seminary and the New England Conservatory, Jeff is Cantor at Congregation Keneseth Israel in Allentown, PA, and has served congregations in NY, CT, OH, ME and VT. Jeff speaks Yiddish, and has researched and collected Yiddish and Hebrew songs and instrumental melodies since the mid-1980s. Jeff has studied Jewish culture, languages, and religion in the US, the UK and in Israel, and has received numerous prizes, including the KlezKanada Distinguished Service Award.
Christian Dawid has been teaching at KlezKanada since 2003. Considered one of today’s finest klezmer clarinetists, he has performed extensively across Europe and North America, with such artists as Konsonans Retro, Arkady Gendler, Frank London, Brave Old World, The Other Europeans, Alan Bern, Theodore Bikel, Socalled, Budowitz, Shura Lipovsky, Paul Brody’s Sadawi and many more.
As a teacher, he is also associated with Yiddish Summer Weimar and has taught at other international workshop academies, in London, Paris, New York, St. Petersburg, Safed, Cracow, Fürth, Buenos Aires, and other places.
Recently, he has been performing with his own Trio Yas, as well as with Daniel Kahn & The Painted Bird, Shtetl Band Amsterdam, and Andrea Pancur’s Alpenklezmer. He lives in Berlin, where he sometimes is caught doubling on saxophone, trombone, and tuba.
Called “a virtuosic technician with abundant creativity” by All About Jazz New York, Dan Blacksberg has become a major voice carving out new paths in both Jewish and experimental music. Primarily through his trombone playing, but also as a composer, educator, concert organizer, and sometimes record producer, Dan has excited audiences and empowered musicians in his hometown of Philadelphia, and around the world. From performing and recording with traditional klezmer musicians like Elaine Hoffman Watts and Adrienne Cooper, to experimentalists George Lewis and Anthony Braxton, to performing with his own groups Electric Simcha and Deveykus (the worlds only hardcore simcha band and Hasidic doom-metal band respectively), his work spans from the traditional to the avant-garde and radical spaces in between.
Daniel Kahn, born in Detroit, studied theater and poetry at University of Michigan. He moved to Berlin in 2005 and founded his band The Painted Bird, which went on to tour the world and win several awards with their 4 (soon 5) albums. A renowned singer, songwriter, translator, and instrumentalist, he is a founding member of the bands The Brothers Nazaroff, The Unternationale, Semer Ensemble, Strangelovesongs, and The Disorientalists. At Berlin’s Maxim Gorki Theater he works as a director, actor, composer, playwright, and music curator. He performed as Biff in the critically-acclaimed Yiddish production of Death of a Salesman. In 2016, the Ashkenaz Foundation named him the inaugural Theo Bikel Artist-in-Residence. He has taught and performed in every corner of the Yiddishe Velt from California to Moscow. He first attended KlezKanada in 2004.
Deborah Strauss is an internationally-acclaimed klezmer violinist and educator who has been active in klezmer and Yiddish music and in multigenerational Jewish education for over 30 years. She is a member of the Strauss/Warschauer Duo, the intercontinental groups Voices of Ashkenaz and Figelin, and was a long-time member of the Klezmer Conservatory Band. Deborah was featured in the Emmy award-winning film “Itzhak Perlman: In the Fiddler’s House”, appears in the film “Theodore Bikel: In the Shoes of Sholom Aleichem”, and has performed with the Grammy Award-winning Klezmatics. She performs across North America, South America, Western and Eastern Europe, and Israel, and leads workshops and classes annually at the Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow, Yiddish Summer Weimar, Yiddish New York, and KlezKanada. Deborah is also a highly-regarded Yiddish dance leader and an award-winning Jewish children’s educator. She studied violin at Rutgers University and ethnomusicology at the University of Chicago.
Eléonore Weill was raised in a musical family in Southern France and spent her youth playing both classical and traditional music at carnivals, weddings, bar mitzvahs, communions and dances. She plays and has performed early and contemporary music, Jewish, Romanian and Occitane folk mu-sic, and various other styles on wooden flutes, piano, and vocals throughout Europe and the Amer-ica. With a focus on klezmer and Yiddish musical traditions, Eléonore has collaborated with musi-cians and ensembles such as Joey Weisenberg, Jake Shulman-Ment, Jenny Romaine, Tsibele, Orchestra Rapsozii Botosanilor, Sanda Weigl, Miquéu Montanaro, Shpilkes, the Baroque Music Center of Versailles, Orchestre National de Toulouse, Les Saqueboutiers, Ensemble Oneiroi, among many others. She holds a master’s degree in ethnomusicology with a specialty in klezmer from the Sorbonne and Columbia University, and has earned performance diplomas from the Paris and Toulouse Conservatories. Eléonore has also studied at Yiddish Weimar, KlezKamp, KlezKanada, and KlezParis, and for a year she lived in Romania studying folk music traditions. She led klezmer workshops in “Yiddish en Cévennes” (France) and KlezKanada, teaching others how to make the tiniest instrument on the planet sing loud enough for the astronauts to hear.
Emily Socolov, PhD, is a folklorist, visual artist, and activist with a deep interest in life history, cultural imaginaries, and social justice. She was founding Executive Director of Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture Without Borders, a non-profit arts and culture organization serving the Mexican immigrant community in New York. She is a frequent collaborator with the Smithsonian Institution’s Division of Folklife and Cultural Heritage’s annual festival. As a visual artist, she works with found and repurposed objects, creating installations of social relevance. Socolov created the visual arts program at KlezKanada in 2003 and has taught workshop in Amulets, Toy Theater (with Jenny Romaine and Tine Kindermann), The Culture of Childhood in Eastern Europe (with Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett), among other courses. She is currently Visiting Scholar at the Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies at UT-Austin where she is working on a book on the Red Scare in 1950’s America.
