From the Board of Directors
Frank London approached the Management Committee shortly before this year’s KlezKanada Laurentian Retreat with a request for a sabbatical year to permit him to pursue fully the projects that he describes in the message to the KlezKanada community below.
We are very pleased to report that after consideration of a short list of candidates drawn from those highly experienced with KlezKanada, Frank and we, working together, have selected Michael Winograd to perform the responsibilities of Artist . Director for the 2017 KlezKanada Laurentian Retreat. We look forward, as well, to Frank’s return to his responsibilities after next year’s program.
The following messages from Frank and Michael explain Frank’s request and our decision in more detail. We trust that our entire community will will join us in welcoming Michael to this responsibility and help us make the 2017 KlezKanada Laurentian Retreat even better than this year’s. A tall order indeed.
From Frank London
Dear KlezKanada Community,
This summer’s KlezKanada was a stupendous success, a highlight of the year for many of us. The joy of the dancing, singing, playing, the wedding, concerts; it continues to resonate. We are blessed to be a part of such a vibrant, creative and supportive community.
I have a number of large, exciting projects on my plate in the upcoming year that I’d like to share with you. My Yiddish-Cuban opera, Hatuey Memory of Fire, will be premiered by La Opera de la Calle in Havana, Cuba in March, 2017 as part of the First Havana Celebration of Jewish Culture. The Klezmatics are celebrating our 30th Anniversary with the release of our latest cd, Apikorsim/Heretics, and expanded world touring. KlezKanada poetry instructor Adeena Karasick and I are creating the multimedia dance poetry video music spectacle, Salomé: Woman of Valor, which is scheduled for its world premiere in the Winter. My newest group, the Hungarian-New York Glass House Orchestra, just released our cd Astro-Hungarian Jewish Music and will be touring in Europe. On top of that, I will be starting new Jewish music projects in Tokyo and in Venice; continuing my work with Eleanor Reissa and the Klezmer Brass Allstars (our new cd is Vilde Mekhaye), and with the amazing Cantor Yanky Lemmer, Michael Winograd, and our group, Ahava Raba; performing John Zorn’s Masada Nigunim; and returning to Montreal to reprise the wonderful collaboration that Lorin Sklamberg and I did with the ensemble, Constantinople.
Because of the amount of time and energy I’ll be putting into all of these projects, I have asked the Board for a pause in my responsibilities for the 2017 year, giving me a sabbatical year to take the time necessary to pursue all of these projects fully. After much consultation and search, the Management Committee, Board of KlezKanada and I are thrilled to announce that Michael Winograd will be serving as my substitute Artistic Director for the 2017 Retreat. I intend to resume my Artistic Director responsibilities after the 2017 program.
Michael needs no introduction; he has attended and taught at KlezKanada (and KlezKamp, and Yiddish Summer Weimar, and every other important festival of Yiddish music). He is a prolific musician, working with his own bands Sandaraa, Tarras Band, and the Yiddish Art Trio, in my band and the groups of Dan Kahn and Socalled, producing recordings for Josh Waletzky and Miryem-khaye Segal. He and I have worked together closely on the newly-formed Yiddish New York festival and on five Adrienne Cooper memorial Dreaming in Yiddish events. He is more than just a member of our community, he is a leader and an inspiration. His knowledge and experience will serve us all well. Personally, I cannot wait to see what he comes up with.
I look forward to returning to my duties as Artistic Director of KlezKanada’s Laurentian Retreat next Summer, 2018, and look forward to our all being together at CBB for this year’s KlezKanada.
From Michael Winograd
Greetings KlezKanada family,
I’m absolutely thrilled, honored and excited to step in for Frank as Artistic Director of the 2017 KlezKanada Laurentian Retreat. Since first attending as a scholarship student in 2003, KlezKanada has been both a hub for my creative and artistic development, as well as a community centerpiece, spurring both professional and personal relationships with artists and friends living all over the world. For many, if not most of us, the Klezmer and Yiddish cultural community serves as our extended family, impacting and shaping our lives in more ways than words can express. I grew up in this family and it is with a great pride that I fill this role of Artistic Director.
In the coming months please lookout for newsletters keeping you up to date with the development in next summer’s program. Already there are very interesting and exciting preliminary plans in the works for concerts, classes and other programs for the August retreat, and I can’t wait to share them with you, so hold tight!
I’m fired up and ready to get to work! I hope you are too! I look forward to seeing you all at KlezKanada next summer, and many of you throughout the year. Thank you to the entire community for your endless work in keeping Yiddish culture fresh, relevant, and exciting. Thank you to Frank London for keeping our minds open to what Klezmer and Yiddish is and could be, through bold programming and artistic vision. Thank you to Hy and Sandy for their endless hard work and sacrifice that keeps KlezKanada running and available for us all to enjoy year after year.
Lets do this!!