Metropolitan Klezmer was awarded a Creative Engagement grant for our Fall 2016 “Music from Yiddish Cinema” project, presented by the full octet at Bruno Walter Auditorium of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. Thanks to Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts, and our fiscal sponsor Jews for Racial & Economic Justice.
Metropolitan Klezmer’s second residency at The 92nd Street Y’s Musical Introduction series (February 2016), with all eight bandmates, live-streamed one of our six concerts for to online audiences globally. Watch (and listen!) to The 92nd Street Y’s video of our performance!
We enjoyed a full, enthusiastic house for our “J. Edgar Klezmer” performance December 5, 2015 at The Emelin Theatre in Westchester County NY, for which we received a production grant from the Arch & Bruce Brown. Read our June 2015 New York Times review for “J. EDGAR KLEZMER: Songs from My Grandmother’s FBI Files” at HERE Arts, Off-Off Broadway.
Virtuoso Paquito D’Rivera delighted Metropolitan Klezmer twice in December, sitting in with the band first at our UBS Atrium concert in NJ, and then for our third annual Santa Klez show at Cornelia Street Café in NYC’s West Village. His clarinet solos graced both the klezmer cumbia hit “Cartagena Chosidl” and some of our favorite Yiddish swing repertoire.
Bandleader/lecturer/J. Edgar Klezmer creator Eve Sicular was featured in a full-length radio broadcast interview premiered 12/3/2015 (just in time for Hanukkah) on This Show is So Gay hosted by blogger Ken Schneck, touching on her many fields of creative endeavor and numerous recent & upcoming projects.
We met our Indiegogo campaign goal and the contributions have continued to come in. We are so grateful to everyone for supporting “J.EDGAR KLEZMER” in its first fully-produced theatrical year. We’ve now reached 130%! The campaign is still live In Demand here, with active donor perks too: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/j-edgar-klezmer-songs-from-my-grandma-s-fbi-files#/
Radio Woking UK’s Nate & Paul chat with Eve Sicular about Metropolitan Klezmer’s “Pick a Pocket or Two” and “Guys & Dolls & Bagels” on Sunday Show Tunes (a little past an hour into the program).
Thanks for supporting J. Edgar Klezmer! The response to our Indiegogo campaign has exceeded our goal by over 120%. We’re thrilled that donations have continued post-campaign.
J Edgar Klezmer: Songs from my grandmother's FBI files will be at Centenary Stage Company, Kutz Theater, February 12 through 15
Metropolitan Klezmer's "Mazel Means Good Luck" is on NYMD's best of 2014 albums list: "An especially wild live album by this deliciously shapeshifting, latin and reggae-influenced New York Jewish music juggernaut."
Metropolitan Klezmer celebrates their 20th Anniversary this year with the release of a new album. Mazel Means Good Luck will be available online November 25 and in stores on December 9. More info
On December 15 the acclaimed octet will perform selections from the new recording with a special concert at The Museum at Eldridge Street.
Metropolitan Klezmer's music will be heard in Esther Broner: A Weave of Women, premiering on March 24th at the JCC in Manhattan. More
At CMA Conference weekend find Metropolitan Klezmer & Isle of Klezbos at Plymouth Room Table #19, ninth floor.
Metropolitan Klezmer celebrates our 20-year anniversary in 2014! Special events and the release of our fifth album, Mazel Means Good Luck, coming up.
At CMA Conference weekend, find Metropolitan Klezmer & Isle of Klezbos at Plymouth Room Table #19, ninth floor.
Wednesday, November 20, 5:45p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Eve Sicular, The Celluloid Closet of Yiddish Film
Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale University (80 Wall Street), Chapel (2nd floor), New Haven CT
Sponsored by the Yale Judaic Studies Program, the Yale Film Studies Program, and the Yiddish Book Center with support from the Jack & Ruthe B. Cowl Center for Jewish Culture.
Contact Nathalie Levine at email@example.com.
Great concert footage and audio from our double bill with Isle of Klezbos at Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts (Time Out Music Pick!) New video & upcoming fifth CD in the works.
Check out our latest on YouTube: Cartagena Chosidl (original klezmer cumbia), posted from our archives. Recorded outdoors at Summer on the Hudson. Composed by Rick Faulkner.
Played the ultimate Craig’s List wedding, for Craig Newmark himself and his lovely dancing bride Eileen.
Hanukah 2012 highlights: Octet at The Emelin Theatre (Mamaroneck NY) and City Winery NYC, then Santa Klez special at The Museum of Jewish Heritage. Great new repertoire & live recording!
Metropolitan Klezmer played for NYC’s Jewish Heritage Month celebration at Gracie Mansion. Mayor Bloomberg invited 1,000 guests to this annual event (Neil Sedaka and kosher BBQ too!) MORE
Metropolitan Klezmer’s live recording of Di Fire Korbunes from Cooper Union is featured in Activist New York, the inaugural exhibition in The Puffin Foundation Gallery at The Museum of the City of New York.
Sister sextet Isle of Klezbos launches new website: Klezbos.com