Eugene Orenstein recently retired after a 39-year academic career in the Department of Jewish Studies at McGill University where he specialized in the area of modern Jewish social and intellectual history, with particular emphasis on the Jewish labor and socialist movement in Eastern Europe and North America and the development of modern Yiddish culture. His publications include the chapter on Yiddish culture in Canada in The Canadian Jewish Mosaic (1981); numerous bio-bibliographical studies in Der leksikon fun der nayer yidisher literatur (“Biographical Dictionary of Modern Yiddish Literature”); articles in Encyclopedia of World Literature in the Twentieth Century, the biography of Herman Kruk and the analysis of his “Diary of the Vilna Ghetto,” in the Reference Guide to Holocaust Literature (The St. James Press, 2002), and the article on “Yiddish Dailies [in Canada] in History of the Book in Canada, Vol. II (University of Toronto Press, 2005). Orenstein served as an editorial consultant for the new YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe, published by the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research and Yale University Press, 2008. He has also been Guest Professor of Yiddish Language and Literature at the Uriel Weinreich Summer Program in Yiddish Studies; the Summer Program in Yiddish Studies at the Postgraduate Centre for Hebrew Studies, Oxford University; at University College, London; the Centre for the Study of Jewish Civilization, Monash University in Melbourne, Australia and at the International Yiddish Summer Program, Tel Aviv University.
Fabian Schnedler (b. 1973, Berlin) studied Yiddish and German Literature at Trier University and graduated in Literature, Performance Studies and Ethnomusicology at Freie Universitaet Berlin. He has been a student at Ernst Busch drama school in Berlin, and worked as an actor with Robert Wilson amongst others.
Schnedler is involved in Yiddish Song & Music since 1991. He studied Yiddish song and dance at festivals in Oxford, Brussels, Weimar, Krakow and New York with Michael Alpert, Steve Weintraub, Adrienne Cooper, Alan Bern, Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman or Sruli Dresdner. He taught Yiddish Singing at Yiddish Summer Weimar and Klezkanada.
Together with Franka Lampe (1969-2016) he founded Schikker wi Lot in 2002, since 2008 the duo has been engaged with Ganovim-Lider (Thieves’ songs). Schikker wi Lot staged and recorded this unheard song collection by Shmuel Lehman at Yiddish Summer Weimar 2013.
“What ways of performing Yiddish music can we find today?” This questions became a motor in Schnedler’s work in recent years. With his Yiddpop-project he found a very personal answer: His band Fayvish brings together Singer/Songwriter, Indiepop and Yiddish poetry.
In 2012 he gave idea to and since then is a singer of the Semer Project with Alan Bern, Lorin Sklamberg, Paul Brody among others. The project’s idea is to perform Yiddish and Jewish Songs that have been recorded in 1930s Berlin. Fabian Schnedler works at the educational department of the Jewish Museum.
Sir Frank London is a Grammy Award-winning trumpeter and composer, a founder of the Klezmatics, leader of the Astro-Hungarian supergroup Glass House Orchestra, the Shekhinah Big Band, his Klezmer Brass Allstars, and co-leader of bhangra/Yiddish group Sharabi (with Deep Singh), Ahava Raba (with Cantor Yanky Lemmer and Michael Winograd), and Vilde Mekhaye (with Eleanor Reissa and Frank’s Klezmer Brass Allstars). He’s been called the “mystical high priest of New Wave Avant-Klez jazz” by writer Elliott Simon for the website All About Jazz.
His large-scale works include the Cuban-Yiddish opera Hatuey Memory of Fire (with Elise Thoron, premiered 2017 in Havana, Cuba), the film museum installation Letters from Afar (with filmmaker Peter Forgacs and the Klezmatics, premiered at the POLIN Museum in Warsaw), the folk-opera A Night In The Old Marketplace (with Alex Aron and Glen Berger, based on Y.L. Peretz’s 1907 play), and the multi-media dance/poetry/video “spoken word opera” Salomé: Woman of Valor (with Adeena Karasick).
A multi-instrumentalist, composer, and ethnomusicologist, Hankus Netsky is chair of New England Conservatory’s Contemporary Improvisation Department and founder and director of the Klezmer Conservatory Band, America’s premiere klezmer and Yiddish music ensemble. He has composed extensively for film, theater, and television, collaborating closely with Itzhak Perlman, Robin Williams, Joel Grey, Robert Brustein, and Theodore Bikel, and has produced numerous recordings, including ten by the Klezmer Conservatory Band. He has been the recipient of a 2013 “Forward Fifty” award, a New England Conservatory Outstanding Alumni award, the Yosl Mlotek award for the perpetuation of Yiddish Culture, and NEC’s Louis Krasner and Lawrence Lesser awards for Excellence in Teaching. Netsky has also taught at Hampshire College, Wesleyan University and Hebrew College. His essays have been published by the University of California Press, the University of Pennsylvania Press, the University of Scranton Press, Hips Roads, and the University Press of America, and Temple University Press published his book, “Klezmer, Music and Community in 20th Century Jewish Philadelphia” in 2015.
Inna Barmash immigrated to the United States from Vilnius, Lithuania, where she first started singing in Yiddish in a children’s song and dance collective. While a student at Princeton University, she co-founded the Klez Dispensers, the university’s first klezmer band and has since performed with numerous other klezmer and folk groups in the tri-state area. Her explorations of the repertoire of Russian and Romanian gypsies led to her co-founding of Romashka, a gypsy band based in New York. While roaming through clubs, cafe, and underground parties with Romashka, Inna encountered the composer/violist Ljova Zhurbin, her now-husband and collaborator, with whom she started Ljova & the Kontraband, an original chamber folk ensemble and a duo lovingly dubbed BarmaLjova. Inna’s latest recording is “Yiddish Love Songs & Lullabies”.
Born in New York City, violinist Jake Shulman-Ment is among the leaders of a new generation of Klezmer and Eastern European folk music performers. He has performed and recorded internationally with Daniel Kahn and the Painted Bird, Di Naye Kapelye, Adrian Receanu, The Other Europeans, Frank London, Duncan Sheik, and many more. Jake has been a faculty member of New York’s Henry Street Settlement, KlezKamp, KlezKanada, Klezmer Paris, the Krakow Jewish Culture Festival, Yiddish Summer Weimar, and other festivals throughout the globe. In 2010 Jake received a Fulbright research grant to collect, study, perform, and document traditional music in Romania. Jake’s debut solo CD, “A Redele (A Wheel)” (Oriente Musik, 2012) was nominated for the German Record Critics’ Award.
Janie Respitz has an M.A. in Yiddish language and literature. For the past twenty five years she has performed in concerts throughout the world and taught courses relating to Yiddish language, folklore, literature, and Eastern European Jewish history. Having taught at Queen’s University, Janie is now teaching at McGill University. As a singer of Yiddish songs, she often incorporates her singing into her courses and lectures, sharing her lifelong passion with her students and audiences. Janie has delighted audiences with her vast repertoire of Yiddish songs and lecture topics in Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, Windsor, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Amherst Yiddish Book Centre, New York, Montevideo, and Israel.
Composer, producer, pianist, and harmonica player Jason Rosenblatt is one of the world’s foremost innovators in diatonic harmonica technique. His performance on the unassuming instrument has helped to break new musical ground for the instrument long associated with “the blues,” into art forms as diverse as jazz, bluegrass, klezmer, and Turkish music. Since 2002 he and his group Shtreiml, a high-octane purveyor of original Turkish and Eastern European music, have released four albums and performed internationally.
Jenny Romaine is a director, designer, performer, and puppeteer, and a founding member of Great Small Works artists’ collective. She is music director of Jennifer Miller’s OBIE and Bessie Award-winning CIRCUS AMOK and artist in residence at Milk Not Jails. Romaine was a sound archivist at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research for thirteen years, and for several decades has drawn on Yiddish primary source materials to create art that has contemporary meaning. Her projects include the Sukkos Mob, and community Purim Shpiln with the Aftselakhis Spectacle Committee. Romaine founded the Youth Theater Workshop at KlezKamp and her productions at KlezKanada from 2010 to 2017 have included the Backwards March, the Haunted Suke, Truth in Gay Clothes: the Musar Musical, Ellstein on the Beach, and Nekhame Epshteyn: Chicken Park. In 2016, Romaine directed “Bobe Mayses: Yiddish Knights and Other Impossibilities” with author Michael Wex and Music Director Alan Bern. Romaine was the first recipient of the Adrienne Cooper Award for Dreaming in Yiddish in 2014 and was recently featured in Ezra Nepon’s book “Dazzle Camouflage: Spectacular Theatrical Strategies for Resistance and Resilience.”
Joanne is a New York based actor and singer whose Broadway credits include the 2012 Tony Award Winning Best Musical, Once, Fiddler on the Roof with Topol, and Rogers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella with Eartha Kitt. She has performed as a solo artist with Neil Sedaka, Robert Klein, the Klezmer Conservatory Band, the Klez Dispensers, the Grammy-Award winning Klezmatics and The Three Yiddish Divas in Concerts and Klezmer Music festivals across the US, Canada, Mexico and Europe, including Vienna Kulterherbst, Warsaw Zingera Festival, Jewish Culture Festival Krakow, the Montreal Jazz Festival and New York’s Carnegie Hall. Joanne writes and directs KIDS & YIDDISH for the Folksbiene Yiddish Theatre in NYC, an innovative kids show that strives to teach Yiddish to young people… so their parents won’t understand them! Joanne performs the US national anthem at professional sporting events, sings Barbershop harmony with her folks, and plays Baruška the ukulele and Dorothy, her little red accordion.
Joel Kerr is one of Montreal’s busiest and most versatile bassists, as well as a composer, arranger and bandleader. In addition to leading and composing for his Quartet, he is involved in many ongoing creative projects, and immersed in Montreal’s jazz, world and soul music scenes. Joel is a co-leader and co-composer for Montreal soul band The Key-Lites, and experimental jazz trio Bean. He is a co-leader and co-arranger for the new old Jewish music ensemble Siach Hasadeh, and a member of the original klezmer band Shtreiml, as well as the Montreal/Ottawa based experimental jazz group Craig Pedersen Quartet. With these groups as well as various other ensembles ranging from symphony orchestras to rock bands, Joel has toured extensively across Canada, as well as in the US and Europe. As a cross-genre sideman, Joel performs with several artists, including Sarah Slean (Toronto), Irem Bekter, Moe Clark, Marie Trezanini, Renée Yoxon (Montreal/Ottawa), Marie-Claire Durand, and Ismail Fencioglu.
Josh “Socalled” Dolgin is a musician, performer, composer, and producer based in Montreal, Quebec. He has worked with in a myriad styles with a myriad cool artists, including Enrico Macias, Roxanne Shante, Gonzales, DJ Assault, Krakauer, and Fred Wesley. His passion for Yiddish music and culture was sparked at a KlezKanada in the late 20th century.
Leah is a food writer and cookbook author who’s work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Epicurious, Saveur, Everyday with Rachael Ray, More, and Tablet, among other publications. Her work is primarily focused on the history and culture of Jewish cuisine, though she occasionally sneaks in articles about bourbon aged on a shark boat or fig trees in Brooklyn. Leah’s most recent cookbook, Modern Jewish Cooking: Recipes & Customs for Today’s Kitchen, was released in March 2015 by Chronicle Books. It received glowing reviews in the Wall Street Journal and Publisher’s Weekly, and was included in Food52’s popular Piglet Tournament of Cookbooks. She was also honored in the 2015 Forward 50, a list of the 50 most influential Jews in America. In addition to writing, Leah leads cooking demonstrations and workshops around the country, and beyond.
Lisa Mayer is an award-winning writer and musician. Together with her husband Sruli and often with her sons Zachary and Aaron, she performs, sings, and teaches all over the world. Lisa and Sruli have led the Kids Klezmer program at KlezKanada for over 20 years!
Hailed by the New York Times as “dizzyingly versatile… an eclectic with an ear for texture… strikingly original and soulful”, LJOVA (Lev Zhurbin) was born in 1978 in Moscow, Russia, and moved to New York with his parents, composer Alexander Zhurbin and writer Irena Ginzburg, in 1990. He divides his time between composing for the concert stage, contemporary dance & film, leading his own ensemble Ljova and the Kontraband, as well as a busy career as a freelance violist, violinist & musical arranger. Among recent projects is a commission from the City of London Sinfonia, a string quartet for Brooklyn Rider new works for Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, The Knights, Sybarite5 and A Far Cry, as well arrangements for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Alan Pierson and the Brooklyn Philharmonic, tenor Javier Camarena, conductor Alondra de la Parra, the Mexican songwriter Natalia Lafourcade, composer/guitarist Gustavo Santaolalla, and collaborations with choreographers Aszure Barton, Damian Woetzel, Christopher Wheeldon, Katarzyna Skarpetowska (with Parsons Dance) and Eduardo Vilaro (with Ballet Hispanico).
Madeline Solomon is the founder and director of The Music Garden, a music, movement, and puppet program for children age 0-5. Madeline is currently presenting an original musical puppet theatre show for children, “Twice Upon a Time”, based on children’s literature. She has taught, performed, musically directed, and choreographed across Europe, Canada, and the United States for over twenty years, notably with the acclaimed British Jewish Comedy show “Tower of Bagel”, as well as The Solomon Sisters, a Yiddish Cabaret Duo. Madeline recently served as the musical director and appeared in Phillip Glassborow’s musical “Welcome to Terezin” during a run at NYU’s Provincetown Playhouse. She performs regularly with octogenarian beatnick poet Michael Horovitz at venues such as London’s Royal Albert Hall and the famed Glastonbury Festival, and served as Hugh Laurie’s musical consultant for the film “Pin for the Butterfly.” Madeline developed a dance therapy program for parents and infants for the 92 St. Y and has led youth programs at KlezKanada and Klezmerquerque.
Genre defying pianist/improviser Marilyn Lerner performs to acclaim internationally, from her native Montreal to Havana, from Jerusalem to Amsterdam and Ukraine. Her groundbreaking recordings have garnered much recognition, including her two solo recordings Luminance and Romanian Fantasy and Special Angel with Sonny Greenwich. Her intimate knowledge of the piano, combined with a fearless experimental and passionate spirit render her a true original.
Mark Kovnatskiy is a widely traveled and highly acclaimed violinist, composer and Yiddish dance leader. He is also the artistic director of the international “Yiddish Festival Moscow” (RU). Mark has performed and taught at many music festivals around the world from North America to the former Soviet Union. In addition to his projects such as the “Hamburg Klezmer Band”, “Semer Ensemble”, “Joel Rubin Ensemble”, “European World Music Ensemble”, “Queen Esther Klezmer Trio” and “Fialke”, Mark has performed as a guest musician with “Socalled” (CAN) “Aaron Alexander’s Midrash Mish Mosh” (USA), “Painted Bird” (Germany), and “Forshpil” (LAT), among others. He teaches Yiddish music and dance internationally. Mark has worked with orchestras such as the “Augsburger Philharmoniker” (Germany, 2011), “Aurora Orchestra” (UK, 2011) and “INSO Lviv (UA, 2014). In 2009 he worked as artistic director of the Hamburg “KlezmerFest”. His own klezmer compositions are played by many different groups around the world.
Martin Lillich, self-taught on the electric bass, studied classical double bass in Berlin with Klaus Stoll. He also plays six string acoustic fretless bass guitar. He uses various 5th tunings on his basses. At home in classical music, afro-caribbean, jazz, turkish and related, flamenco, new klezmer. He is a soloist and as a sideman integral part of Berlin and the German jazz scene. From 1995 to 2005 he was teaching at the Berlin Hans Eisler jazzdepartment. Since 2003 bandleader at the show Pompduck & Circumstance. Since 2010 he is part of the Global Music Academy, teaching and performing frequently in Africa.
Maya Blank is a seasoned performer, director, designer and educator currently based in New York City. Originally from Israel, she performed in leading roles in both film and stage productions there, among them at the National Habimah Theater. She has also directed at the renowned Suzannne Dellal Center in Israel. Before relocating to NYC, she began designing and directing storytelling workshops for children. After working as a special education teacher Maya became the head educator and designer of a unique Jewish tradition program for children with autism at the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue. In 2009, Maya founded Play Me a Story, a musical storytelling theater company for children ages 3-10, in collaboration with the multi-instrumentalist and composer Uri Sharlin. Together they engage young audiences in a visceral exploration of classic stories through the Arts. Recently, Maya has also begun offering theater and puppetry courses for children ages 9-13. She also serves as a special education consultant for various organizations. Maya completed her theater studies at the prestigious Thelma Yellin School of the Arts in Israel, has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Media Studies from Hunter College and a Master’s degree in Special Education with a concentration in autism from Columbia University’s Teachers College.
Merceditas Mañago-Alexander is a dancer, based In New York since 1986, originally from Manila, Philippines. She was a featured ballet/modern dancer in the national ballet company, Ballet Philippines and represented her country at the 3rd International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi. She moved to NYC to dance with Feld Ballet, and began to broaden her awareness to include the exciting world of modern/contemporary dance. She danced with Ballet Hispanico, Elisa Monte, Pepatian, and spent 5 years with Doug Varone and Dancers. She has taught at the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, NYU/Tisch School of the Arts, 92nd St.Y, Marymount College in Manhattan, Hollins College, VA and is currently on the Dance Faculty at Sarah Lawrence College and The New School/Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts. Merceditas has attended Klez Kanada and Klez Kamp almost every year for the past 11 years, with her husband, Aaron Alexander, and assisted Steve Weintraub and Felix Fibich a number of times in their classes. She has also been in attendance at the Yiddish Summer Weimar and the Krakow Festival of Jewish Culture in Poland.
One of the original KlezKanada staff members and author of three books on Yiddish, including the bestselling Born to Kvetch, Michael Wex has taught the language at the University of Toronto and the University of Michigan and is a mainstay of the contemporary Yiddish scene. A native-speaker whose Yiddish songs have been recorded by such bands as the Grammy-winning Klezmatics, Wex has translated material ranging from classical Yiddish literature to testimony for war crimes trials. He has also translated The Threepenny Opera from German into Yiddish. His most recent book, Rhapsody in Schmaltz, a study of Ashkenazi food that does for Yiddish food what Born to Kvetch did for Yiddish speech, was published in April 2016 by St. Martin’s Press.
Clarinetist Michael Winograd lives in Brooklyn New York. He is one third of the transatlantic klezmer/cabaret collective Yiddish Art Trio, clarinetist of Tarras Band, a classic 1950’s Jewish American tribute group, and the co-founder and director of the ground breaking, borderless world fusion band Sandaraa. He has performed alongside Itzhak Perlman, The Klezmer Conservatory Band, Frank London, Socalled, Budowitz, Alicia Svigals, Vulfpeck, and many others. He has played concerts and taught workshops all over the world.
Born in Japan, she grew up studying the Japanese zither instrument called koto, and became a licensed teacher at the age 11. In 1997, she picked up the unique Japanese percussion called chindon when she joined a rock band Soul Flower Mononoke Summit. Since then, she has been actively performing her dynamic and danceable chindon drum style on fast and odd-meter grooves in various bands, including Cicala Mvta and Jinta-la-Mvta. In recent years, she has also started performing as a singer of Yiddish songs and songs by Brecht.
Nicolas Royer-Artuso is a oud player, violinist, linguist, musicologist, and music teacher from Montreal. After studies in classical western music, jazz and electro-acoustic composition, he soon after devoted himself to maqam music, studying in Morocco, Tunisia, Syria, and Turkey. A key aspect of his musical work is the theoretical and practical use of “heterophony.” He has published 3 articles on the subject and has released one practical aspect (a CD) of it. He is a founding member of nü.kolektif, where he composes, co-directs, plays and acts in the theater-oriented political collective. In Istanbul, he is an active part of the city’s traditional music and free improvisational scene. He is the organizer of ‘Dogaçlafest’, a festival devoted to improvised music.
Born in São Paulo, Brazil, of a multicultural Jewish family, Nicole started taking piano lessons at six, followed by singing classes from age 15 to this date. Along with her musical career, Nicole obtained a Law Degree from the Catholic University of São Paulo, and later studied Composition at São Paulo´s Santa Marcelina University. She is a practicing attorney, as well as an artist and cultural producer.
Nikolai “Kolya” Borodulin is Yiddish programming coordinator at KlezKanada, the organizer of the Trip to Yiddishland program (Circle Lodge, Hopewell Junction, New York), and the master teacher and director of Yiddish programming at the Workmen’s Circle in New York. He teaches Yiddish language and culture to multigenerational audiences: kids, teens, and adults – sometimes four generations together. Kolya runs and teaches online Yiddish classes at the Workmen’s Circle for over 120 students from 12 countries and 23 states each semester. He is the author of “Yiddish Year Round: A Curriculum for the Young Beginners” and a number of Yiddish educational materials for children. Kolya also teaches at the Yiddish Book Center’s YiddishSchool.
Studied (trumpet, composition). at San Francisco State University, Boston University, and the New England Conservatory of Music. He has worked with John Zorn, Barry White, David Moss, The Other Europeans, The Supremes, 17 Hippies, Shirley Bassey, Bern, Blixa Bargeld Einstürzende Neubauten, Brody & Rodach Trio, Other Europeans, Wim Wenders. His own band, Paul Brody’s Sadawi has three CDs on Tzadik Label and two on Enja Records. He lives in Berlin and performs and composes extensively in the contemporary theater scene.
In the last years he has extended his compositional concept to documentary sound installation work. He has two upcoming exhibits: In Berlin, Voices of the Helper, dedicated to concepts of help; and in Munich, an exhibit exploring the parameters of singing and storytelling through opera. (No name yet.) He has also produced a number of radio features on NPR and WDR in Germany. His 2016 feature focuses on art and poetry in Alabama prisons.
Paul Brody’s Sadawi won the 2014 German Recording Prize Best-of list and is coming out with a new album this year, Vanishing Night.
Paul Shapiro, saxophonist, bandleader and composer is best known for his critically acclaimed recordings on John Zorn’s Tzadik label. The Wall Street Journal wrote, “Mr. Shapiro’s Midnight Minyan is a brilliant synthesis of klezmer and hard bop.” Of It’s in the Twilight The New York Times wrote “Mr. Shapiro transforms the ritual of a Friday night shabbat service into a rollicking downtown jam.” About Essen, featuring Paul Shapiro’s Ribs & Brisket Revue, Straight No Chaser wrote, “Hard blowing, finger-snapping, klezmer-inflected jazz and wailing big city blues that suddenly slips into Yiddish.” About Shofarot Verses All About Jazz wrote, “Saxophonist Paul Shapiro is one of the few who succeeded in blending organic soul and R&B with the Jewish tradition in a highly original, convincing manner.” In 2004 Shapiro was commissioned by the Museum of Jewish Heritage to compose a score to accompany the 1925 silent film His People. It has since been performed at the Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow, Poland and at festivals in San Francisco, Denver, San Diego and New York. He also wrote the score to the award winning film Watermelon Woman. Shapiro emerged in the1980’s leading his own avant funk band Foreign Legion, which was featured on the lp This is the Funk along with Defunkt and others. He was a long-time member of the Microscopic Septet and a founding member of Brooklyn Funk Essentials. In 1991 Shapiro’s song-length flute solo graced the international dance music classic Frankie Knuckles’ Whistle Song. He has also recorded with Lou Reed, David Byrne, Jay-Z, Queen Latifah, Michael Jackson among others, and toured with Ofra Haza. Shapiro performs on saxophone, clarinet, flute and vocals. Education: BA McGill University, Montreal, Canada.
Pete Rushefsky is a leading performer, composer and researcher of the Jewish tsimbl (cimbalom or hammered dulcimer). Rushefsky tours and records internationally with violinist Itzhak Perlman as part of the Klezmer Conservatory Band and collaborates with a number of leading figures in the contemporary klezmer scene. Since 2006 he has served as Executive Director of the Center for Traditional Music and Dance (ctmd.org), the nation’s leading organization dedicated to the preservation and presentation of diverse immigrant music traditions from around the world, and is on the Organizing Committee of Yiddish New York (yiddishnewyork.com). He curated the Yiddish program at the 2013 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, and has performed on PBS, NPR, and France’s Radio One. Despite being featured at such venues as Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, and the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, he’d probably rather be jamming with you in the retreat center library late at night.
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Rachel Lemisch is a classically trained trombonist, with an affinity for the music of Eastern Europe, Turkey, the Balkans, and the Middle East.
As a member of the Klezmer/Turkish group Shtreiml, Rachel has performed internationally, most notably in the Krakow Festival of Jewish Music and Culture in Krakow, Poland; the Klezmore Festival in Vienna, Austria; the Montreal International Jazz Festival; and the Ashkenaz Festival in Toronto, Canada. Shtreiml features the original compositions and harmonica playing of her husband, Jason Rosenblatt. Rachel also plays in the high energy gypsy Balkan Montreal brass band, Fanfare Severni and is a long-standing member the Fabulous Shpielkes. In 2008, Rachel began the Community Klezmer initiative, an ensemble that brings together people of varying musical background, age, and ethnicity to learn and perform Eastern European Jewish music in and around Montreal.
Sarah Mina Gordon is a fourth generation Yiddish folk singer. Sarah has recorded and performed with Frank London’s Klezmer Brass All-Stars, The Klezmatics, Daniel Kahn and The Painted Bird, Sharabi and others; she fronts Yiddish Princess, a Yiddish rock band.
Daughter of legendary Yiddish singer and scholar Adrienne Cooper(z’l), Sarah grew up immersed in innovative Yiddish culture. Dedicated to making new Yiddish art, she has collaborated with Michael Winograd, Frank London, Alicia Svigals, and The Klezmatics to write pen Yiddish songs which are sung around the world. Her song, Ekhod/Who Knows One, is an internationally known and has been taught and performed at festivals from California to Krakow.
Sarah is also an educator, teaching third grade at Brooklyn Friends School for over a decade and designing and leading Yiddish culture programs for children and adults.
Sasha Lurje was born in Riga, Latvia, and has been singing since she was three years old. She has gained experience with many groups and in various styles including classical and folk singing, jazz, rock, and pop. Parallel to her singing career she has also been involved in several theater groups where she focused on musical and improvised theater. She has been deeply researching traditional Yiddish song and performing with various groups like Forshpil, Semer Ensemble, You Shouldn’t Know From It, Strangelovesongs duo with Daniel Kahn, and others. Sasha researches traditional voice techniques and voice production. She has performed and taught Yiddish singing in Russia, Europe, and North America and has been a longstanding artist, faculty member, and vocal workshop coordinator at Yiddish Summer Weimar.
Sebastian Schulman is scholar of East European Jewish life and culture and an accomplished literary translator from Yiddish and Esperanto. He has taught courses in Jewish and Russian history, Yiddish literature and culture, literary translation, and other topics, at Smith College, Hampshire College, and the Yiddish Book Center, where he serves as the director of the translation fellowship program and a development officer. A graduate of McGill University, he is currently completing a PhD from Indiana University, writing on Jewish life in Soviet Moldova. His writing, translations, and scholarship have appeared or are forthcoming in Word Without Borders, Forward, East European Jewish Affairs, and elsewhere. His first book length translation, of Spomenka Stimec’s Esperanto-language novel Croatian War Nocturnal, will be published by Phoneme Media in summer 2017.
Sruli combines the best of many worlds – a scholarly background in Talmud and the law, musical virtuosity, a passionate Jewish spirit, and a gift for creating a happy and magical community. Sruli, together with his wife Lisa, have appeared on PBS-TV, performed on National Public Radio, and headlined at Jewish Festivals from Cracow to Jerusalem, Toronto to Texas. Sruli is extensively quoted as a primary source of Hasidic Music and philosophy in the Journal of the Society of Ethnomusicology (Spring/Summer 2007) and he is profiled as a contemporary Jewish educator for the Wexner Oral History Project at the National Yiddish Book Center. Sruli and Lisa have performed at theaters, JCC’s, synagogues, universities and schools as well as at hundreds of Bar/Bat Mitzvahs and weddings. Sruli is currently the Rabbi of Temple Shalom, in Auburn, Maine.
Born on Governor’s Island, Bar Mitzvahed in the Bronx, and now living in Philadelphia, Steven Lee Weintraub received his dance training in Manhattan with Alvin Ailey and Erick Hawkins, among others. His career as a teacher of traditional Yiddish dance has placed him in demand at festivals and workshops around the world, including KlezKamp, KlezKanada, and festivals in Krakow, Furth, Paris, London, and Weimar. He has led hundreds of people in community dance, and choreographed and performed Yiddish dance flash mobs in Krakow, Paris, and Weimar. At the Festival Week of Yiddish Summer Weimar 2016, he choreographed and performed in a new Yiddish dance theater piece, “GILGUL -Transformations”.
The Ottoman makam is deeply rooted in theory. In practice, however, theory structures experimentation and experimentation changes theory, dialectically. This ensemble class will focus on the main elements of makam in the Ottoman tradition, putting theory into practice. We will use songs, exercises, composition, and improvisation to focus on the basics of makam and see the links and changes with/in the pre-ottoman tradition(s) and with/in the post-republican era. Open to singers and instrumentalists. Recommended for all interested in Khazones!
Faculty: Nicolas Royer-Artuso
Level: Intermediate to Advanced
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Tine Kindermann is a German-Jewish visual artist and singer who lives and works in New York City. Her artistic work and recordings of old German folk songs draw inspiration from the darker side of folklore and deal with the timeless themes of love and loss, longing and loneliness.Tine’s dioramas and paintings have been shown at Stephen Romano Gallery, NY Studio Gallery, Metaphor Contemporary Art, NYU Galleries, the Toy Theatre Museum, the Manhattan Borough President’s Office and other places. Tine has been teaching in the visual arts program at KlezKanada for many years and loves it.
Uri Sharlin is a composer, accordionist pianist, arranger and educator. Originally from Israel he moved to New York,where he earned a BFA degree with honors in Music Performance from the City College of New York. Upon graduation Uri formed collaborations with prominent musicians in the pop world, such as Antony and the Johnsons, Natalie Merchant, Flight of the Conchords, as well as with masters of Jewish music such as Frank London, Avi Avital and Basya Schechter. He is a musician in Residency at B’nei Jesurun in New York for the past eight years, and for the past four, he has been collaborating with Symphony Space Outreach Program, teaching young students from all parts of New York City about world music. Throughout his career and over years of traveling and studying with World Music masters, Uri has been strongly influenced by different musical genres. In his albums, Uri’s jazz and classical background fuses with Balkan Rhythms, Jewish modes and Brazilian harmonies, and he combines carefully-structured compositions with loose and experimental improvisations. His compositions – praised as a “tour de force” (All About Jazz), “classy and compelling” (Hot House) – were recorded by Grammy Award Winner Matt Darriau and Nominee Avi Avital, and were performed at renowned venues in Europe, Asia and the United States. Uri was also featured recently in the New York Times as a composer and band leader, and he is currently leading several groups including the Cardamon Quartet, and the DogCat Ensemble. Uri is also the cofounder of Play Me a Story, a musical storytelling performance program for children.
Born in Hiroshima prefecture, Japan, Wataru started music career to join one of the earliest post punk movement in Tokyo. In the middle of 1980’s he started to play clarinet after he encountered “chindon” music, which is an early modern street music tradition. Chindon is usually for an advertisement for events or opening celemony of the shops. Wataru studied clarinet mostly by listening and watching the old players of chin-don. Since the ’80s, he is one of the few Japanese to know and play klezmer music in Japan. In addition to klezmer, Wataru enjoys playing Eastern European music and music from the Balkans. Wataru has also joined the band “Betsuni nannmo klezmer,” the big band led by sax maestro Kazutoki Umezu which plays alomst klezmer music. Wataru has been a key player in introducing klezmer music in Japan through not only performances but also writing articles and liner notes for a long time. Since the early 2000s, Wataru started playing in the street-style hybrid band called “Jinta-la mvta” and plays at street rallies and political protests as well as at clubs and festivals.
Yael Halevi-Wise teaches Israeli, English and Comparative literature at McGill University. She is interested in the history of the Novel (as a literary genre) from 17th C. Spain to the present time. Her current project centers on the work of the Israeli writer A. B. Yehoshua.
Yoshie Fruchter is a guitar, bass, oud player and composer whose band, Pitom (Tzadik Records) has received critical acclaim from Jazz Times magazine, the Wall Street Journal, Guitar Player Magazine and many more. The unique blend of rock, jazz, experimental and jewish styles in his playing and composing is a defining characteristic of his music. He has toured the US and Europe with Pitom and other groups, playing the Atlantique Jazz Festival in France, the Krakow Jewish Culture Festival, Saalfelden Jazz Festival in Austria and others. He recently released an album on the new Jewish record label Blue Thread Music of post-rock arrangements of old cantorial recordings entitled Schizophonia. Yoshie is also a sought-after freelance musician in New York City in bands ranging in style from acoustic world music to heavy metal and has performed with John Zorn, Cyro Baptista, and Frank London, among many others.
Zach Mayer has grown up at KlezKanada, singing nigunim with his mother Lisa Mayer and step-father Sruli Dresdner. He is delighted to return to KlezKanada to lead the Teenagers in Lvov ensemble as well as the Basic Klezmer Repertoire class. He is also very excited to co-lead Sruli Dresdner’s nigunim workshop, which may feature some of his originally composed nigunim.
Walter Zev Feldman is a leading researcher in both Ottoman Turkish and Jewish
music. During the 1970s he spearheaded the revival of klezmer music. Today he is a performer on the traditional klezmer dulcimer, the cimbal, and on the Ottoman lute, the tanbur. He has performed internationally with his group Khevrisa (“European Klezmer Music” Smithsonian Folkways), and with the Alexander Fiterstein Trio.
In 1985 Feldman received an NEH grant to translate the Ottoman music theory of the Moldavian Prince Demetrius Cantemir (ca. 1700), which led to
his classic book, Music of the Ottoman Court: Makam, Composition, and the Early Ottoman Instrumental Repertoire (Berlin, 1996), which is taught as a basic text worldwide. He contributed the “Ottoman Music” and “Klezmer Music” articles to the New Groves Dictionary of Music and Musicians (2001). In 2004 he co-directed the successful application of the Mevlevi Dervishes of Turkey as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity for UNESCO.
His current research interests include the relation of rhythmic cycle (usul) and melody in Ottoman music, and he was the keynote speaker in the conference ”Rhythmic Cycles and Structures in the Art Music of the Middle East,” held at the University of Münster (2014). He is a board member of the Corpus Musciae Ottomanicae (CMO) Project of the Wilhelm Westphalian University in Münster, where he was recently a fellow, working on the earliest manuscripts of the music of Tanburi Isak Fresco (d.1814).
His book Klezmer: Music, History and Memory, will be published this year by Oxford University Press. and he is preparing a new book, Untold Stories: Transnational Klezmer Music of Bessarabia and Historical Moldova, from Istanbul to America, utilizing field work and archival research in Moldova, Greece and Israel. He has just co-authored the Bibliography of East European Jewish Folk Music (with Michael Lukin) for Oxford University Press.
Feldman is also an authority on East European Jewish dance, forming part of his current research on the role of gesture in the performing arts, which he taught in the NYU Abu Dhabi core course “Gesture” from 2012 to 2014.
Walter Zev Feldman is Visiting Professor of Music at New York University Abu Dhabi, Director of the An-sky Institute for Traditional Jewish Expressive Culture at the Center for Traditional Music and Dance (NYC), and Board Member of Corpus Musicae Ottomanicae (University of Münster).
Zilien Biret is a clarinetist, flutist, singer, teacher, and composer from Reunion Island. Working with Zev Feldman, Avia Moore, and Steve Weintraub, he has accompanied Yiddish dance at various festivals including Klezkanada, Ashkenaz festival, Boston Jewish Music festival, Montréal Jewish festival, Yiddish New York and Yiddish Summer Weimar. Zilien has studied clarinet with Andy Statman (Brooklyn, NY), Jorge Garcia (Colombia), Christian Dawid (Germany), and Joel Rubin (USA). He also studied Mandinka music in West Africa, Maloya music in Reunion Island, and Afro-Colombian music in Colombia. He has performed in South America, North America, Canada, Europe, Réunion Island, and West Africa with his klezmer music band Ichka (Montreal), Dan Kahn and the Painted Bird (Berlin), Gypsy Kumbia Orchestra (Montreal), Zazakel (Reunion), Mota Soa (Madagascar), and Cie de la Calebasse (Paris). He is the clarinet player of the Zev Feldman trio.
Zita Mara Vadász is currently the program curator at the Hungarian Cultural Center. She studied at the Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest and holds an MA in Political Science. Specializing in cultural policy, she started working with a policy think tank before joining Balassi Institute in 2010. There she acted as liaison officer for Hungarian cultural centers abroad and worked on programs ranging from photo exhibitions to fashion shows in Hungary and neighbouring countries. Since November 2011, she has been overseeing cultural programming at the Center. In the past years she worked on and launched various cultural and creative projects in New York City and the US. In 2013 she was involved in the Smithsonian Folklife Festival’s Hungarian Heritage program as a special event coordinator and member of the communication team. Together with Grammy Award winner Frank London she curated the Glass House Project (currently active as the Glass House Orchestra), a musical experiment that brought together 8 contemporary musicians who revisited and reimagined Hungarian Jewish musical traditions. Since its launch in 2014 the project became an orchestra, touring around the world. In 2015 she was co-curating Pop Up Budapest, a series of events that unfolded in over two weeks mostly in NYC, showcasing what Budapest as a cultural metropolis and hub has to offer and why and how the city has an important role in global cultural exchanges today. Her recent project is 585,000 m2 – a mixed media exhibition on the history and the present of the Jewish Quarter of Budapest.